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Israel’s Regularisation Law: Colonialism under stress

A draconic Israeli law is currently being challenged in the High Court of Justice. Following a confrontation between police officers who were trying to evacuate settlers from the occupied West Bank colony of Amona last February, the Israeli Knesset introduced the “Regularisation Law”. This law would allow the state to …

Attallah meets Interpol General Secretary in France

Bethlehem/PNN/ Major General. Hazem Atallah -Chief of Palestinian Civil Police met with Interpol General Secretary Mr Jürgen Stock on Monday 21st August 2017 at the Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France. The Media and Public Relations Department in the Palestinian Civil Police reported in a statement that Major General Attallah briefed …

Enforcing Israeli domestic law on occupied territory amounts to de facto annexation, says group

HAIFA, August 14, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli Interior Minister’s efforts to enforce Israeli domestic law on Palestinian occupied territory amounts to a de facto annexation of West Bank land to Israel, which is a gross violation of international law, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel …

Local elections: Retreat for women, youth, factions and upsurge for clans

By Aseel Akhras RAMALLAH, August 12, 2017 (WAFA) – Statistics compiled  by the Central Election Commission  (CEC) showed a retreat for women, youth and political factions in the recent local elections and an upsurge for clans and families. Percentage of women winners in election was 19.8%, and 22.4% won by …

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 …