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PLO official says efforts to obstruct UN publication on settlements ‘morally repugnant’

RAMALLAH, August 23, 2017 (WAFA) – United States and Israeli campaign to block the publication of a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories is morally repugnant, a PLO official said on Wednesday. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation …

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Palestinian Authority shows its ‘authoritarian’ face through Cyber Crimes Law

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has joined a growing chorus opposition to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — which the NGO described as “an ever increasingly authoritarian regime” — for a new far-reaching law that effectively criminalizes “any form of digital dissent.” The decree, issued by Palestinian President …

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Gaza children visit Jerualem for first time

Occupied Occupied Jerusalem: It was a journey of just 50 miles, but for the nearly 100 children who visited Occupied Jerusalem on Sunday, it seemed like they had traveled to a distant world. For the vast majority, it was their first trip outside of Gaza, the Israeli-blockaded enclave they call …

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Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 1 – 14 August 2017

Latest Developments On 17 August a Palestinian man blew himself up east of the Rafah crossing, in the Gaza Strip, killing a Hamas security staff and injuring four others. ​Biweekly highlights On 13 August, Gaza’s sole power plant turned off one of two operating turbines due to a shortage of fuel, …

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Fatah: Hamas invited to PNC if it ends its control over Gaza

Hamas must dissolve its administrative committee and end its control over Gaza before it can join the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting, Fatah spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi has announced. Al-Qawasmi said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) seeks to strengthen the Palestinian representation and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) ahead of its …

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Ministry of health condemns UNRWA closing down Qalqilya hospital

Qalqilya/ PNN/ The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees on Monday said that it will close down its Qalqilya-based hospital, adding that all non-emergency services a including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment and the maternity ward, will stop by August 21. According to UNRWA, the …

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Debunking Israel’s UN-bias claims

Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, made headlines in June when she denounced what she claimed was a pattern of “anti-Israel” behaviour at the UN. “I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time,” she said. “We are not going …

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UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave’s power supply. “At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per …

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UN OCHA: Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | July 2017: Increasing Settler Violence

Only 24 per cent of the US$25 million appeal for urgent humanitarian interventions in the Gaza Strip, launched in early July, have been secured so far; ongoing electricity blackouts for 18-20 hours a day Since the 2014 conflict, UNMAS destroyed 29 metric tonnes of explosive material from 149 unexploded aerial …

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