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Press Freedom Group Raises Concerns about ‘Rising Pressure’ on Journalists in Israel

(Mohammed Asad, MEMO)

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed its concern about “rising pressure on journalists in Israel.” In a statement dated February 8, the CPJ said it is “concerned by reports indicating rising pressure from the Israeli government on the foreign press.” The group cited a recent threat by the Israeli Government Press […]

Over 40 Palestinian Homes, Structures Demolished in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed over 40 Palestinian homes and structures in the Tubas district of the occupied West Bank as ongoing Israeli policies in the Jordan Valley continue to drive Palestinians out of their homes. A Palestinian official from the governor’s office in Tubas, Mutaz Bsharat, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and bulldozers stormed […]

Netanyahu Says Palestinians Have ‘Culture of Death’

Labor party opposition leader Isaac Herzog (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Members of the Knesset on Wednesday argued the possibility of a two-state solution at a special plenum debate, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Palestinian “terror” came from a “culture of death,” according to a Knesset press release. During the debate, the Israeli PM and Israel’s Labor party opposition leader Isaac Herzog exchanged criticisms […]

Israel Denies European Parliament Delegation Access to Gaza

A delegation from the European Parliament was blocked by the Israeli authorities from entering Gaza on Tuesday, the EU said in a statement. The lawmakers, who are part of the working group of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Palestine, arrived in Jerusalem on Monday and was due to visit Gaza to assess the […]

Group: Israel ‘Not Willing’ to Solve Case of Palestinian on Hunger Strike

Even if al-Qiq was treated it may not save his life.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Wednesday said Israel was “not showing attention or willingness” to solve the case of Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq as he entered day 77 on hunger strike. The society reiterated that the Palestinian prisoner remained in critical condition, slamming Israel for failing to make serious steps in his case and holding […]

Ex-Israeli PM to Serve 19-month Jail Term for Corruption

Israel’s Jerusalem Magistrate on Wednesday extended a jail sentence handed down earlier against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after the latter was convicted on bribery charges. Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Olmert, 70, would begin serving his one-year-and-seven-month sentence next Monday, becoming the first Israeli premier to serve time in jail. He must also […]

Autopsy: 16-year-old Palestinian Died from Bullet to Chest

A report from an autopsy performed on a 16-year-old Palestinian killed when clashes broke out during an Israeli military raid Tuesday revealed the teen died from a bullet to the chest. Hebron’s District Attorney Alaa al-Tamimi told Ma’an Wednesday that Omar Yousef Madi al-Jawabreh died after being hit by a single bullet that entered his […]

Palestinians Call on Oscar Nominees to Reject Israel Propaganda Trip

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Palestinian human rights activists are calling on Oscar nominees not to accept travel vouchers supplied by the Israeli government as part of the gift bag that will be given to the nominees in the acting and directing categories. A statement from the Israeli ministry of tourism boasted that its initiative is a chance to have […]

Hunger-striking Journalist Al-Qeq Rejects Agreement to Free Him 1 May; Demands Unconditional Rrelease

Cartoon depicting  Mohammed al-Qeq in his hospital bed. (Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammed al-Qeq, 33, Palestinian journalist now on hunger strike for 76 days in protest of his imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, has rejected a proposed agreement to free him by 1 May. Al-Qeq, suffering from severe health effects related to his hunger strike, including loss of speaking ability, hearing and extreme weight loss […]

New Law Allows Netanyahu to Oust Arab Parliamentarians

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has given overwhelming support to a new law proposed by the Likud-led coalition government which will allow Arab Knesset members (MKs) to be ousted, Anadolu reported on Monday. The law was first suggested by the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a punishment for the Arab parliamentarians who visited families […]

Netanyahu: We Must Protect the ‘Villa’ from the ‘Wild Beasts’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tour to the construction site of a barrier on the eastern border on Tuesday that he wishes to surround the country with fences and barriers “to defend ourselves against wild beasts” that surround Israel. “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there […]

Knesset Approves Divisive ‘NGO Transparency Bill’ in First Reading

Far-right Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked wrote the bill. (File)

The Israeli Knesset on Monday approved the first reading of the “NGO transparency bill,” denounced by critics as a move to delegitimize and weaken human rights organizations in Israel. The first reading of the bill, which passed 50 to 43, sparked uproar among some lawmakers, two of whom were removed from the plenum after interrupting […]

Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in ‘Demagogic Campaign’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a “demagogic campaign.” Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel’s attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas […]

EU Calls on Israel to Stop Home Demolitions, Settlement Expansion

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and reiterated “the EU’s firm opposition to Israel’s settlement policy.” In a statement, the EU said Israel’s most recent moves in the occupied West Bank — from settlement expansion to Palestinian home demolitions — undermine “the viability […]

Jordan Decries Israeli Plan to Build Western Wall ‘Prayer Plaza’

Jordanian officials are calling on Israel to halt plans to build a new “prayer plaza” at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, located in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Jordan’s official Petra News Agency on Saturday quoted Communications Minister Mohammad Momani as saying that the proposed plaza would violate the site’s Islamic heritage. Sacred to Jews, the Western […]

Israeli Doctor Says Palestinian Hunger Striker Could Face Immediate Death

Mohammed Al-Qiq communicates from his hospital bed. (Courtesy)

Doctors at HaEmek Hospital where hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being held said late Friday that the prisoner could face “immediate death.” Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were […]

Most Israelis Support Unilateral Disengagement in West Bank

Head of the Israeli Zionist Camp Yitzhak Herzog proposed a unilateral disengagement plan from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Friday. The proposal was made two weeks ago in the National Security Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. Based on vote results published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Anadolu said […]

Israeli Movement Calls for Separating 28 Palestinian Villages from Jerusalem

New Israeli movement Save Jewish Jerusalem has called for the building of a wall encircling 28 Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem in order to preserve the city’s Jewish identity, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. According to Quds Press, which reported on the news published in Maariv, Save Jewish Jerusalem was set up by the […]

Israeli Forces Kill 14-year-old Palestinian Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail

Witnesses said they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots. (Via Maan)

Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. Witnesses told Ma’an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in […]

More Than One Third of Syria’s Palestinians Have Been Displaced

Refugees waiting to be allowed to proceed across the frontline in Yarmouk to join queue at the distribution area. (UNRWA/file)

More than one third of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced by the ongoing conflict, a new report has revealed. The Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said the refugees were displaced after their camps were either subjected to air raids or caught up in clashes. The semi-annual report said that […]

Israel Force-feeds Hunger Striking Al-Qeq (VIDEO)

Israeli authorities yesterday force-fed Palestinian hunger striking journalist Muhammad Al-Qeq, who has been held under administrative detention since November, Issa Qaraqei, the head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Committee, revealed yesterday. Earlier yesterday, the Israeli ethics committee at Afula hospital, where Al-Qeq is being held, said the journalist was on the verge of death following […]

Two Palestinian Girls Detained after Attempted Stabbing Attack in Ramla

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Two Palestinian girls were detained after attempting to attack an Israeli security guard at a bus station in the central Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday, an Israeli police spokesperson said. Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri identified the two girls as 13-year-olds from the al-Jawarish area of Ramla. “The two arrived at the central bus station […]

Stand in Solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed, Former Palestinian Prisoner Targeted for Extradition

London protest demands 'Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed!'. (Samidoun.net)

The campaign in solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed issued an urgent call to intensify events, protests and activities of solidarity with the former Palestinian prisoner in the coming days, including protests at Bulgarian embassies and consulates and European Union offices, in order to defend his safety and freedom.Omar Nayef Zayed, who escaped Israeli occupation imprisonment […]

Abu Khdeir’s Killers Jailed

Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (File)

An Israeli has been sentenced to life and another to 21 years in jail for the brutal murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a court ruled today. Abu Khdeir’s family had been seeking life sentences for both defendants but their attorneys claimed their actions had been influenced by a third killer, 30-year-old Yosef Ben-David. […]

PA Arrests Prominent Palestinian Professor

Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim.

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services arrested on Tuesday prominent Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim, Quds Press reported. Qassim, 68, is one of the most outspoken Palestinian political analysts in the West Bank, often criticising PA corruption and security cooperation with Israel. A PA spokesman eventually acknowledged the arrest of Qassim, but claimed he was not arrested […]

3 Palestinians Shot Dead after Jerusalem Attack Kills Israeli Officer

Photo taken from social media of the three Palestinian youth shot dead after carrying out Wednesday's attack.

Three Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after they killed an Israeli police officer and wounded another in an armed attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police said. The three Palestinian youths had attracted the attention of Israeli Border Police officers as they approached Damascus Gate, police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said. […]

Saudi Arabia Overturns Execution, Sentences Palestinian Poet to Prison, 800 Lashes

Poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh.

A Saudi court overturned the death sentence for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh on Tuesday, his lawyer announced in a statement the same day. Fayadh was sentenced to the death penalty in November for “apostasy” and allegedly emitting “blasphemous statements” in some of his poetry. The poet’s sentence has been changed to eight years in prison […]

Israeli Official: There Must Be Reconciliation with Hamas

Yair Lapid. (Via CNN)

Head of the Israeli Yesh Atid party and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid has strongly criticized the Israeli government saying he expected it would collapse before the end of the year due to its policies, Palsawa reported Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth saying yesterday. In an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, Lapid said: “Israel is experiencing the […]

Palestinian Boy Shot, Critically Injured in Ramallah-area Clashes

Israeli forces shot and critically injured a 14-year-old Palestinian during clashes in the Jabal al-Tawil area of al-Bireh City on Tuesday, medics told Ma’an. Medics said the teen was in critical condition after being shot in the lower stomach with a live bullet. The 14-year-old was first taken to the Palestine Medical Center and then transferred […]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Youth near Tulkarem

Ahmad Hassan Tuba from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem.

A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier south of Tulkarem. Palestinian medical sources identified the teenager as 19-year-old Ahmad Hassan Tuba from the village of Kafr Jammal near Tulkarem. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces found Tuba near the […]

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  • February 11, 2016

    Press Freedom Group Raises Concerns about 'Rising Pressure' on Journalists in Israel

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed its concern about “rising pressure on journalists in Israel.” In a statement dated February 8, the CPJ said it is “concerned by reports indicating rising pressure from the Israeli government on the foreign press.” - The group cited a recent threat by the Israeli Government Press Office “to revoke the credentials of reporters for... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Over 40 Palestinian Homes, Structures Demolished in Jordan Valley

    Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed over 40 Palestinian homes and structures in the Tubas district of the occupied West Bank as ongoing Israeli policies in the Jordan Valley continue to drive Palestinians out of their homes. - A Palestinian official from the governor’s office in Tubas, Mutaz Bsharat, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and bulldozers stormed the Palestinian communities of al-Farisiya and Khallet... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Netanyahu Says Palestinians Have 'Culture of Death'

    Members of the Knesset on Wednesday argued the possibility of a two-state solution at a special plenum debate, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Palestinian "terror" came from a "culture of death," according to a Knesset press release. - During the debate, the Israeli PM and Israel's Labor party opposition leader Isaac Herzog exchanged criticisms over the "most realistic" way to obtain a two-state... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Israel Denies European Parliament Delegation Access to Gaza

    A delegation from the European Parliament was blocked by the Israeli authorities from entering Gaza on Tuesday, the EU said in a statement. The lawmakers, who are part of the working group of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Palestine, arrived in Jerusalem on Monday and was due to visit Gaza to assess the destruction caused in the 2014 conflict and the reconstruction efforts funded by the European... More →
  • February 10, 2016

    Group: Israel 'Not Willing' to Solve Case of Palestinian on Hunger Strike

    The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Wednesday said Israel was “not showing attention or willingness” to solve the case of Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq as he entered day 77 on hunger strike. - The society reiterated that the Palestinian prisoner remained in critical condition, slamming Israel for failing to make serious steps in his case and holding Israeli authorities “completely responsible” for... More →
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