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How this group is fighting corruption in Gaza

A Palestinian tunnel worker uses his cellphone as he rests inside a smuggling tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip, July 19, 2013.  (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafat) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity – AMAN launched Aug. 1 its annual contest for …

Israel/Palestine: Palestinian Rights Defenders Threatened

2 Groups Seeking Accountability at ICC Are Targeted (Jerusalem) – New anonymous death threats have been made against staff members of a Palestinian human rights organization advocating an investigation by the International Criminal Court into alleged war crimes in Palestine.   The Gaza-based Al-Mezan issued a statement on August 11, …

Al-Aqsa University students pay the price of Gaza-Ramallah bickering

A Palestinian man walks past a closed gate at Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip, April 15, 2008. (photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Aug. 9, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Ramallah announced its official withdrawal of accreditation from Al-Aqsa University in the Gaza Strip. …

Haniyeh reiterates denial that NGO workers diverted funds, material to Hamas in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — Deputy head of Hamas’ politburo Ismail Haniyeh denied on Tuesday that the movement had any links to UN and international NGO employees who have been detained by Israel in the past few months.Earlier this month, the Israeli government accused a Palestinian employee of the United Nations Development …

With long-term strategy, UN protects civilians in Gaza from threat of unexploded munitions

11 August 2016 – Hostilities in the Gaza Strip dating back to 2014 and earlier still pose serious threats to life and physical integrity in the tine enclave as explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other legacy hazards remained littered throughout the strip, said the United Nations humanitarian wing, spotlighting …

Palestinians fight back against currency counterfeiters

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Scrutinizing banknotes has become common in the Gaza Strip, as citizens have been increasingly subjected to fraud and deceit lately. Counterfeit notes and coins often circulate among ordinary citizens, while the money’s main sources remain unknown. Col. Mohammed Ashour, the director of the forensics department at Gaza’s Ministry of the Interior, told …

Christian charity ‘top of Israel’s target list’

Campaign against World Vision’s Gaza office part of systemic crackdown by Israel on international NGOs, analysts say. Last week, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) – or Shin Bet – announced serious charges against a Gaza-based Palestinian employee of the global Christian charity, World Vision. According to Shin Bet, Mohammad el-Halabi, …

Israel’s Allegations Against World Vision: Credible Charges or Political Ploy?

Presentation of the charges as a given fact, against the employee of an international aid organization, for passing funds to Hamas, raises suspicions that the goal is to weaken voices critical of Israel. Christian charity loses two top donors after Israel charges director with funding Hamas Israel claims UN aid …

Israel arrests UN Gaza employee for ‘aiding’ Hamas

Arrest comes after the Israelis charged an employee from Christian charity World Vision with siphoning funds to Gaza group Israeli authorities have charged a Palestinian employee of a UN agency in the Gaza Strip of providing “material assistance” to Hamas. Shin Bet, the Israeli security service, on Tuesday charged 38-year-old …

Palestinian electoral commission: Israel might hinder upcoming local elections

  Chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission Hanna Nasir (L) with former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (R) during a meeting in Gaza City, May 28, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/ Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hanna Nasir, the chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) located in al-Bireh, …