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#ResistAIPAC: Protesters Took to Twitter, Streets to Condemn AIPAC Conference

By Diana Alghoul Thousands of Jews and many others took to the streets to protest outside this year’s AIPAC conference in condemnation of Israel’s increasingly hostile policies towards Palestinians, in the world’s largest Jewish-led anti-settlement protest. This is what 1000 Jews marching on @AIPAC looks like. #JewishResistance #ResistAIPAC @IfNotNowOrg — (((YonahLieberman))) (@YonahLieberman) March 26, […]

Gaza Authorities Close Border Crossing with Israel Following Murder of Hamas Leader

Palestinian security forces in the Gaza Strip has issued a decision to shut down the Eretz Crossing connecting the costal enclave with Israel and the West Bank, a day after a Hamas freed prisoner was gunned down in Gaza city. Hamas has accused Israel to standing behind the assassination and vowed revenge. Speaking with PIC, […]

Mansour Slams Pro-Israel ‘Bullying’ at the United Nations

Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Authority Ambassador to the United Nations, slammed on Wednesday the “bullying tactics and intimidation” that led to UN withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of establishing an “apartheid regime” against the Palestinians. Mansour’s comments were released as an Arab delegation met with the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres over the findings and repercussions […]

US-Israel Talks End without Reaching Agreement on Illegal Settlements

A round of talks between the Trump administration and Israel ended without agreement over limiting Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian land, the White House said Thursday. Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, who recently returned from a visit to the region, led the US delegation in what were described as “intensive discussions” with Israeli Prime […]

Israel Denies Palestinian Education Minister Access to Gaza

Israel denied Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam entry into the besieged Gaza Strip yesterday through the Beit Hanoun crossing, known as Erez in Israel, in northern Gaza, MEMO reported. “Israel has refused to grant Minister Saidam and his delegation permission to enter the Gaza Strip,” Kamal Al-Sharafi, chairman of the board of trustees of Al-Aqsa […]

Israeli Policeman Savagely Attack Palestinian As He Tries to Speak To Him (VIDEO)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff A video published today on social media websites showed an Israeli policeman savagely attacking a Palestinian man in Jerusalem as the later tried to speak to him. The policeman repeatedly attacked the man as well as other people who attempted to stop him. Israeli violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem in particular […]

To Syrian Children – A Poem

By Sonnet Mondal You all are culpable— for wending your way to schools for going to hospitals, for playing in open spaces and for keeping at your dreams within a country in rags. Yes, you never knew that you would be going down with a fever that would burn your fleshes into a universal white […]

To Honor Intellectual Heroes: Students Organize Reading Chain at Gaza’s Seaport

A group of youths organized a reading chain in the Gaza Seaport on Monday, “honoring intellectual martyrs who have been killed by the Israeli occupation authorities.” Palestinian martyr Bahaa Eliyan from Jerusalem initiated the idea of a reading chain in occupied Jerusalem three years ago. Last year, the Israelis killed Eliyan. “Honoring him alongside with […]

Palestine’s Highest Medal of Honor for Rima Khalaf

The Palestinian Presidential adviser for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Nabil Shaath, has awarded Palestine’s Highest Medal of Honor to Rima Khalaf, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and has praised her courage in standing up against those who pressured her to withdraw the committee’s report which […]

Israel Confirms Downing of Its Military Drone in Syria

Israel has confirmed that one of its drones “fell” in Syrian territory yesterday and “the circumstances are being examined,” a statement by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said. The announcement was made after media outlets reported downing a drone in the area of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights. Images of the damaged drone were […]

18 Palestinian Mothers in Israeli Jails on Mothers’ Day

Palestinian Prisoner Society revealed on Sunday that the Israeli occupation forces are detaining 19 mothers out of 60 female captives in Israeli Sharon and Damon jails, the PIC reported. In a statement on the occasion of Mother’s Day, the Society pointed out that the Israeli occupation forces “deprive some of the female detainees of the […]

Israel Threatens to Destroy Syrian Air-defense Systems

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would continue fighting arms smuggling from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Quds Press reported on yesterday. He said: “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation.” The Israeli radio said that Lieberman’s warnings were […]

Israeli Forces Detain 18 Palestinians for Being in WhatsApp Group

Israeli forces have detained 18 Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank for being in a WhatsApp group with a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces on Monday after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Sunday that the detained were all members of […]

Protesters in Vienna Demonestrate against Israeli Apartheid

Dozens of protesters gathered on Friday at the Human Rights Square in Vienna, to protest Israeli occupation and apartheid in Palestine, PIC reported. “The participants carried the Palestinian flag, performed folklore dances and chanted anti-occupation slogans. They demanded ending the Israeli occupation and halting punitive measures against Palestinians. They also called for the return of […]

Whether You Stumble, or Stand Up: A Song for Basil Al-Araj

A group of Gaza-based activists has produced an amateur video-clip dedicated to Basil Al-Araj, the 31-year-old Palestinian activist who was ambushed and assassinated by Israeli Occupation Forces two weeks ago. Al-Araj is remembered as a young intellectual involved in cultural activities and resistance against Israeli occupation and apartheid. Basil was known amongst Palestinian activists as an “engaged intellectual,” and […]

US Envoy Hands Abbas Nine Demands to Restart Negotiations, Claims DEBKAfile

Israeli intelligence website, DEBKAfile, claimed that it has access to what it called “the US basic preconditions presented to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by the US Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt during a meeting on Tuesday, March 14.” Trump Middle East envoy meets Palestinian leader Abbas — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) […]

UN ESCWA Chief Resigns over Report on ‘Apartheid’ Israel

The head of the United Nation’s West Asia commission resigned today after what she described as pressure from the secretary-general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it […]

PCHR on Hamas’ ‘Administrative Committee’: It Will Not Solve Gaza’s Problems

By Palestine Chronicle Staff Various media outlets have published reports stating that the Hamas movement in Gaza is about to form an administrative committee to run the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has revealed. This move came after the Hamas Change and Reform Bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council passed a law […]

Systematic Dehumanization – A Poem

By Stuart Rees (To record a young Gazan student’s characteristically gutsy six week wait, with her two-year-old son, for permission to exit Gaza via Israel to Jordan, eventually having to escape through the Rafah crossing into Egypt, then to Cairo for a flight home to Australia.) The uniforms have confiscated your papers but will not […]

Activists: Soldiers Tried to Plant a Knife on Palestinian Teen in Hebron (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers tried to plant a knife on a 15-year-old Palestinian teen in occupied Hebron, footage released by local activists appears to show. The reports have been called “false manipulations and an attempt to distort the truth” by the Israeli army. The footage showed Israeli soldiers approaching the checkpoint with a knife in his hand, […]

US Asks Jordan to Extradite Freed Palestinian Prisoner, Ahlam al-Tamimi

The US Justice Department on Tuesday asked the government of Jordan to extradite female journalist Ahlam al-Tamimi, on account of her involvement in a deadly attack against American nationals in Occupied Jerusalem, the PIC reported. “On August 9, 2001, al-Tamimi reportedly escorted Izz al-Din al-Masri, a member of the Qassam Brigades the armed wing of […]

Rights Committee: 7 Critically Ill Palestinian Prisoners Neglected

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs has expressed concern over the health of seven critically ill Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s Ashkelon prison, warning of a continuous deterioration of their conditions due to “deliberate medical negligence” by Israeli prison authorities, Maan News Agency has reported. The committee said in a statement on Monday, “the medical […]

Israel Shuts Down ‘Arab Society’ in Jerusalem, Arrest Its Chairman

Khalil Tufkaji, Director of Cartographic Section of the Arab Studies Society in Beit Hanina town, north of occupied Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli forces, which stormed his office on Tuesday morning and ordered its closure, the PIC reported. The decision to shut down the office was issued by the Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad […]

Lieberman Wants to Get Rid of Arabs in Israel, Says MK

An Israeli-Arab member of parliament (MK) has condemned the proposal by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to “exchange” residents of Arab and Jewish cities, Anadolu reported on Monday. “We remained in our land despite the Nakba and [Israel’s] displacement policies,” said Ayman Odeh, head of the Arab list in the Knesset. “We resisted for the sake […]

VIDEO: A Palestinian Journalist Calls on Radiohead to Cancel Tel Aviv Concert

Journalist Ali Al-Arian has a message for one of his favorite artists, Thom Yorke. Don’t normalize apartheid. Cancel the show.

British Groups Urges Royal Family to Reject Israel Visit

The London-based Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) said it feels “deeply concerned about the possibility that the British royal family might respond to an Israeli invitation to visit Tel Aviv,” PIC reported. The invitation comes on the 100 years anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On November 2, 1917, then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote a […]

Gisha: Gaza Unemployment Rate Stood At 42% in 2016

By Palestine Chronicle Staff Israeli Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Gisha said Gaza’s unemployment rate stood at 42% in 2016 due to the Israeli siege imposed on the already impoverished Gaza Strip. “In the last quarter of 2016, Gaza’s unemployment rate stood at 40.6%, a drop of more […]

Leading BDS Activist Banned from Israel

Israel today deported prominent British activist Hugh Lanning after blocking him from entering its territory because of his involvement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The decision to block Lanning, who chairs the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was advised by a joint statement of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Israeli […]

Anger against the PA Growing: PFLP Suspends Participation in Elections

The Popular Front for The Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced on Monday that it was suspending its participation in local Palestinian elections scheduled for May, in protest of Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces’ violent repression of demonstrations in the occupied West Bank a day earlier. PFLP politburo member and Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) MP Khalida […]

Association of Caribbean States Grants Palestine Observer Status

Palestine joined on Saturday the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) as an observer state, the PIC reported. “The decision was announced at the ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Cuba’s Capital, Havana,” PIC noted. Japan, The United Arab Emirates and Palestine were given the observer status. Palestine granted observer status at Association […]

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