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Ziad Doueiri film dropped from Ramallah festival

Ramallah – A film festival in Ramallah has ended without the screening of a movie by a Lebanese director following calls by Palestinian activists to boycott his work over his “normalisation” with Israel. The Insult, directed and co-written by Ziad Doueiri, was scheduled to close the Days of Cinema festival on …

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Surveillance of Palestinians and the Fight for Digital Rights

  Overview Surveillance of Palestinians has always been an integral part of Israel’s colonial project. Before the creation of the state of Israel, squads from the Zionist paramilitary group the Haganah roamed Palestinian villages and cities, gathering information on Palestinian residents. Such surveillance over Palestinian lives continued after Israel’s 1967 …

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Palestinian call to boycott Lebanese film

Ramallah: A Palestinian city on Sunday cancelled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalisation” with Israel. “The Insult”, which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part …

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Israel seizes land from Nabi Saleh village to expand settlement

RAMALLAH, October 23, 2017 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation’s military government issued orders on Monday expropriating Palestinian land near the illegal settlement of Halamish, northwest of Ramallah, a local activist said on Monday. Mohammad Tamimi, from the anti-settlements committee, told WAFA that farmers from the village of Nabi Saleh were …

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Unremitting Collective Punishment against Palestinians

Israel continues to target the family members of Palestinians who have allegedly committed attacks by subjecting them to an array of punitive measures. Recent measures have targeted the lives and means of livelihood of family members of the accused, including through the confiscation of their money and personal property. The …

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Why was the West Bank excluded from Palestinian reconciliation?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After the 10-year Palestinian division lasting from 2007 to 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed a national reconciliation agreement on Oct. 12 in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt. The agreement aims to end all of the repercussions of the Palestinian division, most notably ending Hamas’ control over the Gaza …

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Meet the generation of Palestinian division

Back in June 2007, Palestinian Ihab Abu Armanah, 18, was taking his national high school exams, the “tawjihi,” at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip amid an exchange of fire between Hamas and Fatah gunmen. On June 14, 2007, Hamas took over Gaza, and the geographical division turned into …

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Palestinians fear media crackdown could signal return to direct Israeli military rule

MEE contributor Thursday 19 October 2017 13:00 UTC RAMALLAH, Palestine – Israel’s closure of Palestinian media companies in the West Bank on Wednesday has stoked fears of a return to the old form of Israeli occupation, not experienced since before the Oslo Accords established Palestinian autonomy. In 1994, Israel transferred civil and security …

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Israeli forces shut down, ransack media companies in West Bank

RAMALLAH, October 18, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces last night shut down and ransacked the headquarters and the district offices of two media production companies, citing incitement reasons, during raids in the districts of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Israeli army raided and shut down …

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How will Hamas’ new deputy head influence events?

  Hamas announced the appointment of Saleh al-Arouri as deputy head of its political bureau Oct. 9. During a recent meeting of Hamas’ Shura Council, which included representatives from the West Bank, Gaza and outside Palestine, the movement wished him success and expressed its pride in his jihadi past. The date and the place of the …

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