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Jenin governor calls for former PA officials to return stolen money

Akram Al-Rajoub, the governor of the West Bank city of Jenin, called on Friday for former Palestinian Authority (PA) ministers and officials to return money they had stolen while in office, Safa Press Agency reported. On his Facebook page, Al-Rajoub declared that there had been an order by President Mahmoud Abbas for the return …

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Why Abbas is shaking up Palestinian security services

The Palestinian arena has of lately witnessed successive events, beginning with the resignation of the Palestinian government on Jan. 29, the start of consultations to form a new government, the leaks in late January that the US administration’s Mideast peace plan would be announced soon, and the announcement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Feb. 10 that international institutions …

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Factions differ on priorities in Palestine talks

Cairo: Rival Palestinian factions resumed reconciliation talks in Cairo on Tuesday as differences surfaced over the best way to implement their deal to end a decade-old rift that has hampered efforts towards statehood. The Palestinian National Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, retook control of Gaza’s border crossings …

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Palestinian factions agree on presidential and legislative elections

Palestinian factions said on Wednesday they agreed to hold elections by the end of 2018 and praised the unity deal aimed at ending a long-running dispute between Fatah and Hamas. The call for elections was made in a joint statement at the end of two days of closed-door talks in …

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UN warns of conflict in Gaza if talks fail

United Nations: Conflict is likely to once again engulf Gaza if a deal on the return of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the Hamas-controlled enclave fails, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Monday. Addressing the Security Council on the eve of talks in Cairo between Palestinian factions, …

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Will end of land-for-pay program kill Palestinian reconciliation?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 7, Minister of Local Governance Hussein al-Araj announced that all government land allocated after Oct. 2, 2017, in the Gaza Strip was done illegally. New allocations of land are postponed until further notice. The land allocation issue evolved from Hamas not being able …

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Withdrawal from Palestinian reconciliation is not allowed: Sinwar

CAIRO – 17 November 2017: Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya al-Sinwar confirmed on Thursday, concerning the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas, that withdrawal is not allowed. The state of division would damage the Palestinian national project, if persisted, Sinwar said during a meeting arranged by the Palestinian …

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Delay in opening Rafah crossing was due to internal Egyptian reasons – official

RAMALLAH, November 16, 2017 (WAFA) – Member of Fatah Central Committee Azzam al-Ahmad said on Wednesday that postponement of the opening of Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt was due to internal Egyptian reasons, noting that the Palestinian are ready to open the crossing at any time. According to the …

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Israel to lift tight controls over Gaza reconstruction materials

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel has agreed to suspend on Jan. 1 the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a deal Palestinian contractors say has put many of them out of business and cost the Contractors Union millions of dollars a month, according to a representative of the new consensus government. …

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