March 23, 2017
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March 22, 2017

Israeli settlers Tuesday blocked a main road between Nablus and Jenin in the north of the West Bank and forced herders to leave fields north of Nablus, according to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlers’ actions.

He told WAFA that settlers blocked the road between Nablus and Jenin and prevented Palestinian commuters from using it.

They also chased herders out of fields"...


March 23, 2017
Despite being the only boat builder in the Gaza Strip, Abdullah Alnajjar, 58, has no economic privilege whatsoever, as he stays jobless most of the time.

Alnajjar gets to Rafah’s seaport in the early morning hours, hoping that he would be able to make a living by having some customers who want to fix their boats or build new ones in the best scenario.

The Israeli navy forces prevent Palestinian fishermen from reaching the 20-mile-depth, who they are entitled to access according to the Oslo Accords, signed between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Israeli authorities have gradually reduced the fishing zone for fishermen. Following the 2014 Gaza war, the ceasefire agreement stated that...

March 23, 2017
The Human Rights Watch, Avaaz, and European Middle East Project organizations called on Wednesday on the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to ban matches in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The three organizations said in a joint statement that the FIFA should be aligned with its legal frameworks and responsibilities in terms of human rights. They demanded the Israeli Football Federation not to hold matches in the Israeli settlements built by force in the West Bank.

The organizations pointed out that a meeting will be held on Wednesday in Zurich for the FIFA Monitoring Committee and that the committee's chairman, Tokyo Sexwale, has prepared a report with recommendations...

March 23, 2017

The Gaza Strip faces a serious water shortage as groundwater levels constantly decline and underground wells yield saltier water than normal, warned a top Gaza official.

According to Yasser Al Shanti, head of the Gaza Strip Water Authority, “The situation is extremely dangerous and on the verge of total collapse.”

The Gaza Strip requires 200 million cubic metres of water per year, but water resources pumped in the strip provide only 90 million cubic metres, says Al Shanti. That would be enough for agriculture, but Gaza households need another 110 million cubic metres"......

March 23, 2017

The co-founder of an international movement to damage the Israeli economy by encouraging boycotts against businesses in the Jewish state and sanctions against companies doing business with Israel has apparently found another way to hit the country in the pocketbook – tax evasion.

Israeli authorities arrested and questioned Omar Barghouti Monday on suspicion the activist from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel had hidden about $700,000 in unreported income from the company he directs, National Computing Resources"...

March 23, 2017

A top official of China's state assets regulator met with Saudi Aramco's chief executive last week for discussions over cooperations in the oil, engineering and power sectors, according to a statement posted on an official website on Wednesday.

* Huang Danhua, deputy chairwoman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) met with Aramco CEO Amin Nasser for discussions.


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