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Aug 27, 2015

Abbas heats up Palestinian politics in PLO reshuffle bid

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas is acting to shake up Palestinian politics with peace talks with Israel in deep freeze and unity efforts with Hamas Islamists who run the Gaza Strip stalled.

In power for more than a decade, and facing a mounting challenge to his stewardship, Abbas, 80, resigned last week as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, its top decision-making body.

Aug 19, 2015

Palestinian detainee ends 65-day hunger-strike

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan ended his 65-day hunger strike against his detention without trial on Wednesday after the Israeli Supreme Court suspended his arrest warrant, his lawyer said.

Allan has sustained brain damage as result of his hunger strike and is hospitalized in Israel in critical condition. The court said that in his current condition he poses no threat and therefore suspended his arrest warrant.

Jul 31, 2015

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack

DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) – Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old baby and seriously injuring several other family members, an act that Israel’s prime minister described as terrorism.

The house in Duma, a small village near the city of Nablus, was torched in the early morning as the family slept. Graffiti in Hebrew reading “revenge” was scrawled on the wall outside, police and witnesses said.

Jul 31, 2015

Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack: police

KAFR DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) – A house fire in the occupied West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injured a four-year-old brother and both parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the “Price Tag” slogan used in the past by extremist Israelis was daubed on the walls of the family home that had been torched in a village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Jul 27, 2015

Power shifts fuel talk of change in Palestinian politics

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Rumblings in Ramallah in recent weeks have raised expectations that Palestinian politics is in play, with 80-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas, in power for more than a decade, facing a mounting challenge to his leadership.

There is frequent speculation that Abbas, who was elected to a four-year term in 2005 and has not had to face a vote since then, is about to step down. He has confounded those predictions in the past and may well do so again.

May 22, 2015

Israel briefly detains traveling Palestine player

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer’s governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad traveled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday.

The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday.

May 22, 2015

Soccer-Israel briefly detains travelling Palestine player

RAMALLAH, West Bank, May 22 (Reuters) – The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to world soccer governing body FIFA that Israeli authorities held up a national team player as the squad travelled from the West Bank to Tunisia on Thursday.

The PFA said player Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan late on Thursday.

May 7, 2015

Palestinian football chief firm on Israel’s FIFA suspension

RAM, West Bank (Reuters) – The head of the Palestinian Football Association reinforced his call for Israel to be suspended from FIFA on Thursday, saying the Israeli Football Association was part of an “apartheid, racist government” that was damaging Palestinian soccer.

The PFA accuses Israel of obstructing its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It wants a vote on Israel’s suspension from FIFA at a congress on May 29.

May 7, 2015

Soccer-Palestinian football chief firm on Israel’s FIFA suspension

RAM, West Bank, May 7 (Reuters) – The head of the Palestinian Football Association reinforced his call for Israel to be suspended from FIFA on Thursday, saying the Israeli Football Association was part of an “apartheid, racist government” that was damaging Palestinian soccer.

The PFA accuses Israel of obstructing its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It wants a vote on Israel’s suspension from FIFA at a congress on May 29.

Apr 22, 2015

Israel must drop restrictions to avoid ban vote – Palestinian FA

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders next month to try to avert a vote to suspend Israel from world football’s governing body, Palestinian FA (PFA) chief Jibril Rajoub said on Wednesday.

Rajoub said he hoped Blatter would be able to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift all restrictions against Palestinian athletes and to treat the PFA as equals.