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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Must Keep West Bank Military Control Under Any Deal: Netanyahu

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Must Keep West Bank Military Control Under Any Deal: Netanyahu

“In order to assure our existence, we need to have military and security control over all territory west of Jordan [River],” Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli PM.

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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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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel to Trump: Explain Western Wall Comment

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel to Trump: Explain Western Wall Comment

Trump’s administration has been sending mixed messages in its dealings with a right-wing Israeli government that had hoped for a more sympathetic attitude from the Republican president after a rocky relationship with his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

PALESTINE POLITICS: Palestinians Hold Local Elections in West Bank But Not Gaza

“No doubt this is the democratic life we have promised our people,” said Fatah Deputy Chief Mahmoud al-Aloul. “Unfortunately this joy is taking place in the West Bank alone because Hamas is preventing the people from practising this right in Gaza.”

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Removes Call for Israel’s Destruction in New Policy Document

PALESTINE POLITICS: Hamas Removes Call for Israel’s Destruction in New Policy Document

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2007 and has carried out hundreds of armed attacks in Israel and in Israeli-occupied territories since it was founded three decades ago.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israel Ignores UN Demand to Halt Settlement Building

Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters: “Settlements need to be stopped, not only because they are illegal, but they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Says Two-State Solution Undermined By Israeli Settlement Building

“As before, I see no reasonable alternative to the goal of two-state solution,” Merkel to reporters before talks with Palestinian President Abbas in Berlin.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Repeats Promise to Build New West Bank Settlement

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Repeats Promise to Build New West Bank Settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would honour his commitment to build a new settlement in the occupied West Bank, the first in two decades.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Police Remove Settlers From Homes on Private Palestinian Land

PALESTINE POLITICS: Israeli Police Remove Settlers From Homes on Private Palestinian Land

Israeli police began removing settlers and hundreds of supporters from nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

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UK POLITICS: BBC Impartiality Questioned Over Map of Israel Which Erased Gaza

UK POLITICS: BBC Impartiality Questioned Over Map of Israel Which Erased Gaza

BBC has come under fire for using a map that depicted Jerusalem as a part of Israel, the West Bank annexed to Jordan, and the Gaza Strip erased altogether.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria Trial Takes Center Stage

ISRAEL POLITICS: Elor Azaria Trial Takes Center Stage

Israeli court is expected to sentence Elor Azaria, a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker as he lay on the ground.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: West Bank: Israeli Police Evicting Settlers

PALESTINE POLITICS: West Bank: Israeli Police Evicting Settlers

“We won’t leave out homes on our own. Pull us out, and we’ll go,” Avihai Bavaron, one of outpost’s leaders, told reporters. “It is a black day for Zionism.”

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Praise of Trump’s Wall Backfires

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Praise of Trump’s Wall Backfires

When Netanyahu sent a tweet in support of President Trump’s plan for a wall along Mexican border, the Israeli prime minister can barely have expected it.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Germany Condemns Israel’s Plans for 2,500 Settlement Homes on Israeli-Occupied West Bank

GERMANY POLITICS: Germany Condemns Israel’s Plans for 2,500 Settlement Homes on Israeli-Occupied West Bank

Germany, in unusually strong criticism of Israel, said on Wednesday plans to build 2,500 more settlement homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 2,500 New West Bank Housing Units Approved By Israel

PALESTINE POLITICS: 2,500 New West Bank Housing Units Approved By Israel

Israeli settlement policy goes against international law and has been the subject of criticism from other nations, including US under Obama administration.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Making Two-State Solution Impossible

ISRAEL POLITICS: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Making Two-State Solution Impossible

Some 570,000 Israelis now live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem, together home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: 2 Far-Right Azaria Supporters Arrested

ISRAEL POLITICS: 2 Far-Right Azaria Supporters Arrested

The judges found Sergeant Elor Azaria guilty of manslaughter, and supporters have set up several Facebook pages urging Israel’s president to pardon him.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Unanimously Convicted Of Manslaughter

ISRAEL POLITICS: Sergeant Elor Azaria Unanimously Convicted Of Manslaughter

While Abd Elfatah Ashareef was incapacitate on the ground, “He deserves to die,” Sergeant Elor Azaria telling another soldier after pulling the trigger.

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PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

PALESTINE POLITICS: 2017 ‘Year Of Palestinian State’: Abbas Says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”

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