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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 …

Ashrawi denounces UN decision to remove the ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid

PNN/ New York/ PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Saturday has denounced the decision by the United Nations to remove the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report from its website which concluded that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of …

Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf

[The following text is the resignation letter submitted by ESWA Executie Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a report that asserts Israel is committing Apartheid. Click here to access the full ESCWA report, which has since been …

Israeli army opens investigation into filmed beating of Palestinian detainee

Haitham Siyaj BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Five months after a video emerged showing Israeli forces brutally assaulting a handcuffed Palestinian detainee, Israel’s military police announced that a criminal investigation into the incident was underway, according to Israeli media. Israeli news site Ynet reported on Friday that the soldiers involved in the …

UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the …

Israeli airstrikes hit two areas in Gaza, damaging electricity infrastructure

A construction site in the Shujaaiya neighborhood of Gaza City in March 2016. (UNOCHA/ File) GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces conducted two airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip late Wednesday night, damaging the coastal enclave’s already tenuous electricity infrastructure. The Israeli army said in a statement that in response to …

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 …

Dr. Saeb Erekat on Another Raid and Closure of a Palestinian Institution in Occupied East Jerusalem

Statements March 14, 2017 We strongly condemn the illegitimate closure of the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Department of the Arab Studies Society and the illegal detention of Mr. Khalil Tufakji this morning in Occupied East Jerusalem.  Mr. Tufakji is a distinguished scholar from Jerusalem and the Director of this academic …