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In Palestine, UN chief says two-state solution ‘only way to guarantee peace’

29 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for a political solution to the Middle East conflict that would end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and would create an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. “It is my deep belief that it …

Palestinian Authority suspends plan to fire 6,000 Gaza civil servants

The Palestinian Authority has suspended plans to force more than 6,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip into early retirement, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday. The move was announced last month as part of a raft of punitive measures designed to pressure Hamas to cede control of the Gaza Strip. Many of …

Calls for PA to stop arresting journalists

The Syndicate of the Palestinian Journalists in Ramallah called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop arrested journalists and to abolish the electronic crime law, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a press conference the head of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Nasser Abu Baker, said: “The situation of freedoms in Palestinian is …

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,” …

Letters Sent to UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine’s Cyber Crimes Law

Al-Haq called attention to Palestine’s draft law on cyber crimes in February 2017 in a letter sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye. In the letter, Al-Haq noted that the draft law contravened both the …

Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

The Full English Translation of the Palestinian Cyber Crime Law

Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, on June 24th, 2017. Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud …

International community must end increased al-Aqsa encroachment, says Palestinian PM

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on the international community to force Israel to remove metal detectors from the entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. “We call on the international community and the Arab and Islamic states to take responsibility for… stopping the occupation’s measures that are in contravention …

New batch of PA employees in Gaza forced to retire

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government decided July 4 to refer 6,145 civil employees in the Gaza Strip to early retirement. In an official statement, the government described this move as a temporary measure that may be lifted when Hamas waives its control of the Gaza Strip and accepts the …

PA extends detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat

09 July 2017 Yesterday, 8 July 2017, The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ramallah extended the detention of Palestinian journalist Jihad Barakat for 48 hours. Addameer’s lawyer Anas Al-Barghouthi said that interrogation with Barakat was about “taking photos” of the motorcade of PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah near a checkpoint east …