Category Archives: Human rights

Elor Azaria and his mother (image from Pinterest)
21 Mar

Sentence of Israeli soldier who executed Palestinian reduced to nine months

Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing a Palestinian in the head while the Palestinian was lying on the ground wounded, had his sentence reduced to nine months by an Israeli judge this week. Last February, Azaria was sentenced to eighteen months for the 2016 killing, which […]

20 Mar

No Power, No Supplies, No Way Out: A Year Without the Right to Health in the Gaza Strip

Whether swimming at the beach or trying to get urgent medical care, children in the Gaza Strip were boxed out of their right to health care in 2017, with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities contributing to record lows. Death Before Walking On her fifth pregnancy, Naela Abu Nasira was an […]

20 Mar

Second Arrest in 3 Days, PCHR Denounces Arrest of Patient’s Companion by the Israeli Forces at Beit Hanoun Crossing

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns that Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing continued to apply the policy of arresting patients and their companions when traveling for treatment in the Israeli or Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. The latest was arrest […]

20 Mar

Army Conducts Life Fire Training In Palestinian Village South Of Nablus

Israeli soldiers continued, for the second day, live fire military training in Khirbat at-Tawil Palestinian village, south of Nablus, in northern West Bank. The training started on Monday evening, after the soldiers invaded Palestinian lands, installed military tents, before and initiating live fire training maneuvers. Yousef Deeriyya, a member of […]

20 Mar

PCHR Denounces Arrest of Patient’s Companion by the Israeli Forces at Beit Hanoun Crossing

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns that Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing continued to apply the policy of arresting patients and their companions when traveling for treatment in the Israeli or Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. The latest was arrest […]

18 Mar

Palestinian Demolish His Home To Avoid Excessive Fines In Jerusalem

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), in occupied Jerusalem, has reported that a Palestinian citizen of the town had to demolish his own home, Saturday, to avoid excessively high fines by the City Council, under the pretext of being built without a permit. Silwanic stated that the city […]

18 Mar

Israel Plans Collective Punishment Against Village of Alleged Palestinian Attacker

The Israeli army announced Saturday that it plans to recommend that the Israeli government split the village of Barta’a in two, after a vehicular collision on Friday that resulted in the deaths of two Israeli soldiers. Palestinian family members of the alleged attacker contend that it was a car accident, […]

17 Mar

Fifteen Years Since Her Death, Rachel Corrie Is Not Forgotten

by Mumin Ghurab Friday, 15 years ago, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer that was preparing to demolish a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip. Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine. Born on April 10, 1979 […]

17 Mar

Protesting Administrative Detention, Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For 4th Day

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Saturday, that a detainee from Nablus, in northern West Bank, is ongoing with a hunger strike, for the fourth day, protesting being held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges. The Committee said that Mos’ab al-Hindi, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, […]

17 Mar

Palestinian Detainee Continues Hunger Strike For Seventh Day

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Saturday, that detainee Bashir Abdullah Khatib, 56, who has been imprisoned for 31 years, started a hunger strike seven days ago, protesting being denied medical treatment. The detainee, from Ramla city, is facing various issues with his teeth, gums and mouth, but has been […]

17 Mar

Weekly Procession Against The Annexation Wall, Colonies, Held In Bil’in

On Friday, dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, held the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The Protesters marched while chanting for liberation and independence, for the occupied Palestinian […]

16 Mar

Army Abducts A Patient At Erez Crossing

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, a Palestinian patient from the besieged Gaza Strip, at the Erez Crossing, near Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the coastal region. Media sources said the patient, identified as Naim Kotkot, filed a permit application, asking to be allowed to leave Gaza and […]

15 Mar

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 14 March 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 07 – 14 March, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while two Palestinian civilians were killed in Nablus and Hebron. 28 Palestinian […]

14 Mar

Roger Waters Recites Verses by Mahmoud Darwish in New Song

English singer and songwriter Roger Waters has teamed up with Palestinian group Trio Joubran to record a new song rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to WAFA. The song, titled Supremacy, features a few verses from “The Red Indian’s Penultimate Speech to the White Man,” a poem […]

13 Mar

Adalah Fights Illegal Israeli Ban Blocking Arabs from Bringing Non-kosher Bread Products into Hospitals During Passover

The Israeli Health Ministry is imposing Jewish religious law on Arab citizens with no legal authority: ‘No law in the State of Israel prevents citizens from carrying leavened foods into hospitals.’ Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel is fighting an Israeli government ban that prevents […]

13 Mar

The Amended ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’ Is Still Unconstitutional, and Still Must Be Stopped

Written by uscpr USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer is quoted in an op-ed by Nada Elia for Mondoweiss on the still-unconstitutional nature of the recently amended Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The draconian legislation seeks to impose fines and criminal penalties, and deny government loans to corporations refusing to do business with corporations in illegal Israeli settlements. It infringes on the First […]

13 Mar

Israel Empowers Itself to Revoke IDs of Palestinians in Jerusalem

POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER MARCH 13, 2018 “Betraying” the Israeli occupation, under the new law, is grounds to revoke permanent residency status. On March 7, 2018, Israeli parliament passed a new law that empowers the interior minister to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem. Specifically, the law enables […]

13 Mar

Army Pours Concrete into Room of Detainee in Qabatia

March 13, 2018 10:14 AM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers invaded on Tuesday the town of Qabatia, south of Jenin, and poured concrete into the room of detainee Yousef Khaled Kamil. The family said that the soldiers surrounded their property, and poured the concrete into their detained son’s room in their family home. Yousef is imprisoned by Israel […]

13 Mar

Report: Palestinian Prisoners Suffering from Extreme Cold in Israeli Prisons

The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah, issued a statement Tuesday contending that Israeli prison authorities have refused to provide heat, blankets, warm clothing to Palestinian prisoners that they are holding without charges in Israeli prisons.. Adalah initially sent a letter on March 4 to IPS Commissioner […]

13 Mar

While Being Assaulted By Soldiers, Four Medics Rescue Wounded Palestinians – Video

On Monday, four Palestinian medics, and despite being repeatedly assaulted and dragged by the Israeli soldiers, managed to rescue wounded Palestinians after the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against protesters on the main road leading to the military court, north of al-Biereh city, in central West Bank. […]

12 Mar

Palestinian Administrative Detainees To Start Gradual Hunger Strike In April

Issa Qaraqe’, the head of the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, has reported that Administrative Detainees, held by Israel without charges or trial, will start a gradual hunger strike this coming April, demanding basic rights guaranteed by International Law. Speaking to the Palestinian Radio on Monday morning, Qaraqe said the Administrative Detainees […]

11 Mar

When Left is Right: How Palestinians Can Burst Israel’s Political Bubble

by Amjad Iraqi on March 11, 2018 Overview Although no indictments have been issued yet, Israelis are speculating whether the latest developments in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption scandals finally mark the beginning of his political demise. The second-longest serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu has had a profound impact on Israel’s political scene […]

11 Mar

From BDS to the Tamimis, Palestinians Defend Their Rights

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says US-backed Israeli efforts to criminalize the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and to silence protesters like the Tamimi family are backfiring as Palestinians and their allies fight back. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A […]

10 Mar

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 February – 06 March 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 28 February – 06 March 2018. Soldiers killed a Palestinian farmer east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, while 12 shooting incidents targeting Palestinian fishing boats off the Gaza Strip Shore were […]

10 Mar

Israeli Officials Prevent Umm al-Fahm from Naming Streets after Palestinian Leaders

POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER Photo credit: Creative Commons, Wikimedia. Umm al Fahm, one of the largest Palestinian cities in Israel’s 1948 borders, continues to lack street names and house numbers. Of the 301 street names selected by the Umm al-Fahm municipality, the Israeli Interior Ministry has stalled the approval of […]

08 Mar

OCHA Report Documents Impact of Settlements in Hebron

The humanitarian impact of Israeli settlements in Hebron on Palestinian residents is the focus of a new United Nations report, according Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.   The document, published this week by UN OCHA, provides a detailed map and key statistics with respect to the impact of the illegal […]

07 Mar

Army Displaces Two Families Ahead Of Military Training

Israeli soldiers displaced, on Wednesday morning, two Palestinian Bedouin families from their homes in Khirbat Ibzeeq village, northeast of Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, as the army is preparing to conduct live fire military drills in their area. The families said they will not be allowed back to their Dwellings […]

Jimmy Morales
05 Mar

Guatemalan President to follow Trump lead in Moving Embassy in May

The Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales, a close ally of the US, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday that he plans to move his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. The announcement came just after a Guatemalan judge ruled in Morales’ favor following a […]

04 Mar

Wounded Child Undergoes Successful Complicated Surgery

The wounded Palestinian child, who is also a former political prisoner, Mohammad Fadel Tamimi, 15, underwent a complicated but successful skull reconstruction surgery, Sunday, at the Istishari Palestinian hospital, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Palestinian surgeons carried out the surgery with utmost precision to construct the face […]

04 Mar

Gideon Levy: The Zionist Tango: Step Left, Step Right

Gideon Levy speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC on the eve of the official AIPAC conference.  Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz, says when you shoot a fifteen year old in the head and say he fell from his bicycle, no Zionist questions it, […]

04 Mar

Haim Hanegbi Bajayo, the Palestinian Hebronite Jew

A native of the Jewish community of Hebron and founder of Matzpen, Haim Hanegbi Bajayo passes away on March 2nd, 2018. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT MARCH 2, 2018 The Palestinian and Hebronite Jew, as he liked to say. The man who formed a committee of Hebronite Jews after 1967 to stand against […]

03 Mar

Adalah Files Contempt of Court Motion against Israeli Authorities for Failing to Bus Bedouin Preschoolers

Preschool children in the Naqab Bedouin village of Al-Sira prepare to board a school bus during the brief period between March and June 2017 when the Education Ministry provided school transportation. (Photo by Khalil Al-Amor) Israeli authorities have twice violated a court decision to provide school buses for 3- and […]

01 Mar

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 27 February 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 22 – 27 February, 2018. Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while arresting him when no danger to the soldiers’ life had been posed. 10 shooting incidents targeting the Palestinian fishing boats off the […]

01 Mar

B’Tselem: New Video Footage Shows Israeli Soldiers Shooting and Beating Palestinian to Death

On the night of 22 February, 2018, about 20 Israeli soldiers entered Jericho city as part of a raid and arrest campaign, where they entered a home and searched it while other soldiers waited at the entrance to the alley where the house was located. According to the PNN, the […]

27 Feb

Ghent: “Eye on Palestine” Features Prisoners’ Struggle, Black-Palestinian Solidarity and Rasmea Odeh

Photo: Eye on Palestine The Eye on Palestine festival in Ghent, Belgium, running from 17 to 23 February 2018, featured a range of films, cultural events and discussions focusing on the struggle of oppressed communities internationally, particularly the Black Liberation movement in the United States and the Palestinian liberation struggle. In particular, […]

26 Feb

Paralyzed Detainee Holds Hunger Strike

February 26, 2018 11:40 AM IMEMC News Human rights, Israel, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Shireen Iraqi, a lawyer with the Palestinian Detainees’ Committee, stated that detainee Amir As’ad, 35, who is paralyzed and imprisoned by Israel, started a hunger strike twelve days ago, protesting bad treatment and being held in an inaccessible section in Galboa’ prison. Iraqi said the detainee, from Kafr Kanna town […]

26 Feb

Ashrawi: “Israeli Violations Against Churches Are Attacks Aimed At All Palestinians”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) denounced the latest Israeli decision targeting churches and their property in occupied Jerusalem, and said that such violations not only target holy sites, but are attacks against all Palestinians. She said that freezing church assets in […]

Image from surveillance video showing soldiers killing Yassin
25 Feb

Autopsy of Palestinian killed Thursday shows that Israeli soldiers shot him at point-blank range

The Palestinian Detainees Committee issued a statement Saturday condemning the Israeli assassination of Yassin Omar Saradeeh two days before. Forensic pathologist Dr. Rayan al-Ali, who participated in the autopsy of Yassin, said that the Palestinian man was killed by a bullet in his abdomen, which was fired at point-blank range. […]

24 Feb

UN says Food Aid for Palestinian Refugees May End Soon (VIDEO)

The head of the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza warns that it cannot guarantee food distribution beyond the end of June. The agency is blaming major funding cuts by the United States for this situation. There are growing concerns about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and its potential to prompt conflict with Israel. […]

22 Feb

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (15 – 21 February 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 15 – 21 February, 2018. Israeli forces killed 2 children and wounded 2 others in the Gaza Strip, in cases where the soldiers’ lives were not in any danger. Shooting:   During the reporting […]

22 Feb

Amnesty International: Israel Carried Out Extrajudicial Executions, Tortured Children

Israeli authorities and armed forces carried out extrajudicial executions, tortured Palestinian prisoners and targeted human rights defenders, Amnesty International’s new annual report says. 2017 “marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the [occupied] Palestinian Territories” (OPT), Amnesty noted, “and the 10th anniversary of its illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.” […]

21 Feb

Soldiers Abduct A Child In A Medical Center In Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian medical center run by the Health Work Committee, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and abducted a child. The Health Work Committee said the soldiers broke into their center, in the southern area […]

19 Feb

Palestinian Recounts Brutal Israeli Dog Attack: ‘I bled for two and a half hours.’ (VIDEO)

This is a long-standing policy used by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians, says Max Blumenthal. Mabruk Jarrar, a 39-year-old schoolteacher, was savagely mauled by Israeli military dog during a raid on his home in the occupied West Bank. Here, he recounts his horrific experience. While Israeli occupation authorities insist that this […]

19 Feb

Over 125,000 Units Needed to Overcome Gaza Housing Crisis

Palestinian Minister of Housing Mufid al-Hasayneh said that the Gaza Strip currently needs 102,000 new housing units to overcome the housing crisis, as well as the reconstruction of 24,000 existing units. In a press statement, Al-Hasayneh said that more than 70% of families are in need, as their own financial […]

19 Feb

B’Tselem Report: Israeli Army Releasing Dutch Attack Dogs on Palestinian Civilians

A report by the Israeli rights group, B’Tselem said that the Israeli army has been illegally using force following the killing of an Israeli rabbi last month, during Israeli raids on the West Bank. The report noted that Israeli use of Dutch army dogs caused the injury of three Palestinians, […]

18 Feb

Israel’s Latest Attempts to Alter Geopolitical Realities in Jerusalem

by Zena Agha on February 18, 2018 Since 1967, Israel has sought to limit Palestinian power, ownership, and habitation in the Jerusalem area on the one hand, and increase Jewish-Israeli presence and control on the other. While Jerusalem remains the only Palestinian territory illegally annexed by Israel since 1967, the nationalist right wing […]

18 Feb

Al Mezan Briefing Paper: Effects of Aerial Spraying on Farmlands in the Gaza Strip

The subject of this briefing paper is the chemical spraying of farmlands, by Israeli forces, in the conflict-stricken Gaza Strip. The practice affects the livelihood and right to food of the population, while potentially harming Gaza’s fragile environment and decaying infrastructure. Despite the evident impact on the population’s human rights, […]

15 Feb

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 14 February 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 08 – 14 February, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt, as 43 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 26 of them […]

15 Feb

Israeli Justice Minister: Israel Must Safeguard Jewish Majority at Expense of Human Rights

Israel must safeguard Jewish majority even at the expense of human rights, the country’s justice minister Ayelet Shaked has said. On Monday, Shaked proposed this in a speech defending a bill that would legally define Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people” for the first time, according to […]

14 Feb

Celebrities Speak Out for Ahed Tamimi

Celebrities and civil rights figures declared their support for imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was detained by Israeli forces on December 15, after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier who broke into her house in Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, went viral. A number of high-profile […]

10 Feb

Israeli Soldiers Prevent Celebration Honoring Retired Teachers In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers prevented, Saturday, a celebration held at the Young Muslim Women School, in occupied Jerusalem, honoring retired Palestinian teachers from the city, with the participation of Palestinian Education Minister Dr. Sabri Saidam. Dr. Saidam said the soldiers declared the school, and the area around it, a closed military zone, […]

09 Feb

Over 70 International NGOs Foresee Deterioration of Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine

AIDA, an International non-governmental organization (INGO) coordination body consisting of more than 70 of such organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), expressed alarm at the United States government’s recent decision to politicize its assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees. Reducing funding to UNRWA, the UN agency whose primary […]

08 Feb

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (01 – 07 February 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the weeks of 01 – 07 February, 2018. Two Palestinian civilians were killed in peaceful protests that did not pose any threat to soldiers’ lives, while Israeli forces killed Ahmed Jarar, in a crime of extra-judicial execution. […]

08 Feb

Israel Still Holding Corpses of 260 Palestinians In “Numbers Graveyards”, 19 In Morgues

The head of Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, Issam al-‘Arouri, has reported that Israel is still holding captive in the “Numbers Graveyards,” the remains of 260 Palestinians who were killed in previous years, while 19 others, who were killed since 2016, are still in Israeli Morgues. Speaking to Palestine Radio on […]

08 Feb

Israel Moves Hunger Striking Detainee To Ramla Prison Clinic

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that the Israeli Prison Authority has moved, Wednesday, a Palestinian detainee, held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, to the Ramla prison clinic, after his health deteriorated. The committee said that the detainees, Rezeq Rajoub, 61, started his most recent huger […]

07 Feb

World Health: 54 Patients Died Awaiting Security Approval for Medical Referrals Out of Gaza

World Health Organizations (WHO) has released its monthly report for December of 2017, which revealed the following, according to the PNN:   – 2017 the lowest rate for approvals since WHO began active monitoring in 2008: 54% of patient applications to exit Gaza via Erez were successful. There has been a continuous decline in approval […]

07 Feb

Military Training Leaves Devastation And Destruction In Palestinian Lands

On Wednesday morning, Israeli tanks withdrew from Palestinian agricultural lands, in the al-Farisiyya area, in the Northern Pains of the occupied West Bank, after invading them and using them for live fire training, causing excessive damage, and devastating the farmers. The head of the Agricultural Department in the West Bank, […]

07 Feb

Kansas Teacher Scores Big Win for Israel Boycott, and Free Speech

A federal judge has ruled that Esther Koontz’s constitutional rights were violated when she was denied a Kansas teaching job over her refusal to renounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. Rahul Saksena is a staff attorney with Palestine Legal. His work focuses on legislative issues and legal […]

06 Feb

UN: Israel to Level Dozens of Palestinian Schools in West Bank

Dozens of Palestinian schools are at risk of being demolished by Israel, the UN has warned, leaving children in the occupied territories even more vulnerable. At least 45 schools are now facing demolition by the occupying Israeli military, the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Sunday. Children […]

05 Feb

PayPal Blocks Activists for Palestine in France

PayPal, already facing pressure for its refusal to provide services to Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation, appears to be going a step further in its anti-Palestinian efforts. Last week it abruptly shut down the account of a major Palestine solidarity group in France without providing an explanation. In taking […]

05 Feb

Palestinians Protest US Imposed UNRWA Cuts (VIDEO)

The Refugee Youth Movement, on Monday, held a protest outside the main UNRWA office in Bethlehem, against the reductions in the agency’s services, after US president DonaldTrump’s administration cut its funding. According to the PNN, the participants raised banners protesting the cuts and recent US resolutions impacting the rights of […]

04 Feb

Gaza’s Children Call on World to End Israeli Siege

More than 6,000 Palestinian children gathered at Central Square in Gaza City, on Sunday, to call on the world to urgently end the 11-year-old Israeli siege on the coastal enclave. These children, who have now fallen under three massive Israeli military offensives during the siege, called for the world to […]

02 Feb

Israeli Court Orders Demolition Of Seven Buildings Near Hebron

An Israeli court ordered, Thursday, the demolition of seven Palestinian residential buildings in Susiya village, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The court was looking into petitions filed by Palestinians living in the targeted homes, and said that the “Civil Administration Office,” which is […]

01 Feb

Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste

Summary, December 2017 – B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories  Power disparities between populations are among the chief factors that determine who will have better access to resources and who will suffer from greater exposure to waste and hazardous materials. The State of Israel is a developed […]

01 Feb

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 – 31 January 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 25 – 31 January, 2018. A Palestinian child was killed in al-Mughayer village, northeast of Ramallah, while 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 11 of […]

01 Feb

British Bill Demands Israel Release Child Detainees

British parliament, on Tuesday, held a hearing to discuss the cases of Ahd al-Tamimi and human rights activist Munther Amer, currently being held in Israeli jails. British MP Richard Bearden said, at the end of the meeting, that he would immediately begin, along with a group of parliamentarians, launching a […]

01 Feb

Press Release: Teenaged Palestinian Girl, Born and Raised in the West Bank, is Illegally Deported to the Gaza Strip

By HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual: For Immediate Release: HaMoked has written urgently to the Israeli military to return a 14 year-old girl who was illegally deported to the Gaza Strip. Ghada (her last name is withheld) was born in 2003 in the city of Ramallah in […]

31 Jan

US Reportedly to Continue Aiding UNRWA if School Books Changed

US administration has proposed that the UNRWA changes its school textbooks in order to continue to receive US donations, Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported, on Tuesday. The newspaper said that the US proposed two amendments to the textbooks, which include the abolition of all references to the right of return and […]

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, December 31, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
30 Jan

As Long as Occupation Exists, Soldiers Will Continue to Speak Out

We must make our voices heard sharply and clearly, so that every person who served in the occupied territories will know that speaking out is not merely an option — it is a moral duty. By Avner Gvaryahu Like many who served alongside me, I preferred to remain silent. I […]

29 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinians Hold Demonstration Outside UNRWA Headquarters in Bethlehem

The Palestinian youth movement on Monday organized a protest in front of UNRWA headquarters in Bethlehem and closed down the office, in response to the cuts of the agency’s services following U.S. administration decision to cut aid to the Palestinians. Mohammed Abu Srour, a youth activist, said that the movement’s […]

26 Jan

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18 – 24 January 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 18 – 24 January, 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt. A Palestinian was killed, 4 others were wounded, and 3 houses were leveled in a military operation in Jenin. 25 […]

26 Jan

New Orleans City Council Rescinds Universal Human Rights Resolution Due to Backlash Over Inclusion of Palestinians

Yesterday, the New Orleans City Council rescinded a universal human rights resolution, R-18-5, under intense pressure from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFGNO), simply because the resolution was introduced by a Palestine solidarity group which framed the resolution as a victory for Palestinian rights […]

25 Jan

NGOs Urge U.S. to Immediately Restore UN Funding

photo: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. […]

25 Jan

Paris Suburb Undermines French Parliament, Recognizes Palestinian State

In a statement released by the Major’s office, the northern Parisian suburb of Gennevilliers has signaled its intent to recognize the State of Palestine, while calling on ‘all the cities of France’ to do the same. In his statement, Mayor Patrice Leclerc outlined his desire to officially recognize Palestine in […]

24 Jan

Human Rights Watch: Pence Ignored ‘Entrenched Discrimination’ against Palestinians

Following a speech in the Israeli parliament, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused US Vice President Mike Pence of ignoring “entrenched discrimination” facing Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East division of Human Rights Watch, said that while Pence “lauded Jerusalem’s pluralism”, he “unsurprisingly ignored […]

Amena Khan (from official Amena Khan Instagram)
23 Jan

Model fired from L’Oreal Campaign for Tweets from 3 Years Ago in Support of Palestine

Amena Khan, a model who has worked for L’Oreal since 2016, was fired Monday from an ad campaign after images of her wearing a hijab took off on social media. After the campaign went viral, the right-wing U.S. blog site ‘Breitbart’ claimed to have uncovered tweets that Khan had made […]

21 Jan

Israeli Siege On Hizma Continues

The Israeli siege on Hizma town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, continued for the third consecutive day, after the soldiers installed military roadblock, and placed concrete blocks on the town’s entrances. Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers are carrying out constant invasions, and violent searches of homes and property in […]

20 Jan

Detainee Dies From Cancer After Being Denied Specialized Treatment

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that a detainee, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and was not provided the essential urgently-needed treatment in Israeli prisons, has died Saturday. In a joint statement, the Detainees’ Committee and the Palestinian Prisoners Society, said Hussein Hosni Atallah, 57, from the northern West […]

19 Jan

New Orleans Human Rights Resolution Under Attack (VIDEO)

by Ben Norton Top New Orleans politicians are pushing to rescind a historic human rights measure because one of the many countries it could affect is the State of Israel. The New Orleans city council voted unanimously on January 12 to pass a resolution that would have created a mechanism […]

19 Jan

I am American, Jewish and Banned from Israel for my Activism

Medea Benjamin is an author and cofounder of Codepink: Women for Peace. Her latest book is Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connections. This month, Israel announced that activists affiliated with 20 organisations, including mine Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and occupied Palestinian territories because of our support for […]

19 Jan

Doctors Without Borders: Detention of Minors Brings Mental Health Consequences

Ashraf, a 17 years old Palestinian youth from Arroub refugee camp, to the north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, was released from Israeli jail after spending one and a half year there. Ashraf suffered from worry and anxiety about how he could continue his life following a long […]

19 Jan

Major Digital Activism Forum Attended by Hundreds in Palestine

Almost 300 hundred people attended the second Palestine Digital Activism Forum in Ramallah, this week, on 17 January, 2018. The event was was hosted by 7amleh – the Arab Center for Social Media Advancement. The Forum was a day-long event, comprising panel discussions and Q&A sessions as well as interactive […]

19 Jan

DCIP Year in Review: Worst Abuse Cases Against Palestinian Children in 2017

Last year marked 50 years of Israeli military occupation, with no signs of abatement in Palestinian children’s vulnerability to injury and abusive military arrest in the West Bank. Rapidly devolving living conditions in the Gaza Strip put in jeopardy the most basic human rights, as children became collateral damage in […]

19 Jan

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11 – 17 January 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 11 – 17 January, 2018. 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 112 Palestinian civilians, including 29 children, 2 journalists and a paramedic, were wounded in […]

18 Jan

PCHR: Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Demolish 3 Houses in Wide-Scale Military Operation in Jenin

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights issued a statement Thursday condemning the disproportionate force used by the Israeli military on Thursday morning, 18 January 2018, when Israeli forces conducted a wide-scale military operation in Jenin and its suburbs targeting Ahmed Nasser Khalid Jarrar (22). Ahmed survived, but the Israeli forces […]

17 Jan

Official Statement: 2018 US Funding to UNRWA Dramatically Below Past Levels

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre KrĂ€henbĂŒhl, on Wednesday, stated that the organization is facing a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community – and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine Refugees. KrĂ€henbĂŒhl said that the US government has announced a contribution […]

Baby Hadia
17 Jan

Infant Dies in Gaza from Lack of Respiratory Medicine due to Israeli Siege

January 17, 2018 6:33 AM IMEMC News Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported Tuesday that a five-day old baby died in the intensive care unit of the Al-Hilal Emirati Hospital in Gaza. The infant, Hadia Mohammad Abu Hilal, died because of the lack of special medication required for the respiratory machine to function properly. Her father, […]

16 Jan

PCHR Organizes Workshop on “Mechanisms to Protect Civilians and their Property in Land and Sea Border Areas”

On Tuesday, 16 January 2018, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop titled “Mechanisms to Protect Civilians and their Property in Land and Sea Border Areas.” The workshop was attended by specialists representing civil society organizations, international organizations, farmers and fishermen organizations in the Gaza Strip, and […]

16 Jan

Palestinian Leadership Decides to Suspend Recognition of and Cooperation with Israel

The second-highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) decided Monday to call on the executive committee to suspend recognition of Israel until Israel recognizes the existence of Palestine, and annuls its annexation of Jerusalem, marking the latest fallout from Donald Trump’s December 6th claim of Jerusalem as the […]

15 Jan

Empire Files Rewind: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi — Message From A Freedom Fighter

Published on Jan 10, 2018 Recently, the struggle for Palestinian human rights gained international attention surrounding a new icon of resistance–16 year old Ahed Tamimi. While in the West Bank, in late 2016, Abby Martin interviewed Ahed Tamimi about her hardships and aspirations living under occupation, and it becomes clear […]

13 Jan

Palestinian Villages Attacked – Yet Resisting Illegal Outposts

12th January 2018 | International Solidarity Movement | Nablus Team  Today, in Kafr Qaddum, the protesters, marching towards the road closed off due to the illegal settlement of Kadumim, were suppressed by Israeli military. Protesters were met with teargas and rubber coated steel bullets. Luckily there were no serious injuries. […]

12 Jan

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 – 10 January 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 04 – 11 January 2018. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt; 22 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were killed, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 15 of them were […]

12 Jan

After Israel Decimated Gaza, Human Rights Defenders Failed It (4/4)

In his new book “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom,” Norman Finkelstein argues that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the UN Human Rights Council, and other defenders of international law have succumbed to Israel’s pressure and whitewashed its crimes in the Gaza Strip. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 […]

11 Jan

Finkelstein on Gaza’s Right to Resist Military Occupation (3/4)

In part three of TRNN’s interview on his new book “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom,” Norman Finkelstein discusses the legality, and utility, of Hamas’ armed resistance to Israel’s occupation. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Finkelstein is the author of […]

11 Jan

Violations Against Palestinian Children Spike Amid Protests Over US Jerusalem Move

Israeli forces  injured and detained Palestinian children in higher numbers, over the final weeks of 2017, as Israeli authorities used widespread force to quash sweeping protests across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Following the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israeli forces misused crowd-control weapons and, at times, […]

10 Jan

WHO: “Israel Delays Permit Application For Half Of Gaza Patients”

January 10, 2018 5:06 PM admin Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

Reprinted From WAFA News Agency: A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that almost half of the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip, who need treatment outside of the besieged Gaza Strip and applied for exit permits from Israel, have their exit permit applications delayed, and lost their […]

09 Jan

ICC to Open Full Investigation into Settlements, 2014 War on Gaza

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is planning on investigating Israeli leaders over Israeli settlement expansion in Jerusalem and West Bank, as well as the 2014 aggression on Gaza titled ‘Operation Protective Edge.’ According to a report by Channel 10 Monday evening, the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli lawmakers in […]

09 Jan

UNRWA says Mandate Comes Only from UN General Assembly

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said, on Monday, that its mandate comes only from the United Nations General Assembly, which created it in 1950 following the Palestinians’ dispersion from their homeland, with Israel’s creation by a UN resolution in 1947. UNRWA’s response came after […]

07 Jan

US Palestine Solidarity: Reviving Original Patterns of Political Engagement

by Loubna Qutami, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Overview The past decade has seen major shifts in Palestinian and Palestine solidarity activism in the US. Many of these changes both inform and are caused by the explosion of awareness of the Palestinian struggle, which has long languished at the periphery of the […]

07 Jan

Netanyahu Supports “Gradual Cutback” of UNRWA Funding by US

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has expressed support for a gradual cutback of US funding to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees, according to Israeli reports. Haaretz said, according to the PNN, that Netanyahu’s bureau said, over the weekend, that the prime minister “supports a critical […]