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US calls on UN to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley exonerated Israel of any responsibility for Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, calling for a Security Council resolution to blacklist Hamas and punish its backers. “The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough,” she said on Tuesday. “We need to pressure Hamas to …

Hamas delegation reaches ‘understandings’ with Egypt and meets Dahlan reps

Hamas has announced that a delegation of its senior officials which visited Cairo last week also met with representatives of ousted Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan in the Egyptian capital. In a meeting in Gaza on Sunday, senior Hamas official Khalil Al-Hayya briefed journalists on the results of the trip. “The …

MADA calls for repeal of the blocking of a number of Palestinian news sites

Ramallah – (18-6-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses its deep concern about the blocking of a number of Palestinian websites. This decision constitutes a serious violation of freedom of the press and expression and calls for the repeal of such measures and practices, which …

UN says Gaza crisis is ‘internal Palestinian dispute’ on 10th year of Israeli blockade

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After the Israel decided to drastically cut electricity supplies to the Gaza Stripat the request at the Palestinian Authority (PA), UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory Robert Piper characterized the ever-worsening crisis in Gaza as “an international Palestinians dispute” — as Israel’s military blockade on …

UN blames Palestinians for electricity crisis Israel caused in Gaza

A senior UN official is blaming Palestinians for the severe suffering Israel is inflicting on residents of the Gaza Strip with its decision to drastically curtail electricity supplies to the territory where most households already have no more than about three hours of power each day. Robert Piper, the UN …

Gaza braces itself for ‘collapse’ after Israel approves reduction of electricity supply

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli security cabinet has approved a 40 percent reduction in Israel’s electricity supply to the besieged Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are already coping with a crippling power crisis and daily, hours-long blackouts, according Israeli media reports. While Gaza’s electricity company said it had not received an …

Guterres expresses support for UN agency’s work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle East

12 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, and called on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging …

Gaza security forces arrest reporter for Palestinian Authority-owned news outlet

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian journalist was arrested by the internal security services of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Friday, members of his family told Ma’an. According to his family, Fouad Jaradeh, a reporter for the Palestinian Authority’s official television channel Palestine TV, was arrested Friday afternoon and was …

MADA: 41 violations against media freedoms in Palestine during May 2017

Ramallah 10/6/2017- For the third month, the attacks against media freedoms in Palestine continued at the same pace. May 2017 witnessed a number of violations at the same high levels recorded during April and March. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored a total of 41 attacks …

In eye of regional storm, Hamas pushed closer to Tehran

It seems that the internal elections held by Hamas in May are no longer an exclusively Palestinian affair. Many regional leaders congratulated the Hamas leadership after Ismail Haniyeh was elected as head of Hamas’ political bureau at home and abroad and when Yahya Sinwar was elected head of Hamas’ political bureau in …