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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 …

“MADA” demands the immediate release of detained journalists

Ramallah – (9/7-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) is gravely concerned about the drastically rising number of Palestinian Violations and the continuation and escalation of internal violations against media freedoms.   As the most recent of which, was the arrest of the correspondent of “Palestine …

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 …

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 …

How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortages

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah recently presented a plan to implement a “new electricity market” in Palestine. Hamdallah said the plan will “improve electricity services to citizens, cut costs and curb reliance on external aid in the energy sector.” Hamdallah officially introduced the plan for the market at a March 22 news …

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 …