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Abbas starts austerity measures by sacking his advisers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to fire all his advisers Aug. 19, regardless of their title or ranking. He also canceled all “the decisions and contracts related to them,” and suspended the rights and privileges they received in their advisory capacity. Abbas’ decision, published by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, made no mention of …

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Abbas tightens grip on Palestinian governmental bodies

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has tightened his grip on the PLO after he officially approved the distribution of tasks and departments among the Executive Committee’s members on Aug. 1. Under the new distribution, Abbas, who heads the PLO’s Executive Committee, assumed the position of chairman and head of the National Fund, which …

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Professors of Palestinian universities strike over row with PA

Professors from Palestinian universities across the Gaza Strip and West Bank went on a one day strike, Monday, to protest the withdrawal of Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of education and higher education from financial and administrative agreements reached in 2008, reports Quds Press. The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and …

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Israel army ‘reprimands’ commanders following shooting of Palestinian siblings

The Israeli army has taken “disciplinary action” against two commanders involved in the shooting of Palestinian siblings on 31 October, which left one man dead and his sister wounded. According to a report in Haaretz, the commander of the Givati infantry brigade, Colonel Dado Bar Kalifa, reprimanded the deputy company commander …

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Will this Palestinian organization weather funding storm?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Women’s Technical Affairs Committee (WATC) issued a press statement Oct. 29 saying that the European Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (HR/IHL Secretariat) decided to entirely defund the organization on the grounds of incitement to violence against Israel. The HR/IHL Secretariat is a joint donor …

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Ramallah: Seminar on Ending Impunity for Crimes against Palestinian Journalists

PNN/ Ramallah/ Palestinian journalists and Human Rights activists today highlighted the various violations committed against them in the Palestine, whether out by Israeli occupation or the violations by the Palestinian authorities, in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. The Seminar was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and …

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Israeli settlers steal water pipe used by Palestinians in Jordan Valley

TUBAS, November 7, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Tuesday stole a 400-meter water pipe used by Palestinians in the village of Ein el-Sakout, to the east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley, according to local sources. Muataz Besharat, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that …

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Israel is to issue permits for building 292 settlement units

PNN/ Jerusalem/ The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee is to issue permits for constructing 292 new settlement units on Wednesday, according to Kan 11 Hebrew TV. The new units will be built in settlements outside the Green Line, like the illegal Gilo and Romat Shlmo settlements. Reportedly, it is part …

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Jewish businessmen involved in Orthodox Church property sales

Two Jewish businessmen – one American, the other British – are alleged to be involved in the sale of property belonging to the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Hebrew-language newspaper Maarivrevealed on Friday. According to Arabs48.com, the Israeli newspaper named the American as Michael Steinhardt and British businessman David Sofer. Both, it is …

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