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Knesset Advances Bill to Withhold Names of Soldiers Under Investigation

Elor Azaria at a hearing in the Jaffa Military Court on Sunday, June 26, 2016.David Bachar   The proposed law was inspired by the case of Sgt. Elor Azaria, the soldier on trial for manslaughter who shot and killed a subdued Palestinian assailant in Hebron. Publication of the names of …

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Inside Gaza’s traditional tribal courts

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Considered as a pillar of social stability, tribal and customary courts hold an important position among Palestinian families when it comes to settling conflicts and ending long-standing disputes between them. Plaintiffs and right holders prefer to bring their cases before tribal councils because of their …

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PA security forces hitting lawbreakers with ‘iron fist’ in West Bank

 Abbas issues order to “undertake intensified security efforts to end all violence within Palestinian society.”   Palestinian Authority police officers stand guard in the West Bank [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS) The Palestinian Authority Security Forces have launched an effort to restore security to West Bank villages and cities, focusing on arresting …

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Gunmen attack Fatah meeting in Gaza City, injure 10

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ten Fatah-affiliated Palestinians were injured on Sunday when unidentified gunmen attacked a meeting for the political party’s internal elections in the eastern Gaza Strip.A Fatah leader in the besieged Gaza Strip in charge of the internal elections, Nayif Khuweitir, told Ma’an that the voting process started …

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Palestinians divided over PA’s attendance at Israeli conference

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Bilateral relations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel seem to be currently at their best, as coordination and cooperation on official levels are ongoing between the two sides. However, the Palestinians disagree as they want the nature of the relationship with Israel to be defined. …

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Palestinian Authority sets municipal elections for October 8

  RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian cabinet on Tuesday, which meets weekly in Ramallah, have announced a decision to hold municipal elections on October 8, according to a statement released by the cabinet.The cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, appointed a central elections committee to start preparations for the …

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Clashes erupt between PA security forces and Islamic Jihad demonstrators in Jenin

JENIN (Ma’an) — Clashes erupted early Friday for a short duration between Palestinian security forces and several armed members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.Palestinian security forces reportedly intervened to stop live firing as Islamic Jihad-affiliated …

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Gaza security forces ban rally against Hamas-Fatah disagreement

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Security forces of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip banned a rally protesting the ongoing disagreement between Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday.Chairman of a coalition of independent figures in Gaza Yasser al-Wadiya told Ma’an that Hamas-affiliated security forces “forcibly” dispersed the crowds who gathered in …

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Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2015

This is the fifth year in which the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has detailed the key humanitarian concerns in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The purpose of the report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the underlying causes or drivers of the humanitarian …

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Palestine: ICC Should Open Formal Probe

Impartial Justice Needed as Occupation Enters 50th Year (New York) – As the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza entered its 50th year, Human Rights Watch called today on the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to open a formal investigation into serious international crimes committed in Palestine by …

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