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Palestinian gov’t resumes stipends to ex-detainees

RAMALLAH: After a three-month cut, the Palestinian government on Tuesday decided to resume monthly stipends paid out to more than 350 prisoners and ex-prisoners in Israeli jails. “It was agreed to resume monthly stipends paid out to ex-detainees in the West Bank and detainees in Israeli prisons without any exception,” …

Video: Israeli forces bring terror to Jerusalem hospital

This video shows Israeli occupation forces bringing terror and violence inside East Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed hospital. At one point, Israeli occupation forces tried to seize a critically wounded man who was being taken to surgery. The video shows medics and civilians attempting to protect the man, Muhammad Abu Ghanam, from being seized. …

Japan comes to the rescue of Gaza’s hospitals

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Aug. 3, Palestinian Minister of Health Jawad Awad authorized the installation of solar panels in public hospitals in the Gaza Strip, financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Awad, Takeshi Okubo, the Japanese representative to Palestine, and JICA officials met in Ramallah to discuss the deal. The solar panels are …

Ministry of health condemns UNRWA closing down Qalqilya hospital

Qalqilya/ PNN/ The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees on Monday said that it will close down its Qalqilya-based hospital, adding that all non-emergency services a including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment and the maternity ward, will stop by August 21. According to UNRWA, the …

Israeli military forces raided Palestinian government offices

Hebron/PNN Palestinian security sources told WAFA that Israeli military forces stormed and raided a number of Palestinian government offices in the old town of Hebron. The ministries of interior, justice and labor were all raided and searched without an explanation. At the same time several homes in the same area …

UN OCHA: Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | July 2017: Increasing Settler Violence

Only 24 per cent of the US$25 million appeal for urgent humanitarian interventions in the Gaza Strip, launched in early July, have been secured so far; ongoing electricity blackouts for 18-20 hours a day Since the 2014 conflict, UNMAS destroyed 29 metric tonnes of explosive material from 149 unexploded aerial …

Water deal tightens Israel’s control over Palestinians

Agreement fails to address the fundamental concept of water as a shared resource, critics say. It was hailed as a breakthrough, a rare display of regional cooperation, and a positive step that may pave the way for resuscitating talks between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been on hold since 2014. …

Al-Aqsa crisis: Opening a Pandora’s box of Israeli fears over Temple Mount

A week after the 1967 war, two poets sat down together to talk: Haim Guri, long identified with the Zionist left, and Uri Zvi Grinberg, who was always considered Israel’s right-wing nationalist prophet of doom. Guri was celebrating victory in that war, and especially the conquest of Jerusalem. “The Temple …

Between Aqsa protests and BDS, a new Palestinian resistance dawns?

Two weeks of shared solidarity and non-violent resistance among Jerusalem’s Palestinian Arab population have achieved wonders, far more than forcing Israel’s occupying authorities to drop the new security measures they had imposed restricting access to the Al-Aqsa mosque, following the killing of two Israeli guards. These events have galvanized a new dynamic …

G4S complicit in Israel’s attempt to take over al-Aqsa

A video screenshot shows G4S vehicles carrying equipment Israel used to restrict Palestinian access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.   Palestinians are raising the alarm that global security giant G4S was involved in Israel’s thwarted plan to tighten control over the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. …