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Israel’s pre-emptive conditions for Hamas’ participation in elections

The Israeli calls against the participation of Hamas in the upcoming elections are getting louder, alleging that the involvement of a movement representing a threat to Israel is banned under the Oslo Accords. Thus, anti-Hamas advocates are demanding the Israeli authorities to block the way for the movement’s participation in the election race, by arresting its candidates, banning the elections, …

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Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex

Dozens of Israeli settlers forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa complex on Sunday in celebration of the Jewish New Year, Anadolu reports. In a statement, the Jerusalem Awqaf Department said 76 settlers backed by Israeli police forces had entered the compound. According to an Anadolu Agency reporter, the settlers toured the courtyard in celebration of the Jewish Rosh Hashanah, …

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Israel to demolish mosque in occupied Jerusalem

An Israeli occupation court yesterday ordered that Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood be demolished because it was built without planning permission, Anadolu reported. The court gave Palestinians 21 days to challenge the order or the Islamic site will be demolished. Anadolu said the mosque is 110 square metres over two floors and was built in 2012. An order had previously been given …

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Amnesty International: No peace without justice for Palestinians

Rights group Amnesty International said peace between Israel-Palestine must include the removal of illegal Israeli settlements, The New Arab reported. In response to recent normalization deals between Israel and Arab states, the rights group said all systematic violations of human rights should come to an end, including justice and compensation for victims of crimes. Amnesty said in a statement on …

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Israel court slams government for delay in demolishing Palestinian village

The Israeli government and the country’s High Court of Justice are in dispute over the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian village near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, which is obstructing the expansion of Jewish only illegal settlements. The court has slammed the government’s request for another postponement of the demolition of the village as “embarrassing”. A hearing over …

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European Union missions note with concern ongoing Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures

The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah today expressed concern regarding Israel’s ongoing demolition of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, despite the COVID-19 outbreak. They said in a statement that these demolitions, including EU and EU Member States-funded structures, have resulted in the displacement of Palestinians and negatively affected Palestinian communities. As of 31 …

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Ten people have died from coronavirus in Palestine

Ten people have died from coronavirus in Palestine in the last 24 hours and 717 new cases were recorded, today said Palestinian Minister of Health Mai Alkaila. She said that three of the deaths were recorded in East Jerusalem, and one each in a village near Jerusalem, Ramallah, Nablus, Salfit, Hebron, Qalqilya, and Gaza. Jerusalem, Hebron, and Gaza had new …

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Sharp decrease in number of building permits granted to Palestinians by Israel

The number of building permits Israel has granted Palestinians in the occupied territories has decreased by 45 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, reported the Wafa news agency. A total of 1,217 building licenses were issued in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT) in the second quarter of 2019, which included 813 for new buildings, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics …

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Five new deaths from Coronavirus reported in Palestine in last 24 hours

Five new deaths from coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours in Palestine, according to the minister of health Mai al-Kileh. She said that two Palestinians in Gaza, and three others in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron and Bethlehem, have died of the coronavirus. The ministry recorded today 632 new coronavirus cases in the West Bank, distributed …

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