Category Archives: Human interest

19 Jan
7:01

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

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

19 Jan
6:54

Doctors Without Borders: Detention of Minors Brings Mental Health Consequences

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

19 Jan
6:47

Major Digital Activism Forum Attended by Hundreds in Palestine

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

16 Jan
11:22

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

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

15 Jan
8:44

ISM Report: New Construction in Umm al-Khair (VIDEO)

01/14/18 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team ISMers joined with other international and Israeli activists in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Khair on Saturday at the invitation of the Bedouin community. Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, was a busy day constructing a dwelling for a Bedouin family while Israeli authorities have their […]

13 Jan
8:14

Israa Jaabis’ Cry for Justice: Israeli Occupation High Court Hears Appeal

January 13, 2018 8:14 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

Palestinian detainee Israa Jaabis came before the Israeli occupation’s High Court of Justice on Thursday, 11 January in an appeal against her 11-year sentence, noting her severe injuries and poor overall health, with her suffering only intensified due to the conditions in HaSharon prison, where she is held. Her lawyers have argued that […]

13 Jan
6:16

Palestinian Villages Attacked – Yet Resisting Illegal Outposts

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

06 Jan
12:17

Wadi Hilweh: Jerusalem in 2017 (VIDEO)

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center was established in Jerusalem, in 2009, and was named after the area in which it is located. The center aims at revealing the facts and history of the village of Silwan. It also reveals the Israeli occupation’s violations in terms of its various institutions and […]

31 Dec
11:45

Israeli Testimony: “If ‘roof knocking’ was conducted and no one came out after a few minutes, then the assumption was that there was no one there.”

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 […]

31 Dec
12:18

Lorde Set an Example to Follow for Young Celebrities

In the growing tide of support for the cultural boycott of Israel, New Zealand music star Lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv concert is precedent-setting in many ways. Lorde cancelled the Israeli leg of her 2018 world tour only days after it was announced. With commendable modesty and openness to engage […]

29 Dec
10:33

The Battle Ground of the South Hebron Hills

12/28/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team The area of the South Hebron Hills is one of the battle zones against the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. This region stretches along the southern border of the West Bank. The villages of At-Tuwani, At-Tuba, Mufaqarah, and Sarura are located in the […]

29 Dec
2:37

VIDEO: Israeli Forces Arrest Donkey in Jerusalem

Israeli military police recently arrested a donkey on a street in Jerusalem, according to Days of Palestine. Seven Israeli military police surrounded the donkey and arrested it in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. They then detained it for some time before releasing it. No reason was given as to […]

15 Dec
5:17

Israeli Drone Strike Survivor in Gaza Dies from Injuries at Age 9

A nine-year-old Palestinian died on December 6, due to injuries sustained during an Israeli drone strike in the Gaza Strip, in 2014. Mohammad Abu Hdaf, a kindergartner at the time, sustained spine injuries from shrapnel during an Israeli drone strike in Al-Qarara, east of Khan Younis, on August 8, 2014, […]

12 Dec
5:14

Tilda Swinton, Peter Gabriel and Other Celebrities Condemn Trump Move

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

10 Dec
4:24

Palestinians Resist Israel and its US Enabler

As the Israeli crackdown on protests in the Occupied Territories turns deadly, human rights attorney Noura Erakat says that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is only the latest US attack on Palestinian self-determination. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATÉ: It’s The Real News. I’m Aaron MatĂ©. The uproar continues over President […]

09 Dec
7:54

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

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

09 Dec
7:31

How Israel Occupies Education in East Jerusalem

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

04 Dec
8:25

Settlement Pollutes Palestinian Olive Groves With Sewage Water

The picture might look beautiful, but the water badly smells of sewage. 11/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Nablus Team  The farmers in South Bruqin have had to face the difficulties living next to, and having land stolen by, the illegal settlement of Bruchin since 2000. The last eastern expansion […]

03 Dec
9:16

‘Smuggled’ Palestinian Child Meets Father for the First Time in Israeli Prison

December 3, 2017 9:16 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Human interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

by Rania Zabaneh Whenever someone asked Majd where his father was, he would run to the sitting room and point to a poster hung on the wall. For the 15-month-old toddler, “baba” (Arabic for dad), was a picture, a voice on the other end of the telephone and a lot […]

03 Dec
9:03

VIDEO: Bethlehem Museum Decorates Olive Tree to Reflect City’s Suffering under Israeli Occupation

In a ceremony attended by a group of Palestinians and Internationals, under the  initiative of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), as part of Bethlehem Heart of Christmas, Bethlehem Museum celebrated the lighting of its Christmas tree which was decorated with gas bombs and live bullets fired by the […]

28 Nov
10:05

ISM Report: Four Houses in Jiftlik Demolished by Israel

On the 7th of November, the state of Israel demolished four houses in the Jordan Valley, making four families homeless. At 6:30 the Israeli army came photographing the house, and, shortly after, three bulldozers entered the Jiftlik village, guarded by around 30 soldiers from special forces known as ‘Yasam’. The […]

26 Nov
9:28

A Call for Solidarity from Kufr Aqab

11/24/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Nablus Team Six residential buildings in the Kufr Aqab neighbourhood, in Jerusalem, are currently facing demolition orders by Israeli authorities. The neighbourhood is the northernmost part of Jerusalem, but is separated from the rest of Jerusalem by the Apartheid Wall. Most of the residents […]

24 Nov
3:30

Palestinians Urge Pope Francis to Reject Netanyahu’s Invitation to Launch Giro d’Italia in Israel

Pope Francis touches the wall on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 Osservatore Romano—Reuters In an open letter, Palestinian civil society groups urge the Pope not to lend his name in any way to the 2018 Giro d’Italia […]

21 Nov
7:47

Palestinian Children’s Book Stirring Cries of Anti-Semitism

A children’s book titled “P is for Palestine” is infuriating some New York Jewish mothers — who claimed that it is nothing but anti-Semitic propaganda disguised as a kids’ alphabet book. Of the mothers’ comments on the book: “Omg. Crazy. I’m livid at this,’’ one woman wrote on Facebook. “I […]

13 Nov
10:38

A Tale of Zero Cities

11/11/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team Last month in northern Palestine brought stories of Israeli settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement that, however horrifying, all suffered an important shortcoming: the scope of the stories lent to individual scapegoats, and in doing so provided a vivid, but ultimately penny-deep look at […]

11 Nov
10:19

Video: Jerusalem in October 2017

Wadi Hilweh Information Center was established in 2009 and was named after the area where it is located. The center aims at revealing the facts and history of the village of Silwan. It also reveals the occupation’s violations in terms of its various institutions and settlement organizations in Silwan, in […]

11 Nov
9:59

Lord Mayor of Dublin Launches Life in Palestine 2018 Calendar (VIDEO)

On Friday 10th November, the Lord Mayor of Dublin MĂ­cheĂĄl Mac Donncha officially launched the 2018 ‘Life in Palestine’ calendar produced by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). Also speaking were Ms. Jilan Abdalmajid, Deputy Head of the Mission of the State of Palestine to Ireland, IPSC Chairperson Ms. Fatin Al […]

10 Nov
8:05

Rights Seminar Held in Ramallah for Palestinian Journalists (VIDEO)

Palestinian journalists and human rights activists, this week, highlighted the various violations committed against them in the Palestine, whether out by Israeli occupation or the violations by the Palestinian authorities, in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. PNN reports that the Seminar was organized by the United Nations Educational, […]

08 Nov
9:21

ISM: Remembering Balfour Under Apartheid

11/06/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team Yesterday, in al Khalil (Hebron), the Palestinian group Youth Against Settlements held an event to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration is viewed as a foundational document of the Israeli state’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Despite promises […]

05 Nov
11:31

BTS Video Testimony: “There is No Such Thing as Innocent Civilians”

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 […]

02 Nov
8:28

Palestinians Mark Anniversary of Balfour Declaration

(PNN) On the Balfour Declaration centennial, Palestine launched a series of national and international events marking the centennial of the day that turned their lives upside down, through allowing the establishment of a national home for Jews on Palestinian homeland. Since then, Israeli massacres and crimes have begun, as the […]

29 Oct
9:35

Annexation Wall Gate Prevents Elderly Man From Visiting Family Graves

Although his family graveyard is now located behind the Annexation Wall in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, resident Ahmad Barghouth (Abu Nidal) has continued to visit the graves of his father, mother and grandmother, by going through a special underground tunnel constructed by Israeli authorities when they constructed the Wall, […]

26 Oct
8:01

Palestinian Engineers Create Phone App for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Palestinian doctors and engineers claim to have developed an app that would allow women to detect early signs of breast cancer by simply snapping a picture from their phones. Al-Quds University released a statement saying that Dr. Zaidoun Salah and engineer Yazid Al Badarin invented the app, which is still […]

20 Oct
7:02

Ashrawi: U.S. Event Raises Funds for 18-bed Pediatric Unit in Ramallah

An event recently held in Atlanta, Georgia raised funds for an 18-bed pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) in Ramallah, a statement by the office of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Wednesday. Ashrawi gave the keynote address at the Palestine […]

19 Oct
7:03

Adalah Holds 12th Annual Law Students Camp: The Nakba and the Law (VIDEO)

60 Palestinian students from West Bank, East J’lem, Golan Heights, and citizens of Israel participated; one student: ‘I hadn’t considered a career in human rights, but the camp changed my mind.’ Sixty Palestinian and Arab students from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and citizens of Israel participated […]

19 Oct
5:52

Palestinian Girl Places First Over 7.4 Million Participants in Reading Contest

Arab Reading Challenge crowned as winner a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who beat 7.4 million contestants to win this year’s title as the champion of the contest in Dubai. Afaf Sharif was crowned during a grand ceremony held at the Dubai Opera House, and received Dh550,000 in prize money, PNN reports. […]

10 Oct
4:32

Palestine-India Techno Park Joins Global Network for Science Parks

The Palestine-India Techno Park (PTP) has participated in the Thirty-fourth World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in Istanbul. The Park became a full-time member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), a leading global network for science parks and areas of innovation. […]

06 Oct
9:33

Detained Teens in Gaza Highly Vulnerable to Abuse

Mustafa Salman, 16, died on September 22 following his suicide attempt while being detained at a police station in the northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: courtesy of Salman’s family)  Ramallah, October 4, 2017 — Children in conflict with the law in Gaza, under the current Hamas-led government, are at severe risk of […]

04 Oct
7:25

Palestinian Tech Researcher Publishes Study on Nanotechnology

The researcher at the Department of Physics in Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie, Dr. Ishaq Musa, published a joint paper written in collaboration with researchers in the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), in a scientific journal under the title “Synthesis and Length Dependent Photoluminescence Property of Zinc Oxide Nanorods.” In this […]

03 Oct
5:30

Watchtower As A Neighbor in Arroub Refugee Camp

A child rollerblades down a small street in Arroub refugee camp. (Photo: DCI-Palestine / Ahmad Al-Bazz) Bethlehem, October 2, 2017—Hadeel Janazra, 13, lives right next to the site where a Palestinian teen was shot dead last spring. Israeli forces shot the teen directly in the heart, killing him on the […]

03 Oct
5:09

When Buildings Break Bones

Photo: The mayor of Urif shows ISM activists where settler attacks have come from. 10/01/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Nablus Team  It was a somber trip through the villages of Urif, Einabus, and Huwara yesterday. Their peripheries continue to be threatened by the illegal settlement of Yitzar, which sits […]

26 Sep
9:43

Three Israeli Officers One Palestinian Killed In Shooting Attack

Updated: In the Israeli settlement colony of Har Adar Tuesday morning, a gunman allegedly opened fire on a group of Israeli Border Police, and armed security guards,  killing three and wounding a fourth. The attacker was then shot and killed by the remaining Israeli border guards at the entrance to […]

21 Sep
12:51

Two Meals and Two Fields: At The Intersection of Hunger and Labor

Muath Ghalia, 12, inspects corn growing on his family’s rented agricultural lands in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza. (Photo: DCIP / Saud Abu Ramadan) Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) Ramallah, September 20, 2017 — “My favorite dish is fish,” said Muath Ghalia. At 12 years old, he is well versed […]

18 Sep
9:47

Banksy Art to be Sold at The Walled Off Hotel

New works by elusive street artist Banksy will be available for sale, at The Walled Off Hotel’s gift shop in the Palestinian territories, for first time in four years. The collection includes limited-edition crucifixes that have been shaped into giant grappling hooks, and painted key rings and ornaments fashioned after […]

13 Sep
5:59

Gaza Boy Producing Computer Games

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy from the Gaza Strip has taught himself to produce professional-standard computer games, Safa News Agency reported on Monday, according to Days of Palestine. Bilal Shahin has developed 20 games over the past three years, one of which — Flappy Attack Crush — is available on Google […]

11 Sep
2:24

Win Over Bhutan: Palestine Leads Asian Cup Competition

The Palestinian national football team beat Bhutan 2-0 in the Asian Cup qualifier to head the four-country group that also includes Oman and the Maldives. The Asian Cup final will take place in the UAE in January of 2019. The win raised Palestine’s FIFA ranking to 93, having been ranked […]

07 Sep
9:51

Imprisoned Women and Girls: Updates from Israeli Prisons

September 7, 2017 9:51 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

As administrative detainee Ihsan Dababseh was once against ordered imprisoned without charge or trial – one of five Palestinian women held under administrative detention orders – the youngest Palestinian female prisoner was denied access to family visits. The parents of Malak al-Ghaliz, 14, from al-Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah, were turned back by Israeli […]

07 Sep
9:20

ISM Journals: Two Nights in Umm al-Kheir

09/05/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Spent the last two days at Umm Al Khair, a Bedouin village in the South Hebron Hills, enjoying the wonderful hospitality, generosity, and loving kindness. This was not my first trip there. And, as much as I hate to say it, as […]

06 Sep
7:17

Nabi Saleh: ‘It’s a silent ethnic cleansing’

by Jaclynn Ashly Days of Palestine/Al Jazeera – The writer speaks to one of the heroines of the Palestinian popular resistance in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Ahed Tamimi was just 14 when she rose to international prominence through the release of a video and a series of […]

28 Aug
2:47

Calls for Israel’s Expulsion from ‘Blood Stained’ UK Arms Fair

By Tom Anderson: This September, the world’s largest arms fair will be held in London. The DSEI weapons exhibition will be hosting political and military delegations from around the world who will be shopping for drones, guns, missiles, tanks and ammunition from the thousands of arms companies who will be […]

27 Aug
3:58

Imprisoned Women and Girls: 14-year-old Malak Longs to Return to School

Malak al-Ghaliz, 14, the youngest Palestinian prisoner, asked her mother to get her school certificate for the coming school year – however, the Israeli occupation continued her trial indefinitely and she does not know even when she will next face the Ofer military court. Malak, a Palestinian refugee from the […]

25 Aug
8:11

Gaza Baby Suffers in Silence

Three-month old baby girl Yomna Allouh suffers from cramps and suffocation, spending her days between the intensive care unit, the child incubator and her family home in Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip. Allouh waits her turn for a medical referral to receive treatment abroad. The case of baby Allouh is […]

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15 Aug
5:54

PCHR: How the Ongoing Electricity Crisis Impacts the Lives of Gazans (VIDEO)

This summer, the Gaza Power Authority confirmed that the current electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is the worst it has ever been, after fuel from Egypt was stopped and the Israeli electrical supply to the Gaza power lines was reduced, reportedly at the request of the Palestinian Authority. Gaza […]

12 Aug
4:21

Dr. Ashrawi on the 9th Anniversary of Mahmoud Darwish’s Passing

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on the 9th anniversary of the passing of Mahmoud Darwish said, according to the PNN: ”On behalf of the Palestinian leadership and the people of Palestine, we mark with great sorrow the 9th anniversary of the death of Palestine’s greatest poet and national […]

09 Aug
1:42

In Gaza, My Child Died Before My Eyes

By Sarah Algherbawi Wisam, a 6-year-old boy, coughs harshly as his father watches over his bed. Wisam has cystic fibrosis; Gaza’s hospitals lack the enzyme treatments he needs to stay alive. The uncertainty about what will happen to Wisam is causing his father, Bahjat Abu Rashid, great anxiety. Two years ago, […]

07 Aug
10:58

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: A Young Palestinian Magician’s March to Fame

Ammar Faqih, a promising young Palestinian magician, doing one of his card tricks at his Tullkarem home. (Photo courtesy of Faqih.)  Ammar Faqih may be just 17 years old, but he can  do tricks magicians have spent many years trying to master. One day, Faqih entered a clothing store in […]

06 Aug
7:27

Gaza 2014: “They weren’t sure it wasn’t some family they just took down in there.”

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 […]

06 Aug
7:19

How the Blockade Hurts Children (VIDEO)

It’s been ten years since Israel began its land, sea, and air blockade on the Gaza Strip. This military siege has largely cut Gaza off from the rest of the world and prevented or acutely limited a wide range of goods and services from reaching children in Gaza. (Photo: A Palestinian […]

31 Jul
6:07

Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel’s ‘business as usual’ facade

Israeli musicians urge Radiohead to reconsider violating the Palestinian call for boycott. Dear Thom Yorke, We are Israeli musicians writing you about your scheduled performance in Israel this July 19. It is our understanding that the public appeal urging you to respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel this concert was […]

31 Jul
5:25

HCEF Holds Meeting with Bethlehem Partners, in Honor of Dr. Hanna Hanania

In the presence of its board members and president of the American Federation of Ramallah, Dr. Hanna Hanania, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) hosted a business lunch for a group of partner institutions in Bethlehem, in particular, and Palestine in general, in an effort to strengthen these bonds […]

29 Jul
10:42

Children Arrive for ‘Gaza Kids to Ireland’ Football Tour

After they played and charmed their way into the hearts of communities across Ireland last summer, a mostly new group of 19 children from Al Helal Football Academy in Gaza City, Palestine, is due in Ireland tomorrow . “As the trip was such an uplifting, joyous experience, we are doing […]

12 Jul
4:42

Disastrous and Unprecedented Exacerbation of all Basic Services in the Gaza Strip Due to Power Outages

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is strongly concerned over an unprecedented deterioration of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip and warns of the disastrous consequences of the already deteriorating humanitarian situation. PCHR highlights that the power outage has reached over 20 hours a day for over 3 […]

10 Jul
12:46

Nearly 200,000 Children from Gaza take part in UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks

nsnbc : One hundred and eighty-six thousand children have registered to participate in a month-long programme of summer activities organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The ‘Summer Fun Weeks’ (SFWs) will began on July 8 and culminate in a series of closing […]

04 Jul
7:40

Beit Sahour: Palestinian Artists Move to Save the Old Through the New

Rihaam Isaac, right, greets participants of the MishwArt tour at the opening of Art Salon in Beit Sahour on June 29, 2017. (MaanImages) by Lily Leach Once the center of a smallish, quiet town just southeast of Bethlehem, the past few decades have seen younger generations gradually depart from Beit […]

30 Jun
4:50

ISM Journals: A Day in Umm al-Kheir, Threatened by Demolition

The fence separating Umm al-Kheir from the illegal Karmel settlement. 06/29/17 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Our day in Umm al Kheir started with a common flying checkpoint, set up by the Israeli forces in Zif. Our mini-bus driver didn’t want to pass this control so we got […]

29 Jun
2:27

Gaza Kids Heading to Ireland amidst Energy Crisis and Israeli Assault

The Gaza Strip is now experiencing a full-on energy disaster, with its already inadequate supply of three to four hours per day of electrical supply now being cut by 45 to 60 minutes per day. The United Nations has warned that these power cuts threaten a “total collapse” of basic […]

21 Jun
8:57

Space to Play: Summer in Jenin Refugee Camp

Maiysa Zawaydeh, 15, draws in her sketchbook beneath a portrait of her grandfather in her family home in Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, May 11, 2017. (Photo: DCIP / Ahmad Al-Bazz) As summer begins in Jenin refugee camp, 15-year-old Maiysa Zawaydeh is wary of the coming months. “Unfortunately, there is no safe […]

21 Jun
7:05

(VIDEO) Palestine’s Youngest Documentary Filmmaker, Rawan Abu Assad

Rawan Abu Assad is the youngest documentary filmmaker in the Gaza Strip. The 23-year-old woman discusses her dreams, her work and what the occupation is to her, as well as how it has impacted her life. According to the PNN, Rawan says that the occupation has stolen her rights and […]

19 Jun
2:00

Life under Siege: Indiscriminate killing of farmers

“Our life has turned upside down since my mother’s death. With her passing, we lost the backbone of the house.” Hani Salem Elomor is a married father of 3 children and resident of El Elfokhari neighborhood, Khan Younis, whose mother Zeina was killed by the Israeli occupation forces in 2016 […]

16 Jun
5:06

Child Injured during Raid by PA Security Forces near Nablus

Mohammad Hashash, 15, was injured by shrapnel from an unknown source during a Palestinian security forces raid on Balata refugee camp on June 4. (Photo: courtesy of Hashash family)  Mohammad Samir Hashash, 15, suffered a head injury on June 4 during clashes between Palestinian security forces and armed residents of […]

13 Jun
7:52

Birzeit University Ranked Among Top 3% Best Universities

Birzeit University students walking on campus. (Photo courtesy of Birzeit University) Birzeit University (BZU), north of Ramallah, was among the top three percent of the best universities in the world, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings, a BZU press release said on Monday. For the first time, Birzeit University […]

09 Jun
5:26

June 8th Marks 50th Anniversary of USS Liberty Incident (VIDEO)

Official statement from  www.usslibertyveterans.org: ON JUNE 8, 1967, while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty (AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of Israel.  Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship […]

03 Jun
8:05

Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine (2/2)

Political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about the Palestinian  hunger strike, resistance, BDS, and the role that art and political cartoons play in the resistance to the Israeli occupation. TRNN transcript: Sharmini Peries: Welcome back to my interview with Mohammad Sabaaneh. He is a political cartoonist, and he has just published […]

01 Jun
6:38

ISM Report: Resistance and Empowerment in al-Khalil’s Women’s Cooperative

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) met with the founder of al-Khalil’s largest women’s cooperative to discuss business, the occupation and women’s empowerment. Via the Palestine News Network (PNN). Idhna is a small town to the west of al-Khalil, located less than a kilometre from the separation wall that divides Israelis […]

31 May
7:30

Life Under Occupation: Resisting Israeli Apartheid in H2 area of Hebron

The violence of soldiers and settlers has not deterred the Shamsiya family from reporting on human rights violations in Israeli occupied Hebron. Imad Abu Shamsiya is a 47-year old husband and the father of five children – three boys and two girls. A shoemaker by profession, for years he has […]

28 May
10:06

An Israeli soldier’s testimony: “Anything still there is as good as dead.”

“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.  Founded in March 2004 by a […]

25 May
5:01

(VIDEO) Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine

Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people. Mohammad is the author of White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine. TRNN transcript: Sharmini Peries: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Most media outlets […]

24 May
3:35

Families of Hunger Striking Detainees Address Trump

Hours before the arrival of US President Donald Trump to Bethlehem, for a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, the families of some 1,500 hunger-striking Palestinian detainees sent a letter to Trump telling him that Palestinian prisoners are freedom fighters, according to international law, and they do not want them to die […]

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 […]

16 May
8:56

Palestinian Circus Trainer Mohammed Abu Sakha on Hunger Strike for 29 Days; Freedom on Horizon as Detention Limited

Palestinian circus performer Mohammed Abu Sakha has now been on hunger strike for 29 days as part of the Strike of Dignity and Freedom. Abu Sakha, who has been held in administrative detention without charge or trial since 14 December 2015, is one of the 1500 Palestinian prisoners who launched […]

07 May
3:42

Life Under Occupation: Excessive Violence of the Israeli Forces

On 13 December 2015, at least nine Palestinian students of the Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie in Tulkarem were shot by soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Forces. About 7,000 students receive their higher education at the University, which has been exposed to increasing attacks by Israeli forces, particularly since autumn 2015. Despite […]

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 […]

28 Apr
8:13

First International Conference on Climate Change Organized by Palestine Engineers Association

The Palestine Engineers Association (PEA), in partnership with the Federation of Arab Engineers, are due to hold the first international, peer-reviewed and multi-disciplinary event on climate change in Palestine, which is scheduled to take place in  Al Bireh, in May. This international event comes within the framework of the PEA […]

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 […]

08 Apr
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Wilderness First Aid Courses Held for West Bank Teachers

In cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil organization, in mid-March, began two-day training courses on Wilderness First Aid for 80 primary school teachers from the West Bank (Jericho, Ramallah, Jenin, Hebron). The training, according to the PNN, prepares educators to face the possible risks and […]

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 […]

29 Mar
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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 […]

25 Mar
7:26

Medical Discovery in Ramallah: Artificially Born Sons Do Not Automatically Inherit Father’s Infertility

Palestinian doctors say they have discovered that sons born artificially do not necessarily inherit the infertility problem of their biological father. According to Salem Abu Khaizaran, head of Razan Center for IVF and Infertility at the Consultancy Hospital in Ramallah, artificially born sons are able to marry and give birth […]

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
8:02

Life Under Siege: A Child’s Wartime Memories

On Wednesday, 21 August 2014, the Reify family was targeted in their agricultural land located in El-Daraj neighborhood, a densely-populated area of Gaza city. The incident happened on the forty fifth day of the war when many members of the family were together in their land, playing, planting and eating, […]

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. […]

17 Mar
1:09

Honoring Rachel Corrie

03/16/17 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine Today, March 16th, 2017, marks 14 years since the day that Rachel Corrie had her life taken. And though her life ended early, her courageous heart and defiant spirit will be carried onward, and continue to inspire many activists now and into […]

14 Mar
11:08

Dinosaur Museum Opens in Bethlehem (VIDEO)

A natural history museum for dinosaurs and large insects opened on Tuesday, at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem. Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Minister of Culture Ihab Bseiso and Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun inaugurated the museum in the presence of Harry Leu, owner of the international exhibit, who said at […]

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 […]

10 Mar
8:26

A New Generation Learns to ‘Shoot’ the Occupation

Qurtuba children learn to use cameras (photo courtesy of Human Rights Defenders) Human Rights Defenders have started a new project to protect the human rights of the children who have to live and study in the middle of the occupation and ghettoisation which is the centre of Hebron. Last Sunday, 5th […]

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 […]