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Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

More than 72,000 Palestinian students begin final high school exams

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Some 72,015 Palestinian students in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip started final high school exams on Saturday, known in Arabic as the “Tawjihi.” The Tawjihi certificate is equivalent to a high school completion certificate, and is required for students who wish to pursue higher …

Hunger strike ends, prisoners declare victory

After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails. The end of the strike came after 20 hours of intense negotiations between the strike’s leaders, including imprisoned Fatah figure Marwan Barghouti, and the Israel Prison Service, according to a statement issued Saturday …

Video: First International Conference on Climate Change launched in Ramallah

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestine Engineers Association on Monday, 8 May 2017, launched the First International Conference on Climate Change in Palestine; an event which gathered hundreds of researchers, engineers scientists, decision-makers, governmental agencies and social movements from 12 different countries. All participants came in hopes to come up with strategies, policies and actions …

Palestinians flock to first Palestinian bank in Jerusalem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The National Bank (TNB) announced April 17 the inauguration of the Dahiat al-Barid branch in al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, in a first for banks in Palestine since 1967 after the annexation of East Jerusalem to Israel. Hundreds of Palestinian customers residing in Jerusalem have been flocking …

Trump, Abbas vow to prove skeptics wrong on reaching peace deal

WASHINGTON — Defying expectations when Donald Trump came into office that his administration would tilt heavily to the Israeli side, Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for an upbeat visit at the White House on May 3 and declared that he did not think it would be too hard to get …

Israel demands PA stop paying off prisoners’ families

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — In reaction to the open-ended and ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, started on April 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinian Authority on April 22 to to prove its commitment to the peace process by halting the financial allocations to Palestinian prisoners and their …

Palestinians hold general strike in solidarity with prisoners

PNN/ Bethlehem/ Palestinian institutions on Thursday held a comprehensive general strike in response to the Prisoners committees call for solidarity with prisoners, who today entered their 11th day of collective hunger strike. The strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precceeds an expected day …

What’s in Palestine’s first ever education law?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the first Palestinian Law for Education and Higher Education on April 6, after the Cabinet submitted it on March 7 to replace the applicable Arab laws in the Palestinian territories (the Jordanian law in the West Bank and the Egyptian …

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 …