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Israel Takes Steps to Help Palestinian Economy as Trump Arrives

Israel passed a series of measures aimed at bolstering the Palestinian economy as a confidence-building gesture before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives and elaborates on his plans for addressing the Middle East conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday with the message that Israel would welcome …

Gaza citizens remain biggest losers of decadelong political dispute

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In a new move to clamp down on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree April 20 exempting Gaza citizens from the fees of services rendered by the ministries, institutions and bodies affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision includes …

Hamas cracks down on Gaza journalists

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On April 26, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza launched a crackdown against what it described as “propagandists.” During this unprecedented move, 17 Palestinian journalists and activists were arrested for several hours before being released after pledging not to publish news about internal Palestinian affairs …

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 …

Striking for Dignity and Freedom

by Amahl Bishara | published May 5, 2017 – 7:28am More than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners began a hunger strike on April 17 for better conditions inside Israeli jails. Their demands include access to education, proper medical care and an end to the practice of solitary confinement. They are striking …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

WASHINGTON — Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get …

Israel demands PA stop paying off prisoners’ families

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — In reaction to the open-ended and ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, started on April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority on April 22 to to prove its commitment to the peace process by halting the financial allocations to Palestinian prisoners and their …

Mass hunger strike tests Palestinian unity

Hunger strikes don’t get any easier with experience. So says the family of Palestinian prisoner Majd Ziada, who has participated in multiple collective strikes since his arrest by Israeli occupation forces in 2002. “It is as if you are carrying the weight of 15 years of imprisonment on your shoulders,” …

How Israel denies rights to Palestinian prisoners

In a photograph widely shared on social media this month, Kifah Quzmar, a final-year business student at Birzeit University near Ramallah, wears a red-and-white keffiyeh and a somewhat defiant look. The difference between the 28-year-old and tens of other Palestinian students and youth arrested in recent weeks is perhaps that his …