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Disability No Barrier for Palestinian Harvest Volunteer

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 11 – Nine years ago, Louy al-Najar’s life was changed forever by an Israeli missile that exploded as he rushed to rescue wounded neighbours during a Gaza war between Palestinian militants and Israel. He lost both legs below the knee, a crushing blow that has not dented his spirit. Now,

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Hamas to soften stance on Israel

DOHA, May 1 – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel’s destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said. Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood

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Hamas Blames Israel for Killing of Drone Expert in Tunisia

GAZA, Dec 17  – The Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza blamed Israel on Saturday for the killing in Tunisia this week of a Tunisian national it described as one of its drone experts, and threatened retaliation. Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Mohammed Zawari, who was gunned down near the city of Sfax on

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France Postpones Middle East Peace Conference to January

PARIS, Dec 17 – France has postponed a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris to January next year, its ambassador to the United Nations said, acknowledging that the conditions to bring Israelis and Palestinians face-to-face were currently not there. France has repeatedly tried to breathe new life into the peace process this year, holding

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U.N. Chief Urges Israeli Lawmakers to Reconsider Settlement Bill

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 16 – Outgoing United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Israeli lawmakers to reconsider a bill to legalize Israeli settlement homes on private Palestinian land as Arab states mull putting forward a Security Council resolution on settlements. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza

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French Middle East Peace Conference to be Postponed: Palestinian Official

RAMALLAH/PARIS Dec 14  – France will postpone a proposed Middle East peace conference in Paris to January next year, Voice of Palestine radio reported on Wednesday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refusing to participate and U.S. attendance in doubt. France has been trying to persuade Netanyahu, who has repeatedly rejected the conference proposal, to

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Netanyahu Says Israel “Mightier” as First F-35 Fighter Jets Arrive

By Ori Lewis NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel, Dec 13 — Israel on Monday became the first country after the United States to receive the U.S.-built F-35 stealth jet which will increase its ability to attack distant targets, including Iran. The much-hyped arrival of the first two fighter jets was overshadowed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s

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Germany Urges Israel to Scrap “Illegal” Settlement Bill

BERLIN, Dec 7  – Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalise Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law. Germany tends to be more reserved than other European nations in its criticism of Israel due to

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The Cave People of Palestine

Many Palestinians are forced to live underground By Maher Abukhater On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal

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