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Report: 400 Palestinians detained in under a year for social media activity

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, according to report by Israeli daily Haaretz citing sources from the Israeli army and Israel’s internal security service the Shin Bet, with only “some” of the detainees having faced trial. …

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Poll: 36% of Palestinian youth will shun local elections

  A recent poll showed a decline in the percentage of Palestinian youth who will participate in the local elections scheduled in the occupied West Bank on 13 May. The Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), which conducted the survey, said: “There are worrying signs of a low percentage …

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Turmus Aya’s Palestinians threatened by settlement plan

The Shilo Valley, Occupied West Bank – At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that “this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter”. Contrary to …

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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians overnight, including Hamas MP

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, targeting so-called Hamas operatives in predawn raids, including exiled Jerusalem lawmaker Ahmad Attun. During a raid into the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh in northeastern Ramallah, Israeli forces detained Attun, as …

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Hamas holds meeting with political factions in Gaza to discuss burgeoning political crisis

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian political parties held a meeting in the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in the coastal enclave and to prepare for the upcoming arrival of a delegation from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling Fatah party to Gaza, as tensions between …

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How Palestinians plan to overcome electricty shortages

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah recently presented a plan to implement a “new electricity market” in Palestine. Hamdallah said the plan will “improve electricity services to citizens, cut costs and curb reliance on external aid in the energy sector.” Hamdallah officially introduced the plan for the market at a March 22 news …

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Settlers uproot 300 olive trees, Ramallah

PNN/ Ramallah/ Israeli settlers on Sunday evening have uprooted 300 olive trees from Palestinian lands near Ramallah, central West Bank. According to PIC, Palestinian farmer Ali al-Haj, from Ramallah’s eastern town of Mikhmas, said hordes of Israeli settlers crept into the area late at night and cut down some 300 olive …

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Palestinian teen dies weeks after being shot by Israeli troops: Ministry

A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank last month died from his wounds on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry said. The incident on 23 March saw Israeli troops shoot dead another Palestinian teenager and seriously wound three more Palestinians, including the 17-year-old confirmed dead on …

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On 69th anniversary, PLO remembers ‘heartbreaking’ Deir Yassin massacre

Archive photo of survivors of the Deir Yassin massacre. (File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) marked on Sunday the 69th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, when at least 100 Palestinians were killed by Zionist militias in the Jerusalem-area village of Deir Yassin in 1948. PLO Executive …

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Hamdallah defends salary cuts in Gaza, demands Hamas hand over power to PA

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on leaders of the Hamas movement to hand over control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which he called “the only representative of the Palestinian people,” during a press conference Friday when he also defended a PA decision to slash salaries …

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