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UNRWA employees announce series of strikes in occupied Palestinian territory

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The union for local employees of UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for providing services for some five million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, announced on Monday that a series of protests would take place across the occupied Palestinian territory after international organizations failed to meet …

Palestinian Authority created ‘atmosphere of hysteria’

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was widely criticised by Palestinians for attending the funeral of Israeli politician Shimon Peres [EPA] A recent poll has found that 63.8 percent of youth in the West Bank and Gaza would rather maintain the Palestinian Authority than dissolve it. Analysts and political activists, however, believe …

Facebook ‘deliberately targeting’ Palestinian accounts after meeting with Israeli government, rights groups say

While there is no legal precedent in Israeli law for charging people with criminal offenses related to online posts, the state, worried that inflammatory content online has fuelled a spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence in the last 12 months, created a cybercrime unit in October 2015 to monitor and control what …

Will new social security law protect Palestinian workers?

In a rally organized by the National Campaign for Social Security, people demand changes to a new social security law, Ramallah, West Bank, April 9, 2016.  (photo by Facebook/@SSC.PAL) RAMALLAH, West Bank — On Sept. 29, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas approved the social security law, which the Palestinian government had referred …

Trade union head says labor laws don’t protect Gaza’s workers

A 16-year-old Palestinian boy works at a construction site for 40 shekels ($10) per day in Gaza City, Gaza, March 21, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In 1965, the PLO established the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), an independent labor organization with the mission of …

Economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people

Note by the Secretary-General The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report prepared by the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on the economic costs of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people, in accordance with Assembly resolution 69/20. unctad-2016-english   …

Will tribalism dominate upcoming Palestinian elections?

A Palestinian man reads voter pamphlets in the office of the Central Elections Commission in the town of El Bireh, West Bank, Aug. 17, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman) The countdown to the Palestinian local elections has begun. The atmosphere is tense, with remarkable participation by tribes and families in addition to the usual political forces. …

Report: 81 Gaza fishermen arrested during first half of 2016

Israeli forces have arrested 81 Palestinian fishermen near the Gaza Strip during the first half of 2016, a new report revealed yesterday. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said Israeli authorities deliberately target Gaza’s fishermen by shooting them or destroying their boats to further impose the blockade. According to the …

PA executive governing ‘alone in an empty space’

Backlash over new social security law highlights broader concerns about concentration of Palestinian government powers. Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders are in the process of amending a controversial social security act after mass public mobilisation against what analysts have called increasingly authoritarian measures taken by the …