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Abbas starts austerity measures by sacking his advisers

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to fire all his advisers Aug. 19, regardless of their title or ranking. He also canceled all “the decisions and contracts related to them,” and suspended the rights and privileges they received in their advisory capacity. Abbas’ decision, published by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa, made no mention of …

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Palestinian elections could prove promising or impossible

Many Palestinian journalists, nongovernmental organizations and members of the public concur that holding comprehensive elections — for the presidency and legislature at the same time, and in all the territories — is the best remedy for the 12-year-long Palestinian divide, after all attempts to end the Fatah-Hamas split have failed. But many people, mostly Fatah members and Palestinian President Mahmoud …

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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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EUPOL COPPS appoints new EU head of the police mission in Palestine and organizes study visits to Europe

PNN/Europe/ EUPOL COPPS  has recently released different press releases regarding Palestine: The EU appointed Kauko Aaltomaa, as new Head of the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories The EU’s Political and Security Committee has appointed Kauko Aaltomaa, a high-ranking official in the Finnish Ministry of Interior, as new Head …

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MADA launches two campaigns against self-censorship

Ramallah –20/9/2017 The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) launched two media campaigns on social media and Maan TV to reduce self-censorship by journalists.   MADA’s General Director Mousa Rimawi explained that the campaigns aim at raising awareness of the dangers of self-censorship on the freedom of expression, …

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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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Al Mezan Demands Investigation into Clinical Death of a Child in Gaza

On Saturday, 2 September 2017 at 4 pm, Mustafa Fayeq Salman, a 16-year-old resident of Beit Lahia, was brought to the intensive care unit of the Indonesian Hospital in the North Gaza district where he was declared clinically dead. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, Mustafa had been detained at …

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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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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (24 – 29 August 2017)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (24 – 29 August 2017)   5 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces conducted 39 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the …

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The Consequences of Israeli Impunity

One month ago, on 21 July, three Palestinians were killed in Jerusalem, two by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) and one by a settler. The killings came in the wake of peaceful protests against Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa, which escalated into clashes.  While the deaths of Mohammad Sharaf, Mohammad Lafi, and Mohammad …

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