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UAE contributes $50m to UNRWA

United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has welcomed the $50 million (Dh183 million) contribution announced upon the directives of the President of the UAE, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan The move comes as UNRWA faces the most serious financial crisis in its history. UNRWA is a relief …

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BOOK REVIEW – Jerusalem Stands Alone

Jerusalem Stands Alone. Written by: Mahmoud Shukair. Reviewed by: Wasan Abu Baker. Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian author, born in Jabal Mukaber, Jerusalem in 1941. He has written short stories and novels for adults and teenagers.  His work has focused on the Palestinian cause, especially Jerusalem.  Mr. Shukair has authored …

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In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

By Marjorie Cohn On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to their cities and villages in what now constitutes Israel. …

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Hamas Shuts Qatari Cell Provider in Gaza After Convoy Attack

Gaza’s Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister. Hamas police spokesman Ayman Batniji said Saturday that Wataniya Mobile, a subsidiary of Qatar’s Ooredoo, was being closed down for “refusing to cooperate” …

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Provoking Palestinians and Peace in the Holy Land

By Mohamed Mohamed*   Adding insult to injury for Palestinians, the State Department has announced that the US will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 2018, to coincide with the 70thanniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence. For Palestinians however, this date is no cause for celebration. It marks 70 …

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state. Abbas, the leader on whom three U.S. presidents have hung hopes for successful negotiations, all but wrote …

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Israel escalates Gaza attacks with new airstrike

Israeli warplanes have bombed areas in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip amid escalating tensions in region. The Israeli military said the regime’s fighter jets hit alleged targets belonging to the Hamas resistance movement in Gaza early Monday morning, without elaborating further. Palestinian security sources said several missiles …

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