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Abbas rejects reconciliation with Dahlan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is resisting pressure from Egypt and Jordan to reconcile with former Fatah security head Mohammed Dahlan. Dahlan is regarded as a serious rival to Abbas for the leadership of the movement, the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority. Jordanian and Egyptian intelligence officials want Fatah to put its election candidates on a united list in …

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The ICC and the decision to investigate Israel’s crimes

On 5 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a ruling in which it agreed to investigate possible war crimes by the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and decided that its jurisdiction extends to the territories controlled by the Israeli occupation since the June 1967 war. The decision was made based on the recommendations made by ICC Prosecutor, Fatou …

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Gaza to receive first covid vaccines yestarday

The besieged Gaza Strip is due to receive its first batch of coronavirus vaccines today after Israel approved the delivery. Gaza will receive 1,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V inoculation from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank via Israel. “This morning, an amount of 1,000 Sputnik vaccines donated by Russia, is being transferred from the Palestinian Authority …

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PA and Hamas condemn Israel’s blocking of Gaza vaccine

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas both condemned on Tuesday Israel’s decision to block Covid-19 vaccine from crossing into the Gaza Strip. The PA had planned to send the Russian Sputnik V doses to Gaza, but on Monday evening Israel blocked the delivery. Media sources reported that this was a political decision. According to Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, “This was a …

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Saudi Arabia: court adjourns before sentencing Palestinians and Jordanians

A Saudi Arabian court adjourned on Monday before sentencing more than 60 Palestinian and Jordanian prisoners, the Chairman of the Jordanian Committee on Political Prisoners, Khader Al-Mashayekh, has revealed. The court will pronounce the sentences on 21 June. “The hearing was expected to be the last in a series of hearings which have lasted for a year,” Quds Press reported …

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Gaza law barring women from travel without male consent to be revised, judge says

Gaza’s top Islamic judge agreed on Tuesday to revise a recent court ruling that bars women from travel without permission from a male guardian such as a husband or father. The restriction, imposed on Sunday by the Higher Sharia Council in Islamist Hamas-run Gaza, had drawn criticism from rights groups which said it violated Palestinian laws against gender-based descrimination. Protests …

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Political detentions to end in Gaza and West Bank

The Public Freedoms Committee in the occupied West Bank said on Monday that it has started working to bring an end to political detention in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Safa news agency has reported. According to the head of the committee, Khalil Assaf, it has held meetings with security officials in both of the occupied Palestinian territories. Assaf …

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Israel may condition offering vaccine to Palestinians on release of prisoners

Israel’s politicisation of COVID-19 vaccine took another “criminal and shameful” turn yesterday while debating whether Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza enclave should be permitted to have the vaccine and help prevent the spread of the global pandemic. During a debate at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee (FADC), Israeli officials insisted that no vaccine should be offered to …

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Democrats are as big a threat to a just peace in Palestine as Republicans

Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have painted, rather rashly I believe, a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will succeed where …

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Palestine confirms 1,432 new COVID-19 cases, eight deaths

Palestine today recorded 1,432 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, according to Health Minister Mai al-Kaileh. She announced that 1,432 Palestinians tested positive for the highly contagious virus and eight others died of it in the occupied territories. Among the new 1,432 cases, 1,279 cases were recorded in the West Bank and 153 others in the besieged Gaza Strip. In …

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