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Bank project offers Palestinian women independence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On July 5, the Ramallah-based National Bank (TNB) launched its latest version of Hayati (My Life), a program that targets women. The privately owned bank first introduced the program in 2015, focusing on savings accounts and offering a limited number of 0% interest loans for modest amounts. …

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 …

Ashrawi: Adoption of UN resolution is a victory for Palestinian women and their rights

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March:“On behalf of the Palestinian leadership …

The Matrix: Rights, government and daily life in Palestine

I’d like to introduce you to three Palestinian women: Sarah, Fatima and Khalida. Sarah is from East Jerusalem and has an East Jerusalem ID. Fatima is from Haifa and has Israeli citizenship. Khalida is from Ramallah proper and has a PA-issued ID card (pre-approved by the military’s “Israeli civil administration”). …

More than 72,000 Palestinian students begin final high school exams

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 72,015 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip started final high school exams on Saturday, known in Arabic as the “Tawjihi.” The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue higher …

UNRWA Health Department Annual Report 2016

No Health without Peace: Seventy, Fifty and Ten Are Not Just Numbers in the Lives of 5.3 million Palestine Refugees The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the latest annual report from the Agency’s Department of Health earlier today in Geneva, …

Video: First International Conference on Climate Change launched in Ramallah

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestine Engineers Association on Monday, 8 May 2017, launched the First International Conference on Climate Change in Palestine; an event which gathered hundreds of researchers, engineers scientists, decision-makers, governmental agencies and social movements from 12 different countries. All participants came in hopes to come up with strategies, policies and actions …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

UN Special Coordinator congratulates Hamdallah on launching NPA

PNN/ Ramallah/ United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah, his government, civil society and the business community for finalising an ambitious policy agenda for Palestine that articulates a strong, clear vision for the Palestinian people. “The United Nations …

Palestine PM launches Cooperative Sector Strategy

PNN/ Ramallah/ A national conference to launch the recently approved Cooperative Sector Strategy was opened on Wednesday by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. The conference was attended by some 200 participants from relevant ministries, cooperative unions, civil society organizations and members of the international community. The Prime Minister recognized the …