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PA Petroleum Directorate closes 5 gas stations in al-Eizariya

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian General Directorate of Petroleum on Thursday closed five gas stations that were operating without licenses or below standards in the occupied West Bank town of al-Eizariya, just east of Jerusalem, Palestinian sources said. Sources told Ma’an that the directorate, escorted by Palestinian security sources, confiscated tanks …

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Hamas presses Egypt over Rafah crossing in rare Cairo talks

Hamas’s leader in Gaza calls talks a ‘positive step’, just days after Egypt accused group of plotting death of country’s top prosecutor GAZA CITY – A surprise visit by senior Hamas leaders to Cairo has raised hopes in Gaza of a rapprochement between Egypt and the blockaded Palestinian territory’s de facto …

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How this new divorce law further marginalizes Gaza’s women

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Higher Sharia Court Council in the Gaza Strip issued a decision Feb. 7 granting a husband the right to file for divorce if his wife subjects him to verbal or physical abuse. The ruling has angered the feminist community, because it gives the husband the opportunity to divorce …

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Vital decisions of the Palestinian Central Council have gone with the wind

A full year has passed since some vital decisions taken by the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) were put under the microscope in what looked very much like a way to ensure that they are not implemented. This was suggested by the latest Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee statement which …

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Hamas shuts down religious charity organization

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –The Ministry of Interior of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip reportedly ordered the dissolution of a religious charity organization on Sunday, the charity’s chairman told Ma’an on Sunday.Al-Baqiyat al-Salihat’s chairman, Sheikh Hisham Salim, said that he was not given a clear reason for the closure …

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Lawmaker continues sit-in, says rights are ‘restricted’ by PA

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian lawmaker Najat Abu Bakir on Saturday continued a sit-in strike at the headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the tenth day in a row, saying that human rights in Palestine were “severely bleeding due to restrictions on freedoms.”The Fatah-affiliated lawmaker in a statement Saturday said …

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PA says will only pay portion of overdue salaries to non-striking teachers

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education announced on Saturday that it intended to request that the Finance Ministry pay a quarter of overdue allowances to teachers across the occupied West Bank — but only to teachers who were not on strike.The announcement came as most Palestinian public …

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Palestinian teachers’ strike grinds on

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian teachers confirmed Friday that their strike would carry on until the Palestinian Authority recognized their demands and guaranteed their rights.The teachers said they had formed a legal follow-up committee — to coordinate with lawyers and rights groups — which would represent the teachers’ cause without charge.They …

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Family: PA shares blame in Bulgaria assassination

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The family of Omar al-Nayif on Friday said they held the Palestinian Authority responsible for his reported assassination by Israel at the Palestinian embassy’s headquarters in Bulgaria.Ahmad al-Nayif told Ma’an: “My brother was being directly and indirectly threatened by some individuals at the embassy — especially the …

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Palestinian teachers continue strike action with another mass protest in Ramallah

2016-02-24 Listen Donia Al-Watan Palestinian teachers at governmental school have now been on strike for more than one week in protest at low wages and amidst claims of the Palestinian Authority retreating on previous agreements made to them. A mass demonstration launched the strike last week in Ramallah, with an …

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