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3 Death Sentences implemented in Gaza without Presidential Ratification: PCHR Stresses it is Extra-judicial Execution and Strongly Condemns it

Ref: 30-2016 On Tuesday, 31 May 2016, security services in the Gaza Strip implemented 3 death sentences that were previously issued by the judicial authority in the Gaza Strip without the ratification of the Palestinian President. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns this step and stresses that …

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Al Mezan Calls for Immediate Stop to the Execution of the Death Penalty in Gaza and Full Respect of Palestinian Law

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan) views with grave concern the announcement of impending execution of death sentences by the authorities in the Gaza Strip. If carried out, these executions will be done without the approval of the president of the Palestinian Authority as stipulated in Palestinian law. According …

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PA security arrests youth over Facebook posts insulting Prophet Muhammad

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) arrested on Saturday a young Palestinian man from a village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah for allegedly writing posts on his Facebook account insulting Prophet Muhammad.PSS officials told Ma’an that the suspect “claims he is Shiite …

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Is Abbas using Big Brother policy to threaten opponents?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took two decisions that caught his opponents by surprise. On April 3, he issued a presidential decree, announcing the formation of a constitutional court, which some see as a prelude to prevent Hamas from taking over the presidential seat in case …

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Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc Wins Majority in Birzeit University Student Council Elections

PNN/Ramallah Wafaa’ Islamic Bloc, from Hamas movement, won 25 out of 51 seats in the Birzeit University Students Council elections, held on April 27, 2016.   Competing factions Martyr Yasser Arafat Bloc, from Fatah, got 21 seats and  the Democratic Progressive Student Pole won 5  seats. The bloc representing Leftist movement …

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Palestinian president discharges Nablus governor

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday discharged Nablus governor Akram Rajoub, in what he said was likely due to internal political disputes in the Fatah party.The former governor told Ma’an that he received a phone call from Abbas’ office notifying him of his dismissal. Rajoub initially said …

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Palestinian Authority accuses Israel of incitement

RAMALLAH, West Bank — In light of repeated Israeli accusations that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been inciting violence through the media, especially during the recent popular uprising, Palestinian officials want to convene the Tripartite Committee on Incitement. The committee’s main task is to monitor the content of Palestinian and Israeli media and …

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Young members increasingly critical of Hamas

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas was the product of Palestinian youth efforts in the 1980s, and those young men have grown up and become today’s leaders. Now that Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2006, is the role of youth in the movement confined to fighting and media roles, and restricted from leadership? Why …

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Congress puts stranglehold on Palestinian aid

Congress is blocking almost $160 million in US assistance as the Palestinians prepare to once again take their statehood bid to the UN Security Council later this month. The money has been on hold since last fall as key lawmakers seek to convince the Palestinians to abandon their unilateral effort …

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Group: 43 journalists jailed by Israel since October

GAZA (Ma’an) — The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said on Saturday that Israel had detained 43 journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015, including two foreign reporters.The New York-based committee said in a report that during detention and imprisonment, journalists have reported torture, medical negligence, and unreasonable …

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