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BDS France Disrupts Israel’s Elbit Systems Exhibition at Paris Air Show

BDS activists along with members of the collective: “Les Désobeissants” (the disobedient) staged a non-violent protest action against the Israeli company Elbit Systems on Saturday 24, June, during the Paris Air Show. The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall. The company is regarded as being the first Israeli drones manufacturer. They supplied the […]

UNESCO Group Denied Entry to Hebron’s Old City by Israelis

Israeli authorities have refused to grant entry visas for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) investigative team scheduled to conduct a field visit to the Old City in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron in advance of an upcoming vote next month to consider the area an endangered world heritage […]

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, Hamas Accuses Israel of Fabricating Rocket Claim

The Israeli air force launched at least two airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip early Tuesday, with the Israeli army saying the attacks targeted two Hamas military infrastructures and were in response to a rocket fired from Gaza late Monday, which allegedly landed in an open area in Israel’s Shaar Hanegev Regional Council that borders […]

Paris Air Show: BDS Group Disrupts Israel’s Elbit Systems Exhibition

BDS activists along with members of the collective: “Les Désobeissants” (the disobedient) staged a non-violent protest action against the Israeli company Elbit Systems on Saturday, June 24, during the Paris Air Show, Middle East Monitor reported. The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall. The company is regarded as being the first Israeli drones […]

Adameer: Israel Practices ‘Systematic Torture’ on Palestinian Prisoners

Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer released a statement on Monday, International Day to Support Victims of Torture, highlighting Israel’s use of “torture and ill-treatment” on Palestinian detainees, which has led to the death of 73 Palestinians since 1967. According to Addameer, Israeli authorities’ practice of torture, which it said has been carried out in a […]

Leaked Document: Muhammed Dahlan to Become Leader in Gaza Strip

Amid an escalating conflict between Hamas and the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority (PA), a leaked and unconfirmed document obtained by Ma’an News Agency in Gaza has noted that discharged Fatah leader and President Mahmoud Abbas’ political rival Muhammad Dahlan would be appointed head of Gaza’s government as a result of talks between Hamas officials and Dahlan […]

Israeli Opposition Leader Says Israeli Politics Fascist, US Peace Deal Will Fail

Issac Herzog, Israel’s opposition party leader, accused on Saturday the government of shifting towards a “fascist” trend. According to The Jerusalem Post, speaking at a cultural event, Zionist Union Party Chairman Issac Herzog said, the future of Israel’s democracy was at stake. “We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,” The […]

Rights Groups Denounce Investigation of Breaking the Silence Spokesman

Amid an ongoing investigation of a spokesman for ‘Breaking the Silence’ over a testimony in which he claimed to have seriously assaulted a Palestinian during his service with the Israeli army, a number of Israeli human rights organisations have denounced the case as a cynical attempt to “intimidate and silence critics of the occupation.” Dean […]

US Administration Considers Walking Away from Peace Talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly left “furious” by a recent meeting with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a report Saturday from London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat that also implied Trump was weighing whether or not to pull out of peace negotiations. Anonymous Palestinian officials told al-Hayat […]

Israel Closes Banks Accounts as Means of Displacing Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israel is closing the bank accounts of Arab institutions in Jerusalem in an effort to displace Jerusalemites and force them out of the city, the Palestinian Department of Jerusalem Affairs has said. In a press release, the organisation said the Israeli occupation’s moves against social, cultural, educational, relief, housing, legal or engineering institutions were political […]

Eid Holidays Difficult Time for Palestinian Mothers in Israeli Jails

54 Palestinian women are currently held as prisoners in Israeli jails, according to a statement from a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoner’s Affairs. Lawyer Hanan Al-Khatib said that the 56 prisoners – 13 of whom are mothers and 10 are minors – “are going through very difficult living, humanitarian and health conditions.” Al-Khatib […]

Support for Israel Among US Jewish Students Plummets

Support Israel in America by Jewish students has dropped by 30 percent, a new survey has revealed. Commissioned by the pro-Israel marketing group, Brand Israel Group (BIG), the report showed that support dropped from 84 percent in 2010 to 54 percent last year. The group, whose mission is to improve Israel’s image among the American […]

Lieberman: Not a Single Palestinian Refugee will Return to their Lands

During a speech at Israel’s Herzliya conference, aimed at discussing the country’s national policies, ultra-right Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected the possibility of Palestinian refugees from historic Palestine, which Israel was built on, being able to return to their lands within the 1967 borders, a right that is upheld by United Nations Resolution 194. […]

Israeli Construction Plan for Palestinians in Area C ‘Will Take Two Decades’

Amid an Israeli media firestorm and outrage from ultra right-wing Israeli politicians in recent days over plans to allow the construction of thousands of housing units for Palestinians in Area C, new reports have emerged, revealing that the plans would allow for far less construction than previously thought, and would not begin for nearly two […]

Palestinian Family Refuses Israeli Narrative of Son’s Death

Hours after a 23-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead near Israel’s Qalandiya military crossing in the central occupied West Bank early Tuesday evening, Israeli forces raided his hometown and detained his father, with the family rejecting the Israeli claim that their son was attempting to stab Israeli soldiers when he was killed. The Israeli army […]

Rights Group: Gaza Facing Worst Medical Crisis in Years

An Israeli human rights organisation has warned against the consequences of what it described as “the worst medication crisis facing the besieged coastal enclave in years,” with the main victims of the crisis being cystic fibrosis patients, cancer patients, and infants with developmental deficits, Maan News Agency has reported. According to Physicians for Human Rights […]

Building Israeli Settlement ‘Aims to Thwart Trump’s Efforts’

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, Palestinian presidential spokesman, said on Tuesday the announcement by the Israeli government to build a new settlement in the occupied West Bank “thwarts peace efforts of US President Donald Trump.” “This announcement is a message coinciding with the arrival of the US president’s envoys to the region, which indicates that Israel is […]

Palestine’s Youngest Female Mayor Elected

Yusra Mohammed Badwan recently became Palestine’s youngest female mayor, in the town of Azzun in the northern West Bank. Badwan, 25, was elected after her independent list, the Prisoners’ Bloc, won in the local elections. Badwan graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Palestine Technical University in Qalqilya. She worked as […]

World Council of Churches Pressed to Support BDS

The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) recently urged the World Council of Churches (WCC) to “recognize Israel as an apartheid state,” reported the Palestine News Network. In the open letter, the Palestinian Christian organization pressed the WCC to defend the Palestinian right to advocate for BDS campaigns until Israel “complies with international […]

On World Refugee Day, Estimates Show 66% of Palestinians Became Refugees in 1948

On the anniversary of World Refugee Day, and one month after the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” it is estimated that 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Today, the United […]

Report: Israeli Army Accelerating Surveillance Network Across Occupied West Bank

Israeli news daily Haaretz published a report Sunday night, detailing the extensive network of surveillance cameras and “other monitoring devices” that the Israeli army has set up across the occupied Palestinian territory, boasting of the network’s effectiveness in “deterring attacks” on Israeli citizens and Israeli forces. According to Haaretz, the army accelerated the program over […]

Proposed Bill to Strip Palestinians in Israel of Their Citizenship

A proposed Israeli bill seeks to strip perpetrators of anti-occupation resistance attacks of their Israeli citizenship and their families of legal residency permits, Israeli media reported. According to Israel Hayom, the bill was introduced by Robert Ilatov, a Yisrael Beiteinu member of Knesset, and it is supported by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The newspaper […]

Israeli Officials Not Happy with Plan to Build Palestinian Houses

A number of Israeli officials have called on the Israeli government to cancel a plan that would allow for the construction of 14,000 housing units for Palestinians in Area C — the 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli military control. On Wednesday, reports emerged that the Israeli security cabinet had approved […]

Trump’s Aides to Meet with Netanyahu and Abbas This Week

Jason Greenblatt, US President Trump’s top national security aide, and Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law, will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, the white house said on Sunday. PLO Executive Committee member, Saleh Raafat, said that Greenblatt and Kushner are set to “discuss views on resolving […]

Palestinian University Ranked in Top Three Percent Worldwide

For the first time in its history, Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah has been included in the QS World University Rankings 2018. From a pool of 26,000 universities worldwide, Birzeit was in the top three percent – about 950 universities – of the best universities in the world, according […]

More Electricity Cuts in Gaza Put Patients’ Lives at Risk

Israel started to reduce electricity supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, despite being urged by humanitarian organizations not to implement the decision, which came at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Electricity company spokesman Muhammad Thabet said the reduction meant power would be provided for only two to three hours a day. […]

Amid Investigation, Kushner to Seek Israel-Palestine Solution

The senior adviser to the US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, will travel to the Middle East this week. The purpose of the trip is to push for a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, according to an unnamed White House official. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that Kushner […]

Israeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Attack Worshipers

Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, right after worshipers at the site were protesting against the provocative visit of a group of Jewish settlers to the Islamic holy site. Israeli police reportedly attacked with teargas and toxic gas canisters the protesting worshipers as well as assaulted them with clubs. […]

Israeli Forces Detain Two B’Tselem Researchers in Hebron

Israeli forces detained two field workers for Israeli human rights group B’Tselem in the occupied Palestinian city of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Sunday, the group reported, adding that one of them had since been released while the other remained in Israeli custody. According to a Hebrew-language statement by the organisation, Manal al-Jaabari […]

Israeli Authorities Sentences 27 Palestinians to Administrative Detention

Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders — imprisonment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence — for 27 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons since the start of June, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). Mahmoud al-Halabi, a lawyer from PPS, said that the majority of the orders […]

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