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Lawyer denies claims against Gazan TIKA employee

Lawyer Haleed Zeberqa denied late Tuesday “all the accusations” by Israel against the Gazan representative of a Turkish aid agency arrested last month for alleged links to Hamas. Muhammad Murtaja was arrested at the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel while traveling to Turkey to receive professional training from his …

Israeli police raid map center outside East Jerusalem

  When late Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini launched his political career around 1980, he chose to work out of the Orient House in East Jerusalem. According to the Orient House‘s website, the iconic building was the site of diplomatic meetings including German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm when he visited Jerusalem in …

Is Palestinian frustration playing into Netanyahu’s strategy?

Ahead of his second meeting March 16 with US President Donald Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video clip on his Facebook page. “We’re in a process of dialogue with the White House,” he said. And what is this dialogue about? “About an agreed policy on …

Gaza receives first batch of construction trucks in 10 years

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the context of the recent openness policy that Egypt has come to adopt toward the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian authorities allowed the entry of dozens of trucks loaded with construction materials and food through the Rafah crossing on March 9. For the first time since …

Committee investigating anti-PA protests to submit results in coming days

(File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A committee formed to probe “events between protesters and Palestinian security forces” last week — when Palestinian police beat protesters and smashed journalists’ equipment — is to submit the results of the investigation by Wednesday, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said. The director of …

Palestinian officer killed, 2 gunmen injured during armed clashes in Balata

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian policeman was killed Sunday night during armed clashes that erupted in Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, after Palestinian forces raided the camp to detain “wanted fugitives,” Palestinian security forces said. The clashes left another policeman and at least …

Palestinians fear US will block financial assistance

Even before the arrival March 12 to Jerusalem and Ramallah of Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s representative for international negotiations, the Palestinians were concerned. They were already aware of the voices in Washington calling for a halt of American aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until payments to families of shahids …

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 …

Palestinians protest over PA-Israel security ties

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – The killing of a prominent Palestinian political activist in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah by the Israeli occupation army last week has once again exposed one of the most controversial truths of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a semi-governmental body ruling three million Palestinians …

Palestinian forces use live fire against protesters opposing the PA in Duheisha

PA police spokesman Adnan al-Dmeiri. (File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces spokesman Adnan al-Dmeiri denied on Monday reports that Ramallah chief of police Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi had resigned in the wake of the police’s violent suppression of anti-PA protests in the central occupied West Bank city a …