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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 …

Monthly Incitement Report for May 2017 – Special Edition: The Status of Jerusalem

PNN/ Ramallah/ International law stipulates that Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem is illegal and constitutes a direct violation of Israel’s obligations as a belligerent occupier. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (II) which stated, “the City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus …

What’s in Palestine’s first ever education law?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the first Palestinian Law for Education and Higher Education on April 6, after the Cabinet submitted it on March 7 to replace the applicable Arab laws in the Palestinian territories (the Jordanian law in the West Bank and the Egyptian …

Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

Gaza’s red poison

Fatima’s marriage started to fall apart in its early days. Her husband began selling her jewelry, claiming that he was raising funds to set up a small shop. It soon transpired that he needed the money to buy a drug called Tramadol. “I didn’t know at first that my husband …

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

The so-called “regulation bill” passed at the start of February, retroactively legalises the construction of thousands of Jewish settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land. The original landowners are to be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property. This …

PA to hold local elections in West Bank only, after Hamas refuses to participate in Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has decided to hold local elections in the occupied West Bank on May 13 as scheduled, while excluding Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip from taking part. During the PA’s weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Bethlehem, it was decided that elections …

In Palestine, no job means no health insurance

GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according …

Hamdallah says government may be forced to conduct elections in West Bank alone

RAMALLAH, February 26, 2017 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Sunday that in case Hamas rejects to allow the government to hold the municipal elections on time, the government will decide to hold the elections in the West Bank alone and will postpone the elections in the Gaza …

Gaza court sentences to death 6 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A military court in the besieged Gaza Strip sentenced six Palestinians to death on Sunday after they were found guilty of collaborating with Israel. The Gaza Ministry of Interior said in a statement that a Gaza City court upheld the death sentences of three defendants, rejecting …