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Fatah: Hamas invited to PNC if it ends its control over Gaza

Hamas must dissolve its administrative committee and end its control over Gaza before it can join the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting, Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi has announced. Al-Qawasmi said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeks to strengthen the Palestinian representation and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) ahead of its …

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital. At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery. The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. …

Ministry of health condemns UNRWA closing down Qalqilya hospital

Qalqilya/ PNN/ The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees on Monday said that it will close down its Qalqilya-based hospital, adding that all non-emergency services a including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment and the maternity ward, will stop by August 21. According to UNRWA, the …

Greek Orthodox Church to appeal Israeli decision on contested property sale

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Greek Orthodox patriarch of occupied East Jerusalem announced on Sunday that the church would be appealing a recent Israeli court decision approving the sale of church property to right-wing settler organizations seeking to expand Jewish Israeli presence in East Jerusalem’s Old City. Patriarch Theophilos III spoke at a …

15 Palestinians injured, 5 detained during Israeli raid on Kobar

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fifteen Palestinians were injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets while tens of others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes with Israeli forces that erupted before dawn on Wednesday in the village of Kobar, northeast of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.Israeli forces raided …

Human Rights Watch Israel: Jerusalem Palestinians Stripped of Status

  August 8, 2017 12:00AM EDT (Jerusalem) – Israel’s revocations of the residency status of thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem over the years illustrates the two-tiered system Israel maintains in the city, Human Rights Watch said today. The residency system imposes onerous requirements on Palestinians to maintain their status, with significant …

Warning after Jews buy up strategic real estate in Jerusalem’s Old City

Ramallah: The buying up of Palestinian property in occupied Jerusalem owned by Christian churches by Jewish groups, have prompted activists to warn of serious threats to the demographic composition of occupied Jerusalem in the near future. Recently, the Israeli-run Jerusalem District Court upheld three real-estate deals between the Greek Orthodox …

The End of This Road: The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi have been involved in Palestinian peace negotiations for three decades, and are senior associate members of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and co-authors of “A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine.” Agha most recently carried out backchannel negotiations during the Obama Administration’s failed effort …

Hamas to dissolve administrative committee if PA halts all punitive measures in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — In an attempt to achieve national reconciliation between feuding Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, and alleviate a dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas movement announced on Thursday its readiness to do away with its administrative committee in Gaza, should the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) …

Water deal tightens Israel’s control over Palestinians

Agreement fails to address the fundamental concept of water as a shared resource, critics say. It was hailed as a breakthrough, a rare display of regional cooperation, and a positive step that may pave the way for resuscitating talks between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been on hold since 2014. …