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    Jordan’s monarch soft on Israel in frank interview

    King Abdullah of Jordan has given a frank interview in which he has criticised almost all of his fellow Middle East leaders, including his own family, while stating that his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently been strengthened. Speaking to The Atlantic magazine, Jordan’s monarch was...
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    Both sides accused of Syria chemical weapon attack

    The official Syrian news agency (SANA) has accused what it called “terrorists” of firing a missile with a chemical warhead at the town of Khan Al-Assal in Aleppo. The explosion killed 16 people and wounded 86; most are in a serious condition. Other sources claimed that more than 25...
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    More than 60 Israeli laws discriminate against Palestinians

    The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) has revealed that the Israeli authorities have drafted more than 60 laws which discriminate against their Palestinian citizens. The laws cover areas such as education, the national budget, public services, civil rights and even prisons and prisoners. “Some of...
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    Peace is not on agenda for Obama’s Israel visit

    US President Barack Obama is not going to discuss the stalled peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis during his visit to the region, Israel’s Channel 10 TV said on Tuesday. Instead, Obama is going to focus on the perceived Iranian nuclear threat and the general Palestine Israel...
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    Marwan Al-Barghouti: Settlements are endangering the future of the entire region

    The prominent member of Fatah’s Central Committee, Marwan al-Barghouti, has stated that Israel’s settlement activities are endangering the future of the entire region. Nevertheless, these colonising policies are not met with any real action by the international community to stop them; instead they are supported by some. Therefore, it...
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    Obama’s visit sparks anger and condemnation in the occupied territories

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Obama’s visit to the region has caused much anger on the Palestinian Street across the occupied territories, particular given that he is set to visit President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian Street, this visit will result in nothing but devastation and destruction...
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    Removal of map of historical Palestine ahead of Obama visit severely criticized

    On Wednesday, the municipality of Bethlehem removed a stone monument to Palestine’s historic map situated at the entrance to the city ahead of US president Barak Obama’s visit. Criticizing the move, the spokesman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, Ther al-Nono said: “The removal of the stone monument to...
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    UN says humanitarian crisis in Syria is beyond description

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has laid out his most pessimistic image of Syria so far, saying that the humanitarian crisis there is “tragically indescribable”. The country and the people have been destroyed to the extent that it could take years for the country to recover and...
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    Farm land and trees destroyed for expansion of Israeli military checkpoint

    Israeli occupation forces have started to expand the Dotan military checkpoint near Jenin. The work entails the destruction of Palestinian farm land and olive groves owned by the Abu Bakr family from the town of Ya’bod. Local sources said that Israeli bulldozers are levelling the land next to the...
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    Israel plans 16,000 more illegal settlement units in West Bank and Jerusalem

    The leader of Yesh Atid Party and new Finance Minister, Yair Lapid, has launched a major settlement plan for the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Ministry staff are working on the scheme in cooperation with the so-called Israel Land Administration (ILA) to build an additional 16,000 illegal settlement housing...
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    Israel keeps Palestinians under 10 years old behind bars

    An Israeli human rights centre has revealed that the occupation authorities have ten Palestinian children in jail who are aged between 8 and 10 years. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) made the disclosure in the context of the recent spate of arrest...
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    Formal legalisation of Muslim Brotherhood ends decades-long ban

    The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was declared to be “an illegal entity” in 1954, but the decades-long banning order has, it is claimed, been ended by a decision of the country’s Ministry of Social Solidarity. Confusion over the Islamic movement’s official status means that while the State Commissioners’ Board...
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    Haniyeh says Obama visit will not make a breakthrough in the region

    The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza has said that the visit of the US President is not going to make any “breakthrough” regarding political change on the ground. Ismail Haniyeh issued a statement to the media in which he added, “We do not see that American policy is helpful...
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    Abbas to sack Fayyad over power dispute

    The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is to sack his Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, due to profound disputes between the two men, informed sources close to Abbas have said. The sources claimed that disputes reached a peak when Fayyad accepted the resignation of Finance Minister, Nabeel Qassis, last week. Qassis...
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    Barack calls for two-state solution and united security framework to tackle regional instability

    Just days after leaving office, the former Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barack, has suggested the two-state solution and a Regional Security Framework to deal with the unexpected instability resulting from the Arab Spring. Barack wrote an article published in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday saying that US president...
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    Hamas delegation reassures Egypt over Rafah killings

    Moussa Abu Marzouk, the Deputy Head of the political bureau of Hamas has reassured the Egyptians that the Islamic Resistance Movement respects Egypt’s national security and was not involved in the armed incident in Rafah last August when 16 soldiers were killed. A delegation led by Abu Marzouk met...
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    Hamas denies firing rockets into Israel

    A minister in the Hamas-led government in Gaza has denied that the movement fired rockets into Israel during Barack Obama’s visit. Minister of Religious Endowments Ismail Radwan accused Israel of fabricating the story to provide an excuse for an escalation of its military incursions into the besieged Palestinian territory....
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    As Obama fiddles in Israel, Netanyahu tightens blockade of Gaza

    As US President Barack Obama visited the sights of the Holy Land as a virtual tourist, his host, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tightened the blockade of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government has decided to reduce the six-mile fishing limit agreed as part of the ceasefire...
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    Heckler asks Obama if he knows that there are Arabs as well as Jews in Israel

    One of Israel’s Palestinian citizens challenged US President Barack Obama on Thursday to acknowledge that Israel has Arab as well as Jewish citizens. Rabea Eid, a student at Haifa University, heckled Obama when the President addressed Israeli youth at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem and insisted that “Palestinians...
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    Senior churchman says Christians and Muslims need military permission to pray

    The retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Michal Sabbah, has pointed out that Christians and Muslims living in the Holy Land “have needed military permission to pray since 1993”. Archbishop Sabbah was speaking in the context of another high-profile visitor to Israel – Barack Obama   who won’t make a...
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    Egypt denies that it intends to cut off natural gas to Jordan

    The Egyptian Ambassador to Jordan, Khaled Tharwat, has denied media reports which claim that Egypt intends to reduce the amount of natural gas exported to Jordan prior to cutting off the supply completely by June. In a press statement published by official Jordanian media outlets, Ambassador Tharwat said, “There...
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    Egyptian opposition leader defends Hamas in media war

    The prominent Egyptian opposition leader, Hamdeen Sabbahi, has come out in defense of Hamas against accusations of posing a security threat to Egypt. Sabbahi, leader of the Popular Current and the Salvation Front, criticized a defamation campaign by the Egyptian media against Hamas. Answering a question about accusations of...
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    Israeli occupation forces and settlers continue rampages in West Bank

    Eight more Palestinians have been arrested and further incursions have been made at Al-Aqsa Mosque as Israeli occupation forces and illegal Jewish settlers continue their rampages across the occupied West Bank. Those arrested include a child. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Forum said that the Israeli forces detained Awadallah Hassan, aged...
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    Lapid and Netanyahu agree to cuts in security, child allowances and the public sector

    The “Yedioth Ahronoth” newspaper headlined its Monday morning issue with the agreement made by Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid, to make a series of cuts in Israel’s security budget, child allowances and public sector benefits. According to the newspaper, one week after taking office,...
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    Israel appropriates 82% of Palestinian water

    A Palestinian water expert has criticised the 1993 Oslo Peace Agreement signed between the Palestinians and the Israelis for giving Israel the right to control Palestinian water. The Director of the Association of Palestinian Hydrologists, Abur-Rahman Al-Tamimi, said: “The Oslo Agreements gave control over basic water resources to the...
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    Israeli lawyer files charges against President Abbas

    An Israeli lawyer, Mordechai Tzivin, has filed charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Abbas and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on the grounds of committing crimes against humanity. The case is the first of its kinds against the Palestinian political leadership. The move comes in the...
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    Israel commences construction of 114 new settlement units

    Israel has begun the construction of 114 new housing units in the Al-Khader neighbourhood of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. An Israeli decision to commence construction in the area was issued two months ago. The organiser of the Popular Committee against the Israeli Wall in Al-Khader, Ahmed...
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    Hamas blames Israel for violating terms of truce

    The Islamic Resistance Movement has said that Israel’s decision to reduce the fishing limit imposed on the Palestinians of Gaza from six nautical miles as agreed as part of the truce last November, to three nautical miles, is a violation of the terms of the deal. The truce between...
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    Supreme Guide of Muslim Brotherhood receives British Ambassador in Cairo

    The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Muhammad Badie, received Mr James Watt, British Ambassador in Cairo, in his office yesterday. At the beginning of the meeting, the British ambassador expressed his pleasure of meeting the Supreme Guide for the third time, and condemned the campaign of attacks...
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    Hamas congratulates Turkey for obtaining apology from Israel

    The Hamas government in Gaza has congratulated Turkey for the apology it received from Israel over the killings on the Freedom Flotilla in 2010. It is, said the Islamic Resistance Movement in a press statement, a “great achievement” that Ankara was able to impose conditions on Tel Aviv which...
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    Investigation begins into attacks on Brotherhood office in Cairo

    The Attorney General in Egypt has opened an investigation into the demonstrations which led to the storming of the Muslim Brotherhood’s office in the Moqattam district of Cairo. Many people were injured during the resultant skirmishes with security forces, as buildings were set on fire and damaged. According to...
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    Islamists besiege TV channel HQ for disseminating false information

    Hundreds of Egyptian youths affiliated with Islamist parties have placed the Egyptian Media Production Cities (EMPC) under siege in protest at their ‘biased-media coverage’, several media sources said. A spokesman of the Egyptian government has said that the siege around the EMPC in the Sixth October city on the...
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    Haniyeh ready to cooperate over killing of Egyptian soldiers

    The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza has confirmed that his government is ready for full cooperation with the Egyptians in the investigation into the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers near Rafah on the Egypt-Gaza-Israel border as they broke their Ramadan fast last August. Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement...
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    Left-wing Palestinian leader blames Abbas and Hamas for reconciliation delay

    A prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said on Monday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is still subject to US pressure regarding internal reconciliation. “I blame Abbas and Hamas for the delay in the reconciliation process,” Rabah Mohana told MEMO. “Both parties have...
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    Qatari re-construction projects in Gaza move briskly ahead

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Qatari Committee has begun the second phase projects in the Gaza Strip which include Salah al-Din Street and other subsidiary roads. This is one of the main roads in the Gaza Strip which connects the north to the south, and the first section of it is...
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    Emir of Qatar calls for Arab League to discuss Palestinian reconciliation

    The Emir of Qatar has told the Arab League that it should hold a special meeting in Cairo to discuss Palestinian reconciliation. Shaikh Hamad bin-Khalifa al-Thani is hosting the current meeting of the League in Doha. “The extraordinary meeting,” said Shaikh Hamad, “should be chaired by Egypt and attended...
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    Egyptian media “misrepresents” thugs as victims

    The Egyptian media has “misrepresented” the “thugs” who caused injuries and destruction as they tried to storm a Muslim Brotherhood office as “victims” in the incident. That’s the claim made by leading columnist Fahmi Howeidi who condemned media bias as a great threat to society. Such bias, he insisted,...
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    Jewish settlers attack children with pepper spray and glass

    The Wadi Halwa Information Centre has given details about illegal Jewish settlers who attacked Palestinian residents of Silwan and the Old City in Jerusalem during the week March 16th-25th. The settlers, it is reported, used pepper spray against Palestinians, including children. On Monday morning, in Silwan, four Jewish settlers...
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    Israeli parliamentarian calls for incursion into Al-Aqsa Sanctuary

    An extreme right-wing member of the Israeli Knesset (MK) has called for Jews to storm the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa this week to perform religious rituals for Passover, which coincides with the Christian Easter festival. Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Islamic Heritage warned of the potentially serious consequences...
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    Israeli minister phones Turkey on compensation issue

    Israel’s new Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, has been in touch with Ahmed Davutoglu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey, over compensation for the victims of her country’s attack on the Freedom Flotilla in 2010. Nine Turkish citizens were killed during the assault by Israeli commandos as the Flotilla was in...
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    Israel Defence Forces planning for confrontation with Egypt

    Israel Today newspaper has prepared a special report on the Arab armies in the Middle East; its title is telling; “Long Arm in the Region” is a reference to the Israel Defence Forces. It is claimed that the IDF is planning for a confrontation with Egypt. The report has...
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    Israeli military court postpones sentencing of Palestinian minors

    The Israeli occupation is to charge five Palestinian minors whom it claims are responsible for causing a car accident that resulted in the injury to several Israeli settlers in Salfeet. The Centre for Palestinian Prisoners (CPP) said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the hearing was planned to...
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    Iraqi parliamentarian calls for UN to review border-defining resolution

    An Iraqi parliamentarian has called for the permanent members of the UN Security Council to support Iraq against what she calls “Kuwaiti land expansion” at the expense of Iraq’s territory. In a statement, Alya Nasif of the Free Iraq List Coalition called on the Security Council, especially Russia, to...
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    Israelis crack down on Hamas activists in Hebron

    Israeli occupation forces have arrested five senior Hamas activists in Hebron as part of an arrest campaign which has seen another five men taken into detention across the occupied West Bank. Those detained include a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mohamed Jamal Al-Natsha. Along with Hamas members Abdul-Khaleq...
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    Israeli police enable rabbis and settlers to mark Passover inside Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Protected by Israeli police officers, a large number of rabbis and illegal settlers have entered Al-Aqsa Mosque to mark the Jewish Passover. The mosque is the third holiest place in Islam. According to a live despatch sent to MEMO on Wednesday morning, hundreds of Israeli rabbis and Jewish settlers...
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    Morsi will not allow anyone to interfere in Egypt’s affairs

    Dr Mohammed Morsi has insisted that he will not allow anyone to “interfere” in his country’s affairs. The Egyptian president expressed his people’s appreciation of those who stood beside the revolution which ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought democracy. “However, we have no wish to involve ourselves in other countries’...
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    OIC calls for support for projects in Gaza

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for international support for sports and youth projects in the Gaza Strip. Suggested projects include the provision of additional green spaces, the repair of sports stadiums damaged in the recent Israel offensive against civilians in Gaza and building new arenas. In...
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    Israeli restrictions on Gaza amount to “collective punishment”

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES An Israeli human rights organisation has criticised its government’s reduction of the fishing limit for Gaza’s fishermen from six to three nautical miles. “This constitutes collective punishment and severely damages the livelihood of the fishermen,” said the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories...
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    Rival party leader voices support for Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood

    The leader of Ghad Althawra Party has voiced his party’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. “We are not for pitting one party against another, said Dr Ayman Nour. “We are the voice of wisdom at a time when wisdom is lost and we will...
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    UN agency says 400,000 Palestinian refugees are affected by conflict in Syria

    The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has estimated that 400,000 Palestinian refugees are now affected by the conflict in Syria. The figure includes almost 5,000 who have fled to Jordan and around 33,000 who have sought refuge in Lebanon. These “double refugees”, said UNRWA, are in dire need...