Palestinian MKs: New Law Passed by the Knesset Aims to Annex West Bank

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that would allow verdicts from military court proceedings in the occupied West Bank to be submitted as evidence in Israeli civilian courts, a move which critics claim is another step aiming to illegally annex the West Bank by applying Israeli domestic laws in the […]

Israeli Army Uproots 2,000 Ancient Olive Trees

The Israeli occupation army on Monday began uprooting about 2,000 trees planted on privately owned Palestinian land east of Qalqilia city, in the northern West Bank, in order to open a new settlement road, PNN reported. The Israeli military had announced the area a closed military zone, and arrested international activists protesting the army’s action. […]

Israel Re-arrests Muhammad al-Qiq, Former Hunger Striker

The Israeli authorities rearrested former Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad al-Qiq after he took part in a protest which called for the release of Palestinian bodies held by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday. Palestinian news outlet al-Quds Network quotes al-Qiq’s wife Fayhaa Shalash as saying that he immediately declared […]

Warning of One State and ‘Palestinian Mob’: New Israeli Ad Campaign ‘Racist’

Former senior Israeli defense officials rolled out a massive ad campaign in Israel on Sunday “warning” Israelis of a single-state with a Palestinian majority if the two state-solution is not implemented as the end goal in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The former officials are members of a group known as Commanders for Israel’s Security, “which is […]

Palestinian Teen Killed by Israeli Army During Clashes

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli army during a confrontation in the occupied West Bank, according to officials. The violence erupted on Monday when Israeli forces raided the village of Tuqu, south of Bethlehem. Four other Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.  In a statement, the Palestinian health ministry confirmed the […]

Mixed Palestinian Reactions in the Wake of Paris Summit

Palestinians had mixed reactions following a summit held in Paris on Sunday, with some expressing doubt at the likelihood that a new round of international negotiations would help reach a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked the French government as well as all countries which participated in the summit, saying that […]

B’Tselem: International Community Must Work to End Israeli Occupation

By Palestine Chronicle Staff B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has affirmed its position that the international community should work to protect Palestinian human rights and end the Israeli occupation. In a statement published following the launch of the Paris Peace Conference to revive talks between Palestinians and Israelis, […]

Palestinian Political Factions Object to Paris Peace Conference

In spite of the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority’s endorsement of a peace conference being held in Paris on Sunday, other Palestinian factions were opposed to the premise of the international summit, and said they were not expecting any diplomatic breakthroughs. Kayid al-Ghoul, a senior leader in the Gaza Strip for the left-wing Popular Front for the […]

Peace Conference Begins in Paris to Reaffirm ‘Two-state Solution’

An international peace conference involving more than 40 foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 75 countries began in Paris on Sunday morning, aimed at renewing efforts to resolve the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the two-state solution. The Paris conference has been welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, while the Israeli government has boycotted the summit for […]

Extremist Israeli Settlers Invited to Attend Trump Inauguration

US President-elect Donald Trump invited the leaders of the Israeli Jewish settlers illegally living on occupied Palestinian territories to attend his inauguration on 20 January, a body linked to the settlers said yesterday. Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency reported Israeli radio as saying that Director General Shin Adler of the Settlers’ Council claimed that an […]

Palestinian Embassy to Open in Vatican

Today, the inauguration of the first Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican, will take place, which will be attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Maan News Agency reported. Maan noted that according to the statement, Abbas’ tour began on Wednesday […]

Chilean Mayor: We Seek Partnership With Palestinians

The Mayor of the Chilean district of Recoleta in Santiago expressed Thursday hope for a real partnership with Gaza and al-Khalil (Hebron) municipalities, Palestine Information Center reported. Recoleta Mayor, Daniel Jadue, hailed the efforts made in Chile “to boost ties and cooperation with the Palestinian communities in Latin America.” According to the PIC, the mayor’s […]

Israel Confiscates 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land in Nablus

Israel has confiscated just under 1,000 acres (4,000 dunams) of Palestinian-owned land in Nablus, it has been reported. The reason given by the military court order authorizing the confiscation is to prevent attacks on illegal settlers and soldiers in and around the occupied West Bank city. The order was issued following the killing of a […]

B’tselem: Israel Collectively Punishes Palestinians in Jerusalem Following Truck Attack

By Palestine Chronicle Staff B’tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories accused Israel of collectively punishing Palestinians in Jerusalem following a truck attack carried out by a Palestinian, in a press release published on January 11 2017. The organization reported, “Israeli authorities have since adopted a series of punitive measures […]

Chilean MPs to Demand UK Apology over Balfour Declaration

The Chilean parliament hosted on Tuesday a special session on Palestine to discuss “The centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s responsibility for the Palestinians’ suffering, and the Gaza blockade,” PIC reported. The MPs, during the session, considered founding a parliamentary group for Palestine in South America. Friends of Palestine group, which represents more than […]

New Crisis Looming: Gaza Has Access to Less than Half of Electricity Needs

The besieged Gaza Strip is currently receiving less than half of the electricity it needs, Gaza power authority deputy chief Thafer Melhem said on Wednesday. In an interview with the official channel Palestine TV, Melhem said that the blockaded enclave was only provided with 200 megawatts of electricity, only 45 percent of the 450 megawatts […]

Obama Sharply Critical of Netanyahu in Israeli TV Interview (VIDEO)

US President Barack Obama, in an interview aired on Israeli television on Tuesday, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu policy backing settlements in occupied territory is making a future Palestinian state impossible. “Bibi says that he believes in the two-state solution and yet his actions consistently have shown that if he is getting pressured to approve […]

Longest-serving Palestinian Prisoner, Nael Al-Barghouthi Transferred to Gilbou Prison

Nael Al-Barghouthi, 59, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails has been transferred from Raymond prison to Gilbou prison, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has recently transferred Al-Barghouthi more than four times between Israeli prisons. Al-Barghouthi has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails. He was released in 2011 […]

Israeli Army: Hamas Hacked Soldiers’ Facebook and Cell-Phones

The Israeli army has announced on Wednesday that the Hamas resistance movement in the Gaza Strip has recently managed to hack into the Facebook accounts and cell-phones of some of its soldiers. The spokesperson of the Israeli army for the Arabic media Avichay Adraee said in a press statement, “Hamas has recently created fake Facebook […]

Israel Plans to Build Illegal Settlement on Site of Jerusalem Attacker’s Home (VIDEO)

The Jerusalem municipality has reportedly approved plans to establish a new settlement in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, on the site of the home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly truck attack on Saturday, according to Israel’s Channel 10. Israel’s security cabinet has already ordered Fadi al-Qunbar’s home to be […]

Kerry Ignores Israel Fury to Attend Paris Peace Conference

US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a Middle East peace conference on Sunday next week along with seventy other countries, in spite of Israeli objections. The announcement is certain to further anger Israeli officials who were dismayed by Kerry’s highly critical speech two weeks ago and the US’ refusal to veto a UN […]

Demolition of Palestinian Houses in Israel is ‘Serious Development’ (PHOTOS)

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khoudary, Head of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege said the demolition of Palestinian houses in Israel is “a serious development.” Al-Khoudary condemned Israel’s move to demolish 11 Palestinian houses in the town of Qalansawe inside the Green Line. NOW: Palestinian students protest against demolition of 11 houses by Israeli authorities, yesterday […]

‘The Boy from H2’ to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (VIDEO)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff A short documentary, “The Boy from H2”, by Helen Yanovsky in collaboration with B’Tselem’s field researchers and Camera Project volunteers in Hebron, will premiere at the 67th Berlinale (9-19 February 2017).   According to a B’Tselem statement, the documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron. Citing the security of some 800 settlers […]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man During Predawn Raid in al-Faraa

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death. A member of the politburo of the Palestinian People’s […]

10 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Israeli City, Mayor to Resign (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor […]

Suicide Most Common Cause of Death among Israel Soldiers

The Israel Defense Forces have revealed that the most common cause of death among soldiers in 2016 was suicide, reported the Times of Israel. IDF statistics released on Sunday show that out of the 41 serving soldiers who died in 2016, 15 committed suicide; all were men. Four IDF soldiers were killed during military operations, […]

UN Office: Israel Made 160 Palestinians Homeless on the First Week of 2017

By Palestine Chronicle Staff United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) revealed that Israel destroyed 70 Palestinians structures in the West Bank in the first week of 2017 alone, making some 160 Palestinians homeless. OCHA noted, “The demolitions were carried out on grounds of lack of Israeli-issued building […]

Israeli Court Sentences 15-year-old Palestinian Girl to 18 Months in Prison

An Israeli military court on Monday evening sentenced a teenage Palestinian girl to 18 months in prison, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS identified the girl in a statement as 15-year-old Tasnim Halabi from the town of Rammun in the central occupied West Bank Ramallah district. Halabi, according to the statement, was detained […]

‘Don’t Visit Israel’: Zuma Tells South Africans

President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans not to visit Israel unless they are working on “fostering peace” in the region. Addressing thousands of supporters during the 105th birth anniversary of his ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the capital Johannesburg yesterday, Zuma said: “The people of Palestine continue to suffer in their rightful quest […]

Assualt and Isolation: Nafha Prison Detainees Endure Harsh Israeli Measures

The ‘Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ group revealed on Sunday that Israeli forces have assaulted Palestinian prisoners at the Nafha prison after they organized a sit-in to protest placing their inmates, Ramzy Oubaid and others under solidarity confinement for an extended period of time. The group has noted in a press statement published yesterday that the prisoners […]

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