British-Palestinian Child Wins Awards for Retelling Nakba Story (VIDEO)

Leanne Muhammed from Wanstead High School, London [Photo: Studiobase Photography,]

British-Palestinian Leanne Muhammed has won the 2015-16 Speak Out Challenge held in London following a moving speech about the Nakba and its effects on Palestinian society. Leanne, from Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, is a student at Wanstead High School in London. She joined the Speak Out Challenge giving a speech entitled “Birds not Bombs”. […]

A Song from Gaza to Slain Palestinians whose Bodies are Withheld by Israeli Occupation Forces (VIDEO)

Gaza- based  human rights activists released an amateur video-clip dedicated to Palestinian martyrs whose bodies have been withheld by Israeli occupation forces! The video-clip, performed by the Palestinian activist Haidar Eid, titled “I Wanna Go Home” is  adopted from a piece composed by the legendary Egyptian composer Sayyed Darwsih at the turn of the 20th […]

The Story Behind ‘Gaza Writes Back’ (VIDEO)

'Gaza Writes Back was an attempt to provide a testimony for future generations.'  (Photo: Aljazeera Video Image)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff Following Israel’s offensive on Gaza in 2008-9, Refaat Alareer, a lecturer at the Islamic University of Gaza started requesting that his students write short stories as a means of releasing their anger and frustration. During the offensive, he would tell his children stories that his grandmother told him while growing up. […]

Palestinian Heritage Sites in Need of Protection from Israeli Annexation (VIDEO)

UNESCO accuses Israel of annexing World heritage sites. (Photo: Via Al Jazeera)

Israel is stepping up its efforts to seize control of Palestinian heritage sites and antiquities in the occupied territories. This is in direct violation of international law, Palestinian and Israeli archaeologists warned this week. The experts echoed criticisms levelled against Israel in a recent resolution passed by UNESCO, that accused Israel of interfering with major […]

Breast Cancer Treatment Horror in Gaza (VIDEO)

Philippa Whitford in theatre in Gaza (The Guardian)

For women with breast cancer in Gaza, Israel and Egypt’s isolation of the area affects nearly every stage of their diagnosis and treatment. Doctors in clinics and hospitals told surgeon Philippa Whitford, that vital medicines, including chemotherapy drugs, were extremely difficult to gain access to. Several patients reported having had their chemotherapy course interrupted when […]

Belgium’s Parliamentary Leaders Nominate Barghouti for Nobel Peace Prize (VIDEO)

Imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016. (Photo: Al Jazeera)

Marwan Barghouti, an imprisoned Palestinian Fatah leader, has been nominated by the Belgian parliament for the Nobel Peace prize for 2016. Palestinian rights groups and various parliamentarians have been engaged in a campaign for Barghouti to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, referring to the imprisoned parliament member as the “Palestinian Mandela” and a […]

Irish MP on Nakba Day: Israel is not a Normal State

Irish MP Richard Boyd Barret addressing a crowd in Gaza. (Photo: Yousef M. Aljamal, PC)

Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza On May 15, 2016 The Center for Political and Development Studies in Gaza, Palestine, hosted Irish TD (Member of Parliament) Richard Boyd Barrett, well-known for a powerful video that went viral on social media. The video sees Boyd Barrett calling for the expulsion of Israeli ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, following the Israeli […]

Artist Ai Weiwei in Gaza to Film Refugee Crisis (VIDEO)

Ai's first visit to Gaza coincides with the 68th anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ or catastrophe. (Photo: Video Image)

By Palestine Chronicle staff Ai Weiwei, controversial and dissident Chinese artist and activist is in Gaza to film a documentary based on the suffering of refugees in the Middle East Weiwei crossed into Gaza through Israel with a crew of 10 people. Ai aims to include Palestinian refugees in his documentary stating that they constitute […]

Make Some Noise, It’s World Kefiyeh Day: Wear Yours (VIDEO)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff The Palestinian Kefiyeh is celebrated worldwide every year on May 11. This year, fans of the Kefiyeh took to social media to mark one of the major symbols in Palestinian history. The Kefiyeh was widely used and subsequently gained prominence as a symbol of resistance,  during the Palestinian Revolution of 1936-39. […]

PA Backlash as Israel Attempts to Legalize Settlements

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki. (File)

Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister, said on Sunday that Israel’s decision to build a new settlement in the occupied West Bank is an attempt to “legalize settlements and destroy the two-state solution”, Anadolu reported. Al-Maliki, along with Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders said in a press conference in Ramallah that, “The decision of […]

Extremist Settlers Attack Palestinian Human Rights Activists in Hebron


A group of extremist Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked two Palestinian human rights activists in the Tel Rumeida area in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, video footage showed. Human Rights Defenders spokesperson Badee Dweik told Ma’an that settlers attacked Emad Abu Shamsiya and Yasser Abu Markhiya, who work with the group’s Hebron […]

Several Israeli Airstrikes Target Rafah (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza’s International Airport, which was also repeatedly targeted in recent years. Eyewitnesses report that the strikes also reached the eastern parts of  the city of Rafah. No information on causalities is yet to be reported. قصف شرق رفح واعمدة الدخان تتصاعد — Mahmoud (@mdaljazzar) May 4, 2016 Witnesses have seen pillars of […]

Is Israel Jewish Like France is French? (VIDEO)

Is Israel Jewish like France is French? (File)

On June 11, 1967, days after Israel’s armed forces had conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan appeared on US news show ‘Face the Nation’. Addressing Israel’s ability to “absorb” Palestinian inhabitants of the newly-occupied territory, a journalist asked Dayan if it was necessary to maintain Israel as “as a Jewish […]

More Than 40 Israeli Violations against Journalists in April (VIDEO)

Israeli troops detain a Palestinian journalist at a protest against the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv,, file)

A Palestinian committee has documented 42 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists and media groups during April, Felesteen newspaper reported on Sunday. A report from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists has called for human rights groups and international bodies to intervene in order to stop Israel’s attacks on media freedom. The committee accused Israel […]

UN: Israel’s Restriction on Cement Entry Stopping Gaza Reconstruction (VIDEO)

Reconstruction of Gaza after the war has been severely hindered by Israel's nine-year military blockade. (File)

Israel’s halt of the entry of cement into Gaza has stopped reconstruction work, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed on Friday, according to Quds Press. In a report, OCHA said: “The rebuilding of the houses destroyed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza stopped due to the Israeli authorities’ […]

Witnesses: Palestinian Siblings Posed No Threat When Shot Dead (PHOTOS & VIDEO)


Witnesses to an alleged stab attempt on Israeli border police at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank Wednesday said two siblings shot dead during the incident posed no threat at the time the Israeli officer killed them. Witnesses told Ma’an that 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old […]

Youngest Freed Palestinian Prisoner Fears re-arrest by Israeli Occupation (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Dima, moments after she was released to her parents. (

Palestinian girl Dima al-Wawi, 12, is living in a state of fear and shock after she was released from an Israeli jail on Sunday. The minor spent 75 days in jail after being charged with attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, theAnadolu Agency reported. While staying with her family at her house in the West […]

Emel Mathlouthi – Ma Lkit, Freedom for Palestine! – Song (VIDEO)


Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian musician who often sings for freedom, thus the cause of Palestine became close to her heart. This song, Ma Lkit, “I could not find a single word,” was written and performed after the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, which killed over 2,200 Palestinians including 531 children.  “I could not […]

Jarbouni and Jarrar: Messages to the Palestinian People on Prisoners’ Day (VIDEO)

Khalida Jarrar (L) and Lena Jarboun, longest serving woman prisoner in Palestine.

Palestinian prisoners Lena Jarbouni, the longest serving woman prisoner, who has entered her fifteenth year in Israeli prisons, and Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian parliamentarian feminist, leftist and prisoner advocate, issued messages to the Palestinian people on the occasion of Prisoners’ Day, 17 April. Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib delivered the messages following her visits with Jarbouni and […]

At Least 16 Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

A bus has exploded in Jerusalem, leaving around 16 casualties, Israeli media report, citing emergency medical services. The massive explosion occurred in Hebron Way, west Jerusalem, with police citing “a militant attack” as the probable cause of the blast. Multiple social media posts show smoke coming out of the burned-out bus, which is standing in […]


Dr. Ramzy Baroud, PhD in Palestine Studies, University of Exeter.

The one-day Australians for Palestine Symposium “In the Eye of the Storm: Palestine and the New Media” was held in Melbourne, Australia at the Telstra Conference Centre on Thursday 31 March 2016 with keynote speakers Ali Abunimah and Ramzy Baroud (via video) and was followed by 3 sessions of panel presentations and discussions.

Group: 43 Journalists Jailed by Israel Since October (VIDEO)

(Photo: Mohammed Assad, MEMO, file)

The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said on Saturday that Israel has detained 43 journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015, including two foreign reporters. The New York-based committee said in a report that during detention and imprisonment, journalists have reported torture, medical negligence, and unreasonable and illegal rulings by the Israeli authorities. […]

Sanders, Clinton Clash on Israel, Palestine in Debate (VIDEO)

Sanders: ' we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity,' (Via CNN)

Nearly two years after Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, the war bitterly divided Sen. Bernie Sanders and front-runner Hillary Clinton during a contentious Thursday night Democratic presidential debate. Asked if he thought Israel’s attacks, which killed nearly 1,500 civilians and wounded 10,000 more, were disproportionate, Sanders said he believed they were. When Clinton was […]

Palestinian Karate Coach for Blind Team Detained Returning from Championships (VIDEO)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad, MEMO)

The Israeli authorities on Monday detained the coach of a Palestinian blind karate team as he and the team were returning to the Gaza Strip from an international tournament in Dubai through the Erez crossing. Sources told Ma’an news agency that Hasan al-Rae, 37, and five members of the al-Mashtal Club’s visually impaired karate team […]

HRW: Israeli Police Abuse Palestinian Children (VIDEO)

(Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle, file)

Israeli police have threatened and intimidated Palestinian children held in custody, a leading human rights group said Monday. Human Rights Watch said in a statement that Israeli treatment of Palestinian minors, including being interrogated without a parent present, violated international laws. Sari Bashi, HRW’s Israel and Palestine director, said the experiences “would terrify and traumatize […]

Ramzy Baroud: Palestinians Are Last Defenders against Zionism (VIDEO)

(, file)

In this speech recorded for conferences in New Zealand and Australia (March and April 2016), Dr. Ramzy Baroud explains the nature of the fight ahead and why Palestinians need to reach a critical mass in their fight for equality and justice. Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is […]

Tunisia Supports Nomination of Barghouti for Nobel Peace Prize (VIDEO)

Marwan Barghouti. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Fadwa Barghouthi, the wife of Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, said that the Tunisian Parliament yesterday expressed its support for her husband’s nomination for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. In a statement following a meeting with the Tunisian Parliament Speaker Mohammed Nasser, Fadwa said they discussed “the Palestinian issue and the status of prisoners and detainees […]

Activists Seek Release of Palestinian Circus Performer Jailed without Trial (VIDEO)

(Photo: Amnesty International UK Twitter feed)

Human rights groups have in recent weeks put a spotlight on the case of a 23-year-old Palestinian circus performer and trainer who has been held in an Israeli prison since last December without trial or charge. Calling for the release of Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha, Amnesty International said: “He hasn’t been charged with a crime […]

Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained US to Use ‘Palestinian Chair’ Torture Device (VIDEO)


As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, “Consequence: A Memoir,” that the […]

Rally For Israeli Soldier Who Executed Wounded Palestinian (VIDEO)


An Israeli solider who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian is seen as a hero by vast majority of Israelis, many of whom are rallying in his support. Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif  was shot alongside Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi after the two allegedly stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint in the Tel […]

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  • May 28, 2016

    Palestinian women Face Challenges From Political and the Social Arenas

    Palestinian women live amidst situations which are not only compromising and oppressive on a political level, but also from the perspective of gender bias. Within the established ambit of Israeli authority, these women are forced to negotiate travel, education, general routes to and from home, dress, personal safety and security, and gender bias. Not only are Palestinian women victims of political humiliation, they are... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    No Israeli Resistance to Bilin Protests – First Time in 11 Years

    Bilin in the West Bank stages a weekly demonstration of resistance against Israeli occupation. For the first time in the 11-year history of this popular form of opposition, Israeli forces did not use tear gas and other crowd control weapons to disperse protesters, locals said. - Witnesses said Israeli forces photographed protesters, and ambush attempts failed. Protesters raised Palestinian flags and marched in the... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Dutch Government Affirms the Right to Endorse BDS Movement

    The Dutch government Thursday affirmed the right of individuals and groups to promote and engage with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS), stating the movement falls under basic rights that are safeguarded by the Dutch constitution. - When asked about Israel’s ongoing threats to human rights advocates and the concerted attack on the BDS movement, Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Israeli Minister Resigns in Protest of Lieberman's Appointment as Defense Minister

    An Israeli minister announced his resignation Friday in response to the ultra-right Yisrael Beytenu party joining the government coalition and appointment of right-wing Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister. - Calling Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appoint Lieberman as defense minister while expanding his coalition to include the Yisrael Beytenu party “a step that he couldn’t live with,” Minister of... More →
  • May 27, 2016

    Marwan Barghouti Moved to Unknown Location

    Palestinian MP Marwan Barghouti was moved from Israel’s Raymond prison to an unknown location yesterday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Committee said. - In a statement the committee said: “Barghouti was transferred to Raymond prison five days ago and the prison administration prevented him from moving between the prison sections and communicating with other detainees as part of the deliberate restriction on... More →
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