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    IDB agrees reconstruction projects in Gaza worth $15 million

    The Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah has agreed to fund new reconstruction projects in the Gaza Strip worth $15 million. An IDB delegation made the announcement at the end of a visit to the Palestinian territory. The latest sum brings the total value of IDB projects in Gaza to...
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    Israel reveals use of Tamuz “smart” missile

    Israel has revealed that it will use the advanced Tamuz “smart” missile in any future offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip. The previously-top secret weapon was used for the first time against a target on the border with Syria two weeks ago. A spokesman for the Israeli...
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    UN Secretary-General says situation in Palestinian cannot continue

    The Secretary-General of the United Nations has expressed his belief that the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories “cannot continue” from both a political and economic perspective. In a letter to the UN International Meeting on the issue of Palestine being held in Addis Ababa, Ban Ki-moon said,...
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    Gaza government renews call for Egypt to put pressure on Israel to stop truce violations

    The Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza has renewed its call for Egypt to intervene with Israel in order to end violations of last November’s truce conditions. The ceasefire agreement which ended Israel’s 8-day offensive against the civilians of the Gaza Strip was mediated by the Egyptian government. A spokesman...
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    Labour Day in the Gaza Strip

    EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS Labour Day in the Gaza Strip is unlike in any other place in the world as workers here continue to work today. Yes, they continue to work here as a consequence of the dire economic conditions that result from the long-standing Israeli blockade of the Sector, as...
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    Accepting concept of land swaps strengthens culture of concessions, claims Hamas

    The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement has expressed its concern that an agreement over land swaps with Israel will lead the Palestinian Authority and Arab world even deeper into the culture of concessions. Responding to the news that the Arab League will accept the principle of land swaps with the...
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    Hamas restates refusal to concede any part of Palestine

    A senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement has restated the group’s refusal to concede or swap any part of historic Palestine, or recognise the Israeli occupation. Salah al-Bardaweel said that Hamas believes that Palestine is a land for Palestinians and any kind of partition is rejected. Speaking...
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    Arab League agrees to endorse new peace plan including land swap

    In a sign that Israel will keep its large illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, Arab foreign ministers have said that they are ready to endorse a new peace plan which includes land swaps and a Palestinian state built otherwise on the 1967 borders. The announcement was made...
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    Israeli incursion in north Gaza Strip

    Israeli occupation forces have carried out a limited incursion around Beit Hanoun crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said that six Israeli tanks and two armoured bulldozers went around 300 metres into the territory; the bulldozers were used to destroy agricultural land. In the same area,...
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    Olmert calls Arab Peace Initiative “historic”

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has described the Arab Peace Initiative as “historic”. Speaking to Israel’s Channel Ten news programme he urged the Knesset not to miss out on the “historic opportunity” for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post,...
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    Al-Nahda chooses dual parliamentary system

    At the end of an extraordinary meeting of its Shura (Consultative) Council, Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Party has agreed on having a dual parliamentary system which balances the powers of the president and prime minister. Announcing the move, senior member Fathi Li’yadi stressed that they are looking for success in the...
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    Hamas leader lists priorities for the movement

    The head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement has listed seven strategic priorities for the years ahead. The list revealed by Khaled Meshaal included more openness in the international community. During the weekly programme presented on Al-Jazeera Arabic TV by Ahmed Mansour, the Hamas leader said...
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    OIC report says end of blockade on Gaza more important than aid

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has stressed that humanitarian solidarity with the people of Gaza and lifting the Israeli blockade imposed on them since 2006 is much more important than the aid provided by supporters. The second largest international organisation after the UN said in a monthly report...
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    UNIFIL calls on Israeli army to withdraw from border village

    The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has demanded that the Israeli army withdraw its troops from the northern part of Ghajar village in a sensitive border area. Israeli troops were apparently carrying out engineering operations in the village, which extends over both sides of the Lebanon-Israel border and...
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    Palestinian Authority halts efforts to join UN agencies

    The Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Riyad Al-Maliki, has said that the leadership has promised Washington to halt its efforts to join United Nations agencies. Al-Maliki said that the PA has promised US Secretary of State John Kerry not to pursue membership of various agencies, especially...
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    UNRWA: 235,000 Palestinian refugees have been displaced inside Syria

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) appealed on Tuesday to all sides to end the human suffering caused by the conflict in Syria, and resolve the differences through dialogue and political negotiations. UNRWA warned in a statement that Palestinian refugees in Syria are being...
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    Haniyyah rejects Arab land exchange initiative during Friday address

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Gaza’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyya, today performed the Friday prayers at the Abbas Mosque in Gaza City. Prayers were attended by a number of Arab delegations including a solidarity delegation from Tunisia, a delegation from the Egyptian Shura Council, a delegation from Turkey and the European Hope...
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    Palestinian Israelis reject the Arab initiative

    Israel’s Palestinian citizens have rejected the proposal made by Arab League foreign ministers to agree to land swaps between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The rejection was made on the basis that such swaps would threaten their right to their own land and that Israel is exploiting the principle...
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    Draft UN report calls for the banning of UAVs

    A draft UNHRC report called on Thursday for a resolution banning the production, transportation and use unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) across the entire world because they breach international law, German News Agency (DPA) said. According to the draft report, the use of lethal robots or UAVs has raised “wide-scale...
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    Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Orthodox Christians gathered in Prophorius Church in the centre of Gaza City on Sunday to celebrate Easter. Prophorius Church is the oldest and most central for Orthodox Christians in the Gaza Strip. Church bells along the Strip rang as happy Christian worshippers attended prayers with their families....
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    Yediot Aharonot: Israel sent secret message to Assad to ease tension

    The Israeli daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, reported on Monday that Israel has sent a secret message to the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, as part of efforts to ease tensions after the second attack on Syria in less than 48 hours. The newspaper featured on its front page reports that...
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    Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

    More than 40 extremist Israeli settlers, including senior Likud officials, invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Maghrabi Gate on Tuesday morning. They said they were commemorating the ‘unification’ of Jerusalem. June 5, 2013 will be the 46th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem. Israel has since been controlling...
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    New settlement bloc established in Bethlehem

    Palestinians sources have stated that Israeli occupation forces have allowed settlers to establish a new settlement bloc in the town of Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem. This will mean seizing control of approximately 11,000 square metres of the towns land, putting an end to investment projects being carried out...
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    9,500 Palestinian children detained by Israel since 2000

    Palestinian researcher and former prisoner Abdul-Nasser Ferwaneh released statistics on Tuesday showing that Israeli occupation forces have detained around 9500 Palestinian minors since the beginning of the second Intifada in September 2000. The statistics showed a steady increase in the number of minors detained over the last year. “This...
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    Plan to seize 7 million square metres in Negev and displace 90,000 Palestinians

    The Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation passed a draft law yesterday regulating Bedouin settlement in the Negev known as the “Prawer Plan”, which will allow the seizure of approximately 700,000 dunams of the Negev and the destruction of 40 unrecognised villages. The government will present the draft law to...
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    Jordan rejects one of three scenarios for al-Assad departure

    A senior Turkish official has revealed that there are three scenarios on the table before the United States and its allies for the departure of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. In remarks quoted by Kuwait’s Al-Siyaasa newspaper, the Turkish official who requested anonymity said that, “The first scenario is to...
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    UN protests violation of Lebanese airspace

    The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has lodged a protest with Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by the country which carried out recent raids in Syria targeting what it said were “Iranian missiles” being sent to “Hezbollah”. Intelligence sources said that “on Friday...
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    Jordanian parliament calls for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador to Amman

    The Jordanian Parliament has voted overwhelmingly for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Amman, Daniel Nevo, and recalled the Jordanian ambassador to Tel-Aviv, Waleed Obaidat, Safa Palestinian news agency has said. The Parliamentarian, Abdul-Kareem al-Daghmi, said: “The decision to expel the Israeli ambassador to Amman is obligatory on...
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    Israel detains senior Muslim officials in Jerusalem

    Amid strict security measures around the holy city of Jerusalem, the Israeli occupation detained on Wednesday morning two senior Palestinian religious officials and prevented Muslim worshipers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque which was left empty for Israeli settlers to wander inside. Palestinian sources said that the Israeli occupations broke...
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    Poverty rate among Palestinians in Jerusalem over 80 per cent

    The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has said that the poverty rate among Palestinians in Jerusalem is 79.5 per cent and 85 per cent among children. According to the ACRI report which presented grave facts about Israeli discrimination against Palestinians in Jerusalem, “this is the worst rate...
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    Yedioth Ahronoth: Israel fails to find a demographic balance in Jerusalem

    A report published by the Israeli daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, on Wednesday, revealed that Israeli attempts to create a demographic balance in Jerusalem have failed, because of what it called the “transformation of the Haredim.” In addition to this, “the relatively slow lifestyle” which forces students who are studying...
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    Al-Qaradawi in Gaza on three-day visit

    PICTURES Former head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, accompanied by a large delegation of Muslim scholars arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening through the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyyeh, Palestinian Legislative Council speaker, Ahmed...
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    The Arab League and OIC condemn the arrest of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

    The Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation have strongly condemned the arrest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, by the Israeli occupation authorities. They broke into the home of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein yesterday morning and arrested him. A statement issued following...
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    Israel approves nearly 300 new settlements to coincide with Kerry-Livni meeting

    As Israeli justice minister, Tzipi Livni, met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome on Wednesday, the Israel Civil Administration approved a plan to build 296 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El; an Israeli newspaper reported. The newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, today described the...
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    Palestinian hunger strikers released from Israeli jail

    On Thursday at dawn, the Israeli occupation released Tariq Qedan and Jaafar Izzidin, two Palestinian hunger strikers who have been on strike for 93 days. Qedan, 42, and Izzidin, 41, from Arraba neighbourhood in South Jenin, went on hunger strike in protest at their administrative detention by the Israeli...
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    Egyptians call for mass demonstrations over Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa

    The Action Committee for Jerusalem and Palestine has called for demonstrations in all Egyptian mosques on Friday in protest at the latest Israeli aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the detention of the Mufti of Jerusalem and other Palestinian activists. The Head of Jerusalem Committee of the Arab Doctors...
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    Syrian refugees will make up two fifths of Jordan’s population by 2014

    “The number of the Syrian refugees in Jordan will make up 40 per cent of the total Jordanian population by the middle of the next year,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Jodah has said. In a meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Rome, Jodah said: “Currently,...
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    Israeli forces breached humanitarian law during recent war on Gaza

    80 per cent of those killed by Israeli forces killed during the last four days of the war waged on the Gaza Strip in November were uninvolved civilians, Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem said on Thursday. “After several months of field research and crosschecking data, human rights organization B’Tselem...
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    Palestinians in Beit Jala protest against Separation Wall route

    Palestinians protesters organised a candlelight demonstration on Thursday night to protest against an Israeli court ruling allowing parts of the Separation Wall to be built in the Wadi Cremisan neighbourhood of Beit Jala. The decision clears the way for Israel to confiscate hundreds of acres of local land for...
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    Israeli Religious Affairs Ministry: “Israel is reviewing a law allowing the division of prayer times between Muslims and Jews in Al-Aqsa Mosque”

    The Director-general of the Israeli “Religious Affairs Ministry” announced during a session in the Knesset that the ministry is seeking to review a law that will allow Jews to perform religious rituals in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He explained that a parliamentary committee was charged with examining the matter in...
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    UN withdraws international forces from the Golan Heights

    Israeli newspaper, Maariv, yesterday reported Martin Nesirky, a UN spokesman, as saying that the organization have decided to withdraw their international observation forces from the Golan Heights, in light of the deteriorating security situation and tensions between Israel and Syria. Nesirky said that approval has been sought in the...
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    Miracle Palestinian refugee doctor

    Iqbal al-Asaad, 20, a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon has graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar as the youngest medical practitioner in the world. Iqbal, who finished secondary school at the age of 12, won herself an academic scholarship from the Qatar Association for Education, Science and Social...
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    Israel apologizes to Egypt over diplomatic incident

    Israel apologized to the Arab Republic of Egypt on Wednesday over an incident that happened in the old town of Jerusalem last Saturday in which Israeli police attacked Egyptian diplomats and a Coptic cleric. Israeli public radio said the country’s ambassador in Cairo, Jacob Amitai, made the apology during...
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    Israel angry with Scottish Church report criticising its policies

    Israel has denounced a paper by the Scottish Church which denies “Jews’ special claim to the land of Israel.” The paper entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham,” which was published last week rejects “claims that scripture offers any peoples a privileged claim for possession of a particular territory.” According to...
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    Israel hands arbitrary demolition notices to Jerusalem residents

    On Sunday, the Israeli occupation handed over an ‘administrative destruction notice’ to the owner of a six-flat building under construction in the Beit-Haneena neighbourhood in Jerusalem and detained three construction workers from the site. Staff of the Jerusalem Municipality claimed that the building is being built without a construction...
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    Return to Palestine March-2013: All roads lead to Palestine

    The eleven martyrs in Maroun el-Ras in southern Lebanon and the four in the occupied Golan Heights on May 15, 2011, were enough to turn the “Return to Palestine March” held across the Arab world into an annual event, and to turn “Al-Nakba Day” into “Return Day”. This event...
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    Sudan has paid a “heavy price” for its connection with Palestine

    Ismail Haniyeh has praised the people and government of Sudan for their support for the Palestinian cause, especially the Gaza Strip. “It was a pleasure for Sudan to pay a heavy price for their links with us,” said the Palestinian Prime Minister approvingly. Speaking at a welcome ceremony for...
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    Jewish settlers set fire to Palestinian farms and desecrate cemetery

    Jewish settlers from the illegal Havat Ma’on settlement have set fire to half-an-acre of wheat grown by Ali Awad in the South Hebron Hills. The arson attack took place on Monday. Witnesses were able to tackle the blaze before even more damage was done. Meanwhile, another group of settlers...
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    Israelis kidnap man and boy in the Gaza Strip

    Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped two Palestinian workers in Johr Al-Deik in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Obaid, 27, and his cousin Ra’ouf Obaid, 17, were taken on Tuesday morning while they were collecting scrap metal close to the Palestine-Israel border. Family sources confirmed that the...
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    High skin cancer levels among Israelis of Western origin

    Israeli health ministry announced on Monday that Israel’s annual mortality rate caused by skin cancer is between 400 and 480 individuals. It is commonly found among Israelis from American and European origins. It is less widespread among Israelis of Arab origin, the health ministry affirmed. The ministry report published...