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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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Zeev Elkin unveils proposal for the municipal division of Jerusalem

PNN/Jerusalem/ Jerusalem Affairs Minister, Zeev Elkin, unveiled his proposal for the municipal division of Jerusalem, which Proposes Reducing the number of Palestinians in Jerusalem and several Palestinian neighborhoods beyond the Apartheid Wall will be split off from the Jerusalem municipality and placed under the jurisdiction of one or more new …

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Palestinians gauge economic impact of reconciliation

Despite numerous failures in the past, many Palestinians and officials involved in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation seem optimistic about this attempt. They now are evaluating the potential economic effects of the national consensus agreement signed Oct. 12 that reunites Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which administers the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority (PA) met …

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Experts: Reconciliation will reflect positively on Gaza’s reconstruction, economy

  by Mohammed Abu Fayyad GAZA, September 30, 2017 (WAFA) – Palestinian officials and economic experts believe that success of reconciliation and the restoration of national unity between the West Bank and Gaza Strip will reflect positively on Gaza’s economy and will accelerate reconstruction following three devastating wars launched by …

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Hebron mayor prevented from entering the city’s Old Town

  Mayor was on a regular check of the city’s public schools on the first day of the academic year   Ramallah: Israeli occupation forces have forcibly prevented Hebron mayor Shaikh Tayseer Abu Sneinah from entering the Old Town and banned him from that key part of the city. The …

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Local elections: Retreat for women, youth, factions and upsurge for clans

By Aseel Akhras RAMALLAH, August 12, 2017 (WAFA) – Statistics compiled  by the Central Election Commission  (CEC) showed a retreat for women, youth and political factions in the recent local elections and an upsurge for clans and families. Percentage of women winners in election was 19.8%, and 22.4% won by …

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Voting closes in 14 West Bank municipalities that did not vote in May

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Voting closed Saturday night for “complimentary elections” held at polling stations in occupied West Bank municipalities that did not take part in regular elections held in May. Elections were held in 14 municipalities, which had not presented electoral lists in time for the May elections. The Palestinian Central …

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Palestinians optimistic as Jordan border crossing set to open 24/7

RAMALLAH, West Bank — During the high season extending from June 20 until the month of October, Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to travel to Jordan around the clock on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, passage will be restricted to three hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. through the crossing known as …

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Will new regulations deal a blow to Palestine’s local tobacco industry?

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian government ratified a plan Feb. 28 to regulate the tobacco sector in an attempt to improve the quality of locally grown tobacco, restructure prices, protect farmers and local companies, fight tax evasion and cigarette smuggling and increase government revenue. In the northern West Bank, especially in the Jenin …

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Germany supports Palestinian local government with $20 million

RAMALLAH, March 6, 2017 (WAFA) – Germany and the Palestinian Authority signed on Monday an 18 million euro (app. $20 million) agreement in support of projects to develop municipalities and improve services, according to a statement by the German Representative Office in Ramallah. Minister of Local Government Hussein Araj and …

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