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Journalist shot, injured as Israeli forces suppress peaceful protest near Qalqilia

QALQILIA, March 3, 2017 (WAFA) – A Palestinian journalist Friday was shot and injured in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet as Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful anti-settlement rally  in the village of Kufr Qadoom to the east of Qalqilia, according to a local activist. Coordinator of the popular …

Israel MP benefited from controversial law on illegal Jewish outposts

The so-called “regulation bill” passed at the start of February, retroactively legalises the construction of thousands of Jewish settler homes on privately owned Palestinian land. The original landowners are to be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property. This …

Israeli forces temporarily detain Palestinian minister at checkpoint

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces temporarily detained the Palestinian Minister of Awqaf (the Islamic endowment) and Religious Affairs and those accompanying him at a checkpoint on Friday as the minister was attempting to enter Qalqiliya from Nablus. Yousif Ideis said that Israeli forces stopped his car, demanded that he step …

Cabinet says new land planning body vital for protection of Palestinian estate

RAMALLAH, February 14, 2017 (WAFA) – In its weekly meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday, the Palestinian cabinet discussed the work of the new Land and Water Planning Commission, which it said was vital for the protection of Palestinian property. The commission, established last year by a presidential decree, is entrusted …

Japan’s New Assistance to Palestinian People (USD 46,688,925)

The Government of Japan has committed a new assistance of USD 46,668,925 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs. This new package includes humanitarian assistance through UNRWA, budget assistance through the World Bank’s Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP) as well as infrastructure assistance, mainly for further …

Navigating Gender in the Police Force

Gender is a singular concept, newly talked about, often misunderstood, and frequently resisted. Proponents connect it with social relations and women’s rights; some criticize it as a Western concept. Having worked for five years as the head of the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) Gender Unit, and therefore in charge of …

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, …

Palestinian MKs say new law passed by the Knesset aims to annex West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a controversial bill on Tuesdaythat would allow verdicts from military court proceedings in the occupied West Bank to be submitted as evidence in Israeli civilian courts, a move which critics claim is another step aiming to illegally annex the West Bank …

World Bank transfers $6.5mln to PA

The World Bank in a statement said that it has transferred an amount of about US$5.6 million to the Palestinian Authority from the Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF), a multi-donor budget support mechanism administered by the Bank. The funds contributed by the Government of Norway, will help …

Can PA end arms proliferation in West Bank?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian parties are currently discussing the implemention of a draft law on firearms and ammunition licensing fees that the Palestinian Authority Cabinet ratified Dec. 13. A government statement declared that the law aims to “reorganize the weapons dossier, reduce the spread of illegal weapons, work to control illegal weapons and …