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Israel to allow Palestinian Jerusalemites to enter Gaza in effort to ‘encourage investment’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities announced on Monday that they would begin allowing certain Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem to visit the besieged Gaza Strip.A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, said in a statement on Monday that as …

Palestinians banned from Al-Aqsa perform prayers at mosque’s gate

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — After Israeli forces banned them from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, a group of Palestinians performed prayers at the mosque’s gates Tuesday night. More than 40 Palestinians have been detained, interrogated, and banned from the Al-Aqsa Mosquecompound amid heightened security restrictions imposed by …

Palestinian teen dies weeks after being shot by Israeli troops: Ministry

A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank last month died from his wounds on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said. The incident on 23 March saw Israeli troops shoot dead another Palestinian teenager and seriously wound three more Palestinians, including the 17-year-old confirmed dead on …

Israeli minister decides to revoke Jerusalem IDs of slain attacker’s family

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After facing imminent demolition of their home, with some being rounded up in Israeli detention centers, the relatives of the slain Palestinian who carried out a deadly truck attack in a Jerusalem-area settlement will now have their East Jerusalem residency status revoked. Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh …

10 Palestinian homes demolished in Israeli city, prompting mayor to resign

QALANSAWE (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition …

New marine force in Gaza has Israel on guard

  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip, under Hamas’ control, announced during a Dec. 22 event held on a Gaza beach the creation of special marine forces as an independent entity from the other security institutions. The establishment of this new security body sends a challenge to Israel. …

Fatah’s leadership in danger as Dahlan prepares to take over

  Palestine’s al-Fatah group prepares to choose its new leader at the end of the month as Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestinian Authority and the head of al-Fatah, is to leave his post. Abbas’ main rival seems to be Muhammad Dahlan who lives in the United Arab Emirates and has …

‘Bad Palestinians’ under Israel’s collective punishment

Bani Naim has seen the sharp end of Lieberman’s policy, which amounts to collective punishment, human rights groups say [Ylenia Gostoli/Al Jazeera]   Bani Naim, Hebron – In mid-August, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, announced that Israel’s policy towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank would include “colour-coding” its communities into …

Palestinian PM vows to resign if PA fails to arrest all West Bank fugitives

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah vowed to resign from office if the Palestinian Authority failed to arrest all wanted men responsible for encouraging “security chaos” in the occupied West Bank. In an interview Saturday evening with Ma’an TV, Hamdallah, who is also the Minister of Interior, said …

The morning after: What happens to Gaza if Hamas is toppled?

A Palestinian Hamas supporter takes a selfie during an anti-Israeli rally in Gaza City, April 28, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Suhaib Salem) Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman does not hide his ambition to end Hamas’ rule over Gaza. As an opposition figure, he declared that if he were defense minister, he would give Hamas …