Category Archives: International

20 Jan
5:35

Justin Trudeau’s Description of BDS: ‘A Pack of Lies’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his belief that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. TRNN speaks to Ali Abunimah, who says that Trudeau has adopted Israeli PM Benamin Netanyahu’s talking points. Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to […]

20 Jan
5:16

DCIP Report: Killing of Palestinian Children by Israeli Army Amounts to War Crimes

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) submitted a joint report to United Nations investigators, last week, detailing Israeli forces’ killing of Palestinian children during mass protests in the Gaza Strip, conduct amounting to war crimes, said DCIP in a press release. The 57-page report, drafted in collaboration with the […]

19 Jan
7:17

What are the Elements of a Strategic Palestinian Narrative and Discourse?

by Amjad Iraqi, for Al-Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. This commentary is part of Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, convened in 2018, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts worked together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, what it […]

19 Jan
7:04

USAID to End Palestinian Support on January 31st

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all of its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown […]

17 Jan
8:42

Palestine Launches Bid for Full UN Membership

Palestine will launch a bid to become a full member of the United Nations, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday. The bid will go ahead despite the United States having said it will veto Palestine’s membership plans. “We know that we are going to face a US veto but that won’t […]

16 Jan
6:41

World Food Programme Cuts Aid to Palestine

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended or reduced aid for some of its Palestinian beneficiaries in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, due to funding shortages, an official has said. Some 27,000 Palestinians are no longer receiving aid through the United Nations programme since January 1, in the occupied West Bank, said Stephen Kearney, […]

15 Jan
6:38

Abbas Assumes Chair for Group of 77 + China

PA President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York on Monday, and is set to formally assume the chair for the Group of 77 and China. A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, at the United Nations General Assembly. The PA President is also scheduled to meet with the UN Secretary General Antonio […]

14 Jan
8:31

Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel

Ben White discusses his new book, “Cracks in the Wall”, which examines narratives that challenge the Israeli colonization of Palestine and their recent successes. Shir Hever is an economic researcher at the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli […]

11 Jan
7:13

The BDS Movement Salutes Angela Davis

January 10, 2019 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / United States The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity […]

10 Jan
4:42

A NYT Investigation Examining the Killing of Medic Razan al-Najjar Concludes: “Possibly a War Crime” by Israeli Forces

The Investigation by the NYT into the killing of  21-year-old paramedic Razan al-Najjar reveals:  “. . . the shooting by (IDF-Sniper) appears to have been reckless at best, and possibly a war crime,.. for which no one has yet been punished.”  We speak with James North of Mondoweiss. TRNN Video […]

10 Jan
4:07

Anti-Boycott of Israel Bill Pushed Back in US Senate

The US Senate voted down, in a cloture vote on Tuesday, a bill aimed at impeding the international boycott of Israel spearheaded by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, according to a press statement by the Institute For Middle East Understanding (IMEU). Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, Cory […]

10 Jan
3:40

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Wins Right to Approach Supreme Court

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won the right to challenge the Court of Appeal judgement which upheld the government’s right to restrict Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) from divesting contrary to UK foreign and defence policy, thereby limiting the possibility of divestment from companies involved in Israel’s human rights violations. In […]

09 Jan
11:55

Birmingham Honors Angela Davis after Israel Lobby Sabotages Award

(from the Electronic Intifada) American academic Angela Davis says she is “stunned” at the decision of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama to revoke a human rights award it was planning to give her at a gala next month. In a statement on Facebook, the iconic Black intellectual and activist said that the […]

09 Jan
1:51

Arab Americans, Civil Liberties Groups Challenging Anti-BDS Bill in US Congress

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (WAFA)  – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and American civil liberties organizations are leading a campaign to block a bill in the US Congress aimed at fighting boycott of Israel led by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Republican Senators Marco Rubio, James Risch, […]

09 Jan
1:47

Oppose Senate Bill S.1 – Would Give Israel $38 Billion, Combat BDS, & More

Senators Mark Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo from Jewish Insider.) Phone and email your senators NOW to vote no on Senate bill S.1! The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today’s action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning […]

08 Jan
5:39

Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It

Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains. TRNN Video & Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner, great to have you with us. Israel has become the hub to train the world’s police in military tactics, […]

08 Jan
12:12

PLO Condemns US National Security Advisor’s Visit To Occupied Jerusalem

Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, Monday, condemned U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton’s trip to Israel. Along with Israeli officials, John Bolton, toured the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. Erekat criticized Bolton for “supporting the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine, including […]

04 Jan
7:42

Israeli Official Affirms Israeli Dominance Over US Policy

A senior Israeli official alluded, on Wednesday, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is controlling the United States of America, Israeli media reported. This came as the senior Israeli official had revealed information about Netanyahu’s visit to Brazil, mainly his meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Describing the […]

04 Jan
6:44

UN Coordinator Condemns Settler Attack on Hamdallah Convoy

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Thursday, condemned an attack by Jewish settlers, on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, as he was returning from Midnight Mass in Bethlehem, on Christmas Eve. “The stoning attack on Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah’s convoy on Christmas […]

02 Jan
6:29

Israel & US Formally Ditch UNESCO

More than a year after announcing their withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israel and the United States’ decision officially went into effect at the last second of December 31, 2018. UNESCO was the first UN body to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011, which […]

31 Dec
5:15

Israeli Media: Brazilian Embassy Move Only A “Matter of Time”

Israeli media, on Saturday, assured that newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro  has assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not back down from his promise to move the embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem. According to the Israeli 14 channel, Brazil is under pressure from Arab countries not […]

30 Dec
5:33

Largest European Bank to Divest from Israeli Defense Contractor

In what is being cheered as a victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, the international banking firm HSBC has announced that it is divesting from Elbit Systems, the second-largest weapons manufacturer in Israel. Europe’s largest bank confirmed, on Thursday, that it has completely liquidated its holdings in the […]

30 Dec
5:14

$50M Transferred to UNRWA from Saudi Arabia

During a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 28 November, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl signed an agreement with Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSC), in support of UNRWA’s core health, education and social services in 2018. This […]

27 Dec
8:09

Erdogan: Netanyahu Is An ‘Oppressor, Cruel, At The Head Of State Terror’

Tensions between Turkey and Israel were ratcheted on Sunday, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be an “oppressor”. Netanyahu hit back in a speech, later the same day, calling Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator” who is “obsessed with Israel.” Speaking to a group of […]

27 Dec
7:45

Abbas Welcomes Pope Francis’ Call for Realizing Peace

PA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Pope Francis’ call for a dialogue of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.   WAFA reported, according to Al Ray, that Abbas decided to engage in a peace process based on international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General Assembly.   […]

23 Dec
3:35

Social Media Giants Continue to Collaborate with Israel’s Illegal ‘Cyber Unit’

The State Attorney’s unit operates outside the law to censor Facebook & YouTube posts; 2017 saw 500% increase in posts censored as a result of Cyber Unit’s action. Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel continues to demand that Israel’s state attorney’s office shutter its “Cyber […]

23 Dec
3:15

Palestinian Factions Call for Protest against Australian Decision on Jerusalem

The Palestinian Nationalist and Islamic Forces called, on Saturday, for a protest at the Australian Representative Office in Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, against Australia’s decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The protest will be taking place next Wednesday, December 26th, at noon […]

21 Dec
4:12

Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal – violating free speech – 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. TRNN speaks to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the anti-BDS efforts in the US. Phyllis […]

21 Dec
3:12

Head of Sinn Fein Pays Solidarity Visit to Official Palestinian Media

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald with Ahmad Assaf, General Supervisor of the official media (WAFA Images).  An Irish delegation headed by Mary Lou McDonald, leader of the Irish Sinn Fein (shin-FAYN) party and member of the Irish parliament, met on Thursday, in Ramallah, with Ahmad Assaf, General Supervisor of […]

21 Dec
2:58

Mladenov: ‘We are nowhere closer to peace than a year ago’

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, briefed the Security Council yesterday, on the situation in Palestine, stressing that negative developments have greatly overshadowed any positive steps towards peace. Mladenov pointed out that the reported developments take place within a concerning overall context: ‘Israel’s continued military […]

20 Dec
4:17

No Vaccination for Palestinian Children, Decides the Occupying Power, Israel

by Ihab Rimawi Updated from 12/12/18 Israel Restricts Vaccine Imports to Palestine Lara Hamdan had no idea, when she went to the health services center in Ramallah, to vaccinate her one-year-old daughter, that the vaccination was not available and that she had to wait until Israeli authorities allow the vaccines to […]

20 Dec
3:56

World Food Programme Announces Cuts to Palestine

The World Food Programme announced, today, cuts in food aid that will affect some 190,000 impoverished Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank – roughly half of all its recipients, there – citing a severe funding shortfall, PNN reports. The U.N. agency said it would, as of January 1, suspend […]

19 Dec
4:51

Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

(photo: Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon) by Ramzy Baroud An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one “Hajj Jamal Ghalaini” occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo […]

18 Dec
6:17

Veteran Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy: BDS Is Not Anti-Semitic

Veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has reaffirmed his support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, speaking in a Haaretz podcast interview. Asked about the backlash against the boycott, both in Israel and in the United States, Levy said that the BDS campaign is still “the only game in town”, […]

18 Dec
5:59

Israel Disappointed by Australia’s Decision on Jerusalem

Australia’s announcement on Saturday, that it would only recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reportedly left the Israeli occupation disappointed, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.     In his speech to Channel 10, a senior official said that the Israeli occupation was disappointed that Australia didn’t recognize the […]

18 Dec
5:50

UNRWA Signs Landmark Agreement with Qatar

On the sidelines of the Doha Forum, Khalifa Bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), signed a landmark two-year agreement in support of the agency’s core services, including education, health-care, relief […]

16 Dec
7:48

While Israel Kills, The US Condemns Hamas

by Jihad Al-Khazen, Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine Last week, the United States submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly condemning Hamas for attacking Israel. The resolution was supported by 87 countries but opposed by 57, with more than 30 abstentions, and so was not adopted because it did […]

15 Dec
4:44

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

A Canadian Court has ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity, during an election campaign in Canada. TRNN discusses the case with Bruce Katz, one of the main plaintiffs in […]

15 Dec
4:22

Palestinian Among World’s 50 Best Teachers

Palestinian teacher Rana Ziada, from al-Zahra School, in Gaza, has been chosen among the 50 shortlisted for the world’s best teacher prize. Ziada is competing for the best teacher, in the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize, which is carried out by Varkey Foundation. Ziada is a mathematics teacher in a […]

14 Dec
7:54

Actress Natalie Portman says New Israeli Nation-state Law is ‘Racist’ and a ‘Mistake’

Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman said, according to Israeli daily Haaretz, that Israel’s nation-state law is “racist” and a “mistake”, and that she does not agree with it, in an interview she gave to London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published Thursday. Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which the Knesset passed in July, states that “Israel […]

14 Dec
7:32

Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows

Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is “constantly growing” and “innovative”. TRNN Video & Transcript   BEN NORTON: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Ben Norton. As the campaign to boycott […]

12 Dec
7:45

Australia to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The Australian government intends to announce its recognition of the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Tuesday, after receiving approval from the National Security Council on the move, The Australian newspaper reported. The running options are either to keep the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv with a small consulate office […]

12 Dec
7:31

‘The Lobby – USA’: Lessons for the Palestine Solidarity Movement

by Ali Abunimah for Ma’an News Agency Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse (2006), and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. His most recent book is The Battle for Justice in […]

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11 Dec
7:45

Palestinian Prime Minister Condemns Israeli Attack on WAFA News Agency

The Israeli raid on WAFA headquarters in the Occupied West Bank city of Ramallah Monday elicited strong condemnation from many people. On Tuesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called the Palestinian news agency to offer his support and solidarity to the journalism staff, reported WAFA. Speaking with WAFA editor-in-chief Kholoud Assaf, […]

11 Dec
5:15

India to Pull Out of $500m Israeli Missile Deal

The Indian defense ministry has announced plans to withdraw from a deal with Israeli army contractor Rafael, for the Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM). The deal was originally agreed upon in 2014, but the Indian defense ministry scrapped the deal in January of this year, reportedly planning to develop missiles […]

10 Dec
6:42

Belgian City Votes to Ban Contracts with Companies that Violate Human Rights

[Photo: City Hall in Ghent, Belgium] 12/08/18 Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Norway Last month, the City Council in Ghent, Belgium voted to ban companies involved in human rights violations from doing business with the the city. Palestinian solidarity activists with the group Ghent Action Platform Palestine (GAPP) were the driving force […]

10 Dec
6:15

UNOCHA Report: 33 Palestinian-owned Structures Seized or Demolished in Area C and East Jerusalem

A recent report issued, by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), on the latest developments in Palestinian territories, published on December 6. According to the report, demonstrations in the context of the ‘Great March of Return’ continued for the 36th successive week, resulting in the […]

10 Dec
5:47

US Evangelicals Have Donated Some $65M to Illegal Settlements

Right-wing evangelical organizations have raised tens of millions of dollars, over the past 10 years, to fund settlement projects in the West Bank, a report published by Haaretz newspaper reported, on Sunday. According to the PNN, the newspaper said that it had conducted an audit of the funds, estimated to […]

08 Dec
11:27

UN General Assembly Adopts Another Pro-Palestine Resolution

After rejecting the US-backed anti-Palestinian resistance resolution, the General Assembly voted, on Thursday night, in favor of another text dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The brief resolution, proposed by Ireland, called for “the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the […]

08 Dec
11:17

German Court Confirms BDS Advocacy is Protected Freedom of Expression and Assembly

[Photo: From right to left, Israeli dissident Ronnie Barkan, Palestinian activist Majed Abusalama, BDS activist Christoph Glanz celebrate victory] 12/06/18 BDS Initiative Oldenburg, Germany In May 2016, the German city of Oldenburg prevented a public lecture titled “BDS: A Palestinian Human Rights Campaign” from taking place by withdrawing its permission for event organizers to use the scheduled event space. […]

08 Dec
10:41

ICJ to Consider Palestinian Lawsuit against United States

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced, this week, that it will consider a lawsuit filed by Palestinian officials, over the United States administration’s violation of international law, in moving its embassy to occupied Jerusalem. A statement from the court, based in the Dutch city of The Hague, said it […]

07 Dec
4:13

Israeli Government-Linked Creative Community for Peace’s Confidential Report

12/06/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / US, UK The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights continues to make long strides in effectively challenging Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid. The cultural boycott of Israel is supported by thousands of artists around the world, with pledges to uphold […]

07 Dec
4:04

Foreign Ministry Issues Complaint to ICC over Investigation into Israeli Crimes

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, presented a complaint, on Wednesday, to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, for procrastination in opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. The ministry said, in a statement, that al-Malki expressed his disappointment to Bensouda […]

07 Dec
3:44

41 Violations Committed against Palestinian Social Media Content in November

41 violations recorded against Palestinian content on social media pages during last November, SadaSocial site reported. The report that published on Wednesday, by SadaSocial, recorded a significant increase in the violations against Palestinian content on social media. The report noted, according to Al Ray, that the violations increased after the […]

07 Dec
3:13

Irish Senate Approves Boycott of Goods Made in Settlements

The Irish Senate voted, on Wednesday, to pass a bill to boycott the trade and importing of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill was submitted to the Senate by independent Senator Francis Black who hopes that, with support, the vital bill will become law. Palestinian […]

05 Dec
4:48

Rashida Tlaib To Head US Congressional Delegation To West Bank, Endorses BDS

US Democratic Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead a delegation of American lawmakers to the West Bank, the congresswoman-to-be has told the Intercept. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, told the publication that the delegation will focus on “Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty” and that the […]

05 Dec
4:14

West Bank EU Missions Condemn Death Sentences Issued in Gaza

As the West Bank Palestinian Cabinet welcomes the adoption five new UN resolutions in favor of the Palestinian people, the European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, Tuesday, condemned the death sentences issued in the Gaza Strip, on Monday, against six Palestinians convicted of […]

04 Dec
8:34

UN: No Connection Between Judaism and Al-Aqsa Mosque

In a vote held on Friday, the General Assembly passed six resolutions condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians. Among them was Resolution A/73/L.29 entitled “Jerusalem” which called for “respect for the historic status quo at the holy places of Jerusalem, including Al-Haram Al-Sharif.” According to Days of Palestine, the use of […]

02 Dec
11:08

U.S. Police Departments Cancel Israeli Training

Due to pressure applied by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Northampton Police Department and the Vermont State Police both abandoned the yearly training trip to Israel, Middle East Monitor reported Sunday. First held in 2002, the “Resilience and Counter-Terrorism” program is a 7 day conference in which […]

02 Dec
4:41

Gazans’ Injuries Risk Permanently Shattering Lives

~Doctors Without Borders/Days of Palestine The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MĂ©decins Sans FrontiĂšres (MSF) between 30 March and 31 October – out of the total 5,866 the Ministry of Health says have been injured by live fire – had been shot in the leg. Around half […]

02 Dec
4:33

Dr. Saeb Erekat: “Trump administration is trying to divide Palestinians.”

by Dr. Saeb Erekat, for Ma’an (Saeb Erekat is the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator.) A year ago, the Trump administration decided to recognise the illegal Israeli annexation of occupied Jerusalem and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, in violation of its obligations under […]

01 Dec
6:11

PLO Calls on Eurovision Organizers to Not Broadcast Contest in Israel’s Illegal Settlements

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “We call on the EBU to respect the Palestinian people’s rights and to not broadcast any Eurovision Song Contest events in Israel’s illegal settlements…” Giving Israel the privilege of hosting the 2019 Eurovision amounts to rewarding it for and helping it to conceal […]

01 Dec
6:04

CNN Fires Commentator for Speaking Up for Palestinians

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill was fired on Thursday, following comments he made about Israel, during a speech at a United Nations assembly. Hill, a media studies professor at Temple University, in Pennsylvania, was criticized for calling for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” during his speech. […]

01 Dec
5:57

UN General Assembly Adopts 5 More Resolutions in Favor of Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, on Friday evening, in favor of five resolutions on Palestine and a sixth resolution on the Golan Heights, WAFA correspondence reported. One of the most important resolutions adopted today, by the UNGA, called on member states not to recognize any measures taken by […]

30 Nov
6:18

Chilean Congress Votes to Ban Products from Illegal Israeli Settlements

With an overwhelming majority, the National Congress of Chile approved a resolution demanding the government “forbid the entry of products manufactured and coming from Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory.” The resolution had 99 votes in favor and only 7 against. The resolution was debated as part of the International […]

30 Nov
6:13

Irish Boycott Bill Passes First Senate Reading

A bill prohibiting the importation and sale of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements approved in July by the Irish Senate, was passed in its first reading, on Wednesday. The Control of Economic Activities (occupied territories) Bill 2018, which was sponsored by Senator Frances Black, seeks to prohibit the import […]

29 Nov
7:37

Bottle Cap Jackets And Chocolate Wrapper Dresses: Palestinian Fashion Goes Green

by Tessa Fox Rather than having their creations in the pages of high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, some Palestinian designers are incorporating these very pages into their designs. Palestinian runways are now being graced with multi-coloured dresses of recycled material including discarded plastic, rolled up pages from sophisticated fashion […]

29 Nov
7:30

Pitzer College Faculty Votes Support BDS for Palestinian Rights

Earlier this month, Faculty at Pitzer College in California overwhelmingly voted to pass two motions providing support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. In the first motion, faculty rejected a decision taken last year by the college’s president and trustees to nullify a Student Senate resolution in support […]

29 Nov
7:04

Amnesty International Urges Revocation of Israeli Cyber Firm’s Spyware License

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli ministry of military affairs to suspend the license of a cyber firm which was reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabia, to sell super-stealth spyware to the country and amid revelations that the company’s software had been used in “a series of egregious human rights violations.”   […]

27 Nov
8:55

The EU and Jerusalem: The Potential for Pushback

by Yara Hawari , for Al-Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. Overview The US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 set a dangerous precedent that both encouraged Israel to continue its annexation and colonization of Palestinian land and invited third states to join in violating their obligations under international law. Although condemned […]

27 Nov
8:03

UN Deputy Envoy Arrives in Gaza

UN Deputy Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Jamie McGoldrick, arrived in Gaza on Tuesday morning, through Beit Hanoun crossing, local Al Ray sources reported. The sources didn’t clarify as to whether his arrival is to arrange for a visit from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace […]

26 Nov
11:57

On World Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, Open Call to International Community to Offer Protection to Palestinian Women

November 26, 2018 11:57 PM PCHR Human Interest, Human rights, International 0

November 25th coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that was designated by the United Nations (UN), in December of 1999, as part of UN efforts to curb violence against women and girls all over the world. On this occasion, the UN launches the 16 […]

26 Nov
11:12

Israeli Media: USAID to Close Palestinian Branch by 2019

Haaretz Israeli newspaper said, on Sunday, that USAID relief organization is to close its Palestinian branch by 2019. Security sources reportedly assert that this move comes in the context of downsizing the UNRWA budgets, which was initiated by Washington, recently.   The sources added, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media […]

26 Nov
4:06

British Palestinian MP Criticizes US Foreign Policy

by Yvonne Ridley Layla Moran, the first British Member of Parliament of Palestinian descent, has urged the UK to “step up to the plate and lead” over the issue of Palestine given that the US President “can now in no way be considered an honest broker.” The MP launched her scathing attack […]

23 Nov
12:25

UK Bill to Recognize Palestine Submitted to House of Commons

A bill to officially recognize Palestinian state has been submitted to the House of Commons by the first British Palestinian MP, Laula Moran, on Wednesday. The Liberal Democrat MP said, in a video she shared before submitting the bill, that she is very proud of being elected as the first […]

22 Nov
4:24

BNC Statement: Airbnb’s Decision to Exit Israel’s Illegal Settlements a Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability

Via BDS official. We welcome Airbnb’s decision to end its business in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, following a global campaign led by Human Rights Watch and a number of organizations affiliated with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. It is a first step in the right direction to […]

22 Nov
4:16

KrĂ€henbĂŒhl Applauds International Contributions to UNRWA

Addressing the delegates at the Advisory Commission of host governments and leading donors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, applauded the resolve and creativity with which the agency and the international community addressed its […]

22 Nov
3:37

LGBT Activists to Protest Netta’s Performance at London Nightclub

Queer pro-Palestine activists will lead a colourful karaoke protest outside famous London LGBT nightclub Heaven on Wednesday, 21 November, when controversial Eurovision 2018 winner for Israel Netta Barzilai performs. Organized by London Palestine Action, the musical protest will also feature dabke – a Palestinian folk dance – and Palestinian solidarity […]

20 Nov
2:29

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of […]

17 Nov
7:03

UN Special Rapporteurs Give Israel 60 Days to Respond to ‘Deep Concerns’ Regarding Jewish Nation-State Law

Four Special Rapporteurs express ‘deep concern’ that Nation-State Law is ‘discriminatory in nature and in practice against non-Jewish citizens and other minorities and does not apply the principle of equality between citizens, which is one of the key principles for democratic political systems.’ Following a special request for action issued […]

17 Nov
6:48

UN General Assembly Votes in Favor of 8 Resolutions on Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, early Saturday, in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the Syrian Golan Heights. Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, commented on the vote, saying that it is proof that the international community stands behind and supports the […]

16 Nov
9:32

BDS Austria: Israeli Apartheid State – Get Out of Vienna University

The following statement, initiated by BDS Austria, addresses the role of the Israeli Embassy and the University of Vienna in opposing Palestinian rights and supporting Israeli apartheid. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network as well as Samidoun Goteborg are signatories of the statement, along with other international groups and academics.  Signatories and […]

15 Nov
7:10

Abbas Signs Accession Papers to International Conventions

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Thursday, accession papers to a number of international organizations and conventions. According to Ma’an, Abbas signed accession papers to 11 international organizations and conventions, which included the Universal Postal Union, the Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, the Optional Protocol to […]

15 Nov
6:46

Billboard Honoring First Responders of Gaza Removed

Nearly 3 weeks into its planned 4-week run, an electronic billboard honoring first responders in the Gaza Strip was pulled on November 13th when the billboard company received phone calls and email complaints labeling their staff as terrorists and anti-Semites, and threatening a boycott. The Palestine Advocacy Project sponsored the […]

15 Nov
3:16

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

Al Jazeera’s undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists. Contextual Content Watch trailer. Watch all four parts here and here. Video Interview & Transcript (Download the mp3 here.) BEN […]

15 Nov
12:30

Netanyahu Forgets Prayers For World Peace To Make War On Gaza

by Yvonne Ridley Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to Paris, aimed to commemorate the century of Armistice that brought World War One to an end, in order to follow up closely Israeli deadly attacks on Gaza. Timing is everything in international politics, so as 70 world […]

15 Nov
12:15

UN Security Council Fails to Adopt a Decision on Gaza

The Kuwait mission to the UN, Mansour Al-Otaibi, has declared that the Security Council decisions on the situation in the Gaza Strip have failed to lead to an outcome.   Al-Otaibi stated, on Tuesday evening, at a conference which followed, “Our situation is clear
We have invited with Bolivia to hold […]

12 Nov
7:50

BDS: Love Bollywood, Hate Apartheid! (VIDEO)

Four famous Bollywood actors are due to perform in apartheid Israel. The event has been postponed once already. This is our chance to get it cancelled altogether. Last year, on a propaganda trip to Mumbai, Michael Oren, as a senior representative of the far-right Israeli government, urged Bollywood producers to […]

11 Nov
8:59

US Envoy: Neither Side Will Like “Deal of the Century”

US White House Envoy Jason Greenblatt said, in a closed meeting, that the US administration will soon be presenting President Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East that “neither side will like.” According to Israel’s Channel 10, the meeting was held in London, and organized by the UK Association for […]

10 Nov
6:46

Palestinians Condemn Hollywood Fundraiser for Israeli Army

Palestinian citizens have condemned the actions of several Hollywood stars who celebrated and raised millions of dollars to fund the Israeli army, last week. The London-based news outlet Middle East Eye reported, according to Ma’an, that the gala was organized on November 1st, by Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, […]

09 Nov
6:46

Has The BDS Campaign Really Achieved So Little?

Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had “been almost fully defeated”. Sharansky’s pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been “beaten”. BDS ‘failure’? Premature reports of the BDS campaign’s “failure” are not the sole preserve […]

08 Nov
10:11

Top Chef Withdraws From Israel’s Round Tables Culinary Propaganda Festival

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton and her team withdrew from Israel’s Round Tables Festival, scheduled to start this Sunday, November 11 in Tel Aviv. 90 chefs and culinary figures appealed to Hamilton and other chefs to withdraw from Round Tables, heeding the call from leading Palestinian women, farmer, and worker organizations. Round Tables is part of […]

07 Nov
7:53

First Palestinian Elected to US Congress

On Tuesday, November 6, the first Palestinian-American was elected to the U.S. Congress, marking an historic day for Palestinians living in exile in the United States. 42 year old Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian refugee who lives in Dearborn, Michigan, is known as  an advocate for minority groups. She was elected […]

07 Nov
6:59

Spanish City Cancels Israeli Women’s Waterpolo Match

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists succeeded, on Monday, in persuading the Catalonian city of Molins de Rei not to host a scheduled women’s waterpolo match between Spain and Israel. The match was scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, as part of a European championship that serves as a […]

07 Nov
6:54

Palestinians to ICRC: Conference in Partnership with Hebrew University Undermines Palestinian Human Rights

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian at Hebrew University during a protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza, 20 November 2012. (Mahfouz Abu Turk, APA images) An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) conference, in partnership with Hebrew University, which is deeply complicit in Israel’s flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, is […]

07 Nov
6:47

Israel Proposes Plan to Connect Israel to Middle East Countries (VIDEO)

Yisrael Katz, the Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister, traveled to Oman, for an international conference, to discuss his proposal for a new system of shipping by sea, in addition to a rail connecting Israel and the Middle East. During Muscat’s World Congress of the International Road Transport Union, Katz presented […]

03 Nov
7:47

Palestinian Prisoners: A Battleground for International Solidarity

The following article, by Charlotte Kates, the international coordinator of Samidoun, initially appeared in Arabic in Al-Adab magazine, published on November 2, 2018. The Arabic text can be read online at the Al-Adab website. The article appeared in an issue with a special focus on Palestinian prisoners, including testimonies from current […]

03 Nov
7:36

Israel & Gaza Close To Ceasefire says Israeli Source

Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza are close to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, a report said Saturday, citing a high-level Israeli source. According to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, an unnamed senior political figure leaked that a deal was in the making between Israel and the Gazan administration to allow Qatar […]

03 Nov
6:54

MADA: Israeli Attacks on Media Expands and Grows More Violent

In 2013 , the UN General Assembly proclaimed November 2nd to be an International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, by virtue of Resolution 68/163. The aim of this resolution is to confront the culture of impunity for perpetrators of crimes and attacks against journalists, and to empower […]

02 Nov
5:23

Irish Lawmakers Call for Arms Embargo on Israel

In a letter published in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”. In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories […]