Category Archives: Human Interest

16 Feb
6:35

First and Only Pediatric Cancer Department to Open in Gaza This Month

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, on Thursday, held a press conference to announce the opening of the  first and only Pediatric Cancer Department in the Gaza Strip, which is due to be officially opened on 19 February, according to the PNN. The 24,000 square meter department, named Dr. Musa & Suhaila […]

15 Feb
6:22

ISM: Resistance in the South Hebron Hills

Herding sheep below the illegal settlement construction site close to Um al-Kheir. In early January, ISM activists visited the villages of Um al-Khair and At-Tuwani in the South Hebron hills in order to participate in renovation work on ancient caves and to bear witness to recent settler violence in both […]

13 Feb
4:30

Samidoun Urges Broad Support for Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with Ilhan Omar, a strong supporter of Palestine elected to the United States House of Representatives last November, and urges a broad mobilization to defend her against media and political incitement by Israel and its allies. Rep. Omar is one of only […]

13 Feb
4:15

Hebron On My Mind

by Jafar Ramini It’s been exactly a week since the colonizers of our land, Mr. Netanyahu and his gang of war criminals, decided not to renew the mandate of TIPH, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron whose role has been to observe and report. These observers were volunteers and they […]

10 Feb
5:45

Ending A Chef’s Dream, And Maybe His Life

by Rasha Hirzallah, for WAFA News Agency RAMALLAH, Saturday, February 09, 2019 (WAFA) – Before being admitted to hospital to undergo an operation on his eye, Laith Kanaan Barghouti, 26, told his mother, Jamila, about his intention to start a business of his own after the operation in the form […]

08 Feb
6:03

Palestinian Child Loses Eye to Israeli Sniper

Palestinian child Muhammad Al-Najjar (12) is living a severe psychological shock after losing his right eye by an Israeli sniper’s bullet, during his participation in the Great Return March protests, on 11 January. ‏When Muhammad learned about his eye, he locked himself up in his room and stopped going to […]

08 Feb
5:17

Making Art From The Remnants Of War

Handicraft prepared by Akram Warah and his family from the wreckage of war artifacts. Credit: Alethea Kanas For at least a decade, Palestinian refugees lived in makeshift tents precariously in Aida. Little by little, with each day less hope of returning home together with the desire to have a “normal” […]

07 Feb
8:05

Dublin National Union of Journalists to Support Eurovision Boycott

(L to R) Celebrities, public figures & activists at Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge during a launch of the Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel on June 27, 2018 (Image: Collins) The Irish Campaign to Boycott the 2019 Eurovision, in Israel, welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch […]

06 Feb
4:31

Samidoun Calls for Action to Save Life of Walid Khaled Sharaf

Palestinian prisoner Walid Khaled Sharaf, 25, from Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, is suffering from serious illness in Ramle prison clinic. Sharaf is jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; the order against him was renewed for another six months on 4 February on the basis of so-called “secret evidence” despite […]

05 Feb
6:05

Mayor Hailing from Palestine Becomes President of El Salvador

Nayib Bukele, whose family is originally from the occupied Palestinian territories, won El Salvador’s presidential elections, getting more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation. Born in 1981, Bukele was elected as […]

05 Feb
5:53

Palestinian Documentary Wins 33rd Goya Award (VIDEO)

The documentary film “Gaza”, directed by Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell, won the “Best Documentary Short Film” Premios Goya Award on Sunday, at the Goya Awards, in Spain. The film first premiered in Sundance Film Festival, in early 2019. The documentary depicts the lives of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza […]

05 Feb
5:45

“Hundred Million Dollar Home” Hebron Shop Keeper Punished for Resistance to Occupation

02/02/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Today, our good friend Abdulraouf Al-Mohtaseb, the famous owner of the 100 Million Dollar Home, had his shop enclosed by steel barricades. Click here to watch the movie at Al Jazeera. The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) condemns this blatant act of aggression, by the […]

04 Feb
6:39

Amani: A Young Human Rights Defender Inspiring Palestinian Women

1. Meet Amani. She is a 26 year old and works at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling. Amani’s days are very full. Here she is picking up her two sons Hussam (7) and Mohannad (5) from school. 2. For Amani, being a Human Rights Defender means to […]

03 Feb
4:49

Midnight Horror in Gaza

by Rana Shubair, author of In Gaza I Dare to Dream. “Mom, do they bomb residential buildings?, asked one of my daughters in fear. And my response again came in the form of a lie: “No, habibti. They don’t. Don’t be scared.” I stroked her cheek to reassure her. As a […]

02 Feb
5:43

BTS Testimonies: “You hate everyone.”

[[Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada, and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to stimulate public debate […]

02 Feb
5:09

Palestine, The Women’s March & Imperial Feminism

Azeezah Kanji (JD, LLM in Islamic Law) is a legal academic and writer based in Toronto. Recent assaults on the reputation of Women’s March cochair and prominent black American activist Tamika Mallory demonstrate, yet again, that speaking even the most basic truths about Israel and Palestine is a hazardous undertaking. […]

02 Feb
4:41

Human Rights Watch Film Festival to Feature Palestinian Film ‘Screwdriver’ (Trailer)

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13-22, 2019, featuring 15 award-winning documentary and feature films, Human Rights Watch said today. The international line-up of films from Venezuela, South Africa, Palestine, Thailand, and more offer critical insight into local and global human rights concerns impacting people […]

30 Jan
4:52

More Than 60 LGBTQ+ Groups Call for Boycott of Song Contest in Israel

More than 60 queer and trans liberation organizations, from nearly 20 countries across Europe and beyond, are calling on global LGBTQIA communities to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The signatories condemn Israel’s “shameful” use of Eurovision, which has a strong following among LGBTQIA communities, to “distract attention from its […]

26 Jan
6:07

Adalah: Israel Still Preventing 70-year-old Palestinian Grandmother with Ailing Health from Visiting Grave of Father She Never Met

Salwa Salem Copty with portraits of her father and mother in the church in the destroyed Galilee village of Ma’alul. (Photo by Mati Milstein) Israeli authorities are preventing a 70-year-old Palestinian grandmother with ailing health from visiting the grave of her father – who died before she was born – […]

23 Jan
9:30

PCHR: “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation”

January 23, 2019 9:30 AM PCHR Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human Interest, Human rights 0

PCHR Organizes Workshop Titled as: “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation” On Monday, 21 January 2019, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop titled as “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation.” The workshop that was attended by sociologists, economists […]

20 Jan
5:45

Adalah Demands Israeli Lottery Give Green Light to Theatre Production It Cancelled for Seemingly Political Reasons

(Photo by Tsukasa Aoki, courtesy of Einat Weizman) Mifal Hapayis lottery director cancelled performance of ‘Palestine Year Zero’ after it was approved by lottery’s project funding theatrical productions in Arab communities. The Israeli national lottery accepted the play “Palestine Year Zero”, directed by Einat Weizman, to its program funding theatrical […]

19 Jan
7:35

Armenians Orthodox Begin Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

The Orthodox Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Friday, at noon, in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, marking the start of Palestine’s Armenian Christians’ celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany. Manougian’s procession left from the Armenian Patriarchate, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and made its way to Manger Square. […]

16 Jan
6:41

World Food Programme Cuts Aid to Palestine

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended or reduced aid for some of its Palestinian beneficiaries in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, due to funding shortages, an official has said. Some 27,000 Palestinians are no longer receiving aid through the United Nations programme since January 1, in the occupied West Bank, said Stephen Kearney, […]

14 Jan
8:31

Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel

Ben White discusses his new book, “Cracks in the Wall”, which examines narratives that challenge the Israeli colonization of Palestine and their recent successes. Shir Hever is an economic researcher at the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli […]

13 Jan
8:54

VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018

A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.) (photo: BDS National Committee) Human Interest 12/28/18 Remembering the Israeli 2008 Offensive on Gaza (VIDEO) 

11 Jan
7:13

The BDS Movement Salutes Angela Davis

January 10, 2019 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / United States The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity […]

09 Jan
1:47

Oppose Senate Bill S.1 – Would Give Israel $38 Billion, Combat BDS, & More

Senators Mark Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo from Jewish Insider.) Phone and email your senators NOW to vote no on Senate bill S.1! The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today’s action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning […]

01 Jan
8:01

2018: Year in Review

by Mohan Chen- Bethlehem/PNN/ From a series of border protests in the Gaza Strip to thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank, 2018 has indeed been an eventful year in Palestine. As the year draws to a close, we have taken a moment to look back and compiled […]

28 Dec
8:29

Remembering the Israeli 2008 Offensive on Gaza (VIDEO)

Rebecca Stead is an MA graduate of SOAS University of London, focused on Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic, with special attention to the history, culture and politics of Israel-Palestine, specifically, and the Levant, more broadly. What: Israel waged a three-week military offensive against the Gaza Strip, killing almost 1,400 Palestinians […]

27 Dec
7:28

VIDEO: Tourism in Palestine “Booming” during Christmas

On the annual Christmas Eve celebration in Manger Square, thousands of Palestinians and internationals showed up to spread a spirit of joy and happiness on the religious occasion, which has become a national holiday and one of the most important, festive events of the year. The celebrations included scouts parades […]

26 Dec
5:36

VIDEO: Kairos Palestine Assures that “Christian Palestinians are also Palestinians”

The Kairos Palestine initiative, in its 9th annual statement, has called on the Christian community, in Palestine and in the world, to recognize Israel as an apartheid state, and to end the occupation and end attempts to shift the identity of Jerusalem towards a “Jewish only” policy. PNN reports that, […]

23 Dec
3:29

Al Mezan Organizes Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Child Art Award

On Thursday, 20 December 2018, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education (MoE), and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), organized a ceremony to honor the winners of the child human rights and international humanitarian law annual art award for 2018. Paintings by children of […]

21 Dec
2:49

Christmas Tree Lit in Khan Al-Ahmar

Palestinians, on Wednesday evening, lit the Christmas tree in Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village, to the east of Jerusalem, which is threatened with Israeli demolition by Israeli court order. The tree lighting ceremony was attended by the citizens of Khan al-Ahmar, in addition to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials and local […]

20 Dec
4:17

No Vaccination for Palestinian Children, Decides the Occupying Power, Israel

by Ihab Rimawi Updated from 12/12/18 Israel Restricts Vaccine Imports to Palestine Lara Hamdan had no idea, when she went to the health services center in Ramallah, to vaccinate her one-year-old daughter, that the vaccination was not available and that she had to wait until Israeli authorities allow the vaccines to […]

19 Dec
5:19

Salah Hamouri: ‘Detention is an instrument of Israel’s oppression’

December 19, 2018 5:19 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Human Interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

Image: Salah Hamouri. Photo credit: GUE/NGL The following article, by Rebecca Stead, was originally published by Middle East Monitor on 15 December, and was reprinted by Samidoun under a Creative Commons license:  In the dead of night, Israeli forces knocked on the door of Salah Hamouri’s apartment in Jerusalem, he told me. “When I […]

19 Dec
4:51

Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

(photo: Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon) by Ramzy Baroud An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one “Hajj Jamal Ghalaini” occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo […]

15 Dec
4:32

Israel’s Executions Can’t Kill Palestinian Resistance: Remembering Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir and Hasan Arda

Ashraf Na’alwa, Saleh Barghouthi, Majd Mteir (l-r). Graphic: Quds News Via the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. On 13 December, 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. Ashraf Na’alwa, 23, was killed by occupation forces who attacked the home where […]

15 Dec
4:22

Palestinian Among World’s 50 Best Teachers

Palestinian teacher Rana Ziada, from al-Zahra School, in Gaza, has been chosen among the 50 shortlisted for the world’s best teacher prize. Ziada is competing for the best teacher, in the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize, which is carried out by Varkey Foundation. Ziada is a mathematics teacher in a […]

14 Dec
7:54

Actress Natalie Portman says New Israeli Nation-state Law is ‘Racist’ and a ‘Mistake’

Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman said, according to Israeli daily Haaretz, that Israel’s nation-state law is “racist” and a “mistake”, and that she does not agree with it, in an interview she gave to London-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published Thursday. Israel’s controversial nation-state law, which the Knesset passed in July, states that “Israel […]

13 Dec
8:17

The Slow Genocide of Palestinians Continues in Asira al-Qibliya

13th December 2018, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Asira Al Qibliya, Nablus, occupied Palestine (photo: Settlements overlooking Asira Al Qibliya) “This is the line,” Oussam Khalifa Ahmad illustrates as he takes us on a tour of his threatened land. “We are now passing into (Area) C.” Depending on where you look, some […]

12 Dec
2:43

Green Riding Hood
 Pain Dwells within Her Ribs

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights: Around month and a half after being injured by the Israeli forces, pain so far dwells the body of Palestinian woman Malinah al-Hendi (34) and hinders her responsibility of taking care of her family. Malinah, mother of six children, was shot by an Israeli […]

07 Dec
3:13

Irish Senate Approves Boycott of Goods Made in Settlements

The Irish Senate voted, on Wednesday, to pass a bill to boycott the trade and importing of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill was submitted to the Senate by independent Senator Francis Black who hopes that, with support, the vital bill will become law. Palestinian […]

06 Dec
4:37

“Occupying Hebron 2011-2017” – New Booklet of Testimonies

Via BTS official: Dear friends and supporters, This year marked a jubilee since the founding of the settlement in Hebron. Throughout the past 50 years, thousands of soldiers were deployed in the city, us included. Being sent by Israeli governments to enforce the occupation in Hebron, we have become far […]

06 Dec
3:54

After School in Hebron, A Journal – 6 Boys Detained by Israeli Forces in 2 Days

International Solidarity Movement, al Khalil Team, occupied Palestine, December 5, 2018 For two days running, Israeli occupation soldiers and Border Police ambushed young children aged 10-14 years after school in Hebron. On Tuesday, 24th December, 2 boys were detained at Salaymeh checkpoint after being ambushed by a group of soldiers sneaking […]

05 Dec
4:53

‘Life Is All About Trying’: Disabled Palestinians Defy Challenges

by Mersiha Gadzo Some laughed at him, others told him that he wouldn’t succeed. But with a strong will and positive attitude, Abdulrahman Abu Rawaa proved them wrong. With just one arm and a leg each, he can easily ride his bike along Gaza’s sandy streets. He took off the […]

05 Dec
4:23

ISM Report: Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Continues in Fasayil

12/05/18 International Solidarity Movement, in coordination with Jordan Valley Solidarity, Nablus team, Fasayil al Wusta, Occupied Palestine The ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues. Dunam by dunam, village by village, house by house, the people of Palestine face a slow, systematic genocide in their homeland. Two houses were demolished in the […]

03 Dec
6:21

VIDEO: Thousands Gather for Christmas Tree Lighting in Bethlehem

Only meters away from where baby Jesus is said to be born, thousands of people made their way to Manger Square and gathered around the gigantic Christmas tree, to welcome in the holiest month of the Christian year – December. Locals and foreigners, wrapped up in their coats and beanies, […]

02 Dec
4:41

Gazans’ Injuries Risk Permanently Shattering Lives

~Doctors Without Borders/Days of Palestine The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MĂ©decins Sans FrontiĂšres (MSF) between 30 March and 31 October – out of the total 5,866 the Ministry of Health says have been injured by live fire – had been shot in the leg. Around half […]

01 Dec
5:48

Holiday Preparations Well Underway in Bethlehem

Preparations for Christmas 2018 are well underway, according to the Press Conference held at the Bethlehem Peace Center, today. With the world’s spotlight beaming down, this December, on the city – the world celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ – the municipality of Bethlehem announced that the theme of this Christmas […]

30 Nov
6:05

PLO: Solidarity with Palestinians not Just an Abstract Expression of Empathy

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, while marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that coincided on Thursday, that solidarity is not just an abstract expression of empathy; rather, it is an active, positive and concrete engagement. “On November 29, 1947, the United […]

29 Nov
7:37

Bottle Cap Jackets And Chocolate Wrapper Dresses: Palestinian Fashion Goes Green

by Tessa Fox Rather than having their creations in the pages of high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, some Palestinian designers are incorporating these very pages into their designs. Palestinian runways are now being graced with multi-coloured dresses of recycled material including discarded plastic, rolled up pages from sophisticated fashion […]

29 Nov
7:10

Settler Attacks Increase at Al Mughayyir

11/27/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team The village of Al Mughayyir sits 27 miles north of Jerusalem. Sitting above is the settlement of Shiloh, more than a quarter of which is constructed on Palestinian land, the locals say. An elder from the village reports that the settlers now come […]

28 Nov
7:56

The Great March of Return Seven Months On

B’Tselem has completed a very revealing survey of 406 live gunshot wound survivors, with information from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This investigation involved 406 protesters wounded with live ammunition shot from Israeli soldiers across the perimeter fence, […]

27 Nov
8:19

‘I Did Nothing To Harm Israel’ says Child Shot by Sniper — ‘I Only Raised The Flag’

Muhammad Jasser Barbakh no longer dreams of owning a bicycle or kicking a ball, or even going back to the school that he had left to help support his poor family. His big wish these days is simply to be able to leave his bed to play with his peers. […]

26 Nov
11:57

On World Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, Open Call to International Community to Offer Protection to Palestinian Women

November 26, 2018 11:57 PM PCHR Human Interest, Human rights, International 0

November 25th coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that was designated by the United Nations (UN), in December of 1999, as part of UN efforts to curb violence against women and girls all over the world. On this occasion, the UN launches the 16 […]

26 Nov
11:19

VIDEO: Shu’fat Refugee Camp and The Hidden Agenda

Recently, over 20 demolitions were carried out in the Shu’fat Refugee Camp, by Israeli occupation forces, to make way for a wider road and the inevitable future relocation of the residents of Jerusalem’s only refugee camp. Video courtesy the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Visit the International Solidarity Movement. Human Interest […]

25 Nov
3:56

ISM Journals: Welcome to At Tuwani

It was 7am when we woke up after a night under the stars, in the village of At Tuwani, surrounded by arid hills and olive groves. It’s the kind of place you’d want to sightsee, or drink tea with the locals, admire the work of weaving and embroidery by the […]

25 Nov
3:48

Bethlehem Prepares to Celebrate Christmas 2018

Preparing the Christmas tree in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity, where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born. (WAFA Images / Ahmad Mizher)  Preparations are underway, by the City of Bethlehem, to celebrate Christmas 2018, according to Palestinian officials. Fadi Ghattas, head of the municipality’s media […]

23 Nov
1:05

How Can Gaza’s Contaminated Water Catastrophe Be Solved?

by Sandy Tolan Since the 2014 war, Mousa Hillah, known to neighbours and family as Abu Ali, has had far bigger worries, which are etched deeply into the exhausted face of the 48-year-old grandfather. Dodging shell fire from Israeli tanks, he fled with his family from the destruction of his Shuja’eyya neighbourhood, flattened by Israel in an attack so devastating […]

22 Nov
4:24

BNC Statement: Airbnb’s Decision to Exit Israel’s Illegal Settlements a Partial Victory for Human Rights & Accountability

Via BDS official. We welcome Airbnb’s decision to end its business in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, following a global campaign led by Human Rights Watch and a number of organizations affiliated with the BDS movement for Palestinian rights. It is a first step in the right direction to […]

22 Nov
4:08

ISM Report: Palestinians and Internationals Attacked with Gunfire in Mazra’a al-Qibliya (VIDEO)

11/19/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team Investigating a reported settler attack on a home outside of Mazra’a al-Qibliya, the residents, along with ourselves, were attacked by a settler on horseback on the 18th of November. The settler began by intruding on the property and brandishing a handgun. The […]

18 Nov
8:41

ISM Report: International and Palestinian Journalists Tear Gassed

11/17/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) decided to hold its annual meeting in Palestine this year, where they demonstrated at the infamous Qalandia checkpoint, on Saturday. Dozens of journalists, holding only international press cards, were immediately met with canisters of tear gas. […]

16 Nov
9:32

BDS Austria: Israeli Apartheid State – Get Out of Vienna University

The following statement, initiated by BDS Austria, addresses the role of the Israeli Embassy and the University of Vienna in opposing Palestinian rights and supporting Israeli apartheid. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network as well as Samidoun Goteborg are signatories of the statement, along with other international groups and academics.  Signatories and […]

12 Nov
7:50

BDS: Love Bollywood, Hate Apartheid! (VIDEO)

Four famous Bollywood actors are due to perform in apartheid Israel. The event has been postponed once already. This is our chance to get it cancelled altogether. Last year, on a propaganda trip to Mumbai, Michael Oren, as a senior representative of the far-right Israeli government, urged Bollywood producers to […]

10 Nov
6:32

14 Years Since the Passing of Yasser Arafat: His Legacy Lives

The 14th anniversary for the passing of President Yasser Arafat (Abu Ammar) coincides on Sunday, WAFA reports. On November 11, 2004, Arafat died at a French hospital where he was flown to after suffering from a sudden illness, following a tight and inhuman Israeli military siege of the presidential headquarters […]

08 Nov
10:32

Contaminated Drinking Water in Gaza Spurs ‘Blue Baby Syndrome’

The unshaven doctor with circles under his eyes enters the children’s ward at Al Nassar Hospital in Gaza City. It’s a Thursday evening, almost the weekend. The ward is bleak and eerily quiet, but for the occasional wail of an infant. At each cubicle, sectioned off by curtains, it’s a similar image: A baby lies […]

08 Nov
10:11

Top Chef Withdraws From Israel’s Round Tables Culinary Propaganda Festival

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton and her team withdrew from Israel’s Round Tables Festival, scheduled to start this Sunday, November 11 in Tel Aviv. 90 chefs and culinary figures appealed to Hamilton and other chefs to withdraw from Round Tables, heeding the call from leading Palestinian women, farmer, and worker organizations. Round Tables is part of […]

07 Nov
6:54

Palestinians to ICRC: Conference in Partnership with Hebrew University Undermines Palestinian Human Rights

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian at Hebrew University during a protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza, 20 November 2012. (Mahfouz Abu Turk, APA images) An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) conference, in partnership with Hebrew University, which is deeply complicit in Israel’s flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, is […]

31 Oct
8:13

Open Letter To Gabrielle Hamilton & Other Chefs In Israel’s Round Tables Festival

Photo credit: Heidi’s Bridge Please click here for a statement from the letter’s organizers on current context. To the chefs participating in Israel’s Round Tables food festival; We are all people who work in the food industry in the United States. We are chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, managers, farmers, and more. We […]

31 Oct
7:56

Two Realities

10/29/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Last Friday, nearly fifty Israeli and ISM protestors demonstrated at the Gaza Border, in solidarity with nearly 15,000 Gaza protestors heading toward the border. This action was in conjunction with the weekly Right of Return March. As the activists were confronted by […]

31 Oct
7:40

On 101st Anniversary of Balfour Declaration, World Campaign Demands Britain Bear Responsibility

The Palestinian Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad has stated that an ongoing global, legal, and political campaign has been initiated for demanding Britain to bear its legal and political responsibilities, due to the dramatic effects of the Balfour Declaration on the Palestinian people. The declaration is regarded as a crime, […]

27 Oct
4:28

Palestine Advocacy Project Honors Heroism in Gaza

(PNN) Palestine Advocacy Project is launching a billboard ad campaign to honor the heroism and self-sacrifice of the Palestinian medics who put their lives on the line to rescue and treat injured protesters in Gaza’s ongoing “Great March of Return” demonstrations. Razan al-Najjar, aged 21, was one of almost 120 […]

25 Oct
7:07

Nelson Mandela’s Grandson Visits Injured Palestinian Boy

Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zwelivelile “Mandla” Mandela recently visited Palestinian teenager Muhammad Tamimi in the hospital of Johannesburg, in South Africa. Tamimi was shot in the head, in his village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. He spent at least four days in a coma and […]

25 Oct
9:03

In 6 Months of Gaza Protests, Israeli Forces Fatally Shoot 31 Palestinian Children

Muhammad al-Sirsawi, aged 12, who was killed by Israeli snipers while taking part in Gaza protests. Since Land Day of this year, 30 March, 2018, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been regularly holding mass protests near the Gaza perimeter fence, in numbers ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands. […]

25 Oct
8:50

“They take everything.”: Bruqin Farmer during 2018 Olive Harvest

10/22/18 |International Solidarity Movement | Bruqin ISM volunteers spent the day harvesting olives with farmers in Bruqin village, a day that began with Israeli soldiers confronting the farmer and his family and ordering them to leave their land no later than 5 p.m.  Since the harvest workday typically concludes around […]

18 Oct
7:59

ICC Prosecutor: Khan al-Ahmar Demolition a War Crime

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, released a statement on Wednesday, with regard to Palestine. She refers to the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, stating that “extensive destruction of property without military necessity, as well as population transfers in an occupied territory constitute war crimes under the […]

14 Oct
7:39

“Educators Who Bravely Act on Principle Should be Championed, Not Punished”

10/12/18 Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) The University of Michigan is reportedly disciplining teachers for their decision to respect the Palestinian picket line against discriminatory Israeli institutions and for supporting Palestinian human rights. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) said: […]

14 Oct
6:43

Aisha al-Rabi’s Daughter during Funeral: ‘Is mom here, yet?’

Thousands of Palestinians laid the body of 47-year-old Aisha al-Rabi to rest, in her hometown of Biddya, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit, on Saturday afternoon. The funeral procession set off from the hospital, where her she was pronounced dead, towards al-Rabi’s home before burial took place […]

14 Oct
6:26

Israeli and International Activists Join Gazan Protestors in the Great Return March

10/10/18 | Wafa Aludini, International Solidarity Movement | Gaza On the morning of October 10, 2018, ten activists from around the world delivered messages of support to the Great March of Return in the Eastern Gaza Strip via Skype, as a part of a ‘virtual rally’ entitled “Words Over Walls.” […]

11 Oct
8:30

VIDEO: Black September in Jerusalem

October 11, 2018 8:30 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human Interest, Jerusalem 0

October 10, 2018 — Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Silwan Human Interest 10/04/18 Palestinian Boy Speaks about His Horrible Experience inside Israeli Jails  

10 Oct
9:11

Samidoun Joins Ahed Tamimi in Spain to Urge Action to Free Palestine (VIDEO)

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joined the welcome for Ahed Tamimi and call for a free Palestine in Madrid on 29 September. Samidoun international coordinator, Charlotte Kates, spoke alongside former Palestinian child prisoner and anti-colonial land defense activist Ahed Tamimi at the annual 2018 Fiesta, organized by the Communist Party of Spain. The event […]

06 Oct
5:16

Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel

    October 5, 2018 —  A Nobel Prize has been awarded to George P. Smith, a renowned scientist and longtime advocate for Palestinian rights who supports the BDS movement and has called for an end to US military aid to Israel. The BDS movement congratulates Professor Smith. Dr. Samia Botmeh, Dean at Birzeit University in […]

04 Oct
9:15

Palestinian Boy Speaks about His Horrible Experience inside Israeli Jails

‘Israeli occupation troops broke the door of our house, about 11 of them entered and told my mother they were looking for me,’ the boy, who gave his witness to the Military Court Watch, said. On 26 August, 2018, a 15-year-old youth was arrested after he attended Binyamin Police Station, […]

04 Oct
7:56

Breast Cancer the Most Widely Spread Form in Palestine

Breast cancer is the most common and widely spread type of cancer in Palestine, said the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in an official statement, Thursday. MoH said that a total of 503 new cases of breast cancer were documented until the end of 2017, in the West Bank, while 327 […]

03 Oct
6:30

Ohio Billboard Protests US Aid to Israel

A billboard has just gone up in Ohio, that says: “$10 million a day to Israel? We need that money in America.” The billboard is located in Richland County on US 30, MLK Expressway. If Americans Knew erects billboards around the United States to tell Americans how much of their […]

30 Sep
8:51

Palestine Circus Festival’s “United for Freedom” Opens in Ramallah

September 30, 2018 8:51 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Human Interest, News Report, Ramallah 0

XY Company performing at the opening of the Palestine Circus Festival in Ramallah. (Photo courtesy of the Circus School)  The second edition of the Palestine Circus Festival, entitled “United for Freedom”, opened in Ramallah on Thursday, with the participation of about 200 local and international artists, according to press release. […]

26 Sep
10:02

Gaza Farmers Have Dates, But Nowhere to Sell Them

Farmers in the besieged Gaza Strip have harvested 12,000 tons of dates from their palm trees; however, they are struggling to find buyers for their produce. High unemployment and rising poverty rates mean that locals in the Strip are unable to buy the fruit, while the Israeli siege has limited […]

21 Sep
9:11

Open Letter: Palestinian Environmental and Professional Organizations Urge MedPine to Relocate KKL-JNF Sponsored Forestry Conference from Israel

Palestinian environmental networks and professional unions call on MedPine to relocate its conference outside of Israel and urge invited speakers to refuse to lend their scholarship to KKL-JNF’s greenwashing of Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. We are writing from Palestinian environmental organizations and academic and professional unions to urge you […]

21 Sep
12:33

More than 200 Palestinian Sports Clubs Urge Puma to End Sponsorship of Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements

September 20, 2018 / By Palestinian Athletic Clubs To: BjĂžrn Gulden, CEO of Puma Cc: Management and Supervisory Board members: Michael LĂ€mmermann, Lars SĂžrensen, Jean-François Palus, Jean-Marc Duplaix, BĂ©atrice Lazat, Thore Ohlsson, Bernd Illig and Martin Köppel 10 September 2018 We are writing to urge Puma to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association […]

20 Sep
4:03

Apartheid is Always Bitter! A Palestinian Appeal to Chefs to Withdraw from Round Tables in Tel Aviv

09/19/18 PACBI   We, the undersigned workers’, womens’ and farmer’s associations, appeal to chefs to cancel their participation in Round Tables 2018, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv from November 9-23. It is an attempt to whitewash Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Several world-renowned chefs withdrew from […]

20 Sep
3:40

International Teams to Participate in Palestine Circus Festival

Several international groups are to participate in the Palestine Circus Festival, set to take place in 32 locations across the occupied West Bank, which will be held under the slogan “United for Freedom.” International circus teams from Argentina, the United Kingdom, Chile and France are going to participate in the […]

18 Sep
9:48

Ahed Tamimi Travels to France Despite Israeli Travel Ban

Despite an Israeli ban on her movement, Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi traveled to France, for a debate, on Friday. The young resistance leader was invited by L’Humanité newspaper and the French Communist party, or PCF, to participate in an event organized by Association France Palestine Solidarite. Ahed spoke on Sunday, at […]

18 Sep
3:06

UPDATE: French Activist Released, Tells Story of Detention at Khan Al-Ahmar

The Israeli occupation court in Jerusalem on Monday withdrew its decision to deport French activist Frank Romano for participation in the protest against the occupation in Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village, east of occupied Jerusalem. Romano, a law professor at the French Sorbonne University, who holds both French and American citizenship, […]

18 Sep
1:15

Dr. Erekat Remembers Sabra and Shatila

In press releases published yesterday, September 16, 2018, Dr. Saeeb Erekat said that the Sabra and Shatila Massacre is a reminder of Israel’s barbaric crimes. Erekat added, according to the PNN, that the massacre of Sabra and Shatila is not only a reminder of the barbaric crimes committed against the Palestinian […]

16 Sep
9:17

Mother of BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouthi Passes in Amman

Wafia Barghouthi, the mother of BDS co-founder Omar Barghouthi, passed away in Amman, on Friday, as Israeli occupation authorities ban him from travel. In May of 2016, Israel effectively imposed a travel ban on him by refusing to renew his residency document, and Barghouthi was unable to travel to Jordan, to be with […]

14 Sep
6:27

A Visit with Imad Abu Shamsieh

Imad Abu Shamsiya stands in front of an Israeli military barrier in occupied Hebron. Photo credit: Palestinian Center for Human Rights. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 Two years since filming Israeli soldier Elor Azaria execute Abed Fattah al-Sharif, Shamsieh worries that soon there will be no Palestinians left in […]

13 Sep
9:36

Over 150 International Scientists and Scholars Call for UNRWA Support

Scientists and scholars from around the world published a letter of support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in the Lancet, one of the foremost medical journals in the world, urging support for the Agency, after the United States has […]

12 Sep
3:45

Palestine to Box in Istanbul

The Palestinian national team will compete in the 32nd International Ahmet Comert Boxing Tournament, in Istanbul, Turkey. “We have also invited Palestinian national team as a reaction to US embassy move to Jerusalem,” Turkish Boxing Federation President Eyup Gozgec said, at an introductory meeting. Atilla Comert, son of the former […]

10 Sep
7:30

Illiteracy Rate in Palestine is Among the Lowest in the World

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) published a report, last week, on the illiteracy rate in Palestine ,and confirmed that it is one of the lowest in the world. The report said that the illiteracy rate in 2017 was 3.3% (7,898 illiterate) […]

09 Sep
6:31

Celebrities Call for Boycott of Israel Eurovision

(photo: Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters) Directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, and musicians Roger Waters and Brian Eno, are among the high profile figures calling for a boycott of a Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Israel. A letter published in The Guardian backed an appeal from Palestinian artists to […]