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PFLP calls for international efforts against Israeli ‘racism’

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has called for international mobilisation in support of Israel’s Palestinian-Arab citizens against the government’s “racist” policies, including house demolitions, QudsNet reported on Sunday. The PFLP stressed that the protests by thousands of Palestinian-Arabs proves that they are rooted in their own land and are striving against Israel’s displacement plans. “Our brothers in occupied Palestine — Israel — prove that they are defending 78 per cent of the historic Palestinian land,” said the PFLP in a statement. The group noted that these non-Jewish Israeli citizens insist on continuing to fight against the “apartheid” policy imposed on them by Israel’s government. “They insist on keeping their Arab identity against the Zionist attempts to […]


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Employment of Saudi graduates with disabilities reaches 92% mark

The employment rate of Saudi Arabian college and technical institute graduates with disabilities has reached 92.7 per cent in the public and private sectors, an official from the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has announced. According to Fahd Al-Otaibi, the private sector employs 79.1 percent of people with disabilities while the public sector employs 10.4 per cent. Around 3.2 per cent of people with disabilities have their own businesses. Al-Otaibi stressed that his organisation is keen to provide suitable training programmes for disabled people in a suitable environment that is equipped with appropriate facilities. Elevators and designated parking spaces would feature, in addition to the hiring of specialist trainers. The TVTC, the spokesman added, is also working to […]


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Employment of Saudi graduates with disabilities reaches 92% mark

The employment rate of Saudi Arabian college and technical institute graduates with disabilities has reached 92.7 per cent in the public and private sectors, an official from the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has announced. According to Fahd Al-Otaibi, the private sector employs 79.1 percent of people with disabilities while the public sector employs 10.4 per cent. Around 3.2 per cent of people with disabilities have their own businesses. Al-Otaibi stressed that his organisation is keen to provide suitable training programmes for disabled people in a suitable environment that is equipped with appropriate facilities. Elevators and designated parking spaces would feature, in addition to the hiring of specialist trainers. The TVTC, the spokesman added, is also working to […]


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Erdogan says Turkey is the strongest country in the Middle East

Turkey’s president described his country on Sunday as the strongest in the Middle East. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his comments to journalists at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport ahead of an African tour of Mozambique, Madagascar and Tanzania. His country rejects the division of the Middle East, said Erdogan, who pointed out that this would be the focus of detailed talks with President Donald Trump on his next visit to the United States. He stressed that Turkey is a pivotal state in the Middle East. It would not be right, he explained, for countries unrelated to the Middle East to take strategic decisions affecting the whole region. The Turkish leader denied that his government has ambitions in Syria and Iraq. Turkey, he […]


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Erdogan says Turkey is the strongest country in the Middle East

Turkey’s president described his country on Sunday as the strongest in the Middle East. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his comments to journalists at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport ahead of an African tour of Mozambique, Madagascar and Tanzania. His country rejects the division of the Middle East, said Erdogan, who pointed out that this would be the focus of detailed talks with President Donald Trump on his next visit to the United States. He stressed that Turkey is a pivotal state in the Middle East. It would not be right, he explained, for countries unrelated to the Middle East to take strategic decisions affecting the whole region. The Turkish leader denied that his government has ambitions in Syria and Iraq. Turkey, he […]


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60% of the homes destroyed in 2014 Israeli offensive have still not been rebuilt

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khoudary has revealed that the reconstruction of the homes and other buildings in Gaza destroyed by the Israeli military offensive in 2014 is proceeding, but at a very slow pace, Al-Resalah newspaper reported on Sunday. According to Al-Khoudary, only 60 per cent of the homes have been rebuilt. Around 60,000 Palestinians are still homeless due to the delay in the reconstruction of their homes, added the chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Israeli Siege on Gaza. The current procedure for importing construction material does not allow for the needs of the people to be met, he explained. The shortfall in imports also affects the rebuilding of government and NGO facilities, as well as new homes and […]


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60% of the homes destroyed in 2014 Israeli offensive have still not been rebuilt

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khoudary has revealed that the reconstruction of the homes and other buildings in Gaza destroyed by the Israeli military offensive in 2014 is proceeding, but at a very slow pace, Al-Resalah newspaper reported on Sunday. According to Al-Khoudary, only 60 per cent of the homes have been rebuilt. Around 60,000 Palestinians are still homeless due to the delay in the reconstruction of their homes, added the chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Israeli Siege on Gaza. The current procedure for importing construction material does not allow for the needs of the people to be met, he explained. The shortfall in imports also affects the rebuilding of government and NGO facilities, as well as new homes and […]


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Palestinian traffic police destroy motorcycles and fuel regulators in Gaza

The Palestinian traffic police in Gaza destroyed more than 70 motorcycles on Sunday and around 1,000 vehicle fuel regulators which were confiscated after offences had been committed, writes MEMO’s correspondent. According to a police spokesman, all of the motorcycles were involved in traffic accidents during 2016 and were directly responsible for the death of at least 16 civilians. The fuel regulators, he explained, were used illegally as the owners had converted their cars to run on cooking gas instead of petrol because it is cheaper. However, this contributes towards the severe shortage of cooking gas and is illegal. The traffic police have also started a campaign to check the validity of vehicle and driving licences.


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Palestinian traffic police destroy motorcycles and fuel regulators in Gaza

The Palestinian traffic police in Gaza destroyed more than 70 motorcycles on Sunday and around 1,000 vehicle fuel regulators which were confiscated after offences had been committed, writes MEMO’s correspondent. According to a police spokesman, all of the motorcycles were involved in traffic accidents during 2016 and were directly responsible for the death of at least 16 civilians. The fuel regulators, he explained, were used illegally as the owners had converted their cars to run on cooking gas instead of petrol because it is cheaper. However, this contributes towards the severe shortage of cooking gas and is illegal. The traffic police have also started a campaign to check the validity of vehicle and driving licences.


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At Ramallah event, Facebook official denies agreement with Israel

A senior official at Facebook has denied any agreements between the company and the Israeli government, speaking at a conference in Ramallah on Saturday. The Palestine Digital Activism Forum, launched by 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, saw 21 national and international speakers address more than 200 participants. Simon Milner, Facebook policy director for the MENA, UK and Ireland, denied, reportedly for the first time, “any agreements between Facebook and Israel.” According to organisers, Milner “added that all Facebook users, bar none, are subject to the very same policies”, and “stated that Facebook is not biased against either party. The removal of pages or accounts solely depends upon the reports received by the Facebook from the affected users.” […]