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PA extends detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat

09 July 2017 Yesterday, 8 July 2017, The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ramallah extended the detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat for 48 hours. Addameer’s lawyer Anas Al-Barghouthi said that interrogation with Barakat was about “taking photos” of the motorcade of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah near a checkpoint east …

Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …

Report: Israeli army accelerating extensive surveillance network across West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli news daily Haaretz published a report Sunday night, detailing the extensive network of surveillance cameras and “other monitoring devices” that the Israeli army has set up across the occupied Palestinian territory, boasting of the network’s effectiveness in “deterring attacks” on Israeli citizens and Israeli forces.According to …

MADA calls for repeal of the blocking of a number of Palestinian news sites

Ramallah – (18-6-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses its deep concern about the blocking of a number of Palestinian websites. This decision constitutes a serious violation of freedom of the press and expression and calls for the repeal of such measures and practices, which …

PA blocks 11 websites in West Bank, denies political motivations

Bethlehem (Ma’an) — At least 11 Palestinian news websites — all allegedly affiliated with either the Hamas movement or Muhammad Dahlan, political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — have been blocked in the occupied West Bank, with top-level officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) insisting to Ma’an that the …

Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

More than 72,000 Palestinian students begin final high school exams

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 72,015 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip started final high school exams on Saturday, known in Arabic as the “Tawjihi.” The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue higher …

Israeli forces detain 36 Palestinians during raids in West Bank, Israel

(File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and Israel during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including …

Greater Israeli violations against Palestinians in 2017

Israel has demolished 270 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since the start of the year, the Palestinian Authority’s Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee has revealed. A total of 121 demolitions took place in the city of Jerusalem alone, while the number of demolition notices …

Palestinians close road in Tulkarem in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Palestinians used burning tires to close a main road in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem overnight Tuesday, as activists have continued to blockade commuter thoroughfares across the West Bank in recent days in solidarity with a mass hunger strike underway in Israeli prisons. Protests …