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Israel arrests Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh

Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and detained at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said “a large force” of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the …

Islamic bloc wins for 3rd year running in Birzeit University student elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The student group affiliated with the Hamas movement won the most seats in student council elections in Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the school reported, marking the third year in a row that the Islamist faction beat the Fatah-affiliated student group. In …

Executing Palestinians is Israeli policy

By now, no one can deny that extrajudicially executing Palestinians who pose no immediate lethal threat is Israeli policy. Not the 100 US Senators who signed a shameful letter decrying efforts to hold Israel accountable for its rights abuses at the United Nations, parroting Israeli talking points claiming that the …

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc wins Majority in Birzeit University Student Council Elections

Al Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc won 25 out of 51 seats in Birzeit University Students Council elections, held on May 10, 2017.  Competing factions Martyr Yasser Arafat got 22 seats and the Democratic Progressive Student Pole won 4 seats. Other competing blocs did not got any. Head of the Elections Preparatory …

FIFA withdraws resolution against Israeli settlement teams

World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday removed a resolution against Israeli clubs based in settlements in the illegally occupied West Bank. FIFA guidelines ban national associations from registering teams on other associations’ territories. In a letter addressed to members of the FIFA Council, more than 170 Palestinian football clubs …

Sit-in held at Beit Jala hospital against alleged medical negligence, corruption

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians gathered in front of the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday, calling for Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad to step down over allegations of rampant medical negligence at the hospital and lack of accountability in the medical community at large. …

Video shows Israeli police officer violently assaulting Palestinians in East Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli police officer physically assaulted and injured several Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz on Thursday morning, a video filmed by a witnessed showed. The video shows a plainclothes police officer aggressively verbally confronting a Palestinian truck driver after the …

Failed Plan to Reconstruct Gaza Fuels Water, Sanitation Crisis

The Oxfam report, titled “Treading Water” and released on World Water Day, analyzed the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism or GRM, which was designed to help with urgent reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2014 war by allowing the entry of building materials into the strip. Under the GRM, almost 3,000 items needed …

Palestinian forces use live fire against protesters opposing the PA in Duheisha

PA police spokesman Adnan al-Dmeiri. (File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces spokesman Adnan al-Dmeiri denied on Monday reports that Ramallah chief of police Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi had resigned in the wake of the police’s violent suppression of anti-PA protests in the central occupied West Bank city a …

PA police suppress protest against decision to try prisoners linked to Basel al-Araj

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian police violently suppressed a demonstration Sunday afternoon in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, after locals gathered in protest of a case against slain activist Basel al-Araj and five other Palestinians who were imprisoned alongside him last year by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Several protesters were …