All posts by Celine Hagbard

Home demolition (Archive image)
05 Aug
8:19

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home South of Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces demolished a house under construction on Sunday in the village of Wad Rahal, south of Bethlehem. The head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, Hassan Bureijia, told the Wafa News Agency that the Israeli occupation forces demolished a house under construction that was […]

al-Isawiya (blue sections are areas that Israel is attempting to annex)
29 Jul
11:01

More Abductions in al-‘Isawiya – Israeli Troops Abduct 7 on Monday, Including a Child

Following the abduction of eight Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Isawiya on Sunday, Israeli troops again invaded the area on Monday morning, abducting 7 more Palestinians. According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Israeli occupying forces abducted seven citizens from their homes in the early morning hours on […]

Palestinians at Gaza border fence (archive image - Wafa)
28 Jul
10:50

Israeli Forces Abduct Two Youth at Gaza Border

Israeli occupation forces arrested two youths at dawn on Sunday as they tried to cross the border fence in the Gaza Strip. Local media reported that the Israeli occupation forces abducted the two young men in the southern Gaza Strip after trying to cross the fence, and took them in […]

Kafr Qaddoum protest (archival image from PNN)
27 Jul
2:34

Friday Protest in Kafr Qaddoum Attacked by Israeli Soldiers

A number of youths were wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets, as well as tear gas and sound bombs fired by Israeli soldiers during their assault on the weekly peace march in the town of Kufur Qaddoum, in the Qalqilia governorate in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian News […]

25 Jul
7:14

Israeli Forces Destroy Trees, Water Wells in South Hebron Village

Israeli forces invaded Khirbet Umm al-Khair in Masafer Yatta, near Hebron in the southern West Bank Thursday, and destroyed dozens of olive trees, water irrigation systems and four water wells used by Palestinian Bedouin farmers. This comes two weeks after Israeli forces invaded the same village and destroyed a children’s […]

24 Jul
11:18

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes in Ar’ara

The Palestinian township of Ar’ara, located on the Israeli side of the Green Line (1967 Armistice Line), and an area targeted for Israeli colonial expansion, on Wednesday became the latest site of Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes. Early Wednesday morning, Israeli forces invaded the village of Khor Saqr, located in […]

11 Jul
2:50

Palestinian Journalists Refuse “Failed and Desperate” Meeting With US Official

In response to a request from US Trump administration official and supporter of Israeli settlement expansion, Jason Greenblatt, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) said they would refuse to meet at the White House in Washington DC. They called the request a “failed and desperate” attempt by the US administration to […]

16 Jun
10:28

Wife of Israeli Prime Minister Pleads Guilty to Corruption

June 16, 2019 10:28 PM Celine Hagbard Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

In the latest in a series of corruption scandals involving the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his family, Netanyahu’s wife Sara on Sunday pleaded guilty to misusing state funds. Mrs. Netanyahu was charged with fraud and breach of trust for spending nearly $100,000 of Israeli government money on catering […]

16 Jun
10:15

Israeli Government Establishes ‘Trump Heights’ Development on Stolen Land in Golan

In a move aimed at gaining more support from the already-enthusiastic Donald Trump for their policies of land expropriation and expansion, Israeli authorities on Sunday established a new development they coined “Trump Heights”, with Binyamin Netanyahu presiding over the unveiling ceremony alongside U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The location […]

08 Jun
1:53

Israeli forces invade Jabal al-Mukabber, abduct 5 Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Jabal al-Mukaber south of Jerusalem on Friday evening and abducted a girl and four boys. Eyewitnesses told Agence France-Presse that the occupation forces stormed the village of Jabal al-Mukabber and threw random sound bombs and rubber bullets. They then abducted four Palestinian teen […]

27 May
12:21

Israeli Settlers Again Storm Al Aqsa Mosque

A group of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, for the third time during the past two weeks of the Holy Month of Ramadan (an important annual holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide). The Israeli military has, during the past week alone, invaded the mosque […]

18 May
11:21

German Parliament Passes Anti-Boycott Bill

Two right-wing parties in Germany succeeded in getting the German Parliament to pass a bill on Friday condemning the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement as ‘anti-Semitic’ in a close vote following a rowdy debate – although the bill is largely symbolic and has no enforcement mechanism. According to the Times of Israel, […]

14 May
2:23

US Government Denies Visa to Renowned Palestinian Legislator Hanan Ashrawi

One of the top leaders in the Palestinian government, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, has had her visa rejected by the U.S. government with no reason given for the denial. Ashrawi has long been considered a moderate, tempered voice among the Palestinian leadership who is seen as both uncorruptible and steadfast in […]

Christians in Gaza celebrate Easter (image from Ma'an)
21 Apr
8:41

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

For the first time, Israeli authorities decided this year to deny all travel permits to Palestinian Christians from Gaza to celebrate Easter as they do each year, by processing from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to follow the path of Jesus in the Resurrection. The number of permits issued by the occupying […]

Rafah Border Wall
15 Apr
8:23

Palestinian child dies of injuries sustained two weeks ago

Palestinian medical sources report that a Palestinian child, Issac Abdul Muti Suwailm Eshteiwi, 16, from Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, died of injuries sustained when he was shot by Israeli forces east of Rafah near the border fence on April 3rd. After he was shot, the injured […]

08 Apr
3:23

Israeli troops shoot live gunfire toward farmers and fishers in Gaza

Israeli forces fired live ammunition toward Palestinian farmers east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza on Sunday. In addition, Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in northwestern Gaza, forcing the fishers to return to shore. According to local sources, the gunfire in southern Gaza came from Israeli […]

04 Apr
3:46

Israeli Forces Attack and Detain Palestinian Hikers in the Jordan Valley

Israeli soldiers stationed in the Jordan Valley – a Palestinian area that is under Israeli control under the Oslo agreement – attacked a group of Palestinian hikers who were on a hiking trail near Ein al-Hilweh on Wednesday afternoon. The soldiers first fired tear gas and stun grenades at the […]

03 Apr
10:08

One Palestinian Killed, Another Wounded, in Attack by Israeli Settler Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers have reported that a Palestinian was killed, and another injured, when an Israeli settler opened fire on them near Beita town, south of Nablus. The Palestinian who was killed was identified as Mohammad Abdul-Mon’em Abdel-Fattah, 23, from Khirbet Qeis village in the Salfit district, in the northern West […]

28 Mar
10:15

Egyptian Officials Arrive in Gaza to Negotiate Truce, While Israel Sends More Troops to Border

The Israeli government authorized even more troops and weaponry to be deployed to the Gaza-Israel border on Wednesday evening, as Palestinians in Gaza prepare for the one-year anniversary of the weekly protest movement known as the ‘Great March of Return’ on Saturday. Meanwhile, Egyptian officials crossed the Erez border crossing […]

25 Mar
9:01

Rocket Fired from Gaza Hits Israeli House; Seven Wounded

Israeli sources say that seven Israelis were wounded – two with moderate injuries, and five with light to very light injuries – when a rocket allegedly fired from Gaza hit their house in HaSharon, in central Israel. According to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, the seven Israelis were taken to Meir […]

Israeli military jet (archive image from Twitter)
23 Mar
11:45

Israeli Military Fires Missile Toward Motorcycle, Injuring Three Palestinians, In Gaza

The Israeli airforce targeted a motorcycle carrying three Palestinians on Saturday, injuring all three, in Central Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian news agency Al Ray, a military aircraft targeted a motorcycle belonging to a citizen near Jaker Street, east of al- Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip […]

Site of Ariel Junction attack (image from Israeli military Twitter feed)
18 Mar
5:14

Update: Two Israeli Soldiers Killed in West Bank Attack

Two Israelis were killed – one a soldier, the other a Rabbi, and two other Israelis were wounded on Sunday morning, in a shooting near the settlement of Ariel in Salfit, in the northern West Bank. The Rabbi who was killed was identified as Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, 47. The soldier who […]

15 Mar
12:08

Palestinian Resistance Groups in Gaza All Deny Firing Shells Toward Israel

After two nights of wide-scale bombardment of the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces in which dozens of bombs were dropped on the crowded coastal enclave, someone in Gaza apparently attempted to retaliate Thursday night by firing several shells toward Israel. But the Palestinian  resistance groups in Gaza, usually quick to […]

09 Mar
3:14

Israeli Forces Block Palestinian Muslims from Accessing Mosque for Friday Prayers

Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to hold their weekly prayer service on the street in Jerusalem on Friday, after Israeli forces blocked access to the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Palestine and the third-holiest site for Muslims around the world. The closure of the Al Aqsa […]

11 Feb
4:58

Israeli Army Admits the Palestinian Motorcyclist They Killed Had No Explosives

Following an investigation by the Israeli military into the killing of a Palestinian motorcycle rider on February 5th, and the severe wounding of his passenger, the military was forced to admit that their initial claim that the young man had explosives was a false claim. Abdullah Faisal Omar Tawalba, 19, […]

10 Feb
11:50

19-year old Israeli Settler Killed in Jerusalem; Palestinian Man Arrested

A 19-year old Israeli woman was killed and her body left in Ein Yael forest, East Jerusalem, on Thursday night. A Palestinian man has been arrested in connection with the murder, but Israeli police are unclear as to whether his motivation for the killing was political or criminal in nature. […]

05 Feb
2:25

Israeli Paramilitary Settlers Post Threats to Palestinian Farmers

The residents of Tekoa village, near Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank, were shocked to find placards posted around their village on Sunday by Israeli military settlers threatening their livelihoods if they associated with members of Israeli and international peace groups. The placards included a ‘hit list’ […]

24 Jan
11:01

New Evidence in Case of Palestinian Mother Stoned to Death by Right-Wing Israelis

Israeli authorities on Wednesday released new information about the death of Aisha al-Rabi, who was killed by a mob of right-wing Israelis in October 2018, stating that they had found DNA of the central suspect in the case on the rock that caused her death. Of the five right-wing Israeli […]

12 Jan
7:37

Israeli Police Fire Tear Gas at Palestinian Christians Protesting Israeli Exhibit Mocking Jesus Christ

Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and their supporters gathered Friday in Haifa, in northern Israel, to protest an Israeli exhibit that featured Ronald McDonald taking the place of Jesus on the cross. The so-called “McJesus” exhibit was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinon, and has been on display at a gallery […]

18 Dec
12:45

Israeli Military Demolishes Two Apartment Buildings in Jerusalem

The Israeli military on Tuesday invaded the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukaber in Jerusalem and demolished two Palestinian-owned apartment buildings under the pretext that they were “built without a permit”. Israel has issued no permits for Palestinians to build on their land in Jerusalem since 1967, but the excuse is […]

18 Dec
12:34

20th Weekly Boat Protest Attacked by Israeli Naval Forces Near Gaza

The Israeli navy, with battleships stationed just off the coast of the Gaza Strip, fired live bullets, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesters who, for the 20th straight Monday, gathered on the beach and set off in small fishing boats with flags and signs to challenge the Israeli […]

16 Dec
4:05

68-year-old Palestinian Woman Dies when Israeli Forces Block Ambulance

An elderly Palestinian woman died Saturday in Jerusalem when she suffered a heart attack while praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. She was identified as Sumayya Mahmoud Nasser, 68, from the Jit area in the land that is now Israel. Israeli forces stationed outside the mosque prevented an ambulance from reaching […]

injured-paramedic
11 Dec
3:49

Palestinian Medic Among Several Injured by Israeli Attack on Boat Protest

In Gaza Monday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the beach in the northern Gaza Strip and headed out to sea on fishing boats bearing signs, banners and Palestinian flags for the 19th weekly protest against the Israeli naval blockade on the coastal Strip. They were almost immediately met with gunfire […]

Invasion of WAFA TV
10 Dec
11:50

Israeli Military Raids Office of WAFA News Agency in Ramallah; Fires Tear Gas (VIDEO)

A squadron of Israeli soldiers invaded the headquarters of the WAFA News Agency in Ramallah, on Monday, offering no reason or justification for the invasion. After storming the offices with guns drawn, and terrorizing the journalists who were working there, the soldiers went back downstairs and out of the building. […]

04 Dec
11:30

Israeli Court Rules: No Compensation for Palestinian Doctor Whose 3 Daughters Were Killed

A Palestinian doctor whose three daughters and niece were killed in an Israeli airstrike, and who was giving a live report on Israeli television when he received the news of his family being killed, has been told by an Israeli court in Beersheva that he will receive no compensation. The […]

Demonstration of 'banana technique' ( Israeli committee against torture)
29 Nov
12:39

Israeli High Court Rules to Allow, Expand Use of Torture

In a ruling that directly violates international law and conventions against the use of torture, the Israeli High Court ruled Monday that Israeli intelligence officers were justified in their use of torture against a Palestinian prisoner. The ruling sets a precedent for the future use of torture and the expansion […]

20 Nov
2:29

AirBnB announces: No more listings in Israeli colonial settlements

On Monday, the international crowdsourced bed and breakfast company AirBnB announced that they will no longer allow listings that are located in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The decision comes after a two year campaign of Human Rights Watch and other organizations, who pointed out that the promotion of […]

19 Nov
1:28

Israeli Supreme Court Rules to Evict 40 Palestinians in Jerusalem

40 Palestinian family members will be forced into homelessness, following an Israeli Supreme Court decision to evict them from their homes. The ruling also sets a precedent that will likely result in the evictions of hundreds more Palestinians in a neighborhood that Israeli authorities have designated for ‘Jewish-only’ settlements as […]

08 Nov
4:45

Palestinian Homes in Shu’fat Refugee Camp Demolished by Israeli Forces

A four-story apartment building, home to twelve people in two families, was destroyed Wednesday by a battalion of around 300 Israeli soldiers who stormed the Shu’fat camp in Jerusalem with a number of armored D9 Caterpillar bulldozers, turned the street into a temporary military base, and smashed the homes to […]

31 Oct
12:34

Israeli Military Claims to Open Investigation into Killing of Palestinian Medic

The Israeli military announced Tuesday that they have opened an investigation into the Israeli sharpshooters who targeted and killed 21-year old Palestinian medic Razan Ashraf al-Najjar during a massacre of civilians protesting at the Gaza-Israel border in May. This is a re-opening of the initial military probe, which claimed that […]

19 Oct
12:00

Palestinian-American Student Allowed Entry After Appeal to Israeli Supreme Court

A Palestinian-American student who was prevented entry to study in Israel has claimed victory at the Israeli Supreme Court. The court ruled today that 22-year old Lara al-Qasem will be allowed entry to study in a graduate program at Hebrew University. al-Qasem, whose grandparents are Palestinian, is an American student […]

02 Oct
11:32

Three Racist Attacks against Palestinian Civilians by Orthodox Israelis in One Week

October 2, 2018 11:32 PM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Over the past seven days, three separate hate crimes against Palestinians in Jerusalem have been documented, according to Israeli media sources. On Sunday, the Israeli paper Haaretz reported that “several dozen Orthodox men” began throwing stones, as well as tables and chairs from a sidewalk cafĂ©, at Palestinian passersby near […]

01 Oct
3:16

Spanish Football Team ‘Real Madrid’ Honors Teenaged Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi

Ahed Tamimi, who was imprisoned for eight months this year for slapping an Israeli soldier after her cousin was shot in the head, was honored Sarurday by the Real Madrid football team in Spain. Real Madrid is one of the most well-known football teams in the world, with many football […]

27 Sep
11:43

Netanyahu Response to Trump’s Advocacy of Two-State Solution: “Palestinians will Never Have a State”

In the midst of a UN speech praising the Israeli government and their heavy-handed tactics against the Palestinian civilian population of the territory the Israeli military has been occupying since 1967, Donald Trump voiced support for the ‘two-state solution’ to the conflict. In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated […]

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 […]

10 Aug
12:29

Israel officially recognizes colonial settlement outpost built on stolen Palestinian land

After initially seizing Palestinian land from four villages “for military purposes” last year, Israeli military authorities transferred the seized land to Israeli civilians in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and is now recognizing the illegal colony ‘Adei Ad’. The land on which the colony was constructed was stolen […]

16 Jul
2:07

Feminist Israelis Attacked by Right-wing Israelis; Police Fail to Respond Because ‘Attackers Aren’t Arabs’

A group of Israeli Jewish feminists called the ‘Women of the Wall’ held their monthly prayer service at the ‘Western Wall’ in Jerusalem on Friday, and were assaulted by a group of right-wing religious Jewish zealots who threw stones at the women, beat them, and burned their prayer books. The […]

Kite flying in Gaza (image from Twitter)
16 Jul
1:37

Israeli Warplane Drops Bombs in Northern Gaza, Injuring Two Palestinians

Israeli forces carried out airstrikes in northern Gaza on Sunday, a day after a ‘ceasefire’ was declared between Israel and the Palestinian Authority governed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes targeted a group of Palestinians who were making kites in an open area in northern Gaza. According to […]

11 Jul
12:41

Israel Declares Al-Quds TV As ‘Terrorist Media’

A Palestinian media agency that is known for being first on the scene and recording eyewitness videos of Israeli military atrocities against Palestinians has been banned by Israel, as the Israeli Defense Minister and former nightclub bouncer Avigdor Lieberman signed an order declaring Al-Quds TV to be a ‘terrorist’ media […]

10 Jul
9:03

Israeli Navy Seizes Boat of Wounded Palestinians Seeking Treatment

On Tuesday, the Israeli Navy confiscated a Palestinian boat off the coast of Gaza. The passengers on the boat included wounded Palestinians who had exhausted the limited medical resources available in Gaza and were seeking treatment abroad. This is the second such attempt to break the Israeli military siege of […]

06 Jul
11:16

Israeli High Court Issues Temporary Stay of Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Following an international media campaign and pressure from foreign diplomats, as well as non-violent passive resistance by Palestinian residents of Khan al-Ahmar, the Israeli High Court ruled Thursday to temporarily halt the demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village located between Jerusalem and Jericho. The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar is […]

03 Jul
5:23

Prominent Jewish activist denied entry into Israel

Ariel Gold, a member of Code Pink for Peace and an outspoken proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the U.S., was detained at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, and was denied entry and sent back to the U.S. The movement that Gold is […]

21 Jun
11:19

Israeli Court Rules to Dismiss Confession of Israeli Charged with Burning Palestinian Family to Death

June 21, 2018 11:19 PM Celine Hagbard News Report 0

Survivors from the Dawabsha family, who were burned to death in their bed by right-wing Israeli settlers in 2015, have vowed to take a case to the International Court, after an Israeli court decided to throw out the confessions of two of the perpetrators. On July 31st, 2015, extremist Israeli […]

A staff member at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza waits during the transfer of a 6-day-old baby from Gaza to a hospital in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank for medical treatment. Israeli authorities approved permits for medical appointments for only 54 percent of Palestinians seeking vital medical treatment outside of Gaza in 2017. © 2015 Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
10 Apr
12:51

Israel refuses permits for two wounded Palestinians to transfer hospitals

Two seriously wounded Palestinians who were shot by Israeli forces on March 30th at the Land Day protests are in imminent danger of losing their legs, and have requested transfer to a specialty hospital in Ramallah. But Israeli authorities have denied their applications for permits to travel. According to the […]

13 Mar
9:44

Report: Palestinian Prisoners Suffering from Extreme Cold in Israeli Prisons

The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah, issued a statement Tuesday contending that Israeli prison authorities have refused to provide heat, blankets, warm clothing to Palestinian prisoners that they are holding without charges in Israeli prisons.. Adalah initially sent a letter on March 4 to IPS Commissioner […]

Amena Khan (from official Amena Khan Instagram)
23 Jan
1:01

Model fired from L’Oreal Campaign for Tweets from 3 Years Ago in Support of Palestine

Amena Khan, a model who has worked for L’Oreal since 2016, was fired Monday from an ad campaign after images of her wearing a hijab took off on social media. After the campaign went viral, the right-wing U.S. blog site ‘Breitbart’ claimed to have uncovered tweets that Khan had made […]

General strike (image by Quds News)
23 Jan
12:56

Palestinians in Jerusalem and West Bank join Gaza in General Strike to protest Pence

As U.S. Vice President and Christian Zionist Mike Pence visited Jerusalem Tuesday, Palestinian stores and businesses across the city and across the West Bank were shuttered to protest the Vice President’s visit. They joined a general strike that began a day earlier in the Gaza Strip to bring attention to […]

05 Jan
2:06

Israel Plans Massive Expansion of West Bank Colonial Settlements: 3,829 New Units

In a report by the Israeli Channel Two news, the Israeli government plan was revealed, to give final approval to 3,829 new colonial settlement units next week. The expansion plan follows a number of Israeli directives to take over more Palestinian land in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, in direct […]

03 Jan
1:14

World-renowned Teen Activist Ahed Tamimi Indicted for ‘Assaulting’ Soldier

On Monday, one day after her 21 year old cousin Nour was charged with assaulting an Israeli soldier, 16-year old Ahed was also charged with the same crime, along with ‘interfering with a soldier’s duties’ and stone throwing. The charges came after Ahed, her cousin and her mother were seen […]

01 Jan
12:40

Court Hearing of Palestinian Poet Postponed until January

“A poem stands accused, my poem morphs into a crime. In the land of freedom, the artist’s fate is prison.” So read the words of a poem written by the young poet Dareen Tatour, who was put in prison under charges of ‘incitement’ in 2015 for a poem that she […]

Al-Bustan neighborhood. Photo: Keren Manor, Activestills, 15 May 2014
26 Dec
4:58

Family Forced by Israeli Authorities to Demolish their Own Home for the Second Time

The Abu Rajab family of Silwan neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, found themselves homeless again on Saturday, after the Israeli government ordered the family to demolish their home for the second time in two months. The family said they had to demolish the home themselves, after the Israeli Jerusalem Municipal Authority […]

20 Dec
2:11

World-renowned Teen Journalist & Her Mother Abducted by Israeli soldiers

Ahed al-Tamimi, a 16-year old girl from Nabi Saleh who has filmed the brutality of Israeli soldiers in her village since she was ten, was abducted from her home Tuesday morning by Israeli soldiers during a pre-dawn raid. Later Tuesday morning, when her mother Nariman went to Benjamin police station, […]

18 Dec
9:54

UN Security Council Passes Resolution Challenging Jerusalem Declaration; US Vetoes

Fourteen of the fifteen nations in the United Nations Security Council voted Monday reaffirming the status of the city of Jerusalem as unresolved, and challenging the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S., which has veto power in the Council, vetoed the resolution. Following […]

Israeli soldiers attack journalist (image from Khabr Press)
17 Dec
12:51

Israeli Soldiers Continue To Target Journalists; 60 Violations this Week

“We will not be silenced, we will not close the lenses of our cameras, and we will continue to report on the escalating Israeli violations, and the soldiers’ attempts to bury the truth, so that they can continue killing and wounding Palestinians with impunity,” begins a message published Saturday by […]

image from Vic2Pal on Twitter
08 Dec
12:38

Thursday: 108 Wounded as Israeli Troops Attack Palestinian Protesters in Ten Cities

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that its medical teams treated 108 Palestinians for injuries from Israeli attacks on Palestinian protesters Thursday, including wounds received from live rounds. The medics treated wounded Palestinians who had participated in protests in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Qalqilia, Jenin, Hebron, Khan Younis and […]

Bethlehem tree ( image from @naglaSalahEldin/Twitter)
07 Dec
2:02

Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour Engage in “Christmas Blackout” to Protest US Jerusalem Decision

Just days after the Christmas tree lighting in the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, the lights on the giant Christmas tree were turned off at the request of local officials, to protest the US claim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The ‘Christmas Blackout’ protest also included the Christmas tree […]

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
07 Dec
1:19

Donald Trump Declares Jerusalem “Capital of Israel”

In a move that contradicts decades of US policy, flagrantly violates international law and signed peace agreements, and discards the Palestinian people’s basic rights, the sitting U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday unilaterally declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The U.S. government now joins Israel as the only […]

04 Dec
12:55

Thousands Attend Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bethlehem

Outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Christians believe that Jesus was born, thousands of people gathered Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, ceremony, concert and fireworks. Among the people who attended the ceremony were the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah, the Governor of Bethlehem Major […]

18 Nov
1:02

Palestinian Authority Accuses US Government of Blackmail for Trying to Shut Down Consulate

The U.S. State Department has refused to renew the memorandum issued every six months for the Palestinian Consular Mission in Washington DC, stating that if the Palestinian Authority takes Israel to the International Criminal Court or fails to engage in negotiations with the Israeli government, the Mission will remain closed. […]

Deir Nitham (image from POICA)
16 Nov
4:48

Israeli Forces Imprison Palestinian Village Behind Wall as Punitive Measure

Palestinians in the village of Deir Nitham, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, have been unable to leave their village since Monday, when Israeli forces closed the gate through the Wall that allowed villagers to access the rest of the world.   Now, the entire population of the village […]

25 Oct
11:23

Israeli Authorities Hand Demolition Notices; Cut Water to Homes in Silwan

October 25, 2017 11:23 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli Settlement, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Israeli water company Gihon cut off water to a number of Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem, and on the same day issued demolition notices to several homes in the neighborhood. The new notices come just two days after another wave of demolition notices were issued […]

11 Oct
11:15

Israeli-led “Women’s Peace March” Criticized as Normalization

A two-week march led by Israeli women calling for peace culminated in a rally in Jerusalem Sunday, although the march was largely boycotted by Palestinians who called it a part of the‘normalization’ of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. The organizers of the march called for a return to the […]

29 Sep
11:20

Israeli Sentenced to 8 Years for Setting ‘Loaves & Fishes’ Church on Fire

September 29, 2017 11:20 AM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

An Israeli court sentenced Yinon Reuveni, 22 to eight years imprisonment for the arson targeting the Church of Loaves and Fishes near Tiberias two years ago. His lawyer said that he intends to appeal the sentence, and claimed that the proof of Yinon’s involvement was insufficient. The lawyer also accused […]

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 […]

06 Sep
12:36

Israeli Police Forcibly Evict Palestinian Family, Install Israeli Teens in Their Home

The Shamasna family, which has lived in their home in East Jerusalem for 53 years, was forcibly evicted Tuesday by Israeli police, who then allowed three armed Jewish Israeli teenagers to take over the home. The eviction came just two weeks after an Israeli judge had ruled that the eviction […]

Map of South Hebron Hills showing path of Wall (image from UN)
03 Aug
12:41

Israeli construction of southern section of Annexation Wall completed

A 26-mile stretch of Wall, 20-feet high and made from cement, has been completed in the South Hebron Hills, in the southern part of the West Bank, according to Israeli sources. This section of Wall divides the southern part of the West Bank and cements the illegally established settlements put […]

Israeli settler trailers near Nablus (image from Ma'an)
01 Aug
12:10

Israeli colonizers take over Palestinian home in Hebron; install trailers in Nablus

As Israeli extremists invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, Israeli settler colonizers also moved into Palestinian areas in several parts of the West Bank. In Hebron, members of a right-wing militia group occupied a Palestinian home in the center of the city; while in Nablus, a dozen trailers were constructed […]

22 Jul
8:10

Israel Names Three Israelis Fatally Stabbed In Settlement Colony

On Saturday evening, Israeli sources identified the three Israelis slain Friday as Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and his son Elad, 36. Yosef’s wife, and the mother of Chaya and Elad, is still receiving treatment at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem. Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that […]

Child lost eye
11 Jul
11:06

Palestinian child loses eye after Israeli police shoot him on the balcony of his home

A 13-year old Palestinian boy suffered from a fractured eye socket, and total loss of one eye, after he was shot by Israeli police firing so-called ‘non-lethal weapons’ in al-Eesawiya, in east Jerusalem. Nur Hamdan, 13, also suffered from other facial injuries when he was shot. He was standing on […]

Israeli settler child being rescued by Palestinians
10 Jul
5:38

Palestinians rescue Israeli settler family after traffic accident

In Hebron, an area of the West Bank known for being home to the most violent groups of Israeli settler militias, a group of Palestinian teens and young men rushed to the aid of a colonial settler family when their car crashed in a Palestinian area. A video of the […]

Mohammed Abu Khdeir
05 Jul
12:40

Israeli Court in Abu Khdeir Case: “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”

The Israeli High Court ruled Tuesday that three Jewish Israelis convicted of kidnapping, torturing and brutally murdering a Palestinian teenager by setting him on fire should not have their homes demolished. The Court noted that “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”, and the collective punishment measures used against the […]

Priest inspects burned church building, June 2015
04 Jul
10:38

One Israeli convicted, one acquitted in arson attack on ‘Loaves and Fishes’ church

The Israeli District Court in Nazareth on Monday issued a mixed verdict in the 2015 arson that severely damaged the ancient church located on the site believed by Christians to be where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes. Of the two Jewish extremists charged with the crime, one was convicted […]

22 May
11:32

On 36th Day of Hunger Strike, Large Number of Striking Prisoners Brought to Hospital

May 22, 2017 11:32 AM Celine Hagbard Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Hunger Strike said Monday that the health conditions of the detainees that have been on hunger strike for 36 consecutive days has become quite serious, with a large number of the detainees reportedly being moved to civilian hospitals. The committee said in […]

03 May
12:08

Israeli Settler, 19, Shot and Killed by Israeli Soldiers during Attempted Stabbing

A 19-year old Israeli settler was apparently mistaken for a Palestinian and immediately shot to death by Israeli soldiers at the Hizme checkpoint near Jerusalem. Israeli military standard procedure is to shoot to kill any Palestinian who appears to be attempting to attack or approach soldiers, while their standard procedure […]

Scene outside hotel where stabbing took place (image from Ma'an)
24 Apr
6:29

Three Israelis mildly injured in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv

On Sunday afternoon, an 18-year old Palestinian allegedly stabbed three Israelis with ‘work tools’ in the lobby of a hotel in Tel Aviv, according to Israeli police. A fourth Israeli, in his seventies, fell down trying to escape the attack and was also injured. The teenager who carried out the […]

Marwan_Barghouti_painting (image from wikimedia)
17 Apr
9:49

Palestinian prisoners launch mass hunger strike on Monday for Palestinian Prisoners Day

April 17, 2017 9:49 AM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned Palestinian leader who has been likened to the ‘Palestinian Mandela’, is leading the call for a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners from every party and faction beginning on Monday. Every major Palestinian political party has announced their support for the strike, which marks the largest […]

01 Apr
8:44

Bil’in marks 41st anniversary of Palestinian land Day

The villagers of Bil’in, in the central part of the West Bank, accompanied by international and Israeli activists, marched Friday from the center of the village to the site of the Annexation Wall, constructed illegally on village land. They carried Palestinian flags, chanted against the Israeli occupation and for Palestinian […]

Bil'in protest remembering Rachel Corrie (image by Mohammed Yassin)
18 Mar
5:15

Palestinian Protesters in Bil’in Commemorate 14th Anniversary of Death of Rachel Corrie

In their weekly non-violent demonstration against the Israeli Apartheid Wall constructed on their land, the villagers of Bil’in, in the central West Bank, held posters showing a picture of U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli forces in Gaza 14 years ago. The villagers gathered, along with international and […]

Teargas in Bil'in (image by Mohammad Yassin)
11 Mar
7:38

Protest in Bil’in attacked by Israeli troops; two civilians abducted, including a child

A weekly non-violent demonstration against the Israeli Wall and settlements in Bil’in village in the central West Bank was met with a massive show of force by the Israeli military, who fired tear gas canisters at children and blocked international observers from entering. Two people were abducted by Israeli forces: […]

Journalist wounded in Kafr Qaddoum (image by ISM)
04 Mar
11:47

Israeli Troops Assault Journalists at Protest in Kafr Qaddoum, Shooting One in the Head

In the village of Kafr Qaddoum, near Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank on Friday, Israeli forces assaulted a non-violent demonstration against the Wall and settlements with both so-called ‘non-lethal weapons’ and live ammunition, shooting one journalist in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The reporter, […]

Abdul Fatah Sharif's sister protesting her brother's murder (image from Middle East Eye)
22 Feb
12:59

Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing Palestinian execution-style

Elor Azaria, the soldier who shot and killed 21-year old Abdul-Fattah Sharif in March 2016 while Sharif was lying on the ground, unarmed and wounded, has been sentenced by an Israeli military court to an 18-month sentence – a sentence which Palestinian leaders say gives the “green light” for Israeli […]

Ghost Hunting film
21 Feb
3:25

Film about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinians wins top award in Berlin

A film depicting the torture, humiliation and violence experienced by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel won the first ever “Silver Bear” award at the Berlinale international film festival. The film, “Istiyad Ashbah” (Ghost Hunting), was produced by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni. It was one of 18 finalists competing for the top […]

16 Feb
6:54

US President meets with Netanyahu, Changes US Stance on Two-State Solution

The US President, Donald Trump, welcomed Israeli Prime Minister into the White House on Wednesday and the two reminisced about the long relationship between their two families. The US President took the opportunity to announce, in a single sentence, a major shift in US policy in the region. It’s unclear […]

10 Feb
11:37

18-year old Palestinian Beaten, Arrested In Petah Tikva After Allegedly Injuring 3 Israelis

February 10, 2017 11:37 AM Celine Hagbard Israel, News Report, Palestinian attacks 0

Israeli media sources reported Friday that an 18-year old Palestinian was in custody after having been beaten unconscious with rocks and clubs, by a crowd that suspected him of shooting and injuring two Israelis, then stabbing another with a screwdriver after his gun jammed. In addition to the three people […]

Netanyahu (image from wikimedia)
23 Jan
12:37

Netanyahu Chats with Trump, Then Declares Unrestricted Settlement Construction

A day after being inaugurated as U.S. President, Donald Trump called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and invited him to come to the White House in February. Following the phone call, Netanyahu told his security cabinet that he will lift all restrictions on settlement construction in East Jerusalem, according to […]

Bab al-Shams (image from PNN)
20 Jan
1:46

Palestinian Peace Activists Attempt to Re-establish Bab al-Shams; Israeli Forces Destroy It

Dozens of Palestinian peace activists, along with Israeli and international supporters, gathered in East Jerusalem Friday to erect tents and try to re-establish the peace village Bab al-Shams that was built in 2013 and destroyed that same year by Israeli forces. The activists say they chose this day to carry […]

Home of Fadi Qunbar, to be demolished (image from silwanic.net)
16 Jan
10:28

Israel Carries Out Collective Punishment Against 14 Family Members of Jerusalem Attacker

The Israeli Interior Minister ordered that the mother of a Palestinian man who rammed a group of Israeli soldiers with a truck last week should have her Jerusalem residency “revoked”, and that she should be forced out of her ancestral home. Fourteen family members of the young man who carried […]

Bedouin encampment (archive image from decodejerusalem.net)
03 Jan
11:58

Israeli Troops Demolish 11 Bedouin Homes – Dozens of Children Among the 87 Made Homeless

On Monday morning, Israeli forces invaded Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, and destroyed the homes of 87 Palestinian Bedouins, most of whom are women and children. Adal Jahaleen, one of the residents of the Bedouin village, told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that the Israeli military arrived with several Caterpillar […]

Israeli army invasion - archive image (from Istandul Daily Times)
03 Jan
2:23

15 Palestinians abducted in pre-dawn raids by Israeli forces, including 5 minors

Israeli troops conducted pre-dawn raids in several West Bank towns on Monday, abducting 15 Palestinians and taking them to unknown destinations. In Jerusalem, Israeli troops abducted 8 Palestinians, including 5 minors aged between 15 and 17 years old. The youth were identified as Ameer Darwish, Adam Mustafa, Hussam Eliyan, Moumen […]

13 Dec
12:15

Two Palestinian Hunger Strikers Stop Drinking Water After Israeli Court Denied Their Appeal

December 13, 2016 12:15 PM Celine Hagbard News Report, Palestine, Prisoners, West Bank 0

On the same day that Israeli authorities released from prison one long-term hunger striker, Bilal Kayed, the Israeli High Court decided not to release two others, Anas Shadeed and Ahmad Abu Farah. Both men have been on hunger strike for more than 80 days, and both declared on Monday that […]