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Palestine Media Roundup (May 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page co-editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup [email protected]] The Occupation Forces Israeli Forces …

Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamish receives 3 months administrative detention order

17 May 2017 Prominent Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish, who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces on 14 May 2017, received a three months administrative detention order, signed by the occupation military commander of the West Bank today, 17 May 2017. Within 8 days, …

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 …

Gaza citizens remain biggest losers of decadelong political dispute

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a new move to clamp down on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree April 20 exempting Gaza citizens from the fees of services rendered by the ministries, institutions and bodies affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision includes …

Activists block roads for 2nd day, calling for increased support of hunger strikers

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian activists blocked off commuter roads leading to Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank for the second consecutive day on Monday morning, in an act of protest demanding more solidarity actions to support hunger-striking prisoners at both official and popular levels. The mass …

PA forces assault activists at demonstration in support of prisoner hunger strike

TULKAREM (Ma’an) — After local activists in Anabta in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem blockaded the main street of the village on Monday, activists clashed with Palestinian forces who arrived several minutes later to reopen the road, leaving a number of the activists bruised and suffering from …

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 …

Hamas cracks down on Gaza journalists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On April 26, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza launched a crackdown against what it described as “propagandists.” During this unprecedented move, 17 Palestinian journalists and activists were arrested for several hours before being released after pledging not to publish news about internal Palestinian affairs …

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 …

Executing Palestinians is Israeli policy

By now, no one can deny that extrajudicially executing Palestinians who pose no immediate lethal threat is Israeli policy. Not the 100 US Senators who signed a shameful letter decrying efforts to hold Israel accountable for its rights abuses at the United Nations, parroting Israeli talking points claiming that the …