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PA fails at curbing 'rampant' corruption

  Author: Ahmad Melhem RAMALLAH, West Bank — Since its inception under the Oslo Accord, fighting corruption has been one of the greatest challenges the Palestinian Authority (PA) has had to face. This is especially true in light of the dire economic conditions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, …

Israeli forces detain 5 across West Bank

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained five Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Thursday and early Friday. Locals told Ma’an that an Israeli special forces unit raided Hebron early Friday, detained Mustafa Jihad al-Huwarin, 25, and took him to an unidentified location. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have any …

PA adopts new system to force defaulters to pay bills

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority has authorized the Palestinian electricity company to start applying a “deed of release” system on consumers who do not pay their electricity bills. Chairman of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority Omar Kittana told Ma’an Saturday that only 7,000 …

Israeli settlers step up violent attacks against Palestinians

An Israeli settler shot and seriously injured a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Beitin village, Ma’an news agency reported, hours after settlers stabbed a Palestinian in north Jerusalem and attacked a Palestinian school in the village of Urif in the occupied West Bank. …

Netanyahu's cabinet backs bill to jail stone-throwers for up to 20 years

Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved an amendment to Israel’s penalty code to enable a more severe punishment for those convicted of throwing stones at vehicles. The amendment will allow a prison sentence of up to 20 year to be imposed on those convicted of throwing …

Rallies held outside Ofer prison as Palestinian reporters kept behind bars

Author Source Dozens joined a sit-in Monday noon outside of the Israeli Ofer prison near Ramallah/Baituniya in the occupied West Bank as Israeli occupation authorities continue to hold four Palestinian reporters. Among the protesters were Palestinian and foreign reporters, senior officials from Palestinian factions, representatives from the Palestinian Prisoner Society, …