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Nobel Prize Winner, J. M. Coetzee Parallels South Africa and Israel

Participants of the Palestine festival of Literature walk through Hebron amidst the Israeli military. (Mondoweiss)

The Palestine Festival of Literature hosted its ninth gathering of literary gurus and the like who were invited to tour Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. The authors invited to the festival this year included Nobel Prize winner for literature, acclaimed novelist and anti-apartheid South African activist, J.M. Coetzee. It was he who delivered the […]

Palestinian women Face Challenges From Political and the Social Arenas

Women in Palestine are routinely subjected to adverse circumstances. (Photo: Occupied Palestine )

Palestinian women live amidst situations which are not only compromising and oppressive on a political level, but also from the perspective of gender bias. Within the established ambit of Israeli authority, these women are forced to negotiate travel, education, general routes to and from home, dress, personal safety and security, and gender bias. Not only […]

Holocaust Survivor and Advocate for Human Rights, Hedy Epstein, Dies at 91

Hedy Epstein - holocaust survivor and human rights activist dies at 91. (Photo: Via Mondoweiss)

Activist for Palestinian rights and holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, died on Thursday, at her home in Missouri, USA, at the age of 91. An internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights, Epstein was encircled by friends who lovingly cared for her at home during her final moments. Born August 15, 1924, […]

No Israeli Resistance to Bilin Protests – First Time in 11 Years

Bilin in the West Bank stages a weekly demonstration of resistance against Israeli occupation. For the first time in the 11-year history of this popular form of opposition, Israeli forces did not use tear gas and other crowd control weapons to disperse protesters, locals said. Witnesses said Israeli forces photographed protesters, and ambush attempts failed. […]

Dutch Government Affirms the Right to Endorse BDS Movement

The Dutch government 'opposes a boycott of Israel, but endorsing BDS falls under freedom of expression.' (Photo: Anne Paq, ActiveStills.org)

The Dutch government Thursday affirmed the right of individuals and groups to promote and engage with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS), stating the movement falls under basic rights that are safeguarded by the Dutch constitution. When asked about Israel’s ongoing threats to human rights advocates and the concerted attack on the BDS movement, […]

Israeli Minister Resigns in Protest of Lieberman’s Appointment as Defense Minister

Avigdor Lieberman is now Israel's defense minister. (Photo: Via AJ+)

An Israeli minister announced his resignation Friday in response to the ultra-right Yisrael Beytenu party joining the government coalition and appointment of right-wing Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister. Calling Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appoint Lieberman as defense minister while expanding his coalition to include the Yisrael Beytenu party “a step that he couldn’t live […]

Marwan Barghouti Moved to Unknown Location

Marwan Barghouti. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouti was moved from Israel’s Raymond prison to an unknown location yesterday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said. In a statement the committee said: “Barghouti was transferred to Raymond prison five days ago and the prison administration prevented him from moving between the prison sections and communicating with other detainees as part […]

What’s Next for BDS Activists in Canada?

More attempts will follow to try and criminalize BDS actions and activists in Canada. (Photo: Via CPA Vancouver)

By Marion Kawas Ontario’s Bill 202, the most direct effort so far by Zionist forces in Canada to criminalize support for the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, thankfully failed by a wide margin last week. We know we won’t have long to celebrate though, as new draconian efforts are surely on the horizon. Swift […]

Islamic Jihad Accuses PA of Trying to ‘Rein in the Intifada’

Islamic Jihad claims detentions as part of PA attempt to "rein in the intifada.” (Photo: Via Ma'an)

The Palestinian Authority has been accused of carrying out “politically-motivated” arrest campaigns against members of the Islamic Jihad, in the occupied West Bank. Ma’an news agency was told by Islamic Jihad that “a number of our brothers have been recently arrested in the Jenin, Ramallah and Bethlehem districts” by PA security forces. Islamic Jihad claims […]

Detention Extended for Youngest Palestinian Prisoner

Currently, 10 children under 14 years from Jerusalem are held in Israeli Juvenile facilities. (Photo: Via Alalam)

The detention of 12-year-old Muhammad Ismail Hushiyeh has been extended by Israeli courts for a year, according to the head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab. Hushiyeh, the youngest Palestinian prisoner to be held by Israeli authorities was detained in late January for alleged involvement in a stabbing against an […]

British-Palestinian Child Wins Awards for Retelling Nakba Story (VIDEO)

Leanne Muhammed from Wanstead High School, London [Photo: Studiobase Photography, speakoutchallenge.com]

British-Palestinian Leanne Muhammed has won the 2015-16 Speak Out Challenge held in London following a moving speech about the Nakba and its effects on Palestinian society. Leanne, from Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, is a student at Wanstead High School in London. She joined the Speak Out Challenge giving a speech entitled “Birds not Bombs”. […]

A Song from Gaza to Slain Palestinians whose Bodies are Withheld by Israeli Occupation Forces (VIDEO)

Gaza- based  human rights activists released an amateur video-clip dedicated to Palestinian martyrs whose bodies have been withheld by Israeli occupation forces! The video-clip, performed by the Palestinian activist Haidar Eid, titled “I Wanna Go Home” is  adopted from a piece composed by the legendary Egyptian composer Sayyed Darwsih at the turn of the 20th […]

Gaza Remembers Rachel Corrie in a Football Tournament

Rachel parents during a protest in Palestine (Photo: ISM)

Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza For the ninth year in a row, Palestinians in the city of Rafah will organize a football tournament in the memory of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year old American peace activist who was killed in the city while she was trying to protect Palestinian houses from Israeli demolition. The tournament, which […]

Zuma, Abbas Sign Bilateral Agreements

President Jacob Zuma and Mahmoud Abbas meet for bilateral talks. (Photo: Veooz)

President Jacob Zuma today held private meetings with PA leader, Mahmoud Abbas, in Pretoria, South Africa. Zuma has joined world leaders in condemning Israel for defying calls to cease building new settlements on occupied Palestinian land. President Zuma pledged South Africa’s support for a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis. “The only way to […]

Abbas – Israeli Occupation a Hindrance to PA Hosting Refugees

Abbas blames Israel for not being allowed to host refugees. (Photo: Via Ma'an)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech on Tuesday morning that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would be ready to host thousands of refugees that have been displaced by violence in Syria and across the region, were it not for Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. In a speech at the World Humanitarian Summit in […]

People’s History of Gaza Discussed by Youths

Dr. Abushmees lecturing about the history of Gaza. (Photo: Yousef Aljamal, The Palestine Chronicle)

Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza A group of Palestinian youths gathered on Tuesday to discuss a people’s history of the Gaza Strip. The lecture, delivered by Dr. Ismail Abushmees, was attended by dozens of Palestinian youths who came to listen about the history of their city – one of the oldest cities in the world. […]

Anti-BDS Tactics Doomed To Fail

A Palestinian flag is hung at a basketball match against Maccabi Tel Aviv (Photo: BDS Catalunya.)

By Iqbal Jassat Wearing a BDS T-shirt in France is a criminal offense. This latest move by French authorities to invoke legislation which bars antisemitism in order to harass and intimidate Palestinian solidarity activists, is not only ridiculous, but borders on insanity. It follows desperate attempts by Israel to stem the tide of phenomenal growth […]

Time to End the ‘Hasbara': Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story

(Photo: File)

By Ramzy Baroud  Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. For many years, Palestinian media has been on the defensive, unable to articulate a coherent message, torn between factions and desperately trying to fend off the Israeli media […]

‘Subcontractors to the Occupation': B’Tselem Refuses to be Complicit in Israeli Violence

Israeli violence against Palestinians has been whitewashed. (Photo: Palestine News)

Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, announced on Wednesday that it will no longer continue their strategy of holding Israeli forces accountable for their crimes against Palestinians through internal military mechanisms. B’Tselem focuses on collecting information and documenting Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. However, after 25 years of their work […]

Israeli Report: Abbas Fearful of Dahlan’s Relationship with Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman (L) will endeavor to create the appropriate conditions for the return of his friend Mohammad Dahlan. (Photo: File)

Right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman will endeavor to create the appropriate conditions for the return of his friend, former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, as head of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media sources have said. Channel 10’s Arab affairs commentator, Zvi Yehezkeli, said there are reasons “to justify the rise in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ […]

Palestinian Authority Rebuffs Netanyahu Call for ‘Dialogue’ with Abbas

Rami Hamdallah.(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday rebuffed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest call for direct talks, opting instead to join a French-led multilateral peace initiative. According to an AFP report, Hamdallah said, “Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” Hamdallah made […]

Qatar Tells Forum, End Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Qatar Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined that Qatar sticks to the need for the settlement of disputes by peaceful means, especially through mediation. (Photo: Doha Forum)

The 16th Doha Forum organized by Qatar’s foreign ministry, was attended by heads of state from South Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen, Mauritius, and Niger, as well as Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. The foreign minister of Qatar, SheikhMohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani , stressed the need to support human rights and increase security for the people […]

Israeli Minister Orders Bodies of Palestinians to Be Withheld

Gilad Erdan, Israeli Minister of Public Security, announced that Palestinian bodies of those killed by Israeli forces will not be returned. (Ma'an)

Palestinian bodies of those killed by Israeli forces will not be returned, announced Gilad Erdan, Israeli Minister of Public Security. Luba al-Samri, an Israeli police spokeswoman reported on Tuesday that Erdan watched footage of the funeral of Alaa Abu Jamal in occupied East Jerusalem, which caused his “anger, disapproval and condemnation.” Abu Jamal, 22, was […]

Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army

An Israeli settler puts an Israeli flag on the roof of a Palestinian house in a building in the center of the Palestinian city Hebron. (Photo: Via MEMO)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth  In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”  He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, […]

Israeli Organisation Exposes Indiscriminate Warfare During Gaza War

Soldiers tell Breaking the Silence how they fired randomly at Palestinian homes.  (Photo: Safa.ps, Flicker)

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli organization that publishes anonymous testimony from soldiers regarding the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The organization appeared in court on Sunday to counter the state of Israel’s demand by its prosecutor that the group reveal its sources. Breaking the […]

Stand up for Freedom: Message from Mohammed Al-Qeeq

Cartoon depicting  Mohammed al-Qeq in his hospital bed. (Image: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammed Al-Qeeq, the 33-year-old Palestinian journalist who waged a 94-day hunger strike while in Israeli custody was finally released last week. His message to his fellow prisoners is: stand up to Israel’s unjust detention policies. In an interview with Anadolu Agency he referred to his imprisonment as, “a bitter experience, but it taught me to […]

Israel Interrogates 2 Palestinian Children for Alleged Stone Throwing – for 6 Hours

Two Palestinian children were detained for six and a half hours for allegedly throwing stones at settlers. (Photo: Via Ma'an)

Two Palestinian children were detained for six and a half hours for allegedly throwing stones at settlers in the village of al-Tur in occupied East Jerusalem, Muhammad Samih Ulayan, 10, and Mustafa Abu al-Hawa, 12, were arrested by Israeli forces while walking in al-Tur, before being transported to a nearby illegal Israeli settlement, then to […]

What is it Like to Live in a Refugee Camp in Gaza

Palestinian refugees seeking safety after they were expelled from their homeland. (Photo: File)

Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza There is no privacy in refugee camps. The Gaza Strip is home to eight refugee camps, which host hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were displaced in 1948 from their towns and villages following the creation of Israel. Jabalia refugee camp is home for nearly 90,000 Palestinians who live in […]

UN Report Exposes Israeli Army Violence in One Week Period

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly report that the Israeli army wounded at least 78 Palestinians, including 32 children, in clashes during 10-16 May. In a fire which broke out next to Beit ‘Awa village in Hebron resulted in the damage of around 250 dunams of land […]

Israel Allows Cement into Gaza after 2 Month Ban

Israel allowed the entry of cement into the Gaza Strip on Thursday, after a two-month ban (Photo: Via MA'AN)

Cement has been allowed into the Gaza Strip following a two-month ban imposed on the area, according to the Palestinian Authority’s department of civil affairs. The department’s media director, Muhammad al-Maqadma, said in a press statement that the minister of civil affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, had worked on returning the entry of cement after a two-month […]

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  • May 28, 2016

    Palestinian women Face Challenges From Political and the Social Arenas

    Palestinian women live amidst situations which are not only compromising and oppressive on a political level, but also from the perspective of gender bias. Within the established ambit of Israeli authority, these women are forced to negotiate travel, education, general routes to and from home, dress, personal safety and security, and gender bias. Not only are Palestinian women victims of political humiliation, they are... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    No Israeli Resistance to Bilin Protests – First Time in 11 Years

    Bilin in the West Bank stages a weekly demonstration of resistance against Israeli occupation. For the first time in the 11-year history of this popular form of opposition, Israeli forces did not use tear gas and other crowd control weapons to disperse protesters, locals said. - Witnesses said Israeli forces photographed protesters, and ambush attempts failed. Protesters raised Palestinian flags and marched in the... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Dutch Government Affirms the Right to Endorse BDS Movement

    The Dutch government Thursday affirmed the right of individuals and groups to promote and engage with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS), stating the movement falls under basic rights that are safeguarded by the Dutch constitution. - When asked about Israel’s ongoing threats to human rights advocates and the concerted attack on the BDS movement, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Israeli Minister Resigns in Protest of Lieberman's Appointment as Defense Minister

    An Israeli minister announced his resignation Friday in response to the ultra-right Yisrael Beytenu party joining the government coalition and appointment of right-wing Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister. - Calling Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appoint Lieberman as defense minister while expanding his coalition to include the Yisrael Beytenu party “a step that he couldn’t live with,” Minister of... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Marwan Barghouti Moved to Unknown Location

    Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouti was moved from Israel’s Raymond prison to an unknown location yesterday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said. - In a statement the committee said: “Barghouti was transferred to Raymond prison five days ago and the prison administration prevented him from moving between the prison sections and communicating with other detainees as part of the deliberate restriction on... More →
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