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Drama and uncomfortable questions at Chicago Palestine Film Festival

Many of the directors and protagonists of this year’s festival happen to be women.

Thousands at risk of death as Yarmouk violence worsens

Palestinian official announces agreement with Syria to use military force to expel ISIS from Damascus-area camp.

"Catastrophe" in Yarmouk as ISIS seizes camp

“No operational hospitals or medical facilities” in camp as civilians reported killed.

War in Syria cuts life expectancy by twenty years -- study

Palestinians and Syrians putting their lives in hands of human traffickers in bid to reach Europe.

Palestinian and Syrian refugees go on hunger strike in Egyptian jail

Crackdown “a result of a shift in Egypt’s foreign policy on Syria” following July 2013 coup, says monitoring group.

Rights group: Palestinian teen imprisoned by Israeli military court to deter student protest

Policy demonstrates “political purposes of the courts to crush Palestinian resistance.”

Deported by US to Turkey, Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian speaks out

Persecuted academic reveals his role in Bush’s 2000 election victory.

Violence prevents food aid to Yarmouk, where refugees live on one meal per day

United Nations says it has been unable to successfully deliver aid since 6 December.

Photo exhibition portrays Palestinian Bedouins' struggle

Traveling exhibition documents poor conditions in villages unrecognized or underserved by Israel.

UN halts aid to Gaza homeless after funding shortfall

Palestinians in Gaza reminded yet again that they are left to fend for themselves.

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