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Qatar aid to Gaza delayed due to coronavirus

Qatari aid to Gaza has been delayed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Head of Qatari Committee for Reconstructing Gaza, Mohammed Al-Emadi, said yesterday. In a statement sent to mass media, Al-Emadi said Doha had exerted efforts to send the aid money, noting that it could reach Gaza this week or next week. Al-Emadi denied reports that Qatar …

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Gaza fishing industry declines 50% due to Israel attacks on fishermen

The fishing industry in Gaza has declined 50 per cent due to Israel’s continuous bullying of fishermen Sami Al-Amasi said that the outbreak of the coronavirus added to the losses. He noted that there are 4,000 fishermen in Gaza, who take care of 24,000 families, adding that this fishing season has been one of the worst for years. The Palestinian …

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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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