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Surveillance of Palestinians and the Fight for Digital Rights

  Overview Surveillance of Palestinians has always been an integral part of Israel’s colonial project. Before the creation of the state of Israel, squads from the Zionist paramilitary group the Haganah roamed Palestinian villages and cities, gathering information on Palestinian residents. Such surveillance over Palestinian lives continued after Israel’s 1967 …

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Palestinians gauge economic impact of reconciliation

Despite numerous failures in the past, many Palestinians and officials involved in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation seem optimistic about this attempt. They now are evaluating the potential economic effects of the national consensus agreement signed Oct. 12 that reunites Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which administers the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority (PA) met …

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What Not To Expect from a Palestinian Unity Deal

The scene was all too familiar: A group of Palestinian men from rival factions Hamas and Fatah, plus a representative of a brotherly Arab country acting as interlocutor, all huddled on a small podium shaking hands before an even larger crowd of journalists. On Thursday, an agreement was signed between …

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Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah took the first step toward assuming control of Gaza’s administration when he and all the ministers of the national consensus government arrived there from Ramallah on Oct. 2. The success of the government’s visit to the Gaza Strip “will pave the way for other …

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Government holds first meeting in Gaza after reconciliation

GAZA, October 3, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian National Consensus Government held its first meeting in three years in Gaza on Tuesday, a day after arriving in the besieged Gaza Strip following success of reconciliation efforts. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah told the cabinet at the start of its meeting that …

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PNA pressing for full Gaza rule, Hamdallah says

Published: 18:53 October 3, 2017 Bloomberg Gaza City: The Palestinian National Authority cabinet met in the Gaza Strip for the first time in three years as its members began to take charge of ministries from Hamas, and said they would start talks next week on the contentious issue of security …

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Egyptian officials in Gaza on eve of Palestinian unity talks

GAZA CITY – Egyptian delegates arrived in Gaza Sunday on the eve of a fresh attempt at reconciliation between the strip’s Hamas rulers and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement, an official said. West Bank-based Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah is to make his first visit to Gaza since 2015 …

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MADA launches two campaigns against self-censorship

Ramallah –20/9/2017 The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) launched two media campaigns on social media and Maan TV to reduce self-censorship by journalists.   MADA’s General Director Mousa Rimawi explained that the campaigns aim at raising awareness of the dangers of self-censorship on the freedom of expression, …

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Israeli military forces raided Palestinian government offices

Hebron/PNN Palestinian security sources told WAFA that Israeli military forces stormed and raided a number of Palestinian government offices in the old town of Hebron. The ministries of interior, justice and labor were all raided and searched without an explanation. At the same time several homes in the same area …

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Arab Democracy Index 5 The Arab Democracy Index: A Marked Decline in Freedoms and Reform

Press release A report published today by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, in partnership with ten research centres in the Arab world, shows a decline in the Arab Democracy Index and the shortcomings of the process of democratic change and its inability …

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