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Palestinians Recall Dark Days of Israeli Offensives as Bombing of Aleppo Continues (PHOTO)

(Photo: Palestine Chronicle)

By Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza The Gaza Strip has witnessed three major offensives carried out by Israel from 2008-2014, which claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and made tens of thousands homeless. The bloodiest and most destructive of which was the 2014 offensive, which, according to the UN Human Rights Council, claimed the […]

Power Supply in Gaza is Reduced to 6 Hours for Every 18 Hours

Electricity grids for all districts in the Gaza Strip will only be providing power for six hour intervals followed by 12 hours without power, due to a problem with the Egyptian power lines, Gaza’s electricity company announced Monday morning. The company’s Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma’an that Egypt promised to fix the problem […]

More Than 40 Israeli Violations against Journalists in April (VIDEO)

Israeli troops detain a Palestinian journalist at a protest against the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, file)

A Palestinian committee has documented 42 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists and media groups during April, Felesteen newspaper reported on Sunday. A report from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists has called for human rights groups and international bodies to intervene in order to stop Israel’s attacks on media freedom. The committee accused Israel […]

On May Day in Gaza: Everyone Takes the Day off Except for Workers

Representatives of civil society reading a statement intended for the Obama Administration from the Gaza headquarters of UNSCO on April 27. (Photo: Mohammed Alsindawi, Palestine Chronicle)

By Yousef Aljamal – Gaza Across the world, the 1st of May is a day to celebrate workers as a gesture of appreciation of their contribution to the society. Workers across the globe take the day off, but this is not the case for Gaza’s workers, many of them are jobless due to the suffocating […]

UN: Israel’s Restriction on Cement Entry Stopping Gaza Reconstruction (VIDEO)

Reconstruction of Gaza after the war has been severely hindered by Israel's nine-year military blockade. (File)

Israel’s halt of the entry of cement into Gaza has stopped reconstruction work, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed on Friday, according to Quds Press. In a report, OCHA said: “The rebuilding of the houses destroyed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza stopped due to the Israeli authorities’ […]

Erekat Slams Eurovision Contest’s Palestinian Flag Ban

(Photo: via Twitter)

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat slammed the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Saturday for banning the Palestinian flag from the 2016 Eurovision song contest, calling the ruling “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.” In a letter obtained by Ma’an addressed to EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, Erekat expressed his “outrage and indignation” toward the […]

French Campaign Launched Focusing on Palestinian Children Arrested by Israel

A group of Palestinian children arrested in the West Bank. (File)

Over 40 French rights groups have launched a campaign in solidarity with Palestinian children inside Israeli jails, Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The campaign called for the international community to act for the sake of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. According to Anadolu, the campaign sent a team to Israeli prisons to meet with […]

UN Reports Four-fold Increase in Israeli Demolitions This Year

Demolitions in Khirbet Tana on April 7, 2016 (UNOCHA)

UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016. According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January. […]

PA: ‘State of Palestine’ to Replace ‘Palestinian Authority’ on New Passports

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki revealed yesterday that a new version of the Palestinian passport will carry the words “State of Palestine” instead of the “Palestinian National Authority”. Al-Maliki told Palestinian Al-Ayyam newspaper that the new passport is being designed, noting that Israel has been informed of the change. He did not specify a […]

Israeli Doctors Take Part in Mistreatment of Palestinian Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

(Photo: File)

A report by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) released last month revealed that that Israeli doctors condone the mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners — particularly those in solitary confinement — as a matter of routine, in violation of medical ethics and international law that in some cases equates solitary confinement to torture. The report was […]

Palestinians Slam Israel for ‘Execution’ of Palestinian Siblings (PHOTOS)

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The Palestinian leadership across the political spectrum on Thursday issued official condemnations of the “execution” of two Palestinian siblings shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah after an alleged stab attack the day prior. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ cabinet denounced the silence of the international community after Israeli officers shot Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail […]

Hamas Activists Arrested after Palestinian Student Elections (PHOTOS)

(Photo: Hamas Movement, Twitter)

Five Hamas activists were arrested for “illegal activities” in and around the occupied West Bank’s administrative capital Ramallah overnight yesterday, Israeli military officials announced. Local witnesses told the Anadolu Agency that at least four were ex-detainees. #Palestinian students gather at #Birzeit University for the debate before the tomorrow’s vote pic.twitter.com/nvBbi4dBP7 — Andrea Bernardi (@andrwbern) April 26, […]

Witnesses: Palestinian Siblings Posed No Threat When Shot Dead (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Witnesses to an alleged stab attempt on Israeli border police at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank Wednesday said two siblings shot dead during the incident posed no threat at the time the Israeli officer killed them. Witnesses told Ma’an that 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old […]

Abu-Marzouk: Gaza Port, Airport Not Hamas Invention

Abu-Marzouk (L) said he was surprised by members of Fatah who refuse the idea of building an airport and a seaport in Gaza, (File)

Hamas did not suggest having a sea port and airport in Gaza, the foundations for them were laid prior to the occupation, the deputy leader of Hamas said yesterday. Mousa Abu-Marzouk said Gaza had an airport before Israel destroyed it to punish the Palestinian people, while the port had its foundations laid. Abu-Marzouk said Hamas […]

Palestinians Forced to Close Shops in Hebron (Al-Khalil) for Israeli Passover Visits

Palestinian shop owners were forced to close their storefronts in Hebron (Al-Khalil) Tuesday as Israeli politicians called for the annexation of the occupied city during visits by thousands of right-wing Israelis for Passover. Hebron local and prominent activist Issa Amro told Ma’an that Israeli forces instructed shopkeepers in both the H1 and H2 areas of […]

Six-meter Mandela Statue Unveiled in Palestine (PHOTOS)

The statue was created by South African artists Lungisa Khala‚ Christina Salvodi and Tanya Lee. (Via CCTV Africa)

For the first time in the history of the Middle East‚ a statue of an African leader will tower over the suburb of Al-Titherah in Palestine’s economic capital Ramallah. On Tuesday‚ April 26, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau was joined by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‚ his counterpart in Ramallah‚ Mousa Hadid‚ and officials of the South […]

Youngest Freed Palestinian Prisoner Fears re-arrest by Israeli Occupation (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Dima, moments after she was released to her parents. (ActiveStills.org)

Palestinian girl Dima al-Wawi, 12, is living in a state of fear and shock after she was released from an Israeli jail on Sunday. The minor spent 75 days in jail after being charged with attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, theAnadolu Agency reported. While staying with her family at her house in the West […]

Over 80 US Senators Push Obama to Increase Military Aid to Israel

More than 80 percent of American senators signed a letter addressed to US President Barack Obama urging him to reach an agreement on an increased military aid package to Israel. “In light of Israel’s dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources […]

Israel Releases 12-year-old Palestinian Girl, Dima al-Wawi

Dima, moments after she was released to her parents. (ActiveStills.org)

The Israeli authorities on Sunday released 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi to her family after she spent two-and-a-half months in Israeli prison for an alleged attempted manslaughter carried out at an illegal Israeli settlement. Believed to have been the youngest female Palestinian to be incarcerated by Israel, al-Wawi’s parent filed requests for her release and Israel agreed […]

Palestinians Create Seed Bank to Save Their Farming Heritage

In the rocky hills of the Palestinian West Bank, farmers learned long ago how to adapt to extremes of climate that make spring the shortest season. In a part of the world where agriculture was first practised, they found crops that could survive even if watered only by the occasional rain storm. But a form […]

Israel to Confiscate 1,250 Acres of Palestinian Land for Illegal Outposts

Israel has recently stepped up land confiscation in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli authorities on Saturday delivered notices to the Palestinian village of Jalud in the northern occupied West Bank, alerting residents that 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private land were slated for confiscation in what appeared to be the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts in the area. Officials from Jalud’s local council told Ma’an that […]

Amnesty Demands Hamas to Condemn Jerusalem Bus Bombing

Amnesty International on Friday demanded the Hamas movement to condemn attacks on civilians after the group claimed a Jerusalem bus bombing that took place earlier this week. The international rights group said in a statement that “deliberate attacks on civilians” could never be justified, calling on Hamas to reject rather than support such attacks. Hamas […]

Gaza Ministry of Interior Redeploys Forces at Border with Egypt (VIDEO)

The Egyptian army has flooded the network of cross-border tunnels linking Egypt’s Sinai to the Gaza Strip with seawater. (MEMO, file)

The Gaza Ministry of Interior and National Security redeployed forces along the frontier with Egypt in a plan to increase control over the border area. Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bazm said that the deployment was a confirmation of Egypt’s security and of the stability of the border zone. Al-Bazm added that the deployment coincided with a […]

US Sends Nobody to Ecuador, Palestine Sends 19 Rescuers

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Latin America sent three quarters of the world’s rescuers to Ecuador, Europe the second-highest amount, and the United States zero. Latin America far surpasses any region in sending humanitarian aid and rescue experts to Ecuador for earthquake relief, with Venezuela sending almost a third of all rescue specialists and Palestine sending 19 — 19 more […]

Students in Gaza Watch World’s First Virtual Reality Operation

(Photo: Courtesy Medical Realities)

In a world first, British surgeon Dr. Shafi Ahmed live-streamed an operation using Google glasses allowing students around the world to get a doctor’s view of the procedure last Thursday. Medical students and staff in Gaza were among some 13,000 viewers who watched the doctor remove cancerous tissue from a 78-year-old patient with colon cancer […]

HRW Report Slams ‘Discriminatory’ Israeli Closure of Palestinian Quarries

Israeli authorities’ closure of 35 Palestinian quarries in the occupied West Bank since March is threatening the livelihoods of 3,500 workers and may constitute “collective punishment,” a Human Rights Watch report revealed on Thursday. The Civil Administration, a subsection of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) that handles Israeli bureaucratic functions in […]

15% of Jews from Former Soviet Union Leave Israel

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Some 15 per cent of the Jews who moved to Israel from the former Soviet Union have now left the country, Israel’s Channel 10 revealed yesterday. They moved to many countries with the majority now living in Canada. Many had lived in Israel for 25 years however they did not feel they integrated into society, […]

Palestinian Wounded in Jerusalem Bus Explosion Succumbs to His Wounds

A Palestinian man severely wounded in an explosion on a Jerusalem bus on Monday evening has succumbed to his wounds, a spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek hospital told Ma’an on Wednesday evening. The spokesperson said the man has lost both of his legs and been severely burned in the blast which injured 20 other people. […]

Israeli Parliamentarian Attends Event Where Speakers Urge Destruction of Al-Aqsa

(Photo: Anadolu Agency, via MEMO, file)

Radical right-wing Israeli activists gathered in Jerusalem on Monday, where speakers called for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and the construction of a Temple. The event, held on Mount Scopus, was attended by Likud parliamentarian Miki Zohar. According to an Israeli media report, this is the first time that […]

Israeli Court Sentences Sheikh Raed Salah to Nine Months in Prison

Sheikh Raed Salah. (Via Aljazeera)

The Israeli Supreme Court has sentenced Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, to nine months in prison over charges of “inciting violence” in a religious sermon dating back to 2007, Anadolu reported on Monday. The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem sentenced Sheikh Salah to 11 months in prison, giving […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • May 3, 2016

    Is Israel Jewish Like France is French? (VIDEO)

    On June 11, 1967, days after Israel’s armed forces had conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan appeared on US news show ‘Face the Nation’. - Addressing Israel’s ability to “absorb” Palestinian inhabitants of the newly-occupied territory, a journalist asked Dayan if it was necessary to maintain Israel as “as a Jewish state and purely a Jewish state.” Absolutely, Dayan... More →
  • May 3, 2016

    Palestinians Recall Dark Days of Israeli Offensives as Bombing of Aleppo Continues (PHOTO)

    By Yousef M. Aljamal - Gaza - The Gaza Strip has witnessed three major offensives carried out by Israel from 2008-2014, which claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and made tens of thousands homeless. The bloodiest and most destructive of which was the 2014 offensive, which, according to the UN Human Rights Council, claimed the lives of some 2,200 Palestinians, and left 11,000 injured, including 3,540 women... More →
  • May 2, 2016

    Power Supply in Gaza is Reduced to 6 Hours for Every 18 Hours

    Electricity grids for all districts in the Gaza Strip will only be providing power for six hour intervals followed by 12 hours without power, due to a problem with the Egyptian power lines, Gaza’s electricity company announced Monday morning. - The company’s Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma’an that Egypt promised to fix the problem as soon as possible. - Labad added that once the Egyptian lines are... More →
  • May 2, 2016

    Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

    By now, Angela Merkel is used to it. Whenever she meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the confidential content of their discussion appears in an Israeli newspaper a few days later. - But the story that appeared in Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu newspaper on Feb. 16 surprised even the German chancellor. "Merkel: This Isn't the Time for Two States," was the headline. That was the chancellor's... More →
  • May 2, 2016

    More Than 40 Israeli Violations against Journalists in April (VIDEO)

    A Palestinian committee has documented 42 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists and media groups during April, Felesteen newspaper reported on Sunday. - A report from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists has called for human rights groups and international bodies to intervene in order to stop Israel’s attacks on media freedom. - The committee accused Israel of exposing Palestinian journalists... More →
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