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Israel approves plans to tighten grip on East Jerusalem

Palestinian leaders have denounced new construction projects they say will further tighten Israel‘s grip on occupied East Jerusalem and its holy places, including the incendiary site of Al-Aqsa mosque. The most elaborate plan is for a cable car intended to bring thousands of visitors an hour to the Western Wall …

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List of inflammatory comments and incitement by Israeli officials in April

PNN/ Ramallah/ PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “The real incitement stems from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and its enslavement of an entire nation.  The Israeli hardline extremist government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel, inciting violence and …

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Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prison

PNN/ Ramallah/ A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners. The provocative move came in response to the hunger strike which Palestinian prisoners launched on the Palestinian …

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Israeli ministry orders bus company to stop Arabic announcements in Beersheba

NEGEV (Ma’an) — The Israeli Ministry of Transportation ordered that an Israeli bus company stop broadcasting announcements in Arabic in the city of Beersheba, a spokesperson for Dan Bus Company told Ma’an on Thursday.The spokesperson said to Ma’an that the company had been asked by the Israeli Ministry of Transportation …

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Gaza ‘fertile ground’ for Islamic State recruiters: Qatar minister

[Getty] The Gaza Strip is fertile ground for Islamic State militants to thrive, Qatar’s foreign minister said Saturday. Palestinian infighting and a decade-long Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished enclave into a “launching pad” for recruiters of the extremist group, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahan al-Thani said. “If we will leave …

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Official: ISIS sabotages tombstones for Palestinian leaders

RAMALLAH, October 17, 2016 (WAFA) – Members of the Islamic State sabotaged on Sunday tombstones of Palestinian leaders in a cemetery in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, Anwar Abdul-Hadi, director of Palestine Liberation Organization’s political department in Syria, told WAFA on Monday. He said ISIS sabotaged the headstones for graves …

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Will Salafi groups trigger Israel-Hamas clash?

  Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip hours after a rocket launched from the Palestinian enclave hit the Israeli border town of Sderot, as seen from the Israeli side of the border with Gaza, Oct. 5, 2016.  (photo by REUTERS/Amir Cohen) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recently received …

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The game with Hamas has changed

Analysis: Hamas high value targets were hit following the rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday; hit with heavy, precision munitions, these attacks represent a change in IDF policy—immediately hit Hamas hard and fast after any rocket attack. When the IDF hit high value targets in …

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Six Palestinians charged over Islamic State ties

Israeli police say an Islamic State cell was uncovered in a refugee camp and that the detained men had been planning attacks in Jerusalem   Israeli authorities have charged six Palestinians suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group and of plotting attacks, police said on Sunday. The alleged IS …

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Why proposed blasphemy law horrifies many in Gaza

Hamas declared in its founding charter created in August 1988 that it bases its ideas, concepts and perceptions on Islam and refers to it for guidance on all of its activities. Hamas views itself as an Islamic movement with a moderate ideology. It does not accuse anyone of disbelief, does not condone any killing based on religion and according …

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