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Israeli Forces, Settlers Carry out Reprisals for West Bank Shooting

Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday after four Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting south of Nablus and an explosive device was allegedly hurled at a settler vehicle near Ramallah. Dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit El were also reported to have attacked […]

Israel Seizes Flotilla Seeking to Break Gaza Blockade

(Freedom Flotilla, Twitter)

Israel’s navy boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port on Monday in an operation that did not use force, the military said. A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade of the […]

Khader Adnan Ends 55-day Hunger Strike

Khader Adnan.

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ended a 55-day hunger strike on Monday after reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities to free him from prison on July 12, his lawyer and the Palestinian Prisoners Society announced. “Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike last night, after an agreement was reached to release him on July 12,” his lawyer […]

PLO: Talks with Hamas, Islamic Jihad Begin on New Government

A committee appointed by the Palestine Liberation Organization began talks with both Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Saturday on forming a new national unity government, a committee member told Ma’an. Hanna Amireh, who is also a member of the PLO Executive Committee, said that discussions were including Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the aim of […]

Lawyer: No Deal between Israeli Authorities and Khader Adnan

No deal has been reached between the Israeli authorities and Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who on Saturday entered his 54th day on hunger strike, his lawyer said. “(Israel) is seeking to end Adnan’s hunger strike in a way that avoids them a feeling of crushing defeat,” the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s chief lawyer Jawad Bolous said […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 2 Palestinians in Southern Gaza

Israeli forces, deployed on the southern Gaza border, shot and injured two young Palestinian men east of Khuzaa on Monday evening, medics told Ma’an. The men were left bleeding for a quarter of an hour after they were shot before they were able to call an ambulance. Israeli forces were reported to have opened fire […]

Palestinians Urge Britain to Arrest Former Israeli Army Chief Shaul Mofaz

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A Palestinian human rights group urged the British authorities on Monday morning to arrest Shaul Mofaz, Israeli army chief of staff at the height of the Second Intifada and former defense minister, who is currently visiting London. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) called on the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, and the […]

Abbas Sees No Place for Hamas in New Govt, Says French FM

President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new Palestinian unity government will only include officials who recognize Israel, France’s top diplomat said. “(Abbas) told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognize Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the […]

UN Report: ‘War Crimes’ Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

The Gaza war caused widespread devastation in the already impoverished strip. (Mohammed Abed)

Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year’s Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying “unprecedented” devastation and human suffering. The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered “substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel […]

Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President ‘Black and Weak’

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The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is ‘black and weak’. TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. After causing a stir in […]

More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of […]

Palestinian Shot, Injured after Stabbing Attack in East Jerusalem

A Palestinian was shot and seriously injured on Sunday morning after he stabbed an Israeli border guard policeman near Damascus Gate at the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, witnesses and Israeli police said. Although the Palestinian was earlier reported dead, an Israeli police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld later said he had been moved to Hadassah […]

Report: Hamas Military Wing Claims Responsibility for Friday Shooting

'Resistance will continue despite the war waged against it.' (Via Twitter)

Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday’s West Bank shooting that left an Israeli man dead and another lightly injured. “One of the fighters ambushed a settler vehicle and shot at them from point-blank range after having observed the area continuously,” a statement released by the group said Friday, according […]

Jewish Extremists Torch Revered Christian Site in Northern Israel

A suspected arson attack damaged a revered Christian shrine in northern Israel overnight, police said Thursday, as a church adviser pointed the finger at Jewish extremists. The Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee is where many Christians believe Jesus fed the 5,000 in the miracle of the […]

Khader Adnan: ‘The More They Torture Me, the More Determined I Become’

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who is now on his 42nd day on hunger strike against the Israeli practice of administrative detention, said Tuesday that “the more [the Israelis] torture me, the stronger and more determined I become.” Adnan, 37, made the comments to the chief lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner’s society Jawad Bulous, who was […]

Palestinian Cabinet to Be Dissolved

An attendee of the 15th Fatah Revolutionary Council conference led by President Mahmoud Abbas told Ma’an Tuesday that the council will form an entirely new unity cabinet rather than pursuing efforts to reform the existing government. Abbas announced that the government would resign within the next 24 hours, several senior Fatah officials attending the conference […]

Israel Cabinet Approves Bill to Force Feed Prisoners

Hunger strikes for prisoners are a legitimate means of objection. (ActiveStills.org)

Israeli ministers approved a bill Sunday that would allow prisoners on hunger strike to be force fed if their life is in danger, sparking criticism from health experts and rights groups. The cabinet’s endorsement of the controversial bill was led by Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who said that prisoners observing a hunger strike, namely […]

Israeli Probe Defends Gaza War Actions as ‘Legitimate’, ‘Lawful’

Israel on Sunday defended its conduct in the 2014 Gaza war as “lawful” and “legitimate” in an inter-ministerial report into the deadly 50-day conflict. Israel claimed its forces did not intentionally target civilians or civilian targets, drawing conclusions that were rejected out of hand by the Palestinians. The internal report, which was put together by […]

Family Furious as Israel Probe Clears Military in Gaza Beach Deaths

A Palestinian child, killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza beach, is carried away by paramedics, Gaza City, July 16, 2014. Four children were killed during the attack. (Anne Paq, Activestills.org)

The family of four Palestinian children killed when Israel bombed a beach during last summer’s Gaza war were indignant Friday over the closure of a probe into the incident. The Israeli army, which launched the investigation after the 50-day July-August war ended, announced late Thursday that the “tragic” attack witnessed by several foreign journalists had […]

1,500 Jordanian Laborers to Work in Israeli Resort City

Israel has agreed to allow 1,500 Jordanian laborers to work in the Israeli resort city of Eilat, according to an Israeli official. Israeli Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayyub Kara signed the agreement with Jordanian officials last week, Kara told Ma’an Friday, adding the agreement will give workers from the nearby Jordanian city of Aqaba […]

Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing in Both Directions

Sustained closures have caused much suffering among Palestinians. (Johnny Barber, PC)

The Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing in both directions on Saturday, and is expected to keep the crossing open for the next three days, ministry says. The Gaza Ministry of Interior announced the opening, noting that is was the first time the crossing was opened since Egyptian authorities had allowed Palestinians stuck in Egypt […]

G4S Cleared of Palestinian Human Rights Violations, but Censured for ‘Specific’ Failures

(Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Security giant G4S was cleared of failing to respect the human rights of Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories by a UK watchdog on Wednesday, but was found to be failing in specific legal obligations. The government-funded National Contact Point (NCP) said it found no evidence of any “broad failure” by G4S to respect […]

Photographer Barred from Treatment after Being Shot by Israeli forces

Israel has barred a Palestinian photographer allegedly shot in the eye by Israeli forces from entering occupied East Jerusalem for specialist treatment, the injured photographer told AFP on Wednesday. Nidal Shtayyeh, who works for Chinese news agency Xinhua, was wounded while covering a small demonstration at Huwarra checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of […]

China Forbids Its Construction Workers from Building Israeli Settlements – Report

Israel plans to attract thousands of migrant workers to speed up construction in the West Bank. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Israel’s talks on migrant workers with China are deadlocked due to Beijing refusing to allow its citizens to participate in the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, a high-ranked Israeli official told AFP. “We are negotiating with China for an agreement on the arrival of thousands of additional workers,” an unnamed government official […]

Swedish Officials Condemn Sale of West Bank Church to Settlers

Swedish officials have condemned the sale of a West Bank church compound to an Israeli settler organization that apparently used a Swedish company to conceal their identity, the Palestinian ambassador to Sweden told Ma’an on Monday. Ambassador Hala Husni Fariz said that Swedish officials viewed the sale as a “crime” and the Swedish government remains […]

Israel Frees Palestinian Speaker after Year behind Bars

Israeli authorities on Tuesday released the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Aziz Duweik, following a year in administrative detention. The Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies said that Duweik, 67, was released from the Ofer prison near Ramallah after paying a fine of 6,000 shekels ($1,565). Duweik, who is a member of Hamas, […]

Orange Boss Invited to Israel over ‘Boycott’ Row

Israel has invited the head of France’s Orange group to visit and explain his plan to review ties with a local telecoms firm that has stirred a boycott row, a government official said Sunday. The telecoms giant reacted swiftly, saying it welcomed the invitation and that its CEO, Stephane Richard, would travel to Israel “soon”, […]

Israel Demolishes 30 Agricultural Structures in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces demolished over 30 agricultural structures in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday morning, local officials said. Israeli bulldozers protected by military vehicles stormed an area known locally as Diraa Awwad near the Israeli military checkpoint Hamra, east of Nablus. Bulldozers then demolished the structures including tents, barns, farmland, and water tanks belonging to […]

Army Confirms 2 Rockets Land in South Israel

Israel’s military reported late Wednesday that two rockets were fired from the southern Gaza Strip. The army confirmed reports of rocket-warning sirens going off in Ashkelon and Netivot. No injures or damage were immediately reported, the military reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility from armed groups in Gaza. Earlier Wednesday, Israeli forces continued […]

Gunman Killed in Clashes with Hamas Security in Gaza City

A suspected Salafist gunman was killed by Hamas security officers in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City on Tuesday morning, security sources told Ma’an. Sources said that officers arrived at the house of 27-year-old Yussef al-Hatarman with the intention of arresting him because he was keeping “illegal” weapons. “The officers asked him to turn […]

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  • June 22, 2015

    UN Report: 'War Crimes' Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering. - The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups." - On Jan.... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President 'Black and Weak'

    The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is 'black and weak'. - TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. - After causing a stir in Israeli media, Mozes Shalom apologized to Obama. - 'President Obama I shouldn't have written the... More →
  • June 21, 2015

    More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

    Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. - Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of the total Palestinian population. That age group stands at 40.9 per cent among refugees compared to 39.2 per... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Report: Hamas Military Wing Claims Responsibility for Friday Shooting

    Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday's West Bank shooting that left an Israeli man dead and another lightly injured. - “One of the fighters ambushed a settler vehicle and shot at them from point-blank range after having observed the area continuously,” a statement released by the group said Friday, according to Hamas-affiliated news site the Palestinian... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Win for Academic Freedom: Steven Salaita Awarded Back-to-back Victories against University that Fired Him

    The first part of June has awarded back-to-back victories to a professor who last year was dismissed from his post at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly a year ago Steven Salaita was fired for posting some tweets that were considered by some to be beyond the pale of proper academic discourse; the context for many of these tweets was the ongoing, devastating attack on Gaza by Israel. What makes this... More →
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