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Gazans Hope ICC Will Make ‘Israel Pay’

Holding Israel accountable. This is what Yasser al-Qassas and thousands of Gazans hope to see with the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court on Wednesday. Palestine joined the ICC with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes in the fighting in and around the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, and alleged […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 3 Palestinians in Southern Gaza

Three Palestinians where shot and injured by Israeli forces in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official said Monday. Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said two youths were shot east of Khan Younis and were taken to the European Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. A third Palestinian was shot earlier […]

Boehner: Administration Treatment of Bibi ‘Reprehensible’

House Speaker John Boehner, who is traveling to Israel during the congressional recess this week, called the Obama administration’s treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “reprehensible.” “I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” the Ohio Republican said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State […]

Abbas Aide Calls for ‘Decisive Storm’ against Gaza

Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the religious advisor of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the Saudi-led alliance, which is attacking Houthi militias in Yemen, to attack the Gaza Strip, the official PA news agency Wafa has reported. “The Arab nation has to attack any illegal side in the Arab region with an iron hand,” […]

Europe ‘is on a Collision Course with Israel': Report

An EU report has been leaked in which proposals are outlined for putting pressure on Israel to return to negotiations with the Palestinians. According to Yedioth Ahranoth, a European diplomatic source said that there was a definite chance that the recommendations in the report were more likely to be implemented following Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that […]

Israeli Forces Conduct Military Training in Birzeit

Israeli forces conducted military training exercises in the Ramallah district town of Birzeit earlier this week, according to Israeli media. The Israeli forces’ Territorial Brigade allegedly raided the town, which is just outside the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in what was reported by Israeli news source Haaretz as “preparation for a possible escalation […]

Nightmare: Masked IDF Troops Interrogate, Traumatize Palestinian Kids – Video

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Videos have emerged exposing masked IDF soldiers raiding Palestinian homes in the dead of night to interrogate children suspected of throwing stones at the Israeli military. Hundreds of underage are prosecuted each year in the occupied territories. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has posted two videos to the […]

Israelis Advised to Avoid Traveling to 40 Countries

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau has advised Jewish citizens of the state to avoid travelling to more than 40 countries, agencies reported on Wednesday. According to the bureau, Israelis are already banned from going to some countries, such as Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states. “Any Israelis in those countries now are advised to […]

Israel to Release Tax Funds to Palestinians

Israel will release to the Palestinian Authority tax funds it collects on its behalf and withheld as punishment for its move to join the International Criminal Court, the premier’s office said Friday. “Tax revenues that have been accumulated through February will be transferred, after payments for services to the Palestinian population have been deducted, including […]

Palestine Marathon Defies Israeli Restrictions on Movement

Thousands of Palestinians and internationals took to the streets of Bethlehem on Friday, winding past historic churches, refugee camps, and Israeli military infrastructure to compete in the third annual marathon hosted by the ancient Palestinian city. Conceived in 2013 under the theme of ‘Right to Movement’ by Danish aid workers Signe Fischer and Lærke Hein, […]

Unity Govt Meets in Gaza Amid Public Employee Protests

Dozens of Palestinian civil servants protested Thursday in front of the government’s headquarters in the Gaza Strip demanding paychecks they have not received for several months, as Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah finished a rare visit to the coastal enclave. Prime Minister Hamdallah pledged that Palestinian factions would “work fast” to find solutions to issues facing […]

UN Report Outlines ‘Devastating Year’ for Palestinians

The year 2014 claimed more Palestinian civilian lives than any year since the 1967 war, the United Nations has said in a report, with a senior member of the agency dubbing it a “devastating year” for the occupied territories. The annual Humanitarian Overview, released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) […]

‘Devastating Israeli Attacks’ on Gaza Don’t Justify Violations by Hamas – Amnesty

Months after a damning report on Israeli strikes during the summer war in Gaza, Amnesty International has issued similar analysis of actions by Palestinian armed groups, saying some of their attacks also “amounted to war crimes.” Amnesty International has lashed out at Palestinian militants, including those belonging to Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, for […]

EU Plans to Pressure Israel as Diplomat Warns of ‘Collision Course’

Leaked report outlines 40 suggestions to sway Israeli policy; EU source: more chance of implementation in wake of Netanyahu rejection of Palestinian state. An EU diplomatic source told Ynet that there was a definite chance that the recommendations in the report, which the member states have yet to approve, were more likely to be implemented […]

Hamdallah Arrives in Gaza, Locals Protest Visit

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for a three day visit. Hamdallah was accompanied by Minister of Culture Ziad Abu Omar and Minister of Health Jawad Awwad. Fatah spokesperson Ahmad Assaf told Ma’an that the visit is intended to support Palestinians in Gaza and help speed up the […]

30 Children Shot by Israeli Forces since Start of 2015: Report

Israeli forces shot and injured at least 30 children across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the beginning of this year, according to Defense for Children International- Palestine (DCIP).DCIP reported that while Israeli military regulation permits the use of live ammunition when a direct mortal threat exists, the organization found no evidence that […]

Obama Chief Aide Says ‘Israeli Occupation’ of Palestine ‘Must End’

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. (Wikimedia)

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Monday called for the end of the Israel’s “50 year- occupation” of Palestine and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. In a speech to J Street, an Israel advocacy group, McDonough said that: “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 […]

‘I Kind of Feel Left out': Top US Legislators Deny Israelis Briefed Them on Iran Talks

US legislators said they found out from the news – just like everyone else – that Israel had allegedly leaked information on the Iran talks to them. “I read that story this morning, and frankly, I was a bit shocked,” Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters. “There was no information revealed to […]

Egypt Rations Electricity to Gaza’s Rafah

The Egyptian Electricity Company has started to ration the amount of electricity feeding the Palestinian city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, a source in the Palestinian electricity distribution company told Al-Resalah reported. A source who spoke to Al-Resalah on condition of anonymity said that one of the three electricity lines feeding […]

Israel, US Boycott UN Session on Gaza Conflict

Israel killed more 2140 Palestinians in its latest war on Gaza. (Activestills.org)

Israeli and American representatives were conspicuously absent from the UN Human Rights Council session on the Palestinian territories on Monday. The session aimed to look into the Gaza conflict which killed 2,200 people in 50 days in 2014. “I note the representative of Israel is not present,” Council President Joachim Ruecher said as the session […]

Pro-Palestinian Ad Campaign Takes over Walls of US Cities

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Commuters in cities across the United States were surprised this month to find their daily trips to work adorned with posters and banners calling on their government to end military support to Israel. The posters were rolled out in seven cities for the entire month of March, and are part of a broader awareness campaign […]

Two Children Shot During Clashes with PA Security Forces

Two Palestinian children were injured, one seriously, in clashes with Palestinian security forces near Balata refugee camp in eastern Nablus on Friday. Locals told Ma’an that Mohammad Rakiz Abu Assab, 10, was shot in the stomach and taken to Rafidia hospital in a serious condition, while Mohammad Raed al-Hajj, 11, was shot in the foot […]

Minister: We Will Have an Economic Clash with Israel

A plan launched by the National Committee against Israeli Punitive Measures has continued in cooperation with the private sector to stimulate Palestinian economic growth and goods production, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Economy, Dr. Mohammed Mustafa announced Thursday. Discussion of the plan took place at a National Committee meeting held to discuss the […]

UN Backs Away from Including IDF on List of Children’s Rights Violators after Pressure

Senior UN officials in Jerusalem have been accused of caving in to Israeli pressure to abandon moves to include the state’s armed forces on a UN list of serious violators of children’s rights. UN officials backed away from recommending that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) be included on the list following telephone calls from senior […]

Israel Election: Canada Takes Wait-And-See Attitude On Implications

Canada is taking a wait-and-see attitude on the foreign policy implications of the Israeli election, although Stephen Harper has tweeted his own congratulations to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party won re-election in Israel’s national ballot, although it will take some horse-trading to form a government with partners. In the final hours of […]

Netanyahu, Herzog Tied in Exit Polls, Joint List Takes 13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Isaac Herzog came out tied with 27 seats out of 120 in the first exit polls in Israeli elections on Tuesday. The Joint List was received 13 seats in the initial exit polls, an increase of two seats for the Arab parties that individually had 11 seats in the […]

Egypt Demolishes 1,020 Rafah Homes for Gaza Buffer Zone

An image from social media of Egyptian military purportedly demolishing homes in Northern Sinai. (Twitter/@GalalAmrG/file)

The Egyptian army demolished 1,020 houses in the border city of Rafah as part of the second stage of the establishment of a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian security officials told a Ma’an reporter in El-Arish city on Tuesday that 200 more houses would be demolished to create a no-go […]

On Israeli Election Day, Netanyahu Warns of Arabs Voting ‘in Droves’

Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new government, and the country’s incumbent leader was very worried. Over the past few months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw what some assumed would be a comfortable reelection morph into a tightly contested race. In the final days ahead of the vote, Netanyahu’s rhetoric grew increasingly […]

US Omits Iran and Hezbollah From Terror Threat List

An annual security assessment presented to the U.S. Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has excluded Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from its list of terror threats to U.S. interests, despite both being consistently included as threats in previous years. The unclassified report, issued by Clapper on February 26 and […]

Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company

Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports. A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert […]

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  • April 1, 2015

    Amnesty International Paints an Inaccurate Picture of Gaza in Its Latest Report

    The efforts of Amnesty International are undeniably significant in monitoring the developments in Palestine and other regions of the world. Nonetheless, Amnesty's latest report on the events of summer 2014 in Gaza Strip does not reflect the context in which Gazans live, nor does it show impartial documenting. - The report argues that the Palestinian armed factions committed war crimes from two perspectives. The first is that it launched rockets randomly against... More →
  • April 1, 2015

    Netanyahu to Stage hunger Strike against World Peace - Satire

    In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, he will immediately begin an open-ended hunger strike against world peace. - During his strike Netanyahu will only be eating fresh fruit. His wife Sara will join him, choosing a completely liquid diet. The move is widely popular in Israel where a Channel 2 poll taken Monday shows Jewish Israelis are against... More →
  • April 1, 2015

    Israel Is Only Going to Change Its Horrific Behavior If Outsiders Force It to

    Israel's recent election was a clarifying moment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal to Israelis' worst racist instincts worked. Between Netanyahu's declarations during the last week on the campaign trail that he has no interest in a peace agreement with Palestinians, and his horror at the act of Palestinian citizens of Israel voting, his political platform could not be more clear: It is anti-peace and based on Jewish nationalism at the expense of... More →
  • March 31, 2015

    Netanyahu Says US is Part of New 'Axis'!

    he pressure is increasing on Obama over his foreign policy; and it’s time for supporters of peace to line up behind him. Today in his efforts to counter the Iran deal, Netanyahu called the US part of the “Axis,” a naked reference to Nazi Germany and its allies in World War 2. Jerusalem Post: - “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincer movement from the south to take over and occupy the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen... More →
  • March 31, 2015

    Boehner: Administration Treatment of Bibi 'Reprehensible'

    House Speaker John Boehner, who is traveling to Israel during the congressional recess this week, called the Obama administration’s treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “reprehensible.” - “I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” the Ohio Republican said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” - Netanyahu won reelection this month not long after... More →
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