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Amid reconciliation efforts, Palestine sets its eyes on Gaza gas field

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Natural gas off the coast of the Gaza Strip under the Palestinian territorial waters in the eastern Mediterranean sea remains a prime focus of the Palestinian Authority (PA). While the PA has tried to exploit natural gas in a step to strengthen the Palestinian economy …

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Palestinians vow to Israel: We’re not leaving Jerusalem

Occupied East Jerusalem – Mazen Jabari was heading towards the Yabous Cultural Centre in occupied East Jerusalem to deliver a presentation on al-Aqsa Mosque, when he received a phone call advising him not to come. “The Israeli police stormed the place, and they’re looking … to speak with you,” Jabari, a researcher with the Arab …

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What Not To Expect from a Palestinian Unity Deal

The scene was all too familiar: A group of Palestinian men from rival factions Hamas and Fatah, plus a representative of a brotherly Arab country acting as interlocutor, all huddled on a small podium shaking hands before an even larger crowd of journalists. On Thursday, an agreement was signed between …

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Israeli tech companies start contracting in Gaza

GAZA STRIP — Palestinians are increasingly joining the programming and information technology (IT) sector, one of the fastest-growing business sectors in the Palestinian economy. Statistics issued by PalTrade in 2016 showed that the annual growth rate of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector is 25% with a market share estimated at $500 million …

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Palestinian reconciliation? What’s driving Hamas and Fatah this time.

OCTOBER 9, 2017  JERUSALEM—The political and ideological tensions between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah exploded into civil war a decade ago. There were clashes, shootouts, and execution-style killings in the streets. Rivals were even thrown off high-rise rooftops. The internecine fighting that claimed some 600 lives by the spring of 2007 …

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Why Palestine needs national library more than presidential palace

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Does Palestine need a new presidential palace or a national library? When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas opted for the latter, he received the approval of the country’s academics and book buffs, who herald the future library as a major tool to bring together Palestine’s scattered archives. …

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Hamas’ weapons risk could kill Palestinian reconciliation

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah took the first step toward assuming control of Gaza’s administration when he and all the ministers of the national consensus government arrived there from Ramallah on Oct. 2. The success of the government’s visit to the Gaza Strip “will pave the way for other …

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Palestine 2015 attacks triggered new path of resistance

Two years since the spark of October 2015 uprising, young Palestinians set new path of fighting the Israeli oppression. Just before noon on a warm October day, a shopkeeper in the Old City of Jerusalem was thinking about the young man who moments ago had asked him for a lighter, …

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Is Hamas, Fatah rapprochement a win-win deal?

The rival Palestinian factions are set to meet in Gaza after a decade of bitter feuding. Hamas’s offer to submit to a long-delayed reconciliation process with its Fatah rivals signals that the balance of regional forces may be tipping in its favour and against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, analysts say. Officials from the …

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Bitter divorce? If you’re in Gaza, call Um Rashid

The Gharibs had a problem. Their son, Rami, 24, was under arrest after a bitter divorce saw a local court demand he pay his ex-wife a monthly allowance he could not afford. The only way out for the family, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, was to seek mediation between themselves and their …

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