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Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah took the first step toward assuming control of Gaza’s administration when he and all the ministers of the national consensus government arrived there from Ramallah on Oct. 2. The success of the government’s visit to the Gaza Strip “will pave the way for other …

Is Hamas, Fatah rapprochement a win-win deal?

The rival Palestinian factions are set to meet in Gaza after a decade of bitter feuding. Hamas’s offer to submit to a long-delayed reconciliation process with its Fatah rivals signals that the balance of regional forces may be tipping in its favour and against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, analysts say. Officials from the …

Newspapers Review: Dailies highlight reconciliation plans

RAMALLAH, October 2, 2017 (WAFA) – The arrival of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and an Egyptian delegation as part of fresh attempt to restore Palestinian national unity dominated the front page headlines in Palestinian Arabic dailies on Monday. The dailies reported the national consensus government headed by Hamdallah was due …

Egyptian officials in Gaza on eve of Palestinian unity talks

GAZA CITY – Egyptian delegates arrived in Gaza Sunday on the eve of a fresh attempt at reconciliation between the strip’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement, an official said. West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is to make his first visit to Gaza since 2015 …

Abbas opposed to ‘Hezbollah model’ in Gaza

His conditions are aimed at disarming Hamas — but also keeping Dahlan and Qatar out of the equation Published: 15:11 October 1, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor   GAZA — Occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrives in Gaza today on his first visit to territory …

Protection of Civilians Report | 12 – 25 September 2017

Latest Developments On 26 September, a Palestinian man shot and killed two Israeli security guards and a border policeman, who were on duty at a Barrier gate next to the Har Hadar settlement (Jerusalem governorate); the perpetrator was shot and killed. Biweekly highlights 48 Palestinians, including ten children and six women, were …

Sinwar: ‘we will not back down from reconciliation’

Head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said yesterday that achieving reconciliation is a strategic decision that the movement will not back down from, noting that the movement is united in this decision. During a meeting organised by the Hamas Youth Department in Gaza, Sinwar said that Hamas …

Israel annexes four Ramallah villages

Ramallah: The Israeli occupation authorities’ decision to annex four Palestinian villages from the Ramallah governorate and add them to Jerusalem looks set to spark a wave of protest. The occupation authorities have ordered village officials to conduct their procedures, including legislative issues, through the Israeli Civil Affairs Coordination Office. The …

MADA launches two campaigns against self-censorship

Ramallah –20/9/2017 The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) launched two media campaigns on social media and Maan TV to reduce self-censorship by journalists.   MADA’s General Director Mousa Rimawi explained that the campaigns aim at raising awareness of the dangers of self-censorship on the freedom of expression, …

Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel’s banks?

Israeli banks claim that Israel’s laws require them to be involved in the colonization of occupied Palestinian – and Syrian – land in violation of international law. But Human Rights Watch has concluded in a new report that there is nothing in Israeli law that forces the banks to provide many financial …