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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 …

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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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Three killed in Israeli strike on Gaza, including pregnant woman and her baby

Three Palestinians, a pregnant woman and her baby, and a man, were killed in Israeli warplane airstrikes on Gaza on Wednesday night. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that three Palestinians were killed, and six others were wounded in Israeli attacks on the strip, as Israel targeted what it called …

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Gaza and the three-state solution

The Palestinian in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Hamas to run the Palestinian Authority in 2006. Ismail Haniyeh became the Prime Minister according to Palestinian law and the election results — deemed “free and fair” by independent monitors — but the international community and adjacent countries did …

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Israel army launches large-scale attack on Gaza

11:09pm BST Israel and Hamas have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip, according to a spokesman for Hamas. “With Egyptian and United Nations efforts it has been agreed to return to the era of calm between [Israel] and Palestinian factions,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters. Egyptian security …

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Mahmoud Abbas may well be shooting himself in the foot, but where is Fatah?

SHARES Share to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppWhatsAppShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to MoreAddthisMore It is no secret that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is experiencing an unprecedented political crisis, in light of the measures that the Trump administration is taking to impose a “peace” deal tailored to the Israeli occupation. …

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View the Amnesty International Report 2017/18

Palestine (State of) 2017/2018 The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip escalated their restrictions on freedom of expression. In both areas, security forces tortured and otherwise ill-treated detainees with impunity. The authorities in the West Bank took punitive actions against …

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Massacre in Gaza: Beyond the two-state solution

After every fresh horror reported in Israel-Palestine, observers note that the two-state solution is in jeopardy. Yet following the latest massacre, of at least 60 civilian protesters from Gaza at the hands of Israeli forces, and after years of increasing misery in the densely populated coastal strip as Israel maintains …

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