Palestinian Authority

Palestinian local vote pushed back

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

The Palestinian municipal elections will not take place for another six months after President Mahmoud Abbas delayed them to ensure participation from Hamas.

In February Mr Abbas announced that the local vote, the first in six years, would be held on July 9.

At the time a Fatah spokesman said the elections would take place even if Hamas blocked them in the Gaza Strip.

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Hamas and Fatah ink reconciliation deal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal, which paved the way for elections and a power sharing arrangement, would end "four black years" of infighting.

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Abbas aide: 'Unworkable' for Hamas to recognise Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas has called the demand that Hamas recognises Israel's right to exist "unfair".

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Israel: Abbas should 'choose peace' not Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call off the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and terrorist organisation Hamas.

The deal is to be celebrated at a Cairo ceremony tomorrow, paving away for a unity government and elections.

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Palestinians divided on Bin Laden death

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

The Palestinian Authority has hailed the killing of Osama bin Laden as a step towards overcoming the violent tactics of al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

However, the comments by PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib came as jihadist groups vowed revenge for the death of their leader.

Mr Khatib said: "Getting rid of bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide.

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Concern over Fatah's deal with terrorists Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, April 28, 2011

Israel and the United Sates have reacted with caution to the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

The longtime rivals revealed last night that they had reached a deal to form an interim government for the Palestinian Authority and to set a date for an election.

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Hamas, Fatah agree reconciliation deal in Egypt

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Longtime Palestinian rivals Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas are understood to have reached a deal to form an interim government following reconciliation meetings in Cairo.

Egyptian officials told state television that the agreement would include setting a date for a general election.

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Human Rights Watch: Palestinian media abuses damaging press freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Palestinian Authority of perpetrating "blatant attacks" on free speech in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past two years.

The New York-based organisation documented seven cases of abuse of journalists investigating corruption in the West Bank, as well as two instances in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.

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Abbas 'will not seek reelection'

By Jessica Elgot, March 16, 2011

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has announced he will not seek re-election.

Palestinian Authority elections are expected to take place in the next six months.

Mr Abbas said he was making plans to travel to the Gaza Strip to reconcile the territories in order to conduct elections for a united government.

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Palestinians celebrate terrorist who killed 37 Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Palestinians have named a town square after a female terrorist who killed 37 Israelis in 1978.

The official dedication of the Dalal Mughrabi square near Ramallah took place just two days after a Palestinian terrorist group claimed responsibility for the brutal murder of five Israelis from the same family, three of whom were children.

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