Category Archives: Israeli Politics

26 Jun
7:18

Lieberman says Gaza Can Have Cyprus Seaport if Israeli Prisoners Released

Plans for a Gaza seaport in Cyprus, policed by Israel, were discussed as Defense Minister for Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, met with his Cypriot and Greek counterparts, on Friday. The offer is conditional upon Hamas’ release of Israeli prisoners and remains of Israeli soldiers, with no mention of the 6036 Palestinian […]

24 Jun
9:07

Adalah Turns to Inter-Parliamentary Union Regarding Israeli Violations of Arab MKs’ Rights

The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights appealed to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) late last week with updates on Israeli violations of the rights of Arab members of Knesset.   The IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution established in 1889 of 178 member parliaments aimed at “protect[ing] and build[ing] global democracy through […]

23 Jun
10:25

Shaked Warns of New War on Gaza

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has warned that her government may launch a new war on Gaza Strip because Palestinians continue to fly “incendiary kites” over Israeli farms. Shaked said that Israel, which developed the iron dome anti-missile system, is able to develop a new system to take down the […]

22 Jun
12:38

P. A Files Appeal With IFG Against Israeli Law Criminalizing Filming Israeli Soldiers

The Palestinian Authority’s Information Ministry sent a letter to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) complaining about the preliminary Israeli Knesset proposal, which passed the first reading, forbidding journalists, and ordinary residents, from filming and documenting Israeli invasions and military activities in occupied Palestine. The new bill passed the first […]

21 Jun
2:52

Hamas Tells Egypt It Is Ready For Comprehensive Deal; Israel Mulling Military Offensive

According to al-Akhbar Lebanese News Agency, the Hamas movement in Gaza has informed Egypt that it is willing to reach an indirect deal with Tel Aviv, which includes restoring calm, providing information about Israeli soldiers missing or killed in Gaza since the war in 2014, and other important issues, especially […]

19 Jun
11:22

New Israeli Law to Allow Seizure of Christian Properties

The Islamic Christian Commission for the Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites has warned of a draft law for a project which allows the Israeli occupation government to confiscate land sold by the Orthodox Church to private investors. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the organization stressed, in a […]

11 Jun
3:33

Lies Will Not Save Israel from the Responsibility of Killing Razan Al-Najjar

By Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, President- Palestinian Medical Relief Society:  We are deeply shocked at the amount of lies that the Israeli officials and spokesperson of the Israeli army are trying to spread to justify the horrible war crime of killing the innocent young first aid provider, Razan Al-Najjar, who was […]

10 Jun
10:03

Army Attacks Palestinian Medics In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Saturday evening, a Palestinian ambulance crew while they were trying to rescue persons who were injured in a traffic accident near the illegal Gush Etzion colonialist block, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Mohammad Awad, the head of the Emergency Department of the Bethlehem […]

05 Jun
11:17

Israel Claims Arrest of Cell Intending to Assassinate Netanyahu

Israeli media reported, on Tuesday, according to the PNN, that security forces have detained a Palestinian for allegedly plotting to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The Shin Bet Israel security agency additionally claims to have detained a cell of three persons from Shu’fat refugee […]

31 May
2:02

Ashrawi: Knesset Bill a Blow to the Judicial System

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Wednesday, said that the Israeli Knesset bill limiting Palestinian access to Israel’s High Court of Justice is an assault on Israel’s judiciary and Palestinian rights. “This bill is a direct blow to the judicial system and constitutes an attempt at depriving Palestinians […]

26 May
8:33

Journalists Condemn Bill Criminalizing Photography of Soldiers

The Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PCJ) released a statement on Saturday condemning the proposal of a new bill in the Israeli Knesset that would criminalize the photographing or recording of Israeli soldiers while on duty. The bill was proposed on Thursday, with the support of right-wing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, […]

25 May
3:37

Government Denounces New Israeli Policies Affecting West Bank and Jordan Valley

The Palestinian Government strongly condemned, on Thursday, a new Israeli military order affecting the so-called Area C, which amounts to more than 60 percent of the total area of the occupied West Bank and which is under full Israeli military and administrative control. “This illegal development would generate more crimes […]

19 May
11:07

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian After Shooting Him In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot, late on Friday at night, a young Palestinian man in the al-‘Isawiya town, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, after the army invaded it, and abducted him. Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Fathi Abu al-Hummus, 27, after shooting him with a rubber-coated […]

17 May
9:29

Gideon Levy: No Opposition in Israel as Netanyahu Massacres Gazans

Renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says “the victims of Gaza hardly touch anybody in Israel,” as Israeli forces mow down protesters. Hardline right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a stranglehold on politics, and the left barely exists. Gideon Levy is a prominent Israeli journalist and author of the weekly column […]

15 May
9:39

70 Years of Nakba: Where Can Palestinians Go from Here?

by Amal Ahmad, Irene Calis, Haidar Eid, Razi Nabulse  May 15, 2018 The Palestinian people have perhaps never been more in need of a forward-looking vision to shape their struggle. In facing the 70thanniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe and the creation of Israel, on May 15, they also face a myriad of circumstances […]

07 May
8:20

Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake ‘WMDs’ in Iran and Iraq

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf over supposed nuclear weapons in Iran and Iraq – Ben Norton reports. TRNN video & transcript: BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking and is working and is advancing towards the development of nuclear […]

06 May
10:39

Lieberman: Relocation of US Embassy Will Come at a Price

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, on Saturday, that relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will “will come at a price,” but added that it was a price “worth paying.” Speaking to Israel Television News Company, Lieberman called the opening the embassy in Jerusalem a “historic, important and dramatic” decision, Al Ray […]

06 May
10:21

Former Israeli Military Prosecutor Lives in Home Built on Palestinian Land

(PNN) A former chief Israeli military prosecutor lives in a house in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, which was illegally constructed on private Palestinian land, it has been revealed. According to anti-occupation NGO Kerem Navot, Lieutenant Colonel Morris Hirsch served as the chief military prosecutor in the West Bank until […]

05 May
3:47

Natalie Portman’s Boycott of Netanyahu Prompts Attack by Billionaire-Backed Right-Wing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

After Natalie Portman pulled out of an award ceremony in Israel, right-wing activist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach bought a full-page New York Times ad to attack the actress. Journalist Max Blumenthal details how billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankrolls Shmuley’s World Values Network and conservative activism. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling […]

03 May
7:05

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Barred from Travel

Israeli occupation forces detained, on Tuesday evening, the minister of al-Aqsa Mosque and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, in front of his home in occupied Jerusalem, serving him with an order barring him from travelling abroad.   Talab Abu Arar, a member of the Israeli Knesset […]

03 May
6:29

Dr. Ashrawi Condemns Israel’s Passing of ‘Jewish Nation-state Bill’

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned Israel’s passing of the first reading, of a draft law, that defines Israel ‘as the Jewish and democratic nation state of the Jewish people’ and affirms ‘the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their historic homeland,’ said a press release […]

03 May
6:03

Israeli Soldiers Continue to Desecrate Islamic Graves in Jerusalem

For the fourth consecutive day, Israeli forces continue to attack the centuries-old Bab Al-Rahma Islamic cemetery near Al-Aqsa mosque, by digging up graves of Palestinians. According to the PNN, WAFA agency reported, on Wednesday, that a number of Palestinians were injured after being physically attacked by Israeli forces, as the latter […]

02 May
3:02

Palestinian & Israeli Officials Sign Energy Agreement

After three years of negotiations, Palestine and Israel have signed on an agreement that would free the Palestinian energy sector from total Israeli control, according to the Palestinian Energy Authority. The agreement would regulate the relationship between Israel Electricity Corporation and the Palestinian National Transfer Company, which has exclusive rights […]

01 May
4:45

Jerusalem Residency Revoked for Three Palestinian MPs, One Former Minister

Israeli occupation authorities decided, on Sunday, to strip four Jerusalemite MPs of their permanent residency, under the pretext of not being loyal to Israel. Lawyer Fadi al-Qawasmi said that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri decided to revoke the residency of MPs Mohammed Abu Tir, Ahmad Attoun, and Mohammed Toutah, as […]

01 May
3:37

Report: Settler Gangs Escalating Aggression against Palestinians under Full US Bias

By Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resisting Settlements (NBPRS)/PNN In the West Bank, settlement and terrorist activities continue against Palestinians and their property by “Pay the Price” groups, the most recent of which are the attacks on the towns of Ramon, Burin, Barqa and Beit Iksa, as […]

29 Apr
2:50

Israel to Seize Lands in Bethlehem Area

Israeli authorities served notifications, on Saturday to seize 42 dunams of land in the village of al-Khadir, to the south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, a local activist said. Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village, told WAFA that Israeli forces notified Palestinians from the […]

24 Apr
8:05

Israeli MK: Tamimi ‘Should Have Gotten Bullet, at Least in Knee’

Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teenager famed for slapping an Israeli soldier on camera, should have been shot, at least in the knee, Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel Smotrich wrote on Twitter, Saturday. “In my opinion, she should have gotten a bullet, at least in the kneecap,” he wrote. “That would have put her […]

24 Apr
6:54

Settlement Investment Top Israeli Priority

Facts on the ground show that Israel’s investment in the occupied West Bank is much more than the one inside the occupied 1948 borders. Within this context, the Israeli government allocated NIS 417,000,000 for developing settlements, in the Dead Sea area, in order to attract more settlers, expand the settlements […]

20 Apr
9:43

Israel Shutters Media Organization Serving Palestinian Youth in Jerusalem

An Israeli defense ministry order to close the Elia Youth Media Foundation is taped to its doors, April 12, 2018. Photo credit: the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AMALYA DUBROVSKY APRIL 19, 2018 Palestinians condemn the closure as a blatant attempt to undermine Palestinian presence in the holy city and stifle […]

17 Apr
11:18

Settlers Seize Three Palestinian-owned Apartments in Jerusalem

Members of the Ruweidi family after settlers take over their homes with the help of the Israeli police, April 8, 2018. Photo credit: the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AMALYA DUBROVSKY APRIL 17, 2018 Israeli police supervised the seizure, which displaced 13 members of the Ruweidi family. Israeli police assisted colonial […]

14 Apr
6:49

Members of US Congress Release Statement on Gaza Protests

U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Keith Ellison (MN-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04) released the following statement in advance of demonstrations scheduled to take place on Friday within the territory of Gaza. The Members of Congress are urging Gaza protesters to carry […]

12 Apr
9:33

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 11 April 2018)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 05 – 11 April, 2018. Israeli forces continued to directly target peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip borders without their posing any threat to the Israeli soldiers’ lives. 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children […]

12 Apr
9:08

Israeli Forces Prevent Restoration Work in Old City Hebron

The Israeli army, on Thursday, prevented the rehabilitation of a historical building in the Old City neighborhood of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, according to local sources. Imad Hamdan, head of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, the body in charge of maintaining old buildings in Hebron, told WAFA that the […]

11 Apr
10:58

Israel’s Relentless Land Grabs: How Palestinians Resist

by Yara Hawari Overview It has been 42 years since the Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they protested the expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land by the government. The protests were a result of mass collective action across the part of Mandate Palestine […]

10 Apr
7:24

Israeli Officials Commend Soldier Cheering after Sniping Palestinian Boy (VIDEO)

Several Israeli ministers and Knesset Members praised an Israeli sniper who cheered after shooting an unarmed Palestinian boy near Gaza’s borders. (See video below.) Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the soldier “deserves an appreciation certificate” for doing his job properly. Education Minister Naftali Bennett came “Anyone who was […]

08 Apr
6:28

B’Tselem under Investigation for urging Israeli Soldiers Not to Kill Gaza Protesters

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group B’Tselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters. In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to “probe the heads of B’Tselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in […]

05 Apr
12:27

Israel Separates Palestinian Mother From Her Husband And Children In Jerusalem

The Israeli authorities have recently deported a Palestinian mother, who is married and was living with her Jerusalemite Palestinian husband and children for the past sixteen years, after repeatedly denying her applications for residency in the occupied city. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the Palestinian woman, […]

01 Apr
8:32

Israeli Military Admits Massacre of Unarmed Gaza Protesters Was Intentional – then Deletes Tweets

By Ben Norton   The Israeli military has admitted that its bloody crackdown on unarmed Palestinian protesters was “accurate and measured.” The Israel Defense Forces, which shot 773 Gazans with live ammunition, likewise said, “we know where every bullet landed.”   Israel’s military made this admission in posts on Twitter, […]

01 Apr
12:43

Lieberman Refuses Investigation, Vows “Harsher” Military Response

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, Sunday, that Israel will not hold any investigation, or cooperate with international inquiries, into the excessive use force against unarmed protesters in Gaza, Friday, leading to the death of sixteen Palestinians, in addition to hundreds of injuries. Lieberman did not only refuse any investigation […]

30 Mar
8:33

Israel’s Annexation Crusade in Jerusalem: The Role of Ma’ale Adumim and the E1 Corridor

by Zena Agha Overview In recent months, Israel has made a series of relentless attempts to annex settlements bordering Jerusalem. The most ambitious: The Greater Jerusalem bill, which sought to annex Ma’ale Adumim, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit, and the Etzion bloc – a settlement cluster between Jerusalem and Hebron –and which was […]

30 Mar
12:37

Erekat Denounces Incitement Campaign By U.S. And Israel Against Legitimate Palestinian Rights

The Secretary of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, issued a statement, Thursday, strongly denouncing what he called a calculated incitement campaign by Israel and the United States, against the Palestinian people, their leadership and their legitimate, internationally-guaranteed rights. Dr. Erekat said that both the […]

29 Mar
12:28

Israeli Government Issues “Shoot To Kill” Orders in Preparation for Friday Protests

The Israeli ministerial cabinet held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the expected mass Palestinian protests, especially in the Gaza Strip, this Friday, to commemorate Palestinian Land Day. The Cabinet decided to significantly increase military deployments, in addition to using live fire and shoot to kill orders “if the Palestinians […]

27 Mar
3:23

Israeli Prosecution Drops Indictment Against Colonizer Who Killed Palestinian Farmer In 2017

The Israeli prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges against an Israeli colonizer who, on November 30, 2017, shot and killed a Palestinian farmer, after a group of colonizers attacked Palestinians who were working in their orchard. Israeli sources said the prosecution ruled that the colonizers who opened fire on the […]

26 Mar
8:00

Closure to be Imposed on West Bank, Gaza for Jewish Holiday

Israeli authorities, Monday, declared that a closure will be imposed on the West Bank and Gaza for eight days, over the Jewish Passover holiday, starting Thursday and lasting until midnight, April 7. The closure, according to WAFA, means entry into Israel for all Israeli-issued permit holders will be banned, except for […]

25 Mar
7:11

Netanyahu Attacks New UNHRC Resolutions

Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the performance of the UN Human Rights Council after it adopted a series of resolutions condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians. In a tweet published on his Twitter account, Netanyahu described the UN Human Rights Council as a “circus of futility,” claiming that its decisions […]

25 Mar
7:58

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Journalist

Israeli soldiers stationed at the al-Karama Border Terminal between Jordan and Palestine abducted, on Thursday, a Palestinian journalist working for Palestine TV, while he was heading back home after receiving a journalism award in Egypt. The journalist, Bakr Abdul-Haq, was returning to Palestine from Cairo, after receiving a journalism award […]

22 Mar
7:48

Israel’s ‘Jewish Nation State’ Bill is Pushback against Palestinian Citizens’ Resistance

Last week, a Knesset committee approved a final version of the controversial “Jewish nation state” bill, sending it to the plenum for its three readings before becoming law. Some Israelis have claimed that the law does not really change much, and stems more from the desire of current ultra-nationalist coalition members to […]

21 Mar
8:25

Under New Law, 12 Palestinians Stand to Lose Jerusalem Residency

Israeli authorities are considering stripping 12 Palestinians of their permanent residency status in occupied East Jerusalem, in what would reportedly be the first use of recently adopted legislation. According to Haaretz, Interior Minister Arye Dery is weighing up the move in light of a law which passed two weeks ago, […]

Elor Azaria and his mother (image from Pinterest)
21 Mar
9:57

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
7:45

Netanyahu and Family to be Investigated in Corruption Case

Israeli media predicts that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to be investigated, along with his wife and eldest son Yair, over Corruption Case 4000. The investigations over Case 4000 revolve around facilitations offered by Netanyahu to the businessman Shaul Elovitch, the owner of the news site Wallah, in return for favorable media […]

19 Mar
7:28

Israel to Increase Defense, Settlement Spending in 2019

The 2019 Israeli state budget passed its final reading in the Knesset, last week, despite early proceedings being stricken by strife within the right-wing coalition. The 2019 budget will be billed at NIS 480 billion ($137 Billion USD), a 2.6% increase from the previous year. The new budget will include […]

19 Mar
10:04

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Abduct Thirteen Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians, including children, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank. Dozens of soldiers invaded Hizma town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, searched many homes, and abducted five Palestinians, including a child, only 10 years of age. The abducted […]

15 Mar
8:22

Israeli Military Strangles Its Own Weapons Manufacturer to Privatize It

Elbit Systems bought IMI at a bargain price because managers made sure the company was poorly run to provide an excuse for privatization, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever. Shir Hever is an economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid […]

15 Mar
7:47

Zoabi Excluded from Knesset

The Ethics Committee of the Israeli parliament of the Knesset decided to exclude Arab MK Haneen Zoabi from the Knesset for a week, after she described the Israeli soldiers as “murderers”. Zoabi said, according to Al Ray, that her description of Israeli soldiers is a kind of freedom of expression […]

14 Mar
9:37

Jerusalem and Hebron Face Further Judaization Efforts as Israel Provides Grants for Outposts

(photo: illegal settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah Source:. Reuters) By: Madeeha Araj/ NBPRS/PNN The Palestine Liberation Organization’s National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest report that the Israeli government is continuing its Judaization policy in Jerusalem and Hebron and continues to provide […]

13 Mar
9:16

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
8:26

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 […]

11 Mar
7:58

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 […]

10 Mar
9:44

The Spirit of Palestinian Resistance Comes to Washington

It’s been a busy week for American supporters of Palestine. The week began with the beginning of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, which was greeted by hundreds of Pro-Palestinian protestors. The 4th annual protest, organized by Abbas Hamidehof “Al-Awda, the Palestine Right of Return Movement,” who hosted […]

06 Mar
9:47

Israeli Parliament Votes on Bill to Cut Funding for Palestinian Detainees

The Israeli Knesset, on Monday, approved the first reading for a bill to cut tax  funding to the Palestinian Authority, by the amount it pays out monthly to the Palestinian detainees and families of the slain. According to the Israeli Defense Ministry, the 2017 payments to these  families exceeded $347 […]

06 Mar
7:46

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson On the US, Iran and Israel

VIDEO (The Real News Network) : Col. Larry Wilkerson speaking at the National Press Club the day before the official AIPAC Conference. The alternative conference was titled: ‘U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policy’. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of […]

04 Mar
9:11

40% of Israeli Cemeteries on Private Palestinian Lands

Approximately 40 percent of Israeli settlers’ graves in the occupied West Bank were built on privately-owned Palestinian land, an Israeli survey published on Sunday . A survey published by Haaretz revealed, according to Al Ray, that more than 600 graves, on 10 settlements, were built on privately owned Palestinian lands […]

04 Mar
9:02

Jerusalem Area Village Stages General Strike over Municipality Negligence

The Um Tuba schools, from the village of Um Tuba, near Jerusalem, have started a general strike in protest against the Jerusalem Municipality’s neglect of students’ safety. The head of the Parents’ Committee in Um Tuba, Ashraf Abu Teir, told the press that the village schools have started a general […]

03 Mar
7:29

Long Overdue: Alternatives to the Paris Protocol

by Nur Arafeh  Overview If Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is serious about distancing himself from reliance on US mediation and from collaboration with Israel he should look seriously at alternatives to the Paris Economic Protocol – the parameters for the economic relationship between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory […]

03 Mar
7:12

Joint Statement: Israel’s Occupation Threatens Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem

On 25 February 2018, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as a measure of protest against Israel’s deliberate violation of the status quo and its systematic campaign of targeting Churches and the Christian presence therein. […]

03 Mar
7:00

Right Wing Parties Politicize Israeli Judiciary to Legitimize Illegal Settlements

Israel’s judiciary system reportedly did not, and still does not, act in isolation from Israeli political considerations in many stations related to Palestinian lives and the ongoing conflict on the ground, between settlers, the government of Israel and Palestinian citizens. The judicial system usually intervenes under the direction of the […]

01 Mar
8:35

Church of the Sepulcher Reopens as Israeli State Halts Tax Move

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened its doors, as the Israeli Prime Minister, along with the Mayor of West Jerusalem Israeli municipality, Nir Barkat, said they will “formulate a solution, announcing a suspension of the collection actions it has taken in recent weeks. In response, the leaders of the […]

27 Feb
5:02

Israeli Bill to Prevent Palestinians from Petitioning High Court

The Israeli government will support a bill barring Palestinians from petitioning the High Court of Justice, a Knesset committee announced on Sunday. A new bill, put forward by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, of the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, would see the cases of West Bank residents redirected to the Jerusalem […]

23 Feb
6:55

What Netanyahu’s Growing Corruption Scandal Means for the Region

As a top aide agrees to cooperate against Benjamin Netanyahu, Phyllis Bennis warns that the Israeli Prime Minister’s domestic corruption case could lead him to ramp up threats to Iran and other rivals. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy […]

18 Feb
6:29

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
5:32

Lieberman Warns of Continued Violence in Gaza

Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman has warned that Israeli aggression in Gaza while continue so long as ‘the score remains unsettled,’ according to a Sunday interview with Ynet. Lieberman’s warning was issued in response to an explosion along the Israel-Gaza border that wounded 4 IOF soldiers, two of which were […]

16 Feb
6:32

Netanyahu Could Fall for Corruption, Not War Crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future is in jeopardy, but his most serious crimes have nothing to do with the corruption charges that he may face, says Shir Hever. Shir Hever is an economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian […]

15 Feb
8:23

Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis

Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says that Netanyahu’s domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The […]

15 Feb
5:00

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
6:15

Israeli Police Recommend Indictment for Netanyahu Corruption Charges

In a statement released late Tuesday night, Israeli police have recommended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of fraud and corruption after months of investigation. Netanyahu, who has held office since 2009, stands accused of accepting gifts in exchange for preferential treatment and political favors as well […]

04 Feb
9:46

Israel To Retroactively Legalize A Colonialist Outpost

The Israeli government is slated to discuss granting official recognition of Havat Gilad illegal outpost, which was built on  illegally-seized private Palestinian lands south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. The government will discuss a proposal by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is also […]

03 Feb
8:36

EU’s Security Committee Discussed Secret Report on Israel

The European Union’s (EU) Political and Security Committee (PSC) discussed, in its session on Wednesday, a secret report that strongly criticized Israel and its policies, Palestine’s ambassador to the EU, Abdul Rahim al-Farra, said on Saturday. He said, in an interview with the official Palestine TV, that the PSC, which […]

24 Jan
12:20

Lieberman Calls for Ban of Israeli Poet following Comparison of Ahed Tamimi to Anne Frank

Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman has reportedly instructed the state-run “Army Radio” to halt any future broadcasts of Israeli poet and songwriter Yehonatan Geffen, calling the poet’s work ‘sickening and outrageous’. On Monday night, Geffen released a short poem to his Instagram account in which he compared imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed […]

23 Jan
8:37

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, three Palestinians, including two children, at the northern entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and near Husan village, west of Bethlehem. Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers abducted two children, identified as Mohammad Adel Mahmoud, 14, and Ahmad Khader Shamali, from […]

20 Jan
8:30

Netanyahu Criticized over Bollywood ‘Selfie’

BDS affiliates in India have accused Israel of exploiting Bollywood to improve its global image, after Israeli PM took “selfie” on stage with legendary movie star Amitabh Bachchan, while visiting Mumbai. Activists made the claims after the Israeli government staged an outreach event titled “Shalom Bollywood” on Thursday, in a […]

19 Jan
3:23

Israel Considers Expanding Military Control to Areas of East Jerusalem

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported, on Monday morning, that the Israeli army is currently considering taking full security and military responsibility for certain neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.   The army is examining the possibility of extending its security and military control to involve areas located outside the apartheid wall in occupied […]

13 Jan
7:14

JOINT PRESS RELEASE — Israeli Supreme Court: State Must Justify Why It Won’t Repeal Unconstitutional Settlement Law

The Settlement Regularization Law allows Israel to ‘legalize’ settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land via de facto expropriation. The Israeli Supreme Court on 4 December 2017 issued an order nisi (“order to show cause”) in a petition against the Settlement Regularization Law filed by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in […]

08 Jan
3:13

Adalah: Israel Releases ‘BDS Blacklist’ Banning NGOs from Entering Country (VIDEO)

Israel released on Sunday, 7 January 2018 a list of NGOs whose members will be prevented from entering the country. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan announced the list of 22 NGOs from Europe, the United States, South America, and Africa whose employees and/or members are banned from entering Israel […]

05 Jan
11:58

Israel to Seize Equipment Used on Worksites without Permits

Israel has illegally notified construction companies in the Naqab (Negev) region that they must, themselves, verify that every project in which they are involved has been approved by authorities, and warned them that equipment and vehicles used in unauthorized construction will be confiscated. Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab […]

04 Jan
10:39

First Reading of Death Penalty Bill for Palestinian Prisoners Approved

The Israeli Knesset approved, on Wednesday, a first reading of death penalty bill, which would allow Israel to execute Palestinian prisoners accused of taking part in “operations” against an Israeli target. Right-wing leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett proposed the bill, which was approved by a vote of […]

03 Jan
10:17

“United Jerusalem Bill” Approved by Israeli Parliament

The Israeli Knesset approved, on Monday night, the second and third readings of the so-called United Jerusalem Bill, which takes occupied Jerusalem from any future deal with Palestinians. Sources said, according to Days of Palestine, that 64 extremist Jewish MKs voted in favour of the bill, while 51 voted against […]

03 Jan
2:04

Israel Approves Hundreds Of Colonialist Units Near Salfit

Israeli “Housing and Construction Minister,” Yuav Galant, stated that his ministry and the government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, have presented plans for expanding Ariel illegal colony, built on Palestinian lands, near Salfit, in the occupied West Bank. The plan aims at building hundreds of units in Ariel, in addition to […]

03 Jan
7:11

Extra-Judicial Executions Never Stopped: New Attempts Before Israeli Knesset to Legitimize Killing of Palestinians

The Israeli Knesset intends to vote on Wednesday, 03 January 2018, to amend the Penal Code in order to legalize the use of death penalty against those involved in murders while carrying out “terrorist operations”. The bill was presented before the Knesset on 30 October 2017 by three Israeli extremist […]

01 Jan
10:29

Netanyahu’s Party Leadership Votes Unanimously to Annex West Bank

The Likud party leadership met Sunday and voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that effectively annexes the Israeli colonial settlements constructed on illegally-seized Palestinian land in violation of international law. During the discussion before the vote, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Likud Central Committee, “The time has […]

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27 Dec
11:36

“We Will Not Serve in Your Army!” Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem Beaten, Arrested for Refusing Draft

While U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has dangerously fueled an international powder keg, another keg is burning in the heart of that city. In an ongoing act of principled civil disobedience, the Ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem is standing strong in […]

25 Dec
10:33

VIDEO: Israeli Minister Harasses Palestinians Visiting Jailed Family Members

An ultra right-wing Israeli minister verbally harassed Palestinians from Gaza as they traveled on a bus, to visit their imprisoned relatives in southern Israel’s Nafha prison, hurling abuse at women on the bus calling their sons “dogs.” MK Oren Hazan of the right-wing Likud party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s […]

22 Dec
9:08

Knesset Head to Push Bill Promoting Arabs as Second Class Citizens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tasked Head of the Israeli Knesset, David Amsalem, to promote the nationality bill, which considers Arabs as second-class citizens. On Wednesday, Amsalem replaced MK David Bitan, who stepped down from the position, amid a corruption investigation against him. “The first mission of the coalition chairman, MK Amsalem, […]

20 Dec
10:14

Army Abducts 26 Palestinians in Jenin, Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers conducted, on Wednesday at dawn, massive invasions and violent searches of homes, in the West Bank governorates of Jenin, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, interrogated many Palestinians and abducted at least 26, including children. Several army jeeps invaded Jenin, in northern West Bank, and abducted Moath Fayez Abu Hatab, 20, […]

14 Dec
11:15

Israeli Forces Detain Teenaged Palestinian Girls at Gunpoint from Red Crescent Ambulance (VIDEO)

December 14, 2017 11:15 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Hebron, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Israeli forces on Wednesday violently detained two Palestinians — who locals reported were teenage girls — from inside a Palestinian ambulance in the Hebron district of the southern occupied West Bank. According to Ma’an, the video shows a group of […]

13 Dec
2:56

Lieberman Calls for Boycott on Arabs in Israel

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has called for boycotting Arab citizens in Israel, for organizing protests against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Lieberman told Israeli TV Channel 2: “We have to boycott Um Al-Fahm and Wadi Ara [Israeli cities with a majority of Arab residents] in […]

13 Dec
2:22

Gaza Fishing Zone Decreased to Six Nautical Miles

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has condemned an Israeli decision to once again decrease the fishing area to 6 nautical miles, off the area from the Gaza Valley to Rafah City in the south. According to the Israeli decision, Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip are banned from […]

12 Dec
5:14

Tilda Swinton, Peter Gabriel and Other Celebrities Condemn Trump Move

Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are among dozens of writers, musicians and actors who have condemned Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” the letter states, “Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what […]

12 Dec
5:05

UPDATE: Ten Students Injured during Tulkarem University Protests

At least ten Palestinians were injured on Tuesday, during renewed clashes between Israeli forces and students at the campus of Palestine Technical University, in Tulkarem, northwest of the West Bank, according to local sources. Israeli soldiers, stationed at a military base adjacent to the campus, clashed with students who were […]

09 Dec
7:54

Israeli Building Laws Push Father to Demolish His Children’s Rooms

DCIP,  Ramallah, December 8, 2017— Three siblings’ dream of having their own rooms rapidly collapsed under the strictly enforced Israeli building laws for Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Baha Fawaka, 14, and his siblings, Bayan, 12, and Ayham, 7, enjoyed their new rooms for just two months before their housing situation […]

09 Dec
7:31

How Israel Occupies Education in East Jerusalem

As part of Israel’s attempt to claim occupied East Jerusalem part of its capital, it started to imposed Israeli curriculum on Palestinian schools. by Jaclynn Ashly The Zahwat al-Quds kindergarten and primary school’s walls are decorated with colourful cartoons, while its students are dressed in grey-and-red striped uniforms. The children’s wide smiles […]