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Gaza court sentences 2 Palestinians to death for drug dealing

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A military court in Gaza City sentenced two men to death on Sunday after they were found guilty of alleged drug dealing. It reportedly marked the first time that the death penalty was used in Gaza for a drug-related offense, though a number of Palestinians have …

Can a harbour for Gaza prevent a war?

ISRAEL’S border with the Gaza Strip is tense at the best of times. But tempers are especially frayed after weeks punctuated by sporadic exchanges of fire. Israeli security chiefs are wondering how they can avert another conflict in an area that has seen, on average, a big one every two …

Why Iran wants Palestine back on regional agenda

Fatima Navab Safavi is the daughter of Mojtaba Navab Safavi (1924-1955), an Iranian cleric and one of the first to mobilize Iranian masses against Israel back in the early 1950s. Donning the traditional black chador, Safavi told Al-Monitor in an interview, “Years before the [1979] Islamic Revolution, my father was …

Gaza court sentences 8 Fatah members to prison, including 3 for life, for spying

GAZA (Ma’an) — A Gaza military court sentenced eight Palestinians affiliated to the Fatah party — three of whom to life in prison — for gathering information about Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza for intelligence forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The court, which only identified the defendants by their …

How Hamas is looking to boost foreign ties

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Hamas’ foreign relations chief Osama Hamdan revealed that several weeks ago in Qatar, the movement’s leadership met a delegation of high-ranking European diplomats. He expressed optimism about a European decision to strike Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations. In a telephone interview from Beirut, Hamdan, one of Hamas’ emerging political …

Hamas blames Israel for killing drone expert in Tunisia, threatens retaliation

The Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza blamed Israel on Saturday for the killing in Tunisia this week of a Tunisian national it described as one of its drone experts, and threatened retaliation. Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Mohammed Zawari, who was gunned down near the city of Sfax …

Fatah holds congress amid Abbas’ succession speculation

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – After a two-year delay, Fatah movement’s seventh congress is expected to open on Tuesday amid Internal wrangling over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ succession. Up to 1,400 invited members are expected to design the movement’s strategy for the next five years. The congress will also elect Fatah’s 23-member …

Hague prosecutor updates Palestine war crimes probe

The prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has just released a report on the status of its preliminary examinations into possible war crimes, including allegations against Israel. Palestine is one of 10 situations the court is currently examining. A preliminary examination is the first step …

What’s behind Hamas’ lastest Cabinet reshuffle in Gaza?

    Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (C) shakes hands with a man as he arrives to lead Eid al-Adha prayer in Khan Yunis, Gaza, Sept. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) The Government Media Office in the Gaza Strip announced Oct. 17 that the Supreme Administrative Committee, which is in …

The game with Hamas has changed

Analysis: Hamas high value targets were hit following the rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday; hit with heavy, precision munitions, these attacks represent a change in IDF policy—immediately hit Hamas hard and fast after any rocket attack. When the IDF hit high value targets in …