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FIFA withdraws resolution against Israeli settlement teams

World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday removed a resolution against Israeli clubs based in settlements in the illegally occupied West Bank. FIFA guidelines ban national associations from registering teams on other associations’ territories. In a letter addressed to members of the FIFA Council, more than 170 Palestinian football clubs …

Governor of PMA takes part in annual meetings of International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Washington

PNN/ Washington/ The Governor of PMA, H.E. Mr. Azzam Shawwa, attended the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Washington, D.C., accompanied by a high-level delegation from the PMA and the Financial Follow-Up Unit.In a session also attended by governors from Arab MENA …

Middle East peace effort lacks progress on political front – UN reports

1 May 2017 – The lack of progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is impeding Palestine’s development, according to a new United Nations report, which also reiterates the international community’s commitment to a two-state solution in the region. The report, issued by the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for …

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 …

American Media Continues to Ignore Historic Hunger Strike Underway

Since April 17, over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners have been on hunger strike. Each time the political prisoners declare their intention to strike, Israeli authorities put them into solitary confinement. Attorneys for Addameer, a prisoner support organization, visited the Nafha, Hadarim and Asqlan prisons on April 25. Thabet al-Mardawi, a …

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 …

UN envoy urges Palestinian unity to resolve electricity crisis in Gaza

19 April 2017 – The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today called on authorities in Gaza to work together with the international community to resolve a new energy crisis after the area’s only power station shut down, saying the consequences of the crisis “should not be …

EU provides €12 million to support families in need in the West Bank and Gaza

JERUSALEM, April 11, 2017 (WAFA) – The European Union (EU) contributed almost €12 million to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) quarterly payment of social allowances to 109,000 poor Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza, an EU press release said on Tuesday. This contribution amounts to €11.75 million and is …

Human Rights Watch Says Israel Blocking Access to Gaza

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (FARES AKRAM) April 3, 2017, 6:10 AM GMT+3 April 3, 2017, 6:12 AM GMT+3 Gaza City, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question …