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Exposing ‘The Lobby’ – Episodes 1-4 (VIDEOS)

The Lobby episode 1: The battle for Britain’s youth In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. They expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported […]

Extremist Israeli Settlers Invited to Attend Trump Inauguration

US President-elect Donald Trump invited the leaders of the Israeli Jewish settlers illegally living on occupied Palestinian territories to attend his inauguration on 20 January, a body linked to the settlers said yesterday. Turkish state-owned Anadolu news agency reported Israeli radio as saying that Director General Shin Adler of the Settlers’ Council claimed that an […]

Palestinian Embassy to Open in Vatican

Today, the inauguration of the first Palestinian Embassy in the Vatican, will take place, which will be attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Maan News Agency reported. Maan noted that according to the statement, Abbas’ tour began on Wednesday […]

Chilean Mayor: We Seek Partnership With Palestinians

The Mayor of the Chilean district of Recoleta in Santiago expressed Thursday hope for a real partnership with Gaza and al-Khalil (Hebron) municipalities, Palestine Information Center reported. Recoleta Mayor, Daniel Jadue, hailed the efforts made in Chile “to boost ties and cooperation with the Palestinian communities in Latin America.” According to the PIC, the mayor’s […]

Israel Confiscates 1,000 Acres of Palestinian Land in Nablus

Israel has confiscated just under 1,000 acres (4,000 dunams) of Palestinian-owned land in Nablus, it has been reported. The reason given by the military court order authorizing the confiscation is to prevent attacks on illegal settlers and soldiers in and around the occupied West Bank city. The order was issued following the killing of a […]

B’tselem: Israel Collectively Punishes Palestinians in Jerusalem Following Truck Attack

By Palestine Chronicle Staff B’tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories accused Israel of collectively punishing Palestinians in Jerusalem following a truck attack carried out by a Palestinian, in a press release published on January 11 2017. The organization reported, “Israeli authorities have since adopted a series of punitive measures […]

Chilean MPs to Demand UK Apology over Balfour Declaration

The Chilean parliament hosted on Tuesday a special session on Palestine to discuss “The centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Britain’s responsibility for the Palestinians’ suffering, and the Gaza blockade,” PIC reported. The MPs, during the session, considered founding a parliamentary group for Palestine in South America. Friends of Palestine group, which represents more than […]

New Crisis Looming: Gaza Has Access to Less than Half of Electricity Needs

The besieged Gaza Strip is currently receiving less than half of the electricity it needs, Gaza power authority deputy chief Thafer Melhem said on Wednesday. In an interview with the official channel Palestine TV, Melhem said that the blockaded enclave was only provided with 200 megawatts of electricity, only 45 percent of the 450 megawatts […]

Obama Sharply Critical of Netanyahu in Israeli TV Interview (VIDEO)

US President Barack Obama, in an interview aired on Israeli television on Tuesday, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu policy backing settlements in occupied territory is making a future Palestinian state impossible. “Bibi says that he believes in the two-state solution and yet his actions consistently have shown that if he is getting pressured to approve […]

Longest-serving Palestinian Prisoner, Nael Al-Barghouthi Transferred to Gilbou Prison

Nael Al-Barghouthi, 59, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails has been transferred from Raymond prison to Gilbou prison, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has recently transferred Al-Barghouthi more than four times between Israeli prisons. Al-Barghouthi has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails. He was released in 2011 […]

Israeli Army: Hamas Hacked Soldiers’ Facebook and Cell-Phones

The Israeli army has announced on Wednesday that the Hamas resistance movement in the Gaza Strip has recently managed to hack into the Facebook accounts and cell-phones of some of its soldiers. The spokesperson of the Israeli army for the Arabic media Avichay Adraee said in a press statement, “Hamas has recently created fake Facebook […]

Israel Plans to Build Illegal Settlement on Site of Jerusalem Attacker’s Home (VIDEO)

The Jerusalem municipality has reportedly approved plans to establish a new settlement in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, on the site of the home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly truck attack on Saturday, according to Israel’s Channel 10. Israel’s security cabinet has already ordered Fadi al-Qunbar’s home to be […]

Kerry Ignores Israel Fury to Attend Paris Peace Conference

US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend a Middle East peace conference on Sunday next week along with seventy other countries, in spite of Israeli objections. The announcement is certain to further anger Israeli officials who were dismayed by Kerry’s highly critical speech two weeks ago and the US’ refusal to veto a UN […]

Demolition of Palestinian Houses in Israel is ‘Serious Development’ (PHOTOS)

Palestinian MP Jamal Al-Khoudary, Head of the Popular Committee to End Gaza’s Siege said the demolition of Palestinian houses in Israel is “a serious development.” Al-Khoudary condemned Israel’s move to demolish 11 Palestinian houses in the town of Qalansawe inside the Green Line. NOW: Palestinian students protest against demolition of 11 houses by Israeli authorities, yesterday […]

‘The Boy from H2’ to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (VIDEO)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff A short documentary, “The Boy from H2”, by Helen Yanovsky in collaboration with B’Tselem’s field researchers and Camera Project volunteers in Hebron, will premiere at the 67th Berlinale (9-19 February 2017).   According to a B’Tselem statement, the documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron. Citing the security of some 800 settlers […]

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Man During Predawn Raid in al-Faraa

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death. A member of the politburo of the Palestinian People’s […]

Orthodox Christians Mark Christmas Day in Gaza (VIDEO)

There are about 3,000 Christians in Gaza. Approximately one half are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

10 Palestinian Homes Demolished in Israeli City, Mayor to Resign (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Israeli authorities demolished 10 homes belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel on Tuesday morning, prompting a defeated mayor to resign after Israeli authorities refused for decades to approve the city’s master plan. Local sources told Ma’an the devastating demolition campaign sparked clashes between Israeli police and residents. Mayor […]

Suicide Most Common Cause of Death among Israel Soldiers

The Israel Defense Forces have revealed that the most common cause of death among soldiers in 2016 was suicide, reported the Times of Israel. IDF statistics released on Sunday show that out of the 41 serving soldiers who died in 2016, 15 committed suicide; all were men. Four IDF soldiers were killed during military operations, […]

UN Office: Israel Made 160 Palestinians Homeless on the First Week of 2017

By Palestine Chronicle Staff United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) revealed that Israel destroyed 70 Palestinians structures in the West Bank in the first week of 2017 alone, making some 160 Palestinians homeless. OCHA noted, “The demolitions were carried out on grounds of lack of Israeli-issued building […]

On CNN, PLO Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Condemns Israel Violence (VIDEO)

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Head of PLO Dept. of Culture & Information speaks to CNN following US Secretary of State John Kerry Middle East speech and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Response.

Israeli Court Sentences 15-year-old Palestinian Girl to 18 Months in Prison

An Israeli military court on Monday evening sentenced a teenage Palestinian girl to 18 months in prison, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS identified the girl in a statement as 15-year-old Tasnim Halabi from the town of Rammun in the central occupied West Bank Ramallah district. Halabi, according to the statement, was detained […]

Assualt and Isolation: Nafha Prison Detainees Endure Harsh Israeli Measures

The ‘Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ group revealed on Sunday that Israeli forces have assaulted Palestinian prisoners at the Nafha prison after they organized a sit-in to protest placing their inmates, Ramzy Oubaid and others under solidarity confinement for an extended period of time. The group has noted in a press statement published yesterday that the prisoners […]

License to Kill: Israel Mulls Legal Immunity Extension for Soldiers

Israel is considering new “balanced” legislation which just about presents Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with a license to kill without fear of being prosecuted. Plans for the new legislation have been announced by Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan, and comes at a time of deep divisions in Israeli society over the manslaughter conviction of […]

Facebook Closes accounts of Palestine Activists

Facebook has closed the accounts of a number of Palestinian activists after using a hashtag lamenting a Palestinian assassinated by Israel 20 years ago, Quds Press reported yesterday. Former female prisoner Ghofran Zamel, fiancée of Hassan Salameh who is spending several life sentences in Israeli jails, said that she was surprised to find her Facebook […]

Gaza Residents Face a Cold Winter with more than 12 Hours of Power Cuts Per Day

A new chapter of embitterment has opened for those living in the besieged Gaza Strip, as residents scramble to sustain their daily lives under longer daily power cuts, leaving most of the coastal enclave with just a few hours of electricity a day amid the increasingly cold weather during winter months. According to a statement […]

George Michael on Palestine and Iraq (VIDEO)

The Christmas Day death of iconic singer George Michael, 53 has shocked the world. Michael was known for his progressive stances on many issues and various charity causes. This is a short video excerpt of an interview conducted with him by BBC’s Hard Talk on the US-British war on Iraq and how that war is […]

Netanyahu Questioned for Second Time over Corruption Charges

Israeli police began yesterday the second round of questioning with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over allegations of “receiving gifts and bribes” from businessmen. Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the investigators arrived at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem today to continue the investigation. Israeli police had questioned Netanyahu for three consecutive hours […]

Israeli Settlers Raid Palestinian Village to Pray at Holy Site, Spark Clashes

Israeli settlers Wednesday night entered into the Palestinian village of Kifl Haris in the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit, sparking clashes with locals youth, according to Hebrew media. Reports said that the settlers entered the village in their private cars, and went to pray at a Jewish holy site in the area. The settler […]

Arab Parliamentarian in Israel Indicted for Smuggling Phones to Prisoners

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit approved the indictment of MK Basil Ghattas yesterday, on charges of “illegally smuggling phones into a prison, prohibited use of property for terrorist purposes as well as deceit and breach of trust by a public servant and aggravated fraud.” Ghattas, a Balad party politician who sits in the Knesset as […]

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