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Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortages

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah recently presented a plan to implement a “new electricity market” in Palestine. Hamdallah said the plan will “improve electricity services to citizens, cut costs and curb reliance on external aid in the energy sector.” Hamdallah officially introduced the plan for the market at a March 22 news …

Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian police said that it seized different types of drugs worth 60 million Israeli shekels ($16.5 million) in the various provinces between the beginning of January and mid-March. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Palestinian police spokesman Lt. Col. Luay Irzikat said that drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the …

UNRWA halts program in Tulkarem-area refugee camp, popular committee says

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has halted an “emergency program” in Nur Shams refugee camp in northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, according the head of the popular committee for services in the camp. Taha Irani told Ma’an Friday that …

PA closes voter registration for West Bank municipal elections

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Central Elections Commission (CEC) announced on Wednesday that the voter registration process for local elections was now complete after registration centers had been open for five days. The CEC said physical and online registration both closed at 3 p.m., after 40,000 new voters registered …

Germany supports Palestinian local government with $20 million

RAMALLAH, March 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Germany and the Palestinian Authority signed on Monday an 18 million euro (app. $20 million) agreement in support of projects to develop municipalities and improve services, according to a statement by the German Representative Office in Ramallah. Minister of Local Government Hussein Araj and …

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

The so-called “regulation bill” passed at the start of February, retroactively legalises the construction of thousands of Jewish settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land. The original landowners are to be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property. This …

Israeli forces ransack Tulkarem print shop, confiscate equipment

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided and ransacked a print ship in the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem early Wednesday morning and confiscated equipment for unknown reasons. Owner of the Ibn Khaldoun Company for Printing, Publishing, and Trade, Abd al-Rahim Badawi, told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers destroyed the …