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Israel demands PA stop paying off prisoners’ families

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — In reaction to the open-ended and ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, started on April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority on April 22 to to prove its commitment to the peace process by halting the financial allocations to Palestinian prisoners and their …

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,” …

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 …

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners start open hunger strike

PNN/ Bethlehem/ About 1,600 Palestinian prisoners on  Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 17th April 2017, have started an open hunger strike lead by PLO leader, Marwan Al-Barghouthi, as a  protest calling for basic needs & rights. The prisoners call to an end to the practice of arbitrary administrative detention, torture, ill-treatment, unfair trials, detention …

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 …

Hamdallah signs off on recommendations made by fact-finding commission

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has committed to implementingrecommendations made in a report released on Monday by a fact-finding commission, which notably called for Palestinian forces to be punished for using unjustified force against a peaceful protest in Ramallah, while also recommending that legal action be taken …

PHROC ‘supports activist Omar Barghouthi in resisting Israeli actions’

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) on Wednesday expressed its support for human rights activist and founding member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), Omar Barghouthi, in confronting Israeli actions that target his activism locally and abroad. According to PHROC, Barghouthi has recently been the victim …

Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

PCBS data reveals growing rate of Palestinian women in workforce despite challenges

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) marked International Women’s Day with a press release revealing persisting yet improving disparities between Palestinian women and men in the workplace in the occupied territory. Despite representing roughly half of the total population of 4.88 million in the occupied Palestinian …