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Children learn in tent after Israel demolishes school

Jubbet adh-Dibh, occupied West Bank – Early in the morning, dozens of students assembled in columns outside the Jubbet adh-Dibh primary school. Encouraged by their teachers, they launched into a rendition of the Palestinian national anthem, Fidai. It appeared to be a typical Palestinian scene, a morning ritual repeated outside thousands of school buildings …

General Intelligence’s Gender Unit: Women’s participation is important in Palestine

The head of the gender unit at the General Intelligence, Colonel Hala Blidi, talked about the important participation of women officers in the General Intelligence. Colonel Hala also showed the major steps to integrate gender equality into the government policies and security sector reform that have been taken by the …

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 …

Palestinian teachers seize golden opportunity in Kuwait

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education on March 22 began considering over a thousand applications from Palestinian teachers seeking to work in Kuwait. According to Muhannad Abu Shama, the ministry’s director of staff affairs, 1,173 Palestinians working in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) affiliated areas submitted applications. …

EUPOL COPPS and Palestinian Police officers participate in a study visit to Spain

PNN/ Ramallah/ This week, three members from the Palestinian Civil Police Traffic Administration and a EUPOL COPPS delegation participated in a five-day study visit to Spain to enhance their capabilities on conducting casualty road collision investigations. The objective of the visit was to strengthen the capacity of the Palestinian Civil …

Palestinian police officers conclude study trip to Croatia on accountability

Bethlehem/PNN/ Six Palestinian police officers concluded on Friday 30 September a study trip to Zagreb and discussed with their Croatian counterparts how to enhance accountability within various sections of the police. During the trip, the attendees raised a number of topics such as the organization of the Croatian Ministry of …

first international seminar on gender-based violence in the humanitarian context of Gaza

Gaza Strip/PNN/ UN Women, with support of the Government of Japan, opened today the first international seminar on “Gender-Based Violence in the humanitarian context of the Gaza Strip. For the first time in Gaza, more than 250 national and international representatives from civil society, humanitarian, development organisations and donors are …

Gaza’s schoolyard exorcisms

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A video that went viral April 5 showed what looked like collective repentance for mistakes committed by boys as young as 15 years old. These acts of repentance were organized at the Nile preparatory public school in the west of Gaza City by a preaching group affiliated with the Hamas-run Ministry of Awqaf …

Israeli forces raid, confiscate items from Jenin-area university

JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces overnight Monday raided the campus of the Arab American University in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin and confiscated items — including computers and flags — from student union offices.The university’s public relations department told Ma’an that 11 Israeli military vehicles stormed the campus …

PA says will only pay portion of overdue salaries to non-striking teachers

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education announced on Saturday that it intended to request that the Finance Ministry pay a quarter of overdue allowances to teachers across the occupied West Bank — but only to teachers who were not on strike.The announcement came as most Palestinian public …