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Palestinians keep wary eye on reconciliation agreement

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian street is witnessing an escalating popular and trade union movement with the aim of exerting pressure on both sides of the Palestinian division — Fatah and Hamas — to speed up the implementation of the agreement reached in Cairo on Oct. 12 in anticipation of its failure. Previous agreements have failed after their …

Head of Palestinian women’s union Khitam Saafin released from Israeli prison

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Civil society leader and president of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees Khitam Saafin was released from Israeli prison on Sunday after being held without trial or charge since July 9, Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer reported in a statement Monday. Saafin was detained during a predawn …

Amnesty International: Israel has been banning Palestinian protests for 50 years

LONDON, August 26, 2017 (WAFA) – For 50 years, ever since the start of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians have been banned from any kind of political expression, even peaceful ones,  Amnesty International (AI) said on Saturday. Marking 50 years since Israel …

Calls for PA to stop arresting journalists

The Syndicate of the Palestinian Journalists in Ramallah called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop arrested journalists and to abolish the electronic crime law, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a press conference the head of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Nasser Abu Baker, said: “The situation of freedoms in Palestinian is …

MADA: 228 violations of media freedoms in the first half of 2017

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” announced in a press conference the semi-annual report on violations against media freedoms in Palestine, in its office in Ramallah today. Mousa Rimawi, General Director of MADA Center said “The first half of 2017 witnessed an increase in the …

Local elections: Retreat for women, youth, factions and upsurge for clans

By Aseel Akhras RAMALLAH, August 12, 2017 (WAFA) – Statistics compiled  by the Central Election Commission  (CEC) showed a retreat for women, youth and political factions in the recent local elections and an upsurge for clans and families. Percentage of women winners in election was 19.8%, and 22.4% won by …

Israel’s arrests of Palestinians ‘highest in years’

Israeli forces arrested some 1,268 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories over the last two months, according to rights groups. Several non-governmental organisations, including the Ramallah-based Addameer prisoner rights group and al-Mezan rights centre in Gaza, released the figures in a joint press release published on Tuesday. In June, the arrest …

Palestinian forces arrest five journalists

Ramallah: Palestinian security forces have arrested five journalists from local media outlets, including one affiliated with Hamas, a journalists’ union and official media said on Wednesday. Security forces arrested the five journalists from different Palestinian media in the West Bank in recent days, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said. Official Palestinian …

The End of This Road: The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi have been involved in Palestinian peace negotiations for three decades, and are senior associate members of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and co-authors of “A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine.” Agha most recently carried out backchannel negotiations during the Obama Administration’s failed effort …

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research- poll No. 64

5 July 2017  Widespread public rejection of two PA’s decisions: to reduce salary payments to its Gazan employees, and to suspend payment to cover the cost of Israeli-supplied electricity to the Gaza Strip; in the meanwhile, an almost total consensus rejects pressure on the PA to terminate payments to Palestinian …