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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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Palestine says 100,000 virus swabs damaged by Israel

Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kailah on Tuesday accused Israel of damaging 100,000 swabs for coronavirus by hindering the passage of clinical materials from Jordan to the West Bank. Speaking to the official Voice of Palestine Radio, al-Kailah said that the Israeli measures have caused a shortage of swabs necessary for testing the virus. “What is available at the ministry is …

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Israel seals off West Bank, Gaza Strip

The Israeli occupation army announced the full closure of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the Jewish Rosh Hashanah holiday, Quds Press reported on Friday. According to Quds Press, the complete closure will start from Sunday at midnight until Tuesday. During this period, all crossings between Israel and the occupied territories will be closed with the exception …

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Israel approves 1,000 settlement units in occupied West Bank

Israeli authorities approved 980 settlement units in the illegal Efrat settlement in occupied Bethlehem, reported Wafa news agency. Hasan Brijiyeh, a local anti-settlement and anti-apartheid activist, told Wafa that Israel announced its approval of the construction of 980 new settlement units. The activist said that this means Israel’s plan to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank will be implemented gradually, pointing out …

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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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Israel seeks 5,000 new settlement units in West Bank

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz is seeking to approve 5,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, local media revealed on Sunday. According to the Israeli TV Channel 12, Gantz wants the High Planning Council to convene this week for the approval of the construction plans. Therefore, he sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to convene …

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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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