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The Years of Our Lord: A Political Drama Written and Directed by Jason Kendall Moore

The Years of our Lord was performed by Jason Kendall Moore and María Angélica Luzzi in Los Andes, Chile, in December 2016. The scenes are presented in reverse chronological order: 2002 during the siege of Bethlehem, 1969 during Allende’s presidential campaign, and 1936 during the Palestinian revolt against Jewish immigration. They are linked together by […]

Security Intensified at Gaza Border Following Suicide Bombing

Gaza’s forces have tightened security in the besieged enclave on Thursday after a suicide bombing targeted Palestinian security forces near the Egyptian border earlier in the day, killing one Palestinian and injuring four others. The attacker’s family, meanwhile, has refused to hold a funeral for their son, saying that his actions were against their religion […]

Swedish Activist Begins One-Year Trek to Palestine

A pro-Palestinian Swedish activist started a 4,800-kilometre trek to Palestine to raise awareness of the ongoing Israeli occupation on the 5th of August. Benjamin Ladra started his journey ten days ago from the Swedish city of Gothenburg and will walk through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey and Cyprus before finally crossing into Palestine. He will be […]

Hebron: Israeli Occupation Forces Confiscate 47 Dunums of Land

Israeli authorities confiscated at least 47 dunams (12 acres) of lands in al-Thahiryeh village, south of Hebron city, in the southern occupied West Bank for alleged military purposes, locals told Ma’an on Wednesday. Al-Thahiryeh mayor Ratib al-Sabber told Ma’an that locals were surprised last Sunday when an Israeli confiscation order was put up on the […]

Caught on Tape: Israeli Police Raid on Hospital over Critically Wounded Palestinian (VIDEOS)

An Israeli police raid on Al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem last month left one critically wounded Palestinian dead, an investigation by Israeli NGO B’Tselem concluded, adding that the raid endangered the lives of other patients. Muhammad Abu Ghanam, 20, was rushed to the hospital on July 21 after being critically shot by Israeli security forces […]

Settlement Expansion Continues in West Bank with Installation of more Caravan Units Near Bethlehem

Israeli settlers reportedly installed caravans on the outskirts of the illegal Israeli settlement of Betar Illit in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Wednesday, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Ten caravans were set up near the fence separating Betar Illit from the nearby village of Nahhalin, Nahhalin council head Subhi Zeidan […]

Gaza Fishermen Come under Israeli Fire again

Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the northern coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning. Witnesses said the fishermen were forced to sail back ashore to Beit Lahiya after coming under fire. No injuries or detentions were reported during the incident. Over 300K fishermen in Gaza face restricted livelihoods […]

Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing to Allow Humanitarian Cases, Pilgrims

Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Monday morning to allow Palestinian pilgrims to exit the blockaded coastal enclave to perform the Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia as well as humanitarian cases registered to travel at the crossing. Gaza’s borders and crossings committee said the crossing would remain open […]

Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 16 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces Tuesday detained 16 Palestinians during military raids in multiple West Bank districts, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). According to PPS, at least five Palestinians were detained in the Ramallah area, in addition to five others, including a minor aged 16, from the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Three Palestinians were detained […]

Muslim Leader Raed Salah Arrested again by Israel

Israeli police detained Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, on Tuesday morning and transferred him for interrogation “over suspicions of his involvement and support of an illegal and banned union,” according to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri. According to the Israeli police, Salah is accused […]

Israeli Police Raid Palestinian Homes in Jerusalem

Israeli police and Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency, forces raided several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem overnight between Monday and Tuesday, storming and ransacking Palestinian homes that police accused of being financially supported by the Hamas movement. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the raids were carried out after “intensive […]

Nasrallah: Hezbollah Stronger in Every Way than During 2006 Victory over Israelis

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned the Lebanese resistance movement is capable of defeating Israel in the event of a new conflict. The Hezbollah secretary-general made the comments in a televised address marking the 11th anniversary of the Lebanese victory in the 2006 Israeli war. “Defeat and humiliation were what the Israeli enemy won […]

Netanyahu Backs Partitioning Iraq for Kurdish State

During a meeting with a U.S. delegation, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed interest in partitioning Iraq. The Prime Minister told the group of 33 congressmen that he favored the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in the Arab country. Israel has a longstanding relationship with the Kurds, who remains one of its few non-Arab […]

EU Sponsored Housing Project Destroyed by Israelis

Israeli forces demolished housing donated by the European Union (EU) in a Bedouin village in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday morning. Khashem al-Daraj and Umm al-Kheir are among dozens of small communities located in the Masafer Yatta area – also known as the South Hebron Hills – which falls within Israel’s “Firing Zone […]

Jewish Extremist Leader Protests Ban on MK Visits to Al-Aqsa by Sitting Outside Holy Site

Far-right Israeli parliamentarian Yehuda Glick protested outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday morning to denounce the ban preventing Knesset members from accessing the compound for the past year and a half. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ruled in early July to temporarily lift the ban preventing Israeli MPs […]

‘The PA Could Arrest Anyone’: Palestinian Journalists Go on Hunger Strike to Protest PA’s Campaign 

As local and international criticism continued to mount against the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s (PA) tightening noose on freedoms of expression in the occupied West Bank, seven Palestinian journalists imprisoned by the PA have begun a hunger strike after being detained under the controversial Cyber Crimes Law, approved by PA’s President Mahmoud Abbas last month. Palestinian […]

Jerusalem: EU Calls on Israel to Reconsider Eviction of Palestinian Family

The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed concern at the imminent threat of eviction by Israeli authorities of the Shamasneh family from their home in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. In a statement Sunday, EU missions called on the Israeli authorities to reconsider the decision, saying, “The eviction, if carried […]

Palestinian Home under Threat of Settler Takeover Becomes House of Prayer

Scores of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem performed prayers outside the Shamasna home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Friday in a show of solidarity with the family, who is facing imminent evacuation from their home of 53 years to make room for Israeli settlers claiming they own the family’s home. Ekrima Sabri, head of […]

Israeli Media: Security Coordination with PA Resumed

The Palestinian Authority has restarted security coordination with Israel without announcing the measure, Al-Monitor reported. “Security coordination was resumed on August 4, but the Palestinian Authority is being discrete about the news and refuses to officially announce the reconciliation,” according to the report of an Israeli security source to Al-Monitor. The source pointed added that […]

Beyond Liveability – A Poem by Samah Sabawi

By Samah Sabawi life beyond livability is inevitable like the rainfall and the winter storms life inside the walls is ferocious…stubborn unstoppable It grows like dandelions through parched rocks inevitable it transcends obstacles and powers through like inexorable love like an irresistible kiss like the birthing of new life beyond the statistics and the rhetoric […]

US ‘Peace Team’ Expected In Region In Two Weeks

Foreign and Diaspora Minister Riyad Malki said Thursday that a US delegation that includes President Donald Trump’s senior advisor Jarod Kushner and special envoy Jason Greenblatt is expected in the region within the coming two weeks. He told Voice of Palestine radio that the US delegation is expected to bring with it answers to questions […]

Hamas Calls Israel’s Planned Barrier With Gaza ‘Declaration of War’

Following reports that the Israeli army would be expediting its project to build a subterranean barrier along the Israeli border with the besieged Gaza Strip, a Hamas official condemned the move, calling the construction of the barrier a “declaration of war.” Israeli news website Ynet reported on Thursday that in a press briefing along the […]

Israel Settler Drives Car in to Group of Palestinian Children, Injuring Four

An Israeli settler ran over four Palestinian children in occupied Jerusalem yesterday evening. Eyewitnesses say that the settler “deliberately rammed” his car into a group of children in the occupied town of Silwan and fled the scene. The witnesses also reported that the Israeli settler was driving recklessly at high speed from the center of […]

Israel Steals EU Sponsored Solar Panel Array from Bedouin Community

Israeli forces recently stole electricity-producing solar panels at the Bedouin community camp of Abu Al-Nawar, according to local sources. Abu Al-Nawar’s representative and local community leader, Abu Emad al-Jahalin, told Quds Press yesterday that the occupation authorities violated a decision issued by the Israeli Supreme Court to stop confiscating solar panels. He said that the […]

Gaza Woman Dies after Israel Delayed Her Permit to Reach Hospital

A 47-year-old woman with cancer died in Gaza on Tuesday while waiting for an Israeli army permit to get treatment in a hospital outside Gaza, al-Mezan human rights center said on Thursday. It said Itimad Fathi Rabi, from Shabora refugee camp in Rafah, was suffering from cancer in the colon and had requested permit to […]

Israel Imposes ‘Laptop Ban’ on Palestinians Leaving Gaza

Israel has reportedly imposed a new wave of restrictions on Palestinians traveling in and out of the besieged Gaza Strip, where residents have suffered under countless bans and restrictions for over a decade, owing to Israel’s land, air, and sea blockade on Gaza. Israeli news website Ynet reported that the new set of restrictions include […]

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Hits out at Musicians for Crossing Israel ‘Picket line’ (VIDEO)

Rock legend Roger Waters has spoken to RT America’s Anya Parampil in a wide-ranging interview that airs on Thursday. In addition to discussing President Donald Trump, ongoing tensions between the US and Russia, and the Israel lobby, Waters called out Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for refusing to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement […]

Israel Demolishes 3 Homes Belonging to Alleged Palestinian Assailants in Ramallah

Israeli forces demolished three homes belonging to the families of alleged Palestinian attackers, while another home was sealed, in the villages of Deir Abu Mashaal and Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah during pre-dawn hours on Thursday, leaving dozens of Palestinians homeless. Israeli forces demolished the family homes of two alleged […]

Israel Reduces Jail Term of Ahmad Manasra (VIDEO)

The Israeli Supreme Court reduced the sentence of 15-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Manasra from 12 years to nine-and-a-half today after his family appealed. Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Khalid Manasra stabbed and critically wounded two Israelis, aged 13 and 21, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the Beit Hanina neighbourhood of occupied […]

Egypt to Open Rafah Crossing for Pilgrims, after Five Months of Closure

Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the besieged Gaza Strip from Monday until Thursday next week to allow the passage of Muslim pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj, Palestinian sources reported on Wednesday. Spokesperson of the borders committee in Gaza Hisham Adwan said that Egyptian authorities had decided […]

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