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Justice and COVID-19: A Guide for Judges, Public Prosecutors and Lawyers in Palestine

Amid the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 in the State of Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas declared a state of emergency on 5 March 2020 for a period of 30 days followed by the issuance of Decree-Law no. 7 (2020), which included a number of preventive and precautionary measures.

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In Moscow, Hamas offers 4 plans for Palestinian unity

Russia has renewed its political efforts to bring Palestinian factions closer to internal reconciliation and to create a united Palestinian stance against US President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan. Hamas politburo head Ismail Haniyeh announced at a March 4 press conference in Moscow that Hamas presented four proposals for internal Palestinian reconciliation: forming a national unity …

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Hamas, Fatah push ahead on reconciliation to counter US peace plan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the details of the US Middle East peace plan — known as the deal of the century — on Jan. 28 challenged the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ability to develop a national strategy to counter it.

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Abbas: If Israel takes Palestinian land, all deals off

If Israel annexes parts of the occupied West Bank, all agreements signed with Israel will end, warned the Palestinian president on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. “All agreements and their resulting obligations would end if the Israeli side annexes the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea, and any part of the Palestinian …

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Palestinians demand legal protection after ‘honour’ killing of Israa Gharib

“No to violence against women!” Palestinian women and men of all ages shouted, marching from Bethlehem’s manger square down to Beit Sahour. “From Beit Sahour to the government leaders, we need laws to protect women!” Saturday afternoon, August 31, a group of almost 100 people gathered in the middle of …

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Abbas starts austerity measures by sacking his advisers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to fire all his advisers Aug. 19, regardless of their title or ranking. He also canceled all “the decisions and contracts related to them,” and suspended the rights and privileges they received in their advisory capacity. Abbas’ decision, published by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, made no mention of …

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Palestinian President rejects US dictates during meeting with America delegation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday received a delegation of Democratic members of US Congress, headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The president affirmed that the two-state solution, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, is the only solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, stressing his rejection of the US’ dictates …

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Egypt takes another stab at reconciling Hamas, Fatah

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Cairo is resuming its efforts to reconcile the Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions, taking a somewhat more hands-on approach to solving the main problem. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank wants Hamas to give up administrative control of the Gaza Strip, including ministries, security, courts, border crossings and tax collections. But Hamas refuses to …

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The West Bank: Israeli annexation, the deal of the century and the pursuit of Hamas

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has announced that his country understands Israel’s need to have dominant security control in the West Bank as part of any peace agreement reached with the Palestinians. He said that this is because Washington understands the threat to Israel’s existence if Hamas ever …

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Ban on Hamas’ student bloc stirs angry reactions

Public protests were staged March 14-15 in the Gaza Strip against the dire living conditions and harsh conduct of the Hamas-affiliated security forces against the protesters. Meanwhile, reactions to these incidents in the West Bank appeared in the form of media statements or measures on the ground.

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