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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 …

VIDEO: Palestinian political rivalries play out in West Bank camp

Ongoing political violence continues to tear Balata refugee camp apart, amid increased tensions between supporters of Palestinian politicians Mohammed Dahlan and Mahmoud Abbas. The camp, which is located in Nablus City, is the largest in the West Bank and home to over 30,000 inhabitants. Balata was established in 1950 by …

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 …

Hamas holds meeting with political factions in Gaza to discuss burgeoning political crisis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian political parties held a meeting in the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in the coastal enclave and to prepare for the upcoming arrival of a delegation from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling Fatah party to Gaza, as tensions between …

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 …

Will Hamas respond to leader’s assassination?

Ever since unknown gunmen assassinated Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha on March 24, the movement has been threatening to retaliate against Israel, which it accused of being behind the assassination. Threats came from inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, from both political and military leaderships. The Palestinians have been …

How Palestinian female inmates are getting a second chance

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Directorate for Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, affiliated with the Ministry of Interior and National Security, which is responsible for managing civil prisons, inaugurated the “Glimmer of Hope” exhibition on March 26. For two consecutive days, handmade products made by about 40 female inmates …

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 …

Hamdallah defends salary cuts in Gaza, demands Hamas hand over power to PA

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on leaders of the Hamas movement to hand over control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which he called “the only representative of the Palestinian people,” during a press conference Friday when he also defended a PA decision to slash salaries …

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. …