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Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the …

Islamic bloc wins for 3rd year running in Birzeit University student elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The student group affiliated with the Hamas movement won the most seats in student council elections in Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the school reported, marking the third year in a row that the Islamist faction beat the Fatah-affiliated student group. In …

Israel detains 3 Birzeit University students on eve of student council elections

  BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank during predawn raids, including three students of Birzeit University in the Ramallah district — hours before student council elections were scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Palestinian security sources identified the …

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc wins Majority in Birzeit University Student Council Elections

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc won 25 out of 51 seats in Birzeit University Students Council elections, held on May 10, 2017.  Competing factions Martyr Yasser Arafat got 22 seats and the Democratic Progressive Student Pole won 4 seats. Other competing blocs did not got any. Head of the Elections Preparatory …

Palestinians hold general strike in solidarity with prisoners

PNN/ Bethlehem/ Palestinian institutions on Thursday held a comprehensive general strike in response to the Prisoners committees call for solidarity with prisoners, who today entered their 11th day of collective hunger strike. The strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precceeds an expected day …

Mass hunger strike tests Palestinian unity

Hunger strikes don’t get any easier with experience. So says the family of Palestinian prisoner Majd Ziada, who has participated in multiple collective strikes since his arrest by Israeli occupation forces in 2002. “It is as if you are carrying the weight of 15 years of imprisonment on your shoulders,” …

How Israel denies rights to Palestinian prisoners

In a photograph widely shared on social media this month, Kifah Quzmar, a final-year business student at Birzeit University near Ramallah, wears a red-and-white keffiyeh and a somewhat defiant look. The difference between the 28-year-old and tens of other Palestinian students and youth arrested in recent weeks is perhaps that his …

What’s in Palestine’s first ever education law?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the first Palestinian Law for Education and Higher Education on April 6, after the Cabinet submitted it on March 7 to replace the applicable Arab laws in the Palestinian territories (the Jordanian law in the West Bank and the Egyptian …

Executive Summary of Addameer’s 2016 Violations Report

18 April 2017 Addameer’s forthcoming Annual Violations report on 2016 will be released soon, highlighting systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli detention. The report aims to document the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees and through 341 interviews conducted by Addameer attorneys and 65 …

Joint statement: 1 million Palestinians detained by Israel since 1948

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of …