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World leaders have sent messages of congratulations to President Biden, with many hoping that a change in attitudes and approach will follow his inauguration.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on new US President Joe Biden to "strengthen" the two countries' alliance.

Palestinians urge EU to send monitors for summer elections

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Palestinians urge EU to send monitors for summer elections

The Palestinian prime minister called on the European Union to send observers to elections scheduled for later this year, specifically requesting EU monitors in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Israeli warplanes strike the besieged Gaza Strip

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Israeli warplanes strike the besieged Gaza Strip

There were no reports of any damage from Palestinian rockets, with Israeli army sources indicating they had landed in the Mediterranean sea

What's behind long-awaited Palestinian polls?

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What's behind long-awaited Palestinian polls?

The announcement of May elections comes more than 15 years after Palestine's last polls.

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Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced dates for the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years.

Yara Hawari

Palestine in 2020: Reflections on a turbulent year

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 saw the further erosion of Palestinian rights.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

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Palestinian foreign minister urges Israel to return to talks

Palestinian foreign minister called on Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution, saying the Palestinian Authority is ready to ...

Netanyahu gets Covid-19 vaccine to kickstart Israel's rollout

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Netanyahu gets Covid-19 vaccine to kickstart Israel's rollout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, kicking off a national rollout over the coming days, though ...

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Palestinians clamp down on virus with stricter measures

The Israeli-occupied West Bank will see its schools and universities closed for a two-week period starting Sunday, with gyms, restaurants and ...

Palestinian president meets Qatari emir in Doha

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Palestinian president meets Qatari emir in Doha

Palestine's Mahmoud Abbas met with the Qatari emir in the capital Doha on Saturday, amid increasing Arab normalisation deals ...

With Ashrawi's resignation goes last shred of PLO decency

Muhammad Shehada

With Ashrawi's resignation goes last shred of PLO decency

Comment: Hanan Ashrawi's departure leaves the PLO a poorer place, headed by a power hungry Abbas, and in desperate need of reform, ...

Morocco confirms 'resumption' of diplomatic relations with Israel

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Morocco confirms 'resumption' of diplomatic relations with Israel

King Mohammed VI said the move in no way affected Morocco's "ongoing and sustained commitment to the just Palestinian cause".

Iraq passes law that 'equates' Palestinian refugees with Iraqis

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Iraq passes law that 'equates' Palestinian refugees with Iraqis

Iraq has passed a law that grants more rights to Palestinian refugees who have lived in the war-torn country for more than ten years.

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Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi 'resigns from PLO committee'

Sources who spoke to The New Arab's Arabic-language service said it was unclear whether PA President Mahmoud Abbas had accepted Dr Ashrawi's resignation.

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PA calls for Arab support ahead of 'peace conference'

The Palestinian Authority is calling for Arab dialogue ahead of its international conference to negotiate peace with Israel.

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Bahrain denies plans to import products from Israeli settlements

The Gulf state's statement was a swift response to its own minister of trade who said Manama would be open to sourcing products made in illegal ...

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Jordan, Israel diplomats in rare meeting on Palestinian issue

The rare meeting came days after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas visited Jordan.

West Bank goods to be labeled Israeli in Bahrain

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West Bank goods to be labeled Israeli in Bahrain

Bahrain will allow Israeli goods produced in the West Bank to be labeled as 'Made in Israel'.

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Palestine extends state of emergency as coronavirus cases continue

Palestine has extended its state of emergency for another 30 days to beat coronavirus.

Jordan king and Palestinian president meet for peace talks

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Jordan king and Palestinian president meet for peace talks

President Abbas and King Abdullah met in the Jordanian resort town of Aqaba.

Palestinian Authority hopes for 'positive' US role under Biden

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Palestinian Authority hopes for 'positive' US role under Biden

The Palestinian Authority and Arab League said they look forward to the new US administration under President-elect Joe Biden playing a ...

Goodbye, Maradona, an imperfect hero

Sam Hamad

Goodbye, Maradona, an imperfect hero

Comment: Maradona was a hero not just to football fans, but Palestinians, leftists and people across the Global South alike, writes Sam Hamad. ...

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