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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 …

Israel detained 509 Palestinians in March, report says

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 509 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of March, prisoners’ rights organizations said in a joint report on Sunday. The report — written by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and …

On 69th anniversary, PLO remembers ‘heartbreaking’ Deir Yassin massacre

Archive photo of survivors of the Deir Yassin massacre. (File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) marked on Sunday the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, when at least 100 Palestinians were killed by Zionist militias in the Jerusalem-area village of Deir Yassin in 1948. PLO Executive …

Thousands gather in Gaza as protests continue against PA salary cuts

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees demonstrated in Gaza City on Saturday, as protests continued against a PA decision to impose drastic salary cuts for its Gaza-based employees. The protesters gathered at the al-Saraya square and chanted against the move, and called on leaders in the …

Sit-in held at Beit Jala hospital against alleged medical negligence, corruption

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians gathered in front of the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday, calling for Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad to step down over allegations of rampant medical negligence at the hospital and lack of accountability in the medical community at large. …

2 Palestinians detained in East Jerusalem over ‘online incitement’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained two Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem over alleged online incitement, a spokesperson said on Sunday.Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement that the two youths, ages 20 and 24, were detained separately for individually posting on Facebook “praising the acts of terrorists …

Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian police said that it seized different types of drugs worth 60 million Israeli shekels ($16.5 million) in the various provinces between the beginning of January and mid-March. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Palestinian police spokesman Lt. Col. Luay Irzikat said that drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the …

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 …