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    Israeli destruction and detentions in Jerusalem continue

    Israeli soldiers swept into Wadi al-Rababeh neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem on Monday and detained eight Palestinian residents of Silwan, Tobas and Beit Amer. Armoured bulldozers accompanied the soldiers in order to destroy homes which the Israelis claim have been built without appropriate licences. According to eyewitnesses, the bulldozers started...
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    Military academy to be built in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza has announced that a military academy is to be built in the territory. Speaking during the graduation ceremony of a military youth camp attended by 10,000 students, Ismail Haniyeh said that a school with physical and theoretical military training on the...
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    Morsi to computerise access to Suez Canal

    Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has announced plans to revitalise the services provided along the Suez Canal, including the computerisation of access. He also used his speech at the inauguration ceremony of development projects in Ismailiyya to stress that the canal is Egyptian and will stay under Egyptian control. “The...
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    Raed Salah calls Israeli cemetery desecration “a crime”

    The Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, has described the latest Israeli building work at the Ma’man Allah Cemetery in Jerusalem as one of “a series of crimes”. The Sheikh visited the historic cemetery to see for himself the desecration of the site. “Turning part...
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    Israelis wound two young Palestinians in Gaza

    Israeli forces shooting into Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza have wounded two young Palestinians. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health said that the two were taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital where they were treated for light injuries. Witnesses said that a number of young people were playing...
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    Palestinian efforts to reclaim rights for prisoners

    In its efforts to reclaim rights for Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, Palestine’s Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs is to file a complaint with the UN Security Council. Minister Issa Qaraqe revealed the move on Monday, citing the ill-treatment faced by Palestinians in Israeli jails as well as the...
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    No international congratulations for Netanyahu post-election

    A week after the Israeli general election and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still waiting for congratulatory calls from world leaders. Maariv newspaper claimed at the weekend that no leader of any country has called Netanyahu following the announcement of the election results last Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud-Yisrael Beitenu group won...
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    Israel prepares for a post-Assad era

    Spokesman of the Israeli army, Avichay Adraee, said on Monday that “a developed security barrier” in the southern Golan Heights near the Israeli-Syrian border is now nearly completed. The barrier includes facilities to collect information, radar equipment and state of the art cameras along the entire border area, Adraee...
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    Palestinian minister meets Lebanese Prime Minister

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Palestinian Minister for Waqf and Religious Affairs in Gaza Ismail Redwan handed on Monday to the Lebanese Prime Minister Najeeb Meqati a letter from his Palestinian counterpart in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh. The letter reiterated the necessity to give more attention to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon...
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    After meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Mishal says talk of a confederation now is unacceptable

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II received Chief of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khalid Mishal and the delegation accompanying him on Monday. He emphasized that supporting Palestinian national reconciliation efforts is key to enhancing the unity of the Palestinians and enabling them to regain their rights. The King also stated, in a...
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    Report: Israeli forces kill unarmed civilians

    A leading Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, has accused the country’s army of violating its own rules of engagement by using deadly force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protestors in the West Bank on Monday. According to records held by B’Tselem, 56 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces...
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    Muslim Brotherhood lodges complaint over the burning of 13 of its headquarters

    The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has filed a complaint with the Attorney General against a number of individuals involved in attacking 13 of the organisation’s headquarters and its political division – the Freedom and Justice Party – in a number of Egyptian municipalities. In the complaint filed on Monday...
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    Argentinian ambassador discusses cooperation with Palestinians

    A senior member of Fatah’s Foreign Relations team met on Monday with the new Argentinian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority. Nabil Shaath, who is also a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, met Ambassador Eduardo Demayo in Ramallah. They discussed cooperation possibilities and ways of strengthening relations and communication between...
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    Raed Salah wins King Faisal International Award for “Service to Islam”

    The leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, has won the International King Faisal Award for services to Islam. The International King Faisal Awarding Body said that, “Sheikh Salah won the award for being one of the most prominent personalities in the formation of the Islamic...
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    Is Meshaal being lined up to head reformed PLO?

    Is Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal being lined up to lead a reformed Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)? That’s the claim being made in a report in the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi. The discussion behind closed doors about the leadership is one of many local and regional efforts to...
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    Gaza welcomes UN investigation into Israeli drone attacks

    The Palestinian Ministry of Justice in Gaza has welcomed the United Nations decision to open an investigation into the use of drones by the Israeli occupation forces and other countries in so-called targeted assassinations. As it is believed that such operations amount to murder, that would require the prosecution...
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    Suicide is the main cause of death among Israeli soldiers

    An Israeli newspaper has revealed that the main cause of death among Israeli soldiers is suicide. In 2012 alone, fourteen soldiers killed themselves, claims Haaretz. The figures provided by the Israel Defence Forces show that suicide has been the main cause of death every year since and including 2009....
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    “Black Bloc” claims responsibility for attacks against Muslim Brotherhood

    A group known as the Black Bloc has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks against the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and security forces over the past few days. A formal complaint against the group has been filed with Egypt’s national prosecutor by the Secretary General of the...
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    Israel at forefront of ‘land grab’ in poorer countries

    According to the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz, a study published last week entitled New Colonial Israel indicates that Israel is at the forefront of countries taken by the phenomenon of ‘land control’ in which governments and private companies around the world control agricultural areas in poorer countries for economic benefit....
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    Black Bloc arrests as National Salvation Front is accused of funding militia

    Egypt’s Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 129 members of the now notorious Black Bloc militia. The Assistant Minister for National Security Affairs confirmed the arrests while attending a closed session of the Defence and National Security Committee on Tuesday. He added that the ministry is working to...
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    Israel and Palestine to discuss transfer of tax revenues

    An official source has revealed that the Israeli and Palestinian governments will be meeting today, Wednesday, to discuss the transfer of tax revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli government blocked the transfer of the funds in response to the UN decision to upgrade...
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    Israel faces budget cuts totalling 27 billion shekels

    Israeli economic reports claim that a special team in the office of the Israeli Prime Minister has estimated that budget cuts totalling 27 billion shekels (around $7 billion) will be necessary in the fiscal years 2013 and 2014. Around 9 billion will be cut this year, with the balance...
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    What Yair Lapid’s anti-Zoabi comments reveal about Israeli politics

    It is not considered racist in Israel to discriminate against 20 percent of the population and the millions more living in the occupied West Bank. It is considered the self-determination of the Jewish people. The few words Yair Lapid said to the press the day after the election that made...
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    Israeli forces serve eviction and demolition notices to entire district in Jerusalem

    The residents of an entire Palestinian district in Jerusalem have been served demolition orders by the Israeli occupation authorities. According to local sources, the Palestinians living in Al-Fohaidat were given eviction notices on Wednesday morning. “The Israelis handed eviction notices to the owners of 13 apartments and ten large...
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    Israeli deputy foreign minister stars in anti-Islam film

    The Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported on Wednesday that the Israeli Foreign Ministry has produced a film called ‘The fact about Jerusalem’ which contains “provocative content” about the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The film will not be published, the newspaper said, for fear of causing a “wide wave of anger” among...
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    Palestinian Central Elections Committee to start work in Gaza following meeting with Haniyeh

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Members of the Palestinian Elections Central Committee arrived in Gaza on Wednesday and met the Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, when “positive” discussions took place. The head of the Committee, Hanna Naser, said that most outstanding problems regarding the registration process in Gaza were figured out during...
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    Gaza Government Announces Employment of 5,000 Graduates

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Palestinian government in Gaza has announced that it will employ 5,000 graduates from Gaza universities for a full year under the temporary employment clause. In a press conference on Tuesday in Gaza, government spokesperson, Taher Al-Nounu, said that the government would start employing the graduates as...
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    Israel decides to transfer a month’s worth of tax revenue owed to the PA

    Highlighting that Israel has turned the tax money it collects for the Palestinian Authority (PA) into a means of exerting continuous pressure on it, “Haaretz” newspaper reported that Israel has decided to transfer the tax money for only one month. This follows the freezing of all transfers since the...
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    Whole family killed in house fire caused by candle

    A whole family has been killed in a house fire started, the authorities believe, by a candle. The blaze took place at dawn today, Thursday, in Al-Shejaeia neighbourhood to the east of Gaza City. Candles are used frequently by Palestinians because of the disruption to the supply caused by...
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    Saudi Foreign Minister calls for UN Security Council to account for failure to resolve Palestine issue

    The Saudi Foreign Minister has criticised the performance of the UN Security Council with regards to what he views as its “failure” to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue. Saud Al-Faisal is demanding that the UN body is held accountable for this. He was speaking during a...
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    Hamas denies adopting two-state solution

    The Islamic Resistance Movement has said that it did not authorise Jordan’s King Abdullah II to forward its agreement on the two-state solution to the US administration. A member of the Hamas political bureau, Izzat Al-Risheq, denied newspaper reports in the region that Khaled Meshaal had spoken about this...
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    Former Mossad official claims Syria and Hezbollah will not respond to Israeli attack

    The former Director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Danny Yatom, has ruled out any response by the Syrian army or Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon to the Israeli attack on Syria, newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday. “I do not think that there will be any response since there is...
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    Serious EU concern about number of Palestinians killed by Israelis in occupied West Bank

    The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah have expressed Europe’s deep concern about the death toll of Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as Israeli forces have resorted to using lethal force against unarmed civilians. “We note that the Israeli authorities have launched investigations into each case and...
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    Israel Drops to the 112th Country on the Press Freedom Index

    Israel has dropped from 92nd place on the Reporters without Borders’ press freedom index in 2012 to 112th place in 2013 out of 179 countries. The organization points out that Israel’s drop in rank is due to its performance during its last violent attack, dubbed ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’,...
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    Ovadia Yosef warns Peres of Israeli civil war

    According to the Maariv newspaper website, representatives of the Shas Party delivered a message from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (the party’s spiritual leader) to Israeli President, Shimon Peres, warning him that “passing the law to recruit yeshiva (religious) students into the Israel army will cause a rift in Israeli society...
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    Egyptian political parties sign Al-Azhar document renouncing violence

    Egyptian political parties and groups have signed a document renouncing violence, a move called for by the authorities at Al-Azhar Mosque and University during a meeting they sponsored on Thursday. The meeting was held as part of the efforts to resolve the political crisis across the country. Both liberal...
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    Palestinian prisoners protest against treatment in Israeli prisons

    Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ishel Prison announced on Friday that they are to stage a one-day hunger strike in protest against the treatment they get from the prison staff and authorities. A group of international campaigners for prisoners’ rights known as the “Global Gathering for Breaking Restrictions” said in...
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    Ashrawi calls Human Rights Council report “clear, bold and courageous”

    A senior member of the PLO Executive Committee has welcomed the conclusions and recommendations of the UN’s Human Rights Council report on Israel. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi described it as “clear, bold and courageous”. According to the veteran politician, the report hits the mark with its assessment of “illegal Israeli...
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    Jordanian King concedes right to choose PM

    Jordanian media reported on Friday that Jordan’s elected parliament is to choose the new Prime Minister after King Abdullah II conceded his constitutional right to select the second highest ranking political official in the country. The King called for the parliamentarians to propose a name that enjoys consensus among...
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    Report: Israel detained 350 Palestinians in January

    Israeli forces detained 350 Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during January 2013, AHRAR Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights has reported. According to Fou’ad al-Khaffash, manager of AHRAR, only 15 detainees came from the Gaza Strip; the majority of whom are fishermen, while 92...
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    Israeli military court sentence teenagers to a total of 10 years for smashing a settler’s car window

    An Israeli court has issued severe sentences against eight Palestinian minors (aged less than 16 years old) who were arrested more than a year ago for throwing stones which broke a settler’s car window. Anti-settlements Palestinian activist, Mohamed Awad, said that the Ofer Israeli Military Court issued sentences and...
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    Israelis detain dozens in occupied West Bank, including parliamentarians

    Israeli occupation forces have detained dozens more Palestinians in sweeps throughout the West Bank. Three elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and several ex-ministers linked to Hamas were among those arrested. Local sources said that 21 detainees have been identified although some remain unidentified. However, it is...
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    Southern entrance to Hebron reaches 13 years of closure

    Located in the south of the occupied West Bank, Hebron is one of the largest Palestinian cities and the local economic capital. The governorate of Hebron has a population of 700,000 spread over a number of cities, towns and villages. The southern entrance to Hebron has now been closed...
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    17 Israeli attacks on journalists in January

    A statistical report issued today, 4 February, by the Government Information Office entitled “the state of media freedom in the Palestinian territories last January”, indicates that forces of the Israeli occupation assaulted journalists and media personnel in the Palestinian territories 17 times over the last month. Assaults included beatings,...
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    Engineering creativity conference held in the Gaza Strip

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Islamic University in Gaza has organised a conference and exhibition to showcase the talents of engineering students at the university. The exhibition highlighted the use of many new engineering techniques, designs and inventions from the fields of electronic, computer, communications, civil and architectural engineering which touch...
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    Israel prevents 20,000 children from living with their parents in Jerusalem

    Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups have revealed that 20,000 children from Jerusalem are denied permission to live with their parents in the occupied city of Jerusalem because, the Israeli authorities say, one parent holds a West Bank ID card. Apart from the mental anguish, this is causing great...
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    Detention campaign “to counter Hamas infrastructure” in the West Bank

    Sources in the Israeli occupation and internal security forces have said that the latest campaign of detentions and arrests against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank is an attempt to counter efforts by Hamas to rebuild its infrastructure there. They told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that Hamas has been...
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    Israeli newspaper accuses army of “ethnic cleansing”

    After driving Palestinians out of their villages to purportedly set up military exercise bases, the Israeli daily, Haaretz, accused Israel on Monday of carrying out the “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians in certain areas of the West Bank. In its editorial, the newspaper mentioned when and how many times Israeli...
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    Lapid not sure about joining Netanyahu coalition government

    Yair Lapid, the leader of Yesh Atid, the second largest party in the Israeli Knesset, has said that incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to impose “strict” austerity measures on the country. According to a report broadcast on Sunday by Israeli TV Channel 2, Lapid said that, as...
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    Israel bombs Hezbollah site in South Lebanon

    Israeli aircraft have attacked targets in South Lebanon owned by Hezbollah, Lebanese and Israeli media outlets report. The official Lebanese news agency said that the Israeli Air Force flew sorties at supersonic speeds all over the country, especially in the south, creating sonic booms to terrorise the civilian population....