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Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

PCBS data reveals growing rate of Palestinian women in workforce despite challenges

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) marked International Women’s Day with a press release revealing persisting yet improving disparities between Palestinian women and men in the workplace in the occupied territory. Despite representing roughly half of the total population of 4.88 million in the occupied Palestinian …

In Palestine, no job means no health insurance

GAZA, Gaza Strip — According to official figures published by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics on Feb. 16, the unemployment rate in Palestine climbed to 26.9%, with 360,500 unemployed out of a total workforce of 1.3 million in Palestine, while the poverty rate in the Gaza Strip exceeded 80%, according …

PM Hamdallah urges Apple and Google to include Palestinian communities in Area C in their maps

  RAMALLAH, January 26, 2017 (WAFA)  – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday urged both the Apple and Google companies to include all Palestinian communities in the West Bank in their online maps. “It is baffling that, while Palestinians in Area C can´t even find their own community on either maps, …

“MADA”: Escalation in the Israeli violations against media freedom during November

Ramallah- 27/12/2016- November witnessed significant escalation in total number of violations against media freedom in Palestine, where Israeli occupation committed the bulk. The Palestinian Center for development and media freedoms monitored in November a total of 31 violations against media freedom, committed by Israeli Occupation, and different Palestinian apparatuses in …

Egyptians, Gazans move to strengthen economic ties

AIN SOKHNA, Egypt — Egypt invited businessmen and economists from the Gaza Strip to attend the second meeting of the Ain Sokhna conference in the Ain Sokhna Red Sea resort on Nov. 7-9 to discuss the Palestinian cause and the blockade imposed by Israel. Palestinian businessmen saw this invitation as a positive sign of …

UNRWA employees in West Bank and Gaza announce strike

PNN/ Gaza/ UNRWA Employees Union on Monday has declared strike in the West Bank and Gaza offices in protest of UN rejecting to meet employee demands. Head of the union Suheil al-Hindi said he “biggest protest” would take place on Tuesday as local employees in all UNRWA’s offices would go …

Dozens protest in Ramallah, urge PA to fight medical negligence

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians protested on Saturday in the center of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, urging the Palestinian Authority (PA) to exert serious efforts to fight medical negligence, which protesters claimed have recently seen an increase in Palestinian hospitals. The rally was organized at …

PHROC Draws Attention to the Repression of Human Rights Defenders in Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT

This week, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) submitted information to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967 for his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. The submission highlights the repressive environment within which human …

UNRWA employees announce series of strikes in occupied Palestinian territory

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The union for local employees of UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for providing services for some five million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, announced on Monday that a series of protests would take place across the occupied Palestinian territory after international organizations failed to meet …