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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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Al-Haq calls for the immediate release of a Palestinian man arbitrarily detained by the PA’s General Intelligence Service

(Ramallah, 30 August, 2017) – Al-Haq condemns the ongoing detention of Shadi Nammourah by the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service, in its Jericho detention center. Nammourah is from Dura, near Hebron, and is arbitrarily detained despite having four court orders calling for his release on bail. Dura’s Magistrate Court issued …

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Erekat raises with the UN chief preserving Item 7 of HRC on Israeli violations

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, left, with the PLO’s Secretary General Saeb Erekat during their meeting in Ramallah. (Photo courtesy of the PLO.) RAMALLAH, August 30, 2017 (WAFA) – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Saeb Erekat said Wednesday that he had raised in his meeting on Tuesday in …

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In Palestine, UN chief says two-state solution ‘only way to guarantee peace’

29 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for a political solution to the Middle East conflict that would end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and would create an independent Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. “It is my deep belief that it …

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Palestinian pilgrim abducted in Egypt’s Rafah

A Palestinian family has informed the Egyptian authorities of the kidnapping of their son after he crossed the Rafah border crossing yesterday, Quds Press reported. Abdel-Qader Qeshta, 41, was crossing the Egyptian border from the besieged Gaza Strip seeking to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Qeshta’s brother, Khaled, told the …

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