Friday’s Fact: Recent Closure of Crossing Highlights the Vulnerability of the Humanitarian Situation in the Gaza Strip
During the last week, Israel unilaterally closed and reopened the Karem Abu Salem crossing (Kerem Shalom in Hebrew) between Israel and the occupied Gaza Strip for two days. The closure was linked to the presence of a tunnel that runs under the..
Friday’s Fact: Reconciliation process takes important next step with the Handover of Border Crossings
Hamas has handed over control of the border crossings in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on 1 November, as stipulated in the reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo in October. In a ceremony at the Rafah crossing between the ..
For the first time since 2002, Israel’s civil administration has approved the construction of 31 new housing units in the Jewish settlement “Bet Romano” inside the Old City of Hebron, according to an Al Jazeera report. This falls withi..
Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian long-time diplomat and chief negotiator, underwent a successful lung transplant operation in the US last week, according to Maan News Network. The 62-year-old diplomat has declared that he is expected to make a ful..
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while they were harvesting olives near Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday, according to Ma’an News Network. This attack is a part of a yearly occurrence that coincides with ol..
A delegation of the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday, 2 October, to prepare the handover of the ministries from Hamas to the PA. When on Tuesday the first weekly cabinet m..
The death of five-year-old Mohammed Al-Sayis from the Gaza Strip was recently reported by Al Jazeera English. After swimming in the Mediterranean Sea with his father, the boy fell into a coma and died shortly thereafter. Mohammed was later dia..
Friday’s Fact: Dissolution of Administrative Committee in Gaza Fuels Hope for Rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah
The announcement made on Sunday morning by Hamas declaring the dissolving of its administrative committee and the call to Fatah to assume governmental responsibilities in the Gaza Strip raises hopes to end the ten-year schism between the West ..
Friday’s Fact: Hebron Activist’s Arrest another Indication of the Deterioration of the State of Freedom of Speech in Palestine
Issa Amro, a prominent political and anti-settlement activist, was finally released on bail, Sunday; six days after Palestinian Security Forces arrested him in Hebron. Amro was arrested after a post of his on social media was deemed too risqu..
Friday’s Fact: Palestinian National Library to Replace Hospitality Palace, Spurs Debate Rather than Celebration
The Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, near the West Bank city of Ramallah will be converted to a national Library, the Palestinian Minister of Culture, Ihab Bsseiso, officially announced during a press conference last Monday. This follows a ..