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Water deal tightens Israel’s control over Palestinians

Agreement fails to address the fundamental concept of water as a shared resource, critics say. It was hailed as a breakthrough, a rare display of regional cooperation, and a positive step that may pave the way for resuscitating talks between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been on hold since 2014. …

New batch of PA employees in Gaza forced to retire

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government decided July 4 to refer 6,145 civil employees in the Gaza Strip to early retirement. In an official statement, the government described this move as a temporary measure that may be lifted when Hamas waives its control of the Gaza Strip and accepts 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 …

PA, UN appeal for $547 million to address humanitarian needs in Palestine during 2017

 Palestinian Authority and United Nations officials presenting the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017 in Bethlehem. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Social Development. BETHLEHEM, December 19, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations (UN) Monday appealed for $547 million in funds in 2017 to meet humanitarian …

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

Palestinian Authority, European Union lay cornerstone of Dura Courthouse

  DURA, HEBRON, October 5, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority and the European Union (EU) laid on Tuesday the cornerstone of the new Dura courthouse in Hebron, according to an EU press release. The new 5000 square meters courthouse, which is part of a comprehensive program of support to …

Gaza needs new housing, but where will it build?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Faced with rapid population growth and dwindling area for housing in the Gaza Strip’s urban centers, the Hamas government has been subsidizing housing investments and building housing projects in al-muharrarat, the former Israeli settlements evacuated during the unilateral Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005. The first project began in …

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

GAZA CITY (AFP) — The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed by Israel in last summer’s Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.The July-August war in the besieged Gaza Strip destroyed or partially damaged tens …

UNRWA declares state of emergency in Gaza amid severe flooding

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA on Thursday evening declared a state of emergency in Gaza City amid massive rains that have shut down normal life in parts of the besieged coastal enclave’s largest city. A major storm over the past week has filled the streets of …