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Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent

In the 25 years since Palestinians gained a degree of self-rule over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, their authorities have established machineries of repression to crush dissent, including through the use of torture.

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Gaza and the three-state solution

The Palestinian in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip elected Hamas to run the Palestinian Authority in 2006. Ismail Haniyeh became the Prime Minister according to Palestinian law and the election results — deemed “free and fair” by independent monitors — but the international community and adjacent countries did …

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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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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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Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians, PLC deputy, in overnight West Bank raids

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians, including a deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), in overnight raids between Tuesday and Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence …

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Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …

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Gaza to see forced military retirement in June

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to enact in June a controversial law that will force about half of Gaza’s security personnel to retire, while leaving the West Bank’s force intact. Officials in the security services have started contacting staff members to inform them of …

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Israel detained 509 Palestinians in March, report says

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 509 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of March, prisoners’ rights organizations said in a joint report on Sunday. The report — written by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and …

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