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Rooftop Gardens Link Palestinians to Land Lost in Nakba

Hijar Hamdan al-Ayess picks off a few yellowing leaves, before pouring water into a hollowed-out pipe filled with soil where she has planted rows of aubergines, cucumbers and tomatoes.

This is her way of escaping the narrow streets of Dheishe refugee camp in the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem, which is home to some 15,000 people who once lived in 45 Palestinian villages that no longer exist.

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Vatican to Sign First Accord with 'State of Palestine'

The Vatican said Wednesday it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognizing it as a state.

"The bilateral commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which is working on a comprehensive agreement" on the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine, is putting the final touches to the treaty, the Vatican said.

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Palestinians Say They Number 12.1 Million People Worldwide

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday it has recorded a population of 12.1 million people, of whom 4.6 million live in the occupied territories and the remainder abroad.

The figures show that at the end of 2014, 2.8 million Palestinians lived in the West Bank and 1.8 million in the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza Teenager Seriously Wounded by Israeli Gunfire

Israeli troops shot and seriously wounded a 17-year-old Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said.

The youth, whose name was not immediately released, was hit in the head north of Beit Lahiya near the border with Israel, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.

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Israel Gives Palestinian 30 Years for Murder Attempts

An Israeli court on Wednesday sentenced an east Jerusalem Palestinian to 30 years in prison for 10 counts of attempted murder, court documents showed.

Aziz Oweissat, 50, was found guilty of attempts including an ax attack on a 73-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish man near Jerusalem's Old City and the detaching of gas pipes at several homes in the city with the aim of blowing up their Israeli occupants.

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French Judges End Enquiry into Arafat's 2004 Death

French judges re-examining the evidence surrounding the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have concluded their investigations, the prosecutors office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said Tuesday.

"The judges have closed their dossier and it was sent to the prosecutor on April 30," he said.

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Ads against Israeli Settlements Removed from Buses in Denmark

A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses.

"It's a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech," Fathi al-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after bus operator Movia last week pulled the campaign.

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Ex-U.S. President Carter Urges Palestinian Elections

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hold elections to end the de facto division of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Islamist-run Gaza Strip.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah in the West Bank.

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Hundreds of Arab Israelis Protest over Home Demolitions

Some 2,000 Arab Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv Tuesday against a wave of house demolitions, capping a day in which Arab shops, schools and businesses observed a general strike.

The protesters gathered at Rabin Square in the center of Israel's commercial capital, waving Palestinian flags and wearing headscarves as police officers stood by in case of disturbances.

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NGO: Israel Invites Bids for 77 E.Jerusalem Settler Homes

Israeli authorities invited tenders on Monday for the construction of 77 homes in settlement neighborhoods of annexed east Jerusalem, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.

Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told Agence France Presse it was the first such announcement in east Jerusalem since a March 17 general election win by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party.

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