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Palestinian MK Criticizes Ejection of Amira Hass from Birzeit

Palestinian MK Ahmad Tibi on Wednesday criticized the ejection of Israeli journalist Amira Hass from Birzeit University last week. Tibi told Ma’an that the decision was “blind behavior” marked by racism which “distorts the struggle of the Palestinian people.” “The articles and reports Hass has been writing for Haaretz newspaper are worthier and much more […]

Official: Israel to Allow 500 Gazans to Visit Jerusalem over Eid

Israeli authorities have granted 500 Palestinians from Gaza three-day permits to visit Jerusalem over the Eid al-Adha holiday, an official said Wednesday. A Palestinian liaison official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma’an that this was the first time Israel had granted visitor permits to such a large number of Gazans since Hamas took […]

PLO: Netanyahu UN Speech ‘Blatant Manipulation of Facts’

The Palestine Liberation Organization said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blatantly manipulated the facts when he compared Hamas with the Islamic State group in a UN speech on Monday. “Netanyahu’s speech at the UN was a blatant manipulation of facts and attempted at misleading the audience through a combination of hate language, slander, and argument […]

Israeli Settlers ‘Occupy 23 Homes’ in East Jerusalem Neighborhood

Israeli settlers early Tuesday occupied 23 houses in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan south of the Old City of Jerusalem, a local information center said. Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a statement that “settlers of the Elad (Ir David) Association” stormed Silwan at 1:30 a.m. escorted by Israeli soldiers and forcibly evicted the residents […]

Hamas: Govt has Agreed to Pay all Salaries without ‘Discrimination’

A senior Hamas official said on Saturday that the Palestinian consensus government had agreed to cover the salaries of all employees of the former Hamas government in Gaza without “discrimination.” The statements came only hours after Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said earlier Saturday that an unnamed international body was willing to pay the salaries […]

Gazans Displaced by Israel Offensive still Waiting Solutions

Palestinians in Gaza displaced by Israel’s military offensive on the besieged enclave are still waiting for solutions as winter approaches. Israel’s military assault left over 110,000 Palestinians homeless and the displaced are traveling from one place to another to find refuge. Muin Bahar, who lives amongst the rubble of his destroyed home, told Ma’an that […]

Fatah, Hamas Reach Comprehensive Agreement on Gaza Affairs

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached a “comprehensive” agreement Thursday for the return of their unity government in Gaza after two days of talks in Cairo, negotiators from both sides said. Egyptian sources told Ma’an that the two movements had been able to reach an agreement on a number of major points of contention, […]

Hamas, Fatah Unity Talks in Cairo ‘Positive’

Talks in Cairo between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on strengthening the Palestinian unity government were taking place in a “positive atmosphere” on Wednesday, officials said. The two-day talks, which began early Wednesday, come after a joint Palestinian delegation and Israel agreed to hold separate indirect talks in late October to thrash out a […]

Official: Cairo Ceasefire Talks still on

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that the Palestinian delegation decided to go ahead with indirect ceasefire talks in Cairo despite deadly violence overnight. “After consultations between the delegation and Hamas officials both in Gaza and abroad, a decision was taken to go ahead with Cairo talks,” Zahhar told Reuters. His remarks followed reports […]

Thousands Attend Funeral of Killed Palestinians

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral for two Palestinian men killed by Israeli forces overnight during an ambush in the Hebron area. The funeral for Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan al-Qawasmeh, suspects in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June, set off from the al-Hussein Bin Ali mosque in central Hebron. Abu […]

Fatah, Hamas to Meet before Indirect Talks with Israel

Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad officials will meet on Monday in Cairo before indirect talks a day later with Israel, Egyptian sources told Ma’an. A meeting will be held at the Egyptian intelligence headquarters to discuss the reconstruction of Gaza. The sources warned of continuing disagreements between Fatah and Hamas officials which Israel could potentially […]

Rearrested Shalit Deal Prisoners Announce Hunger Strike

Prisoners who were rearrested this year after being released in the 2011 Shalit deal announced they would go on hunger strike Tuesday to pressure the Palestinian delegation in Cairo to negotiate with Israel for their release, a rights group said. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Monday that the strike would be observed by 63 […]

Gaza Families Mourn amid Failure to Find Missing Shipwreck Victims

More than two weeks after a boat carrying migrants to Europe sunk off the coast of Malta, none of the bodies of Palestinians who are thought to have drowned at sea have been recovered by search teams. Eight Palestinians are known to have survived the Sept. 6 shipwreck that killed around 500 migrants, and they […]

2 Killed, 3 Injured by Unexploded Israeli Ordnance in Shujaiyya

Two Palestinians were killed and three were injured on Friday when an unexploded Israeli bomb blew up in the al-Shujaiyya neighborhood of eastern Gaza City. A Ma’an reporter in Gaza said that a huge explosion was heard in the al-Shujaiyya area and ambulances rushed to the area immediately. Spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health […]

Quartet: Delay in Gaza Rebuilding could Threaten Truce

The Middle East Quartet of peacemakers on Wednesday joined calls for a quick start to the rebuilding of war-ravaged Gaza before the current truce with Israel ends in renewed violence. “The precarious situation in Gaza and southern Israel, the danger that violence could flare up again at any point, are precisely the reason to move […]

Unpaid Hospital Cleaning Workers Strike in Gaza

Cleaning workers at hospitals in the Gaza Strip declared a 24-hour strike on Wednesday in protest of not being paid their salaries, a union official said. Sami al-Amsi, president of the Federation of Palestine trade union, told Ma’an that the cleaning workers had not been paid their meager monthly salaries of around $200 for the […]

Army: Mortar Fired at Israel from Gaza for First Time since Truce

Palestinians fired a mortar round into southern Israel Tuesday in the first attack since an Aug. 26 ceasefire, without causing any casualties, the Israeli army said. “For the first time since operation Protective Edge, a mortar shell fired from Gaza hit southern Israel,” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said on Twitter, referring to the military offensive […]

PCHR: Gaza Detainees Underwent Torture in Israeli Custody

The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel’s assault on Gaza were subjected to “torture” during their detention period. PCHR lawyers visited four detainees in Ashkelon prison, and said they had undergone beatings or had been shackled between two chairs for […]

15 Palestinian Migrants Dead after Boat Capsizes off Egypt Coast

Fifteen migrants from Gaza died on Saturday after a boat they were riding in capsized in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of al-Ajami near Alexandria in northern Egypt, Egyptian military sources said. The military sources told Ma’an that 15 bodies were pulled out of the sea and 72 people were rescued from the water […]

High-ranking Kuwaiti Official Visits Palestine for 1st Time since 1967

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Ahmad al-Sabah is scheduled to visit Ramallah Sunday, marking the first visit by a high-profile Kuwaiti official to Palestine since 1967. Al-Sabah is expected to arrive in Ramallah before noon before proceeding to Jerusalem to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In the afternoon, he […]

Israeli Navy Forces Open Fire at Gaza Fishermen

Israeli navy forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen in Gaza early Friday, witnesses said, in the third incident off Gaza’s coast this week. Naval boats opened fire at fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, with no injuries reported. Fishermen fled the area immediately. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that “several […]

Haniyeh Urges Abbas to Stop ‘Stalling’ on ICC

Senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh on Friday urged the Palestinian leadership to sign the Rome Statute and hold Israel accountable for its crimes in Gaza at the International Criminal Court. Haniyeh said in a statement that “signing the Rome Statute is the right for every victim and stalling is neglecting their rights and an offense […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian Near Ramallah

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah overnight, locals told Ma’an. Locals said 22-year-old Issa Khaled al-Qatri was shot by Israeli troops in the chest around 5:00 a.m. and taken by car to Ramallah medical complex where medics pronounced him dead. The victim was shot during clashes between […]

Palestinian Girl, 5, Dies of Injuries Sustained in Gaza War

A five-year-old Palestinian girl died on Tuesday from wounds sustained in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, medics said. Rahfat Abu Jame, 5, from Khan Younis, passed away in an Egyptian hospital after being injured in an Israeli airstrike. At least three Palestinians have died this week after being critically injured in the seven-week long military […]

Palestinian Prisoner Dies in Israeli Hospital

A Palestinian detainee died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said. The head of the Prisoner Affairs Committee said Raed al-Jabari died in Israel’s Soroka Medical Center after being moved there early Tuesday. Issa Qaraqe, the former Minister of Prisoner Affairs, held Israel responsible for al-Jabari’s life and demanded an investigation into […]

Jerusalem Clashes after Teen’s Funeral

Israeli forces attacked the funeral procession of slain Jerusalem teenager Abd al-Majid Sinokrot after mourners marched from his hometown of Wadi Joz to the al-Aqsa mosque on Monday. Mourners raised Palestinian flags and after they left the mosque, Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets toward them near al-Sahira gate. Clashes […]

Hamas to Abbas: Stop Conducting Dialogue Through Media

A Hamas spokesman on Sunday said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas should stop conducting dialogue through the media, a day after Abbas accused the group of running a “shadow government” in Gaza. Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters that “president Abbas’ remarks against Hamas and the resistance are unjustified and the sources of information and figures he […]

Jerusalem Teen Shot by Israeli Soldier a Week Ago Dies of Wounds

A Palestinian teenager from Jerusalem who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier with a rubber-coated steel bullet a week ago succumbed to his wounds Sunday morning, his father said. Abd al-Majid Sunuqrut told Ma’an that his son Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, “died as a martyr this morning and his body is […]

Report: Rebuilding Gaza to Cost $7.8 Billion

Besieged Gaza was ravaged between July 8 and August 26 in its third war in six years. ActiveStills.org)

The reconstruction of the Gaza Strip will cost $7.8 billion, Palestinian experts said in a report Thursday, as the Palestinian labor minister said 100,000 jobs could be created in Gaza if Israel held to its promise to end its siege within the month. The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, a Palestinian Authority body […]

MADA Condemns ‘Assassination’ Attempt of Critical Palestinian MP

A media watchdog on Thursday condemned what it called an “assassination attempt” in the West Bank earlier in the day against a Palestinian member of parliament known to be a government critic, calling it a “serious violation of freedom of expression.” The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said in a statement that it […]

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