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Basil al-Araj: Police break up protest over court case

At least 200 demonstrators gathered to protest the case outside a Ramallah court [Zann Huizhen Huang/Al Jazeera] Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian police violently suppressed a demonstration over a court case against slain activist Basil al-Araj and five others imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) last year. A prominent activist and …

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PCHR: Holding local elections requires comprehensive national dialogue

PNN/ Gaza/ On 31 Januarys 2017, the Palestinian Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 13 May 2017.  The decision assigned the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to carry out the necessary preparations to start the elections and the Minister …

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Ramallah court sentences man to lifetime of hard labor for ‘honor killing’ of 2 sisters

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian appeals court in Ramallah on Monday sentenced a man to a lifetime of hard labor after he was found guilty of killing his two sisters in 2006 in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources told Ma’an Tuesday on the condition of anonymity. …

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Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

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Gazans divided over death sentences

Palestinian families of those killed by violence in the Gaza Strip hold posters reading in Arabic, “Punishment for criminals,” as they protest in support of execution outside a conference being held by nongovernmental organizations on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, in Gaza City, Oct. 9, …

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Palestinian election delayed indefinitely, widening rift

World Bulletin / News Desk The political gap between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip has widened after the Palestinian Supreme Court ruled last week that municipal polls would not be held in the latter, according to a senior Hamas official. In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, Basem …

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Court of First Instance in Khan Younis Sentenced Accused Person to Death by Hanging

On Wednesday morning, 5 October 2016, the Court of First Instance in Khan Younis sentenced N. A., 26, to death by hanging after being convicted of killing her husband, Riyad Abu Anza, resident of Khan Younis. The defendant was convicted of premeditated murder under articles (214, 215, and 216) of …

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Supreme court decides to hold local elections in West Bank, call them off in Gaza

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah during its session on Monday decided to carry on with the local elections in the West Bank and call them off in the Gaza strip. Lawyer Tony Salman told PNN that the court decided to go on with the elections in the West …

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Palestinian court suspends local elections

High court decision comes after disputes between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements over candidate lists. A Palestinian court has ordered the suspension of local elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip scheduled for October 8, AFP news agency reports. The decision, made by the high court in …

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Five Palestinians Detained and Tortured by the Palestinian Security Forces

Ramallah – The Magistrate’s Court of the Palestinian Authority extended the detention of five young Palestinians for further interrogation. These extensions apply to the following detainees: Basil Al-Araj (33 years old), Mohammed Harb (23 years old), Haytham Siyaj (19 years old), Mohammed Al-Salamen (19 years old) and Ali Dar al …

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