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More Palestinians seek Abbas’ resignation, remain skeptical of Trump, survey shows

A survey shows that 67 percent of Palestinians want the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and 75 percent remain skeptical of the role the administration of US President Donald Trump plays in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The result of the survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research among …

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MADA denounces Gaza sentencing of female Palestinian journalist battling cancer

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) released a statement on Thursday denouncing a Gaza court’s absentia decision to imprison a female Palestinian journalist who is currently in Jordan receiving cancer treatment. According to MADA, the Gaza Magistrate Court sentenced journalist Hajar Muhammad Abu Samra …

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Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel’s banks?

Israeli banks claim that Israel’s laws require them to be involved in the colonization of occupied Palestinian – and Syrian – land in violation of international law. But Human Rights Watch has concluded in a new report that there is nothing in Israeli law that forces the banks to provide many financial …

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Israeli Law and Banking in West Bank Settlements

Introduction The activities of Israeli banks in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank raise serious human rights concerns. By providing services to and in settlements, which are illegal under international humanitarian law (IHL), and partnering with developers in new construction projects, Israeli banks are making existing settlements more sustainable, …

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Israeli Forces Detain a Palestinian Patient While Crossing Erez

  At 16:30 on Sunday, 10 September 2017, Israeli forces took to detention and interrogation Fadel Mazen Abu Hasira, 27 years old and a resident of Al-Rimal neighborhood in Gaza City. Accompanied by his mother, Fadel was on his way to receive treatment for his right leg in Makassed Hospital …

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Energy crisis takes its toll on Palestinian farmers in Gaza

Some 38 per cent of planted crops at risk of total loss The severity of electricity outages in the Gaza Strip continued in August, ranging from 18 to 20 hours a day. This had a detrimental impact on the availability of essential services and undermined Gaza’s already fragile economy. The …

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Palestinian Christians call on Greek Orthodox Patriarch to resign over land sales

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians protesting outside of the Jaffa Gate entrance to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City reportedly called for the resignation of Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III on Saturday, over the alleged sale of church property to Israeli settler groups. According to Palestinian Wafa news agency, the …

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General strike launched in Bethlehem to mourn slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials declared a general strike in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday to mourn 22-year-old slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days. Muhammad …

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Israel bans photography at Al Haram Al Sharif

Ramallah: In an unprecedented measure against Jerusalemites and other visitors to Al Haram Al Sharif in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation forces have banned photography inside the compound, threatening to detain anyone taking photographs of themselves and to prosecute them in court. Observers say the draconian measure is nothing …

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Al-Haq calls for the immediate release of a Palestinian man arbitrarily detained by the PA’s General Intelligence Service

(Ramallah, 30 August, 2017) – Al-Haq condemns the ongoing detention of Shadi Nammourah by the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service, in its Jericho detention center. Nammourah is from Dura, near Hebron, and is arbitrarily detained despite having four court orders calling for his release on bail. Dura’s Magistrate Court issued …

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