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Ministry of Education Addresses “Horizon 2020” Program

Source : WAFA / 08 Apr 2014

Ministry of Education and Higher Education Sunday held a seminar in Al-Quds Open University to address “Horizon 2020,” a European Union sponsored program aiming at boosting scientific research and innovation.


On Palestinian Children Day, Half of Population under 18

Source : WAFA / 07 Apr 2014

Marking the occasion of Palestinian Children Day on April 5, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) Thursday said that children under the age of 18 make up almost 2 million of a total 4.29 million Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.


Analysis: Demolishing homes, demolishing peace

By Jeff Halper / Ma'an News /28 Mar 2014

The "Judaization" of Jerusalem and the West Bank continues apace, despite (and in fact because of) the so-called "Kerry initiative." 


Desalination plant to be built in Gaza

Source : AFP / 26 Mar 2014

The European Union and UNICEF launched a project Thursday to build a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide 75,000 Palestinians with drinking water.

A joint statement said the project will be implemented by UNICEF thanks to a 10-million-euro ($13.7-million) EU grant.


Gaza drinking water unusable by 2016, official warns

Source : Presstv / 24 Mar 2014

A Palestinian official says drinking water in the besieged Gaza Strip will become unusable by the year 2016 should desalination projects keep slowing down.


Palestinians seek to drill for oil in West Bank

Source : AP / 19 Mar 2014

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday announced plans to explore for oil in the West Bank, throwing a new element of uncertainty and confusion into troubled U.S.-backed peace efforts.


Gaza's power plant lights up again

Source : Reuters / 18 Mar 2014

The Gaza Strip’s sole power plant started up again on Monday after Israel allowed quantities of Qatari-paid fuel into the enclave to ease a power crisis, Palestinian officials said.

Gaza lacks much basic infrastructure and lives under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade meant to cut off arms flows but which also curbs imports of fuel and building supplies.


Palestinian shepherds bitter at rise in Israeli demolitions

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan / Reuters / 14 Mar 2014

Palestinian shepherd Mahmoud Ka’abneh has squeezed his family of 12 into a neighbor’s hut on a hilly desert oasis since an Israeli bulldozer turned his own flimsy dwelling into a pile of stones and twisted metal.

“They showed up at dawn and threatened to arrest me if I didn’t vacate the house immediately. They wouldn’t give me time to remove our personal belongings,” Ka’abneh, 43, said.


Israeli settlement construction doubles in 2013

Source: Al Jazeera and Agencies / 05 Mar 2014

The number of Israeli settlements being started in the West Bank more than doubled during 2013, the Israel central bureau of statistics has said.

The bureau said work began on 2,534 new housing units in the settlements in 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012.


Gaza unemployment rises to 39%

Source : AA / 04 Mar 2014

Unemployment rose to 39 percent of the workforce in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Egyptian destruction of underground tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, the Ministry of the Economy in Gaza said on Sunday.

"This means that the number of jobless people in Gaza has risen to 140,000," Hatem Uweida, the ministry undersecretary, told a press conference.


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