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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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Will this Palestinian organization weather funding storm?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Women’s Technical Affairs Committee (WATC) issued a press statement Oct. 29 saying that the European Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (HR/IHL Secretariat) decided to entirely defund the organization on the grounds of incitement to violence against Israel. The HR/IHL Secretariat is a joint donor …

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Palestine to get its own central bank

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) is currently preparing to open the Palestinian Central Bank, as soon as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signs the Central Bank of Palestine law. This comes as the PMA fulfilled the requirements for transitioning into an integrated central bank. The preparations included restructuring the PMA, …

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President Abbas meets Saudi crown prince

RIYADH, November 8, 2017 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas met in Riyadh on Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The President briefed the Crown Prince on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue and US efforts to move the peace process forward as well as the developments in the …

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Gaza traders, consumers welcome end of double taxation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced Nov. 1 that it had officially taken over crossings into and out of Gaza within the framework of implementing the reconciliation agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas on Oct. 12 in Cairo. On the same day, Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said in a press statement, “The …

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PA forces 18,000 military staff to retire

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is to force up to 18,000 Palestinian military staff into retirement by the end of this year, a Fatah official revealed on Sunday. The official, who spoke to Al-Resalah newspaper on the condition of anonymity, said that after finishing with military employees the PA will turn its attention …

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Gazan women to join PA army

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh announced Oct. 17 on a talk show on the official Palestine TV channel that President Mahmoud Abbas approved women enlisting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services in the Gaza Strip, with the aim to restructure these services. This step, the …

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