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Arab Democracy Index 5 The Arab Democracy Index: A Marked Decline in Freedoms and Reform

Press release A report published today by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, in partnership with ten research centres in the Arab world, shows a decline in the Arab Democracy Index and the shortcomings of the process of democratic change and its inability …

Israel calls for end of UN Palestinian refugee agency

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the UN agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the US ambassador to the United Nations. Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United …

The Israeli-American Hammer-Lock on Palestine

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the longest military occupation in modern history, some are celebrating. It is fully appropriate that these celebrations will include a joint session of the US Congress and the Israeli Knesset, held via video link. For Israel’s rule over East Jerusalem, the West Bank, …

UK refuses to apologize for Balfour Declaration, Palestinians threaten to sue

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian ambassador to the UK said on Tuesday that the UK would not apologize for the Balfour Declaration, which contributed to the establishment of an Israeli state, as the 100th commemoration of the signing of the document is marked this year. Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian conveyed …

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 …

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 …

Turmus Aya’s Palestinians threatened by settlement plan

The Shilo Valley, Occupied West Bank – At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that “this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter”. Contrary to …

Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians overnight, including Hamas MP

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, targeting so-called Hamas operatives in predawn raids, including exiled Jerusalem lawmaker Ahmad Attun. During a raid into the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh in northeastern Ramallah, Israeli forces detained Attun, as …

Will Hamas respond to leader’s assassination?

Ever since unknown gunmen assassinated Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha on March 24, the movement has been threatening to retaliate against Israel, which it accused of being behind the assassination. Threats came from inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, from both political and military leaderships. The Palestinians have been …