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Mahmoud Abbas Plans to Visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar

By Jasmin Rasheed — The Levant News — Palestinian sources revealed that President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and a high-ranking delegation will visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the coming days. The Palestinian delegation is to include figures such as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, PA spokesman Nabil Abu …

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Our Ever Blest Rachel Corrie

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — By Geoffrey Cook — Your writer is in the great American Pacific Northwest, in the State just south of Rachel Corrie’s home, the State of Washington. I am revisiting/revising an article of over decade ago because of the unjust verdict on the appeal in the Israeli …

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Hamas struggling with emerging Islamist parties

Author: Hana Salah – Translator: Pascale el-Khoury for AL-MONITOR — Gaza Strip — Tensions are ongoing between the Hamas movement and the Salafist Ansar al-Dawla movement, which in February publicly declared its support for the Islamic State (IS), to which Hamas is opposed and which in turn does not look …

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In Lebanon, destitute camp becomes jihadist refuge

By Layal Abou Rahal  for AFP —  Ain al-Helweh (Lebanon) (AFP) – Lebanon’s Ain al-Helweh camp has long provided a stable, if destitute, bolthole for Palestinian refugees, some of whom have lived within its walls since fleeing their homes more than six decades ago. But the war in neighbouring Syria …

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Gaza bomb hits car of Hamas security official

AFP, Gaza – Unidentified assailants blew up the car of a Hamas security official in Gaza during the night, the interior ministry said Tuesday, in a sign of increasing instability in the Palestinian territory. “A home-made bomb damaged a car belonging to a military police officer which was parked in …

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Palestinian and international activists cross makeshift bridges over the separation wall

THE LEVANT – Friday morning around 50 Palestinian and international activists used makeshift bridges to cross the Apartheid wall between Qalandiya and Northern Jerusalem. This non-violent direct action was in response to the restrictions Israel had placed on Palestinian worshippers wishing to access Al-Aqsa Mosque in the past months. Activists scaled the wall one by …

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Denmark sends 25m in emergency aid to Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Denmark is to send a further 25m kroner to Gaza to help the Palestinian children, announced Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen. The minister said that the latest funding, which is in addition to the 11m kroner sent in July, was to help the children of …

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Assessing trauma in Gaza

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By John Simmens – The Gaza Strip is not a place most world travelers would eagerly visit. But Olympia clinical psychologist John Van Eenwyk, 68, is not your typical world traveler. He founded the International Trauma Treatment Program in Olympia and has spent much of his …

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Tensions rise over Al Aqsa

THE LEVANT – The leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, has described the continuous violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque at the hands of Israel as “an indication of the occupation’s arrogance and its increased stupidity,” Al-Araby Al-Jadid news website reported on Tuesday. Salah further explained that, “the …

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Israel wants to imprison a toddler

THE LEVANT – Palestinian Jerusalemite Bassam Zeidani confirmed that Israeli forces stormed his Jerusalem home yesterday and ordered the arrest of his nephew Hamza Zeidani, a child who is only two years old. Zeidani added that Israeli forces entered his home with a warrant for Hamza’s arrest and when they …

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Palestinians call on UN – Do something!

THE LEVANT – Jordan told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that it was ready to take measures to stop Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem after Israeli forces stormed the compound. “Jordan considers such serious and outrageous actions by Israel an unprecedented escalation,” said Ambassador Dina …

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Thousands of Gaza civil servants strike

THE LEVANT – About 20,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip went on strike Tuesday to protest the Palestinian unity government’s refusal to pay military and security employees of the Islamist movement Hamas. All ministries and other institutions run by Hamas in Gaza were shut and gated, except for schools, …

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Jerusalem on edge in row over contested shrine

THE LEVANT – This combustible city at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been edging toward a new conflagration, with politicians on both sides stoking religious fervor over an ancient Jerusalem shrine sacred to Muslims and Jews. After months of escalating violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday …

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Where Did Pro-Palestine Supporters Go?

THE LEVANT – By Lukas Mikelionis – Another round of the never-ending battle is about to begin between Israel and Palestinians. A recent bloody tragedy stirred by Hamas caused a three-month state of emergency near the border of Gaza while IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will be using Apache attack helicopters to …

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Egypt to host donor conference for war-hit Gaza

THE LEVANT – Envoys from dozens of countries will gather Sunday for a conference that aims to raise billions of dollars to rebuild conflict-battered Gaza, despite fears of renewed violence and “donor fatigue”. The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency has described the financial needs as “unprecedented” ahead of the Cairo …

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Hamas poised to develop weapons of resistance: Haniyeh

THE LEVANT – A senior Hamas leader says the Palestinian resistance movement is set to continue building and developing the weapons of “resistance” until the liberation of Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands. In a Saturday sermon on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh said Hamas “would continue to …

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After the Gaza slaughter

THE LEVANT – By Shahar Benhorin, Socialist Struggle Movement – In a period of 50 days, the nearly two million residents of the devastated Gaza Strip were bombarded day and night from the air, sea and land, by an estimated 20,000 tons of explosives – the equivalent of the atomic bomb dropped …

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