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Journalist shot, injured as Israeli forces suppress peaceful protest near Qalqilia

QALQILIA, March 3, 2017 (WAFA) – A Palestinian journalist Friday was shot and injured in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet as Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful anti-settlement rally  in the village of Kufr Qadoom to the east of Qalqilia, according to a local activist. Coordinator of the popular …

Palestinian media outlets commit to more coverage of women’s affairs

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Ministry of Women’s Affairs, in collaboration with local media, is deploying major efforts to encourage the media to address social affairs, and women’s affairs in particular, in an attempt to change stereotypes and how society views Palestinian women. On Dec. 5, 2016, 17 …

Almost 20% of Palestinian youth have faced arrest after online postings

A recent survey of Palestinian youth has revealed the depth of Israeli spying on the indigenous population of historic Palestine. The poll by the Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement (7amleh — “Campaign”) indicated that 19 per cent of 15 to 25-year-olds reported being arrested or pulled up for investigation …

Fatah movement says Facebook shut down the movement’s official page

The photo which reportedly led Facebook to close Fatah’s official page RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The official Facebook page of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling party Fatah was shut down by Facebook Inc. on Monday, according to an official statement from the Fatah movement. Munir al-Jaghoub, a Fatah official and the …

Palestinian sentenced to 17 months in prison for Facebook ‘incitement’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Jerusalem magistrate court sentenced a Palestinian to 17 months in Israeli prison on Tuesday for “supporting terrorist organizations” on Facebook. Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva reported that the Palestinian was a resident of the Shufat refugee camp, which is cut off from the rest of occupied …

MADA: 383 violations against media freedoms during 2016

(65% by Israeli Occupation/ 35% different Palestinian sides) Ramallah- the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” organized a press conference on Wednesday 08/02/2017, and released its annual report of violations against media freedoms in Palestine during 2016.   Mr. Mousa Rimawi- General Director of MADA center and Dr. …

PM Hamdallah urges Apple and Google to include Palestinian communities in Area C in their maps

  RAMALLAH, January 26, 2017 (WAFA)  – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday urged both the Apple and Google companies to include all Palestinian communities in the West Bank in their online maps. “It is baffling that, while Palestinians in Area C can´t even find their own community on either maps, …

PA asks Attorney General to shut down 13 local radio, TV stations

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Officials of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Information sent an official request to the office of the attorney general on Monday asking to shut down 13 local radio and TV stations who are allegedly operating without a license.The ministry’s director general in the northern occupied West Bank, Majid …

Hamas slams Facebook over blocking dozens of accounts supporting the movement

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement on Saturday slammed Facebook’s administration after the social media giant blocked dozens of accounts and pages in support of the movement following the launch of a social media campaign by the group promoting the actions of Hamas’ first bomb manufacturer. Husam Badran, a …

Following 8 months house arrest, Palestinian woman sentenced to prison for ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — After eight months under house arrest, 48 year-old Sahar al-Natsheh is getting ready to spend three months in Israeli prison. Al-Natsheh was detained on March 21, 2016 near the Bab al-Hutta Gate (Gate of Remission) of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Natsheh …