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On World Refugee Day: Palestinians refugees remain deprived of international protection

After 7 decades of ongoing forced displacement from, and within, their homeland, Palestinian refugees remain the largest and longest-standing refugee population in the world. 7.25 million Palestinian refugees in the world, and over 700,000 internally displaced Palestinians. Moreover, these numbers are destined to increase for as long as Israel maintains its denial of Palestinian refugees’ right of return, coupled with …

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Israel Seven-Decade Occupation To Palestine: United Land and People, Defeated None

Over Seventy years of systematic deprivation of human rights, land, and identity, has Israel had a hands-on control of Palestine? Palestinians are now of one determined bond to self-declare and independence than any time past. Nakba commemorations on 15 May will be like no other year that I can remember. The whole of historic Palestine is standing against injustice, apartheid, …

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European Union urges Palestinian Authority to respect freedom of expression

The office of the European Union (EU) Representative in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Sunday expressed concern over the attack that targeted the residence of an activist in the West Bank, calling on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to “respect freedom of expression.” The office announced on Twitter that it: “Is following with concern the attack on activist …

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UNRWA ‘disappointed’ by EU parliament’s claims about teaching hate speech

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) stated on Friday that it was “disappointed” by the European Union (EU) parliament’s claims suggesting that UNRWA: “Teaches and disseminates hate speech and encourages violence within its schools.” In a statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, UNRWA stated that it is a UN agency: “With zero tolerance …

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Israel’s ‘fierce’ targeting of human rights groups exposed in new report

Over the past decade, Israel has been running a vicious smear campaign targeting human rights groups critical of the Zionist state, a new report by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) has found. Titled Target Locked, the report exposed “the unrelenting Israeli smear campaigns to discredit human rights groups in Israel, Palestine, and the Syrian …

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Remembering the Deir Yassin massacre 73 years later

Deir Yassin is a Palestinian village situated on a hilltop, a short distance from the west of Jerusalem. If you try to find it on a map today, you will be disappointed, as the village has been completely razed to the ground. In its place, in 1951, the newly-created State of Israel built a psychiatric health centre, making use of …

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Egypt, Jordan hail US plan to restart aid to Palestine

Egypt and Jordan welcomed a US decision to restart economic, development and humanitarian assistance for Palestinians which includes funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Anadolu Agency reports. “The decision will contribute to alleviating the suffering of Palestinians, pave the way for providing financial support to the Palestinian people in the face of unprecedented economic and humanitarian difficulties …

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Romania donates $180,000 to UNRWA during visit to Jordan

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced a new contribution towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in support of its core programmes and services including education, healthcare and relief, and social services. Following a visit to the UNRWA office in Jordan last week, the delegation from Romania discussed the socio-economic …

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Muhammad al-Khudari: Two years of injustice and darkness in Saudi’s jails

The leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” Muhammad Al-Khudari has been in Saudi prisons for two years, in very harsh and difficult conditions. Despite appeals for his release due to the seriousness of his health condition, Riyadh continues to arrest him and prosecute him over cases of which he has proven innocent. On 4 April 2019, Palestinian national Dr. …

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Remembering the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative

What: A Saudi-led peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League’s 22 member states offered Israel a comprehensive formula for peace based on international norms. In exchange for Israel’s complete withdrawal from all territories occupied during the June 1967 Six Day War, the Arab states offered full normalisation of diplomatic ties with the Zionist state, and recognised its right to exist …

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