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Abbas: If Israel takes Palestinian land, all deals off

If Israel annexes parts of the occupied West Bank, all agreements signed with Israel will end, warned the Palestinian president on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. “All agreements and their resulting obligations would end if the Israeli side annexes the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea, and any part of the Palestinian …

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Palestinians demand legal protection after ‘honour’ killing of Israa Gharib

“No to violence against women!” Palestinian women and men of all ages shouted, marching from Bethlehem’s manger square down to Beit Sahour. “From Beit Sahour to the government leaders, we need laws to protect women!” Saturday afternoon, August 31, a group of almost 100 people gathered in the middle of …

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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 President rejects US dictates during meeting with America delegation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday received a delegation of Democratic members of US Congress, headed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. The president affirmed that the two-state solution, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, is the only solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, stressing his rejection of the US’ dictates …

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Egypt takes another stab at reconciling Hamas, Fatah

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Cairo is resuming its efforts to reconcile the Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions, taking a somewhat more hands-on approach to solving the main problem. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank wants Hamas to give up administrative control of the Gaza Strip, including ministries, security, courts, border crossings and tax collections. But Hamas refuses to …

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The West Bank: Israeli annexation, the deal of the century and the pursuit of Hamas

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has announced that his country understands Israel’s need to have dominant security control in the West Bank as part of any peace agreement reached with the Palestinians. He said that this is because Washington understands the threat to Israel’s existence if Hamas ever …

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Ban on Hamas’ student bloc stirs angry reactions

Public protests were staged March 14-15 in the Gaza Strip against the dire living conditions and harsh conduct of the Hamas-affiliated security forces against the protesters. Meanwhile, reactions to these incidents in the West Bank appeared in the form of media statements or measures on the ground.

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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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Why Abbas is shaking up Palestinian security services

The Palestinian arena has of lately witnessed successive events, beginning with the resignation of the Palestinian government on Jan. 29, the start of consultations to form a new government, the leaks in late January that the US administration’s Mideast peace plan would be announced soon, and the announcement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Feb. 10 that international institutions …

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Intel: How cooperation at Gaza-Egypt border fell victim to Palestinian infighting

The Palestinian government withdrew its civil servants manning the border between Gaza and Egypt on Sunday, only to see them quickly replaced by staff loyal to the Islamist Hamas movement. The moves come as Palestinian infighting intensives in Gaza, with Hamas and Fatah escalating their war of words while arresting …

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