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Hamas spokesman: killing of George Floyd reflect the culture of hatred and racism

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said that both the Israeli police’s killing of autistic Palestinian Eyad Hallaq and the US police’s killing of George Floyd reflect the culture of hatred and racism that these agencies were built on. “These agencies are granted legitimacy and cover to commit their crimes and violations by their political leadership in the US Administration and the …

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World Bank: Poverty rates to double as occupation suffocates Palestine

With Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, in contravention of international law, only weeks away, the World Bank and the United Nations have issued stark warnings concerning the Palestinian economy, blighted by the longest occupation in modern times and the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of Palestinians living below the poverty line is expected to double according to the …

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From Minneapolis to Palestine, racism is the common enemy

The images of George Floyd suffocating under the knee of a racist police officer who ignored his pleas that he couldn’t breathe, until he gasped his last breath, were shocking to the conscience. That video, which spread like wildfire among Americans and around the globe, showed an ugliness that still lurks in the world despite humanity’s supposed progress in civilization …

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The Association of Religious Scholars in Palestine: watching Saudi TV channels is haram “forbidden”

The Association of Religious Scholars in Palestine issued a fatwa on Tuesday that bans the watching of Saudi television programmes which encourage and praise the normalising of ties with Israel. Details of the Islamic legal opinion were provided at a press conference. “The Association looks with great doubt at the series which encourage and hail the normalisation of ties with …

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Hamas talks on prisoner swap with Israel ‘ebb and flow’

A senior Hamas official said on Sunday that talks on a prisoner swap with Israel “ebb and flow”, Al-Watan Voice has reported. Mahmoud Al-Zahar made his comment in an interview with the Arabic language Al-Ghad TV. “We must take a deep breath, have good preparation and be prepared to exert pressure,” explained Al-Zahar. “Moreover, there must be a mediator.” The …

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Report: Israel arrested 1,500 Palestinians since the beginning of this year

Israel’s army have arrested 1,500 Palestinians including 35 women and 240 children since the beginning of this year; the Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies reported. The Centre’s media spokesman, Riyad Al-Ashqar, said Israel routinely arrest Palestinians as a tool of repression and collective punishment, even during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic. “The Israeli occupation endangers the Palestinians’ lives by …

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Negotiating with the enemy: Hamas and Israeli prisoner exchange talks

Israeli officials are quietly confirming that “significant” talks are underway with Hamas to strike a prisoner swap deal to return a number of Israeli soldiers held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Last month, Ismail Haniyeh, chief of Hamas’ political bureau, announced in a television interview with the London-based Al-Araby TV network: “We have four prisoners and we are ready …

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Israeli occupation forces boats opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing in the northern Gaza

Israeli occupation forces boats opened fire at Palestinian fishermen sailing in the northern Gaza shore forcing them to return to the port the occupation forces opened live fire and water hoses at the fishermen who were sailing three nautical miles off shore causing damage to at least one boat. While fishing is vital for thousands of Palestinian households, occupation’s  restricts …

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Palestine receives Turkish aid to stem coronavirus

The Palestinian Health Ministry on Tuesday received a medical aid shipment from Turkey to help in the fight against coronavirus. The shipment was delivered by interim Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Riza Demir during a reception at the Health Ministry premises. He said: Turkey will continue its support to the Palestinian people to help fight coronavirus. Our support to the Palestinian leadership, …

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