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PALESTINE POLITICS: Official! Fatah, Hamas Reach Reconciliation Deal

PALESTINE POLITICS: Official! Fatah, Hamas Reach Reconciliation Deal

“EUBAM Rafah maintains readiness to redeploy to the Rafah crossing point when the security and political situations will allow,” said Mohammad Al-Saadi, press officer for the EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support.

Hamas and Fatah were also discussing a potential date for presidential and legislative elections and reforms of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which is in charge of long-stalled peace efforts with Israel. The last Palestinian legislative election was in 2006 when Hamas scored a surprise victory. This sparked the political rupture between Hamas and Fatah which eventually led to their short civil war in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Cabinet Convenes in Gaza to Reconcile With Hamas

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Cabinet Convenes in Gaza to Reconcile With Hamas

“Today, we stand before an important, historical moment as we begin to get over our wounds, put our differences aside and place the higher national interest above all else,” Rami al-Hamdallah Prime Minister of Palestine said.

“We understand that returning official institutions to their legitimate and legal framework and ending all the impacts of division will require exhausting efforts and a lot of patience, of time and of wisdom,” he said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Reconciliation: Rami Hamdallah Visits Gaza to Unite Fatah and Hamas

PALESTINE POLITICS: Reconciliation: Rami Hamdallah Visits Gaza to Unite Fatah and Hamas

“We still have a lot of work to complete and a number of issues to work out,” senior Palestinian official aid, referring to the issue of employees and crossings. “If we can overcome the employees and crossings issues, then we will move on to the more complicated issue of security,” the official said.

“No bartering or touching the weapons of the resistance,” Hamas deputy chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya said, stressing that he reserved for fighting Israel. “We will fight the occupation with all means of resistance until [it] is wiped away.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Says Ready to Hand Gaza to Palestinian Unity Government

“All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people,” U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, adding that the U.N. was ready to assist the talks in order to alleviate hardship in Gaza.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh in Egypt to Discuss Gaza Blockade

Chief of Palestinian group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh was elected Hamas leader in May. The group maintains a sizeable armed wing in Gaza since seizing the enclave from Fatah in 2007.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Vie With Israel Over Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem

At the height of tensions in Jerusalem last month over Israeli controls on access to Al-Aqsa, Turkey’s Islamist-rooted president, Tayyip Erdogan, urged his compatriots to flock there in solidarity with the Palestinians.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinian Officials to Britain: Recognize Independent Palestinian State

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator and secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said:

“Britain … and the rest of the world have to obligate the Israeli government to accept the principle of [the so-called] two states based on the June 4, 1967 borders, that is an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem [al-Quds] as its capital … and a halt to all Israeli colonial activities.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Demolishes Four Palestinian Homes in West Bank

According to local residents, some 50 Israel military vehicles raided the village, alongside Israeli bulldozers, while Israeli drones were flying above the village. The punitive demolition attack in Deir Abu Mashaal left a total of 22 people homeless, despite the fact that they had not been charged with any wrongdoing, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

PALESTINE POLITICS: Saeb Erekat: ‘US Silence on Settlements, Two-State Solution Encouraging Israel’s Apartheid Policies’

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

PALESTINE POLITICS: Gaza ‘Unlivable’ Ten Years After Hamas Seized Power: UN

“Across the board we’re watching de-development in slow motion,” Robert Piper, U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid and development for Gaza Strip, West Bank.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hail South Africa’s Decision to Downgrade Israel Ties

Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa Hashem Dajani also described the decision as an “advanced move to put pressure on the apartheid government of Israel in order to end occupation of the state of Palestine.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

PALESTINE POLITICS: Pro-Zionist Lobbies Against Peace in Palestine: Analyst

Dean said lobbying groups, which are seeking to exert influence on Israeli and US officials, want the prolongation of conflict in Palestine.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel Forces its Curriculum in Palestinian Schools

Faris, 18, chose to study the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian equivalent in the hope that it will open more doors at colleges in Israel and help him get work there.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump’s Son-in-Law Kushner Heading to Palestine

Trump’s international envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will join meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

PALESTINE POLITICS: Despite Tillerson Reassurance, Palestinians Not Stopping ‘Martyr’ Payments

Palestinian officials say there are no plans to stop payments to families of Palestinians killed or wounded carrying out attacks against Israelis, contradicting comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 50 Years on, NGOs Slam Global Inaction in Face of Israeli Occupation in Palestine

PALESTINE POLITICS: 50 Years on, NGOs Slam Global Inaction in Face of Israeli Occupation in Palestine

“We are commemorating a sad milestone this month with 50 years of devastating occupation. It is urgent that it is resolved,” said the NGO’s Co-President Marie Dennis.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel ‘Key Driver’ of Palestinian Suffering: UN Report

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israel ‘Key Driver’ of Palestinian Suffering: UN Report

UN report says Palestinians forcibly displaced from their homes reached record high last year, affecting 1,601 people, including 759 children.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Protesters Support Palestinian State, Urge End to Occupation

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Protesters Support Palestinian State, Urge End to Occupation

“The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation,” said Peace Now head Avi Buskila.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

PALESTINE POLITICS: UN Envoy Warns of Dire Crisis as Gaza Faces Power Cuts, Gallons of Raw Sewage Pouring into the Sea

“In Gaza, we are walking into another crisis with our eyes wide open,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council in New York.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Abbas Currently Meeting in Bethlehem

PALESTINE POLITICS: Trump, Abbas Currently Meeting in Bethlehem

The meeting follows US President Donald Trump’s Monday talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem al-Quds.

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