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Palestinian UN Envoy Denounces Israeli Abuse of Children

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council demanding that Israel be brought to justice over violations and abuse against Palestinian children. “Every single day and in countless ways, Palestinian children are victims of Israeli human rights violations, with no child considered too young to be […]

Islamic Jihad: PA Arresting Members in West Bank

The Islamic Jihad movement on Saturday accused the Palestinian Authority of arresting and harassing its members in the occupied West Bank. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that PA security forces had arrested members in Jenin, Tulkarem, Ramallah, and Hebron governorates. The statement alleged that the PA had summoned students and activists affiliated to Islamic […]

David Cameron Says Israel was Right to Defend Itself over Gaza Attacks Last Year

Israel was right to defend itself in the face of “indiscriminate” attacks in Gaza last summer, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister insisted it was “important to speak out” about standing by Israel and said there was an “important difference” between Israel’s use of weapons to defend itself and Hamas’ use of them “to […]

Father of Jenin Teen Says ‘Son Killed in Cold Blood’

Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of Muhammad Murad Yahiya, 18, on Tuesday after he was shot dead by Israeli forces late Monday in al-Araqa village in western Jenin. “Israel assassinated my son in cold blood,” Yahiya’s father, Murad, told Ma’an. “After a family wedding Muhammad and several of his friends went walking in our […]

Israel Invites Bids for 77 East Jerusalem Settler Homes

Israeli authorities invited tenders on Monday for the construction of 77 homes in settlement neighborhoods of annexed East Jerusalem, settlement watchdog Peace Now said. Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP it was the first such announcement in East Jerusalem since a March 17 general election win by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party. […]

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Moves to UK Campus

Student leaders at the UK’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are set to call on the university to cut its academic links with Israeli institutions in a show of support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. SOAS student union officials will make their case at a meeting of the school’s […]

US Court Tosses Palestinian Lawsuit against Charities Funding Settlements

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s dismissal of an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians that sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Jews in the West Bank. The complaint was filed against five U.S.-based charities that financially support settlement activity: Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, the Hebron […]

Carter, Saudi Seek Mediation between Palestinian Factions

Carter visited the Gaza Strip in 2009, meeting with leading Hamas figures, including deputy leader Ismail Haniyeh. (file)

Former US President Jimmy Carter is undertaking Saudi-backed mediation efforts between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, a Palestinian source said Sunday. “Carter has lately met with prominent Saudi officials and urged their intervention to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, which was welcomed by Riyadh,” the source, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency. “The Saudi government […]

Report: Israel Strikes Syrian Military bases, Hezbollah Targets near Syria-Lebanon Border

The Israeli Air Force attacked Syrian army bases where Hezbollah stored long-range missiles late Friday night, according to an Al Jazeera report. According to the report, the airstrikes targeted the bases of the 155th and 65th strategic missile brigades, stationed in Kalamoon, near the Syria-Lebanon border. Residents of nearby cities Yabroud and Qarah reported hearing explosions. […]

17-year-old Shot Dead at Checkpoint in Occupied East Jerusalem

A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead at the Al-Zayyim checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem after allegedly attempting to stab checkpoint officers just past midnight on Saturday. Ali Mohammed Ali Said Abu Ghannam began running toward a number of police officers at a checking station “wielding a large knife,” according to statement issued by Israeli police. […]

Palestinians March in Israel to Mark Historic Displacement

'Our grandfathers who suffered displacement asked us not to sell our land and to return to it and not give up.'

Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel marched in protest on Thursday as their Jewish compatriots partied, each group in its own way marking the 67th anniversary of the State of Israel’s founding. The anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 is celebrated according to the Jewish calendar, this year falling on April […]

Israeli Settler Runs over 4 Palestinians in Qalqiliya

An Israeli settler ran over four Palestinians from the al-Nabi Elias town in eastern Qalqiliya late Tuesday. Mhanna Fathi Khleif, 38, and his brother Muhannad, 35, had been walking with their wives alongside the town’s main road late Tuesday when the vehicle hit them. Muhannad Khleif said that the settler ran them over “deliberately” despite […]

Thousands of Women Smuggled into Israel for Sex Trade

Solidarity protest with victims of Illegal sex slave trade, Tel Aviv. (Activestills.org, file)

Between 3,000 and 5,000 women have been smuggled into Israel and sold into prostitution over the past four years, according to a Knesset committee investigative report examining the status of the sex trade in Israel. The trafficking in women amounts to around a billion dollars every year. Yahad MK Zehava Gal-On, chair of the parliamentary […]

Israel Sprays Gaza Farms with Poisonous Gases, again

Poisonous gases were sprayed on Wednesday but their effects started to appear on the crops over the weekend. (Mohammed Asad, MEMO)

Israel has sprayed Palestinian farms with poisonous gases that damaged crops, Qudsnet reported farmers saying yesterday. Poisonous gases were sprayed on Wednesday but their effects started to appear on the crops on Saturday and Sunday. “When I arrived on my farm on Wednesday morning, I was surprised when I saw an Israeli farming plane crossing […]

Israel Demolishes al-Araqib Homes for 83rd Time

Israeli policemen stand by as a bulldozer demolishes the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib (Activestills.org)

Israeli bulldozers demolished homes in the Bedouin village of al-Araqib village in the Negev for the 83rd time on Monday, in addition to a home in the Negev village of Atir, local activists said.Israeli police reportedly imposed a blockade on al-Araqib before carrying out the demolitions.Activist Aziz Siyah Abu Mdeighem told Ma’an: “They smile to […]

‘Everything Hillary Clinton Will Do Will Always Be for Israel’

There’s more pressure on Obama over the Iran deal. The Hill reports that Israel’s Channel One interviewed Haim Saban about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the presidency and that he hinted that she is against the Iran deal. Then came the big question: What is her position on the Iran deal? Saban responded carefully, “She will have to, […]

Assad: Syria Has ‘No Relation at All’ with Hamas

Contrary to Assad's claims, Palestinian officials accused al-Nusra of facilitating IS's entrance into Yarmouk. (SANA)

The Syrian regime no longer has any relationship with former ally Hamas and will never trust the movement again, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Friday. “There is no relation at all on the formal level or on the popular level,” the president told Swedish newspaper Expressen, adding, “I don’t think the […]

Palestinian Court Drops Case against Ex-Fatah Strongman Dahlan

Exiled Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan. (Via Aljazeera)

A Palestinian court on Sunday dismissed a high-profile corruption case against exiled Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a defense lawyer told AFP. Sevag Torossian said the Ramallah-based corruption court had ruled that the charges against Dahlan — once a leading figure in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party — were “inadmissable,” in a move the lawyer […]

Haaretz: A Defeat for Israel, a Victory for Settlers and BDS

The High Court’s decision to uphold the so-called Anti-Boycott Law will, regrettably, be a boon to Israeli settlers and their supporters, whilst giving a gift to activists worldwide who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. By approving legislation to curb boycotts of Israel and “areas under its control,” the High Court […]

UNRWA Calls for $30m in Aid for Yarmouk Crisis

#SaveYarmouk (UNRWA)

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has called for “an immediate injection” of $30 million to provide aid for residents of the beleaguered Yarmouk refugee camp, where fighting between Palestinian factions and the Islamic State group continues. In a statement released Friday, UNRWA claimed to have “significantly expanded” their aid response in areas neighboring Yarmouk […]

Palestinian Prisoners Languish in Mideast Stalemate

There are thousands of Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons. (Activestills.org)

Hadi al-Fakhri was 26 the first time he hugged his father, one of thousands of Palestinians serving time in Israeli prisons for alleged militant activity in the occupied West Bank. A decade later, more than 30 years into a life sentence, Fakhri’s father was freed when more than 1,000 prisoners were swapped for an Israeli […]

20 Palestinian Journalists Being Held in Israeli Jails

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday after raiding his home in Nablus, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned by Israel to 20. Amin Abdul Aziz Abu Wardeh, 48, is the general manager of the Asda news website, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said. Abu Wardeh’s wife told MADA that […]

Leading NY Institutions Discuss the Nakba — and There is Not a Palestinian in Sight

In the last few weeks two liberal New York institutions, The New York Times and the 92d Street Y, have published discussions about a central Palestinian experience– the Nakba, or catastrophe that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948– and in these three discussions, there was not a Palestinian in sight. Though three or four […]

Rand Paul Moves to Ban Aid to Palestinians Until ICC Bid Withdrawn

United States Senator Rand Paul has introduced a Congressional bill that would cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority so long as it seeks admission to the International Criminal Court. The so-called “Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid Act of 2015″ was the second anti-Palestinian bill introduced by Paul in as many years, according […]

Israel’s High Court Upholds Controversial ‘Boycott Law’

The Israeli High Court rejected a petition by human rights organizations, upholding the controversial “boycott law” on Wednesday. The law give grounds for individuals to sue anyone who calls for a boycott of Israel, or areas under its control. The court struck down only one section of the law, which establishes that one may seek […]

‘Thousands’ of Palestinian Homes Threatened with Demolition

“Where will we go,” asks eight-year-old Tiba Qeren, saying goodbye to the family home that, like those of many other Palestinian citizens of Israel, is condemned to demolition for failing to meet planning rules. “I’m afraid,” she tells AFP. “I know that they are going to destroy our home as they have others in Ramle,” […]

PA Continues to Arrest Palestinian Students

The Palestinian Authority’s security services continue to detain former Islamic bloc representative at the American University in Jenin Tahir Ahmad Nawahda for the seventh day in a row. A Hamas statement issued yesterday noted that Nawahda was arrested by the Preventive Security Service shortly after he was released from an Israeli jail, where he was […]

Israel May Send Arms to Ukraine if Russia Delivers S-300 to Iran – Reports

Israel reportedly may start sending arms to Ukraine in response to Russia’s decision to lift its embargo on the delivery of the S-300 missile system to Iran. Israel may start sending arms to Ukraine in response to Russia’s decision to lift its five-year embargo on the delivery of the S-300 missile system to Iran, NRG reports Tuesday, citing unnamed Israeli military source. […]

New Information Revealed on Israel’s Nuclear Reactor in Dimona

'Dimona reactor'.

Recently published documents shed new light on the secretive program and role of John Kerry’s father in it Israel’s purchase of American Hawk missiles from the US in the 1960s was a deal shrouded in mystery. The official reason was that the weapon was needed in order to defend Israeli air force bases and other […]

New Episcopal Church Group Calls for Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Desmond Tutu speaking at the German Evangelical Church in 2007. (Elke Wetzig/Wikimedia Commons)

The following is a press release from the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, followed by its statement, titled “The Episcopal Church’s Response to the New Political Landscape in Israel/Palestine A Paper and Resolution to the 78th General Convention.” A Call to the Episcopal Church to Recognize the New Political Landscape in Israel […]

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  • April 27, 2015

    Israel Invites Bids for 77 East Jerusalem Settler Homes

    Israeli authorities invited tenders on Monday for the construction of 77 homes in settlement neighborhoods of annexed East Jerusalem, settlement watchdog Peace Now said. - Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP it was the first such announcement in East Jerusalem since a March 17 general election win by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party. - (Ma'an -... More →
  • April 27, 2015

    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Moves to UK Campus

    Student leaders at the UK's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are set to call on the university to cut its academic links with Israeli institutions in a show of support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. - SOAS student union officials will make their case at a meeting of the school's governing body on Friday and will point to the result of a ballot of students,... More →
  • April 27, 2015

    US Court Tosses Palestinian Lawsuit against Charities Funding Settlements

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s dismissal of an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians that sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Jews in the West Bank. - The complaint was filed against five U.S.-based charities that financially support settlement activity: Christian Friends of Israeli Communities, the Hebron Fund, Central Fund of Israel, One Israel Fund and American... More →
  • April 27, 2015

    Carter, Saudi Seek Mediation between Palestinian Factions

    Former US President Jimmy Carter is undertaking Saudi-backed mediation efforts between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, a Palestinian source said Sunday. - "Carter has lately met with prominent Saudi officials and urged their intervention to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, which was welcomed by Riyadh," the source, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency. - "The Saudi government has... More →
  • April 25, 2015

    George Soros' Son is Leading a Jewish Super PAC that Doesn't Want to Talk about Israel

    George Soros' son, Alex, is leading a new super PAC geared at liberal Jewish Americans– and it's going to focus on domestic issues rather than on Israel, reported Politico's Tarini Parti. - The new "Bend the Arc" PAC is reportedly the first ever Jewish super PAC not to make Israel-related issues a top priority, choosing to focus instead on things like immigration, gay marriage, and income inequality. - “One of the... More →
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