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On Balfour anniversary, state run media comes out in black

RAMALLAH, November 2, 2017 (WAFA) – Marking the 100 year anniversary for the sad occasion of the Balfour Declaration, the state-run media in Palestine came out on Thursday in black. In a clear shift from the normal white background and black font, the Arabic wire of WAFA News Agency came …

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Palestinian government resumes control of Rafah crossing with Egypt

Ceremony at Rafah crossing to hand over control to the Palestinian government. (WAFA photo) RAFAH, November 1, 2017 (WAFA) – For the first time since July 2007, the Palestinian government resumed control on Wednesday of the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the south of the Gaza Strip marking a new …

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US project aims to improve water access for Palestinian farmers

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The US Consulate in Jerusalem launched a $10 million project on Oct. 15 to support the water sector in the West Bank governorate of Jericho. In attendance during the announcement of the launch was Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The project will expand the …

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Palestinian-Israeli meeting discusses important issues

  RAMALLAH, October 30, 2017 (WAFA) – A Palestinian-Israeli meeting discussed on Tuesday a number of important issues, foremost of which is the settlement campaign, lifting of the siege off the Gaza Strip and financial issues related to the financial entitlements of the Palestinian National Authority. The meeting, which was …

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Palestinian presidency rejects Haaretz report

The Palestinian presidency has refuted a report quoting Israeli politicians as saying that Mahmoud Abbas told them he would not appoint Hamas figures to his cabinet if they did not publicly recognise Israel. Abbas’ alleged comments were made in a meeting with 12 ex-Israeli members of parliament who visited him on Sunday in …

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Will Gaza, West Bank merge security forces?

Although the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement — signed Oct. 12 in Egypt — has rekindled hope, doubts remain as to whether the outstanding issues, such as the problems linked to the security services, can be overcome. There are Palestinian fears that failing to reach solutions to these issues will halt reconciliation. Palestinian President …

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Zeev Elkin unveils proposal for the municipal division of Jerusalem

PNN/Jerusalem/ Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Zeev Elkin, unveiled his proposal for the municipal division of Jerusalem, which Proposes Reducing the number of Palestinians in Jerusalem and several Palestinian neighborhoods beyond the Apartheid Wall will be split off from the Jerusalem municipality and placed under the jurisdiction of one or more new …

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Hamas says unity deal still on track despite ‘assassination attempt’

The head of Hamas security forces left hospital on Saturday after being wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Gaza Strip, and vowed that an agreement to end the decade-long rift with rivals Fatah would remain on track. Tawfiq Abu Naim was moderately injured in an explosion on Friday which was …

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Young Gazans mobilize to save Palestine’s oldest archaeological site

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Young people launched a trending hashtag to urge the Palestinian Council of Ministers in its Oct. 17 session to halt all forms of pre-construction work at the archaeological Tall es-Sakan site in the northern Gaza Strip. The young Palestinians launched an Arabic hashtag that translates as “Save Tall es-Sakan,” which went viral …

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Palestinian reconciliation takes its toll on new PA budget

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is expected to take its toll on the Palestinian Authority‘s (PA) general budget for 2018, which the government will begin drafting by the end of October, a Palestinian official told Al-Monitor. “Reconciliation — if successful — will make the next budget the largest in the history of the …

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