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Winds of Change Blow Softly as Palestinian Party Leaders Meet

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 23 – Palestinian politics hasn’t seen much change in the past 10 years — President Mahmoud Abbas has been in power since 2004 and the last parliamentary elections were a decade ago. But next week, Fatah, the dominant force in Palestinian politics for half a

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Ramallah: A Standing Reminder

By Maher Abukhater Each one of Ramallah’s squares reveals a fascinating history. Mahmoud Darwish Square When the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish was told that the West Bank city of Ramallah was planning to build a square named after him, he objected. On the one hand, Darwish’s objection was a result of his modesty. But on

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Bystander After Israeli Cars Attacked

JERUSALEM, June 21 – Israeli troops mistakenly killed a Palestinian bystander on Tuesday while responding with gunfire to a petrol bomb and rock attack on Israeli vehicles in the occupied West Bank, the military said. An earlier statement from the military had identified the Palestinian as an assailant. The mayor of his village said he

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Palestine: Restricted Movement

Israel bans disabled Palestinian athletes from traveling. BY Sami Abu Salem A few Palestinian basketballers exercise at the Palestine Sports Club in the coastal city of Gaza. The game is intense and the players seem to be enjoying it, despite the extra physical effort they have to exert pushing their wheelchairs with one hand and

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Safeguarding Palestinian History

A new West Bank museum will curate Palestine’s heritage BY Maher Abukhater On top of a hill not far from the West Bank City of Ramallah, where on a clear sunny day one can see the Mediterranean, sits a curiously shaped building. The $28 million stone and glass terrace-shaped structure is the new Palestinian Museum, which

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Palestine: The Last Course

What compels young Palestinians to opt for violence? By Maher Abukhater Only six months into what has been described as a new Palestinian Intifada (uprising), Israeli security forces have reportedly shot and killed at least 200 Palestinians following alleged attacks on Israelis and during protests in the occupied Palestinian territories. At least half of the

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13-year-old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead for Trying to Stab Israeli Guard

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 24 – A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israeli police said. Hours later, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out against Palestinian groups he said were encouraging youth to

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Palestinians Arrest Negotiations Aide Suspected of Spying for Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 17 – Palestinian officials said on Sunday they had arrested a member of their peace negotiating department for spying for Israel, a development likely to deepen distrust between the sides at a time of deadlocked diplomacy and simmering street violence. The man, whose name was not released, is part of the

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Israel’s Army Raid in Refugee Camp Kills Two Palestinians

By Maher Abukhater Jerusalem Nov 16 – An early Monday Israeli army raid on Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem left two Palestinians dead, three wounded, and many houses damaged. Camp residents said hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided the camp after midnight to demolish the home of Mohammad Abu Shaheen, who was arrested by Israel

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