Search Results for : mental health

19 Jan

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 […]

13 Sep

East Jerusalem: Mental Health Services to be Provided for Survivors of Political Violence

September 13, 2015 2:00 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Jerusalem 0

Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) have announced their cooperation in providing comprehensive mental health support and rehabilitation for survivors of politically motivated violence in East Jerusalem.Palestine News Network (PNN) reports that MSF, as an International Humanitarian Medical Organization, […]

22 Jun

Palestinian detainees tortured, facing bad mental and health conditions

June 22, 2006 6:56 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that Palestinian detainees in Al Maskobiyya Israeli Prison in Jerusalem are facing bad treatment, torture and are suffering from deteriorating mental and health condition as a result of torture and abuse during interrogation. Detainee Jamil Hasan Mizhir, 20, from the West Bank city of Ramallah, stated […]

30 May

VIDEO: Demolition of Sewage Station Invokes Environmental Disaster

Israeli forces, on 13 February, 2019,  demolished a Wastewater Screening Station  and other Palestinian owned facilities in the Bir ‘Ona area of Beit Jala town, located south of Jerusalem, central West Bank. The demolition, carried out without any prior notice by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, caused an environmental disaster […]

25 Mar

Israel’s War Crimes Fuel Mental Illness In Gaza

by Hanin Elholy, for Days of Palestine It was a roasting July afternoon, and the reverberations of bombs were so continuous that her body seemed like it was vibrating in time with them. There was no time to consider whether to don her hijab, what belongings to gather together, or […]

06 Oct

World Health Report: Right to Health 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its report, Right to Health: Crossing barriers to access health in the occupied Palestinian territory 2017. The report examines obstacles to achieving the highest attainable standard of health for Palestinians living under occupation, including barriers to health access and attacks on health care. According to […]

21 Sep

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 […]

26 Mar

UN Special Rapporteur: Israel “In Profound Breach” of Palestinians’ Right to Health

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territory, occupied since 1967, Professor Michael Lynk, has found Israel to be “in profound breach of the right to health with respect to the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” in his latest report released this week. As the occupying power, Israel is […]

20 Mar

No Power, No Supplies, No Way Out: A Year Without the Right to Health in the Gaza Strip

Whether swimming at the beach or trying to get urgent medical care, children in the Gaza Strip were boxed out of their right to health care in 2017, with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities contributing to record lows. Death Before Walking On her fifth pregnancy, Naela Abu Nasira was an […]

22 May

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 […]

16 May

Gaza in Crisis: Health Sector in Danger

 Head of the Health and Environmental sector in Gaza’s administrative committee, Basem Naeem, stated Sunday that the banning the entry of medicine, milk for children and cuts to the salaries of medical staff, in addition to the fuel and power cut brought the health sector to a state of crisis. Naeem informed […]

02 Dec

WHO: Latest Health Access Report for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked by the UN since 1977[1], WHO launched a 2-year report on health access at an event in Gaza, to highlight how the Israeli permit system and physical barriers obstruct health access for Palestinian patients, ambulances and health […]

22 Nov

Ministry of Health: More Than 10.000 Palestinians Injured Since October

November 22, 2015 2:24 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

This last Friday, more than 200 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, during confrontations with the military, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.118 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition, while another 60 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, including 41 […]

21 Nov

Health Ministry: ‘233 Palestinians Injured On Friday, 118 Of Them With Live Fire’

November 21, 2015 4:14 AM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that 233 Palestinians were injured by Israeli army fire, on Friday, including 118 who were shot with live army fire, in different parts of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.The Ministry stated that 118 Palestinians were shot with live Israeli army fire, […]

12 Nov

Health Ministry: ’83 Palestinians Killed Since October 1”

November 12, 2015 7:34 PM IMEMC News Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awwad, has reported that the Thursday Israeli assassination of Abdullah Azzam Shalalda, in the Hebron Governmental Hospital, brings the number of Palestinian killed by Israeli fire since October 1, to 83.He said that the execution of Shalalda in a hospital, on the hands of undercover […]

14 Oct

Ministry of Health Report: 30 Palestinians Killed This Month, Including 7 Children

October 14, 2015 4:01 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

Since October 1st, 30 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 1500 others injured by Israeli troops, according to the most recent report by the Palestinian Ministry of HealthThe MOH said in its report that among the 30 killed Palestinians there are seven children. According to the press statement, 19 […]

08 Oct

Palestinian Health Minister: Five killed; 750 Injured during protests this past week

October 8, 2015 9:40 PM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awwad, announced on Thursday that Israeli attacks targeting Palestinian protesters in the West Bank have left five killed civilians including a child and more than 750 others were injured by Israeli military gunfire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. According to Dr. Jawad’s press […]

07 Oct

Ministry Of Health: “129 Palestinians Injured By Israeli Army Fire, Tuesday”

October 7, 2015 1:36 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, West Bank 0

The Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH) in the occupied West Bank has reported that at least 129 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire and gas bombs in different parts of the West Bank, Tuesday, and that the soldiers deliberately targeted medics and journalists.In a press release, the MOH […]

19 Aug

Dangerous Trends In Palestinian Health Caused by Occupation: UNRWA

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) report on Palestine’s Gaza Strip concludes that infant mortality has risen for the first time in decades. A significant marker for a dangerous trend says UNRWA Director of Health Dr. Akihiro Seita. Infant mortality is but one of numerous health and mental […]

10 Oct

Ferwana: “Israel Deliberately Inflicting Mental Harm On The Detainees”

October 10, 2014 4:00 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, a Palestinian researcher specialized in Detainees’ Affairs, stated that Israel is deliberately inflicting physiological harm on Palestinian political prisoners, amidst ongoing harassment, assaults and bad living conditions.The former political prisoner, head of the Census Department of the Palestinian Committee of Detainees, said the constant violations have caused scores […]

27 Aug

Ministry of Health: “2145 Palestinians, Including 578 Children, Killed In Israel’s Aggression”

August 27, 2014 10:10 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza issued a report stating that Israeli missiles and shells, fired against the Palestinian population of Gaza since July 8, led to the death of 2145 Palestinians, including 578 children, 263 women, and 102 elderly.It said around 11100, including 3374 children, 2088 women and […]

03 Aug

United Nations Warns of “Rapidly Unfolding” Health Disaster in Gaza

August 3, 2014 4:41 AM IMEMC News Gaza Siege, International, News Report 0

A health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding in the Gaza Strip as a direct result of the ongoing conflict, said the United Nations today.Mr. James W. Rawley, the Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), together with Mr. Robert Turner, UNRWA’s Director of Operations in the Gaza […]

23 Feb

Israeli, Palestinian Officials Collaborate on Environmental Solutions

A Thursday agreement reached to form a Palestinian-Israeli team to address common environmental issues between the two sides, said Israel Radio.The Palestinian News Network (PNN) reports that, according to the radio, a meeting was held between the Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection, Amir Peretz and Deputy Head of Environmental Department […]

13 Dec

Shortage of Supplies Critical For Gaza Health Services

[December, 2013] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concerns over critical shortages in medical supplies and electricity for Gaza health services — shortages which are putting Palestinian patients’ lives directly at risk, the Alternative Information Center (AIC) has reported.In a recent press release, WHO notes that 30% of medicines […]

09 Apr

Special Report: “On World Health Day; Palestinian detainees still facing slow death

April 9, 2008 8:15 AM Saed Bannoura News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian researcher and specialist in the detainees affairs, Fuad Al Khuffash, prepared and published a comprehensive report on the Palestinian detainees and the conditions they are facing in Israeli prisons, as the world marks April 7; the World Health day.Al Khuffash said that the detainees are living in overcrowded cells […]

29 Mar

PCHR report on the environmental disaster in Um El Nasser village in the Gaza Strip

The number victims of yesterday’s environmental disaster in Um El-Naser (Bedouin) village increased to five after rescue crews recovered the body of Fatima Habban Abu Safra (70) yesterday afternoon. The body was found under the rubble of her house that was flooded by sewage water. It is noted that earth […]

19 Aug

Lebanon’s Environmental Woes Begin: Air, Land and Sea Damaged by War

At first sight, the peaceful scene at a west Beirut fishing harbour seems far removed from the conflict that has raged in for the past five weeks.Small boats line the side of the rocky quay, fishermen relax drinking coffee under parasols and stray cats lounge in the hot sun. But […]

09 Jul

P. A Health Minister: “40 killed, 178 injured in 48 hours”

Dr. Basim Na’im, the Palestinian Minister of Health, reported on Saturday evening that the Israeli army killed 40 Palestinians, including one in the West Bank, and injured 178 residents, including 23 in the West Bank, in the last 48 hours. Dr. Na’im said during a program called “Meet the Press” […]

05 Jul

Report:Environmental impact of Israeli Assault on Gaza

PENGON is a local environmental organization with several local and foreign experts working under is auspices. As the news focuses on the human suffering of land confiscation, Wall and settlement construction, and home demolition, the environmental affects are often downplayed. PNN received the following statement which IMEMC is reprinting.   […]

04 Jun

Mentally disabled detainee attempts suicide

June 4, 2005 4:04 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Mohannad al-Kharraz, said that detainee Mohammad Yasser al-Ja’bary, from Nablus, attempted suicide by trying to burn himself and the room he is held in. Al-Ja’bary, currently held at Salem prison, north of the West Bank city of Nablus, is suffering from mental illness, and […]

21 Jun

Donor Perceptions of Palestine: Limits to Aid Effectiveness

by Jeremy Wildeman for Al Shabaka Palesinian Policy Network Overview Funds from Western donors have comprised the majority of the more than $36.2 billion in development assistance spent on the Palestinian economy from 1993 to 2017. This spending, done in support of the Oslo peace process under US political leadership and World Bank technical guidance, has largely been disbursed […]

18 Jun

Fearing for Patients’ Life: PCHR Warns of Medicine Shortage in Gaza Strip Hospitals

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned over the increasing crisis of medicine shortage in the Gaza Strip hospitals and warns of its serious impact on life of thousands of patients, who suffer serious diseases and are in urgent need of treatment. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian Authority […]

22 Apr

Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine U.S. Film Tour

“Beyond the Frontlines” is a remarkable documentary, about Palestine, from France, directed by Alexandra Dols. The Jerusalem-based psychiatrist, Dr. Samah Jabr, is the subject of the film, which has already achieved renown in many countries, internationally. She is a member of the USA Palestine Mental Health Network Advisory Council, and the […]

16 Feb

PCHR: “On International Childhood Cancer Day, Israel and Political Division Deepens Struggle of Children with Cancer in Gaza Strip”

Ref: 19/2019 – Date: 14 February 2019: International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), which was founded in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International (CCI), is celebrated  around the world every year on 15 February to reduce children’s cancer incidence. This occasion coincides with the deterioration of health conditions in the Gaza Strip […]

10 Feb

Ashrawi: Serial Violations of Human Rights by Israel Must be Investigated Thoroughly

On Wednesday 6 February, Fares Mohammed Baroud, age 51, from al-Shati’ refugee camp in western Gaza City, died from health complications brought on by prolonged and deliberate medical negligence on the part of Israeli prison authorities. The 51-year-old Gaza resident has been incarcerated in Israeli prisons for 28 years, during which […]

16 Jan

Update: PCHR Warns of Fuel Shortage at Gaza Hospitals

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is warning of the deteriorating situation of the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip, due to the ongoing crisis of fuel shortage. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian Authority (PA) and international organizations to urgently intervene to order to ensure the rapid flow of […]

26 Jul

UNRWA to Sack Dozens of Gaza Employees

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East  (UNRWA) will not renew the contracts of around 113 employees in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said on Wednesday.  “UNRWA will not renew the temporary contracts for 113 Gaza-based employees in the agency’s emergency program,” Sami […]

11 Jul

Dr. Basem Naim: Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not ‘Die in Silence’

Israel has intensified its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip by closing the only crossing for commercial goods. Former Gaza health minister Dr. Basem Naim discusses the impact on a devastated health system and says that Palestinians will continue their weekly protests for freedom. TRNN video & transcript: AARON MATE: It’s […]

19 May

56 Palestinians reported injured during demonstrations in Gaza on first Friday of Ramadan

Today, as of 20:00, Israeli forces injured 56 Palestinians in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH), during demonstrations near the perimeter fence as part of the “Great March of Return.” Although 15 May, the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the 1948 “Nakba”, was initially […]

04 Feb

Gaza’s Children Call on World to End Israeli Siege

More than 6,000 Palestinian children gathered at Central Square in Gaza City, on Sunday, to call on the world to urgently end the 11-year-old Israeli siege on the coastal enclave. These children, who have now fallen under three massive Israeli military offensives during the siege, called for the world to […]

01 Feb

Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste

Summary, December 2017 – B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories  Power disparities between populations are among the chief factors that determine who will have better access to resources and who will suffer from greater exposure to waste and hazardous materials. The State of Israel is a developed […]

26 Nov

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 […]

09 Oct

Gaza: Children Suffer From War Trauma Three Years On

by Gada al-Haddad, Al Jazeera/Days of Palestine As Gaza marks three years since the Israeli assault that devastated the Strip and left more than 2,200 Palestinians killed, the psychological effects of the violence linger on. Children were among the most affected groups; in the 51-day onslaught, the Israeli army killed 500 children. […]

11 Aug

The New Normal in Palestine

June 26, 2015 .Salem Saoody, 30, is getting his daughter Layan (L) and his niece Shaymaa 5 (R) in the only remaining piece from their damaged house, which is the bathing tub. They now live in a caravan near the rubbles. photo By Emad Nassar. By Iris Mark/ PNN/ In […]

Yasmin hoping the electricity will not cut while she is on the dialysis device. (image: PCHR)
16 Jul

Report: ‘Life under siege: Electricity cuts put dialysis patients at risk’

July 16, 2017 9:28 PM PCHR Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

Dr. Mohamed Shatat is the Head of the Dialysis Department of al-Shifa hospital, located in Gaza City, whose working conditions have deteriorated due to the ongoing electricity crisis, caused by the Israeli siege. “The electricity crisis is very severe in the hospital in general and in particular for the dialysis […]

12 Jul

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 […]

20 Jun

UNRWA: Devastating Psychological Effects for 2014 War Victims

In a statement issued over the weekend, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbühl marked 50 years of occupation of the Palestinian territory – the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza – and called on the international community to take action. The statement said that the 2014 conflict had a devastating psychosocial […]

20 Mar

International Conference on Palestinian Children and Israeli Detention Policies: Report

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

13 Mar

Sweden Contributes $6.6m to UNRWA

The Government of Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Agency Cooperation (SIDA), has contributed $6.6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to support the Agency’s emergency response to the Syria regional crisis and the situation in the occupied Palestinian […]

30 Jun

UNRWA: US Donates $52m in West Bank and Gaza

United States Consul-General to Jerusalem Donald Blome announced on Thursday a contribution of $51.6 million from the United States to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank and Gaza. According to Yumna Patel, reporting for Ma’an News Agency, the donation was a response to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for […]

17 Jun

British MP Jo Cox Gunned Down in Street, Brexit Campaigns Suspended

Michaela Whitton (AM) :  A British MP has died after being shot and stabbed during an attack in her constituency. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, was attacked at lunchtime on Thursday outside Birstall library in North Yorkshire, where she had been holding a surgery, or face-to-face […]

24 Feb

Rights Groups Reveal Systemic Torture of Palestinian Detainees

February 24, 2016 4:20 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

A joint investigation launched by Israeli rights groups, into practices in Israel’s Shikma prison, has revealed — once again — that ‘systemic’ violations are taking place against Palestinian detainees.Representatives of B’Tselem and HaMoked reported, in a Tuesday press hearing, that routine abuse and torture of Palestinian prisoners in Shikma’s interrogation […]

23 Dec

A Crushed Generation: Photography under Siege in Gaza

Taghreed has never been outside Gaza. Her family was exiled to the impoverished Gaza Strip when Palestine was ethnically cleansed, to make room for the state of Israel in 1948.She was born in Gaza City 30 years ago, where she dreamed of a world beyond the confines of sand, water […]

13 Nov

‘Doctors Without Borders’ Condemns Hospital Raid

November 13, 2015 2:56 AM IMEMC & Agencies Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

Doctors Without Borders (MSF), on Thursday, condemned Israel’s undercover arrest raid committed earlier that day at al-Ahli hospital, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.In a statement, the organization urged ‘the relevant military authorities to respect the special status that [International Humanitarian Law] grants to medical facilities and the […]

10 Nov

Palestine Today 11 09 2015

November 10, 2015 1:45 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Audio Link After Text Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, November 9, 2015. Israeli troops kill a Palestinian woman in northern West Bank, and Jetfighters attack areas in Gaza. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned. A 24-year old […]

09 Nov

Israeli Troops Shoot And Kill Young Palestinian Woman

November 9, 2015 3:05 PM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Qalqilia 0

A 24-year old woman was killed by Israeli troops Monday morning at a military checkpoint in the West Bank when she approached the checkpoint from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. She was shot by a soldier while she was still at […]

24 Jul

Study: 51% of Gaza Children, 31% of Adults Suffer Post-War Trauma

Gaza Community Mental Health Program’s (GCMHP) Deputy Director General for Professional Affairs Taysir Diab Thursday said around 51% of Gaza’s children and 31% of its adults suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result to the latest Israeli mass attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.These results were presented following a series […]

12 Jun

PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (04- 10 June 2015)

Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 04- 10 June 2015.Israeli attacks in the West Bank & Gaza: Shootings Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in […]

08 May

Israel Shutters Palestinian NGO in Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have shut a Palestinian health NGO in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, Thursday, under the 1948 Prevention of Terrorism Act. Another step in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian community in Jerusalem. Israeli intelligence officials and police raided the Shuafat office of the Health Work Committees early Thursday […]

20 Apr

Over $30,000 in Fines Imposed on Minor Detainees since 2015

April 20, 2015 10:54 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Representative of Palestinian minor prisoners held in Israeli Ofer prison, Abd al-Fattah Dawla, reported Sunday that the Israeli military courts have imposed a total of NIS 120 thousand (just over $30,000) in fines on minor prisoners since the beginning of 2015.According to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency, Dawla informed […]

09 Mar

On International Women’s Day, Women’s Suffering Doubled In Gaza

On International Women’s Day, Women’s Suffering Doubled and Unprecedented Due to Consequences of the Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip.The 8th of March is the day proclaimed by the international community to stress women’s rights that are guaranteed under the international laws and standards and to support women’s struggle to […]

16 Feb

UK Labour Party Candidate Beaten and Arrested by Israeli Soldiers at Protest in Palestine

February 16, 2015 6:25 AM Alexandra Halaby News Report, The Wall, West Bank 0

Human rights activist and English political candidate, Mick Bowman, alleges he was beaten and arrested at a peaceful demonstration in Palestine on Friday.A human rights activist from Tyneside, in North East England, claims he was beaten and abused after being arrested while taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Palestine […]

18 Jan

DCI: 2014 Most Difficult Year for Palestinian Children

January 18, 2015 5:24 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Defense for Children International has described the year 2014 as the most difficult year for Palestinian children, due to ongoing Israeli violations and, mainly, the 2014 summer aggression on the Gaza Strip.According to WAFA, DCI reported on its official website that “Wholesale [Israeli] violations of children’s rights across the Occupied […]

13 Dec

Child House Arrests Rise in Jerusalem Clampdown

December 13, 2014 5:20 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Ramallah, December 11, 2014—Othman, 15, is sitting at the top of a narrow staircase in the front porch of his family’s home in the Old City, in Jerusalem. He almost never smiles or laughs, and he doesn’t speak much. He has been under house arrest for the past 11 months, […]

23 Oct

PCHR Warns of Consequences of Fuel Shortage at Gaza Hospitals

October 23, 2014 12:04 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the disastrous and grave deterioration that may affect the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of fuel that is necessary to operate electricity generators as an alternative power supply in light of prolonged outages.PCHR calls upon the […]

03 Oct

Gunness: 138 UNRWA Students Killed Since July

On the record quote from UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness… With 241,000 children back in UNRWA schools to continue their education, UNRWA now has a more accurate picture of the impact of the 50-day war on students and their families. We can confirm that 138 UNRWA students were killed since 8 […]

22 Dec

In Memoriam: Eyad Sarraj

Alternative Information Center (AIC) – Eyad Sarraj, a Gazan psychiatrist and leading Palestinian human rights defender, has died at the age of 69, after a long battle with leukemia.Sarraj was born in Beersheba, Mandatory Palestine on April 27, 1944, exiled with his family following the 1948 Nakba. Sarraj, trained in […]

05 Dec

Deterioration of the Palestinian Disabled Persons’ Conditions Continues

December 5, 2013 12:06 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human Interest, Human rights, Palestine 0

December 3 2013, marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In 1992, at the conclusion of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons (1983-1992), the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons (Resolution 47/3).This resolution came so as to stress the importance of respecting, […]

08 Nov

Gaza Power Plant Forced off

November 8, 2013 5:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip.On Friday morning, 01 November 2013, the operation of the Gaza power plant was totally stopped due to the […]

06 Jun

“My Son Lives In Constant Fear That His Family Will Die”

Baraa’ Abd al Rahman Badawi is an 11 year old Palestinian boy who lives in Gaza City with his mother, Dima Badawi. On 7 January 2009, at approximately 18:30, during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, codenamed ‘Operation Cast Lead’, Baraa’s father, Abd al Rahman Badawi, and Baraa’s maternal […]

23 May

“Who would want to live in a place like this?”

Since Israel tightened its closure of the Gaza Strip in 2007, severely restricting the import of fuel and construction materials, repairing and maintaining the waste management facilities to meet the needs of the people of the Gaza Strip has become near impossible.Sanitation conditions are rapidly deteriorating and, if the problem […]

31 Jul

Palestine Today 07 31 2012

July 31, 2012 8:29 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 55s || 3.59 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Tuesday July 31, 2012. Israel announces plans to convert Al-Aqsa into a park for Israelis and tourists and […]

31 Jul

Israel Arrests Palestinian with Special Needs in Hebron

July 31, 2012 1:47 PM IMEMC News Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

The Israeli military arrested a young Palestinian with special needs after severely beating him in front of his parents, the media spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against Settlement in Beit Ummar told the Palestine News Network.Mohammad Ayad Awad said that Israeli forces broke into the home of Mohammad Khalil Mahmoud […]

01 Mar

Homes destroyed Lives shattered

Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel’s occupation of the West bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. “Some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as […]

27 Jan

This Week in Palestine week 4 2012

January 27, 2012 10:36 PM IMEMC News Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 9 m 05s || 8.31 MB || Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for January 21 to the 27th 2012 As Israeli and Palestinian senior negotiators meet several times in […]

23 Jan

Palestinian Shot at Qalandia Checkpoint During Attack; Home Raided

A Palestinian man has been shot by the Israeli military on Saturday at the Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah.Israeli media reports state that the man was brandishing an axe, and when he failed to halt his advance following warnings from the Israeli miltary, he was shot in the legs, before being […]

19 Apr

A Small Break in the Siege on Gaza: the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project

April 19, 2011 7:54 PM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, Interview, Non-violent action 0

The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project is a project co-produced by The Rachel Corrie Foundation and Break the Silence Mural Project along with co-sponsors The Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Gaza Community Mental Health Program and the International Trauma Treatment Program. The mural is a community building memorial honoring all those […]

23 Jan

For Gaza’s Children, the Trauma never ends

The Sept. 6, 2010 issue of the leading German newspaper Der Spiegel included the article ‘Studies Show Nurture at Least as Important as Nature’ by Joerge Blech on the findings of a groundbreaking study on intelligence. Researchers found that prolonged poverty, stress and other environmental factors—including war and the deprivation […]

27 Jan

Operation Cast Lead: a Critical Study of the Goldstone Report

It has been one year since Israel launched its 22-day long attack codenamed Operation Cast Lead (OCL) on the Gaza Strip. Last week a British court issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Kadima opposition leader Tzipi Livni for her role in orchestrating the assault. Livni, who was Israel’s foreign minister […]

29 May

President Abbas says he intends to issue a decree barring torture

May 29, 2008 3:07 PM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated on Tuesday that he intends to issue a presidential decree barring torture in Palestine. The statements of Abbas came following his meeting with the Palestinian Independent Committee for Citizens Rights and after receiving the annual report of the committee on Human Rights in Palestine in […]

29 Mar

This Week In Palestine – Week 13 2008

March 29, 2008 5:55 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || File 10.9 MB || Time 12m 0s || This Week In Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for March 22nd through to March 28th , 2008. Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agree on a national […]

27 Mar

Civil society organizations in Gaza urge Fatah and Hamas for reconciliation

Scores of Palestinians, representing civil society organizations in Gaza, staged on Wednesday a demonstration at a public square, urging the rival Hamas and Fatah parties to unite. Participants who marched through streets of Gaza city, stopped at the aL-Jundi aL-Majhoul public square in Gaza city, where organizers of the demo […]

20 Feb

Israeli peace activists bring in food assistance to the besieged Gaza

A convoy of food assistance, provided by a group of Israeli peace activists, entered Gaza on Tuesday, through the Israeli-controlled commercial crossing of Sufa in southern Gaza.The convoy, which is made up of food assistance and water filters for hospitals, has been sent by Israeli peace activists and human rights […]

17 Jan

A tactic categorized as a systematic method of slow death

January 17, 2008 8:22 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Friends of Humanity International publishes a report about the tragic conditions experienced by the Palestinian isolated prisonersFriends of Humanity International issued today Sunday a report* about the Palestinian prisoners withering in the solitary confinement at the Israeli occupation jails. Israel is described as seeking to disseminate its expertise in oppressing […]

13 Jan

A tactic categorized as a systematic method of slow death

January 13, 2008 12:27 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Friends of Humanity International publishes a report about the tragic conditions experienced by the Palestinian isolated prisonersFriends of Humanity International issued today Sunday a report* about the Palestinian prisoners withering in the solitary confinement at the Israeli occupation jails. Israel is described as seeking to disseminate its expertise in oppressing […]

04 Aug

Interview with George Abu Zulif, Defense for Children International, Gaza

August 4, 2006 12:45 PM IMEMC & Agencies Interview, Miscellaneous, Palestine 0

Interview with George Abu Zulif, Defense for Children International, about GazaQ:  Could you speak briefly on the effects of the latest Israeli attacks, the invasion into Gaza on children in Gaza? A:  I think Israel is using its heavy weapons and shelling in an indiscriminate way, and in an unproportional […]

21 Feb

Feb. 20: International Day of Non-Violent Resistance

February 21, 2006 7:41 PM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

As hundreds of non-violence advocates gather in the village of Bil’in for a conference and tree-planting to plan the next stage of non-violent resistance to the Wall’s construction, peace activists in Gaza and throughout the world renewed their commitment to non-violence on Feb. 20th, the international day of non-violent resistance.In […]

18 Jan

ISR. High Court reject appeal to end ‘sonic-booms’ over Gaza

January 18, 2006 3:34 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News brief, Palestine 0

The Israeli High Court rejected, on Tuesday, an appeal by the Gaza Community Mental Health Center and Doctors for Human Rights to end usage of "sonic-booms" over the Gaza Strip.   Israeli jets regularly break the sound barrier over the Gaza Strip, causing a deafening noise for Palestinians living below. […]

17 Nov

Rafah house, which American Activist Corrie was killed defending, to be rebuilt

November 17, 2005 9:37 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The house of Dr. Samir Nasrallah, which was demolished in march 2003 will be rebuilt in the honor of the American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed while trying to protect this house from being demolished. Corrie, 23, was killed when an Israeli army D9 Caterpillar bulldozer ran her […]

25 Aug

Israeli army calls for inspection of soldiers `“terrorist potential`

August 25, 2005 9:03 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

An investigation conducted by the Israeli army regarding the Shfa-Amr terrorist carried out by an Israeli settler-soldier earlier this months killing four Arab residents of Israel, called on the Israeli security devices to combine their efforts to identify Israeli soldiers with “terrorist potential”. The panel is headed by Brigadier General […]

15 Aug

23 years in detention, Jordanian detainee appeals Jordan to act for his release

August 15, 2005 3:44 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Jordanian detainee Sultan al-Ajlouny, who was arrested 23 years ago, appealed the Jordanian government and parliament and the Jordanian media in order to intensify their efforts in order to end the suffering of Jordanian detainees in Israeli prisons, and release them. “47 Jordanian detainees in Israeli prisons are suffering very […]

30 Jul

Workshop in Bethlehem on rights of the disabled

Bethlehem, Saturday July 30, 2005, a workshop was held at the Peace Center in Bethlehem, on the rights of the handicapped in the Palestinian territories, laws which were approved the legislative council, and why they have not been implemented. Several private and governmental organizations showed active presence and provided their […]

09 Jul

Amidst the burning sun, extreme settlers and bad conditions

The burning sun lefts its own ‘finger prints” on the face of Khalil Ibrahim, 11 years old, from al-Lubban al-Sharqiyya, near Nablus, while he walks between the cars at Za’tara checkpoint, trying to sell coffee, while the people wait to be inspected on the checkpoint. It was nearly 9:15am, the […]

24 May

Jewish terrorist convicted of attempted murder of Arab MK

Haifa District Court convicted Tuesday Alexander Rabinovitch, 22, from Haifa, of involvement in terror activity against Israeli Arab residents. Rabinovitch was found guilty of the attempted murder of MK Isaam Makhoul (Hadash). Rabinovitch was convicted of assisting Eliran Golan, who is also being tried for Makhoul’s attempted murder, in planning […]

20 Apr

Court orders end of Tali Fahima’s Solitary Confinement

The central court in Tel Aviv ruled to end solitary confinement of Tali Fahima, an Israeli citizen arrested upon alleged accusations of helping Palestinians carry out attacks in Israel. Fahima appealed to the court to allow her to have phone calls with her mother and lawyer and asked if she […]

08 Apr

This Week in Palestine – April Week 1

Download MP3 This week in Palestine—a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for the week of Friday, April 1st to Thursday, April 7th. Amid high alerts of a possible attack by Jewish extremists against Haram Al-Sharif, Israeli police have been put on high alert, and Jerusalem […]

01 Mar

UNRWA appeals donor countries to increase aide for Palestinian refugees

The UNRWA submitted a detailed plan to the International Community in Geneva in order to achieve a “better future for four million refugees”; the UNRWA demanded additional $1.1 million during the coming five years in order to be able to improve the current situation of the refugees. The UNRWA plans […]

20 Jan

The Romantic Abu Mazen!!

, January 20, 2005 People who know Javier Solana are impressed with his vitality and his ability to win friends through constructive dialogue. It was last week, when I met Mr. Solana, who infused optimism into the meting which was called by the Palestinian Council of Foreign Relations. It was […]

20 Jan

The Romantic Abu Mazen!!

People who know Javier Solana are impressed with his vitality and his ability to win friends through constructive dialogue. It was last week, when I met Mr. Solana, who infused optimism into the meting which was called by the Palestinian Council of Foreign Relations. It was a little strange to […]

09 May

Children War Games are Real in East Jerusalem

An Israeli soldier carrying an (M-16) automatic rifle is shooting at a group of kids throwing stones at him. One of the stone throwing kids falls on the ground while the rest of them throw more stones to distract the soldier so they can carry their friend and take him […]