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Israeli forces temporarily detain Palestinian minister at checkpoint

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces temporarily detained the Palestinian Minister of Awqaf (the Islamic endowment) and Religious Affairs and those accompanying him at a checkpoint on Friday as the minister was attempting to enter Qalqiliya from Nablus. Yousif Ideis said that Israeli forces stopped his car, demanded that he step …

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Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work Permit Under the pretext Promoting ‘Propaganda’

Jerusalem-  February 24, 2017 /PNN/ Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the grounds that it is not a real human rights group, the organization said today. In its February 20, 2017 letter denying a work permit for Omar …

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Press briefing note on Israel: Elor Azaria case

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 24 February 2017 Subject:    (1) Israel: Elor Azaria case “We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded …

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Palestinian lawyer signs plea bargain as NGO slams Israeli ‘persecution of rights defenders’

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian lawyer signed a plea deal earlier this week in order to avoid a prison sentence for his alleged involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), as his organization called the case the latest example of Israel’s “persecution of human rights defenders.” …

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Israel closes Jerusalem-area Palestinian boys school for ‘incitement’

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday closed a Palestinian elementary school for boys in the town of Sur Bahir in the central occupied West Bank Jerusalem district over alleged “incitement”. Head of the school Luay Jamal Bkirat told Ma’an that Israeli intelligence officials summoned him and the school’s financial …

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UN Special Coordinator congratulates Hamdallah on launching NPA

PNN/ Ramallah/ United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Wednesday congratulated the Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah, his government, civil society and the business community for finalising an ambitious policy agenda for Palestine that articulates a strong, clear vision for the Palestinian people. “The United Nations …

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PA bans Palestinian lawmaker from leaving West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was denied entry into Jordan from the occupied West Bank via the Allenby Bridge by Palestinian Authority (PA) checkpoint authorities on Wednesday. Najat Abu Bakr told Ma’an that the PA crossings authority in Jericho had informed her that she …

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Israel prevents EU lawmakers from Gaza entry

Agence France Presse OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Five European parliamentarians said Wednesday that Israeli authorities had prevented them from entering the Gaza Strip. “The refusal of access to Gaza by the Israeli authorities to the European Parliament on arbitrary grounds is unacceptable,” Cypriot MEP Neoklis Sylikiotis said in a statement. Similar delegations …

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Elor Azarya sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for point-blank shooting of wounded Palestinian

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After being found guilty of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, 20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a demotion in his military rank on Tuesday. More details to come.

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