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Birzeit students hold solidarity event with Black struggle in US
Alex Shams, Ma'an News Agency

Birzeit students hold solidarity event with Black struggle in US

Nearly 100 students at Birzeit University in the central West Bank on Wednesday took part in a solidarity event with the African-American community in the United States in the wake of spiraling rates of deadly police violence there.

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered
Luke Baker & Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.

UN could vote on Palestine resolution within ‘24 hours’
Ma'an News Agency

UN could vote on Palestine resolution within ‘24 hours’

The United Nations Security Council could vote on a draft UN resolution that sets terms for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within 24 hours, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Friday. The PA official told Ma'an that the UN vote could take place over the next day, without providing further details.

Fady Joudah Releases New 160-Character Poetry Collection
IMEU

Fady Joudah Releases New 160-Character Poetry Collection

While developing his latest poetry collection, the aptly named Textu (text + haiku), Palestinian-American poet and physician Fady Joudah spent a lot of time on his smartphone. This ubiquitous device may seem like the enemy of good art, but Joudah explains his modern methodology in the book’s short introduction.

PHOTOS: Army fires tear gas, rubber bullets at commemoration march for PA minister (Activestills)
Yotam Ronen & Oren Ziv, +972 Magazine

PHOTOS: Army fires tear gas, rubber bullets at commemoration march for PA minister (Activestills)

Hundreds of demonstrators arrived Friday at the West Bank village of Turmus Aya to mark one week since the death of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein. The protest took place not far from the Adei Ad outpost, where Abu Ein was attacked last week by an Israeli soldier. He died shortly thereafter in a Ramallah hospital.

Geneva Conference Slams Illegal Israeli Settlement Activities (IMEMC)
International Middle East Media Center

Geneva Conference Slams Illegal Israeli Settlement Activities (IMEMC)

The summary resolution of the conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention has denounced the continued practice of settlement expansion in occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), expresseing deep concern over the frequency of international humanitarian law violations by the Israeli state.

Pre-1948 Palestine brought to life in Nabil Anani’s paintings
Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada

Pre-1948 Palestine brought to life in Nabil Anani’s paintings

An exhibition of paintings at Ramallah’s Zawyeh Gallery by the artist Nabil Anani has brought to life the busy, thriving society of pre-1948 Palestine.

Israeli police detain Palestinian student, child in Jerusalem
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli police detain Palestinian student, child in Jerusalem

The Israeli police detained a 17-year-old student and an 11-year-old boy from Jerusalem on Wednesday. Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli police detained Daliah Murad Muhammad Qarawi, 17, from Salah al-Din street in East Jerusalem while she was on her way home from school.

EU Parliament passes resolution to support recognition of Palestine
Ma'an News Agency

EU Parliament passes resolution to support recognition of Palestine

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution supporting recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. The EU parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced," the resolution said.