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Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent

In the 25 years since Palestinians gained a degree of self-rule over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, their authorities have established machineries of repression to crush dissent, including through the use of torture.

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Cabinet vows to investigate Human Rights Watch findings

The Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, reviewed in its weekly meeting on Wednesday the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian areas and vowed to investigate its findings and recommendations in cooperation with all related parties and authorities, according …

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Abbas’ UN speech draws deeper wedge between Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech before the United Nations Sept. 27, triggering a wave of media accusations between Hamas and Fatah. Security forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip targeted advocates of both parties in reciprocal arrest campaigns between Sept. 24 and 27.

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Israel, Hamas on verge of modest truce

Hamas sent a delegation from Gaza to Cairo on Aug. 14 for another round of discussions on the outline of the arrangement that is taking shape with Israel under Egyptian mediation and with UN cooperation. A Hamas source told Al-Monitor that the sides are nearing the finish line. The biggest question is whether the Palestinian Authority will …

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Abbas tightens grip on Palestinian governmental bodies

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has tightened his grip on the PLO after he officially approved the distribution of tasks and departments among the Executive Committee’s members on Aug. 1. Under the new distribution, Abbas, who heads the PLO’s Executive Committee, assumed the position of chairman and head of the National Fund, which …

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Palestinian police patrol Hebron in rare sight for locals

Palestinians in the old town of Hebron were recently surprised to see armed and uniformed officers of the Palestinian security forces patrolling the town for the first time since 1997. The city in the southern West Bank is divided into two parts under the Hebron Protocol signed in 1997 between Israel and the PLO. …

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Premier: No sanctions, rather only temporary measures in Gaza

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah denied on Saturday that the government has imposed any sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip, explaining that the measures taken that affected 35,000 Gaza employees, manly cut in salaries, were temporary and will not affect their rights. Hamdallah was speaking at an event at the opening …

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Newspaper Review: PLO Executive Committee meeting focus of dailies

News about the PLO Executive Committee meeting that took place in the city of Ramallah hit the front pages of three Arabic Palestinian dailies on Sunday. Al-Hayat al-Jadida, al-Quds and al-Ayyam said that the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said on Saturday following its meeting in Ramallah, …

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Palestinians call to save their homes from Israeli demolition orders

Palestinian families in the village of Aqaba, north of the West Bank, on Sunday called on Palestinian human rights organizations and the government to save their homes from the Israeli demolition orders. The Israeli authorities have recently issued orders to demolish the homes of 20 families in the village of …

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