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BDS France Disrupts Israel’s Elbit Systems Exhibition at Paris Air Show

BDS activists along with members of the collective: “Les Désobeissants” (the disobedient) staged a non-violent protest action against the Israeli company Elbit Systems on Saturday 24, June, during the Paris Air Show. The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall. The company is regarded as being the first Israeli drones manufacturer. They supplied the […]

Paris Air Show: BDS Group Disrupts Israel’s Elbit Systems Exhibition

BDS activists along with members of the collective: “Les Désobeissants” (the disobedient) staged a non-violent protest action against the Israeli company Elbit Systems on Saturday, June 24, during the Paris Air Show, Middle East Monitor reported. The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall. The company is regarded as being the first Israeli drones […]

Adameer: Israel Practices ‘Systematic Torture’ on Palestinian Prisoners

Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer released a statement on Monday, International Day to Support Victims of Torture, highlighting Israel’s use of “torture and ill-treatment” on Palestinian detainees, which has led to the death of 73 Palestinians since 1967. According to Addameer, Israeli authorities’ practice of torture, which it said has been carried out in a […]

‘The Art of Sharing Life’: Documenting Life in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon (Part IV)

Following three days of training in Shatila camp in Beirut, and a day of fieldwork, participants in the ‘The Art of Sharing Life Stories with the Masses’, produced twelve projects, each of which conveyed a unique story either through a series of six photos or a short video. The Majed Abu Sharar Media Foundation, (MASMF) […]

Israeli Opposition Leader Says Israeli Politics Fascist, US Peace Deal Will Fail

Issac Herzog, Israel’s opposition party leader, accused on Saturday the government of shifting towards a “fascist” trend. According to The Jerusalem Post, speaking at a cultural event, Zionist Union Party Chairman Issac Herzog said, the future of Israel’s democracy was at stake. “We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,” The […]

Rights Groups Denounce Investigation of Breaking the Silence Spokesman

Amid an ongoing investigation of a spokesman for ‘Breaking the Silence’ over a testimony in which he claimed to have seriously assaulted a Palestinian during his service with the Israeli army, a number of Israeli human rights organisations have denounced the case as a cynical attempt to “intimidate and silence critics of the occupation.” Dean […]

Israel Closes Banks Accounts as Means of Displacing Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israel is closing the bank accounts of Arab institutions in Jerusalem in an effort to displace Jerusalemites and force them out of the city, the Palestinian Department of Jerusalem Affairs has said. In a press release, the organisation said the Israeli occupation’s moves against social, cultural, educational, relief, housing, legal or engineering institutions were political […]

Eid Holidays Difficult Time for Palestinian Mothers in Israeli Jails

54 Palestinian women are currently held as prisoners in Israeli jails, according to a statement from a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoner’s Affairs. Lawyer Hanan Al-Khatib said that the 56 prisoners – 13 of whom are mothers and 10 are minors – “are going through very difficult living, humanitarian and health conditions.” Al-Khatib […]

Support for Israel Among US Jewish Students Plummets

Support Israel in America by Jewish students has dropped by 30 percent, a new survey has revealed. Commissioned by the pro-Israel marketing group, Brand Israel Group (BIG), the report showed that support dropped from 84 percent in 2010 to 54 percent last year. The group, whose mission is to improve Israel’s image among the American […]

Rights Group: Gaza Facing Worst Medical Crisis in Years

An Israeli human rights organisation has warned against the consequences of what it described as “the worst medication crisis facing the besieged coastal enclave in years,” with the main victims of the crisis being cystic fibrosis patients, cancer patients, and infants with developmental deficits, Maan News Agency has reported. According to Physicians for Human Rights […]

On World Refugee Day, Estimates Show 66% of Palestinians Became Refugees in 1948

On the anniversary of World Refugee Day, and one month after the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” it is estimated that 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). Today, the United […]

Report: Israeli Army Accelerating Surveillance Network Across Occupied West Bank

Israeli news daily Haaretz published a report Sunday night, detailing the extensive network of surveillance cameras and “other monitoring devices” that the Israeli army has set up across the occupied Palestinian territory, boasting of the network’s effectiveness in “deterring attacks” on Israeli citizens and Israeli forces. According to Haaretz, the army accelerated the program over […]

Proposed Bill to Strip Palestinians in Israel of Their Citizenship

A proposed Israeli bill seeks to strip perpetrators of anti-occupation resistance attacks of their Israeli citizenship and their families of legal residency permits, Israeli media reported. According to Israel Hayom, the bill was introduced by Robert Ilatov, a Yisrael Beiteinu member of Knesset, and it is supported by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The newspaper […]

Israeli Officials Not Happy with Plan to Build Palestinian Houses

A number of Israeli officials have called on the Israeli government to cancel a plan that would allow for the construction of 14,000 housing units for Palestinians in Area C — the 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli military control. On Wednesday, reports emerged that the Israeli security cabinet had approved […]

Trump’s Aides to Meet with Netanyahu and Abbas This Week

Jason Greenblatt, US President Trump’s top national security aide, and Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law, will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, the white house said on Sunday. PLO Executive Committee member, Saleh Raafat, said that Greenblatt and Kushner are set to “discuss views on resolving […]

Palestinian University Ranked in Top Three Percent Worldwide

For the first time in its history, Birzeit University in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah has been included in the QS World University Rankings 2018. From a pool of 26,000 universities worldwide, Birzeit was in the top three percent – about 950 universities – of the best universities in the world, according […]

More Electricity Cuts in Gaza Put Patients’ Lives at Risk

Israel started to reduce electricity supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday, despite being urged by humanitarian organizations not to implement the decision, which came at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Electricity company spokesman Muhammad Thabet said the reduction meant power would be provided for only two to three hours a day. […]

Israeli Police Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Attack Worshipers

Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, right after worshipers at the site were protesting against the provocative visit of a group of Jewish settlers to the Islamic holy site. Israeli police reportedly attacked with teargas and toxic gas canisters the protesting worshipers as well as assaulted them with clubs. […]

Israeli Forces Detain Two B’Tselem Researchers in Hebron

Israeli forces detained two field workers for Israeli human rights group B’Tselem in the occupied Palestinian city of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Sunday, the group reported, adding that one of them had since been released while the other remained in Israeli custody. According to a Hebrew-language statement by the organisation, Manal al-Jaabari […]

Israeli Authorities Sentences 27 Palestinians to Administrative Detention

Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders — imprisonment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence — for 27 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons since the start of June, according to a statement released on Thursday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). Mahmoud al-Halabi, a lawyer from PPS, said that the majority of the orders […]

Expert: Palestinians Receive 50% Less Aid This Ramadan

Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip are receiving 50% less funding and aid than would normally be entering the Strip during Ramadan, according to a Palestinian economic expert. This has meant local charity organizations and those backed by foreign parties are no longer able to meet the minimum needs of the poor families in […]

Israel and PA Failed To Prosecute War Crimes: UN

The UN high commissioner for human rights has accused Israeli and Palestinian authorities of failing to fully investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, in a new report released on Monday. “Impunity for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has been a long-standing […]

Ramadan in Gaza (PHOTOS)

Despite a 11-year-long tight economic siege, and several wars that have killed thousands, Palestinians in Gaza take every opportunity to celebrate life. The following photos, taken by Abdallah Alajaml – a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza – show how Palestinians celebrate the holy month of Ramadan this year. (

Jericho School Ordered to be Demolished by Israelis

Israeli forces have issued a new demolition notice to Mahmood Al-Jarmi, the head teacher of a Bedouin school near the city of Jericho, north of the West Bank, which is attended by children from various Bedouin communities located in Area C. The Israeli army has previously threatened to demolish the school under the pretext that […]

8-Year Old Boy Survives Burns and Torture by Israeli Settlers

A Palestinian child from Beit Furik town in Nablus survived certain death on Wednesday after Jewish settlers kidnapped and tortured him inside their settlement. Local sources told reporters that eight-year-old Bashar Ghazal was found in the illegal Itamar settlement, handcuffed and injured after he was subjected to severe torture by Israeli settlers. bills #PalestinianAuthority […]

UK, Japan Condemn further Settlement Expansion

The British and Japanese governments lamented Israel’s recent approval of further construction in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank as “not conducive to peace.” The denunciations came more than a week after Israel’s Civil Administration promoted plans for the construction of at least 1,500 illegal Israeli settler housing units in the West Bank. “We […]

Report: Sisi Met Netanyahu Secretly in Cairo

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held secret talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog last year to promote a plan that would have recognized Israel as a Jewish state, according to a report by the Haaretz newspaper, Al Jazeera network has revealed. According to the newspaper, several Arab countries helped […]

Palestine Speaks: Al Jazeera English online Launches ‘Palestine in Motion’

Al Jazeera English online has launched ‘Palestine in Motion‘, a storytelling technique, centered on the story of Palestinian people. ‘Palestine in Motion’ allows the user to explore the personal narratives of Palestinians, which are linked through various themes and keywords in a new and unique way. It retells the story of Palestine by linking the […]

Israeli Soldiers Force 19-Year Old Detainee to Say ‘Muhammad is a Pig’

Israeli forces abused and humiliated a 19-year-old Palestinian for hours when he was detained last month during a march in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, while the youth reported that he had feared for his life and was severely degraded by Israeli forces, according to a report […]

Israel May Shutter Al-Jazeera Office in Occupied Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering closing down Al Jazeera’s offices in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynetnews) revealed today that Netanyahu, a team coordinating with the state press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Shin Bet have begun studying the details of the closure, which will be similar to […]

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