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A call for a presidential decision that prohibits the detention of journalists

Ramallah- 17/2/2016 :journalists, human rights and media organisations confirmed the importance of issuing a presidential decision by president Mahmoud Abbas, whereby he prohibits the detention of journalists in relation to their profession . Many incidents where journalists have been detained  over various periods without conviction from Palestinian courts prove that …

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Teachers protest in Ramallah for union rights

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An estimated 20,000 Palestinian teachers demonstrated in Ramallah on Tuesday to call for the implementation of an 2013 agreement guaranteeing their rights.Most schools in the occupied West Bank shut down completely in protest, while other establishments closed before noon, as teachers gathered in front of the Palestinian …

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Palestine: Torture, Death of Hamas Detainee Relatives Say Senior Officials Knew of Abuse

(Jerusalem) – Hamas authorities in Gaza should investigate their military wing for the apparent torture and execution of Mahmoud Eshtewi. Eshtewi, a member of that military wing, was detained in secret locations for over a year. Relatives of the victim said they and Eshtewi himself informed the most senior officials …

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How Palestine’s parliament is squandering millions of dollars

Author: Ahmad Melhem Translator: Joelle El-Khoury   RAMALLAH, West Bank — Jan. 25 marked the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s last election. The PLC consists of 132 elected members of parliament (84 parliamentarians in the West Bank and 48 in Gaza) who were convened in 27 legal sessions from …

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Hamas’ military wing executes one of its militants

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said on Sunday that the group executed one of its members for what the group called in a statement “misconduct and immoral behavior.”“We announce that a member of al-Qassam Brigades Mahmoud Rushdi Shteiwi was executed at 4 p.m. …

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Palestinian People’s Party says Hamas questioning its members in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip have summoned a number of the Palestinian People’s Party young operatives for questioning, the leftist group said on Saturday.In a statement sent to Ma’an, the socialist party said Gaza security forces had recently summoned Muhammad Salih, a coordinator for …

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PA rejects political motive in arrest of dissident Palestinian professor

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian police on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian professor and author on ambiguous charges, local media reported.Dr. Abd al-Sattar Qassem, 68 and a long-time political science professor at the Najah University in Nablus, was arrested by Palestinian Authority forces after “Palestinians complained” about him, a spokesperson for the …

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MADA demands investigation of assault against Saai

Ramallh-1/02/2016- Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” demands the  Palestinian National Security Service and police to investigate the intentional and reputedly assault of  Sami Saed Saai- the correspondent of “the local Fajer Jadeed TV”, which occurred in the evening of Wednesday, 27th of January 2016, while covering protests …

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Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed in theWest Bank. 22 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.   Israeli forces continued to open fire at areas along the Gaza Strip borders, …

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Palestinian factions condemn PA crackdown on attacks against Israel

Donia Al-Watan Palestinian factions on Thursday condemned a Palestinian Authority official who said that PA security forces had aborted 200 potential attacks on Israelis since October. The Hamas movement, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in a joint press release said that the remarks by …

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