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‘Israeli airstrikes damaged 500 Palestinian homes’

A total of 500 houses in the Gaza Strip were damaged by the latest Israeli airstrikes, Palestine’s public works minister said late Tuesday. “In Israeli airstrikes against Gaza, 30 houses were completely destroyed and 500 houses were damaged,” Mufeed al-Hasayneh said in a statement. He added that they are working …

MADA Center reviews the Israeli attacks against journalists in the HRC

Ramallah – March 19, 2019. MADA-The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms called on the Human Rights Council to exert the necessary efforts to follow up the Israeli violations committed against Palestinian journalists and to take legal measures that compel Israel as an occupying power to comply with and …

Why Abbas is shaking up Palestinian security services

The Palestinian arena has of lately witnessed successive events, beginning with the resignation of the Palestinian government on Jan. 29, the start of consultations to form a new government, the leaks in late January that the US administration’s Mideast peace plan would be announced soon, and the announcement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Feb. 10 that international institutions …

Intel: How cooperation at Gaza-Egypt border fell victim to Palestinian infighting

The Palestinian government withdrew its civil servants manning the border between Gaza and Egypt on Sunday, only to see them quickly replaced by staff loyal to the Islamist Hamas movement. The moves come as Palestinian infighting intensives in Gaza, with Hamas and Fatah escalating their war of words while arresting …

Why Hamas wants to distance itself from recent rocket launch

On Oct. 17, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an Israeli house in Beersheba, in southern Israel, causing significant damage. Yet, surprisingly, none of the Palestinian factions claimed responsibility for the rocket launch. Despite these factions previously having deemed attacks on southern Israel as justified “national action,” they sought to distance themselves this time, raising questions …

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.