Articles Hamas fighters march in Gaza with the faces of captured Israeli soldiers with a banner reading: 'Mother and father, I will not return to you before Palestinian prisoners return home.' (Photo: via Twitter)

Families of Missing Israeli Soldiers in Gaza Accuse Israeli PM of Failure

Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said his government is “exerting secret and public efforts to identify the fate of missing soldiers in Gaza.” His remarks…

Jun 26 2016 / Read More » /
Rallies in many countries protest Bilal Kayid's administrative detention. (Photo: via Ma'an)

Israel Increases Punitive Measures on PFLP Prisoners Supporting Bilal Kayid’s Hunger Strike

Israel Prison Service (IPS) authorities have stepped up punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).…

Jun 25 2016 / Read More » /
British MP Cox was a member of the Labour Friends of Palestine in 2015. (Photo: LFB)

Jo Cox: A World Inspiration

By Mahmoud Zidan Perhaps the assassination of Jo Cox, the British MP, outside a library is symbolic after all. The purpose of Cox’s racist murderer,…

Jun 23 2016 / Read More » /
Gazans denied pilgrimage to Makkah due to continued border closure. (Photo: via Umrah Experts)

Thousands of Gaza Pilgrims Denied Right to Perform Umrah This Year

By Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza While Muslims around the globe welcome the holy month of Ramadan with delightful decorations and unique rituals, Gaza remains…

Jun 23 2016 / Read More » /
State Department Draft Dissent Memo on Syria. (Photo: Screen grab, NYT)

Call for a National Debate on U.S. ‘Regime Change’ Policy

By Center for Citizen Initiatives On June 16, the New York Times reported : “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical…

Jun 23 2016 / Read More » /
'2016 is going to be a momentous occasion as the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.' (Photo: freedomflotilla.org)

Women Sail to Break the Siege on Gaza

By Dr. Aayesha Soni  The Gaza strip is a piece of land 41 km long and 6-12 km wide, with a total area of 365…

Jun 22 2016 / Read More » /
Palestinian workers pray after crossing Eyal checkpoint, between the West Bank city of Qalqilya and Israel. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, file)

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

By Ramzy Baroud Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half.…

Jun 22 2016 / Read More » /
Mohammed Madani is accused of 'subversive activity' and 'political terror'. (Photo: via AJEEC-NISPED)

Israel’s Fear of the ‘Desert’ Jews in Its midst

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth In a little-noticed move last week, Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman barred an official close to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas…

Jun 22 2016 / Read More » /
Lodewijk Asscher abused his position to protect Dutch settlers living in illegal Jewish settlement. (Photo: via demoslimkrant.nl)

How Lodewijk Asscher Abused his Position in Dutch Politics to Support Dutch Jewish Settlers

By Tariq Shadid A major political scandal is unfolding in the Netherlands: politician Lodewijk Asscher has made sure over the years that AOW-pension payments to…

Jun 21 2016 / Read More » /
A Gaza morning. (Photo: Via Aljazeera. file)

Stolen Joys – A Poem

By Nour El-Borno – Gaza   Moons shine through her eyes As she walks past her house: Here, she once laughed; There, she once cried.…

Jun 21 2016 / Read More » /
67.7 per cent of people in the Gaza Strip are refugees. (Photo: File)

Almost 42% of West Bank and Gaza Strip Residents are Refugees (VIDEO)

Approximately 41.6 per cent of Palestinian residents in the state of Palestine are refugees, Quds Press reported Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) saying yesterday.…

Jun 21 2016 / Read More » /
Qarawa will receive high voltage energy. (Photo: via PNN)

UCI’s TABO Project Extends High Voltage Electricity to Qarawa

Union Construction and Investment’s (UCI) major real estate project, TABO, on Monday announced the completion of the extension of a network of high voltage underground…

Jun 21 2016 / Read More » /
'Even while very sick, Ali never back away from a fight.'

Muhammad Ali: An American Tale

By Jamal Kanj It is fair to assume that most readers today can’t name the current heavyweight boxing champion. The same people would, however, most…

Jun 20 2016 / Read More » /
Ayman Odeh, head of the Knesset’s Joint List. (Photo: via Activestills.org)

In Controversial Move Israel Approves More Funding for West Bank Settlements

The Israeli media reported yesterday that the Israeli cabinet approved $18.6 million in funding to settlements in the occupied West Bank due to the “worsening…

Jun 20 2016 / Read More » /
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  • June 26, 2016

    Families of Missing Israeli Soldiers in Gaza Accuse Israeli PM of Failure

    Israeli Prime, Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said his government is “exerting secret and public efforts to identify the fate of missing soldiers in Gaza.” - His remarks follow a protest organized by the family of missing Israeli soldier, Avraham Mangisto, on Sunday in front of Netanyahu’s office. Protesters called for Mangisto'srelease in the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation deal. - Ilan Mangisto, the brother of... More →
  • June 26, 2016

    Israeli Forces Storm Al-Aqsa, Injuring and Arresting Palestinian Worshippers (VIDEO)

    A number of Palestinian worshipers were injured and arrested at Al-Aqsa Mosque precinct following the crackdown of Israeli forces on worshipers who tried to prevent provocation and storming of Al-Aqsa by Israeli settlers, Safa News Agency. - Israeli forces stormed Almagharba Gate at Al-Aqsa Mosque and allowed Israeli settlers and foreign tourists in. - https://twitter.com/PalestineVideo/status/747101745495453696 -... More →
  • June 25, 2016

    Erdogan Meets Mishaal in Istanbul as Turkey and Israel Get Closer to Reconciliation Deal

    By Palestine Chronicle Staff - Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, met on Friday with Khaled Mishaal, the Head of Hamas' Political Bureau, amidst expectations that both countries are closer to inking an agreement that will end a six-year rift. - Nine Turkish activists were killed in the international waters in 2010 by Israeli forces, while activists tried to break the siege Israel imposes on Gaza. The killing led... More →
  • June 25, 2016

    Netherlands Installs Second Security Inspection Machine at Gaza Crossing

    The Dutch Embassy in Israel has announced it has installed the second security inspection machine at the Israeli controlled Karm Abusalem Crossing, the only trade and goods crossing between Gaza and Israel. - The Hebrew Radio said on Thursday that the experimental stage of operating the second security inspection machine at the crossing has started. - https://twitter.com/nlinisrael/status/745928485672189955 - Yet, the... More →
  • June 25, 2016

    Israel Pushes for Bill to Prevent Videotaping Interrogations

    Israel’s Public Security Ministry proposed its latest bill to prevent “security” interrogations from being videotaped, for “fear the footage could reach terror groups that would learn Israeli interrogation techniques,” Israeli media said Friday. - According to the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, there is a “fear” that those being interrogated would refuse to reveal information in the event... More →
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