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    Saudi-Egypt air bridge opens for transfer of aid to Gaza

    An air bridge between Saudi Arabia and Egypt’s El-Arish International Airport started on Monday to transfer medical supplies provided by the Kingdom to the Gaza Strip. The first flight carried about 10 tons of medicines and medical equipment, which will be driven from El-Arish to the Rafah border crossing....
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    Most new Jordanian MPs face corruption charges

    More than half of current Jordanian MPs, who are seen to be carrying out a wave of long-awaited reforms, are facing corruption and criminal charges, the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Ghad revealed on Monday. The Judiciary is awaiting Parliamentarian recess in order to resume calls for an investigation into members...
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    Despite new electric fences, African migrants continue to cross into Israel

    Despite the construction of a new security wall along the Israel-Egypt border, African migrants continue to cross into Israel illegally, Israeli media has said. A statement issued on Monday by the Israeli occupation forces said that they had arrested four African ‘infiltrators’ during April. They succeeded in crossing the...
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    Wave of violence in wake of settler stabbing in West Bank

    Hundreds of Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinians across the occupied West Bank following the Tuesday morning stabbing of a settler by a local man. Salam al-Zaghal, 24, stabbed his victim and then used the settler’s gun to shoot at police before being wounded and taken to hospital under armed...
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    Former Israeli PM believes that Netanyahu exaggerates Iran nuclear threat

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accused the current incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu of exaggerating the Iranian nuclear threat, called for a two-state solution with the Palestinians and predicted the fall of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Speaking at the annual Jerusalem Post conference held in New York on Sunday, Olmert...
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    Israeli draft law to put all agreements with the Palestinians to a referendum

    Israeli Economics and Trade Minister, Naftali Bennett, supported by Finance Minister, Yair Lapid, has suggested a draft law that obliges the government to put any political agreements with the Palestinians to a referendum, an Israeli daily said on Sunday. The Israeli newspaper Maariv revealed that a meeting on the...
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    Iraq suspends Al-Jazeera and nine other TV channels

    The Iraqi authorities have suspended the broadcast licences of Al-Jazeera and nine other TV channels. Al-Jazeera has been told to stop all its operations and activities in the country. The Iraqi Information and Media Commission justified the decision by referring to what it called “biased media coverage for the...
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    Israeli intelligence divided on “who serves Israel’s security interests better; the Syrian regime or the resistance”

    With regards to the debate on whether chemical weapons were used in Syria, “Maariv” wrote on its website that there are differences in opinion within Israeli intelligence agencies regarding “who serves Israel’s security interests better; the al-Assad regime or the resistance.” The newspaper mentioned that the Israeli Prime Minister,...
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    Jewish settlers burn UN cars and gardens in Jerusalem

    Jewish settlers have set fire to several cars belonging to the United Nations and Palestinian-owned gardens in Jerusalem during their celebrations of the so-called Lag B’Omer Festival, during which bonfires are lit. According to the Wadi El-Helwa Information Centre, nine UN vehicles in the Mount Scopus district and the...
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    Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to visit Gaza next month

    Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, has announced that he is to visit the Gaza Strip on May 8 with a delegation of senior sheiks for a three-day tour, the Qatari newspaper Al-Arab said on Monday. “I have decided to visit the Gaza...
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    Hamas has preserved its power base and authority in Gaza, say Israeli experts

    Experts in Israel have concluded that Hamas has been able to preserve its power base and authority in the Gaza Strip despite Israel’s blockade and military offensives. This conclusion was reached at a seminar organised by the Jerusalem Institute for Public and State Studies which was attended by experts...
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    Israeli drone attack kills Palestinian in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS One Palestinian has been killed by a missile fired from an Israeli drone in the Gaza Strip. The attack took place while the victim was riding his motorcycle in the south-west of Gaza City. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health identified the dead man as Haitham...
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    UAE to release 103 Egyptian prisoners

    The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has ordered the release of 103 Egyptian prisoners who are serving sentences for various crimes. According to the Emirates News Agency, the decision includes writing-off the fines imposed on the prisoners as part of their sentences.  ...
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    Pope Francis urged to ask Israel to stop the construction of the Separation Wall in Bethlehem

    Palestinian Christians in the village of Beit Jala in the occupied West Bank have written an open letter to Pope Francis in protest at the Israeli decision to build a Wall separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem for the benefit of the illegal Jewish settlements. The Pope has been urged to...
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    Knesset bill proposed allowing Israeli settlers to open fire on Palestinians

    In the first bill to be proposed in support of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, a Member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home Party – a partner in the coalition government – has asked that the Knesset’s agenda include discussions of a bill permitting settlers...
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    Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood criticises Washington’s stance on ‘chemical weapons’

    The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Zuhair Salem, asserted that a number of domestic and international reports have reliably confirmed that the Syrian regime’s forces used chemical weapons against the Syrians rebels, in spite of the red line that American President Barack Obama has drawn. In a...
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    Jordan’s fear of a confederation tsunami after the settlement in Syria

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was understandably eager to swiftly and privately sign the famous Jerusalem agreement, over a month ago, which gave the Jordanian monarch religious authority over the holy sites in Jerusalem. Abbas’s keenness for secrecy reached the point that his office’s staff had no knowledge of the...
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    Israel evacuates 100 families in occupied Jordan Valley

    Israel has handed evacuation orders to 100 Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley so that its troops can carry out military exercises. The families were ordered to leave their homes by Monday morning. Palestinian officials and activists said that the area has been changed to a “military zone”...
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    Fatah, Hamas and Egypt “trying to agree” on national unity government

    A senior member of the Fatah Central Committee has told Al-Ayam newspaper that his movement is in touch with Egypt and Hamas “to agree on dates for further consultations regarding the formation of a national unity government” in Palestine. Azam al-Ahmad, who is in charge of dialogue for Fatah,...
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    Israeli forces will end use of white phosphorus following international criticism

    The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Thursday that the Israeli army has decided to stop using artillery shells containing the incendiary material white phosphorus following a wave of international criticisms over its use of such artillery during its war on the Gaza Strip in 2008. Article III of the...
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    Fatah attacks Fayyad government

    A statement from the Fatah Revolutionary Council has attacked the government of Salam Fayyad for pursuing policies which are “improvised and confused on issues of finance and the economy”. The situation is so serious that one member of the council has suggested that President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads Fatah...
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    Israeli occupation forces arrest another four Palestinians

    Israeli forces detained four more Palestinians in the occupied West Banks cities of Hebron and Bethlehem in pre-dawn raids on Monday. Local sources said that a large number of the occupation forces entered Al-Aroub refugee camp in northern Hebron and detained two young men, one of them a minor....
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    Gaza fishermen protest against Israeli restrictions

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinian fishermen have taken part in a nautical protest against the restrictions placed on them by Israel. Hundreds of fishermen and activists took part in the demonstration which saw boats stretching hundreds of metres out to sea. Although the international norm for territorial waters is 12 nautical...
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    Festival of Childhood held in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Gifted and talented children were among hundreds of young people who have taken part in the annual Festival of Childhood in Gaza City. The event was organised by the University College of Applied Sciences at its main campus. One of the main aims of the programme is...
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    Official statistics offer revealing glimpse of Palestinian life

    A report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has shown that around half of the Palestinian population is under 18 years old, equating to 2.04 million young people. The total population in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2012 was 4.29 million. PCBS Director Ola Awad said that...
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    Religious Jews and Arabs are getting poorer under Netanyahu government warns Central Bank

    The Central Bank of Israel has warned that the religious Jews and Israel’s Arab citizens are the only two groups in society which have got poorer under successive Netanyahu governments. Governor Stanley Fischer said in his Annual Report that if the current economic policies continue they will have a...
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    İhsanoğlu asserts importance of OIC securing UN Security Council seat

    The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation , Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, has stressed that one of the Organisation’s main goals is to secure a seat at the UN Security Council. During a recent lecture, İhsanoğlu asserted that the reason for this is that the OIC is the sole representative...
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    Incitement charges brought against Haaretz and its journalist, Amira Hass

    The Council of Settlements in the West Bank have demanded the opening of a police investigation into the Haaretz newspapers and its journalist, Amira Hass, following the publication of an article yesterday which addressed the issue of Palestinian rights to throw rocks as a means of self-defence. On Thursday,...
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    Assad regime has destroyed almost 800 mosques

    A member of the National Council and Syrian Coalition, Ahmad Ramadan, has revealed that the regime in Damascus has destroyed 780 mosques in the country since it started its military fight back against opposition forces in the two-year conflict. In response to a question from a German news agency...
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    Number of journalists killed in Syria passes the 150 mark

    The Union of Syrian Journalists has announced that at least 153 journalists and media activists have been killed in the two-year old revolution in the country. A union spokesman told Al-Arabia TV that it has been keeping track of deaths among media professionals since the conflict began in 2011....
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    Meshaal makes maiden speech of new term as Hamas leader

    The newly re-elected head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has confirmed that the movement is suffering a severe financial crisis, not least because Arab and Muslim donors have many other issues to support. “We used to have adequate financial resources, but not now,” Meshaal told a meeting...
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    Egyptian court blocks extradition of Gaddafi cousin to Libya

    An Egyptian court has blocked moves by the authorities to extradite a cousin of Muammar Gaddafi to Libya. Ahmed Gaddaf Alddam is wanted by the government in Tripoli on financial corruption charges. The head of the Administrative Judiciary’s Technical Office, Abdul Majeed El-Mokanan, explained to Reuters that the Cairo...
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    UNRWA distributes Saudi aid to 7,000 Palestinian families in Gaza

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has announced the distribution of financial assistance to more than seven thousand families in the Gaza Strip. The money donated by Saudi Arabia will be used to repair and rebuild homes which were destroyed during Israel’s offensive against...
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    Refugees protest against the downscaling of UNRWA services in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Following an invitation from the Popular Committee for Refugees, large crowds of Palestinian refugees have gathered outside the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Gaza Strip to stage a public protest over the organisation’s recent policy of downscaling...
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    Israeli official says relations with Turkey will never be completely repaired

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has said that his country’s relations with Turkey will never be completely repaired to what they were before Israel’s attack on the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 which left 9 Turkish citizens dead. “Nevertheless,” said Zeev Elkin, “having smooth relations is a necessity.” Elkin told...
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    Hamas re-elects Meshaal as leader

    The Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas – announced on Tuesday the re-election of Mr Khaled Meshaal as head of its political bureau for the next four years, a briefed official statement said. “Thanks to Allah, Hamas completed all the preparatory procedures for the election of its institutions following established...
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    Israeli crackdown as prisoners protest against colleague’s death

    More than 30 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were reported to have been wounded by guards on Tuesday afternoon as they took part in a protest against the death in custody of their colleague Maysara Abu-Hamdiyya. Mr Abu-Hamdiyya died in an Israeli hospital this morning after suffering from cancer...
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    Protests over prisoner’s death hit jails and streets

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Four thousand five hundred Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel have gone on a 3-day hunger strike as demonstrators take to the streets in protest at the death of Maysara Abu-Hamdiyya in Israeli custody. More than 30 people have been wounded in the protests across the occupied...
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    Israel bombs Gaza again

    Israel has bombed the Gaza Strip again, with fighter jets hitting two targets in the north and east of the territory. Although it is claimed that this is the first time that the air force has carried out a bombing raid since the ceasefire with Hamas was signed last...
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    Defence Minister says Israel will “respond” to any attack

    Israel’s Defence Minister warned on Wednesday that his government will respond to any attack against the country, the Israeli media has reported. Moshe Ya’alon was speaking amid claims that a missile was launched towards Israel from the Gaza Strip and Syrians exchanged fire with Israeli forces on the occupied...
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    Abbas blames Israeli arrogance and intransigence for martyrdom of Abu-Hamdiyya

    President Mahmoud Abbas has blamed Israel’s “arrogance and intransigence” for the death of Maysara Abu-Hamdiyya on Tuesday. The 65 year-old prisoner was in an Israeli hospital when he died, having been denied proper treatment for his throat cancer for several months in Israel’s jails. According to Abbas, the Israeli...
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    MK accuses Israeli prison administration of “slow murder”

    An Arab member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has accused the country’s prison administration of “slow murder” following the death in custody of Maysara Abu-Hamdiyya. Haneen Zoabi, MK, blamed the Internal Security Minister for medical negligence after Mr Abu-Hamdiyya was prevented from having proper treatment for his throat...
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    Syrian rights group records 6,500 killed in March

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has announced that last month witnessed a rise in the number of deaths in Syria, with 6,500 women, men and children killed. This makes March 2013 the deadliest month since the start of the Syrian people’s revolution against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad...
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    Israelis kill two young Palestinians in occupied West Bank

    On the third day of protests which erupted following the death of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, Israel’s occupation forces shot and killed two young Palestinians. Three others were injured in the incident at the Innab checkpoint to the east of Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank. Amer...
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    Jordanian Islamists will not take part in “absurd” government

    The Secretary General of the Jordanian Islamic Action Front has announced that his party is not going to take part in the upcoming Jordanian government. Shaikh Hamza Mansour said that such a move would be “absurd”. Speaking to Sky News Arabic TV, he noted that if a parliamentarian or...
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    Freed hunger striker’s brother is detained

    After 261 days on hunger strike in an Israeli jail, Palestinian prisoner Ayman Al-Sharawneh was deported to Gaza on Sunday evening. At dawn the following morning, Al-Sharawneh’s brother Jihad was arrested by the Israelis. The head of the Prisoners’ Forum in the occupied West Bank, Qadorah Fares, said that...
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    Russell Tribunal accuses Israel of apartheid violations

    The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) demanded on Sunday that the ICC investigate crimes against humanity being committed by Israel in the Palestinian occupied territories. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which was created in 2009 to look into the various accountabilities that have led to the continued occupation of...
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    Haniyyah: Palestinian-Egyptian relations are unbreakable

    The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyyah, on Sunday stressed the strength of Palestinian-Egyptian relations saying, “No one can spoil them.” The PM firmly ruled out any threat that Gaza and its residents could pose to Egyptian national security. “Palestine, Gaza and Hamas will continue being a defense...
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    Pro-Assad businessman offers reward for arrest of journalists

    A pro-regime Syrian has offered a reward for those who arrest any of the correspondents working for Al-Jazeera or Al-Arabiya news channels covering the conflict in Syria. Businessman Fahim Saqr is based in Kuwait and has offered 10 million Syrian pounds (around $95,000) to anyone making the arrests. According...
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    Former Knesset speaker: Oslo Accords are dead

    A former Speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has declared that the 1993 Oslo Accords “are dead”. Avraham Burg added that finding a solution to the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis is not possible without formal recognition of the pain of the past; he called for Israel...