Category Archives: Human rights

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 […]

19 Mar
4:32

Gaza Suffering Annual Fresh Water Deficit

The Palestinian Water Authority has warned of the dangerous situation regarding fresh water in the Gaza Strip, due to increasing salinity and decline of aquifer levels. In a press conference, the head of the water authority in Gaza, Yasser Al-Shanti, stressed, according to Days of Palestine, that the annual fresh […]

19 Mar
4:18

The UN Report Israel Does Not Want You To Read

A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace. The landmark report’s endorsement of boycotts, economic sanctions and other grassroots initiatives comes at a moment when Israel is desperately attempting to criminalize and suppress international support for Palestinian rights. Published […]

19 Mar
3:39

Palestine Says Popular Struggle Is the Path to Liberation

As support for the two-state solution declines, Palestinians in occupied territory identify popular resistance as the antidote to Israeli occupation and settlement expansion. A study published by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), on Tuesday, provides clues as to the current overriding hopes and fears of Palestinians […]

17 Mar
9:07

U.S. State Department Reports Grave Violations Against Palestinian Kids

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks during a press event in Washington, on March 6, 2017, broke with precedent and did not participate in the launch of the 2016 State Department Human Rights Reports. (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Ramallah, March 17, 2017—A U.S. government human rights report released […]

PCHR Weekly Report
17 Mar
1:13

PCHR Weekly Report: One civilian killed, 11 wounded, including 3 children, by Israeli troops

March 17, 2017 1:13 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 09 – 15 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 civilian in occupied […]

17 Mar
1:59

A Message from Cindy & Craig Corrie

Painting by Malak Mattar; read more about her painting at We Are Not Numbers.    March 16th, marks the 14th anniversary of the day our daughter Rachel stood in Gaza with other international activists and challenged the Israeli military’s illegal confiscation of Palestinian land and the demolition of Palestinian homes. […]

17 Mar
1:38

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 March 2017)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 09-15 March 2017. A Palestinian civilian was killed in occupied Jerusalem, while 11 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank. Meanwhile, Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza […]

17 Mar
1:09

Honoring Rachel Corrie

03/16/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine Today, March 16th, 2017, marks 14 years since the day that Rachel Corrie had her life taken. And though her life ended early, her courageous heart and defiant spirit will be carried onward, and continue to inspire many activists now and into […]

15 Mar
8:51

Netanyahu Defies International Law by Holding Official Meeting in Occupied Zone

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements/PNN The  National Bureau for Defending of Land and Resisting Settlements has warned against Israeli PM Netanyahu’s maneuvers to hold a celebratory cabinet meetings in the illegal settlements built in the West Bank, on the occasion of what he […]

14 Mar
11:53

Curfew, Harassment and Break-in for Shuhada Street as Settlers Celebrate Purim

14th March 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team Israeli settlers, on 12th March 2017, harassed and threatened Palestinians and attempted to break into Shuhada Street kindergarten, as the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) was put under curfew for Palestinians so that settlers could celebrate Purim, undisturbed […]

14 Mar
11:26

B’Tselem Detainee: ‘6 days in Israeli jail and no questioning, as usual’

Israeli rights group B’Tselem said, on Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped one of its volunteers, kept him in jails for six days without any reason. B’Tselem said, in a report about the incident: “On Friday as 4pm, about 20 to 30 residents form the village of Madma in […]

14 Mar
2:47

PCHR Condemns Closure of Arab Studies Society’s Mapping and Survey Office in Occupied Jerusalem and Arrest of its Director

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli Police’s raid of the Mapping and Survey Office of the Arab Studies Society- Orient House in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli police confiscated the office contents and arrested its Director, Khalil Tufakji, who is also an […]

13 Mar
9:11

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Overview Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory does not only exist above ground. Since 1967, Israel has systematically colonized Palestinian natural resources and, in the field of hydrocarbons, has prevented Palestinians from accessing their own oil and gas reserves. Such restrictions have ensured the continued dependence of Palestinians on Israel for […]

13 Mar
8:37

Israel to Accelerate Arab Home Demolitions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the acceleration of Arab home demolitions in Israel, an Israeli rights group revealed, earlier this week. The Mossawa Centre, an advocacy centre for Arab citizens in Israel, said in a statement that “the Kaminitz bill, which will increase home demolitions and further criminalize […]

13 Mar
8:28

Sweden Contributes $6.6m to UNRWA

The Government of Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation (SIDA), has contributed $6.6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to support the Agency’s emergency response to the Syria regional crisis and the situation in the occupied Palestinian […]

13 Mar
7:38

Amnesty International: Al-Qeeq Release Deal Further Proves Deception of Administrative Detention

Amnesty International claims that the deal signed to release hunger-striking journalist Mohammad Al-Qeeq is another piece of evidence regarding the deception of Israel’s administrative detention policy.   Amnesty’s remarks came following an Israeli military court’s approval of an order confirming Al-Qeeq’s detention for three more months, which can be renewed indefinitely. “The […]

10 Mar
9:08

Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement

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 […]

10 Mar
8:42

Changes to Gaza’s Futuwwa Program Reduce Child Protection Risks

A Palestinian boy sits on top of old refrigerators eating chips at the Al-Shatee refugee camp in Gaza City, on August 29, 2016. (Photo: AFP / Mohammed Abed) Gaza’s Futuwwa program, an “awareness and fitness program” in government-run schools, no longer includes the controversial military-style drills that provoked international criticism […]

10 Mar
8:34

FIFA Slammed by Human Rights Defenders for Failure to Expel Israeli Football Clubs Based in Illegal Settlements

A wide coalition of Palestinian and international organisations denounced FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s failure to compel Israel’s national football league to exclude six football teams based in illegal Israeli settlements and called for the dissolution of the FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine. FIFA’s failure to act against the Israeli settlement clubs […]

10 Mar
8:26

A New Generation Learns to ‘Shoot’ the Occupation

Qurtuba children learn to use cameras (photo courtesy of Human Rights Defenders) Human Rights Defenders have started a new project to protect the human rights of the children who have to live and study in the middle of the occupation and ghettoisation which is the centre of Hebron. Last Sunday, 5th […]

Child abducted by Israeli troops (PCHR photo)
10 Mar
12:46

PCHR Weekly Report: One Palestinian Civilian Killed, 7 Wounded by Israeli Troops This Week

March 10, 2017 12:46 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 02 – 08 March 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza). Israeli forces killed […]

09 Mar
9:15

Jericho: Israeli Forces Uproot 350 Palm Trees (VIDEO)

Israeli forces have uprooted some 350 palm trees and bulldozed lands in Jericho city, Jordan Valley. Journalist Adel AbuNemah, reported to the PNN that the land was razed and the trees were uprooted, even though it is located in area B and not C, as Israel claims. The land is private property of farmer […]

09 Mar
2:01

Israel Bans Two Activities Marking International Women’s Day

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers and police officers banned two activities, that were planned in celebration of March 8th, the International Woman’s Day, in occupied East Jerusalem, after claiming the two were sponsored by the Palestinian Authority. The decision to ban the two activities was made by Israeli ‘Internal Security Minister” […]

09 Mar
1:14

Israeli Police Shut Down Women’s Day Event in Jerusalem

Public Security Minister Gliad Erdan said the cultural event represented a threat to Israeli sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem.  At noon today, an event organized by the Association of Women for Equality and Democracy (AWED) for international women’s day was slated to take place at the Saint George Hotel on Salah […]

08 Mar
2:23

On International Women’s Day, PCHR Calls for Strengthening Role of Women as Tool for Real Change in Societies

On the 8th of March every year, the world celebrates the Women’s Day, which comes as an important reminder of women’s role in making real and positive change in the human society over the ages. The 8th of March celebrates women’s political and social achievements and contributions. This is the […]

08 Mar
2:02

Hunger Striking Detained, Journalist Mohammad Al-Qeeq, Moved To Hospital

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Wednesday, that the detained journalist, Mohammad al-Qeeq, who entered his second month of hunger strike, protesting his continued illegal detention by Israel, was moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health condition. The Committee stated that al-Qeeq lost more than twelve […]

05 Mar
11:56

New York City Protest Demands Freedom for Lena Jarbouni, All Palestinian Prisoners

Protesters in New York City gathered outside the Best Buy at Union Square on Friday, 3 March to protest the imprisonment of Lena Jarbouni and fellow Palestinian women prisoners and urge Hewlett-Packard (HP) corporations to get out of the business of profiting from occupation, apartheid and colonialism. Photo: Joe Catron […]

04 Mar
4:08

Kafr Qaddoum: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Journalist

03/03/17 |  Popular Resistance Committee of Kafr Qaddoum |  Occupied Palestine Today, at the weekly Friday protest in Kafr Qaddoum, a large number of Israeli Forces raided the village and fired large amounts of live ammunition, rubber coated steel bullets, stun grenades and teargas at Palestinian protesters. One journalist, from Palestine […]

03 Mar
4:58

Elor Azarya’s Prison Sentence Postponed by Courts

An Israeli military court, on Thursday, granted the request of Israeli soldier Elor Azarya — who was convicted, last month, of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif –to postpone the beginning of his 18-month sentence until a ruling is made on his appeal, according to […]

Home demolition by Israeli armored bulldozers (PCHR image)
03 Mar
12:29

PCHR Weekly Report: Palestinian civilian killed, 6 civilians wounded by Israelis this week

March 3, 2017 12:29 PM admin 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 February – 01 March 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. During the past week, a Palestinian civilian […]

02 Mar
2:25

Detainees’ Committee Denounces Israeli Abduction Of Wounded, Disabled Child In Bethlehem

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee issued a statement strongly denouncing the Israeli army’s abduction of a wounded Palestinian child, who previously lost one of his legs after the soldiers shot him with an expanding bullet. The committee stated that the child, Issa Adnan Abdul-Mo’ty, 14, from Bethlehem in the […]

02 Mar
6:17

Adeis: Magistrate Decision on Al-Aqsa Leads Toward Religious War

The Israeli Magistrates Court in Jerusalem has issued a decision regarding the future of Al-Aqsa Mosque, considering it to be a holy place for Jews and that they have the right to pray in it. The Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Yusuf Adeis, stressed that such a decision only […]

02 Mar
6:01

Trump Administration Seeks to End UNHRC “Obsession with Israel”

The U.S. presidential administration of Donald Trump is reviewing its participation in the top United Nations human rights body, with an eye to reform a balanced agenda that ends the forum’s “obsession with Israel”, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, according to Haaretz. “In order for this Council to have […]

02 Mar
4:10

Detainee Al-Qeeq Continues His Hunger Strike Since February 6th

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Wednesday, that detainee Mohammad al-Qeeq, 34, is ongoing with his hunger strike since February 6th, protesting his Administrative Detention, without charges, and is facing a deteriorating health condition. The statement of the PPS came after one of its lawyers visited him in Ramla […]

01 Mar
3:02

Israeli High Court to Prosecute Officer for Urinating on Prisoner

According to Israeli media, the Israeli High Court partially approved a petition, Tuesday, from a Palestinian detainee, requesting that the Department of Internal Police Investigations (DIPI) prosecute an officer which the detainee alleges urinated on him, in 2007. Ynet reported that the High Court partially approved a petition Tuesday, while […]

01 Mar
1:26

Why Hollywood Has Abandoned Brand Israel

Oscar nominees’ refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion. (Todd Wawrychuck/ EPA) via the BDS National Commitee. As Israel moves ever more dangerously rightward – evidenced by the latest law legalising the state’s expropriation of private Palestinian lands and the extremely conservative appointees […]

28 Feb
7:50

Life Under Siege: A Farmer’s Struggle with the Occupation

Abdel Salam Manasra is a Gazan citizen, in his 50s, who has dedicated his life to agriculture and farming. Farming has always been his family’s main profession, as inherited from their ancestors. Abdel Salam’s farmland is located east of the Shuja’eyya neighborhood in Gaza city, near the Israeli border – […]

27 Feb
11:48

German University Suspends Course After Instructor Criticized Israel (VIDEO)

TRNN Transcript: SHIR HEVER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Shir Hever in Heidelberg, Germany. The Department of Political Science at the University of Berlin, the Freie University of Berlin, reneged on its promise to a young lecturer at the university to teach a course next semester. The reason? […]

27 Feb
11:31

Ongoing Violations against Palestinian Journalists Condemned by Forum

The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum has condemned the escalation of Israeli crimes and violations against Palestinian journalists and media foundations, contrary to the most basic international and legal norms and conventions that guarantee the freedom of press.   In a statement issued on Sunday, the Forum stressed, according to Al Ray, […]

27 Feb
2:24

Israeli Authorities Close East Jerusalem School

After the Israeli occupation had shut down their school, Palestinian students in East Jerusalem attended class in the street, on Sunday. On Thursday, Israeli authorities closed the Palestinian elementary school Al-Nukhba (“The Elite”), in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Sur Bahir. The authorities claimed that the school syllabus incites […]

Dismantle the Ghetto campaign
27 Feb
12:12

Palestinians commemorate 23rd anniversary of Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre by launching #DismantleTheGhetto campaign

A newly formed organization the National Campaign to Lift the Closure in Hebron, marked the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre with a campaign to #DismantleTheGhetto on February 25th. This year’s commemoration coincides with Israel’s unprecedented escalation in seizing Palestinian land in the West Bank for Settlement expansion. This has been […]

26 Feb
9:45

Palestinian Children Requiring Military Escorts Subject to Retaliatory Collective Punishment

Systemic human rights violations challenge Palestinian life in South Hebron Hills. Human rights violations are a daily occurrence in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, Operation Dove’s January report affirms. The Israeli army commits the vast majority of violations of Palestinian rights as a part of its administration […]

26 Feb
7:52

Netanyahu Suggests Bringing International Forces into Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip, expressing his concern of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Hague. Netanyahu said, in his meeting with Australian foreign minister Jolie Bishop, on Sunday morning, that Israeli forces must impose its control over the […]

26 Feb
7:14

Youth Against Settlements: Munther Amira Awarded ‘Personality of the Year’ for Popular Struggle

The Youth Against Settlements movement announced, on Saturday, that Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), activist Munther Amira received the Personality of the Year award for 2016. Mu nther was honored in recognition to his commitment to the popular struggle and his activism in enhancing the idea, both on a local and international […]

26 Feb
6:27

Human Rights Watch Denied Israeli Work Permit

Israeli authorities have denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director, on the grounds that it is not a real human rights group, the organization said, according to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. In its February 20, 2017 letter denying a work […]

26 Feb
7:55

After Appeal by Leading Writers, Major US Literary Festival Will Proceed without Israeli Government Sponsorship

Human rights advocates welcome the decision by PEN America to hold PEN’s annual World Voices literary festival without funding from the Israeli government. The decision followed a campaign and a call supported by leading literary figures asking the organization to reject Israeli government sponsorship. PEN America accepted Israeli government support for the World Voices […]

24 Feb
8:13

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (16 – 22 February 2017)

Israeli forces have continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory for the week of 16 – 22 February, 2016. Three Palestinian civilians were wounded, including a child, in the West Bank. Shooting:   During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank.  […]

24 Feb
8:04

Official UNRWA Statement on Gaza Neutrality Issue

Gaza Neutrality Issue Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness 23 February 2017   Allegations have been circulating in conventional and social media networks about an UNRWA staff member being elected to political office in Gaza.   As soon as the allegations came to UNRWA’s attention, the Agency undertook a preliminary […]

24 Feb
7:46

Flags, Spirits High as Week of Action in Hebron Comes to Climax

Palestinian and international activists hoist Palestinian flags above Israeli occupied Hebron and stage a pop-up protest market on Shuhada Street. Dozens of Hebron residents and local activists gathered at the entrance to Shuhada Street on Wednesday to hoist and release a Palestinian flag over the main commercial thoroughfare in Hebron. […]

22 Feb
6:45

Israeli Naval Forces Continue to Chase Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Sea; 5 fishermen arrested, including a boy, 1 fisherman wounded and fishing boat confiscated

On Tuesday morning, 21 February 2017, Israeli gunboats chased and opened fire at a Palestinian fishing boat. As a result, 5 fishermen, including a boy, were arrested and the fishing boat was confiscated. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) noticed that Israeli forces have recently concentrated their attacks against […]

22 Feb
4:59

Palestinian Child With Epilepsy And Leukemia Sentenced To 90 Days In Israeli Prison

Report By Samidoun: Palestinian boy Ahmad Kaddour, 15, was sentenced on Monday, 20 February to 91 days in prison and a fine of 3000 NIS (approximately $810 USD), accused of throwing stones at Israeli occupation soldiers. Ahmad suffers from epilepsy and is undergoing continued treatment for leukemia, with frequent need for medication […]

Abdul Fatah Sharif's sister protesting her brother's murder (image from Middle East Eye)
22 Feb
12:59

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

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

21 Feb
1:02

PCHR: “Military Courts Issue 7 Death Sentences in Gaza in One Day”

February 21, 2017 1:02 PM PCHR Gaza Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR) – Press Release: On Sunday, 20 February 2017, the Gaza Military Courts issued 7 death sentences against Palestinian civilians convicted of collaboration with Israel. Three of those sentences were new ones while two sentences were issued by the Military Appeal Court upholding previous […]

PCHR
17 Feb
12:19

PCHR Weekly Report: One civilian dead, 4 wounded by Israeli forces this week

February 17, 2017 12:19 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 09 – 15 February 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that one Palestinian died from previously inflicted wounds, 4 Palestinians were wounded, and 51, including 4 children, were abducted […]

15 Feb
6:57

2016 Sees Israel Demolish Record Number Of West Bank Palestinian Homes

Report By B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories — 2016 saw a marked increase in the number of homes Israeli authorities demolished throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, citing lack of building permits as a pretext. The scale of demolitions documented by B’Tselem […]

14 Feb
1:13

The Economic Exploitation of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Israeli prisons serve both as an instrument of political persecution and economic exploitation, says Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in a new report. ~ Alternative Information Center (AIC). Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association explains in a new report how the arrest and detention of Palestinians is “central […]

14 Feb
12:11

DCIP — Q&A with PCDCR: Ending Sexual Violence against Children in Gaza

Eman Abu Said joined PCDCR in 2010 as a Project Coordinator for a protection project focused on child sexual abuse and harassment. (Photo: PCDCR) Defense for Children International – Palestine, Ramallah, February 8, 2017—The legal climate is the biggest obstacle to ending sexual violence against children in Gaza, according to […]

11 Feb
3:51

Report: “10 Detainees Died In Israeli Prisons Since 2010, 210 Since 1967”

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee reported, Saturday, that ten detainees have died in Israeli prisons since the year 2010, and that the total number of detainees who died in prison, due to various reasons, including torture and medical neglect, since the year 1967, has arrived to 210. The Committee stated that […]

11 Feb
4:09

MADA Report: 383 Media Freedoms Violations during 2016

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, “MADA”, organized a press conference on Wednesday 02/08/2017, and released its annual report of violations against media freedoms in Palestine during 2016, according to the PNN. Mr.  Mousa Rimawi- General Director of MADA center and Dr. Ammar Dweik- General Direct of The […]

10 Feb
10:53

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (02 – 08 February 2017)

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 February 2017). 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, while Israeli warplanes carried out 4 airstrikes against civilian objects and sites related […]

10 Feb
8:51

ISM: #DismantleTheGhetto — Start of Campaign in Al-Khalil

10th February 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Israeli forces and colonial settlers on Thursday, the 9th of February, 2017, disrupted a peaceful protest near Qurtuba school on Shuhada Street, in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). Settlers attacked and injured one female student, while preventing Palestinian teachers and students from leaving […]

09 Feb
1:22

New Report by Breaking The Silence – “The High Command” (VIDEO)

BTS official, 02/07/17: “Dear Friends, Last week we published a new report addressing the relations between settler and the IDF: “The High Command – Settler influence on IDF conduct in the West Bank.” The report was written following a comprehensive research and in the context of the contentious public debate surrounding […]

09 Feb
12:47

Israel Clears Palestinians and Homes so its Military Can Practice

Three children stand near a site where Israeli authorities had recently demolished Palestinan homes near the occupied West Bank city of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) Via Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP). Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org. Ramallah, February 6, […]

08 Feb
9:36

US Citizens File Complaint against Israeli Officials

The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reported, on Wednesday, that Palestinian and Jewish activists have filed a lawsuit with a US court against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials over war crimes committed against Palestinian citizens. The legal complaint, made by 35 Palestinian and Jewish activists, all American […]

08 Feb
7:30

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Building In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished an under-construction residential building, under the allegation of being built without a permit. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers and employee of the Jerusalem […]

07 Feb
3:26

PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Knesset’s Approval of “Regularization Bill”

PCHR Strongly Condemns Israeli Knesset’s Approval of “Regulation Bill” and Calls upon International Community to Stop Immediately Treating Israel as State Above Law. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli Knesset’s approval of the “Settlement Regulation Bill”, which allows the theft of Palestinian privately owned lands […]

07 Feb
9:25

52.000 NIS In Fines Imposed On Imprisoned Palestinian Children In Ofer Prison In January

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Monday, that Israel has collected at least 52.000 Shekels in fines and bails, from families of Palestinian children, imprisoned in Ofer prison alone, in January. The committee stated that eight of the imprisoned children were shot and injured prior to their abduction. It added […]

06 Feb
10:18

Samidoun January 2017 Report: 590 Palestinians Seized by Israeli Occupation

Palestinian prisoners’ and human rights associations, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, issued a monthly report on Sunday, 5 February on the imprisonment of Palestinians in January 2017. The following translation is provided by Samidoun […]

06 Feb
9:23

Palestinians in Hebron Prepare for Annual Commemoration of Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

  Preparations by Palestinian political parties, civil society groups, local committees, and human rights organizations begin this week for the 23rd annual commemoration of the the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre. The bodies organizing the event this year have united under the slogan “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers Out of […]

06 Feb
9:12

B’Tselem: Slain Palestinian Youth Posed No Danger

Two months ago, an Israeli soldier shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian youth. B’Tselem’s investigation shows that, contrary to the military’s claim, the Palestinian and his friends did not pose any danger to the forces. According to the report issued by B’Tselem , on 22 December, 2016, an Israeli soldier shot […]

Israeli troops invading Palestinian town (PCHR image)
03 Feb
12:17

PCHR Weekly Report: One civilian killed, 10 wounded, including 2 children, by Israeli troops

February 3, 2017 12:17 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 26 January – 01 February 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 civilian in […]

31 Jan
10:28

Operation Dove: A Dangerous Road to Education

Operation Dove reports negligence on the part of Israeli military escorts charged with protecting Palestinian children from settler violence in At-Tuwani during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year. via the Alternative Information Center (AIC). (Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org) Children from the West Bank Palestinian […]

Shooting of handcuffed Palestinian (image from video by B'Tselem)
31 Jan
11:46

Two Israeli Officers Promoted after Involvement in Two Separate Cases of Soldiers Shooting Palestinians

Just after the conviction of an Israeli soldier for involuntary manslaughter for shooting a Palestinian who was lying on the ground mortally wounded in 2016, the Israeli military ordered the promotion of an officer who testified against the soldier. Separately, on the same day, a soldier who shot a handcuffed […]

30 Jan
6:36

Dareen Tatour’s Prosecution for Poetry Continues in Nazareth Court

Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour testified before the Magistrate’s Court in Nazareth on Thursday, 26 January; Dareen’s saga has lasted for nearly a year and a half as she faces prosecution and imprisonment for writing a poem, “Resist my people, resist them,” and posting […]

28 Jan
5:41

Two and a Half Years On, the Gaza War Claims Another Child Victim

Hani Swairki, 2, stands at the entrance to the trailer where his infant brother, Mohammad, died from cold exposure. (Photo: Swairki family)  Ramallah, January 24, 2016—A newborn died in freezing conditions, in Gaza on January 8, as he slept in a trailer temporarily sheltering his family, after their home was destroyed […]

28 Jan
4:43

ISM: “A Day In The Life”

26 January 2016 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Al-Khalil is unique from other villages, towns, and cities in the West Bank. Illegal Zionist colonial settlements are situated right in the center of Old City of Al-Khalil (Hebron). Whereas elsewhere, the illegal settlements are outside of the Palestinian towns […]

28 Jan
4:16

Seven Months After Killing Her, Army Transfers Majd’s Body To Her Family

The Israeli military transferred, on Friday evening, the body of Majd al-Khdour, who was killed by Israeli army fire seven months ago, to her family for burial. Israel claimed she was killed after carrying out a “ramming attack with her car.” Al-Khdour’s body was transferred to the Israeli District Coordination […]

28 Jan
3:59

OCHA: One in Two Palestinians to Need Humanitarian Assistance in 2017

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) discusses what to expect in 2017 as East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza mark 50 years under Israeli occupation. “The humanitarian context of [the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT)] is unique amongst today’s humanitarian crises and remains directly tied to […]

New construction in Ma'ale Adumim settlement (PCHR photo)
27 Jan
1:04

PCHR Weekly Report: One Palestinian civilian killed, 5 wounded by Israeli forces this week

January 27, 2017 1:04 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 19 – 25 January 2017, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories this week. Israeli attacks in the West Bank: […]

25 Jan
11:34

PCHR: Belgium is Not Britain — Israeli War Criminals Under Prosecution (VIDEO)

Tzipi Livni, who was the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the Israeli 2008-2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip, has cancelled her scheduled visit to Brussels in Belgium when the Attorney General there announced that she would be arrested to question her about war crimes committed in […]

25 Jan
10:33

Settler Living in Illegal Outpost Orders Demolition of Palestinian Homes

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defending of Land and Resisting Settlement/PNN The racism in Israel is reflected in every aspect of life, the most recent of which comes within the context of disclosing that the head of the Regional Unit for enforcing laws of planning and building at the […]

25 Jan
2:09

Two New Death Sentences in Gaza

January 25, 2017 2:09 AM PCHR Gaza Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

On Tuesday, 24 January 2017, two new death sentences by hanging were issued in the Gaza Strip. The first one was issued by Deir al-Balah Court of First Instance against (Gh. E.) from the central Gaza Strip after being convicted of premeditated murder of his brother (30). The second one […]

24 Jan
11:01

Palestinians Protest Policies of Occupation in Front of Knesset

Hundreds of Palestinians respond to house demolitions, extrajudicial executions, and the confiscation of Palestinian corpuses with peaceful protest. On Monday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered outside of the Israeli parliament, also known as the Knesset. Protestors outside held signs reading, “This is the Naqab, This is Umm al-Hiran.” Other signs, written […]