Category Archives: Human interest

19 Aug
6:38

Tralee, Ireland to Twin with Beit Sahour

A town in Ireland has completed the first step towards twinning with Beit Sahour, in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank. Kerry County Council has passed unopposed a motion to link Tralee, in County Kerry, with the Palestinian municipality. Councillor Pa Daly of the Sinn Fein political party, […]

15 Aug
10:01

Gaza: Meet the Palestinian Doctor Who Watched His Son Die

Ghazal Othman In the 22 years of Sari al-Shobaki’s life, his father rescued him from death seven times, but the eighth time, when he was shot by the Israeli occupied snipers, he failed. The first time, Dr Dahoud al-Shobaki recalls, was when his son was born three months premature and […]

14 Aug
2:53

Diary Entry from an ISM Volunteer. Northern Jordan Valley.

08/13/18 Kristin Foss , International Solidarity Movement I lost my flight.. On purpose.. I was pretty sure I would though, when I left for Palestine. To be honest, I don’t think its gonne make it easier to leave later. The more I know, the more people I know – the […]

12 Aug
5:57

Settlers Inaugurate ‘Tourist Center’ in Silwan

Israeli settlers attend an inauguration ceremony for a tourist center in Silwan, August 1, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center. POSTED BY: AMALYA DUBROVSKY AUGUST 10, 2018 Two Palestinians were arrested prior to the event and dozens of others were forcibly cleared from the streets by fully armed Israeli police. The […]

10 Aug
11:24

Why Does Israel Keep Destroying Cultural Heritage Sites in Gaza?

On Thursday August 9th, the Israeli airforce dropped ten missiles on a building in Gaza City, turning the five-story building into rubble. Was this a Hamas training center, or somehow associated with the Palestinian armed resistance? No. Like the building targeted by Israeli forces two weeks earlier, when two teen […]

09 Aug
4:17

Top 70 Moments of Solidarity & BDS for Palestine in 2018

August 8, 2018 / Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) Here are 70 highlights of solidarity and BDS for Palestine in 2018. We highlight 70 moments of hope on this year marking the seventieth anniversary of the ongoing Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” wherein indigenous Palestinians faced mass expulsion from their homes to establish a […]

08 Aug
7:03

DCIP: Israeli Forces are Killing Palestinian Children at Record Rates

On August 5, Ahmad al-Aydi died in central Gaza from an injury sustained on March 30 from Israeli live fire. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Aydi family.) Four Palestinian children died from gunshot wounds between July 27 and August 5 after Israeli forces shot them during “March of Return” protests in the […]

06 Aug
11:48

The Cost of Occupation: Jerusalem

The Old City on the first day of Ramadan, 2017. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT AND AMALYA DUBROVSKY AUGUST 5, 2018 Three Israeli policies target Palestinian economic life in Jerusalem: the expulsion and banning of the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce; the separation barrier; and high municipal taxes. […]

04 Aug
8:06

Video: Activists Stand in Solidarity with Gaza

Israeli and international protesters demonstrated at Gaza fence in solidarity with The Great Return March On Friday August 3rd, “Return”, a group of Israeli and international anti-Zionist activists, including activists from the International Solidarity Movement, protested on the east side of the Gaza fence, in solidarity with the Great March of […]

04 Aug
4:35

Palestinians Call for Boycott of Meteor Music Festival in Israel

Via BNC official: We, Palestinian cultural organizations, municipalities and human rights campaigns, call for the boycott of Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled for September 6-8, 2018. We urge all participating artists to respect Palestinians’ non-violent resistance and withdraw from this complicit festival as a meaningful contribution to our struggle for freedom, justice […]

28 Jul
2:05

Shokeh Enters 55th Day of Hunger Strike

07/27/18  Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. (photo: Hassan Shokeh, Wattan TV) As even more Palestinian leaders and activists are ordered imprisoned without charge or trial, four Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike. Hassan Shokeh of Bethlehem has now been on hunger strike for 55 days; he is protesting against his administrative detention. […]

28 Jul
1:51

Israel Forces Teachers to Leave Palestine

Photo: Issam Rimawi (APA images) Israel has completely shut down a Palestinian university in Jerusalem amid a series of assaults on academic freedom. Israel is obstructing academic freedom at Palestinian universities through various measures, including closing colleges and denying visas for visiting professors. On 14 July, Israeli police raided and shut […]

28 Jul
1:35

ISM Report: Experiencing Arrest in Khan al-Ahmar, Threatened by Demolition by Israeli forces

07/26/18 | Steve Dhiman | International Solidarity Movement An ISM volunteer describes his experience of being arrested and almost deported by Israeli forces. On Wednesday, the 4th of July, I began training with the International Solidarity Movement, an organization where Palestinians and Israelis, Jewish people and Muslims work together in […]

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25 Jul
6:01

Two boys: life and death in Gaza

’Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas headquarters. Hamas fires rockets toward Israel. The Israeli Iron Dome intercepts Hamas rockets. Israel will wage a destructive war. No, it’s a truce! Fatah and Hamas sign a reconciliation agreement. No, the reconciliation efforts were in vain. Abbas will lift his sanctions on Gaza. No, his […]

22 Jul
9:08

JVP: 40 Jewish Groups Worldwide Oppose Equating Anti-Semitism with Criticism of Israel

From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany to Brazil, for the first time ever, over thirty Jewish organizations across the globe came together in a statement condemning attempts to stifle criticism of Israel. The statement warns of a growing trend of legislative campaigns to target organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly the […]

22 Jul
8:33

Israeli and International Protesters Demonstrate at Gaza Fence in Solidarity with Great Return March (VIDEO)

On the 20th of July, Friday afternoon, a group of anti-Zionist Israeli and international solidarity activists approached the Gaza siege fence at the same time that Gazans gathered by the fence, on the other side, during the weekly ‘Great Return March’, calling for the right to return to their land […]

21 Jul
12:14

DCIP and AFSC Host Capitol Hill Briefing on H.R. 4391

Jehad Abusalim, policy consultant at American Friends Service Committee, discusses the situation of children in the Gaza Strip on June 25, 2018. (Photo: Leah Muskin-Pierret) Staff from at least 58 congressional offices joined Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) on June 25 in Washington for a congressional briefing on […]

20 Jul
9:12

BNC Statement: “Israel effectively declares itself an apartheid state.”

(A Palestinian family in front of the ruins of their home in Umm al-Hiran, a Palestinian community that the Israeli government is destroying so it can build a town for Israeli Jews only in its place. Residents of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens.) July 19, 2018 / Palestinian Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment […]

20 Jul
1:29

Freedom Flotilla Arrives in Palermo, Sicily

A picture showing several of the ships taking part in the Palestine Freedom Flotilla campaign as they near a port in Palermo, Sicily, on July 17, 2018. (Photo by freedomflotilla.org) Activists from around the world have gathered in the Italian city of Palermo, and are engaged in the final stages […]

18 Jul
5:14

June: Human Rights Violations in Hebron (VIDEO)

Israeli soldiers arrest journalists and activists near Bani Naim, June 23, 2018. Photo credit: Mashhour Wahawah for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JULY 16, 2018 Israeli occupation forces and settlers continue to commit human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank district of Hebron. On June 2, Israeli soldiers shot and […]

16 Jul
9:58

VIDEO: As Israel Renews His Administrative Detention, Salah Hamouri Honored in French Town of Montcel

The following report is based on the French original, written by the Association France Palestine SolidaritĂ© 63 (AFPS 63): Only one week after his administrative detention without charge or trial was renewed once more by the Israeli occupation, Salah Hamouri, the French-Palestinian lawyer and political prisoner, was declared an honorary citizen of the commune of Montcel […]

16 Jul
9:49

Israel First Country to Kill Children using US-made F35 Fighters

According to Days of Palestine, the Israeli occupation state is the first country to use the US-made F-35 fighter jet to kill people –two innocent Palestinian children in Gaza Strip. While America and the rest of the world’s attention was focused on the Wold Cup, Wimbledon, Trump’s visit to England, […]

15 Jul
8:59

Further Strangulating Gaza, Israeli Authorities Add Restrictions on Movement of Goods in and out of Gaza

Via Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Israeli authorities have reportedly introduced new restrictions which further strangulate the movement of goods from and into the Gaza Strip. Fishermen have also been subjected to more restrictions which decrease the space in which they are allowed fish. Adopted after talks on 9 […]

15 Jul
8:25

IPS Torturing Children in Interrogation Centers

photo: Jerusalemite boy Muhi Majed Al-Rishq, detained in Israeli jails. With bruises in the face, hands and back and blood congestion in the hands of Jerusalemite boy Muhi Majed Al-Rishq, it is clear that he has been subjected to assault in the interrogation room, at the police station in the […]

14 Jul
8:35

Foreign Residents in Palestinian Territories Denied Visa Renewals

Four suitcases, memories of 35 years and a hope to meet friends again, in Palestine, are what US citizens Roger Heacock and Laura Wick are leaving Ramallah with. The couple arrived to Palestine in 1983, initially planning to stay for a few years in solidarity. But they ended up with […]

13 Jul
10:05

Episcopal Church Votes To Divest From Companies Involved In Israeli Violation Of Palestinian Human Rights

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, with more than 3 million members, has voted to divest from companies involved in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights. The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network (EPF PIN) put in amazing work over many years to get to make the Episcopal Church the 10th Christian denomination in […]

12 Jul
6:55

Occupation Captured

Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JULY 11, 2018 Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Patrols of harassment Pictured here: The Israeli border police go on regular patrols in the Old City, even if nothing is happening to warrant such […]

11 Jul
7:19

A Day of Demolitions: Houses Destroyed by JCB Vehicles at Abu Nuwar

By Amy Hall, Lydia Noon, Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson from Corporate Occupation Not content with continuous demolition of school classrooms, the Israeli authorities have now moved on to the demolition of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar. Around 8.30am on Wednesday 4 May, Corporate Occupation witnessed Israeli soldiers, […]

08 Jul
8:33

Reporting Israeli Violations Are Crimes: A Personal Account

As a Palestinian whose father was displaced from Al-Ramla, I consider taking part in the Great March of Return a duty. As a journalist, regardless of the dangers, reporting on Israeli violations is my job. On 11 May, I charged my mobile phone, filled my car with petrol, dressed up […]

08 Jul
8:01

Ten Days in Spain, Ten Days of Hard Work for Palestine

Palestinian and international activists meet in Malaga. Photo credit: Al-Quds Association. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JULY 8, 2018 Palestinian popular resistance activists meet with international solidarity groups. The Al-Quds Association and other Palestine solidarity groups hosted the Alternative Information Center (AIC) and activists from Palestinian popular resistance movements in Spain. The group […]

07 Jul
10:45

Adalah Mourns Passing of Felicia Langer, 1930 – 2018

Holocaust survivor Felicia Langer was a world-renowned defender of Palestinian human rights and fought against the Israeli occupation and oppression, for peace, justice, and the enforcement of international law. It is with great sorrow that Adalah mourns the passing of human rights activist and attorney Felicia Langer, known internationally for […]

07 Jul
10:13

Update: Palestinian Nationality Granted to Swedish Activist

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has granted Palestinian nationality to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, aged 25, and bestowed the Medal of Merit on him, in appreciation of his efforts and support of the Palestinian people. Ladraa had walked 4,800 kilometers, through 15 countries and for a period of 11 months, carrying […]

05 Jul
7:44

Salama Remembers Razan

In response to a call for solidarity from Gazan women, a Jewish activist group dubbed “Return” gathered to hold a memorial for Razan AlNajar, at the location of her village of origin, Salameh. While thousands of women marched towards the border in the Saja’iya area in Gaza, the activists held a ceremony […]

04 Jul
8:56

Palestinians Urge Iroquois Nationals to Withdraw from Lacrosse Championships in Israel

Palestinians call on world-class Lacrosse team to deny Israel the opportunity to use the Iroquois national sport to cover up its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing throughout Palestinian ancestral lands. July 4, 2018 / Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Dear Iroquois Nationals, We are writing from […]

04 Jul
8:34

Four-year Anniversary of the Murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Relatives of Mohammed Abu Khdeir hold pictures of him outside his home in Jerusalem (photo: the Guardian) The 2nd of July, 2018, marks four years to the day since the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from Shu’fat, East Jerusalem. The shocking nature of his […]

30 Jun
4:34

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Occupation Censored

Photo credit: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JUNE 29, 2018 Descriptions of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Humiliation NOT pictured here: A young adult male on his way for the Ramadan Noon Prayer, is stopped by the Border Police at the Mosque […]

28 Jun
3:51

Motion on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Passes Unanimously at Society for Socialist Studies AGM

June 26, 2018 / Society for Socialist Studies Canada The Canadian academic society also commits to support the protected rights of students and scholars to engage in research and public speaking about Palestine, the state of Israel and in support of the BDS movement. The Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) joined the Palestinian […]

26 Jun
12:33

BDS: Palestinians Reply to Adidas

Adidas responded to the March 12, 2018 letter from more than 130 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations demanding that Adidas drops its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which hosts  clubs based in Israel’s illegal settlements. We welcome Adidas’ commitment to “uphold human rights standards and norms,” and its call on FIFA […]

23 Jun
5:09

“I just want him to be a normal boy again’: Gaza Family Appeal for Urgent Help to Support Treatment of 11-year-old Mahmoud Who Was Shot in the Face by an Israeli Sniper

Mahmoud Sawalhi is an 11 year-old boy from Gaza who was shot in the head and the shoulder with live ammunition by an Israeli sniper on the 14th May Great Return March protests. A bullet passed through his eye and out of the top of his head, and he lost […]

21 Jun
10:13

Model Shashi Naidoo to Visit Palestine

Model and social media influencer Shashi Naidoo says she will go on a “fact-finding” mission, to Palestine, after receiving backlash for referring to Gaza as a “shithole” in a viral Instagram comment. According to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in South Africa (BDS-SA) — a pro-Palestinian movement — Naidoo […]

17 Jun
8:03

Palestinian Prisoners’ Rights Advocate Speaks on His Torture and Abuse by PA Security (VIDEO)

Laith Abu Zeyad, a longtime Palestinian prisoners’ rights advocate and a staff member with Amnesty International in occupied Palestine, was one of over 40 Palestinians – mostly youth – seized on Wednesday night, 13 June, during a march to lift the Palestinian Authority’s sanctions on Gaza. He was subject not only to political […]

16 Jun
1:19

Nisreen Azzeh: ‘I am here, I resist.’

International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team | Hebron, Occupied Palestine Nisreen Azzeh’s house sits high, up on a hill, in the Tel Rumeida area of the occupied city of Hebron (al-Khalil is the Arabic name of the city), in the south of the West Bank. The way to her house […]

13 Jun
9:26

DCIP Report: Israeli Soldier Shoots, Kills 14-year-old Palestinian in Gaza Strip

An Israeli soldier shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian with live ammunition during protests east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, near the perimeter fence, on June 8. Haitham Mohammad Khalil al-Jamal died Friday evening in a hospital, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, a few hours […]

11 Jun
9:12

“I visited Hebron for the first time, and it was shocking.”

By Eoin On’Moore- PNN/ Hebron/ Today, I visited Hebron for the first time. I was apprehensive before going — Hebron is seen as one of the front lines of the occupation, and I had seen videos of clashes there. Hebron (Khalil in Arabic) is the largest Palestinian city, and the […]

09 Jun
9:32

Nobel Peace Prize-Nominated Palestinian Movement Responds to Pop-Kultur Festival’s Racism

“[BDS] campaigns around the world present the most promising way to overcome the failure of world governments to stand up to Israel’s intransigence and lawless behavior”. — Stephane Hessel, Holocaust survivor and co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite the growing number of cancellations facing Pop-Kultur Berlin festival due to the Israeli […]

09 Jun
2:45

51 Years Since Israeli Naval Attack on USS Liberty

If Americans Knew: While we mourn the latest unarmed demonstrators ruthlessly killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, we also wish to remember others killed by the Israeli military 51 years ago today. On June 8, 1967, Israeli  jets and torpedo boats tried to sink the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy technical surveillance ship, […]

08 Jun
9:18

Funeral Held in Nabi Saleh for Izz al-Deen Tamimi, Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers

  Mourners carrying the body of Izz Tamimi, 21 years, yesterday in Nabi Saleh The funeral of 21-year-old Izz al-Deen Tamimi was held this week, on Wednesday, 6th June, in Nabi Saleh, a village north of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers shot the young man with three live bullets in the early […]

08 Jun
3:24

Open-air Prisons in Jerusalem: Shuafat Refugee Camp and Kufr Aqab

Shuafat refugee camp, August 28, 2004. Photo credit: Hozifa Sorour for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JUNE 7, 2018 Israel is cited as maintaining the largest open-air prison in the world in Gaza. Israeli rule over East Jerusalem has created similarly unlivable conditions for Palestinians in the holy city. Since the first day […]

08 Jun
12:48

Please Dad, Stay And Celebrate All My Birthdays

                        The heartbreaking picture of Ritaj, the little girl, the orphaned child, next to her wounded dad, celebrating her sixth birthday with her dad, from his hospital dead, shortly before he succumbed to serious wounds after being shot by […]

07 Jun
12:02

Palestinian-American Wins California State Elections

A 28-year-old Palestinian American, on Tuesday, won the state elections in California, one of the eight key democratic states, as US citizens in California, New Jersey, Iowa, Montana, Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota, and New Mexico this week are voting for who they believe best represents their political party.  The winners of the primary […]

05 Jun
11:38

Christian Peacemaker Teams: Occupation Captured

Photo credits: Christian Peacemaker Teams. POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS JUNE 5, 2018 Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Festival of Ramadan Pictured here: The Old City of Hebron is joyful and celebratory for the Festival of Ramadan. Flickering yellow, green and red […]

03 Jun
9:33

Swedish Freedom Flotilla: ‘The people of Gaza need us to act.’

On Tuesday, 15 May, three Swedish boats met in the Danish Straits near Copenhagen, to start a voyage that would take them across channels and seas all the way to the Mediterranean and the coast of Palestine. This was a flotilla with a mission to defy Israel’s illegal siege on the Gaza […]

01 Jun
7:22

Israel Funnels Millions to Erase Palestinian History

Silwan/City of David. Photo credit: Emek Shaveh. POSTED BY: COREY SHERMAN MAY 31, 2018 The Ministry of Culture earmarks $17 million to expand archeological excavations in East Jerusalem. This month, the Israeli minister of culture Miri Regev (MK Jewish Home) announced plans to funnel $17 million toward archaeological excavations in East Jerusalem. […]

31 May
3:58

8 Things I Learned About Palestine While Touring 8 Western Nations

by Ramzi Baroud On 20 February, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations […]

31 May
3:48

Shakira Nixes Her Tel Aviv Show – The Timeline

May 30, 2018 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Entering damage control mode after Shakira nixed her July 9 Tel Aviv gig, Israel’s spin machine claimed the gig was never scheduled to begin with. Then, they said it wasn’t cancelled, it was just postponed. We aren’t sure […]

25 May
10:17

UK Artists Withdraw from Pop-Kultur Festival Over Israeli Embassy Sponsorship

Via the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI): Palestinians thank the UK artists for their principled stand and urge all participating artists to withdraw from the festival until it ends all forms of collaboration with Israel’s regime of oppression. We deeply appreciate the decision of UK artists […]

25 May
4:06

Shakira Urged to Cancel Israeli Performance

Dozens of Palestinian cultural organizations and local administrations are urging Grammy Award-winning pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira to cancel her show in Israel. A letter released by the  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) reads as follows: Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2018 Dear Shakira, […]

22 May
8:49

Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of Return

Activists Yudit Ilany and Heather Milton-Lightening explain why Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end. TRNN video & transcript: DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal, Canada. The Gaza Strip is home to approximately two million Palestinians, one half of whom are children. In 2007, […]

22 May
8:20

Occupation Captured: Photos of Palestinian Life and Israeli Occupation in the West Bank City of Hebron.

POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS MAY 21, 2018 Right to return Pictured here: Waving Palestinian flags alongside flags with a key – a symbol of the right to return – hundreds of Palestinians gathered to peacefully demonstrate. When the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe,” occurred in 1948 many Palestinians fled their homes, locking their doors […]

20 May
8:33

70th Nakba: Celtic Fans Make Solidarity Stand on 70th Minute of Match

The Green Brigade Celtic Football Fan Club has organized a solidarity rally  to commemorate the 70th Palestinian Nakba and denounce Israeli crimes, the latest of which was the killing of 63 peaceful demonstrators on the borders of the Gaza Strip. Fans of the Scottish football team made their solidarity stand […]

20 May
2:30

‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Via The Real News Network (TRNN). Watch video at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killinggaza/255266362 Also from TRNN — 05/15/18 Gaza Activist: […]

20 May
2:02

Settler Tourists Given Weekly Armed Escort through Streets of Hebron

On Saturday May 19th, over twenty soldiers escorted armed settlers through the souq Every Saturday, Zionist settler tours take place in the narrow alleys of the souq in Al Khalil’s (Hebron). These guided tours usually last for about an hour, and settlers are always accompanied by armed Israeli forces, intimidating […]

16 May
8:35

ISM: “We witnessed at least 40 Palestinians dropping to the ground from tear gas inhalation.”

On Monday, the 14th of May, at 11am, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Arafat Square in Ramallah and proceeded to march to Qalandia checkpoint, to confront Israeli forces. The US embassy was officially moved to Jerusalem on this same day. Palestinians held signs and placards to assert their right of return […]

15 May
9:23

Israeli Forces Kill 10 Palestinian Children in Four Weeks

Azzam Awaidah’s head was struck by a crowd control weapon on April 27 near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. He died the next day. (Photo: Courtesy of the Awaidah family) Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), Ramallah, May 14, 2018—Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian children […]

15 May
12:49

Gaza Activist: Israel’s Massacres Won’t Stop Our Struggle

In one of the worst mass killings by Israel in years, at least 58 Palestinians were killed as Israeli forces opened fire on the Great March of Return, in Gaza. The attack coincided with the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. We are joined from Gaza City by […]

13 May
4:36

World Press Freedom Day 2018: Journalists Demand British Media Institutions to Break The Silence and Stand with Palestinian Journalists under Occupation (VIDEO)

Photo: Lara Khalidi On World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Journalist Support Committee held a conference in London on the “Challenges of Palestinian Journalists” living and working under occupation. Prominent journalists, media analysts and activists demanded British media institutions and agencies to break the silence and stand in solidarity with […]

10 May
5:54

Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking of Siege Appeals to International Community to Save Gaza

In a press conference, on Wednesday, at the Palestinian Ministry of Information, the Higher National Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking of the Gaza Siege appealed the international community, at all levels, to urgently intervene on behalf of the Palestinian people in obtaining their basic human rights, […]

07 May
8:26

On World Press Freedom Day, PCHR Organizes Activities on “No to Targeting Truth”

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On Sunday, 06 May, 2018, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a campaign titled as “No to targeting the truth” on the World Press Freedom Day coinciding the third of May. The report included the release of PCHR’s two reports on freedom of expression, the first titled “Freedom […]

06 May
10:58

Israeli Soldier: “By the time we got out of there, everything was like a sandbox.”

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 about the price […]

05 May
11:51

Palestinians: Giro d’Italia Fueling Israel’s Lethal Repression

A Cycling Palestine team leader was detained by armed Israeli forces for “trespassing” during a protest ride against the Giro d’Italia cycling race. May 5, 2018  — Palestinian civil society groups have accused Giro d’Italia cycling race of covering up Israel’s war crimes in Gaza and its secret police’s repression against […]

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 […]

04 May
10:47

Convicted for Poetry: Dareen Tatour

Dareen Tatour – photo Free Dareen Tatour campaign An Israeli court in Nazareth convicted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour of “incitement” and “support for terror” for posting on Facebook and creating a poetry video on Thursday, 3 May. The conclusion of the trial – in an Israeli civil court – came after years of a […]

03 May
8:28

Palestinians Face Explosive Bullets, Dangerous Gas Bombs (VIDEO)

~Mersiha Gadzo By the time he was transferred to Istishari Arab Hospital, in Ramallah, after undergoing seven surgeries in Gaza, there was nothing doctors could do to save his left leg. It had to be amputated, unbeknown to al-Zaieem, 22, who was unconscious at the time. “No one dared to tell […]

03 May
8:03

Palestinian Circus School takes Production to Europe

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Circus School (PCS) is taking, to Europe, its Sarab production that mirrors the plight of refugees through the use of Chinese pole, juggling, acrobatics and trapeze, to reflect on their own history and the repetition of it, today, for millions of people, a PCS press release said […]

29 Apr
3:06

Israa Jaabis Wins Palestine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Award

The Palestinian Ministry for Women’s Affairs on Thursday awarded Israa Jaabis, an injured Palestinian woman who remains in Israeli police custody, as this year’s “Woman of Palestine.” (photos: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network) A 32-year-old mother, Jaabis was arrested in 2015 after being shot at by Israeli soldiers in East […]

28 Apr
5:12

Youth Under Occupation

By Abdalrahim Alfarra – Edited By Murad Qubbaj: I was born in the occupied Gaza Strip, in 1993. That same year, my family moved to the United Arab Emirates, where I completed all my school grades, from primary to secondary school. In 2011, I went back to the Gaza Strip […]

28 Apr
4:44

Join the “Tent Campaign” for Solidarity with Gaza and Truth-sharing

 All hands on deck: the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine needs our help to educate Americans about the Great March of Return. They propose a “tent campaign,” a rich metaphor for refugees and demolished homes. Here are instructions, plus an offer from If Americans Knew for free materials to […]

27 Apr
10:13

VIDEO: Samidoun on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and The Struggle Today

Samidoun’s international coordinator Charlotte Kates appeared on Press TV alongside Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat, the coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat. They participated in a special edition of “The Sun Will Rise” focusing on Palestinian prisoners on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Watch the full video here: Via […]

27 Apr
10:04

Book Review: “Tower of the Stork”

Dima Al-Samman is a contemporary Palestinian-Jerusalemite novelist. She was born and raised in occupied Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University. Further studies saw her gain a High Diploma in Television Direction and she is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry of Education. Writing […]

27 Apr
9:54

How Much Is Your US State Paying for Israel’s Weapons? This New Tool Will Tell You

Written by Josh Ruebner USCPR’s new interactive map of military aid to Israel  is featured in an article by Middle East Eye with commentary from USCPR Policy Director Josh Ruebner. The interactive tool on militaryaidtoisrael.org can disclose to Americans just how much they are paying each year for weapons to Israel and what programmes could be funded […]

25 Apr
7:24

Occupation Captured: Photos of Palestinian Life and Israeli Occupation in the West Bank City of Hebron

POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER APRIL 25, 2018 Taken from home Pictured here: A 13-year-old child came home after a day at school and was met by Israeli soldiers. The soldiers claimed he threw rocks and that he would be arrested. The boy’s parents were not home, though his 9-year-old brother was […]

21 Apr
7:41

Israeli Soldier Testimony: Every Five Hours That the Tank Is Idle, It’s Better to ‘Provoke’ the Place

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 about the price […]

18 Apr
8:40

‘Onion Boy’ Dreams of Playground, Just Like Every Other Kid

by Asmaa Tayeh Onion boy is a Palestinian boy who represents most Palestinian children experiencing brutal Israeli violations of rights and freedoms in front of the eyes of the motionless international community. A picture of a 9-year-old boy in the Gaza Strip went viral immediately after it was posted on social […]

18 Apr
4:35

Durham Unanimously Votes for Nation’s First Ban on Police Exchanges with Israel

DURHAM, NC: Late Monday evening, Durham voted unanimously to become the first city in the U.S. to prohibit police exchanges with Israel, after broad community pressure and popular petition by the Demilitarize! Durham2Palestine coalition, an affiliate of the Deadly Exchange Campaign. The policy, which states that, “the Council opposes international exchanges with any […]

17 Apr
11:28

Swedish Activist Continues Walking for Palestine

A 25-year-old Swedish activist, who commenced a long walk from Sweden to Palestine, to raise awareness about human rights violations in the occupied territory, reached Turkey’s northwestern Duzce province on Sunday. Benjamin Ladraa crossed Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria to reach Istanbul last week. Ladraa was in Duzce on Sunday. […]

14 Apr
7:08

Chicago Palestinians Remember Gaza Sand Artist, join #GreatReturnMarch (VIDEO)

Palestinians in Chicago remembered Mohammed Abu Amr, the 19-year-old sand artist known for his sculptures on the beaches of Gaza who was killed by Israeli occupation forces on 30 March 2018 as he participated in the Great March of Return on the colonial “borders” of the Gaza Strip. Organized by the US Palestinian Community […]

11 Apr
10:15

Occupation Captured

POSTED BY: CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS APRIL 10, 2018 Photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron. Segregation Pictured here: The Jewish holiday of Passover took place between March 30 and April 7 this year. During the Jewish celebrations, Palestinians face an increase in restrictions of movement and […]

10 Apr
7:01

Gaza Children Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

A group of Palestinian children gathered on Monday, near the eastern border area of the Gaza city, to celebrate the 50th anniversary commemorating the life of American icon activist Martin Luther King.   In their speech, the children paid tribute to Martin’s non-violent struggle and peaceful resistance in fighting racism, […]

10 Apr
6:29

Dublin City Council Votes to Support BDS

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) has warmly welcomed the vote by Dublin City Council to formally support and endorse the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for freedom, justice and equality. The motion, voted for by a majority of Councillors, according to the PNN, also commits the council to […]

06 Apr
5:33

New Book Sheds Light on Life in Occupied Golan

“Forgotten Occupation: Life in the Syrian Golan after 50 Years of Israeli Occupation” is the title of a new book published this week by Al-Marsad, a Golan Heights based human rights organization. A press release by Al-Marsad, the only human rights organization based in the occupied Golan Heights, tells the […]

04 Apr
8:56

Global Protests Denounce Gaza Massacre, Demand Justice for Palestine (VIDEO)

Following the Israeli massacre of at least 17 Palestinians and wounding of over 1,400 Palestinian civilians on Friday, 30 March in the Gaza Strip, protests have taken place in cities and towns around the world. The protesters in Gaza were part of tens of thousands participating in the Great March […]

02 Apr
8:57

Palestinian Activist Family on Palestine Land Day

The events of the 1976 Palestine Land Day came after the confiscation of thousands of acres of Arab land within the boundaries of populated areas under the cover of the Galilee Development Project. The main goal was the Judaisation of Galilee and the Triangle areas; particularly the villages of Arrabeh, […]

31 Mar
10:39

Palestine Land Day: A Day to Resist and Remember

For Palestinians, Land Day presents an opportunity not only to mark a past event, but also to think about creative and resilient ways to further resist Israeli land theft. Forty-two years ago today, Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they were protesting the Israeli government’s […]

31 Mar
10:29

PACBI: Netflix, Time to Nix War Crimes Glorifying Series

Palestinians are urging Netflix to dump the “Fauda” series, created by former members of Israeli army death squads, that legitimizes and promotes racist violence and war crimes. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is calling on Netflix to nix the “thriller” series “Fauda,” claiming it […]

26 Mar
9:03

There Are No Late Mornings for Samiha Ghaben

photo: Amal Qarra harvesting wheat in the town of Abasan, in the southeast Gaza Strip (MEE/Mohamed al-Hajjar) There are no late mornings for Samiha Ghaben. The 45-year-old mother of three wakes up every day at 5am to start work on her farm in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza. […]

25 Mar
7:50

Paris March for International Women’s Day Urges Freedom for Imprisoned Palestinian Women and Girls (VIDEO)

EuroPalestine and others marched through the streets of Paris on 8 March, International Women’s Day, to demand freedom for Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli prisons. Joining in the large International Women’s Day demonstration, protesters marched from Republique to Opera led by a banner urging freedom for 17-year-old Palestinian prisoner Ahed Tamimi. Carrying photos of Ahed […]

24 Mar
8:42

Activists Rename Dutch Streets to Honor Ahed Tamimi

All images via MovementX and DocP Activists in the Netherlands changed street names in 13 Dutch cities who “woke up with an additional street name” on 23 March; placards and street signs had been placed around the cities labeling important thoroughfares “Ahed Tamimi street.” MovementX and DocP, two Dutch organizations that advocate for Palestinian rights, posted the grassroots street […]

24 Mar
8:32

Palestinian Singer Rim Banna Laid to Rest at 51

March 24, 2018 8:32 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human interest, Israel 0

Palestinian singer, songwriter, and composer Rim Banna has died, after battling breast cancer for almost nine years. The 51-year-old died in her hometown of Nazareth, and is survived by her mother, brother, and three children. Family members confirmed, via statements on social media, that the singer had passed away in […]

24 Mar
5:38

Bethlehem: 7,000 Run in Freedom for Palestinians Marathon (VIDEO)

Ukrainian Yuri Vladigier was crowned at the 6th Palestine International Marathon, held Friday, in Bethlehem . The marathon, which took place in front of the Church of the Nativity, in the city of Bethlehem, was attended by about 7,000 runner  contestants from 72 countries, in races including 42 km, 21 km, […]

22 Mar
7:36

Occupation Captured: Photos of Palestinian Life and Israeli Occupation in the West Bank City of Hebron.

Arrests in al-Khalil Pictured here:  A local man from al-Khalil was arrested for two hours. Initially stopped outside one of the checkpoints, the man was then taken to the Israeli military base. The Prisoners and Liberties Affairs Association, Palestinian Prisoners Club, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Al […]