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Israeli forces block off entrance to villages northeast of Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed the main entrance to a cluster of villages northeast of Ramallah in central occupied West Bank on Sunday morning for unknown reasons, according to locals. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed the iron gate installed at the entrance to a road that leads to …

Israeli forces raid home of slain Palestinian, summon family members for interrogation

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the home of slain Palestinian Suhaib Mashahra in the Jerusalem-area village of Sheikh Saad on Wednesday night, after the 21-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces when he hit an Israeli bus with his car at a junction near Israel’s illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Witnesses …

Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prison

PNN/ Ramallah/ A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners. The provocative move came in response to the hunger strike which Palestinian prisoners launched on the Palestinian …

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

19 April 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today called on authorities in Gaza to work together with the international community to resolve a new energy crisis after the area’s only power station shut down, saying the consequences of the crisis “should not be …

PA officer sentenced to 6 years in prison over role in 2011 death of Israeli settler

  BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority (PA) police officer was sentenced to six years in prison by an Israeli military court on Tuesday for his involvement in an incident in which an Israeli settler was shot and killed in the northern occupied West Bank in 2011. According to Israeli …

Executive Summary of Addameer’s 2016 Violations Report

18 April 2017 Addameer’s forthcoming Annual Violations report on 2016 will be released soon, highlighting systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli detention. The report aims to document the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees and through 341 interviews conducted by Addameer attorneys and 65 …

We Shall Stay Here: Palestinians challenge demolition order with stones

PNN/ Jerusalem/ The villagers in Jabal Al-Baba community, East Jerusalem, wrote “We Shall Stay Here” with stones to challenge an Israeli demolition and eviction order, which aims to expand and annex the illegal Ma’ale Adumim settlement, central West Bank. Families in the community said that the writing is a message from …

Israeli forces shut down 2 bookstores in Hebron over ‘incitement’

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank before dawn Monday, shutting down and sealing off two bookstores after confiscating materials. Locals told Ma’an that the Muhammad bookstore near Hebron University and the Hussam bookstore near the Palestine Polytechnic University in the city were …

Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners start open hunger strike

PNN/ Bethlehem/ About 1,600 Palestinian prisoners on  Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 17th April 2017, have started an open hunger strike lead by PLO leader, Marwan Al-Barghouthi, as a  protest calling for basic needs & rights. The prisoners call to an end to the practice of arbitrary administrative detention, torture, ill-treatment, unfair trials, detention …