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Israeli crackdown on toy guns exposes hypocrisy

Ramallah: Israeli occupation forces have imposed a ban on selling of toy guns in the occupied West Bank. Copies of the order were seen plastered on all main streets and market places in Ramallah. Israeli forces say the guns ‘pose a threat’ to Israeli soldiers. The forces raided several shops …

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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians, target rehabilitation center and print shop

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli army detained at least 19 Palestinians, including at least one minor in predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Raids in the Ramallah area, which sparked clashes between locals and Israeli forces, targeted a print shop that was sealed off, as well …

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PA worries Egyptian aid to Hamas prolongs Palestinian division

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt has taken several steps to improve economic conditions for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. On Aug. 11, an agreement was reached to establish a free-trade zone on the Gazan-Egyptian border during a visit by a Hamas delegation to Cairo. On June 21, Egyptian industrial diesel was brought to Gaza to operate …

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Erekat raises with the UN chief preserving Item 7 of HRC on Israeli violations

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, left, with the PLO’s Secretary General Saeb Erekat during their meeting in Ramallah. (Photo courtesy of the PLO.) RAMALLAH, August 30, 2017 (WAFA) – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat said Wednesday that he had raised in his meeting on Tuesday in …

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In Palestine, UN chief says two-state solution ‘only way to guarantee peace’

29 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for a political solution to the Middle East conflict that would end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and would create an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. “It is my deep belief that it …

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Palestinian Authority suspends plan to fire 6,000 Gaza civil servants

The Palestinian Authority has suspended plans to force more than 6,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip into early retirement, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Saturday. The move was announced last month as part of a raft of punitive measures designed to pressure Hamas to cede control of the Gaza Strip. Many of …

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Report: Israel to build wall around settlement, separating it from refugee camp

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli authorities have allocated 5.5 million shekels (more than $1.5 million) to the construction of a wall around Israel’s illegal settlement of Beit El, in order to separate it from the neighboring al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank …

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad criticise PA over ‘politically-motivated arrest campaign’

The Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements released separate statements on Thursday, accusing the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) of recently carrying out politically-motivated detention and summons campaigns across the occupied West Bank. According to Hamas, PA security services have been detaining Palestinians due to their affiliation with the movement. The group …

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Palestine: Dangerous escalation in attacks on freedom of expression

23 August 2017, 10:38 UTC The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and their rivals, the de-facto Hamas administration in Gaza, have both tightened the noose on freedom of expression in recent months, launching a repressive clampdown on dissent that has seen journalists from opposition media outlets interrogated and detained in a …

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Palestinian Authority shows its ‘authoritarian’ face through Cyber Crimes Law

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has joined a growing chorus opposition to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — which the NGO described as “an ever increasingly authoritarian regime” — for a new far-reaching law that effectively criminalizes “any form of digital dissent.” The decree, issued by Palestinian President …

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