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UNCTAD: 50 Fifty years of occupation have driven the Palestinian economy into de-development and poverty

  This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It is the longest occupation in recent history. For the Palestinian people, these have been five decades of de-development, suppressed human potential and denial of the right to …

Reports Israeli government plans to retaliate against Amnesty International over settlements campaign

Responding to reports circulating in Israeli media today suggesting that the Israeli Finance Ministry is planning to take action against the organization and its donors under Israel’s controversial 2011 anti-boycott law, over its campaign calling on governments to ban imports of Israeli settlement products, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle …

Israel mulls building largest settlement inside Palestinian neighborhood: NGO

The Israeli regime is thinking over granting construction permits that will create the largest settlement inside a Palestinian neighborhood, an NGO says. According to Peace Now, an anti-settlement Israeli NGO, the Local Committee for Planning and Construction of Jerusalem al-Quds was discussing on Sunday issuing permits for constructing 176 settler …

Israeli authorities demolish parts of Palestinian cemetery in Jerusalem

Part of the wall of the ‘martyrs’ cemetery that was demolished (MaanImages) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday morning demolished parts of the outer wall of a Palestinian cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources.Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries …

Foreign ministry slams Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Golden Gate

RAMALLAH, September 10, 2017 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs condemned on Sunday the decision of the Israeli public prosecutor to shut down the Golden Gate, one of the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. The ministry said Israeli authorities are gradually altering the historical status quo …

Palestinian Christians call on Greek Orthodox Patriarch to resign over land sales

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians protesting outside of the Jaffa Gate entrance to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City reportedly called for the resignation of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III on Saturday, over the alleged sale of church property to Israeli settler groups. According to Palestinian Wafa news agency, the …

Israeli crackdown on toy guns exposes hypocrisy

Ramallah: Israeli occupation forces have imposed a ban on selling of toy guns in the occupied West Bank. Copies of the order were seen plastered on all main streets and market places in Ramallah. Israeli forces say the guns ‘pose a threat’ to Israeli soldiers. The forces raided several shops …

Palestinian woman turns herself into prison over Israeli accusations of ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman turned herself into Israeli prison on Tuesday to serve a three-month sentence over posts she allegedly made on Facebook. After serving out an eight-month period in house arrest, Israeli authorities handed 48-year-old Sahar al-Natsheh a prison sentence in Nov. 2016, accusing the occupied East Jerusalem resident …