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Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are …

Debunking Israel’s UN-bias claims

Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, made headlines in June when she denounced what she claimed was a pattern of “anti-Israel” behaviour at the UN. “I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time,” she said. “We are not going …

Gaza civil society organizations aim to empower women

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The ongoing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip enters its 11th year with Palestinians suffering the ensuing crises that have affected all aspects of life in the enclave. Because women are a vulnerable group in society, a pressing need has emerged to support Gazan …

Behind the headlines in Jerusalem

Nur Arafeh is a Palestine-based Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Jerusalem has been in the spotlight again recently as tensions reached the boiling point after the mid-July attack on Israeli forces in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Despite the apparent resolution of the immediate crisis owing to mass Palestinian …

Israel’s arrests of Palestinians ‘highest in years’

Israeli forces arrested some 1,268 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories over the last two months, according to rights groups. Several non-governmental organisations, including the Ramallah-based Addameer prisoner rights group and al-Mezan rights centre in Gaza, released the figures in a joint press release published on Tuesday. In June, the arrest …

Sheikh Jarrah family faces eviction to benefit settlers

Photos of Sheikh Jarrah, wikipedia, accessed on 8 August 2017. The Palestinian family fought for years in Israeli court to keep the home where they have lived since 1964. Sheikh Jarrah, Occupied East Jerusalem – At the Shamasne family’s basement home in Sheikh Jarrah, days before a final deadline to evacuate …

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 …

Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

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. …

Al-Aqsa crisis: Opening a Pandora’s box of Israeli fears over Temple Mount

A week after the 1967 war, two poets sat down together to talk: Haim Guri, long identified with the Zionist left, and Uri Zvi Grinberg, who was always considered Israel’s right-wing nationalist prophet of doom. Guri was celebrating victory in that war, and especially the conquest of Jerusalem. “The Temple …