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Israeli forces block off entrance to villages northeast of Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed the main entrance to a cluster of villages northeast of Ramallah in central occupied West Bank on Sunday morning for unknown reasons, according to locals. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed the iron gate installed at the entrance to a road that leads to …

Israeli forces raid home of slain Palestinian, summon family members for interrogation

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the home of slain Palestinian Suhaib Mashahra in the Jerusalem-area village of Sheikh Saad on Wednesday night, after the 21-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces when he hit an Israeli bus with his car at a junction near Israel’s illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Witnesses …

Assailants open fire at ICRC headquarters in southern West Bank

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants opened fire at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) headquarters in Hebron City in the southern occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday. The shooting notably damaged the headquarters’ gate and an ICRC vehicle. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Palestinian police had opened an …

PA faces backlash after slashing Gaza salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets recently to decry a Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to slash its employees’ salaries in the Gaza Strip by 30-50%. The move is prompting a meeting that could change the relationship between PA rival political parties Hamas and Fatah — for better or …

Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prison

PNN/ Ramallah/ A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners. The provocative move came in response to the hunger strike which Palestinian prisoners launched on the Palestinian …

Executive Summary of Addameer’s 2016 Violations Report

18 April 2017 Addameer’s forthcoming Annual Violations report on 2016 will be released soon, highlighting systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli detention. The report aims to document the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees and through 341 interviews conducted by Addameer attorneys and 65 …

We Shall Stay Here: Palestinians challenge demolition order with stones

PNN/ Jerusalem/ The villagers in Jabal Al-Baba community, East Jerusalem, wrote “We Shall Stay Here” with stones to challenge an Israeli demolition and eviction order, which aims to expand and annex the illegal Ma’ale Adumim settlement, central West Bank. Families in the community said that the writing is a message from …

Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners start open hunger strike

PNN/ Bethlehem/ About 1,600 Palestinian prisoners on  Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 17th April 2017, have started an open hunger strike lead by PLO leader, Marwan Al-Barghouthi, as a  protest calling for basic needs & rights. The prisoners call to an end to the practice of arbitrary administrative detention, torture, ill-treatment, unfair trials, detention …

Joint statement: 1 million Palestinians detained by Israel since 1948

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of …