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    Disabled citizens from the Israeli war on Gaza rehabilitated

    On Sunday, under the auspices of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) celebrated the graduation of the first group of rehabilitated Palestinian citizens who became disabled as a result of the Israeli war on Gaza. The project is being supported by the...
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    With an “empty gun,” Netanyahu threatens to go back to voters

    The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has threatened to go back to ballot boxes if the leaders of Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties did not agree on a coalition government in accord with his specifications, Likud-Beiteinu sources revealed on Monday. Marathon talks with representative of Yair Lapid’s Yesh...
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    Israeli occupation detains prisoner’s mother during visit

    Israeli occupation forces detained on Monday evening the mother of a Palestinian prisoner during a visit, local sources in the West Bank reported. According to the sources, the Israelis detained Um Haytham al-Battat from the waiting room in the prison shortly before seeing her son, who is serving three...
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    Mofaz: We don’t need to be recognized as a Jewish state by the Palestinians

    Kadima party’s leader, Shaul Mofaz, has called for a regional conference to coincide with the formation of the next Israeli government and US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. The main purpose of the conference, he said, was to activate negotiations with the Palestinians and the Middle East...
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    130 Palestinian and Arab detainees in Israeli secret jails

    Dozens of families in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are awaiting the fate of their missing sons. This is according to information received from former prisoners who were themselves held by Israel in secret prisons under fake names and symbols like the Australian Agent X. Although the...
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    Israel furious over links between payments to holocaust survivors and building settlements

    Israeli media sources reported that Germany is to delay compensation payments for holocaust survivors until Israel halt its settlement building in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported Israeli government sources have conveyed their anger to the office of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The sources...
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    800 Palestinian prisoners stage solidarity hunger-strike

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinian prisoners are refusing food for the day in solidarity with the four prisoners on hunger-strike. The most prominent of the four, Samer Issawi, has been on hunger-strike for 211 days, making it the longest ever. At least 800 prisoners staged the one-day strike in three Israeli...
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    Hamas: EU’s routine remarks against Israeli policy not enough

    Member of Hamas’ political bureau, Ezzat al-Reshq, said on Monday night that the remarks by the head of the EU’s foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, regarding the Palestinian hunger strikers are not enough. Writing on his facebook page, Al Reshq said that Palestinian prisoners are enduring dire conditions in the...
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    Calls to reduce the costs of Palestinian security and combat corruption

    During a meeting with the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Minister of Finance, Dr Nabeel Kassis, representatives from the private sector, academics, businessmen, and economists called for the reduction of government spending and deficit in the 2013 budget. The calls to decrease the PA deficit focused specifically on reducing the expenses...
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    Netanyahu and Livni sign coalition agreement

    Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, announced yesterday their agreement to form the country’s next coalition government and pledged to protect the “Jewish identity for the State of Israel.” Speaking at a joint press conference, both the Likud-Beiteinu leader, Netanyahu, and the Hatnua...
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    Arab League holds Israel responsible for lives of hunger-strikers

    In a press statement issued yesterday, the Arab League has announced that it holds Israel fully responsible for the lives of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger-strike and demanded their immediate release. The League also called on international human rights organizations to support the prisoners, intensify efforts to eliminate injustice,...
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    Hamas and Islamic Jihad reject Netanyahu’s proposal

    The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and Islamic Jihad in Palestine today rejected a proposal by Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that he would “accept a future demilitarized Palestinian state.” Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, explained that the Palestinian people aspire to an independent sovereign state that is capable of...
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    1,200 acres of West Bank land annexed to kibbutz in Israel

    The former director of Israel’s Lands Administration (ILA) has confirmed that privately-owned Palestinian lands in the northern Jordan Valley area have been transferred to a kibbutz, Merav, inside Israel, in violation of international law and with no jurisdictions; Haaretz newspaper revealed on Tuesday. The Israeli newspaper reported that despite...
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    Ban Ki-Moon calls for an end to “Palestinian prisoners’ crisis”

    The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, issued a statement on Tuesday evening expressing deep concern about the “deteriorating situation” of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger-strike in Israeli prisons. Ban Ki-Moon said he was especially worried about the critical health condition of Samer Al Issawi. Ban Ki-Moon made his statement in...
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    Settlers resume the dumping of waste in Palestinian residential area

    Israeli settlers have resumed use of a deserted garbage dump in Qauseen and Deir-Sharaf villages near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus. Local residents have expressed fears of the health hazards and disastrous effects on underground water supplies. Residents told the Jerusalem based Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds, they had...
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    Hamas MP calls for the public broadcast of reconciliation talks with Fatah

    A Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Ismail Al Ashqar, has proposed the public broadcast of reconciliation talks with Fatah so the people would see who is responsible for breaching pledges. In a statement issued this week, Al Ashqar said that his movement deals with the issue...
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    House demolitions and destruction of crops gather pace in the Negev

    Israeli police stormed the village of Wadi Al-Na’im in the Negev on Tuesday morning to destroy Arab rain-fed crops. Residents in other areas are expecting similar destruction of crops and house demolitions. Juma’a Al-Zabarika, a member of the National Democratic Alliance’s political office and the High Steering Committee for...
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    Egyptian Prosecutor-General seeks INTERPOL arrest of Ahmed Shafiq

    The Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Tuesday that Egypt’s Prosecutor General, Talaat Abdullah, has made a formal request to INTERPOL for the arrest and handover of former presidential candidate, Ahmed Shafiq. Egypt is seeking his arrest after his case was referred to a criminal court on corruption...
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    Israeli court postpones hunger-striker’s hearing

    The Israeli Supreme Court, on Wednesday, postponed hearing in the case of the Palestinian prisoner, Ayman al-Sharawneh, who has been on hunger strike for 235 days. The hearing session was postponed until February 28, according to Al-Sharawneh’s brother, who was disallowed from attending the session which was previously scheduled...
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    Hamas rejects proposal to expel hunger-strikers to Gaza as condition for release

    The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has rejected proposals to expel the hunger-striking prisoners to Gaza as a condition for their release. A leading Hamas figure in the Gaza Strip, Dr Mahmoud Al Zahar, told reporters that the “exchange agreement” for the release of Shalit does not allow Israel to...
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    Israeli settlers escalate attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem

    Hundreds of Israeli settlers marched into the Balata neighbourhood in Nablus city early on Thursday and performed Talmudic rituals in the Tomb of Youssef. Clashes erupted with local Palestinian residents, resulting in tens of casualties. Witnesses in the area said at least ten buses carrying settlers entered neighbourhood, accompanied...
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    Egypt’s Prosecutor General and British officials discuss repatriation of stolen money

    Egypt’s Prosecutor General, Talaat Abdullah, yesterday met with a British delegation to discuss the return of money that was smuggled out of the country by the ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his wife Suzanne, their sons and a number of officials in the former regime. The meeting was attended by...
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    EU would accept a Palestinian government including Hamas

    A senior EU official said that France and Britain would work together to make 2013 the year of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, the London-based newspaper, Al-Hayat, reported on Thursday. The official, according to the newspaper, said the EU would not boycott a Palestinian national unity government...
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    Israeli tanks breaches the truce in Gaza

    Israeli occupation forces carried out on Thursday morning a limited invasion into the Khoza’a neighbourhood to the east of Khan Younis city. According to eyewitnesses, several Israeli tanks accompanied by seven bulldozers penetrated about 300 metres deep into the Palestinian farms adjacent to the border in the area. The...
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    Assad regime seizes the property of Al-Jazeera presenter, Faisal Al-Qassem

    Syria’s ministry of finance has issued an order to seize the transferable and non-transferrable funds of the prominent Al-Jazeera TV personality Faisal Al-Qassem. The Assad regime accuses the host of the popular program, “The Opposite Direction”, of conspiracy against the state and the instigation of a civil war. Al-Jazeera...
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    Samer continues his hunger-strike after being sentenced to eight months

    An Israeli Magistrate Court, in Jerusalem, sentenced Samer Al Issawi, who has been on a hunger-strike for 214 consecutive days, to eight months in prison retroactive from July 7, 2012. However, no date has been set for his release. Al Issawi is still due to face other charges before...
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    Sabra and Shatila documents revealed: Ariel Sharon feared indictment for genocide over Israel’s role

    After observing a moratorium of 30 years, Israel released on Thursday records and minutes of secret meetings held on the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. The documents show that the Minister of Defence at that time, Ariel Sharon, feared indictment for the crime of genocide if Israeli officials’ recognized...
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    Egypt’s Shura Council adopts the amendments of the constitutional court on the electoral law

    The upper house of the Egyptian parliament – the Shura Council – adopted on Thursday the amendments of the Constitutional Court on both the electoral law and the political rights law, and submitted them to President Mohammed Morsi for ratification. The Shura Council approved, during yesterday’s meeting the amendments...
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    Israel extends the administrative detention of Hamas MP

    An Israeli court extended, on Thursday, February 21, the administrative detention period of the Palestinian Legislative Council member, Fathi Qraawi. The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc confirmed that the occupation authorities extended its administrative detention order against its member Qraawi, 55 years-old, for an additional three months. The MP’s...
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    Tunisia’s President accepts nomination of Al-Areed to head new government

    Tunisia’s President, Dr Moncef Al Marzouki, has agreed to Ennahda’s nomination of the current Interior Minister, Ali Al Areed, to be the country’s new prime minister. A spokesman for the presidency, Adnan Monser, said “The President wishes Al Areed every success and will present him with his official letter...
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    2,500 Syrian children born in Turkish refugee camps

    Anadolu Agency reported that the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey has confirmed the birth of 2,500 children in the Syrian refugee camps across Turkey since the first flow of Syrian refugees in May 2011. Officials from the Presidency said that the Turkish authorities are providing families with...
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    Gaza conference discusses Israeli threat to Palestinians

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES A number of research institutes and human rights organisations are attending a landmark conference in the Gaza Strip. The conference, which began on Saturday, is considering the “War on Gaza – Consequences and Future Prospects”. More than 300 specialists, researchers, strategists and political and military analysts from...
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    Palestinian anger after prisoner dies in Israeli jail

    A Palestinian campaigner for prisoners’ rights in Israeli jails, Abdul-Nasser Ferwaneh, ruled out on Sunday the possibility that the detainee, Arafat Jaradat, passed away on Saturday because of a heart attack. Ferwaneh said that Mr Arafat Jaradat was detained several days ago and had been subjected to severe torture...
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    Netanyahu demands that Abbas should calm the situation in the West Bank

    Israeli media reports claim that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written to the President of the Palestinian Authority calling on him “to take the necessary measures to calm down the situation on the ground in the West Bank”. According to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, the request was made in a...
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    OIC condemns killing of Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail

    The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has condemned the killing of a Palestinian prisoner while in Israeli custody. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu described Arafat Garadat’s death at the hands of Israeli prison staff as a “heinous crime” and a “flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and the Geneva...
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    Conference concludes that Israel started 2012 offensive on Gaza and expects more war soon

    An international conference has concluded that Israel started the November offensive against the Gaza Strip and that another attack will take place “soon”. Participants at the “War on Gaza – Consequences and Future Prospects” conference in Gaza City noted that the Palestinians had learnt from the 2008/9 Israeli bombardment and...
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    Egypt said to be most deserving of Gulf investment

    The Professor of Theology and Doctrine at King Saud University in Riyadh has urged investors from the Gulf countries to look at Egypt as “the most deserving” of their financial support. In the Friday sermon at Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque in Cairo, Dr. Mohammad Al-Arifi, suggested that the money...
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    Netanyahu refuses to apologise to Turkey

    Israel’s interim Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday rejected an initiative by his Defence Minister, Ehud Barack, to apologise to Turkey over the killing of nine Turkish citizens aboard the Freedom Flotilla in 2010. According to Israel’s Haartez newspaper, Netanyahu expressed grave anger over Barack’s initiative, and he completely...
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    Al-Ibrahimi: a peaceful solution in Syria is necessary but beyond our reach

    Al-Akhdar Al-Ibrahimi, the UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, has said that, “At the moment, a peaceful solution in Syria is not attainable, however, it is necessary.” He added, “We have two choices, a peaceful solution or the destruction of the country.” During an interview with the “Russia...
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    Israel fears PA loss of control over West Bank protests

    On Monday, official Israeli sources were reported as saying that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is in control of the on-going turmoil which erupted in the West Bank in the wake of the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody. However, the same sources are afraid that the PA...
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    PA to sue Israel over crimes against Palestinians

    A Palestinian newspaper has reported that the Palestinian Authority (PA) decided on Monday to take the Israeli occupation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against Palestinians in general, and against deceased Palestinian prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in particular. “The Palestinian leadership has definitely decided to go to the...
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    Rage grows over Palestinian prisoner death in Israeli custody

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The death of Palestinian prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in Israeli custody on Saturday has caused a wide-scale wave of protests and demonstrations across the Palestinian territories. Israel has demanded the Palestinian Authority (PA) put a “curb on violence” ahead of US presidential visit to the region. Today (25.02.13)...
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    Three Palestinians arrested during settler incursion at Al-Aqsa Mosque

    In answer to calls by religious leaders, around 40 Israeli settlers entered the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa on Monday protected by a large number of Israeli security forces. Three Palestinians were arrested as they protested against the incursion. In a media statement, the coordinator of Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious...
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    Egyptian Foreign Minister: Israel’s policies will lead to explosion in region

    Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Kamel Amr, on Monday condemned Israeli policies concerning Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody. These policies resulted in the recent death of Palestinian prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in Israel’s Megiddo Prison. Mr Amr warned that a continuation of these policies would lead to an explosion in the...
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    Israel tests Hetz-3 missile interceptor

    Israel has carried out a “successful” test of its Hetz-3 missile interceptor system. The test was conducted from a location in central Israel. Hetz (Arrow) 3 is designed to intercept high level long-range ballistic missiles. The main objective behind the test conducted by Israel’s Ministry of Defence was to...
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    Israel breaches truce 820 times in three months

    Human rights organisations have revealed that Israel has breached its ceasefire agreement with the Palestinians on more than 800 occasions since it was signed last November. In stark contrast, the Palestinians have broken the truce just twice. Data based on reports produced by the United Nations, the Israeli Legal...
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    One killed and dozens injured as anti-Israel protests continue in occupied West Bank

    A Palestinian child was killed and dozens of people were injured on Monday, two seriously, as Palestinian protests over the plight of prisoners in Israeli jails continued. Uday Sarhan, 16, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in...
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    Egyptian military Commander in Chief: our security depends on our fighting readiness

    Egypt’s Minister of Defence and Military Production and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, has asserted that the armed forces will continue to work to fulfil the sacred mission they are entrusted with, which is to protect the nation and preserve the gains of...
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    Syria ready to talk with armed opposition

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it is prepared to talk with anyone ready for dialogue, including the armed opposition. The ministry did not mention whether fighters would have to lay down their arms prior to talks or not. Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem, is reported as saying:...
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    Palestinians deny launching rockets from Gaza

    The Palestinian government in Gaza on Tuesday denied Israeli claims that a Palestinian rocket launched from Gaza had landed in the south of the occupied city of Asqlan. “It is no more than a lie,” a spokesman said. Denying Israeli media reports this morning (26.02), the chair of the...