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This year's hajj, limited to a maximum of 10,000 attendees, was by all accounts literally a breath of fresh air.

The Saudi government said anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 would be taking part in this year's pilgrimage.

Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet meeting from hospital

The New Arab Staff

Ailing Saudi king chairs cabinet meeting from hospital

The 84-year-old Saudi king chaired a cabinet meeting via a video conference from hospital after his was taken in for gall bladder problems.

Saudi officials: Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi officials: Scaled-down hajj pilgrimage to start July 29

This year's hajj, which has been scaled back dramatically to include only around 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles a coronavirus ...

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

Kamal Afzali

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need ...

Dalal Yassine

Israeli annexation and a history of broken American promises

Comment: Palestinian leaders have repeatedly gambled on the US to help them achieve their goals, to the detriment of the Palestinian people, writes Dalal Yassine.

The New Arab

Could the Hajj be cancelled because of the coronavirus?

Explainer: Saudi authorities have stopped pilgrims visiting Mecca because of the coronavirus, leading to fears this year’s Hajj might be ...

The New Arab & agencies

Disgraced former Israeli PM backs Palestinian President Abbas

Israeli ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York.

Yousef Alhelou

Palestinians denied drilling rights in Mediterranean gas fields

Egypt and Jordan began to receive shipments of natural gas from Israel this month, upsetting Palestinians who continue to be denied their right ...

Thousands mark Fatah anniversary in rare Gaza rally

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands mark Fatah anniversary in rare Gaza rally

Waving yellow Fatah flags, supporters from across the territory gathered in Gaza City to celebrate the movement founded by the late Yasser ...

Delilah Boxstein

Displaced Palestinians find refuge in West Bank caves

In Israeli-controlled Area C, hundreds of Palestinians are seeking shelter in caves, after the Israeli government demolished buildings and homes.

Mohammad Dahlan's shady regional agenda

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Mohammad Dahlan's shady regional agenda

Comment: In courting the UAE, Dahlan has built a mutually beneficial relationship with Abu Dhabi that advances both their interests, writes ...

Turkey issues red notice for exiled Palestinian Dahlan

The New Arab

Turkey issues red notice for exiled Palestinian Dahlan

Former Palestinian strongman Mohammad Dahlan is accused of financing the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Is Palestine's national election possible?

Yousef Alhelou

Is Palestine's national election possible?

Palestinian political factions on all sides welcomed Abbas's call for the overdue elections but ensuring they go ahead is another matter, writes ...

Heritage and the Cultural Struggle for Palestine

Ramona Wadi

Heritage and the Cultural Struggle for Palestine

Book Club: By looking at intertwining complexities of politics, heritage, culture and state formation, Chiara de Cesari's academic study ...

The New Arab

Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers for 'no reason'

An Israeli army probe into the death of Omar al-Badawi found he posed no threat when he was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.

The New Arab

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Hebron

Omar al-Badawi was shot dead by Israeli forces near Hebron in the West Bank as Palestinians marched to commemorate the death of former leader ...

Yousef Munayyer

Abbas calls for elections, but will they be held?

Comment: Elections could be bad news for Abbas, but unless they can can happen freely and fairly, they likely won't happen at all, writes Yousef ...

The New Arab

Palestinian politician's son arrested in Egypt for BDS activism

A prominent Palestinian politician said his son has been under arrest in Egypt for over a month because of his activism for the boycott movement ...

Hajj pilgrims ascend Mount <em>Arafat</em> for day of worship

The New Arab

Hajj pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for day of worship

The Islamic pilgrimage takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Muhammad some 1,400 years ago.

The New Arab

Two Eids? Countries announce different days for Eid al-Adha

In the latest saga of what has become known as the 'moon wars,' Arab states have declared different dates for the upcoming Muslim festival of ...

Can South Africa maintain its anti-apartheid solidarity with Palestine?

Janet Smith

Can South Africa maintain its anti-apartheid solidarity with Palestine?

Comment: On Mandela Day, South Africa is reminded of the commitments it made to helping Palestinians fight apartheid. The sooner that happens, ...

The 1967 war and today's Middle East

Amr Salahi

The 1967 war and today's Middle East

In-depth: The 1967 Arab-Israeli war ended 52 years ago but still continues to shape the Arab world; forcing the Palestinians and the Arab states ...

Kushner meets Moroccan king to sell US peace plan

The New Arab & agencies

Kushner meets Moroccan king to sell US peace plan

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met Morocco's King Mohammed VI as part of a fresh push on a long-promised but ...

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