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PCHR: Holding local elections requires comprehensive national dialogue

PNN/ Gaza/ On 31 Januarys 2017, the Palestinian Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 13 May 2017.  The decision assigned the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to carry out the necessary preparations to start the elections and the Minister …

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Ramallah court sentences man to lifetime of hard labor for ‘honor killing’ of 2 sisters

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian appeals court in Ramallah on Monday sentenced a man to a lifetime of hard labor after he was found guilty of killing his two sisters in 2006 in Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources told Ma’an Tuesday on the condition of anonymity. …

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Quarrying leaves West Bank villagers on shaky ground

  (Kur village-Tulkarem- photo credit: Mahmoud Dar Awwad, 2 May 2014- Tejwal Safar to Kur). RAMALLAH, West Bank — The historic village of Kur, southeast of the city of Tulkarm, is known for its architectural heritage, including its domed buildings and castles, the oldest of which dates to the Mamluk era (1260-1516), while others were built by the Ottomans …

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Gazans divided over death sentences

Palestinian families of those killed by violence in the Gaza Strip hold posters reading in Arabic, “Punishment for criminals,” as they protest in support of execution outside a conference being held by nongovernmental organizations on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, in Gaza City, Oct. 9, …

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Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian public prosecutor office head in Salfit

SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the home of the head of the Palestinian public prosecutor’s office before dawn on Thursday in the village of Jammain in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit.Ahmad Hannoun said that he was very surprised when Israeli forces cut off the electricity and raided …

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Palestine constitutional court allows president to revoke lawmaker immunity

[JURIST] The Palestinian Constitutional Court ruled Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas can revoke the parliamentary immunity of lawmakers, which will allow him to expel various political opponents. The ruling upheld Abbas’ 2012 revocation of Mohammad Dahlan’s immunity; Dahlan is considered Abbas’ potential successor and lives in self-imposed exile to avoid …

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Palestinian election delayed indefinitely, widening rift

World Bulletin / News Desk The political gap between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip has widened after the Palestinian Supreme Court ruled last week that municipal polls would not be held in the latter, according to a senior Hamas official. In exclusive comments to Anadolu Agency, Basem …

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Judges from Palestine and the region seek ways to improve adjudication of violence against women

PNN/ Amman/   UN Women and the State of Palestine High Judicial Council opened today in Amman an Expert Group Meeting on the adjudication of violence against women cases. During 3 days, 30 judges from Palestine, MENA region and farther abroad are discussing methods, challenges and opportunities for specialization of services, …

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Court of First Instance in Khan Younis Sentenced Accused Person to Death by Hanging

On Wednesday morning, 5 October 2016, the Court of First Instance in Khan Younis sentenced N. A., 26, to death by hanging after being convicted of killing her husband, Riyad Abu Anza, resident of Khan Younis. The defendant was convicted of premeditated murder under articles (214, 215, and 216) of …

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Palestinian Authority, European Union lay cornerstone of Dura Courthouse

  DURA, HEBRON, October 5, 2016 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Authority and the European Union (EU) laid on Tuesday the cornerstone of the new Dura courthouse in Hebron, according to an EU press release. The new 5000 square meters courthouse, which is part of a comprehensive program of support to …

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