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How Hamas prisoners elect leaders behind bars

Hamas members incarcerated in Israeli prisons recently held elections to determine their leadership for 2017-2019. Although these elected members remain behind bars, they have great influence within the Hamas leadership outside prison and they weigh in on major Hamas decisions. Prisoners participated in all 22 Israeli prisons, including the largest — Ketziot — …

Israeli forces detain employee of Turkish aid agency at Gaza border crossing

GAZA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained an employee of a Turkish development agency at a border crossing between the besieged Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Murtaja, a coordinator for the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and added that the …

Japan’s New Assistance to Palestinian People (USD 46,688,925)

The Government of Japan has committed a new assistance of USD 46,668,925 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs. This new package includes humanitarian assistance through UNRWA, budget assistance through the World Bank’s Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP) as well as infrastructure assistance, mainly for further …

U.S. blocks Palestinian from leading U.N. mission in Libya

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister to lead the U.N. political mission in Libya, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration “was disappointed” to see that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio …

Hamas decries Abbas overreach in setting local elections for spring

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority announced Jan. 31 that local council elections will be held on May 13 in all Palestinian territories — the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem — in coordination with President Mahmoud Abbas. However, Hamas said it will not take part …

US-Middle East relations are challenged in Congress

WASHINGTON DC – Less than a month into the new administration, a first-term congressman has introduced legislation that would reroute US funds from Palestinians to the Israeli military. It’s one of several pieces of legislation proposed in this session of Congress that, if passed, could have a dramatic effect on …