Category Archives: Refugees/Immigration

26 May
7:07

Suffering in Gaza Increases as Health Crisis Escalates

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

25 May
5:10

Empire Files Rewind: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

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

24 May
3:07

Ali Abunimah: Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran

On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran. Ali Abunimah is co-founder of […]

22 May
7:03

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

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

19 May
6:36

An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

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

19 May
5:27

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

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

17 May
7:49

Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers’ Incomes (VIDEO)

Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel. TRNN trnscript: SHIR HEVER: Welcome to the Real News Network. From the beginning of this month a new policy’s implemented in Israel. African asylum seekers who work in Israel […]

16 May
10:13

Nakba at 69: Statement by the Global Palestinian Refugee and IDP Network

International Protection to Stop the Ongoing Nakba is Long Overdue – BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights The Nakba is ongoing, not only through policies of ongoing displacement implemented through the Zionist-Israeli strategy which seeks to control the maximum amount of land with the minimum number of Palestinians […]

15 May
8:12

Clashes in Jerusalem as Israeli Forces Serve Demolition Orders

Clashes erupted on Sunday, between Palestinians in the al-Matar neighborhood, to the north of occupied Jerusalem, and Israeli soldiers, after the latter stormed the area and handed out notices for the demolition of four buildings there, according to witnesses. WAFA correspondence reported witnesses as saying that Israeli forces stormed the neighbourhood and shut […]

15 May
7:18

VIDEO: Economic Dimensions, Militarized Palestine

Alaa Tartir explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy.  Alaa Tartir is the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Tartir is also a Research Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The […]

13 May
7:31

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

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

13 May
1:08

Army Attacks The Weekly Nonviolent Protest In Kufur Qaddoum

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent procession in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. Morad Eshteiwy, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur […]

10 May
6:21

Researching Palestinian Refugees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Overview Only a handful of research articles on Palestinian refugees in Syria could be found until a few years ago. After the uprooting of a significant part of the community following the bombardment and siege of Yarmouk Camp at the end of 2012, research and publications proliferated. Completed and in-process […]

10 May
6:08

Army Demolishes Structures in Jordan Valley

Israeli authorities demolished four structures in the village of al-Jiftlik, in the occupied West Bank district of Jericho, on Tuesday morning. Residents of the village, which is located in the Jordan Valley region, said that Israeli bulldozers under military protection demolished two makeshift homes and two barns belonging to Najih […]

10 May
5:58

Syria: Palestinian Refugees’ Water Contaminated with Disease

The Working Group for the Palestinians of Syria has confirmed a spread of serious diseases among Palestinian refugees in the southern region of Damascus. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the group said in a press release, Monday, that the diseases spread in the areas of Yilda, Babila, Beit […]

06 May
4:44

Christians Speak to Archbishop of Canterbury about Life in Gaza

Christian residents of the Gaza Strip recently spoke about their daily life to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, during a surprise visit to the coastal enclave. During his visit to the Gaza Strip, the Archbishop sat with leaders of the Christian community in Gaza, and listened to their life experience under […]

04 May
6:23

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

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

02 May
1:53

Checkpoints for Humiliation: A Journal Piece

Earlier this month, an international woman was ordered to ‘take off her clothes’ after setting off the alarm, whilst passing the metal detector at Shuhada checkpoint, occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). This is a personal journal of the events. Humiliation, harassment, intimidation – a daily occurrence for anyone required by the Israeli […]

26 Apr
3:01

461 Palestinian Women Killed in Syrian Conflict

About 461 Palestinian refugee women have been killed in Syria as a result of various reasons, including bombing, sniping, clashes and torture, the Action Group for Palestinian of Syria reported Wednesday. According to Al Ray, the group recorded that the total number of Palestinian refugees killed in Syria is 3,483 since the […]

22 Apr
4:52

Israeli Soldiers Fire on Agricultural Lands, Shepherds in Gaza

Israeli forces, on Friday, opened fire on Palestinian agricultural lands and shepherds in the southern and central Gaza Strip, said WAFA sources. Forces opened fire on Palestinian shepherds while they were grazing their livestock along the eastern border area of Johur Addik, in central Gaza. No injuries were reported. Forces also […]

20 Apr
6:26

Syria: 1,183 Palestinians ‘Disappeared’

Around 1,183 Palestinians have gone missing in Syria since the start of the campaign to oust Bashar al-Assad, a report said. In a report released on Monday, the Task Group for Palestinians in Syria said that the real number is far beyond 1,183 cases of disappearances among Palestinian refugees in Syria […]

20 Apr
6:16

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

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

14 Apr
4:43

Human Rights Activists Denied Entry into Israel

On Friday, Kamel Hawwash, member of Palestine Solidarity Campaign EC and also vice chair of the British Palestine policy council, was denied entry into Israel under the new “anti-boycott” law. This follows the refusal, last month, to allow entry to Hugh Lanning PSC chair, and, last weekend, to Anwar Makhlouf, […]

12 Apr
4:58

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

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

11 Apr
5:03

Lands Leveled by Soldiers for Road near Tulkarem

Heavy Israeli machinery, on Tuesday, leveled lands located near the Israeli Jabara military checkpoint, to the south of Tulkarem, and proceeded to pave a new road, according to witnesses. Israeli bulldozers leveled land along a road connecting the checkpoint with Tulkarem-Qalqilia road, and surfaced it with crushed gravel. Forces reportedly […]

11 Apr
4:41

Crisis Point Reached in Gaza Hospitals Due to Fuel Shortage

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

11 Apr
2:32

Israeli Government Resorting to Extortion to Secure UN Votes

Israel is blackmailing impoverished countries to obtain votes in its favour at the UN, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity AMAN revealed on Sunday. AMAN’s Director, Azmi Shuaibi, said that Israel uses the funds allocated to the UN to buy votes in favour of or against proposals criticizing its violence and […]

08 Apr
8:05

ISM Report: Israeli Forces Threaten Palestinian Acitvists’ Families With House Demolitions

04/07/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team On 5th April, 2017, Israeli forces told Abbas Qar’an and his family that their home in al-Bireh was going to be demolished. The homes of two other anti-occupation activists in the area received similar threats. ISM activists met with Abbas, the son […]

08 Apr
7:50

Empire Files Rewind: Inside Palestine’s Refugee Camps

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

08 Apr
12:56

Bil’in Weekly Protest Marks Deir Yassin Massacre

Dozens of Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and international peace activists, marched in the village of Bil’in, west of Ramallah, holding the weekly nonviolent protest against Israel’s illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and marking the 69th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre. The soldiers used a surveillance drone to film the protesters, […]

06 Apr
4:54

Israeli Forces Assert Military Presence North of Beit Lahia

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

06 Apr
4:39

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

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

06 Apr
6:00

Jayyous Lands Again Under Threat

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

06 Apr
4:13

Life Under Occupation: Opposing Israeli Discrimination in H2

Imad Abu Shamsiya is a 47-year-old husband and father of five children, three boys and two girls. A shoemaker by profession, for years he has been dedicating a large part of his time to opposing the occupation by documenting human rights violations committed by Israeli settlers and soldiers in his […]

31 Mar
5:29

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

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

31 Mar
1:33

Ilan Pappé: The Myth of Israel

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

31 Mar
12:18

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

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

31 Mar
12:01

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

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

29 Mar
3:49

West Bank: Bethlehem-area Residents Prevent Seizure of their Lands as Demolitions Continue in Jordan Valley

Residents of the Bethlehem-area village of Walaja, on Tuesday, confronted Israelis who came to their land and marked it in preparation to take it over, according to Hasan Breijieh, an activist with the anti-settlements, anti-wall committee in Bethlehem. Breijieh told WAFA correspondence that staff from an Israeli company known as Yoel, […]

29 Mar
3:25

UK Medical Team Carries Out Special Training in Gaza

A British surgical team has launched a medical training program for Palestinian doctors working in the hospitals of the Gaza Strip. The team, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCSEd), arrived in Gaza on Friday to implement the training at Al-Shifa Hospital, the main and largest hospital in […]

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 […]

25 Mar
6:57

Permit for Annual March of Return Rejected by Israeli Police

Israeli police have refused to grant a permit for the annual March of Return, this year, organized by Palestinians to commemorate the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” alongside Israeli Independence Day, Israeli media has reported. According to Haaretz, Israeli police claimed that the event was refused due to inability to provide police […]

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 […]

25 Mar
12:24

Gaza Fishermen Reported Injured Following Israeli Detention

Two fishermen who were detained by Israeli forces, on Thursday, were reported injured on Friday, and were subsequently being treated in Israeli hospitals. Zakariya Bakir, the head of the fishermen committee, said that the detained fishermen, identified as Rajab Abu Mayala and Khader al-Saadi, were injured during their detentions, one […]

25 Mar
12:14

In Suspected Preparation for Strike on Gaza, Israel to Hold Largest Aerial Drills Ever

Likely preparing for another deadly offensive on Gaza, the Israeli air force is preparing for the largest ever and most complex military drills ever held, later this year. According to Israeli public radio, about 100 fighters, other aircraft and a few hundred soldiers and pilots, along with logistical support forces […]

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
7:33

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
9:51

Ex-Mossad Chief: Occupation Is Israel’s Only Existential Threat

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo asserted, on Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians are the only existential threat facing Israel. Pardo stated, according to Haaretz: “Israel has one existential threat. It is a ticking time bomb. We chose to stick our head in the sand, […]

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
8:08

2 Barns Demolished near Jerusalem

Israeli bulldozers, on Monday, demolished two barns belonging to Palestinians in the village of Jabal al-Mukaber, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported, according to Al Ray, that Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by Israeli forces, stormed Shukirat neighborhood and demolished two […]

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
5:47

International Conference on Palestinian Children and Israeli Detention Policies: Report

“Stop the war on our children’s minds.” The conference took place in the Grand Park Hotel on the 15th and 16th of March.  For two days, Palestinian and international speakers made an assessment of the problem and ex-detainee children told their story. The goal was to join forces in formulating […]

19 Mar
4:40

Ashrawi on UN Decision to Remove Report on Israeli Apartheid

Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi denounced, in a statement released Saturday, the decision by the United Nations to remove the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) report from its website, which concluded that “Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime […]

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
9:20

Netanyahu “Will Keep His Word” to Amona Settlers through Expected US Deal

Before meeting with US President Donald Trump’s envoy, Netanyahu has told the Amona settlers that Israel and the US are working on a “mutually agreed settlement policy”, saying that he will keep his word on the illegal settlement outpost, which was demolished by Israel upon court order. Netanyahu’s statements, as […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

09 Mar
9:41

Netanyahu Lobbies Foreign Governments to Accept Israeli Sovereignty in Occupied Syrian Golan

As the Israeli Prime Minister peddles another illegal occupation, al-Marsad uncovers more Syrian villages destroyed by Israel in 1967. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a press release, yesterday, that Netanyahu “intends to reiterate to [Russian] President Putin the fact that the Golan Heights is not […]

09 Mar
9:34

Gaza Water Reservoir Operating Again with Help from Germany

Thanks to a 9-million euro fund from the German government, the Muntar water reservoir in Gaza, destroyed by Israel during its summer 2014 military onslaught, is once again operating. Germany’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Peter Beerwerth, and Palestinian Minister of Water, Mazen Ghneim, inaugurated the rebuilt reservoir in ceremonies […]

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 […]

06 Mar
7:07

Khan al-Ahmar Village Scheduled for Demolition

Israeli Civil Administration in the occupied West Bank announced, on Monday, that it has decided to demolish the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar. The village is located in Area C, according to the Oslo Peace Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1993. This area is under Israel […]

05 Mar
11:46

Beersheba Bedouin Market to be Closed, Palestinians and Jews Protest

Dozens of Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel protested in front of the municipality of Beersheba, on Sunday, against the mayor’s decision to close the city’s Bedouin market. Mayor Ruvik Danilovich decided to close Beersheba’s traditional Bedouin market, which had been in operation for some 120 years, by the end […]

05 Mar
10:19

Negev Crops Destroyed by Israeli Bulldozers

Israeli occupation bulldozers raided, on Sunday morning, several Palestinian villages in the Negev desert region, and destroyed thousands of planted crops.   Activist Khaled Abu Kharma said, according to Al Ray, that Israeli soldiers raided the Negev and began destroying crops in various villages.   He stressed that Israel exterminated crops […]

05 Mar
10:09

Life Under Siege: A Girl’s Struggle After The War

PNN/PCHR-Gaza Between the 19th and 20th of July 2014, the Shuja’eyya neighborhood – one of the most densely populated areas located in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, east of Gaza city – was exposed to Israeli airstrikes in an unprecedented way, which led to the destruction of the […]

05 Mar
5:21

Pictures & Video: Demolishing a Residential Building in al-Eeesawiyya, East Jerusalem

The occupation municipality’s bulldozers demolished, on Wednesday morning, a residential building owned by Khaled Nimer Mahmoud, in the village of al-Eeesawiyya, under the pretext of building without a permit. According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center in East Jerusalem, more than 200 individuals from special units and occupation police raided the […]

05 Mar
4:16

Palestinians Living in Caves as Homes are Destroyed by Israeli Forces

In this story, the writer describes the misery of the life of the Palestinians whose homes were razed by the Israeli occupation, and turned to live in caves. Ali abu-Rezeg, Anadolu/Days of Palestine Majid Hanani, a 64-year-old Palestinian, has been forced to live the life of a caveman after his […]

04 Mar
11:03

ISIS Executes Four Palestinian Refugees, Orders Execution Of Anyone Who Raises Palestinian Flag

Fighters of ISIS terrorist organization in Syria, occupying large areas on the al-Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, have executed, among others, four Palestinian refugees, and issued orders to its gunmen to execute any person who raises a Palestinian flag. One of the executed refugees has been identified as Mohammad Nassar, […]

03 Mar
4:52

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire on Gaza Resistance Sites

Israeli artillery,Thursday afternoon, opened fire at two Palestinian resistance sites north of Beit Lahia town, in the north of the Gaza Strip, following an alleged attack on Israeli soldiers leveling land at the northern Gaza borders. Eyewitnesses said, according to the PNN, that Israeli soldiers stationed along the northern border […]

02 Mar
6:39

What Does the Nakba Mean to Young Palestinians in Israel?

Despite Israeli authorities’ best attempts to erase history, the 1948 catastrophe is a basic component of collective memory for Palestinian citizens of Israel.  via the Alternative Information Center (A)C). How is the memory of the Nakba sustained by younger generations of Palestinians living in Israel? Unlike Palestinians living in camps […]

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 […]

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
8:46

(VIDEO) Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation

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 […]

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
6:55

Israeli Soldier Injured During Raid on Joseph’s Tomb

An Israeli soldier was wounded, Thursday at dawn, when Israeli forces entered Nablus to secure hundreds of settlers in Joseph’s Tomb, in the eastern part of Nablus. Hebrew public radio said, according to Al Ray,  that the soldier was slightly injured  as a result of an explosion, and was taken to a […]

24 Feb
4:35

Palestinian Lands in Salfit Razed for Settlement Expansion

Israeli forces, on Thursday morning, leveled Palestinian lands in Salfit city, northern occupied West Bank, for the purpose of settlement expansion. Palestinian farmers in Qarawat Bani Hassan and Deir Istiya, to the west of Salift, said that Israeli bulldozers have been leveling their land lots in an attempt to expand […]

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 […]

12 Feb
7:51

Syria: Palestinian Refugee Families Displaced due to Bombardment

The Working Group for Syrian Palestinians informed that dozens of Palestinian families were forced to leave Deraa refugee camp and the neighborhood of Tareeq Alasad, due to the ferocious bombardment by the Syrian Arab Army and the growing clashes between the army and its opponents. The group said, in its […]

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
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
10:27

David Sheen — Emmett Till in Israel: How False Allegations of Rape Are Used to Lynch African Refugees and Palestinians (VIDEO)

TRNN transcript: KIM BROWN: Welcome to The Real News Network in Baltimore. I’m Kim Brown. Is rape used as a political tool in Israel, to demonize and dehumanize Arabs and Palestinians? Last June, the Israeli public was shocked to hear of a girl with a mental disability, who was reportedly […]

06 Feb
10:02

Gaza Airstrikes Continue, 2 Palestinians Injured

Israeli forces resumed attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, Monday evening, injuring two Palestinians, after injuring two Palestinians earlier, in a series of Israeli army airstrikes in northern Gaza. The strikes reportedly come in response to a rocket that landed in an open area in the Ashkelon region of southern […]

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 […]

01 Feb
11:00

36 Dunams Under Seizure in Northern Jordan Valley

(photo: Israeli tanks assemble for “military training” purposes in the Jordan Valley area.) Israel is reportedly planning to seize over 36 dunams of the Palestinian village known as “Bardala”, northeast of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, said a local monitor on Wednesday. Mutaz Bsharat, who monitors settlement activity in […]

01 Feb
10:36

Khirbet Tana — Daily Life Under Threat of Demolition (VIDEO)

(photo: Al Ray archive image) Khibet Tana is a rural community located in Area C of the occupied West Bank, in the Beit Furik municipality, Nablus Governorate. Israeli authorities declared the area a “closed military zone” in the 1970s, and confiscated some 13,000 dunams of community land to support the […]

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 […]

31 Jan
10:09

The Checkpoint Regime: Israel and the Fragmentation of Palestinian Society

31st January 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team There are 17 permanent checkpoints in the H2 area under full Israeli military control in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), manned by Israeli forces and impeding Palestinian freedom of movement. The official rhetoric of the Israeli government is that these checkpoints serve […]

31 Jan
9:29

Army Stops Construction of Tubas Home and Water Line

Israeli forces ordered, on Tuesday, a Palestinian from the village of Kardala, east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley, to halt construction of both his home and a water pipeline, according to local sources. Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, told WAFA that staff from the […]