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Palestinian Prisoners’ Group Hails Amnesty Report on Administrative Detention

The Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies has hailed an Amnesty International report which condemns Israel’s use of administrative detention, Quds Press reported on Friday. Riyadh Al-Ashqar described this as a “positive step” but said that it is not enough. He called for Amnesty to put more pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities […]

Siege Hinders Gaza Boy from Setting World Record (VIDEO)

Youssef Al-Bahtini wants to leave the Gaza Strip so that he can enter the Guinness Book of World Records as a contortionist, but the closure of the borders of the enclave by Egypt and Israel looks set to prevent his record attempt from taking place. Two months ago, the talented 12-year-old received approval from the […]

Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Deported to Jordan from Chicago

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh was deported to Jordan from Chicago because of a controversial, and decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem. Activists gathered at the O’Hare International Airport boarding terminal to show their support for her, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Thank you for all you did for me,” she told supporters before boarding a […]

Iran and Palestine Condemn Double Standards at UN

The leaders of Palestine and Iran have criticized double standards at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, argued that Iran was a peaceful country despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments it was a “rogue state.” “We promote peace among peoples and nations. We have never defended tyranny, […]

Palestinian Rights Groups Ask ICC to Start Investigating Israeli War Crimes

Four Palestinian human rights organizations Wednesday submitted their fourth substantive communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging that high-level Israeli civilian and military officials have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem. The director of Al-Haq, Shawan Jabarin, who together with human rights […]

Swedish #WalkToPalestine Activist Arrives in Germany

Over a month after he started his #WalkToPalestine, Benjamin Ladra has arrived in Germany and is making his way towards its capital, Berlin. Whilst tired from walking for over 42 days and having to endure very wet weather conditions since he left Sweden, Ladra has met many people who have expressed support for him during […]

Roger Waters: BDS is One of ‘Most Admirable’ Displays of Resistance in the World

By Democracy Now Today we spend the hour with the world-famous British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. In recent years, he has become one of the most prominent musicians supporting BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Waters is scheduled to […]

Protests and Pledges as Israeli PM Ends Mexico Visit with Offer to ‘Develop Central America’

On the last stage of his brief tour of Latin America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding talking with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto told reporters that he had accepted Israel’s offer to help it and the United States “develop Central America.” That agreement entails development projects in Guatemala, El Salvador […]

Remembering the Ottoman Empire in Palestine

By Gabriel Polley The last months of this year contain two landmark centenaries in the history of Palestine. The first is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, on November 2nd. On that day, while Israelis celebrate, the Palestinians will mourn the short letter which, three decades later, took their country from them, the Nakba […]

UN’s List of Companies Linked to Settlements to Be Published Despite Israeli, US Pressure

The United Nations Human Rights Council reportedly plans to go ahead with the publication of a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the Golan Heights, in spite of immense diplomatic pressure from the United States and Israel. According to a report published Tuesday by Israel’s Channel 2, […]

Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out

By Ramzy Baroud “At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light that remains (shining) in my life.” Soon after he penned these words, Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee […]

Israel Paralyzed a Palestinian Child; Now They’re Exploiting Her

By Ramona Wadi In 2006 the Israeli assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Dahdouh while he was driving through Gaza City also killed and injured other civilians. Maria Aman, who was travelling with her family when the missile struck Dahdouh’s car, was left paralyzed, while four of her family members were also killed. There was […]

Ghassan Kanafani: Voice of Palestine (1936-1972)

By Louis Brehony 2017 marks 45 years since the murder of Palestinian writer, activist and political leader Ghassan Kanafani by the Israeli Mossad agency. On July 8, 1972, while living in Beirut, a car bomb explosion killed him along with his 17-year-old niece Lamees. Kanafani was one of the most important figures in 20th century […]

Jewish Voice for Peace Calls for Boycott of ‘Birthright’ Trips to Israel

US-based organization Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has launched a campaign targeting Birthright Israel, a non-profit organization that sponsors and sends Jewish young adults on a free ten-day trip to Israel that “aims to strengthen Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and connection with Israel and its people,” according to the Birthright website. JVP, which openly supports […]

‘Our School is Destroyed’: Israel Razes EU-Funded Schools for Palestinian Children (VIDEO)

Israeli authorities have bulldozed several EU-funded structures in the West Bank, set up to provide local Palestinian children with an opportunity to get an education near home. While Israel claims the buildings were illegal, Belgium slammed Israel’s actions as “unacceptable.” The makeshift school in the village of Jubbet Ad-Dib, as well as all the necessary […]

‘Every Day is a Bad Day at Qalandiya Checkpoint’: Special Report

By Viktor Bournonville Like all of us, Palestinians need to earn a living. For many of them it involves going through sets of turnstiles, a metal detector and X-ray scanning of their carry-ons on the daily way to their jobs. “They don’t treat us like humans, but like animals. I feel like we are sheep,” […]

UN Chief Guterres Advocates End to Israeli Blockade on Gaza

In a visit to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called for Palestinian national reconciliation and demanded that Israel’s decade-long blockade on the territory be lifted, describing life in the besieged coastal enclave as “one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises” he had seen. The UN chief, who held […]

Israel Extends Detention of Palestinian NGO Worker

Israeli authorities have extended the remand of Salah Hamouri, a human rights defender and field researcher for Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer. The NGO said in a statement on Sunday that a judge at the Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem extended Hamouri’s detention for an additional three days for further interrogation. Addameer said that one […]

In 10 years, Up to 500 Jewish Families Will Reside in Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli Settler Leader

Arieh King, director of a right-wing settler organization which targets the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, told an Israeli newspaper on Thursday that up to 500 Israeli families would move into Sheikh Jarrah within the next decade. “Sheikh Jarrah, or Shimon Hatzadik, is going through a revolution,” King told The Jerusalem Post, using […]

UN Allocates $2.5 Million to Gaza as NGO Warns of Humanitarian Emergency

The United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities (OCHA) released a statement on Thursday confirming that $2.5 million of the UN’s Humanitarian Fund was being donated to the besieged Gaza Strip in order to meet urgent needs in the territory, on the same day that a UK-based NGO warned of an escalating “humanitarian […]

Portuguese Photographers Pledge to Boycott Israeli Government, Cultural Institutions

Over 40 Portuguese photographers, teachers of photography and photography students pledged on Saturday, which marked World Photography Day, not to accept professional invitations or financing from Israel, and to” refuse to collaborate with Israeli cultural institutions complicit in Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid,” according to the official website of the Boycott Divestment and […]

The Years of Our Lord: A Political Drama Written and Directed by Jason Kendall Moore

The Years of our Lord was performed by Jason Kendall Moore and María Angélica Luzzi in Los Andes, Chile, in December 2016. The scenes are presented in reverse chronological order: 2002 during the siege of Bethlehem, 1969 during Allende’s presidential campaign, and 1936 during the Palestinian revolt against Jewish immigration. They are linked together by […]

Caught on Tape: Israeli Police Raid on Hospital over Critically Wounded Palestinian (VIDEOS)

An Israeli police raid on Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem last month left one critically wounded Palestinian dead, an investigation by Israeli NGO B’Tselem concluded, adding that the raid endangered the lives of other patients. Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, was rushed to the hospital on July 21 after being critically shot by Israeli security forces […]

Palestinian Family on Brink of Eviction by Israel from Home of 50 Years

An elderly Palestinian couple have told RT that it’s “great injustice” if Israel carries out a decision to evict them and their relatives from the home they have owned in East Jerusalem for over 50 years. The EU is already urging Israel to reconsider the step. The Shamasne family have been living in East Jerusalem’s […]

Greek Orthodox Church to Appeal Israeli Decision on Contested Property Sale

The Greek Orthodox patriarch of occupied East Jerusalem announced on Sunday that the church would be appealing a recent Israeli court decision approving the sale of church property to right-wing settler organizations seeking to expand Jewish Israeli presence in East Jerusalem’s Old City. Patriarch Theophilos III spoke at a news conference in the Jordanian capital […]

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Hits out at Musicians for Crossing Israel ‘Picket line’ (VIDEO)

Rock legend Roger Waters has spoken to RT America’s Anya Parampil in a wide-ranging interview that airs on Thursday. In addition to discussing President Donald Trump, ongoing tensions between the US and Russia, and the Israel lobby, Waters called out Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for refusing to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement […]

Remembering Mahmoud Darwish (VIDEO)

Today marks the death anniversary of renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. In this video, Darwish performs his iconic piece “There is on this land that which makes life worth living”. (MEMO, PC)

‘I’m Going to Build You a Brother’ Says Trump to Israeli Apartheid Wall

Palestinians woke up on Friday morning to see two big murals in the part of the Israeli Apartheid Wall that runs through Bethlehem, parodying the US President Donald Trump. On the concrete barricades erected by Israel around parts of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, giant spray-painted images of Trump have given constricted Palestinians some […]

‘Never Met Anyone from Gaza’: Encounter with a Stranger

By Rawan Yaghi Let me tell you about my latest encounter with a stranger. A couple of days ago, I was listening to music through the glorious invention of earphones. My ipod playlist, though, is not as glorious and there was a three second pause between the end of one song and the next in […]

The Long Fight Against TV and Movie ‘Bad Arabs’

By James M. Wall Jack G. Shaheen, retired professor of communications at Southern Illinois University, died Sunday, July 9, after a short battle with cancer. He was 81. His death brought to a sudden end, his five-decade fight against the stereotyping of “Bad Arabs” in movies and television. I have maintained regular contact with Jack […]

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