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MADA denounces Gaza sentencing of female Palestinian journalist battling cancer

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) released a statement on Thursday denouncing a Gaza court’s absentia decision to imprison a female Palestinian journalist who is currently in Jordan receiving cancer treatment. According to MADA, the Gaza Magistrate Court sentenced journalist Hajar Muhammad Abu Samra …

Ashrawi slams Israel for burying Palestinian bodies in cemeteries of numbers

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi denounced the Israeli government’s decision this week to bury the bodies of four Palestinians in so-called cemeteries of numbers in Israel. The Israeli state had announced on Wednesday that it had already buried the bodies of Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour, Muhammad Tarayra, Muhammad …

General strike launched in Bethlehem to mourn slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials declared a general strike in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday to mourn 22-year-old slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days. Muhammad …

ICRC president meets with Hamas chief during visit to Gaza Strip

Hamas chief Yahiya Sinwar and ICRC President Peter Maurer meet in Gaza (Source: Hamas Twitter) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and met with Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar, as part of …

Al-Haq calls for the immediate release of a Palestinian man arbitrarily detained by the PA’s General Intelligence Service

(Ramallah, 30 August, 2017) – Al-Haq condemns the ongoing detention of Shadi Nammourah by the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service, in its Jericho detention center. Nammourah is from Dura, near Hebron, and is arbitrarily detained despite having four court orders calling for his release on bail. Dura’s Magistrate Court issued …

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at Balata camp, two injured

  NABLUS, August 29, 2017 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian youths were injured on Tuesday during clashes with Israeli forces at Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, said Palestinian security and medical sources. The sources told WAFA that Mohammad Ahmad Abu al-Khair, 22, was shot in …

Hamas, Islamic Jihad criticise PA over ‘politically-motivated arrest campaign’

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements released separate statements on Thursday, accusing the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) of recently carrying out politically-motivated detention and summons campaigns across the occupied West Bank. According to Hamas, PA security services have been detaining Palestinians due to their affiliation with the movement. The group …

Israeli forces detain Addameer field researcher during overnight raid

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A field researcher for prisoners’ rights group Addameer was detained during an overnight raid on Wednesday from his home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kufr Aqab, according to the group. Salah Hammouri, 32, who holds dual Palestinian-French citizenship, was detained and transferred to Israel’s interrogation …

Israel charges Raed Salah with incitement

Head of northern Islamic Movement, who denounced his arrest as ‘political pursuit’, charged with ‘inciting to terror’. An Israeli court has charged Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, with incitement to “terrorism” in connection with deadly unrest at a Jerusalem holy site last month, …