Category Archives: Human rights

26 May
7:07

Suffering in Gaza Increases as Health Crisis Escalates

Gaza’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that the situation in the Gaza Strip is getting worse with the daily depletion of available medicines, medical consumables and limited quantities of fuel. Health Ministry representative Ashraf Al-Qedra said, in a brief statement on his Facebook page: “There is no solution on the […]

25 May
5:12

MADA: 33 Israeli Violations against Media Freedoms in April

A report released by The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) concludes that Israel has violated press and media freedom 33 times during the month of April. According to a PNN report, April of 2017 witnessed a slight decrease in the total number of violations against media freedoms […]

25 May
10:21

Hunger Strike Enters 39th Day, Many Detainees Face Life-Threatening Complications

The head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee, Issa Qaraqe, has reported that as the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons enter their 39th consecutive day of the hunger strike, many of them have reached life-threatening health conditions and complications. Qaraqe’ stated that Israel is still rejecting the legitimate basic demands of […]

25 May
5:10

Empire Files Rewind: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

Published by Telesur on Oct 31, 2016 The demolition of Palestinian homes for Israeli settlements reached a ten-year high in 2016. While this activity, led by the fanatical settler movement, is illegal under international law, it is completely aided and abetted by the Israeli government. With hundreds on notice to […]

24 May
5:46

Donald Trump Forced to Change Travel Plans after Palestinians Protest in Bethlehem

Donald Trump abandoned plans to visit Bethlehem’s Church of Nativity, today, due to the presence of a Palestinian protest outside the building. The US President changed plans at the last minute, reportedly infuriating the Palestinian Authority by breaking with official protocol. Instead, Trump conducted a short meeting with Mahmoud Abbas […]

24 May
3:35

Families of Hunger Striking Detainees Address Trump

Hours before the arrival of US President Donald Trump to Bethlehem, for a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, the families of some 1,500 hunger-striking Palestinian detainees sent a letter to Trump telling him that Palestinian prisoners are freedom fighters, according to international law, and they do not want them to die […]

22 May
7:03

PCHR Organizes Workshop on “Shortage of Medicines and Medical Supplies in Public Health Sector”

On Monday, 22 May 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop on the “Shortage of Medicines and Medical Supplies in Public Health Sector” that was attended by a number of interested persons representing the Ministry of Health, World Health Program (WHO), nongovernmental organizations and media. The […]

20 May
8:40

Israel Moves Several Hunger-Striking Detainees To Barzelai Medical Center

The Israeli Prison Authority has moved, Saturday, several hunger-striking detainees to Barzelai Medical Center, when their health conditions have sharply deteriorated after they stopped drinking water. Prison Authority is still trying to divide the detainees, ignoring their collective, legitimate demands. Khaled Mahajna, one of the lawyers of the Palestinian Prisoners’ […]

20 May
6:35

Empire Files Rewind: Israeli Military Rule Jails All Activism in Palestine

Published by Telesur on May 11, 2017. Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is an internationally-recognized human rights crime—but those being impacted are harshly punished for not only acts of resistance, but even mere advocacy for their rights. Getting detailed facts about Israel’s imposition of Military Law in the West […]

20 May
9:22

Hunger Strike Continues For The 34th Day

Around 1600 Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, continue the hunger strike for the 34th consecutive day, determined to achieve their demands, while Israel continues to refuse to hold serious talks, and instead, is trying to divide them, in addition to punishing many by forcing them into solitary confinement, and […]

19 May
6:36

An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl  (nsnbc) : Hidden almost literally under the rubble of the civil war in Syria is an economic success story that is rarely told. Hanan Odah is a thirty-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jaramana refugee camp in Damascus. She supports her multiply displaced family of three from a thriving […]

19 May
5:27

‘No End in Sight’: UN Officials Deliver Statements on Recent Killing of Palestinian by Israeli Settler, Peace Process, Hunger Strike

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov,  has condemned yesterday’s  killing of a Palestinian man by an Israeli settler, and the wounding of a photojournalist. Mladenov said : ”I condemn today’s reported killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli settler and the wounding of a […]

19 May
1:33

PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians killed, 41 wounded by Israeli forces this week

In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 11 – 17 May 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. During the past week, Israeli forces killed a […]

16 May
9:14

Gaza in Crisis: Health Sector in Danger

 Head of the Health and Environmental sector in Gaza’s administrative committee, Basem Naeem, stated Sunday that the banning the entry of medicine, milk for children and cuts to the salaries of medical staff, in addition to the fuel and power cut brought the health sector to a state of crisis. Naeem informed […]

14 May
10:55

Hunger Strike Continues For 28th Day

Approximately 1800 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, continue the “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike, which the 28 days ago, while Israel continues to ignore their legitimate demands and its Prison Authority is refusing to hold any direct talks with them. The National Committee for Supporting the Hunger Strike has reported […]

13 May
7:31

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 –10 May 2017)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 04 – 10 May 2017. Israeli forces executed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem, while 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the occupied West Bank. Among the wounded were 2 children and […]

13 May
6:40

South Africans Engage in 24-hour Solidarity Hunger Strike

As the mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners continues, several South African politicians, journalists and activists have declared a 24-hour hunger strike between the 14th and 15th of May, in a show of solidarity, PNN reports. According to the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), multiple people of high stature in the […]

12 May
8:10

FIFA President Hijacks Vote on Israeli Settlements, Continues Violations of FIFA Statutes

Palestinians accuse FIFA President Gianni Infantino of corruption and nepotism after he blocked the Palestinian Football Association’s motion at today’s FIFA Congress. The motion demanded that the Israeli Football Association abide by FIFA statutes by excluding football clubs based in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Infantino hijacked the Congress […]

11 May
1:40

Hunger Striking Detainees Reach Critical Levels, Many Vomiting Blood

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Thursday, that as the detainees continue their hunger strike for the 25th consecutive day, all of them are currently very weak, cannot stand or move due to severe weight loss, and many of them are vomiting blood. The committee stated that the striking detainees, […]

10 May
8:30

Hunger Strike Continues For The 24th Consecutive Day

More than 1700 detainees, held by Israel, continued their open-ended hunger strike for the 24th consecutive day, in several Israeli prisons, while Israeli continues to refuse their legitimate demands. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Detainees’ Committee have reported that some of the striking detainees started refraining from drinking water […]

09 May
8:36

Israel Blackmails Ailing Detainees; End Your Strike To Get Medical Treatment

The Prison Authority of the Ohali Kidar, one of Israel’s infamous prisons, has been blackmailing the hunger-striking Palestinian detainees who have are ill or have fallen sick, informing them that they must end their strike before receiving any sort of treatment. Similar to other detention facilities and prisons where Palestinian […]

07 May
3:42

Life Under Occupation: Excessive Violence of the Israeli Forces

On 13 December 2015, at least nine Palestinian students of the Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie in Tulkarem were shot by soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Forces. About 7,000 students receive their higher education at the University, which has been exposed to increasing attacks by Israeli forces, particularly since autumn 2015. Despite […]

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07 May
3:34

PCHR: “Force-Feeding is War Crime and Perpetrators Will be Prosecuted”

News is coming about the Israeli preparations to commit the force-feeding crime against hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for 20 days. The Israeli media lately announced the Israeli government’s intention to recruit doctors from abroad to force-feed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. On […]

07 May
5:00

Qaraqe: “We will Prosecute Any Doctor Who Participates In Force-Feeding The Detainees”

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe stated, Saturday, that the committee will file legal charges against any physician or health professional, regardless of their nationality, who participates in force-feeding the hunger striking Palestinian detainees. Qaraqe stated that force-feeding the detainees is a crime which jeopardizes the detainees’ […]

06 May
4:27

Over 170 Sports Clubs in the Occupied West Bank Call on FIFA to Suspend Israel’s Membership

In a letter issued on May 4th, over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are  based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA […]

05 May
1:55

Israeli Government May Bring In Foreign Doctors To Force-feed Palestinian Hunger Strikers

As a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners enters its third week, Israeli authorities told reporters that they are considering bringing in foreign doctors to force-feed the prisoners. The decision, which has not been finalized, comes after last year’s Israeli High Court ruling that force-feeding fits within Israeli law. But […]

05 May
12:33

18th day of hunger strike: More prisoners join mass hunger strike

Press Release – Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: Palestinian political prisoners entered 18th day of hunger strike, the day that standing may become difficult or even impossible. On 3 May 2017, significant Palestinian political leaders declared they will be joining the mass hunger strike. A joint press conference […]

04 May
6:23

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 April – 03 May 2017)

Israeli forces have continued their systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 27 April – 03 May 2017. 37 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the West Bank. Among the wounded were 14 children. 14 journalists, including 3 females, were beaten while covering […]

04 May
5:10

MADA Calling for Wider Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression

On World Press Freedom Day, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has congratulated all colleagues and journalists in Palestine and the world, and renew the call to form a broader coalition for defending freedom of expression in Palestine by all the relevant organizations and bodies, especially the […]

03 May
10:30

Three Jordanian Detainees Join Hunger Strike

As hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons continue their hunger strike for the seventeenth consecutive day, three Jordanian detainees joined the strike, the National Committee for Jordanian Detainees’ Affairs has reported. The committee stared that the three detainees who joined the strike are Riyad Saleh (abducted by the […]

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02 May
10:57

Former Political prisoner dies in protest tent

A former Palestinian political prisoner who joined the supporters of hunger-striking detainees at a solidarity tent died on Tuesday of a heart attack, just five months after his release from prison. While in Israeli detention, he was subjected to medical neglect, leading to a severe deterioration of his health, including […]

02 May
1:17

MADA: Escalated Attacks against Jerusalem Journalists

Israeli occupation forces and police escalated their attacks against journalists and media, culminating in a wave of attacks on at least 14 journalists in East Jerusalem on Saturday, the 29th of April, 2017. An Israeli police cavalry unit attacked several journalists, injuring them and destroying their equipment, as well as preventing them […]

29 Apr
11:02

Thousands March In Bethlehem In Solidarity With Hunger Striking Detainees

Thousands of Palestinians held, Friday, massive nonviolent processions in various parts of Bethlehem governorate, in the occupied West Bank, expressing their solidarity and support with the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, ongoing with the hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day. In Beit Sahour city, hundreds of Palestinians held a […]

29 Apr
7:05

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Wounded Child From An Ambulance In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a Palestinian child who was shot by an army sharpshooter, in the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after the soldiers chased an ambulance transporting him to the hospital. The child, identified as Mos’ab Mahmoud Mheisin, 14, was shot by several live rounds in […]

27 Apr
2:41

ICRC: Gaza on Edge of Collapse Due to Electricity Crisis

Director of the International Red Cross office in Gaza, Yves Daccord, said on Wednesday that the Gaza Strip is on edge of collapse due to severe electricity crisis. Warning that the Palestinian hospitals in Gaza are to stop offering healthcare services, he said: “Hospitals are to stop serving children, women […]

27 Apr
2:05

General Strike Held in Solidarity with Hunger Stikers

Palestinian institutions, on Thursday, held a comprehensive general strike in response to the Prisoners committees call for solidarity with detainees, who today entered their 11th day of collective hunger strike. According to the PNN, the strike includes all sectors except for health sector, tawjihi class and bakeries. This precedes an […]

26 Apr
3:54

PCHR Concerned over Life of Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is strongly concerned over the life of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, who have started a hunger strike for 10 days in the Israeli jails in protest against the deterioration of their living conditions and deprivation of their most basic human rights. PCHR emphasizes […]

26 Apr
3:48

Dozens Of Former Political Prisoners Launch A Solidarity Hunger Strike In Tubas

Mahmoud Sawafta, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) in Tubas, in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank, said that dozens of former political prisoners have started, Wednesday, a solidarity hungers strike with Palestinian detainees, who are holding an open-ended hunger strike, demanding legitimate rights. The former […]

26 Apr
9:11

5 Year Old Girl Dies in Gaza After Israel Denies Her Access To Medical Treatment

The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights issued a statement strongly denouncing the death of a Palestinian child, from the besieged Gaza Strip, after Israel refused to allow her to transfer out of the walled-in enclave, despite her serious health condition resulting from a metabolism disorder. Al-Mezan said the family received […]

25 Apr
12:22

Israel Demolishes Al-Araqeeb Village For The 112Th Time

Israeli bulldozes invaded, on Tuesday morning, the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb, in the Negev, and demolished it for the 112th consecutive time. Aziz Sabah Abu Mdeighem, a member of the Al-‘Araqeeb Local Council, said a large police force invaded the village, and demolished its tents, small wooden homes and tin […]

24 Apr
6:50

Except In Ofer, Israel Denies Lawyers From Visiting With Hunger Striking Detainees

The joint media committee of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, has reported in a press release, Sunday, that the Israeli Prison Authority is still denying all lawyers’ visitations with the hunger striking detainees, except for those held in Ofer prison. The committee stated that this illegal […]

24 Apr
6:45

Bethlehem: Mahmoud Balboul Tells of His 79-day Hunger Strike

Former Palestinian detainee Mahmoud Balboul spoke out, on Sunday, about his experience undertaking a weeks-long hunger strike, last year, and urged Palestinians everywhere to stand in solidarity with a mass hunger strike currently underway in Israeli prisons. Mahmoud Balboul refused food for 79 days, after launching a hunger strike last July, […]

22 Apr
10:04

Israeli Soldiers Assault Hunger Striking Detainees In Nitzan Prison

April 22, 2017 10:04 AM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Undercover soldiers of the Israeli Prison Administration assaulted, Friday, several hunger-striking Palestinian detainees in Nitzan Prison, in Ramla, and unleashed their dogs on them, during violent searches of the detainees and their rooms. In a statement to the press, the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, said that the soldiers also preventing the […]

21 Apr
8:38

Israeli Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers assaulted, Friday, dozens of nonviolent Palestinian protesters, marching in solidarity with the hunger-striking Palestinian detainees, in Rafat village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Just as the protesters reached close to the fence that separates the village from the Oder […]

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21 Apr
1:01

PCHR Weekly Report: Palestinian civilian killed, 7 wounded by Israeli forces this week

April 21, 2017 1:01 PM PCHR Gaza Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 13 – 19 April 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Over the past week, Israeli forces killed a […]

21 Apr
5:23

FIFA Called to Action over Clubs in Illegal Settlements

More than 100 sports associations, trade s, human rights organizations and faith based groups from 28 countries joined football champions, scholars, film directors, politicians and government officials in calling on FIFA’s Council members to insist that Israel’s national football league revoke the affiliation of seven clubs based in illegal Israeli […]

20 Apr
6:55

Ailing Detainees Join Hunger Strike

Karim Ajwa, a lawyer with the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, has reported, Wednesday, that several ailing Palestinian detainees, suffering with serious illnesses and health conditions, have joined the hunger strike, and are threatening to stop taking their medications. Ajwa stated that among the ailing detainees who joined the strike, are Sa’id […]

20 Apr
6:16

The ‘Beautiful Resistance’ of Aida Camp – “People cannot tolerate injustice for eternity”

Tucked within the antiquated corridors of the municipality of Bethlehem, there lies Aida Camp, established 1950.  The densely populated cement structures, thinly outlined by narrow passageways, are a living summation of the occupation of Palestine itself. Scraping elbows with the massive checkpoint pathway between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, hedged by the […]

20 Apr
6:04

Palestinians Take to the Streets in Solidarity with ‘Freedom and Dignity’ Hunger Strike

Palestinians organize solidarity demonstrations as a mass, open-ended hunger strike spreads in Israeli prisons. On the first day of the Freedom and Dignity hunger strike, 1,600 Palestinian prisoners refused food from within 22 Israeli prisons. The hunger strike commenced on Palestinian Prisoner Day, April 17, 2017. The movement demands overarching […]

19 Apr
4:09

Mother Of Four Detainees Starts Solidarity Hunger Strike

The head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee Issa Qaraqe has reported that a Palestinian mother of four detainees, held by Israel and are participating in the hunger strike, has also started a hunger strike in solidarity with them and the rest of the detainees. Qaraqe’ told Maan News that Latifa […]

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19 Apr
3:46

PCHR Strongly Condemns ISS’s Travel Ban on PCHR’s Clients via Beit Hanoun Crossing

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns that the Internal Security Service (ISS) stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip prevented one of PCHR’s clients namely, Diaa’ Musalam al-Sheikh ‘Eid, born in 1979 in Rafah City, from heading to an interview related to a compensation […]

19 Apr
8:48

The Demands Of Hunger Striking Detainees In Israeli Prisons

The following is a list of demands presented by the hunger striking Palestinian detainees, who intend to gradually expand their strike to include all Israeli prisons and detention centers, across occupied Palestine. 1. Installing public phones in all prisons, in every section of the prisons, so that the detainees can […]

19 Apr
2:02

Israel Prevents PPS Attorney From Visiting Detainees In Ofer

As part of its decision to cancel all visits to hunger striking detainees in its prisons and detention centers, the Israeli Authorities prevented lawyer Arwa Hleihel from visiting the detainees in Ofer prison, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said that Hleihel went to […]

18 Apr
12:10

Israel Isolates Hunger Striking Detainees

April 18, 2017 12:10 PM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Israeli Prison Authority has isolated all hunger striking Palestinian detainees, canceled all family visits in addition to illegally confiscating all their belongings, including clothes except for what they are wearing. The head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) Qaddoura Fares has reported that Israel has officially informed The Red […]

18 Apr
10:14

On the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Prisoners’ Suffering in Israeli Jails Continues

Today, 17 April 2017, marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Over 6,500 Palestinian and Arab prisoners have been detained in the Israeli jails and detention centers under cruel and inhumane conditions. The Palestinians commemorate this day since 1979, supporting the cause of prisoners detained in the Israeli jails, as it marks […]

17 Apr
10:21

1300 Palestinian Detainees Start Hunger Strike

More than 1300 Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, initiated the first day of hunger strike, on Monday April 17th, which also marks the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, while hundreds of detainees are preparing to join the “Strike For Dignity.” All detainees in Asqalan, Nafha, Ramon, Hadarim, Galboa’ and Be’er as-Sabe’ (Beersheba) […]

17 Apr
4:50

As Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians Are Barred from Attending

Thousands of Christian followers of the Orthodox and Catholic faiths from all over the world, gathering at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, celebrated Easter Holy Saturday with the emergence of the holy fire from the location of the tomb believed to be that ofJesus Christ. […]

17 Apr
4:38

Six Year Anniversary of the Death of Vittorio Arrigoni (VIDEO)

04/16/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team Today marks the 6th anniversary of the death of Vittorio Arrigoni, a journalist and an Italian activist working with the International Solidarity Movement, in Gaza. Arrigoni first went to Gaza in 2008, on an activist-organised flotilla seeking to defy the Israeli blockade […]

17 Apr
4:25

Amnesty International: Israel Must End ‘Unlawful and Cruel’ Policies towards Palestinian Prisoners

Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in prisons inside Israel, and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike which begins next week, […]

15 Apr
1:00

Israeli High Court Plans To Dismiss Charges Against Soldiers Who Killed Nonviolent Activist Bassem Abu Rahma In 2009

Amhad Abu Rahma, the brother of the late Bassem Abu Rahma, who killed by a high-velocity tear gas canister fired at his chest at close range in 2009, spoke with the IMEMC Friday about the current status of the family’s court case against the Israeli military. The lawyer spoke to […]

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14 Apr
1:03

PCHR Weekly Report: One Palestinian dead; 71 abducted by Israeli troops this week

April 14, 2017 1:03 PM PCHR Gaza Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 06 – 12 April 2017, Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. A Palestinian young man from al-Jalazoun refugee camp succumbed to his wounds. 71 civilians, including 11 children, […]

12 Apr
4:58

Petition Urging UK Government to Apologize for Balfour Declaration Exceeding 10,000 Signatures

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition calling on the British government to apologize for the Balfour Declaration, when, one century, ago then Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour promised a homeland for the Jews, in Palestine, at the expense of its indigenous Arab population, the London-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC) […]

12 Apr
4:44

Duchess of York Visits Bethlehem, Stresses Support to Palestinians (VIDEO)

Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, as a part of her charity and human rights work, visited Bethlehem on Tuesday, notably in the healthcare sector, where she met with Palestinian personalities and visited different sites. The visit included a tour of the Nativity Church and the Old City district of Bethlehem, […]

12 Apr
4:36

Has the Mentality of the Colonial Powers Been Passed On?

Is everybody really born equal or is that just an empty platitude? During the era of the colonial powers, the lands that originally belonged to the natives were taken away and the natives became subjugated in their own land. Their lives were presumably worth less than the lives of the […]

11 Apr
4:41

Crisis Point Reached in Gaza Hospitals Due to Fuel Shortage

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), on Tuesday, called upon the UK government to help ensure that the lives of Palestinians in Gaza are not put at greater risk as a result of the critical lack of fuel, there. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced […]

10 Apr
4:48

Israeli Authorities Admit to Losing Remains of Palestinian Bodies

According to Haaretz Israeli newspaper, authorities confessed that they have lost the remains of dozens of Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces several years ago. This was discovered when Israeli prosecution responded to a petition filed by Palestinian families, to the Supreme Court, to return 123 bodies of their relatives; they […]

08 Apr
8:16

Palestinian Poet Ahmad Dahbour Dies at 71

Well known Palestinian poet Ahmad Dahbour passed away on Saturday, at a Ramallah hospital, following deterioration in his health, said the Ministry of Culture in a eulogy statement, according to WAFA. He was 71. Dahbour was born in Haifa, in 1946, and had lived in Beirut and Syria after the 1948 […]

08 Apr
7:50

Empire Files Rewind: Inside Palestine’s Refugee Camps

Published by Telesur on October 6, 2016. In her first on-the-ground report from Palestine, Abby Martin gives a first-hand look into two of the most attacked refugee camps in the West Bank, the Balata and Aida camps. With millions of displaced Palestinians around the world, hundreds of thousands are refugees […]

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07 Apr
1:59

PCHR Report: One Palestinian civilian killed, 22 wounded by Israeli forces this week

April 7, 2017 1:59 PM PCHR Gaza Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 30 March – 05 April 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian from Nablus […]

06 Apr
4:54

Israeli Forces Assert Military Presence North of Beit Lahia

Several occupation bulldozers moved into the northern Gaza Strip, near the town of Beit Lahia, on Thursday morning. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, approximately seven D9 bulldozers penetrated 100 meters into the northern border of Beit Lahia, from the western gate of Zikim. The bulldozers razed the area […]

06 Apr
4:39

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 March – 05 April 2017)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 30 March – 05 April 2017. Forces killed a Palestinian from Nablus in occupied Jerusalem, while 22 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, were wounded.The military continued to target the border areas in […]

06 Apr
7:26

Israeli Excavations Damage Three Homes In Al-‘Eesawiyya, Jerusalem

The Jerusalem City Council has ordered the eviction and closure of three Palestinian apartments in Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, in Silwan town in the occupied East Jerusalem, due to ongoing excavations carried out by the Israeli authorities under their homes, destroying their foundations. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) […]

06 Apr
6:08

Samidoun Organizer Mohammed Khatib Denied Visa to United States (VIDEO)

Palestinian organizer Mohammed Khatib, the Europe coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, was denied a visa to the United States, where he had been invited to speak at the Jewish Voice for Peace National Membership Meeting, which took place in Chicago from 31 March to 2 April. Along with […]

06 Apr
6:00

Jayyous Lands Again Under Threat

04/05/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Residents from the West Bank village of Jayyous, east of Qalqilia, endured nightly raids by Israeli forces for a week straight in early April.  Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas at resident’s homes, causing some villagers to be taken for treatment to […]

04 Apr
11:46

Israeli Soldiers Demolish 14 Apartments, One Agricultural Room And Four Walls, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, fourteen apartments, in addition to an agricultural room and four walls, in “Sheikh ‘Anbar” area, in Zaim village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly for being built without permits. Dozens of soldiers, and personnel of the Jerusalem City Council, invaded the village and demolished […]

02 Apr
4:51

Victory for Free Speech on Palestine in the UK

In a hugely significant development for free speech on Palestine, eminent human rights lawyer Hugh Tomlinson QC has issued a legal opinion that finds major faults with the government’s new antisemitism definition’s guidance. In partnership with Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Independent Jewish Voices and Free Speech on Israel, his […]

02 Apr
4:13

Palestinians and Israelis March on Jerusalem Together

Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians are reportedly taking part in a Jerusalem march against the Israeli military  occupation. Saturday’s event, according to Haaretz,  is the first in a series organized by “Standing Together,” an umbrella movement consisting of pro-peace organizations and left-wing parties, marking 50 years since the Six-Day War. […]

31 Mar
5:29

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

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31 Mar
12:35

PCHR Weekly Report: Child, woman killed; 9 civilians wounded by Israeli forces this week

March 31, 2017 12:35 PM PCHR Gaza Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 23 – 29 March 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in al-Jalazone […]

31 Mar
1:33

Ilan Pappé: The Myth of Israel

Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. His work […]

31 Mar
12:18

Long-awaited Maintenance Work Offers Rare Sight for Palestinians in al-Khalil

03/30/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team On Wednesday, 29th March, 2017, Israeli forces opened a blocked-off street for the first time in almost two decades to allow long-overdue sewage system works. The alley in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), open for less than a day, gave Palestinians the rare opportunity […]

31 Mar
12:01

Clashes Erupt in West Bank during Land Day Demonstration (VIDEO)

Israeli forces, on Thursday afternoon, fired teargas and sound grenades towards Palestinian protesters who took part in the annual Land Day demonstration. Today, on Thursday, March 30, Land Day was marked with the usual demonstrations in memory of the seizure of 21 thousand dunams of land in Al-Jalil, Al-Muthalth and Al-Naqab on March […]

30 Mar
8:18

ICHR Demands Hamas To Void Decision Restricting Freedom Of Movement

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) issued a statement voicing serious concerns regarding a decision made by the Ministry of Interior and National Security, run by the Hamas movement in Gaza, placing strict conditions that severely limit the freedom of movement of Palestinians wishing to travel through Beit Hanoun […]

26 Mar
11:24

Whose “Ethnic Cleansing?”: Israel’s Appropriation of the Palestinian Narrative

by Dina Matar, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently claimed, in a video posted on his Facebook page, that the Palestinian demand to dismantle illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitutes an act of “ethnic cleansing” against Israeli Jewish settlers.  The term, […]

26 Mar
10:33

Activists Demonstrate against AIPAC Conference in West Bank and US

The National Campaign to Lift the Closure of Hebron organized a protest in the southern occupied West Bank city, on Sunday, to denounce the policies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as the lobby held its annual policy conference in the United States. Protesters held Palestinian flags and […]

26 Mar
10:07

Palestinian Detainees to Begin Hunger Strike April 17

Palestinian Legislative Council MP and member of Fateh’s Central Committee, detainee Marwan al-Barghouti, has announced the intention of fellow Palestinian detainees and Fateh captives, held in Israeli jails, to start a hunger strike on Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, April 17. In a statement published on Saturday, Barghouti said that the hunger strike […]

25 Mar
1:44

Empire Files Rewind: The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage

First published on November 6, 2015. A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to the killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Abby Martin takes a look at how the so-called “Israeli-Palestine […]

24 Mar
11:56

Palestinians Shot with Live Ammunition During Demonstration near Al-Mughayyir (VIDEO)

03/24/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team On 24th March 2017 the popular resistance in Al-Mughayyir, north-east of Ramallah, held a demonstration against a new illegal outpost which was established approximately 10 days ago by Israeli settlers who set up caravans on Palestinian land. Basic buildings and infrastructure have […]

24 Mar
11:44

UNHRC Adopts Four Anti-occupation Resolutions

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted, during its 34th session held on Friday in Geneva, four pro-Palestinian and anti-occupation resolutions. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that the four adopted resolutions are entitled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, The Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, […]

23 Mar
8:07

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 March 2017)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 16-22, March 2017. Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 3 civilians, including a child, and 2 Israeli activists, were wounded. Israeli forces also conducted 70 incursions into Palestinian communities in […]

23 Mar
7:41

Delivery of Carbon Dioxide for Gaza Hospitals Banned by Israeli Government

Israeli authorities have prevented the delivery of carbon dioxide to the Palestinian hospitals in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Wednesday. According to a statement by the Ministry, the stock of carbon dioxide needed for refrigerators, ventilators and many other medical equipment is soon to run out. “This will […]

23 Mar
7:33

Islamic Bank Signs $40m Agreement with UNRWA for Gaza Homes

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), in its capacity as Coordinator for the Program of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, has reportedly re-programmed and signed a $40 million agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for reconstruction […]

22 Mar
6:54

National Bureau: Israel Continues Settlement Activities, Further Establishing Apartheid Regime (Report)

  In its weekly report, the Palestinian National Bureau noted a number of colonial schemes carried out by the Israeli government in an attempt to seize more Palestinian lands, as well as Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor  Lieberman’s approval of the completion of the Apartheid Wall around the Beit Eil settlement […]

21 Mar
9:00

Israeli Apartheid: TRNN Discussion on Scrapped UN Report (VIDEO)

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

21 Mar
8:45

Gaza Hospitals Facing Dire Electricity Crisis

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced a state of emergency, late Sunday, as main health facilities in Gaza are about to halt critical medical services. Director General of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry, Ashraf abu-Mahady, called for an urgent meeting with Energy Authority and the Gaza power plant […]

21 Mar
8:22

Palestinians Protest UN Chief’s Decision to Remove Report on Israeli Apartheid

Palestinians demonstrated outside the United Nations Special Coordinator Office (UNSCO) in Gaza City, on Tuesday, in protest of the UN’s decision to withdraw a report prepared by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accused Israel of apartheid policies. Protesters expressed support for ESCWA chief Rima […]

21 Mar
7:59

United States, Israel Attempting to Persuade Countries into Opposing UNHRC Resolutions

Israel and the United States are cooperating to persuade as many Western countries as possible to oppose or to, at least, abstain from voting on five pro-Palestinian resolutions scheduled for a vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday, Haaretz reported on Monday, citing a Foreign Ministry official. […]

21 Mar
2:52

Balata Refugee Camp, A Palestinian Ghetto

A mother carrying an infant walks with her son through a narrow alley in Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) Gun violence between armed camp residents, during the day, and raids by both Palestinian and Israeli forces, at night, have become […]

20 Mar
8:02

Life Under Siege: A Child’s Wartime Memories

On Wednesday, 21 August 2014, the Reify family was targeted in their agricultural land located in El-Daraj neighborhood, a densely-populated area of Gaza city. The incident happened on the forty fifth day of the war when many members of the family were together in their land, playing, planting and eating, […]

20 Mar
3:34

PCHR: “In Serious Precedent Portending Militarization of Gaza Strip: Military Court in Gaza Issues 2 Death Sentences on Drug Charges in Gaza”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights: On Sunday, 19 March 2017, in a serious precedent, the Military Court in Gaza issued two death sentences against two persons convicted of drug possession; one of whom is military and the other is civilian. There is no legal text upholding the application of […]