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What it’s like to use Facebook from inside a Gaza prison

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A number of Palestinian inmates at Gaza Central Prison in western Gaza City were allowed to connect March 21, via Facebook video calls, with family members residing outside the Gaza Strip and with whom they had not been in touch for years. In cooperation with the Gaza …

Palestinian rights groups condemn Gaza executions

7 April 2017 Palestinian human rights groups have condemned the execution by authorities in the Gaza Strip of three civilians accused of collaborating with Israel. According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Hamas-controlled interior ministry in Gaza hanged the men, aged 55, 42 and 32, on Thursday morning. …

Hamdallah signs off on recommendations made by fact-finding commission

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has committed to implementingrecommendations made in a report released on Monday by a fact-finding commission, which notably called for Palestinian forces to be punished for using unjustified force against a peaceful protest in Ramallah, while also recommending that legal action be taken …

(PHROC) condemns the assault on the peaceful assembly that took place in front of the Palestinian Court Complex and warns of the consequences of the violations of rights and freedoms.

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council followed up on the Palestinian Security Forces’ forceful assault on the peaceful assembly that took place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in front of the Palestinian Court Complex in Al-Balou’ area in Al-Bireh City. The assembly was organized in protest of the court hearings …

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 …

Basil al-Araj: Police break up protest over court case

At least 200 demonstrators gathered to protest the case outside a Ramallah court [Zann Huizhen Huang/Al Jazeera] Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian police violently suppressed a demonstration over a court case against slain activist Basil al-Araj and five others imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) last year. A prominent activist and …

PCHR: Holding local elections requires comprehensive national dialogue

PNN/ Gaza/ On 31 Januarys 2017, the Palestinian Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 13 May 2017.  The decision assigned the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to carry out the necessary preparations to start the elections and the Minister …

Ramallah court sentences man to lifetime of hard labor for ‘honor killing’ of 2 sisters

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian appeals court in Ramallah on Monday sentenced a man to a lifetime of hard labor after he was found guilty of killing his two sisters in 2006 in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources told Ma’an Tuesday on the condition of anonymity. …

Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

Gazans divided over death sentences

Palestinian families of those killed by violence in the Gaza Strip hold posters reading in Arabic, “Punishment for criminals,” as they protest in support of execution outside a conference being held by nongovernmental organizations on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, in Gaza City, Oct. 9, …