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  • October 28, 2016

    Israeli Demolishes 166 Palestinian Structures in 2016

    Multiple demolitions of Palestinian properties on Wednesday in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem brought the total for the year to 166, an Israeli NGO has reported. - According to Ir Amim, demolitions by Israeli authorities include 112 residential units. The total number of demolitions in 2015 was 74. - Ir Amim commented that “the pronounced acceleration of demolitions parallels the mounting wave of state-sponsored,... More →
  • October 27, 2016

    B’Tselem Donations Increase Tenfold After Government Attack

    Donations to Israeli NGO B’Tselem have risen tenfold following a public attack on its activities by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. - Last week, B’Tselem executive director, Hagai El-Ad, addressed the United Nations Security Council as part of a special session on Israel’s settlements and military occupation. - Following El-Ad’s speech, Netanyahu lambasted the NGO for joining a “chorus of slander”... More →
  • October 27, 2016

    BDS Activists Urge Chefs to 'Take Apartheid Off the Menu'

    Activists from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign are urging a group of international chefs to cancel their participation in an Israeli culinary show they say is a “whitewash exercise”. - BDS campaigners will be conducting a twitterstorm today, calling on chefs to pull out of the event using the hashtag #ApartheidRoundTables. - Next month, head chefs of 13 famous restaurants from... More →
  • October 25, 2016

    $1 million Awarded in Dubai to Nablus School for Best Reading Initiatives

    Palestinian high school Talai al-Amal ("Vanguards of Hope" in Arabic), located in the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, was awarded $1 million in Dubai on Monday for having the best reading initiatives in the Arab world. - The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the Arab Reading Challenge, launched in 2015 by United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin... More →
  • October 25, 2016

    UNRWA to Distributes $1.7m for Reconstruction of Gaza

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said today that it will distribute more than $1.7 million in aid to support the families who were harmed by the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. - The UN agency said in a press release that it will allocate $951,000 for reconstruction and $759,000 for severe repair works in Gaza. - It added that the assistance will reach... More →
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