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Palestine and the United Nations: 70 years on

Palestine’s story at the United Nations began on 29 November 1947, with the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) adoption of Resolution 181. The so-called “Partition Resolution” proposed, for first time in history, to divide a homeland into two states. Seven full decades since the adoption of this resolution, the Palestinian people, …

More Palestinians seek Abbas’ resignation, remain skeptical of Trump, survey shows

A survey shows that 67 percent of Palestinians want the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and 75 percent remain skeptical of the role the administration of US President Donald Trump plays in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The result of the survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research among …

Presidential spokesman says Abbas’s position to be clearer upon meeting Trump

NEW YORK, September 19, 2017 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said the position of President Mahmoud Abbas towards the peace process, settlements and the two-state solution would be clearer after his expected meeting with US President Donald Trump. Abu Rudainah said, on the eve of the 72nd session of …

Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions

Agence France Presse RAFAH, Palestinian: Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave. Following Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks with Abbas’s Western-backed Fatah faction, Islamist Hamas said Sunday it would dissolve …

Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts

4 September 2017, 18:25 UTC The arrest of a Palestinian human rights defender today who criticized the Palestinian authorities on Facebook is a shameless attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO …

PA worries Egyptian aid to Hamas prolongs Palestinian division

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt has taken several steps to improve economic conditions for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 11, an agreement was reached to establish a free-trade zone on the Gazan-Egyptian border during a visit by a Hamas delegation to Cairo. On June 21, Egyptian industrial diesel was brought to Gaza to operate …

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 …

Palestinian Authority suspends plan to fire 6,000 Gaza civil servants

The Palestinian Authority has suspended plans to force more than 6,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip into early retirement, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday. The move was announced last month as part of a raft of punitive measures designed to pressure Hamas to cede control of the Gaza Strip. Many of …

Hebron mayor prevented from entering the city’s Old Town

  Mayor was on a regular check of the city’s public schools on the first day of the academic year   Ramallah: Israeli occupation forces have forcibly prevented Hebron mayor Shaikh Tayseer Abu Sneinah from entering the Old Town and banned him from that key part of the city. The …

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 …