Category Archives: Israel

12 Sep
7:36

Israeli Supreme Court: Force Feeding of Hunger Strikers is Constitutional

(photo: A suffragette is force-fed in HM Prison Holloway, in the UK, during hunger strikes for women’s suffrage. ~Wikipedia) The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Sunday, that a law which permits force feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is constitutional, rejecting petitions filed last year by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), and by […]

09 Sep
10:26

PHRI Concerned by Recent Court and Hospital Decisions

September 9, 2016 10:26 AM IMEMC News Human rights, Israel, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

PHRI – Press Release: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) is concerned by the recent court decision to temporarily freeze the administrative detention of hunger strikers Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul until they recover from their hunger strike, with the option of renewing it once they are no longer in critical danger. […]

08 Sep
10:56

Mengitsu Family: “Netanyahu Forgot Our Son”

The family of the missing  Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, Mengistu, demonstrated on Thursday, near the Gaza border, where he went missing. Israeli newspaper Maariv reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Meida Agency, the message of the family which demanded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu work on their son’s release. The family said: “It seems […]

06 Sep
11:08

Palestinians Rally Around Hunger Striking Prisoners

by Ahmad Jaradat, Senior Project Coordinator, Alternative Information Center In Bethlehem, hundreds of Palestinians participated in a march in solidarity with three Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, the Palestinian Ministry of Education and local civil society groups organized the demonstration. […]

06 Sep
11:01

New Turkish Aid Ship Docked in Ashdod

According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, a new Turkish aid vessel has docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod. In the photo, taken three days ago, the ship waits to unload its cargo for transport to the besieged enclave of Gaza. The Gaza Strip has suffered from an Israeli military blockade since 2007, […]

04 Sep
11:53

Strike Continues in Palestinian Schools

An open-ended strike continues in a number of schools in the villages and towns of the pre-1948 occupied territories, in protest of poor infrastructure and logistics. The village of Shaqib Al-Salam, in the Negev, witnessed a strike at all schools, in solidarity with Al-Zahraa school, which initially staged the strike in […]

02 Sep
11:39

Hunger Striker Rushed to ICU

Tareq Barghouthi, a lawyer for the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said in a statement issued Thursday that the hunger striker Mohammad Balboul’s health had seriously worsened, adding that he was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv. Balboul’s health situation has sharply […]

02 Sep
11:20

AIC Video: Neglecting Settlers’ Violence

In contradiction of extremely low conviction rates, settler violence against Palestinians is at least a weekly occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In 2016, there has been an average of 2 incidents of settler violence per week, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the United […]

29 Aug
12:48

Palestinian Man Enters 28th Year in Israeli Prison

August 29, 2016 12:48 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Palestinian detainee Raed Mohammad al-Saadi entered his 28th year in Israeli custody on Sunday, making him one of a number of Palestinians currently detained the longest by Israel. Al-Saadi, a 49-year-old native of the village of Silat al-Harithiya, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin, was detained on Aug. […]

29 Aug
12:01

Shaul Family: “Hamas fighters captured our son alive, not shreds.”

The family of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, during the 2014 Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, Oron Shaul, confirmed that their son was taken alive by Hamas, not “shreds”. See: 07/23/14 Missing Israeli Soldier Identified 07/26/16 Israeli Army Claims Captured Soldier Dead According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, Shaul’s […]

27 Aug
11:13

4 Palestinian Hunger Strikers in Critical Condition, Handcuffed to Hospital Beds

Four hunger-striking Palestinian detainees are reportedly in critical condition at Israel’s Assaf Harofeh Hospital, according to a statement released on Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, as 120 other Palestinian prisoners continued hunger strikes, in a mass solidarity movement. The four hunger strikers were identified by the committee as […]

27 Aug
10:57

Report: 750 Palestinians Held Without Charge or Trial in Israeli Prisons

August 27, 2016 10:57 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said that at least 750 Palestinians are currently being held without charge or trial in Israeli detention facilities. The commission said, in  a press statement, that the Israeli government continues to violate the Fourth Geneva Conventions related to administrative detention, an archaic Israeli […]

25 Aug
10:42

Private Sector Rejects Lieberman’s “Carrot and Stick” Plan

The Palestinian private sector, in a Thursday press statement, rejected and described as “insulting” the so called “carrot and stick” policy unveiled by current Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The statement, issued by the all-inclusive coordinating council of all the business associations, chambers of commerce, and industrial & trade organizations […]

25 Aug
10:28

Netanyahu Opposes Formation of Council to Investigate 2014 Aggression

Families of Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 military assault on the Gaza Strip said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still refusing to form a committee for the purpose of studying the outcome of the aggression. In a meeting with the families, Netanyahu devalued the importance of such a committee, and of […]

19 Aug
12:26

Negev: Bedouin-owned Properties Demolished by Israeli Forces

Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police, demolished Palestinian-owned properties in several Bedouin villages of the Negev Desert, in southern Israel on Thursday, according to local sources. Local sources told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli bulldozers demolished residential buildings and arbors located near al-Salam street near the Arara district in the Negev. […]

18 Aug
1:09

Health Deteriorates for Hunger Strikers

August 18, 2016 1:09 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), on Wednesday, raised alarm bells over the exacerbated health status of four Palestinian hunger-strikers held at Ofer prison, in Israel, according to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC). A PPS lawyer said that the health of prisoners Muhammad al-Balboul, Malek al-Kadhi, Iyad al-Hreimi, and Omar Nazal […]

13 Aug
10:59

Beyonce Cancels Israeli Tour Dates

Israeli news site Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet) reports that Beyonce fans in Israel will be disappointed to learn that the singer’s representatives have announced a round of performance cancellations that were supposed to include two concerts in Israel: “Beyonce’s performances, which were supposed to take place in Hayarkon Park in October, will […]

11 Aug
10:53

Ahmad Dawabsha Transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital after Severe Health Deterioration

Five-year-old sole survivor of an arson attack in the village of Douma, in the occupied West Bank district of Nablus, last year, Ahmad Dawabsha, was taken to Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital Wednesday night, after his health deteriorated. Naser Dawabsha, a member of the family, told Ma’an News Agency that the […]

08 Aug
2:52

Israel Launched Anti BDS Task Force to Crush Any Boycott

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli government formed a ministerial task force to track down any foreigners in Israel who are engaged in activities linked to the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The government compares these subversive elements with terrorists that aim at destroying Israel from within. The launch […]

07 Aug
10:05

Apartheid, Fascism — But, Mostly Colonialism

“Struggling against Israel as a fascist or apartheid state must be a part of an anti-colonial struggle that Jews themselves participate in.” ~ 08/07/16 Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour Fascism, apartheid My friend and comrade Eli Aminov sent me a text that he wrote titled Fascism or Apartheid. In […]

04 Aug
10:52

New Law Allows Imprisonment of East Jerusalem Palestinians Aged 14 and Under

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset passed a bill into law, on Wednesday, which permits the imprisonment of children under the age of 14 if the child committed acts of “terrorism,” according to a statement released by the Knesset. The legislation, labeled the “Youth Bill,” would allow Israeli authorities to […]

04 Aug
9:54

11th Anniversary of Shafa Amer Massacre Commemorated

Palestinians in the pre-1948 territories are commemorating the 11th anniversary of Shafa Amer massacre, committed by Israeli soldiers in 2005, Al Ray reports. 11 years ago, an Israeli soldier opened fire against a Palestinian bus, leading to the death of four and the injury of 15 others. The popular committee […]

04 Aug
1:00

Hunger Striker Bilal Kayed Refuses to See Doctors

[Palestinian detainee] Bilal Kayed has now been on [hunger strike] for 50 days. In mid-June, he was supposed to return to his home in the West Bank village of Asira al-Shamaliya after serving nearly 15 years in an Israeli prison. But, when Israeli authorities reneged and placed him under administrative detention […]

04 Aug
12:24

Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour Is Home, But Still Not Free

via the Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour. Palestinian poet and political prisoner Dareen Tatour finally returned to her hometown of Reineh, last week, after enduring various forms of Israeli detention for nearly nine months. Her family and supporters joyously greeted her with music, food and fireworks when she arrived […]

02 Aug
10:37

Knesset Rebukes Zoabi

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset rebuked Palestinian MK Hanin Zoabi  over her remarks about Israeli soldiers who participated in the Mavi Maramra attack, in which she described them as murderers. The committee of behavior at the Knesset said that Zoabi’s remarks were “extreme, provokable and untrue,” according to Al Ray […]

02 Aug
10:29

Travel Ban on BDS Co-founder Temporarily Suspended by Israeli Authorities

The effective travel ban imposed by the Israeli government on the BDS Movement’s co-founder Omar Barghouti was temporarily suspended for two months, during a court hearing at Haifa District Court, on 19 July 2016. Barghouti has been under an effective travel ban since April of 2016, ostensibly based on the […]

01 Aug
11:43

WAFA Report: Monitoring Incitement and Racism in Israeli Media

The Palestine News Agency WAFA, on Monday, monitored incitement and racism published in the Israeli media against Palestinians and Arabs between June 15 and 21 July, 2016. The 296 issue of the report, reviewed a number of articles and op-ed published by Israeli writers and journalists, which incite against Palestinians and Arabs […]

01 Aug
12:24

The Right Man in the Right Place

Following Eyal Karim’s appointment as chief rabbi of the Israeli military, secular Israelis must realize that their allies in the fight for a secular democratic state are none other than Palestinians. ~ Eli Aminov The appointment of Colonel Eyal Karim as chief rabbi of the “world’s most moral army” is the […]

30 Jul
10:40

Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike Amid Deteriorating Health

July 30, 2016 10:40 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Multiple Palestinian prisoners continued their hunger strike Saturday in protest of their administrative detentions in Israeli prisons, Sawt al-Asra (Voice of Prisoners) radio reported, according to Ma’an. The radio reported on the status of various high-profile prisoners, principally Bilal Kayed, who continued his hunger strike Saturday for the 46th day, […]

26 Jul
10:50

Israeli Forces Raid Ramon and Ofer Prisons as Palestinian Detainees Join Kayed in Hunger Strike

Israeli prison guards raided and searched Section 5 of the Ramon prison and moved 100 Palestinian prisoners affiliated to the Fateh and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) movements to the Ohalei Kedar prison. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday that the […]

25 Jul
9:11

Israeli Bill Pushes $78,000 Fine for Every Anti-occupation Post

NAZARETH, (PIC) — A new bill proposing fines for social media sites that do not remove anti-occupation content received the Israeli government’s approval on Sunday, the Jerusalem Post reported. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill authored by MK Revital Swid (Zionist Union) giving social media providers, including Facebook, […]

22 Jul
11:09

Lieberman: Mahmoud Darwish Poem Comparable to ‘Mein Kampf’

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has compared the broadcast of poetry by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish on Israeli radio to glorifying Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Israeli army radio broadcast works by the iconic Palestinian writer as part of its “University on […]

22 Jul
10:31

Ahmad Dawabsha Returns Home to Douma

Nearly one year to the date that his mother, father, and 18-month-old brother were murdered, as Jewish extremists firebombed their family home, six-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha was released from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, on Friday, according to Israeli media. The young boy was severely injured in the high-profile attack […]

19 Jul
8:52

Palestinian Journalist Sentenced to 6 Months Imprisonment for ‘Incitement’

An Israeli court, on Monday, reportedly sentenced a young Palestinian journalist to six months in prison over charges of “incitement,” according to Ma’an. The family of Samah Dweik, a 25-year-old journalist working for Shabakat al-Quds (The Jerusalem Network), said that she was detained in April, in her occupied East Jerusalem […]

19 Jul
8:35

56 Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Bilal Kayed

via the Alternative Information Center, Beit Sahour. Eleven Palestinian political prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced that they too will hunger strike for Bilal Kayed’s freedom. Now, a total of 56 Palestinian political prisoners are on open-ended hunger strikes in protest of Kayed’s […]

19 Jul
8:25

Herzog: Israeli Politicians Inciting Hatred, Racism

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog warned, recently, of “growing hatred and racism” being incited by right-wing politicians in the state of Israel. “We are on the verge of an uprising of hatred, racism, darkness and upcoming killings and assassination based on the overwhelming internal hatred here,” Herzog said during a […]

18 Jul
8:00

Israeli Legislators Seek to Legalize West Bank Settlement

Haaretz Israeli daily newspaper, on Sunday, said that right-wing lawmakers from the Jewish Home nationalist party will attempt, today, to legalize expropriation of private Palestinian land in West Bank settlements through a bill, despite Prime Mininster Netanyahu’s “opposition” to it. The bill is reportedly directed at Amona illegal settlement, near the central […]

18 Jul
7:40

Lieberman Vows to Improve Checkpoints, Enforces Apartheid System

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Monday, said that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to Hizma checkpoint and vows to ease the travel process is an enforcement of the apartheid system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Lieberman, on Sunday, visited Hizma checkpoint into Jerusalem and promised to “streamline passage […]

18 Jul
6:57

Policing the Nakba: Points of Solidarity Between U.S. Citizens of Color and Israeli Palestinians

by Amjad Iraqi The transnational solidarity movement between Palestinians and Black, indigenous, and other minority Americans has made significant strides in promoting the struggle of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But in its justified focus on challenging Israel’s military regime as an institution of oppression, […]

14 Jul
8:46

Palestinian Peace Activist Refused Entry Permit For Her Own Movie Premiere

 ‘Combatants for Peace’ activist participating in new documentary film ‘Disturbing the Peace’ will not be able to participate in movie’s world premiere screening today at the Jerusalem Film Festival Combatants for Peace (CfP) activist, Shifa al-Qudsi, was refused entry into Israel today in order to attend the world premiere of […]

12 Jul
8:32

Knesset Approves Controversial NGO Law

The Israeli parliament of the Knesset has approved a controversial law forcing NGOs to declare the funds they receive from foreign state entities, with opposition saying the legislation will lead to the growth of “fascism.” The law was approved with 57 votes to 48 on Tuesday, according to Press TV/Al […]

11 Jul
9:14

Multiple Life Sentences for Palestinian Accused of Killing 3 Israelis

An Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian man to multiple life sentences, with an additional 60 years, on Monday, after he was convicted for the murder of three Israelis. Lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud, who works with the prisoners’ rights group Addameer, told Ma’an News Agency that a Jerusalem district court […]

11 Jul
7:37

Kayed to be Transferred Again as Condition Weakens

via the Alternative Information Center, Beit Sahour. Lawyers for Palestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed expect Israeli authorities to transfer him from Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital at any time, due to his deteriorating health. Bilal has been on hunger strike for 27 days. He is only consuming water and has […]

09 Jul
10:25

Bennett Calls for ‘Kidnapping’ of Palestinians

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett advocated, on Thursday, for Israelis to kidnap Palestinians, to be used as leverage to obtain the release of two Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers held in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported. In an interview with Radio Darom, Bennett — who […]

07 Jul
10:21

Bilal Kayed: 22nd Day of Hunger Strike

Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed is continuing his open hunger strike for the 22nd day, as of 7 July; Addameer lawyer Mona Nadaf visited him in isolation in Ashkelon prison, where he remains in a very small cell without ventilation. Nadaf reported that he is continuing to refuse any kind of […]

07 Jul
9:31

Israeli Commander: Soldier Unjustified in Hebron Execution

An Israeli army commander testified on Wednesday, in the ongoing trial of Elor Azaria, an Israeli soldier accused of shooting and killing a prone Palestinian in Hebron, in March, saying that there was no justification for the shooting, which has been labeled by the UN as an “extrajudicial execution.” Col. […]

06 Jul
9:28

Report: Practices and Policies of Racial Discrimination by the Occupying Power in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

via bdsmovement.net Over time, and increasingly, the term “apartheid” has been used to describe the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). It is hardly surprising that use of the term brings with it a highly charged debate and strong sentiments, given the not so distant and dark history in […]

06 Jul
8:54

Official: Hamas Wants Shalit Deal No. 2

An Israeli official has confirmed, according to Al Ray, that Hamas is demanding the Israeli occupation, through indirect contacts, to release fifty Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails before the start of any negotiations on the prisoner swap, in which Israel will receive the bodies of soldiers Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin and two […]

03 Jul
12:53

Meretz Head: “Netanyahu’s Theory Of Running The Conflict Has Collapsed”

Meretz Party head, Israeli Member of Knesset (MK) Zehava Gal-On, stated Saturday that the theory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of running the conflict has failed, and added that the only solution is ending this conflict through a political solution. “Israel cannot just ignore the Quartet Committee report,” Gal-On said, […]

01 Jul
1:11

One Palestinian Killed, Two Israelis Injured, In Netanya

Israeli sources have reported, on Thursday evening, that two Israelis were injured when a Palestinian reportedly stabbed them before he was shot dead by an armed Israeli man, in the coastal city of Netanya. Israeli daily Haaretz said the Palestinian stabbed a 40-year-old ultra-Orthodox man, and a 62-year-old woman, before […]

30 Jun
7:38

Zoabi: Netanyahu Requests Expulsion of MK from Knesset (VIDEO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday, spoke with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit regarding the possible expulsion of Arab MK Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset. Netanyahu’s demand came following Zoabi’s condemnation of the continued Israeli crimes against Palestinians and calls for lifting Gaza siege. “With her actions and lies she […]

29 Jun
8:32

PFLP Detainees Suspend Hunger Strike, Await Decision on Kayed

Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) announced a ten-day suspension of their mass hunger strike Wednesday, according to a statement released by the Prisoners and Former Prisoner’s Affairs Ministry in the Gaza Strip. Dozens of PFLP-affiliated prisoners held in Israeli prisons launched a […]

29 Jun
8:00

Al-Araqib Demolished for 100th Time

Israeli bulldozers demolished homes in the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev  desert, for the 100 time on Wednesday, in addition to a home in the Negev village of Atir, local activists said. Israeli police reportedly imposed a blockade on al-Araqib before carrying out the demolitions, according to Al […]

28 Jun
7:43

Ban Ki-moon: 50 Years of Occupation of Palestine Hasn’t Brought Security for Israelis

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Israel and Palestine. Following a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, Ki-moon noted that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis. Ban’s generalizing statements, void of specific criticism with regard to the illegal […]

Ban ki-Moon in Gaza (image from UN)
28 Jun
1:19

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 […]

27 Jun
7:40

Gaza: Agriculture Ministry to Halt Israeli Watermelon Imports

Hamas’ Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip decided, on Monday, to stop importing watermelons from Israel after local farmers agreed to lower their prices by the end of the week. Tahsin al-Saqa, director of the ministry’s marketing department, said that the consumer price of watermelon would be reduced from 10 […]

26 Jun
10:45

Update: Bilal Kayed (VIDEO)

via the Alternative Information Center and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) — Kayed’s political party — announced, on June 24th, that Israeli authorities transferred dozens of PFLP prisoners on hunger strike in solidarity with Keyed from Megiddo prison to other Israeli prisons. […]

23 Jun
8:19

Ofer Military Court Acquits Child of Stone Throwing Conviction

Lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Elijah Theodory, was reportedly able, on Thursday, to acquit 15-year-old Abuallah Qasem of a recent conviction over an incident in which he was accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. The Ramallah resident was convicted, in Ofer military court, of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers last […]

19 Jun
10:10

Rabbi Calls for Poisoning of Palestinian Water Supply

The foreign ministry of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Sunday, demanded the arrest of a Jewish Rabbi, who called on Israeli settlers to poison water used by Palestinians in hundreds of towns and villages across the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of […]

19 Jun
9:32

Livni Calls for Referendum over Two-state Solution

Zionist Union member of the Israeli parliament of the Knesset, Tzipi Livni, called for a referendum, Saturday afternoon, over what she reduced to a “problem” with Palestinians. Speaking at an event in the Israeli city of Rishon LeZion, south of Tel Aviv, Livni censured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing […]

19 Jun
9:19

$18m Approved for Settlement Construction

The Israeli government voted, in its session today, to provide extensive funding for projects which aim to expand illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. According to Israeli TV, NIS 70-74 (approximately $18 million USD) will be allocated to enhance settlement security, under the pretext of “confronting Palestinian attacks,”  according […]

18 Jun
7:37

Ehud Barak: If Government Won’t Get Back on Track, We Must Topple It

Netanyahu and his government are ‘weak, feeble, boisterous and radical,’ says former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. Barak hinted, during a speech to the Herzliya Conference, Thursday night, that he may return to politics to knock over Israel’s government: “I call on the government to […]

Couple with different ID cards (image by PNN)
18 Jun
1:09

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 […]

16 Jun
8:59

$570m Underground Wall to Block Gaza Tunnels Underway

Israeli news site Ynet, on Thursday revealed the Israeli state’s plans to build a concrete wall along the Gaza-Israeli borders, reportedly to halt the use of tunnels from Gaza. According to Ynet, the wall will be dug to a depth of several dozen meters underground and will also be built above […]

16 Jun
8:50

Megiddo: 30 Detainees Launch Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Bilal Kayed

30 Palestinian detainees in Megiddo Prison are carrying out a solidarity hunger strike with Palestinian detainee Bilal Kayed. The 35-year-old  was ordered, on Monday, to six months of administrative detention by the Israeli occupation military, when he had been scheduled for release after 14 and one-half years in Israeli prison. He launched an […]

16 Jun
6:54

Ex-detainee Forced to Divorce Wife for Treatment

Ahmad Nattat is a former Palestinian detainee from Gaza, who spent years in Israeli custody. Nattat was married to Sameera Al-Shawmra, from the occupied West Bank of Hebron, 13 years ago, and lives with her in Gaza. Two years after their marriage, Al Ray reports, Sameera wanted to visit her […]

15 Jun
6:21

26 Violations against Media Freedoms in May

The month of May, 2016, has reportedly witnessed a limited decline in the number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine, compared to the previous month. According to the PNN, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” monitored a total of 26 violations against media freedoms (where 16 violations […]

15 Jun
5:49

“Too dangerous” with 4682 Facebook Friends: Palestinian Astrophysicist Charged with Incitement in Military Court

Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi faced a second hearing yesterday, 13 June in Israeli military court. Barghouthi, 54, is a professor of space plasma physics at Al-Quds University; he was arrested on 24 April as he traveled from Nabi Saleh to his home in Beit Rima. Barghouthi, whose work is internationally […]

14 Jun
9:04

Knesset: Racist “Emergency Provision” on Family Unification Law Extended for 13th Year

The Israeli Parliament of the Knesset voted, on Monday evening, to re-extend Israel’s “Citizenship and Entry into Israel” provision, which prohibits Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip from automatically obtaining legal status in Israel or annexed East Jerusalem by way of family unions.   The law […]

13 Jun
7:15

Detention of Palestinian Circus Performer Extended

Israeli authorities, on Monday, decided to extend the administrative detention of a 23-year-old Palestinian circus performer, in spite of widespread outcry from activists and rights groups around the world demanding his release. Israeli authorities ruled to extend Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha’s remand for another six months, from June 13 until […]

13 Jun
12:26

Israeli Leaders Vow Revenge after Tel Aviv Attack (VIDEO)

Israel has imposed collective punishment measures, and its leaders have threatened more to come after two Palestinian men opened fire in a busy upscale Tel Aviv square, this past Wednesday evening, killing four Israelis and injuring several more.   The alleged Palestinian gunmen, identified as cousins Muhammad Ahmad Mukhamara and […]

09 Jun
8:50

83,000 Palestinian Entrance Permits to East Jerusalem Frozen by Israel

The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which implements Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, issued an order freezing more than 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, the organization said on Thursday. The freeze comes in the wake of a deadly […]

09 Jun
8:22

Tel Aviv Shooting: 4 Israelis Killed

Four Israelis were killed and several others injured, Wednesday night, in a shooting that took place in Tel Aviv by two Palestinian youth. The two shooters, cousins in their early twenties, are reportedly from Yatta city, southern West Bank. One of them was arrested and taken in for questioning, while the other, […]

Officer after firing shots (image from Twitter)
08 Jun
10:59

3 Israelis reported killed; 5 wounded in shooting at Tel Aviv market next to Ministry of Defense

June 8, 2016 10:59 PM IMEMC News Israel, News Report, Palestinian attacks 0

Israeli sources have reported that 3 Israeli civilians have been killed, and at least 5 wounded, as shots were heard at a market in central Tel Aviv Wednesday evening. At the time of this report, few details are known about the incident – the identity of the alleged shooter has […]

07 Jun
9:58

Massive Israeli Settlement Plan to be Implemented

Israel is reportedly planning to build over 15,000 new settlement units on the site of an unused airport between the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). According to Press TV/Al Ray, the units are scheduled to be constructed on the site of Atarot airport, located in northern al-Quds. The […]

07 Jun
9:46

Hundreds of Arab Party Members Summoned by Israeli Police

The Balad Israeli-Arab political party, has denounced the Israeli occupation police campaign against the members of the party, explaining that the aim of the camping is to undermine the political role of the party on the field. The National Democratic Assembly of Balad stated in a press release, on Tuesday, […]

06 Jun
10:27

Month of May: Israel Imposes $20,000 in Fines on 48 Palestinian Child Detainees

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), on Sunday, said that Israeli courts have imposed fines on imprisoned Palestinian children in the realm of 88,000 Shekels ($22,000), during the month of May alone. Lawyer for PPS, Abdul-Fattah Doula, said that 48 Palestinian children have been detained during May, and that their sentences ranged between 3 and 30 […]

01 Jun
1:10

Israeli Soldier Mildly Injured In Stabbing Attack In Tel Aviv

Israeli military sources have reported that a soldier was mildly injured, on Monday evening, after being stabbed with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv, before he was taken to Ichilov Medical Center for treatment. Israeli daily Haaretz said a Palestinian, 17 years of age, from the central West Bank city of […]

Avigdor Lieberman - image from wikimedia
31 May
12:24

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
3:36

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 […]

15 May
2:38

Jaffa Mosque Defaced With “Death To Arabs” Graffiti

For the second time, the “Hassan Bek” mosque in Jaffa, was defaced on Saturday at dawn with racist graffiti written in Hebrew, similar to dozens of previous incidents that targeted mosques and churches, with slogans such as “Death to Arabs”, “Revenge,” and “Kahane was right.” The graffiti defaced the western […]

07 May
10:31

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Palestinian Lands In Khan Younis And Rafah

Israeli war jets carried out, on Saturday at dawn, two air strikes into Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army said the missiles were fired after an armed group in Gaza fired shells into the Eshkol Regional […]

22 Apr
11:42

Soldier, Who Executed Wounded Palestinian, Released For Pesach

Israel released, Friday, the Israeli soldier who was filmed executing a seriously wounded Palestinian in Hebron, to celebrate the Jewish Pesach holiday with his family. The release comes just four days after he faced a “manslaughter indictment.” Israeli sources said the soldier was released to spend Pesach with his family […]

19 Apr
10:48

Abu Khdeir Trial: Extremist Ringleader Convicted of Murder

After nearly two years of delay, the leading suspect in the brutal death of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdeir was convicted of murder, this Tuesday. The Abu Khdeir family’s lawyer Muhannad Jbara told Ma’an News Agency that an Israeli court rejected insanity pleas presented by the lawyers of Yosef Chaim […]

19 Apr
1:22

Medical Detainee on Hunger Strike for 7th Day in a Row

Palestinian patient detainee Mansour Mowkada, 47 years old, from the town of Salfit, has now continued his hunger strike for the seventh day in a row. He is engaged in protest against the medical negligence policy pursued, by Israeli occupation authorities, against him. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, in a press release, […]

17 Apr
5:18

43 Journalists Kidnapped by Israel since October 2015

The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said, on Saturday, that Israel had 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 […]

17 Apr
4:56

Poetic Injustice: Free Dareen Tatour!

Dareen Tatour, 33, a Palestinian poet, photographer and activist was arrested at her home in Oct. 2015. They didn’t have a search order or a warrant. This article was originally published on Free Haifa At 3:00am before dawn, on October 10, 2015, patrol cars from Nazareth police, escorted by a unit […]

17 Apr
4:46

Nafha Prison: Hunger Strike, Solitary Confinement a Palestinian Reality

Palestinian detainees in Nafha prison have been forbidden from partaking in Friday prayers, on 15 April, following a violent attack by Israeli prison guards and special forces within several units inside the prison, on Wednesday, 13 April. According to Palestinian sources, Israeli armed units stormed section 14 in the prison […]

17 Apr
4:34

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day Remembered

In the month of April, each year, Palestinian detainees, the Palestinian people, and the world mark the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners. Prisoners’ Day has been commemorated since 1974 by the Palestinian National Council, when the first Palestinian prisoner, Mahmoud Hijazi, was freed in a prisoner exchange with […]

15 Apr
2:16

Occupation Forces Storm Prison Block

Dozens of policemen and security officers have invaded prison blocks in the Nafha prison near the Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon. They sprayed both tear gas and pepper gas into large crowds of detainees. At least 14 prisoners least were hospitalized in Israel’s Soroko Hospital, according to a statement by […]

07 Apr
5:18

Palestinians in Israeli School Books

A presentation by Nurit Peled-Elhanan. Peled-Elhanan is an Israeli professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a human rights activist. She is a 2001 co-laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded by the European Parliament. Also from the Alternative Information Center:  PEN’s […]

Photo: Tzipi Hotovely Facebook
04 Apr
6:29

Israel Presents: ‘Reality’ Hasbara

April 4, 2016 6:29 PM IMEMC News Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 2

Israel’s foreign ministry will create a reality programme in which the public selects a “hasbara video” to represent Israel.

Image from video of Israeli driver hitting alleged assailant with car (from Shehab news agency)
04 Apr
12:35

VIDEO: Palestinian woman from Negev detained after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli woman

April 4, 2016 12:35 AM admin Israel, News Report, Palestinian attacks 0

A 23-year old woman from the town of Qafr Qassem, in the Negev desert, was detained by Israeli police after allegedly stabbing an Israeli woman lightly in the hand, in an industrial park near Tel Aviv Sunday.

31 Mar
6:41

Israeli Police Testimony from 1976 Land Day

March 31, 2016 6:41 AM admin Human rights, Interview, Israel 0

Below is a translation, by the Alternative Information Center (AIC), of testimony provided by a policeman who participated in Israel’s oppression of the 1976 Palestinian Land Day. The now-defunct Hebrew-language weekly news magazine Haolam Haze published this anonymous testimony on 7 April 1976, which is brought here in its entirety. […]

30 Mar
8:23

Five Palestinian Detainees Begin Hunger Strike

March 30, 2016 8:23 AM IMEMC Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Four Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have entered into a hunger strike in protest of being detained without a charge or trial, while a fifth started a hunger strike in protest of being held in solitary confinement, according to the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.Kareem Ajwa, an attorney with the Commission, […]

30 Mar
7:46

Knesset Approves First Reading of MK Suspension Bill

March 30, 2016 7:46 AM IMEMC Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The Israeli Knesset approved the suspension of lawmakers accused of backing ‘terrorism’, a bill which seems to target Arab MPs, while PM Netanyahu has ordered Palestinian bodies held by the military not to be returned.Fifty-nine lawmakers voted for the bill, widely seen to be targeting the Arab-led bloc after three […]

30 Mar
6:16

Lieberman Demands The Release Of Soldier Who Executed Wounded Palestinian

March 30, 2016 6:16 AM IMEMC Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Foreign Minister and the head of “Israel Our Home” far-right fundamentalist party, Avigdor Lieberman, was among the hundreds of Israeli fanatics, protesting in front of the Military Court that was holding a hearing in the case of the soldier who was caught on tape executing a seriously wounded Palestinian, […]

28 Mar
6:03

Raid on Negev Slaughterhouse, Undocumented Palestinian Workers Expelled

Monday, at dawn, Israeli police raided a chicken slaughterhouse in the Bedouin town of Shaqib al-Salam, in the southern Israel region of Negev, and rounded up scores of Palestinians from the West Bank who were working without permits.One of the workers told Ma’an News Agency that around 100 Israeli police […]

26 Mar
1:35

Israel Redeploys Iron Dome System Near Gaza

March 26, 2016 1:35 PM IMEMC News Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israel has redeployed the Iron Dome missile interception system in settlements close to the border with the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources said the measure comes in the aftermath of the death of two Palestinians, in Hebron, especially the one who was executed after he was already shot and severely injured.Israeli […]

18 Mar
11:34

Netanyahu: Breaking the Silence Crossed a Red Line

March 18, 2016 11:34 PM IMEMC Agencies Israel, News Report, Non-violent action 0

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said rights group Breaking the Silence had “crossed a red line’, following allegations that the group collected classified information from members of the Israeli military.The PM launched the allegation shortly after Israel’s Channel 2 aired an investigative report based on video footage obtained by undercover […]