All posts by Celine Hagbard

05 Jan

Israel Plans Massive Expansion of West Bank Colonial Settlements: 3,829 New Units

In a report by the Israeli Channel Two news, the Israeli government plan was revealed, to give final approval to 3,829 new colonial settlement units next week. The expansion plan follows a number of Israeli directives to take over more Palestinian land in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, in direct […]

03 Jan

World-renowned Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Indicted for ‘Assaulting’ Soldier

On Monday, one day after her 21 year old cousin Nour was charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier, 16-year old Ahed was also charged with the same crime, along with ‘interfering with a soldier’s duties’ and stone throwing. The charges came after Ahed, her cousin and her mother were seen […]

01 Jan

Court Hearing of Palestinian poet postponed until January

“A poem stands accused, my poem morphs into a crime. In the land of freedom, the artist’s fate is prison.” So read the words of a poem written by the young poet Dareen Tatour, who was put in prison under charges of ‘incitement’ in 2015 for a poem that she […]

Al-Bustan neighborhood. Photo: Keren Manor, Activestills, 15 May 2014
26 Dec

Family Forced by Israeli Authorities to Demolish their Own Home for the Second Time

The Abu Rajab family of Silwan neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, found themselves homeless again on Saturday, after the Israeli government ordered the family to demolish their home for the second time in two months. The family said they had to demolish the home themselves, after the Israeli Jerusalem Municipal Authority […]

20 Dec

World-renowned Teen Journalist & Her Mother Abducted by Israeli soldiers

Ahed al-Tamimi, a 16-year old girl from Nabi Saleh who has filmed the brutality of Israeli soldiers in her village since she was ten, was abducted from her home Tuesday morning by Israeli soldiers during a pre-dawn raid. Later Tuesday morning, when her mother Nariman went to Benjamin police station, […]

18 Dec

UN Security Council Passes Resolution Challenging Jerusalem Declaration; US Vetoes

Fourteen of the fifteen nations in the United Nations Security Council voted Monday reaffirming the status of the city of Jerusalem as unresolved, and challenging the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S., which has veto power in the Council, vetoed the resolution. Following […]

Israeli soldiers attack journalist (image from Khabr Press)
17 Dec

Israeli Soldiers Continue To Target Journalists; 60 Violations this Week

“We will not be silenced, we will not close the lenses of our cameras, and we will continue to report on the escalating Israeli violations, and the soldiers’ attempts to bury the truth, so that they can continue killing and wounding Palestinians with impunity,” begins a message published Saturday by […]

image from Vic2Pal on Twitter
08 Dec

Thursday: 108 Wounded as Israeli Troops Attack Palestinian Protesters in Ten Cities

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that its medical teams treated 108 Palestinians for injuries from Israeli attacks on Palestinian protesters Thursday, including wounds received from live rounds. The medics treated wounded Palestinians who had participated in protests in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqilia, Jenin, Hebron, Khan Younis and […]

Bethlehem tree ( image from @naglaSalahEldin/Twitter)
07 Dec

Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour Engage in “Christmas Blackout” to Protest US Jerusalem Decision

Just days after the Christmas tree lighting in the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, the lights on the giant Christmas tree were turned off at the request of local officials, to protest the US claim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The ‘Christmas Blackout’ protest also included the Christmas tree […]

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
07 Dec

Donald Trump Declares Jerusalem “Capital of Israel”

In a move that contradicts decades of US policy, flagrantly violates international law and signed peace agreements, and discards the Palestinian people’s basic rights, the sitting U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday unilaterally declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The U.S. government now joins Israel as the only […]

04 Dec

Thousands Attend Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bethlehem

Outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Christians believe that Jesus was born, thousands of people gathered Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, ceremony, concert and fireworks. Among the people who attended the ceremony were the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, the Governor of Bethlehem Major […]

18 Nov

Palestinian Authority Accuses US Government of Blackmail for Trying to Shut Down Consulate

The U.S. State Department has refused to renew the memorandum issued every six months for the Palestinian Consular Mission in Washington DC, stating that if the Palestinian Authority takes Israel to the International Criminal Court or fails to engage in negotiations with the Israeli government, the Mission will remain closed. […]

Deir Nitham (image from POICA)
16 Nov

Israeli Forces Imprison Palestinian Village Behind Wall as Punitive Measure

Palestinians in the village of Deir Nitham, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, have been unable to leave their village since Monday, when Israeli forces closed the gate through the Wall that allowed villagers to access the rest of the world.   Now, the entire population of the village […]

25 Oct

Israeli Authorities Hand Demolition Notices; Cut Water to Homes in Silwan

October 25, 2017 11:23 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli Settlement, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli water company Gihon cut off water to a number of Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem, and on the same day issued demolition notices to several homes in the neighborhood. The new notices come just two days after another wave of demolition notices were issued […]

11 Oct

Israeli-led “Women’s Peace March” Criticized as Normalization

A two-week march led by Israeli women calling for peace culminated in a rally in Jerusalem Sunday, although the march was largely boycotted by Palestinians who called it a part of the‘normalization’ of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. The organizers of the march called for a return to the […]

29 Sep

Israeli Sentenced to 8 Years for Setting ‘Loaves & Fishes’ Church on Fire

September 29, 2017 11:20 AM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

An Israeli court sentenced Yinon Reuveni, 22 to eight years imprisonment for the arson targeting the Church of Loaves and Fishes near Tiberias two years ago. His lawyer said that he intends to appeal the sentence, and claimed that the proof of Yinon’s involvement was insufficient. The lawyer also accused […]

26 Sep

Three Israeli Officers One Palestinian Killed In Shooting Attack

Updated: In the Israeli settlement colony of Har Adar Tuesday morning, a gunman allegedly opened fire on a group of Israeli Border Police, and armed security guards,  killing three and wounding a fourth. The attacker was then shot and killed by the remaining Israeli border guards at the entrance to […]

06 Sep

Israeli Police Forcibly Evict Palestinian Family, Install Israeli Teens in Their Home

The Shamasna family, which has lived in their home in East Jerusalem for 53 years, was forcibly evicted Tuesday by Israeli police, who then allowed three armed Jewish Israeli teenagers to take over the home. The eviction came just two weeks after an Israeli judge had ruled that the eviction […]

Map of South Hebron Hills showing path of Wall (image from UN)
03 Aug

Israeli construction of southern section of Annexation Wall completed

A 26-mile stretch of Wall, 20-feet high and made from cement, has been completed in the South Hebron Hills, in the southern part of the West Bank, according to Israeli sources. This section of Wall divides the southern part of the West Bank and cements the illegally established settlements put […]

Israeli settler trailers near Nablus (image from Ma'an)
01 Aug

Israeli colonizers take over Palestinian home in Hebron; install trailers in Nablus

As Israeli extremists invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, Israeli settler colonizers also moved into Palestinian areas in several parts of the West Bank. In Hebron, members of a right-wing militia group occupied a Palestinian home in the center of the city; while in Nablus, a dozen trailers were constructed […]

22 Jul

Israel Names Three Israelis Fatally Stabbed In Settlement Colony

On Saturday evening, Israeli sources identified the three Israelis slain Friday as Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and his son Elad, 36. Yosef’s wife, and the mother of Chaya and Elad, is still receiving treatment at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem. Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that […]

Child lost eye
11 Jul

Palestinian child loses eye after Israeli police shoot him on the balcony of his home

A 13-year old Palestinian boy suffered from a fractured eye socket, and total loss of one eye, after he was shot by Israeli police firing so-called ‘non-lethal weapons’ in al-Eesawiya, in east Jerusalem. Nur Hamdan, 13, also suffered from other facial injuries when he was shot. He was standing on […]

Israeli settler child being rescued by Palestinians
10 Jul

Palestinians rescue Israeli settler family after traffic accident

In Hebron, an area of the West Bank known for being home to the most violent groups of Israeli settler militias, a group of Palestinian teens and young men rushed to the aid of a colonial settler family when their car crashed in a Palestinian area. A video of the […]

Mohammed Abu Khdeir
05 Jul

Israeli Court in Abu Khdeir Case: “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”

The Israeli High Court ruled Tuesday that three Jewish Israelis convicted of kidnapping, torturing and brutally murdering a Palestinian teenager by setting him on fire should not have their homes demolished. The Court noted that “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”, and the collective punishment measures used against the […]

Priest inspects burned church building, June 2015
04 Jul

One Israeli convicted, one acquitted in arson attack on ‘Loaves and Fishes’ church

The Israeli District Court in Nazareth on Monday issued a mixed verdict in the 2015 arson that severely damaged the ancient church located on the site believed by Christians to be where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. Of the two Jewish extremists charged with the crime, one was convicted […]

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22 May

On 36th Day of Hunger Strike, Large Number of Striking Prisoners Brought to Hospital

May 22, 2017 11:32 AM Celine Hagbard Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike said Monday that the health conditions of the detainees that have been on hunger strike for 36 consecutive days has become quite serious, with a large number of the detainees reportedly being moved to civilian hospitals. The committee said in […]

03 May

Israeli Settler, 19, Shot and Killed by Israeli Soldiers during Attempted Stabbing

A 19-year old Israeli settler was apparently mistaken for a Palestinian and immediately shot to death by Israeli soldiers at the Hizme checkpoint near Jerusalem. Israeli military standard procedure is to shoot to kill any Palestinian who appears to be attempting to attack or approach soldiers, while their standard procedure […]

Scene outside hotel where stabbing took place (image from Ma'an)
24 Apr

Three Israelis mildly injured in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv

On Sunday afternoon, an 18-year old Palestinian allegedly stabbed three Israelis with ‘work tools’ in the lobby of a hotel in Tel Aviv, according to Israeli police. A fourth Israeli, in his seventies, fell down trying to escape the attack and was also injured. The teenager who carried out the […]

Marwan_Barghouti_painting (image from wikimedia)
17 Apr

Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strike on Monday for Palestinian Prisoners Day

April 17, 2017 9:49 AM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned Palestinian leader who has been likened to the ‘Palestinian Mandela’, is leading the call for a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners from every party and faction beginning on Monday. Every major Palestinian political party has announced their support for the strike, which marks the largest […]

01 Apr

Bil’in marks 41st anniversary of Palestinian land Day

The villagers of Bil’in, in the central part of the West Bank, accompanied by international and Israeli activists, marched Friday from the center of the village to the site of the Annexation Wall, constructed illegally on village land. They carried Palestinian flags, chanted against the Israeli occupation and for Palestinian […]

Bil'in protest remembering Rachel Corrie (image by Mohammed Yassin)
18 Mar

Palestinian Protesters in Bil’in Commemorate 14th Anniversary of Death of Rachel Corrie

In their weekly non-violent demonstration against the Israeli Apartheid Wall constructed on their land, the villagers of Bil’in, in the central West Bank, held posters showing a picture of U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli forces in Gaza 14 years ago. The villagers gathered, along with international and […]

Teargas in Bil'in (image by Mohammad Yassin)
11 Mar

Protest in Bil’in attacked by Israeli troops; two civilians abducted, including a child

A weekly non-violent demonstration against the Israeli Wall and settlements in Bil’in village in the central West Bank was met with a massive show of force by the Israeli military, who fired tear gas canisters at children and blocked international observers from entering. Two people were abducted by Israeli forces: […]

Journalist wounded in Kafr Qaddoum (image by ISM)
04 Mar

Israeli Troops Assault Journalists at Protest in Kafr Qaddoum, Shooting One in the Head

In the village of Kafr Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank on Friday, Israeli forces assaulted a non-violent demonstration against the Wall and settlements with both so-called ‘non-lethal weapons’ and live ammunition, shooting one journalist in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The reporter, […]

Abdul Fatah Sharif's sister protesting her brother's murder (image from Middle East Eye)
22 Feb

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing Palestinian execution-style

Elor Azaria, the soldier who shot and killed 21-year old Abdul-Fattah Sharif in March 2016 while Sharif was lying on the ground, unarmed and wounded, has been sentenced by an Israeli military court to an 18-month sentence – a sentence which Palestinian leaders say gives the “green light” for Israeli […]

Ghost Hunting film
21 Feb

Film about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians wins top award in Berlin

A film depicting the torture, humiliation and violence experienced by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel won the first ever “Silver Bear” award at the Berlinale international film festival. The film, “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting), was produced by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni. It was one of 18 finalists competing for the top […]

Donald Trump (image from wikipedia)
16 Feb

US President meets with Netanyahu, Changes US Stance on Two-State Solution

The US President, Donald Trump, welcomed Israeli Prime Minister into the White House on Wednesday and the two reminisced about the long relationship between their two families. The US President took the opportunity to announce, in a single sentence, a major shift in US policy in the region. It’s unclear […]

10 Feb

18-year old Palestinian Beaten, Arrested In Petah Tikva After Allegedly Injuring 3 Israelis

February 10, 2017 11:37 AM Celine Hagbard Israel, News Report, Palestinian attacks 0

Israeli media sources reported Friday that an 18-year old Palestinian was in custody after having been beaten unconscious with rocks and clubs, by a crowd that suspected him of shooting and injuring two Israelis, then stabbing another with a screwdriver after his gun jammed. In addition to the three people […]

Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
23 Jan

Netanyahu Chats with Trump, Then Declares Unrestricted Settlement Construction

A day after being inaugurated as U.S. President, Donald Trump called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and invited him to come to the White House in February. Following the phone call, Netanyahu told his security cabinet that he will lift all restrictions on settlement construction in East Jerusalem, according to […]

Bab al-Shams (image from PNN)
20 Jan

Palestinian Peace Activists Attempt to Re-establish Bab al-Shams; Israeli Forces Destroy It

Dozens of Palestinian peace activists, along with Israeli and international supporters, gathered in East Jerusalem Friday to erect tents and try to re-establish the peace village Bab al-Shams that was built in 2013 and destroyed that same year by Israeli forces. The activists say they chose this day to carry […]

Home of Fadi Qunbar, to be demolished (image from
16 Jan

Israel Carries Out Collective Punishment Against 14 Family Members of Jerusalem Attacker

The Israeli Interior Minister ordered that the mother of a Palestinian man who rammed a group of Israeli soldiers with a truck last week should have her Jerusalem residency “revoked”, and that she should be forced out of her ancestral home. Fourteen family members of the young man who carried […]

Bedouin encampment (archive image from
03 Jan

Israeli Troops Demolish 11 Bedouin Homes – Dozens of Children Among the 87 Made Homeless

On Monday morning, Israeli forces invaded Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, and destroyed the homes of 87 Palestinian Bedouins, most of whom are women and children. Adal Jahaleen, one of the residents of the Bedouin village, told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that the Israeli military arrived with several Caterpillar […]

Israeli army invasion - archive image (from Istandul Daily Times)
03 Jan

15 Palestinians abducted in pre-dawn raids by Israeli forces, including 5 minors

Israeli troops conducted pre-dawn raids in several West Bank towns on Monday, abducting 15 Palestinians and taking them to unknown destinations. In Jerusalem, Israeli troops abducted 8 Palestinians, including 5 minors aged between 15 and 17 years old. The youth were identified as Ameer Darwish, Adam Mustafa, Hussam Eliyan, Moumen […]

13 Dec

Two Palestinian Hunger Strikers Stop Drinking Water After Israeli Court Denied Their Appeal

December 13, 2016 12:15 PM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

On the same day that Israeli authorities released from prison one long-term hunger striker, Bilal Kayed, the Israeli High Court decided not to release two others, Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Farah. Both men have been on hunger strike for more than 80 days, and both declared on Monday that […]

Cremisan monastery (image from
01 Dec

Chilean Court Charges Israeli Officials with War Crimes

December 1, 2016 10:28 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, News Report, The Wall 0

A lawsuit filed in a federal court in Chile this week charges three Israeli High Court Justices with war crimes for their decision last year to split an ancient monastery in the Bethlehem District from its community by running the Annexation Wall through it. The lawsuit was filed on behalf […]

27 Nov

As firefighters try to control wildfires, Israeli troops abduct 23 Palestinians for ‘arson’

Despite a total lack of evidence of any human cause of the wildfires that have burned in Israel for nearly a week, Israeli troops have detained 23 Palestinians. This follows a statement Thursday by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who claimed “only someone who this land does not belong to […]

Al-Ram village (image from
09 Oct

Israeli forces invade home of gunman, clash with stone-throwing Palestinian youth

October 9, 2016 8:58 PM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

On Sunday afternoon, a squadron of Israeli soldiers invaded the village of al-Ram, east of Jerusalem, to raid the home of 39-year old Misbah Abu Sbeih, who was killed Sunday morning after shooting an Israeli officer and civilian. The soldiers clashed with local youth, injuring seven teens and young adults. The […]

Wall between Abu Dis and Jerusalem (image by wikimedia)
09 Oct

At least 52 student protesters injured by Israeli forces in Abu Dis

Students from Al Quds University, in the area of Abu Dis east of Jerusalem, held a protest on Sunday that was violently assaulted by Israeli troops. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that 52 of the protesters were injured, most of whom were either hit by rubber-coated steel bullets or […]

Israeli helicopter over settlement of Shiloh (image from
02 Oct

Israeli government marks Rosh Hashanah by sealing borders, expanding settlements

Israeli authorities locked down the West Bank and Gaza, home to over 5 million Palestinians, in preparation for the national celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on Sunday. In addition, the Israeli government approved plans for nearly one hundred more settlement units to be […]

Naseem Abu Mazer
01 Oct

Israeli troops shoot and kill 28-year old Palestinian at Qalandia checkpoint after alleged knife attack

A 28 year old Palestinian identified as Naseeb Abu Mazer, from Kafr Aqab village, was shot and killed Friday night by Israeli troops at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, after allegedly pulling a knife and stabbing an Israeli soldier. Abu Mazer was left bleeding on the ground with […]

Mustafa Nimir (image from family)
08 Sep

Israeli military admits they killed 25-year old Palestinian by mistake – but blame driver for ‘driving erratically’

September 8, 2016 11:26 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

After several eyewitnesses and video and photos contradicted the Israeli military’s claim that the 25-year old Palestinian they shot to death Monday was trying to “ram” their vehicles with his car, the Israeli military changed their story. They admitted that Mustafa Nimir was not the driver of the vehicle at […]

Sari Mohammad Abu Ghurab
25 Aug

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Two Months Before He Was To Be Married

A 24-year old Palestinian man, Sari Mohammad Abu Gharab, was killed on Wednesday by Israeli troops near Nablus, just two months before he was scheduled to be married. The Palestinian was shot to death by numerous rounds after allegedly exiting a vehicle that was being chased by an Israeli military […]

25 Aug

Palestinian hunger striker agrees to end hunger strike after 71 days

August 25, 2016 10:35 AM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

After reaching an agreement with Israeli authorities for his release from administrative detention, long-term hunger striker Bilal Kayid decided Wednesday to call off his hunger strike after 71 days without food. Kayid was facing serious health issues due to the hunger strike, and has been hospitalized for several days, shackled […]

Bilal Kayid tribute (image from PFLP)
23 Aug

Protesters In Ramallah Voice Support For Palestinian Hunger-strikers

August 23, 2016 10:50 AM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

As long-term hunger striker Bilal Kayed entered his 69th day without food, a group of supporters stood in front of the United Nations office in Ramallah demanding that the UN take action to address the issue. Kayed is just the latest in a long line of Palestinian hunger strikers who […]

Settlers invading al-Aqsa (image by Ma'an news)
15 Aug

Israeli Soldiers & Settlers invade al-Aqsa Mosque, 18 Palestinians Injured

On Sunday, a group of around 250 armed Israeli settlers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in the world for Muslims. The Israeli settlers, mainly religious Jews, invaded the mosque as part of their celebration of the Jewish holiday of […]

06 Aug

Largest Palestinian team to date arrives in Rio for Olympics

Six Palestinian athletes representing Palestine walked in the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio on Friday – marking the largest team since Palestine began competing in the Olympics in 1996. The team wore traditional embroidered dresses and kaffiyeh scarves, and waved the Palestinian flag. No athlete representing Palestine […]

Caterpillar armored bulldozer demolishing home (file image from ICAHD)
27 Jul

Israeli troops demolish 12 homes near Jerusalem; attack locals trying to block the demolitions

On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers driving Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers and other armored vehicles entered the town of Qalandia and began demolishing Palestinian homes. A group of townspeople quickly organized a blockade, surrounding the homes with their bodies, but they were violently assaulted by the Israeli soldiers. Local sources report that […]

Settlement of Har Homa, as seen from Beit Sahour
22 Jul

Israeli military invades Beit Sahour after shots fired at Israeli settler’s vehicle

Israeli forces moved into the eastern part of the town of Beit Sahour, just outside Bethlehem, after unknown persons fired several shots at a vehicle driven by an Israeli settler near the settlement of Har Homa.

Arson attack in Douma (image from Ma'an)
21 Jul

Another arson in town where family was burned to death last year

On Tuesday night, a Palestinian couple was nearly burned alive in their beds in the town of Douma, near Nablus, after a flaming explosive was thrown into the second story window of their home while they were sleeping. The attack came just days before the one-year anniversary of the horrific […]

Location of Israeli settlement Givat Hamatos
04 Jul

Israeli government approves 800 new colonial settlement housing units

On Sunday the Israeli Cabinet approved the expansion of several Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, adding an additional 800 new units to the existing thousands of units constructed in Jewish-only settlements in direct contravention of international law. Israeli officials say that the approval of 800 new […]

Settler car overtuned (image released by Israeli limitary)
02 Jul

Israeli Settler Killed After Shots Fired Near Hebron

An Israeli rabbi was killed, his wife critically injured, and two children also injured when their car overturned near Hebron after apparently having been shot at by unknown assailants. The deceased has been identified as Rabbi Michael Mark, a settler from the Hebron area in the southern West Bank. He […]

Ban ki-Moon in Gaza (image from UN)
28 Jun

UN Secretary-General visits Israel and Gaza

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon traveled to Gaza Monday, following a meeting with the Israeli President in Tel Aviv. In a press statement following his meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Ban condemned an attack by a Palestinian several weeks ago in which four Israelis were killed. In 2016 […]

Christians at Pentecost prayer (image by
23 Jun

Israeli Extremists Attack Palestinian Christians During Pentecost Prayer, Shouting “You Are Evil”

A group of Israeli extremists assaulted the Pentecostal prayer procession in Jerusalem this week, shouting and trying to occupy Mount Zion to keep the Christians out. The Israeli police arrested five demonstrators who locked themselves in the holy site known as King David’s Tomb before the Christian procession arrived. The […]

Demolition in Susiya
20 Jun

Israeli forces demolish two homes south of Hebron, despite pledge to stop demolitions in Ramadan

June 20, 2016 2:32 AM Celine Hagbard Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli military demolished two homes, an outdoor kitchen and a barn on Saturday in Wadi Jheish and Umm Al-Daraj, in the village of Susiya, in the south Hebron hills. The destruction came despite a pledge by Israeli authorities that they would hold off on destroying Palestinian homes and forcing […]

Couple with different ID cards (image by PNN)
18 Jun

Israel plans to extend 13-year old ‘temporary’ law that has left 247 Palestinian children with no legal status

A committee of the Israeli Knesset is discussing the extension, for another year, of a 13-year old law that has been extended each year as a ‘temporary’ measure. The law prohibits nearly 10,000 Palestinian residents of Israel, including 247 children, from having a legal residency status. The Citizenship and Entry […]

Sheja'eyya after Israeli bombardment, 2014
15 Jun

Israeli military decides that order to attack Palestinian clinic in ‘revenge’ was acceptable

In a precedent-setting decision Tuesday, the Israeli military decided not to press charges against a senior officer who ordered his troops to bombard a hospital in Gaza in 2014 to reportedly “raise their morale” with a “revenge attack” after another officer was killed. The officer, Lieutenant Colonel Neria Yeshurun, told […]

Palestinian shot near Awarta (image from the Palestine Information Center)
12 Jun

Developmentally-disabled Palestinian shot and wounded by Israeli troops near Nablus

A 26-year old developmentally-disabled Palestinian man was shot and wounded by Israeli forces Saturday after allegedly pulling out a knife while riding a bike near the Awarta checkpoint. No Israeli soldiers were hurt. The Palestinian man was identified as Hasan Khalid al-Qadhi, 26, from the town of Awarta, near Nablus. […]

Marwan Barghouti (mural image - from palestinianprisoners blog)
07 Jun

South African Archbishop Tutu latest voice calling for Nobel Peace Prize for Marwan Barghouthi

Revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu, himself a Nobel Prize recipient, has joined a growing number of people who have nominated Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouthi for the Nobel Peace Prize. Barghouthi is a founder of the armed wing of the Fateh party, known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – named after […]

US Secretary of State John Kerry (image from wikimedia)
02 Jun

Israeli authorities hold secret meetings with US in advance of Friday’s peace talks

As thirty nations prepare representatives to meet in Paris Friday for talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday that high-lecel Israeli officials have been meeting secretly with US agents in advance of the talks. Publicly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has condemned the talks, saying “If the […]

Avigdor Lieberman - image from wikimedia
31 May

Israeli Cabinet Swears-In Controversial Defense Minister

Avigdor Lieberman, the controversial right-wing politician who has frequently called for the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland, was sworn in Monday as the new Israeli Defense Minister. The appointment of Lieberman came after the surprise firing of the previous Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in […]

20 May

Israeli Prime Minister replaces Defense Minister with Rightwing Zealot

Following a shake-up in the Israeli Defense Ministry which included a statement by the military’s Chief of Staff that the current trends in Israeli society were reminiscent of pre-World War II Germany, the Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, decided to replace his Defense Minister with an extreme right-wing ideologue, Avigdor […]

Ahmad Manasra (Al Ray image)
12 May

Israeli court convicts Palestinian child who was nearly beaten to death by mob

May 12, 2016 4:03 AM Celine Hagbard Jerusalem, News Report, Prisoners 0

A Palestinian child, Ahmad Manasra, 14, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder, despite a lack of evidence, a video showing him being severely beaten and insulted by a crowd shouting racial slurs, and video showing Israeli interrogators brutalizing and intimidating the crying child with no family member […]

Mohammad Abu Khdeir
05 May

Ringleader of Israeli gang that burned Palestinian child to death sentenced to life in prison

A right-wing Israeli man who kidnapped a Palestinian child and burned him to death in Jerusalem in 2014 has been sentenced by an Israeli court to life in prison, plus 20 years, according to Israeli sources. Yosef Chaim Ben-David was found guilty earlier this month, after having initially attempted to […]

26 Apr

Seven members of Israeli ‘terror cell’ indicted for dozens of attacks on Palestinian civilians & property

On Monday, an Israeli court indicted seven Israelis, including two sons of a leading rabbi, a soldier, and two minor teens, for participating in dozens of attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Hebron area, in the southern part of the West Bank. The Israeli court prosecutor asked that three of […]

Ramming attack in Hebron
22 Apr

Israeli settler severely wounds Palestinian boy in ramming attack in Hebron

An Israeli settler attacked a Palestinian child with a vehicle on Thursday, causing moderate injuries. The child, Alaa Ghaleb al-Rajabi, 16, was transported to a local hospital (al-Ahli hospital) and is in stable condition, according to medical sources. The attack took place near the Ibrahimi mosque in central Hebron, an […]

27 Mar

Videographer who filmed execution of Palestinian receives death threats from Israeli settlers

March 27, 2016 2:56 PM Celine Hagbard Hebron, Human rights, News Report 2

A Palestinian videographer and human rights worker whose video of the murder of a 21-year old Palestinian by an Israeli soldier has received widespread attention has received a number of death threats, as well as gatherings outside his home of Israeli settlers threatening to harm him, and has been told […]

Ahmad Dawabsha looks at poster of his mom (image from family)
23 Mar

Child whose family was burned alive by settlers returns home to Douma

March 23, 2016 12:30 PM Celine Hagbard Human rights, Nablus, News Report 0

Five-year old Ahmad Dawabsha, who was four when his entire family was burned to death in their beds last July, returned to his hometown for the first time on Tuesday.The child was severely burned over 85% of his body, and has remained in hospitals and rehab centers since the attack […]

17 Mar

March 16th: Anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie

March 16th, 2016 marks 13 years since a young American peace activist stood in front of an Israeli armored bulldozer to try to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, and was crushed to death by the driver of the bulldozer.After Rachel Corrie was killed, her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, […]

17 Mar

March 16th: Thirteenth anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie

March 17, 2016 2:27 PM Celine Hagbard Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

March 16th, 2016 marks 13 years since a young American peace activist stood in front of an Israeli armored bulldozer to try to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, and was crushed to death by the driver of the bulldozer.After Rachel Corrie was killed, her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, […]

14 Mar

14-year old boy shot in chest by Israeli troops during invasion of Palestinian village

March 14, 2016 10:12 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Ramallah 0

A Palestinian boy is in serious condition after he was shot in the chest with live ammunition by Israeli forces who invaded his village, al-Mazraa al-Gharbiya, on Sunday.The boy, 14, was shot when Israeli troops opened fire on a group of teens who were allegedly throwing stones at the armored […]

09 Mar

Israeli Officer killed in ‘Friendly Fire’ During Invasion of Gaza

An Israeli intelligence officer with the Shin Bet covert intelligence service of the Israeli armed forces was killed on Tuesday by other Israeli troops while carrying out an operation in the Gaza Strip.The man was apparently ‘undercover’ and pretending to be a Palestinian when his fellow soldiers saw him near […]

08 Mar

Israeli and U.S. Groups sued for $34.5 Billion for funding construction of Israeli settlements

A group of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who have been victims of Israeli settlement construction filed a lawsuit this week to demand financial compensation from some of the companies, individuals and organizations responsible for funding the construction.Israeli settlement construction takes place on illegally seized Palestinian land, and is considered a flagrant […]

29 Feb

Israeli troops invade village near Bethlehem, critically wounding two Palestinians

February 29, 2016 2:43 AM Celine Hagbard Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

On Sunday, Israeli forces invaded the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, and began firing live ammunition randomly throughout the village, according to local sources. Two Palestinians were critically wounded: a middle-aged dentist and a 16-year old boy.The dentist who was shot, Hisham Mohammad Atwan Sbeih, was sitting in his […]

26 Feb

Palestinian-American activist wins re-trial on immigration charges

February 26, 2016 1:40 PM Celine Hagbard Human rights, International, News Report 0

Rasmea Odeh, a Chicago-based Palestinian-American activist, had immigration fraud charges against her vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday. Odeh and her supporters have long claimed that the case against her was politically motivated, since she is an outspoken supporter of Palestinian human rights.The case will now return […]

22 Feb

List of 181 Palestinians & 21 Israelis Killed Since October 1st

February 22, 2016 6:29 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between October 1st, 2015 and February 21st, 2016, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.1. […]

14 Feb

Autopsy Shows that Palestinian Woman Killed Saturday Died Because of Denial of Medical Care

February 14, 2016 4:02 PM Celine Hagbard Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

A Palestinian state prosecutor in the Hebron District announced Sunday that a Palestinian woman killed the previous day by Israeli forces could likely have been saved if Israeli forces hadn’t denied her medical care and left her to bleed to death.The 18-year old Palestinian woman, Kilzar Mohammad al-Oweiwi, was shot […]

12 Feb

PCHR Weekly Report: Two Palestinian children killed; 9 adults & 8 children wounded by Israeli troops

February 12, 2016 3:50 PM Celine Hagbard Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 04- 10 February 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 2 children were killed in the southern […]

25 Jan

List of 162 Palestinians killed since October 1st

January 25, 2016 2:16 PM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between October 1st, 2015 and January 25th, 2016, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry. […]

19 Jan

Israeli driver hits Palestinian cyclists; killing one and wounding another

January 19, 2016 7:59 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Salfit 0

Two Palestinian youth riding their bikes near Salfit Monday were hit by an Israeli driver, leading to the death of one of them, and the injury his brother. Update: The Maan News agency has reported on its Arabic page, that family members said ‘it seems the incident is an accident […]

18 Jan

Israeli paramilitary settler shoots and critically wounds Palestinian who allegedly stabbed woman

An unidentified Palestinian man was shot and critically wounded on Monday morning after allegedly stabbing and wounded a pregnant Israeli woman in Tekoa settlement, near Bethlehem, according to Israeli sources.The incident took place at a clothing warehouse in the industrial area of the Tekoa settlement, built on illegally seized Palestinian […]

17 Jan

Israel refuses to allow prisoner to get needed heart surgery

January 17, 2016 4:11 PM Celine Hagbard Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Israeli Prison Service has refused to allow a 45-year old Palestinian prisoner to receive a medically-indicated, lifesaving heart surgery. The prisoner is now in an intermittent coma as a result, and is likely to die unless the surgery is performed, according to local sources.45-year old Riyadh Dakhlallah al-‘Amor underwent […]

11 Jan

Video: Office of Israeli Human Rights Organization B’Tselem Burned in Suspected Arson

January 11, 2016 2:24 PM Celine Hagbard Human rights, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Jerusalem office of the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B’Tselem, was badly damaged in a fire on Sunday night, which authorities suspect may have been arson.According to a statement by the group, ‘None of our staff were in the building, but people working on […]

09 Jan

Israeli Military Kills Two Palestinians Near Nablus

Early Saturday morning, two Palestinians were shot dead at the al-Hamra (Beqaot) checkpoint in the northern part of the Jordan Valley, east of Nablus in the eastern part of the West Bank.The names of the two men killed Saturday are Ali Abu Mariam, 26 from al-Jadeeda village near Jenin, and […]

02 Jan

Bodies of 23 Slain Palestinians Returned by Israeli Authorities

January 2, 2016 2:25 PM Celine Hagbard Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

The 23 bodies that Israeli authorities have been holding in custody were finally turned over to the Palestinian Authority on Friday. A line of 17 ambulances, each carrying one of the bodies, entered Hebron’s al-Ahli Hospital Friday afternoon, while a large crowd gathered to witness the return of the bodies.The […]

24 Dec

Israeli forces kill one Palestinian, abduct eight, during invasions of Hebron

December 24, 2015 2:23 PM Celine Hagbard Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

A Palestinian man was shot and killed Thursday morning in Hebron, in the Saddit al-Fahs area. Israeli troops took the body of the slain Palestinian away in a black bag.The man who was killed was identified as Eyad Jamal Ed’eis, 26, from Yatta town, south of Hebron. After the shooting, […]

24 Dec

Palestinian killed near Israeli settlement in West Bank

December 24, 2015 1:55 PM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestinian attacks, Salfit 0

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Thursday morning after allegedly stabbing and wounding two Israeli guards at an industrial park outside Ariel settlement, the largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank.The guards, one male and one female, both 24 years old, were allegedly lightly wounded. […]

22 Dec

Leader of Right-Wing Israeli Group Calls Christians ‘Blood-Sucking Vampires’

December 22, 2015 3:20 PM Celine Hagbard Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The leader of the right-wing group Lehava, which calls for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel, has issued a statement that Christians, like Muslims, should be violently removed from the Holy Land. Benzi Gopstein, in his statement, called for a ban on Christmas in the Holy Land, and said that […]

22 Dec

Two Palestinian-Americans killed in December – no U.S. government response

December 22, 2015 2:47 PM Celine Hagbard Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

The U.S. government has yet to respond to the killing of two of its citizens by the Israeli military over the past three weeks – the latest being Mohammad Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 21, shot while driving his car near Silwad on Friday December 18th.On December 4th, Abdul-Rahman Wajeeh Barghouthi, 27, was […]

19 Dec

List of Palestinians Killed Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 18

December 19, 2015 7:06 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The Following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and the end of December 18th, as confirmed by the Palestinian […]

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14 Dec

Palestinian killed by police after allegedly ‘ramming’ Israeli settlers with car

December 14, 2015 11:50 PM Celine Hagbard Jerusalem, News Report, Palestinian attacks 0

A Palestinian youth was shot and killed on Monday evening by Israeli police near the central bus station in West Jerusalem. According to Israeli police, Abdul-Mohsen Hassounah, 21, was shot dead by police officers after he allegedly rammed his car into a group of settlers. Ten settlers were injured, including […]

11 Dec

List of 116 Palestinians Killed Since October 1st

December 11, 2015 4:27 PM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The full list of the 116 Palestinians and 16 Israelis killed since October 1st is below. The Following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the […]