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Palestinian officials denounce Israeli attempts to trade permits for good behavior

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials on Monday spoke out against recent Israeli actions in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where the army distributed leaflets on Sunday calling on Palestinians from the city to “behave” in order to obtain lessened security restrictions on some of the city’s residents. Muhammad al-Bakr, who …

Calls for PA to stop arresting journalists

The Syndicate of the Palestinian Journalists in Ramallah called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop arrested journalists and to abolish the electronic crime law, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a press conference the head of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Nasser Abu Baker, said: “The situation of freedoms in Palestinian is …

Palestinian children bystanders faced brunt of July escalations

Ramallah, August 15, 2017—Mohammad Taha, 11, was spending the night at his grandfather’s house in Jerusalem’s Old City, along with his father and 14-year-old brother, Daoud, on July 25. By 10 p.m., the night promised to be anything but quiet. Daoud and Mohammad stood outside watching the commotion in the …

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian building in occupied East Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday morning demolished a two-story building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli police forces and crews from Israel’s Jerusalem municipality, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed and surrounded the neighborhood early Tuesday morning.   The bulldozers demolished a building …

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital. At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery. The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. …

IOF demolish three homes in Masafer Yatta

Hebron/ PNN/ Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday morning have demolished three homes in Khashm Al-Daraj area in Yatta town, southern Hebron hills, southern West Bank. The homes were funded by the European Union, and were demolished by IOF who broke into the area with bulldozers, closed it off, and …

Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are …

Israel’s collective punishment policy: Entire family in prison, whole village under siege

El-Abed family home in Kobar stands at empty of people and furniture in anticipation of Israeli demolition. (WAFA photo/Baha Nasr) By Ihab Rimawi KOBAR, WEST BANK, August 14, 2017 (WAFA) – The family home of Omar el-Abed in the Ramallah area village of Kobar stood at empty of people and …

Enforcing Israeli domestic law on occupied territory amounts to de facto annexation, says group

HAIFA, August 14, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli Interior Minister’s efforts to enforce Israeli domestic law on Palestinian occupied territory amounts to a de facto annexation of West Bank land to Israel, which is a gross violation of international law, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel …