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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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Human Rights Watch praises repeal of articles against women in Palestinian law

The international rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), praised on Thursday the Palestinian Authority’s recent repeal of what it said were “certain discriminatory provisions against women” in Palestinian law, describing the act as “a good first step toward what should be the repeal of a series of such measures.”

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Palestine takes its first step as Interpol member state

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Oct. 12, at a meeting in Ramallah of the committee formed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to follow up on his country’s accession to Interpol, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah decided to establish the Interpol National Central Bureau for Palestine. This comes after Interpol approved the membership of the Palestinian territories at …

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Interpol approves Palestinian membership bid

Interpol on Wednesday approved the Palestinian Authority’s candidacy to join the global police organisation, a new victory in its push for membership in international institutions in the face of consistent Israeli opposition. Israel lobbies hard against Palestinian candidacies to international organisations and claimed victory last year when the Palestinian bid to join Interpol was …

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Palestinian security forces shoot, kill ‘wanted criminal’ in Hebron district

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces shot and killed a man and critically injured another early Wednesday morning in the town of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to security sources that said police sought to arrest the men on criminal and drug-related charges. Security sources told …

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Israel turns blind eye to ‘plundering’ of Palestinian historical sites

Ramallah: Antiques looters and smugglers are being given free rein in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank to continue plundering Palestinian history and heritage, it is claimed. Despite successes by the Palestinian Antiques and Ruins Police in cracking down on unlawful excavations from archeological sites in West Bank cities, they …

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How Palestine is working to stop antiquities theft

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On March 16, the Palestinian police foiled an attempt to smuggle an antique statue from the city of Nablus in the West Bank to be sold outside the country. A week before, the police had announced the arrest of five people on charges of illegal excavations …

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Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian police said that it seized different types of drugs worth 60 million Israeli shekels ($16.5 million) in the various provinces between the beginning of January and mid-March. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Palestinian police spokesman Lt. Col. Luay Irzikat said that drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the …

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