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Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in ‘Demagogic Campaign’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a “demagogic campaign.” Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel’s attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas […]

EU Calls on Israel to Stop Home Demolitions, Settlement Expansion

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and reiterated “the EU’s firm opposition to Israel’s settlement policy.” In a statement, the EU said Israel’s most recent moves in the occupied West Bank — from settlement expansion to Palestinian home demolitions — undermine “the viability […]

Jordan Decries Israeli Plan to Build Western Wall ‘Prayer Plaza’

Jordanian officials are calling on Israel to halt plans to build a new “prayer plaza” at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, located in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Jordan’s official Petra News Agency on Saturday quoted Communications Minister Mohammad Momani as saying that the proposed plaza would violate the site’s Islamic heritage. Sacred to Jews, the Western […]

Israeli Doctor Says Palestinian Hunger Striker Could Face Immediate Death

Mohammed Al-Qiq communicates from his hospital bed. (Courtesy)

Doctors at HaEmek Hospital where hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being held said late Friday that the prisoner could face “immediate death.” Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were […]

Most Israelis Support Unilateral Disengagement in West Bank

Head of the Israeli Zionist Camp Yitzhak Herzog proposed a unilateral disengagement plan from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Friday. The proposal was made two weeks ago in the National Security Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. Based on vote results published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Anadolu said […]

Israeli Movement Calls for Separating 28 Palestinian Villages from Jerusalem

New Israeli movement Save Jewish Jerusalem has called for the building of a wall encircling 28 Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem in order to preserve the city’s Jewish identity, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. According to Quds Press, which reported on the news published in Maariv, Save Jewish Jerusalem was set up by the […]

Israeli Forces Kill 14-year-old Palestinian Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail

Witnesses said they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots. (Via Maan)

Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. Witnesses told Ma’an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in […]

More Than One Third of Syria’s Palestinians Have Been Displaced

Refugees waiting to be allowed to proceed across the frontline in Yarmouk to join queue at the distribution area. (UNRWA/file)

More than one third of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced by the ongoing conflict, a new report has revealed. The Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said the refugees were displaced after their camps were either subjected to air raids or caught up in clashes. The semi-annual report said that […]

Israel Force-feeds Hunger Striking Al-Qeq (VIDEO)

Israeli authorities yesterday force-fed Palestinian hunger striking journalist Muhammad Al-Qeq, who has been held under administrative detention since November, Issa Qaraqei, the head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Committee, revealed yesterday. Earlier yesterday, the Israeli ethics committee at Afula hospital, where Al-Qeq is being held, said the journalist was on the verge of death following […]

Two Palestinian Girls Detained after Attempted Stabbing Attack in Ramla

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Two Palestinian girls were detained after attempting to attack an Israeli security guard at a bus station in the central Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday, an Israeli police spokesperson said. Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri identified the two girls as 13-year-olds from the al-Jawarish area of Ramla. “The two arrived at the central bus station […]

Stand in Solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed, Former Palestinian Prisoner Targeted for Extradition

London protest demands 'Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed!'. (Samidoun.net)

The campaign in solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed issued an urgent call to intensify events, protests and activities of solidarity with the former Palestinian prisoner in the coming days, including protests at Bulgarian embassies and consulates and European Union offices, in order to defend his safety and freedom.Omar Nayef Zayed, who escaped Israeli occupation imprisonment […]

Abu Khdeir’s Killers Jailed

Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (File)

An Israeli has been sentenced to life and another to 21 years in jail for the brutal murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a court ruled today. Abu Khdeir’s family had been seeking life sentences for both defendants but their attorneys claimed their actions had been influenced by a third killer, 30-year-old Yosef Ben-David. […]

PA Arrests Prominent Palestinian Professor

Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim.

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services arrested on Tuesday prominent Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim, Quds Press reported. Qassim, 68, is one of the most outspoken Palestinian political analysts in the West Bank, often criticising PA corruption and security cooperation with Israel. A PA spokesman eventually acknowledged the arrest of Qassim, but claimed he was not arrested […]

3 Palestinians Shot Dead after Jerusalem Attack Kills Israeli Officer

Photo taken from social media of the three Palestinian youth shot dead after carrying out Wednesday's attack.

Three Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after they killed an Israeli police officer and wounded another in an armed attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police said. The three Palestinian youths had attracted the attention of Israeli Border Police officers as they approached Damascus Gate, police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said. […]

Saudi Arabia Overturns Execution, Sentences Palestinian Poet to Prison, 800 Lashes

Poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh.

A Saudi court overturned the death sentence for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh on Tuesday, his lawyer announced in a statement the same day. Fayadh was sentenced to the death penalty in November for “apostasy” and allegedly emitting “blasphemous statements” in some of his poetry. The poet’s sentence has been changed to eight years in prison […]

Israeli Official: There Must Be Reconciliation with Hamas

Yair Lapid. (Via CNN)

Head of the Israeli Yesh Atid party and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid has strongly criticized the Israeli government saying he expected it would collapse before the end of the year due to its policies, Palsawa reported Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth saying yesterday. In an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, Lapid said: “Israel is experiencing the […]

Palestinian Boy Shot, Critically Injured in Ramallah-area Clashes

Israeli forces shot and critically injured a 14-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the Jabal al-Tawil area of al-Bireh City on Tuesday, medics told Ma’an. Medics said the teen was in critical condition after being shot in the lower stomach with a live bullet. The 14-year-old was first taken to the Palestine Medical Center and then transferred […]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Youth near Tulkarem

Ahmad Hassan Tuba from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem.

A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier south of Tulkarem. Palestinian medical sources identified the teenager as 19-year-old Ahmad Hassan Tuba from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces found Tuba near the […]

Israel Missile Program also Spied on by NSA, GCHQ under Operation Anarchist – Report

A spy operation conducted by the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ tapped into Israel’s missile interception program, according to local media. Earlier the same operation was found to have hacked into videos from Israeli drones and fighter jets. The joint US-UK operation, referred to as ‘Anarchist,’ gathered information on Israel’s Black Sparrow missile project, part of […]

South Africa’s ANC Reaffirms support for Palestinians

'As (we fought) against the apartheid government, we have always found continued support and strength from Palestine.'

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has said it continues to work for the “freedom of the Palestinians”. In a speech in Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday during an event to mark the International Day of Support for the Rights of Palestinians, ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-khawe said: “We are pledging our support and committing […]

Israeli Forces Tighten Grip on Ramallah as Closure Continues

(Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Israeli forces continued their blockade of the central West Bank city of Ramallah and its neighboring villages and towns for the second straight day on Monday after a shooting at an Israeli military checkpoint. Israeli forces began the blockade just hours after the shooting near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El north of Ramallah, […]

PA Welcomes France’s Israel-Palestine Peace Plan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday welcomed a French initiative aimed at resuming peace talks between Palestinians and Israel. “We welcome the new initiative announced by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to hold an international conference to resume the peace process and resolve the Palestinian issue based on a two-state solution,” Abbas said at […]

Palestinian Shot Dead, 3 Israeli Soldiers Injured in Shooting Attack

Photo of Amjad Jaser Sukkar, a 34 year old father of four who was shot dead after shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers (Via Maan)

A Palestinian was shot dead after shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint around the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, witnesses told Ma’an. Witnesses said a Palestinian vehicle approached the Israeli checkpoint and stopped for inspection. When an Israeli soldier approached […]

Israel Jails Teenager for Refusing to Serve in Occupation Army (VIDEO)

Tair Kaminer said she could not support the occupation after seeing the effect of war on children living near the Gaza border. (Israel Social TV/YouTube)

A 19-year-old Israeli woman who refused to do compulsory military service as a protest against the occupation of the Palestinian territories has been released from jail – but could return within days. Tair Kaminer’s case has been the subject of fierce debate in Israel, driving calls for reform to laws punishing conscientious objectors, while seeing […]

Israeli Hospital Report Confirms Hunger-striker’s Critical Condition

The 33-year-old journalist from Dura has been on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. (File)

A report by an Israeli hospital confirmed on Saturday the gravely deteriorating health condition of hunger-striking prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq. Al-Qiq has been in the Israeli HaEmek hospital in Afula since his health started worsening. The Palestinian journalist has been on hunger strike for 68 days to protest his administrative detention — internment without trial or […]

‘Hares Boys’ Sentenced to 15 Years after Families Pay Fines

(Free the Hares Boys Facebook page)

After a nearly three-year long battle in Israeli military courts, five Palestinian teens from the occupied West Bank village of Hares accused of manslaughter after reportedly throwing stones were on Thursday issued sentences of 15 years, a prisoners’ rights group said. The case has been disputed in the past by relatives and rights groups, who […]

Palestinians Protest against UNRWA Cuts in Beirut

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon held a sit-in in front of the UN headquarters in Beirut today to protest the cuts in health services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). They demanded the agency withdraw its decision. Demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and held […]

Israel Issues Demolition Orders Displacing an Estimated 80 Individuals

The Israeli authorities notified Palestinian Bedouin families on Thursday of the planned demolition of their houses, giving them a deadline of 1 February to evacuate the structures. The structures facing demolition are situated between the West Bank cities of Nablus and Ramallah. Suleiman El-Zawahra, a Palestinian citizen, said that the families were told evacuate the […]

Israeli Knesset Strikes Down Bill for Equality for All Citizens

The Knesset yesterday voted against a draft bill proposed by MK Jamal Zahalka of the Joint Arab List, which stipulates the inclusion of an equality clause in Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty. The majority of the Likud bloc, the Haredi parties and Kulanu party voted against the proposal. They were joined by Yesh […]

Freedom or Death: Jailed Journalist Says will Continue Hunger Strike

The 33-year-old journalist from Dura has been on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention. (File)

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Muhammad al-Qiq said on Thursday that he was not surprised the Israeli Supreme Court had delayed its decision on whether or not to release him, his lawyer said. Lawyer Jawad Boulos said al-Qiq, who has been on a hunger strike for 65 days, confirmed that he would continue his strike until he […]

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  • February 8, 2016

    Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in 'Demagogic Campaign'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a "demagogic campaign." - Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel's attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas -- all members of the Arab Joint List -- for... More →
  • February 7, 2016

    EU Calls on Israel to Stop Home Demolitions, Settlement Expansion

    The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and reiterated "the EU's firm opposition to Israel's settlement policy." - In a statement, the EU said Israel's most recent moves in the occupied West Bank -- from settlement expansion to Palestinian home demolitions -- undermine "the viability of a future Palestinian state" and only continue to "driv(e) the... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Israeli Doctor Says Palestinian Hunger Striker Could Face Immediate Death

    Doctors at HaEmek Hospital where hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being held said late Friday that the prisoner could face “immediate death.” - Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were suffering damage. -... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Most Israelis Support Unilateral Disengagement in West Bank

    Head of the Israeli Zionist Camp Yitzhak Herzog proposed a unilateral disengagement plan from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Friday. - The proposal was made two weeks ago in the National Security Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. - Based on vote results published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Anadolu said the plan had received much support from Israelis. - The... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Israeli Movement Calls for Separating 28 Palestinian Villages from Jerusalem

    New Israeli movement Save Jewish Jerusalem has called for the building of a wall encircling 28 Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem in order to preserve the city’s Jewish identity, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. - According to Quds Press, which reported on the news published in Maariv, Save Jewish Jerusalem was set up by the former Cabinet minister Haim Ramon, alongside a number of former political,... More →
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