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Jordan protests Israel’s blocking of repairs to Aqsa mosque complex

Jordan urged Israel on Monday to stop blocking restoration work at Jerusalem‚Äôs Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam‚Äôs third holiest site. Jordanian foreign ministry spokesman Daifallah Alfayez said he had sent a ‚Äúprotest note‚ÄĚ demanding Israel ‚Äúrefrain from such violations and provocations, and respect the mandate of Jordan in administering Muslim holy …

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Rockets and jets resume clashes over Gaza strip

Israel‚Äôs military said Monday its fighter planes struck Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip after Palestinians fired rockets at the Jewish state. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the coast near the southern city of Ashdod, according to a military statement. ‚ÄúIn response…fighter jets struck military targets …

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Israel taking moves to evict East Jerusalem families

Mazen Dweik had been warned multiple times by members of the Israeli settler organization¬†Ateret Cohanim. If he refused to sell his house in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of¬†Batan al-Hawa¬†to the settlers, they would make sure he and his family lost everything in court. Last month, that threat became a reality …

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Gazan artists try to preserve Mamluk era homes

The grand, 500-year-old brick walls of the Al-Kamalaia School slowly emerged from years of accumulated garbage as grassroots preservers began the long process of restoring it to its former glory. Located in the heart of the old quarter of Gaza City, the Mamluk era building is one of an ever-dwindling …

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Ruba Salameh, Palestinian artist showcases latest gallery

‚ÄėTensegrity‚Äô For the latest updates, follow us on Instagram @arabnews.lifestyle At first glance, the young Palestinian artist Ruba Salameh‚Äôs first solo exhibition looks simply like an accomplished collection of abstract works. But look closer and you will see that Salameh has incorporated a peculiar ingredient: hordes of ants crawling around …

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Tunisia says clear no to normalization

Tunisia is not interested in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and its position will not be affected by any international changes, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Morocco this week joined the list of Arab countries that have normalized relations with Israel this year, and Israeli envoys arrived in Morocco …

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Boycott calls reach Latin American academics

170 academics from 17 Latin American countries have signed a¬†public declaration¬†for the academic boycott of Israel,¬†in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people, including the Palestinian academic community. Among the signatories are anthropologist¬†Ochy Curiel, Colombian anthropologist¬†Arturo Escobar, Maya-Kaqchikel thinker¬†Aura Cumes Sim√≥n, Chilean historian¬†Igor Alexis Goicovic Donoso, Chilean historian¬†Sergio Grez …

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Moroccan opposition protests normalization move

Morocco‚Äôs main Islamist groups on Saturday rejected Rabat‚Äôs plan to normalize ties with Israel following a deal brokered by the United States. The religious branch of the co-ruling PJD party, the Unity and Reform Movement (MUR), said in a statement the move was ‚Äúdeplorable‚ÄĚ and denounced ‚Äúall attempts at normalisation …

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‚ÄėWriting for the sake of collective survival‚Äô – the emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

BY¬†ALICE ROTHCHILD¬†¬†DECEMBER 9, 2020   This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a writer has been magnified by the cruelties of the pandemic. Spending five intense virtual days at the¬†Palestine Writes Literature Festival¬†with over 3,000 people from 75 different countries was an exhilarating and welcome relief, even though it …

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Khalida Jarrar smuggles a letter for Palestine Writes

Political prisoner Khalida Jarrar shares the essential role literature plays for Palestinian prisoners struggling the retain their humanity and remain connected to the outside world. BY¬†KHALIDA JARRAR¬†¬†DECEMBER 9, 2020 Editor‚Äôs Note: The following¬†letter¬†was shared during the keynote panel of the¬†Palestine Writes Literature Festival. You can watch a video recording of …

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In blow to normalization Bahrain won’t import Israeli settlement goods

Bahrain will not allow the import of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, state news agency BNA reported, disavowing comments made by the Gulf state‚Äôs trade minister earlier this week. Bahrain‚Äôs Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid al-Zayani had voiced openness to settlement imports, adding …

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Jordan warns Israel isn’t serious about peace

Israel should stop engaging in activities that undermine peace with Palestine, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi said, reiterating the importance of the two-state solution in maintaining harmony in the region. Safadi, who was meeting his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi at the King Hussein Bridge Border crossing …

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Much needed respirators donated by WHO to Gaza

The World Health Organization delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory‚Äôs under-developed health system. The donation of the intensive care devices, funded by Kuwait, came a week after local and international public health advisers said hospitals in …

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Netanyahu kept Gantz out of normalization deal, trying to corner Biden over Saudi

A historic meeting between Israel‚Äôs prime minister and Saudi Arabia‚Äôs crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran. Last Sunday‚Äôs covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but …

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More rocket and jet fire on Gaza border

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday. There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of …

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Gaza celebrates its first female cabbie

For Naela Abu Jibba, a mother of five who lives and works in the Gaza Strip, taking the road less travelled has become a way of life. The first woman taxi driver in the Islamist-run Palestinian territory, the 39-year-old has become a target of sexist jibes about her abilities behind …

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