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Palestinians pop up in Panama Papers

Ever since the inception of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994, local and international organizations have repeatedly issued reports on the rampant corruption plaguing its ministries and departments. The problem is not limited to administrative and financial excesses committed by irresponsible individuals for personal motives, but rather is seems entrenched …

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PLO cancels funds to DFLP faction, a day after targeting PFLP

NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said Tuesday the PLO had canceled the faction’s funding,a day after it halted funding to the PFLP allegedly for criticizing President Mahmoud Abbas.Sources in the DFLP, who spoke on condition of anonymity, condemned the decision, saying it was …

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PA forces mistreat 5 Palestinians in custody, says rights group

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has extended the detention of five young Palestinians, prisoners’ rights organization Addameer reported Monday, after their arrests sparked criticism of the Palestinian government’s security coordination with Israel.The Palestinian magistrate’s court extended the detention of Basil Mahmoud al-Aaraj, 33, Muhammad Abdullah Harb, 23, Haytham al-Sayyaj, …

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Five Palestinians Detained and Tortured by the Palestinian Security Forces

Ramallah – The Magistrate’s Court of the Palestinian Authority extended the detention of five young Palestinians for further interrogation. These extensions apply to the following detainees: Basil Al-Araj (33 years old), Mohammed Harb (23 years old), Haytham Siyaj (19 years old), Mohammed Al-Salamen (19 years old) and Ali Dar al …

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With new decree, Palestinian leader tightens grip

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle. The nine-member body, which will have supremacy over all lower courts, was created without …

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Panama Papers: Leaks Reveal Abbas’ Son’s $1m Holding in Company With Ties to Palestinian Authority

Panama Papers leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca uncover the exclusive club that lines the pockets of Palestine’s political and financial elite, Haaretz investigation finds. The leaked documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca reveal a Palestinian “club” whose members link the financial and political worlds of the Palestinian Authority. …

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Armed assailants open fire at teacher’s vehicle in Qalqiliya

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Unidentified armed men opened fire at the vehicle of the head of the teachers’ movement late on Wednesday in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.Jamal al-Qaddumi told Ma’an that men riding motorcycles stopped in front of his building in the city of Qalqiliya and fired 14 bullets …

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Palestinian police arrest archbishop of the Syrian Orthodox Church

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian police in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem arrested on Saturday the spiritual head of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Palestine and Jordan, Palestinian security sources said.Eyewitness and follower of the Syrian Orthodox Church Shamiran Ketlo told Ma’an that she saw Palestinian police obstructing …

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Israeli Rights Group Releases Video of Army Medic Executing Wounded Palestinian Suspect

Last Updated | March 25, 3:07 p.m. AN ISRAELI SOLDIER was arrested on Thursday after a rights group published clear video images of him shooting a wounded, immobilized Palestinian suspect in the head following a knife attack in the West Bank city of Hebron earlier in the day. The graphic, …

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Civil Society Creates Crisis Management Cell to Oversee Executive Authority Actions

Palestinian civil society organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Network (PNGO), the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), the Independent Commission for Human Rights, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN), and the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee, met on Sunday 20 March 2016. During the …

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