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Foreign ministry slams Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Golden Gate

RAMALLAH, September 10, 2017 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs condemned on Sunday the decision of the Israeli public prosecutor to shut down the Golden Gate, one of the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. The ministry said Israeli authorities are gradually altering the historical status quo …

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General strike launched in Bethlehem to mourn slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials declared a general strike in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday to mourn 22-year-old slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days. Muhammad …

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Israel to remove sole water source in locale near Nablus

NABLUS, September 5, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday notified Palestinians of their intentions to destroy the water pipeline providing services to residents in a locale near the village of Duma, south of Nablus, said a local official. Ghassan Daghles, monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the north of the West …

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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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Human rights activist arrested by Palestinian security forces over Facebook posts

4 September 2017, 18:25 UTC The arrest of a Palestinian human rights defender today who criticized the Palestinian authorities on Facebook is a shameless attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. Issa Amro, a Hebron-based coordinator for Youth Against Settlements and a former field researcher for the Israeli NGO …

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Israel’s Regularisation Law: Colonialism under stress

A draconic Israeli law is currently being challenged in the High Court of Justice. Following a confrontation between police officers who were trying to evacuate settlers from the occupied West Bank colony of Amona last February, the Israeli Knesset introduced the “Regularisation Law”. This law would allow the state to …

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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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Israel boosts powers of Hebron settler enclaves

Occupied Jerusalem: The Israeli regime has given Jewish colony enclaves in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron the authority to manage their own municipal affairs, in what critics say is an entrenchment of “apartheid”. The army said it had signed an order to boost the powers of the colonists, …

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Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 15 – 28 August 2017

Biweekly highlights On 19 August, Israeli forces shot and injured a 17-year-old Palestinian boy after a stabbing attempt at Za’tara Checkpoint (Nablus); he died of his wounds an hour later en route to the hospital and his body is still being withheld by the Israeli authorities. No Israeli injuries were reported. …

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