All posts by IMEMC News & Agencies

01 May
7:27

Lands Razed by Israeli Bulldozers East of Gaza City

Several Israeli military vehicles raided Palestinian lands, on Wednesday, east of Gaza City, in the central besieged Gaza Strip. A Ma’an reporter said that eight large D-9 Israeli military bulldozers entered the region, dozens of meters into Palestinian lands. Sources added that Israeli military bulldozers razed and leveled the lands […]

01 May
7:21

Navy Injures Gaza Fisherman, Detains Two Others, in Gaza

Israeli naval forces, Wednesday morning, injured a Palestinian fisherman and detained two others off the shore of al-Sudaniya, northwest of Gaza city. WAFA correspondence reported that the navy opened gunfire and shot water hoses towards a fishing boat sailing three nautical miles off the shore, injuring a fisherman with a […]

01 May
7:13

Ambassador Mansour: Situation in Palestine Going “From Bad to Worse”

The UN Security Council discussed, on Monday, in an open meeting chaired by Germany (the President of the Security Council for this month), the situation in Palestine over the past four months. The Palestine envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, said, in his address to the Council, that […]

30 Apr
4:50

Mustapha Awad: “Without you, I would not be here” by Myriam De Ly (VIDEO)

Photo: Mustapha’s return to Brussels airport The following article, by Myriam De Ly, is translated from the French original at Pour La Palestine, the website of the Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine: http://www.pourlapalestine.be/mustapha-awad-sans-vous-je-ne-serais-pas-la/ Mustapha Awad, a Belgian of Palestinian origin, was finally released one month ago on 28 March. He spent 253 days in detention […]

30 Apr
4:37

Bulldozers Raze Bethlehem Area Olive Trees

Israeli occupation forces used military bulldozers to raze Palestinian cultivated land lots in Beit Jala, to the west of Bethlehem, on Monday. Owner of the land, Walid Zireina, said that the soldiers broke into both his land and that of his brother’s, bulldozing the four-dunam plot, noting that Israeli municipality […]

30 Apr
4:31

Gaza’s Fishing Zone Drastically Reduced

Israeli authorities backtracked on a recent decision and decided, on Tuesday, to reduce the permitted fishing zone, in the besieged Gaza Strip, from 15 nautical miles to only six. Head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza, Zakariya Bakr, told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli authorities reduced the permitted fishing […]

30 Apr
4:16

Demolitions Set for Two Public Buildings in Shu’fat Refugee Camp

The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem has issued two demolition orders against two buildings in Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without permit, according to local WAFA sources. Sources said that Israeli police and border guards accompanied municipality staff who presented the camp’s popular […]

30 Apr
4:11

Gaza Farmers Get €3.7m Support Package from EU and PA

The Palestinian Authority’s programme, “Private Sector Reconstruction Gaza – Agriculture,” is providing an integrated package of support to Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip. This EU-funded programme is helping Palestinian farmers, throughout the Gaza Strip, affected by the Israeli occupation, in restoring their businesses. The new contribution of €3.7 million […]

29 Apr
3:10

Israel Converts Historic Mosque into Bar

April 29, 2019 3:10 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report 0

The Israeli municipality in Safed has turned Al-Ahmar Mosque into a bar and events hall, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported. As one of the most historical mosques in the Arab city, which was occupied by the Jewish gangs in 1948, the building was first turned into a Jewish school, then into a centre for Likud’s […]

29 Apr
3:02

Navy Opens Fire on Palestinian Fishermen

Israeli occupation navy opened its fire Monday morning towards Palestinian fishermen off Gaza northern coast. The committee in charge of documenting Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen reported that the Israeli navy opened fire toward fishermen along the northern Gaza coast; no causalities were reported. It was also reported that the […]

29 Apr
1:50

Palestinian Shot in Back near Checkpoint

A young Palestinian was shot in the back, today, near an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources. Sources told WAFA that Israeli soldiers, who were manning the checkpoint, opened fire at the Palestinian who was not immediately identified. His health situation […]

29 Apr
1:43

PA Rejected 660m Shekels of Incomplete Israeli Tax Revenues

Israeli channel 11 revealed, on Sunday, that the Israeli Finance Ministry, prior to the elections,had transferred NIS 660 million to Palestinian banks as an attempt to impose a fait accompli on the Palestinian Authority to accept the incomplete tax revenues. In February, Israel decided to cut the sum of money […]

28 Apr
1:10

Federal Judge Blocks Anti-BDS Law In Texas

In a major victory for free speech rights, a federal court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction on Thursday against the state’s 2017 law that requires public employees and companies who contract with the state to certify that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel. The Texas law is […]

28 Apr
1:02

Palestinians Call on Iceland’s Eurovision Contestant Hatari to Withdraw

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has called on Iceland’s Eurovision entrant Hatari to withdraw from the contest, held in Tel Aviv next month. PACBI, a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition, said […]

28 Apr
12:48

British Filmmakers Call On UK Cinemas to Boycott Israeli Film Festival

In an open letter recently published by The Guardian, 20 British filmmakers and writers including Mike Leigh, Leila Sansour, Ken Loach and Prahitbha Parmar have criticized the hosting of an Israeli government sponsored film festival in the UK. The letter cites the findings of the recent UN report on Israel’s […]

28 Apr
12:40

Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike for Several Days

Five Palestinian prisoners have been on open-ended hunger strike for several days, in protest of their administrative detention without trial or indictment. According to Prisoners Media Center, the hunger strikers are Husam al-Razza and Mohamed Tabanja, and they have been on hunger strike for about 40 days and 32 days […]

26 Apr
4:28

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18 – 24 April 2019)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 18 – 24 April, 2019. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. 92 Palestinian civilians, including 22 children, 5 women, 5 journalists, and 5 paramedics, were wounded. […]

26 Apr
4:19

Stabbed In The Heart

Amjad Ayman Yaghi is a journalist based in Gaza. Walid al-Shawa dreamed of a bright future when he was younger. Yet adult life has been cruel despite years of planning. Starting as a child, Walid spent 10 years moving from one job to another. A permanent job was beyond reach […]

26 Apr
4:10

Coalition Calls for AXA to Divest from Israeli Apartheid at Annual Meeting

April 24, 2019, Paris – This afternoon, before AXA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Palais des CongrĂšs in Paris, over 50 activists from the Coalition to Stop AXA Assistance to Israeli Apartheid gathered outside, and called on AXA to divest from Israeli apartheid. AXA invests, through its subsidiary AXA IM, […]

26 Apr
4:05

Palestinian Detainee Suspends Hunger Strike

Palestinian detainee Khaled Farraj suspended his open hunger strike after 29 days, on Thursday. The Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs Committee said that Farraj, age 31, who is a resident of Dheisheh refugee camp, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, suspended his 29-day hunger strike after his lawyer […]

26 Apr
3:45

Settlers Storm as-Samu Town in Hebron

Dozens of extremist Israeli settlers, on Wednesday morning, broke into the town of as-Samu, in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, to perform Talmudic rituals in celebration of the Jewish holidays. Local sources reported that the settlers stormed the centre of as-Samu under heavily armed protection by Israeli soldiers, to […]

26 Apr
3:39

Foreign Ministry Looking into Death of Palestinian Child in Belgium

April 26, 2019 3:39 AM IMEMC News & Agencies International, News Report 0

The Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs said, in a statement, today, that it is carefully following up with competent Belgian and Lebanese authorities on the mysterious death of Palestinian-Lebanese child Daniel Al-Alali, in Belgium. Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Riyad Al-Malki issued orders to the Palestinian embassy in […]

26 Apr
3:34

Colonial Settlers Storm Archaeological Site near Jerusalem

Over 250 settlers, on Thursday, stormed an archaeological site in Al-Jib village, one of the oldest Palestinian villages, located northwest of Jerusalem and currently falling in both areas B and C of the occupied West Bank. According to local sources, the settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, stormed the area and […]

23 Apr
11:44

Miles of Smiles Convoy Heads Back to Gaza Next Month

Dr. Essam Youssef, the Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, announced that new Miles of Smiles convoy is set to arrive in the Gaza Strip early next month. Working as the coordinator of the series of convoys that first entered Gaza back in 2009, Youssef stated that […]

23 Apr
11:37

Israel Seals off Sabastia for Passover

April 23, 2019 11:37 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Nablus, News Report 0

Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed an archaeological site in Sabastia village, on Tuesday, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Mayor of Sabastia, Muhammad Azem, told Ma’an News Agency that hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the archaeological site, for […]

23 Apr
11:30

Detainee Israa Jabbis Suffering Critical Health Conditions

April 23, 2019 11:30 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The health condition of the wounded female detainee Israa Jaabis, in Damon prison, is now critical , as the pain resulting from her injury is increasing day by day, due to medical negligence. She also suffers from psychological problems, the commission of detainees and ex-detainee affairs reported, Monday. The commission […]

23 Apr
11:14

Palestinian Detainee Held for Over Two Years in Isolation

April 23, 2019 11:14 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

A Palestinian detainee has been held in isolation, in Israeli jails, for over two years, said the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission on Tuesday. The Commission said, according to WAFA, that 23-year-old Yousef al-Shinnawi, from Haifa, in Israel, has been held in isolation, in Meggido prison, since March 2017, in very […]

23 Apr
11:01

Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians Supported by American Administration

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said, in its latest weekly report , that the Israeli government continues with ethnic cleansing and Judaization policies in occupied Jerusalem, so violating the International Law, International Humanitarian Law and the International Legitimacy’s resolutions. It was revealed that the Israeli Central […]

22 Apr
9:20

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 […]

22 Apr
9:05

Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa for Passover (VIDEO)

Over one hundred Israeli settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, under the protection of heavily armed Israeli soldiers and police, for the Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as “Pesach”. Head of the public relations office at the Islamic Endowment Department, Firas al-Dibs, confirmed that some 167 Israeli settlers […]

22 Apr
8:51

Israel Imposes Heavy Fines on Child Detainees

April 22, 2019 8:51 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies reported that Israeli military courts have imposed fines, against Palestinian minor detainees, amount to 170.000 NIS during the first quarter of this year. The spokesperson for the center, Reyad Al-Ashqar, said that Israeli courts impose heavy fines on most detained children , in addition […]

22 Apr
8:43

Entrances to Nablus-area Village Blocked to Secure Jewish Holidays

April 22, 2019 8:43 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

Israeli forces sealed off the three entrances to the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, occupied West Bank, as they prepared to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as “Pesach”, according to the mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed Azim. Israeli forces stormed the village of Sebastia at dawn and […]

21 Apr
4:37

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s statement for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2019

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah issued the following statement on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2019. The imprisoned Arab Communist struggler for Palestine has been jailed in French prisons for 34 years, despite being eligible for release since 1999. The U.S. government has repeatedly intervened in an attempt to prevent his release […]

21 Apr
4:22

Israeli Police Close Beit Safafa Sports Arena

Israeli occupation police, on Friday, closed the sports arena of Beit Safafa, in Jerusalem, and banned Palestinians from organizing a soccer tournament. Local sources said that police forces stormed the arena and put up a notice ordering the closure of the playing field and the prohibition of local residents from […]

21 Apr
3:59

AXA IM Divests from Elbit Systems – Involved in Israeli War Crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: press@sumofus.org SumOfUs and the Coalition to Stop Assistance to Israeli Apartheid welcome AXA’s decision to withdraw part of its investment in Elbit Systems, and call on AXA to end its complicity in full by withdrawing all of its investments in companies complicit in Israel’s occupation. AXA is […]

21 Apr
3:46

Home of Accused Palestinian Man Demolished in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces have demolished two family apartments belonging to Arafat Irfaiya, a Palestinian man accused of killing an Israeli female settler in occupied Jerusalem, two months ago. Palestinian sources reported that dozens of Israeli soldiers, along with military vehicles had escorted bulldozers and other demolition equipment which took down […]

19 Apr
7:53

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11 – 17 April 2019)

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 11 – 17 April, 2019. Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian child was killed and another succumbed to his wounds. 98 civilians, including 26 […]

19 Apr
7:41

Report: Over 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli Jails on Prisoner’s Day

April 19, 2019 7:41 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Palestinian prisoners at the prisons of the Occupation called off their open hunger strike, which had lasted for eight days, as they made victory by getting their basic rights, after a series of systematic violations that they are subjected to. The violations had aimed to place the Palestinian prisoners under […]

17 Apr
4:51

Amputee Football Championships Held In Gaza

Palestinian amputees, this past weekend, held the first football championship for those who have lost a limb, while living in the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General of the World Federation of Disabled Persons in the World, Simon Baker, launched the initiative at the Stadium of Palestine. Baker, who lost his right leg […]

17 Apr
4:36

8th Anniversary of the Death of Vittorio Arrigoni

04/16/19 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team This week marks the 8th anniversary of the death of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and activist working with the International Solidarity Movement, in Gaza. On April 16th, 2011, when Arrigoni was 36 years old, his body was found in Gaza city, […]

17 Apr
3:43

Al-Araqib Refuses to Surrender

Israeli bulldozers demolished the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev desert of southern Israel, for the 143rd time, on Wednesday. Locals reported that Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police forces, demolished residential structures and tents of al-Araqib villagers, leaving women, children and the elderly without any shelter. Villagers […]

17 Apr
3:38

House of Saleh al-Barghouthi Demolished in Ramallah (VIDEO)

Israeli occupation forces  demolished, on Wednesday at daybreak, the house of slain Palestinian Saleh al-Barghouthi, in the village of Kobar, northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. Local Al Ray sources reported that a large Israeli military force, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the village, circled the house […]

17 Apr
3:18

EU Rejects Israeli Claim to Syrian Golan

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has once again expressed the 28-nation bloc’s disapproval of the Israeli regime’s claim of “sovereignty” to Syria’s Golan Heights and other Tel Aviv-occupied territories. Speaking at the plenary session of the European Parliament, in the French city of Strasbourg, on Tuesday, Mogherini […]

17 Apr
3:10

Israel Begins Demolition of 500 East Jerusalem Homes (VIDEO)

Israeli bulldozers, on Wednesday morning, demolished a Palestinian house and a number of storehouses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. WAFA correspondence said that dozens of Israeli police cordoned off the Wadi Yasul area, in Silwan, and deployed in the alleyways, as the municipality bulldozers proceeded to demolish the […]

16 Apr
3:52

B’Tselem Probe: Israeli Army Erased Footage of Palestinian’s Murder

An investigation, released by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, revealed that Israeli forces destroyed evidence related to the murder of Abdel Fattah, who was executed by extremist settlers, earlier this month, in the northern occupied West Bank, and that this propagated a misleading version of events. Israeli troops claimed, at […]

16 Apr
3:37

Israeli Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Fishermen And Farmers In Gaza

Israeli forces targeted Palestinian fishermen and farmers, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli naval forces opened heavy fire towards Palestinian fishing boats, within the permitted fishing zone of six nautical miles, off the southern coast of Rafah. The fishermen were […]

16 Apr
3:17

Gaza Hospitals Suffer from Lack of Therapeutic Milk

Director of the hospital pharmacy, at the Ministry of Health based in Gaza, Alaa Heles, on Tuesday, said that the depletion of all sorts of therapeutic milk, from Gaza hospitals, constitutes a real threat for sick children’s lives. Ragheb Agha,  head of the Gastroenterology Department at Rantisi Hospital, stressed that […]

16 Apr
3:01

Settlers Attack Palestinian Family in West Bank (VIDEO)

Masked Israeli settlers have been caught on camera attacking a Palestinian family in the occupied West Bank, with rocks. Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din said that a group of masked settlers, from Yitzhar settlement, attacked a family in the neighboring Palestinian village of Urif, south of Nablus, with stones, […]

15 Apr
12:33

School Evacuated in Hebron after Suspicious Body Discovered

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, evacuated a school in the Old City neighborhood of Hebron, southern West Bank, after a suspicious body was found at the entrance to the school. The school’s principal, Hussein Aamar, told WAFA that the students and staff were evacuated from the Ibrahimi Basic School shortly […]

15 Apr
12:27

USCPR Statement on Airbnb’s Reversal of Commitment to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In November 2018, online booking giant Airbnb announced that it would remove listings in illegal, Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank, bowing to years of pressure from the StolenHomes Coalition, including SumOfUs, CODEPINK, American Muslims for Palestine, the US Palestinian Community Network, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel […]

15 Apr
12:23

Adalah Calls for Criminal Probe into Likud’s Planting of Hidden Cameras in Israeli Polling Stations

Activists from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party wore some 1,200 hidden cameras at polling stations in Arab towns across the country during Israel’s national election on Tuesday. Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter to senior Israeli legal officials on Thursday, […]

15 Apr
12:17

Georges Abdallah Launches Solidarity Strike with Palestinian Prisoners from French Prison

Georges Abdallah, the Arab communist struggler for Palestine who has imprisoned in French jails for over 34 years, announced on Thursday, 11 April that he is launching a three-day hunger strike in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike inside Israeli jails, the Battle of Dignity 2. He is joined on the […]

15 Apr
12:10

How The Left Also Dehumanizes Palestinians In Gaza

by Susan Abulhawa Along the political spectrum, from the far left to extreme right, and spanning racial and ethnic lines, nearly everyone who has something to say about protesters in Gaza seems to fail the task of recognizing Palestinian humanity. If it’s coming from the right, the narrative is of terrorists, […]

15 Apr
12:02

Co-founder of Palestinian BDS Movement Denied Entry by U.S. Officials

On April 10, Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement for Palestinian rights, was denied entry into the United States at Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents. He was scheduled to travel to the U.S. on a […]

14 Apr
11:56

Jerusalem Family Forced to Demolish Home to Avoid Fines (VIDEO)

Two Palestinian brothers, Fadi and Shadi Ajlouni, were forced to demolish their own family’s home, in the Old City of Jerusalem, central occupied West Bank, in order to avoid incurring a heavy demolition fee from the Israeli municipality, who ordered that the home be destroyed under the pretext that it […]

14 Apr
11:47

Trump Warns ICC against Followup on American and Israeli War Crimes

US President Donald Trump has warned the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “swift and vigorous response” if the Hague-based tribunal investigates Americans and Israelis for war crimes. Trump issued the warning on Friday, after ICC judges rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to probe atrocities committed by US forces […]

13 Apr
8:06

Netanyahu’s Election Strategy Overcomes Corruption Indictments

Israel’s election resulted in a tie for seats in the Knesset, between Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the Blue and White alliance, the center-left party led by Benny Gantz. The likely outcome is a coalition government formed by Likud and other far-right parties, and a fifth term for Netanyahu, as […]

13 Apr
7:56

Israeli Forces Raid House of Journalist in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces, on Wednesday evening, raided the house of Palestinian journalist Ra’ed al-Sharif, in Hebron city. According to local sources, Israeli soldiers broke into and ransacked the house of Sharif after detaining all members of his family inside a room. Meanwhile, soldiers set up a makeshift checkpoint at the junction […]

13 Apr
7:50

BDS: Take the Pledge — Give PUMA the Boot Until It Ends Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

On April 18, Puma shareholders will gather for the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Let’s make sure Puma’s sponsorship of Israeli war crimes is on the agenda! Tweet the pledge to give Puma the boot!  Puma is the only international sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal […]

13 Apr
7:38

Navy Opens Fire on Gaza Fishermen

Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishermen, on Friday morning. Locals reported that Israeli naval boats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported, according to Ma’an. The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian […]

13 Apr
7:29

Israeli Forces Assault and Detain Teen Missing One Third of His Skull

Israeli forces, at dawn on Friday, detained a Palestinian teen with a third of his skull removed, as a result of Israeli gunfire, from Nabi Saleh village, in the northwest of Ramallah. Muhammad Tamimi, a member of Nabl Saleh’s Anti-Settlement and Wall Committee, told WAFA that Israeli forces assaulted and […]

13 Apr
7:21

Israeli Agriculture Minister Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound with Settlers

Extremist Israeli minister of agriculture and rural development, Uri Ariel, together with a group of  settlers, has stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the occupied Old City district of East Jerusalem, amid an escalation of violence by Israeli forces and settlers against Palestinian people. Firas al-Dibs, spokesperson of the Islamic Waqf […]

13 Apr
7:09

Jordan Valley Lands Seized by Israeli Forces

Israeli occupation authorities, on Tuesday, issued a decision to expropriate hundreds of agriculture lands in the Jordan valley, to the east of occupied Jerusalem. The activist Aref Daraghma stated, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that Israeli occupation authorities issued military orders to put hands on about 384 dunams, […]

10 Apr
7:48

Remembering the Massacre at Deir Yassin

On this day, 71 years ago, some 120 members of underground Jewish paramilitary groups invaded the Palestinian Arab village of Deir Yassin, killing between 100 and 250 people including men, women, children and the elderly. With reports of mutilations, rapes and survivors being paraded through Jewish neighbourhoods before being summarily […]

10 Apr
7:33

Madonna to Cross Eurovision Picket Line

Pro-Palestinian groups and organizations, such as Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and Jewish Voice For Peace, have called on US pop singer Madonna to cancel her performance at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, in May. PACBI took it to Twitter to send […]

10 Apr
7:24

UNICEF: Don’t Plug Into Israel’s War Crimes

Photo: Children studying by candlelight in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory Israel wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. The EuroAsia Interconnector will unify Europe and Israel’s electricity networks, including grids powering Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. This multi-billion […]

10 Apr
7:17

Update: Israel Using Lethal Gas against Return March Protesters

Dr. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, says that the number of Palestinian protesters injured during anti-occupation protests, along the fence separating the besieged enclave and the occupied territories, clearly points to the fact that Israel is dogged to either kill or maim the […]

09 Apr
12:27

Abbas’ Security Forces Assault Student from Al-Najah University

A group of human rights organizations have condemned the recent attack on student Musa Dweikat, and his abduction, in front of the campus of An-Najah University, by members of Palestinian intelligence, and calls for an end to similar cases of kidnapping off  the streets and arbitrary arrests. The Association of […]

08 Apr
11:30

Settler Rams Car into Palestinian in Bethlehem

An Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian youth on Route 60, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem. Muhammad Awad, head of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), confirmed that the Palestinian youth, identified as Hamza Shihadeh Najajra, from the […]

08 Apr
11:24

Zoo Animals Evacuated from Gaza to Jordan

Dozens of neglected animals were evacuated from a ramshackle Gaza zoo on, Sunday, in the fourth and largest such rescue mission in the blockaded Palestinian enclave. Vets and volunteers from Four Paws International transported some 40 animals, into Israel, from the neglected zoo, located in the southern town of Rafah. […]

08 Apr
11:16

Army Evicts Palestinians from Land in Battir

The Israeli army ordered several Palestinians in the town of Battir, west  of Bethlehem, to abandon their land, under the pretext it was state-owned, a local official said today. Hasan Breijieh, from the Wall and Settlements Resistance Authority, told WAFA that the landowners were given 30 days to object to […]

08 Apr
10:53

How Hasna Revived a Barren Rooftop to a Lively Garden

Despite all odds, Hasna, a 67-year-old widow from al-Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem decided to challenge cancer and pursue her own dream project. Hasna is one of the beneficiaries of the “Karama for Food Security and Economic Empowerment in the south West Bank refugee camps”. The project aims to promote […]

06 Apr
7:28

Israel Using Strange Teargas against Gaza Protesters (VIDEO)

Israeli forces have been using the Great Return March and its thousands of protesters as a sort of testing ground for new forms of weaponry and crowd control, say physicians in the Gaza Strip. They talk of explosive bullets and an unknown gas that causes severe convulsions and loss of […]

06 Apr
7:19

Reoccupation of Gaza ‘Still On the Table’ says Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, on Thursday, that he had spoken with many Arab leaders about the possibility of taking over the besieged Gaza Strip, however, there were “no takers.” During an interview with Israeli Kan Reshet Bet radio, Netanyahu said that Israel “may be forced” to carry out […]

06 Apr
7:14

The Competing Parties in Upcoming Israeli Elections

RAMALLAH, Friday, April 5, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli citizens go to the polls. Aside from the progressive Meretz party, the ailing Labor party, and Palestinian Israeli parties, all other competing lists oppose Palestinian rights, reject the two-state solution, and have vowed to ensure that the rights of the Palestinian people […]

06 Apr
6:57

Soldiers Invade Al-Khalil; Fire Live Ammunition at Protesters

04/05/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Israeli occupation forces stormed into Al-Khalil (Hebron) and fired live ammunition at protesters, after bombarding the city with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. At around 1pm, soldiers invaded Al-Khalil through checkpoint 56, where the soldiers fired stun grenades at […]

06 Apr
6:40

Lajee Center Opens Rooftop Garden in Aida Camp

Lajee Center and 1for3, last week, launched the Rooftop Green Space in Lajee Centerof Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem, in order to create space for crops and greenery, contribute to water management, food production, compost recycling, improvement of air quality and more. The pioneering project in Palestine, initiated by the director […]

04 Apr
6:13

Kahanism: The Logical Conclusion of Zionism

by Asa Winstanley In Israel’s elections later this month, a hard-right bloc, led by the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looks likely to be the victor. This bloc of legislators now looks likely to include the Kahanists of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party. Rabbi Meir Kahane was a fanatically anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian […]

04 Apr
6:05

Palestinian Succumbs to Wounds Incurred during Land Day Protests

A Palestinian youth who was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces, during Land Day protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, succumbed to his wounds, late Tuesday. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Fares Youssef Abu Hajras, 26, from Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, succumbed to […]

04 Apr
5:57

ISM Offers Training in Dublin, Ireland

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Ireland is offering a day of pre-training for prospective volunteers who are interested in joining the International Solidarity Movement on the ground, in Palestine. All volunteers are required to participate in training before joining activities in Palestine. Attending the training session in Dublin will give […]

04 Apr
5:45

Palestinians Celebrate Al-Isra Wal Miraj

Scouts outside the Dome of the Rock at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem, celebrating Al-Isra Wal Miraj Muslim holiday. (WAFA Images / Afif Amireh)  Tens of thousands of Palestinians observed Al-Isra Wal Miraj Muslim holiday, today, with worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem’s Old City, the site of this holy day, […]

04 Apr
5:36

UK Band Release Song Highlighting Israeli Apartheid (VIDEO)

The UK-based band Slovo has released a new song which calls for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest final, which will be held in Tel Aviv on the 18th of May. Entitled ‘Not My Kinda Party’, the song refers to Israel as an apartheid regime, and lists aspects of […]

02 Apr
5:43

PA to Pay 50% of Salaries for Second Month

The Ministry of Finance announced, on Monday, that the Palestinian Authority (PA) it will pay 50% of the monthly salaries to its employees, for the second month in a row, following the Israeli tax cuts. Last month, employees also received 50% of their salaries, after the PA refused to accept […]

02 Apr
5:37

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel’s Annexation of the Syrian Golan

Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump’s decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically, in support of Netanyahu’s campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the […]

02 Apr
5:25

Human Rights Institution Association Calls for Investigation into Murder of Al-Hamlawi

The Human Rights Institutions Association has sent a letter to Amnesty International, Human rights Watch, the Committee against Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, regarding the torture practices in the prisons of the Palestinian Authority security services in Ramallah.  The […]

02 Apr
5:15

United States and Israel Complete THAAD Missile Defense Exercises

The European Command of the United States Army (EUCOM) completed its four-week air defense exercise, including the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system into Israel for the first time. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) air defense system was deployed in Israel on March 4th 2019, following extensive […]

02 Apr
5:09

Behind The Fence, They Sing of Freedom: ISM Call to Action

A call for international human rights defenders to come to Palestine, mid May (May 13 – May 19th) 2019, to support the cultural boycott of the Eurovision Singing Contest in Tel Aviv.     The Situation Whilst the colonization forces prepare historical Palestine for the upcoming Eurovision singing contest, the […]

02 Apr
4:48

Gaza Fishing Zone Expanded as Part of Ceasefire Agreement

Israel has expanded the permitted fishing zone, in the besieged Gaza Strip, as part of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, who currently governs the enclave. The Egyptian-brokered deal includes expanding the fishing limit along the Mediterranean coast from six to 15 nautical miles, for the first time in years, with […]

02 Apr
4:36

Palestinian Youth Severely Beaten during Detention

Two Palestinian teens from occupied East Jerusalem said that they were severely beaten when they were detained by special Israeli forces, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission said, today. Muhammad Abu Sneineh, 15, and Qais Basiti, 17, told the commission that they were thrown to the ground when they were detained in […]

02 Apr
4:15

Israeli Plans for 250,000 Future Settlers in Golan Heights

The Israeli Ministry of Housing has prepared a plan which calls for the construction of tens of thousands of settlement units to accommodate 250,000 settlers by the year 2048, in the occupied Syrian Golan, and encourages settlers to live there. The details of the plan came one week after US […]

01 Apr
4:44

Gaza Crossings Opened after One-week Closure

Israel has reopened two vital border crossings between the occupied territories and the blockaded Gaza Strip, about a week after it closed them amid escalating tensions with Palestinians in the enclave. A spokeswoman for the Israeli ministry of military affairs, the unit that oversees the crossings said that the Erez […]

01 Apr
4:34

Israeli Tanks Strike Targets in Gaza following Alleged Rocket Fire

Israeli tanks have shelled the Gaza Strip after alleged rocket fire from the blockaded coastal enclave, into the occupied territories.   The Israeli army said that its tanks had hit “a number of positions” belonging to the Hamas movement, in Gaza, early on Sunday morning. The shelling, it claimed, came […]

01 Apr
4:17

Palestinian Detainee Marks 17 Years in Israeli Jails

Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli jails Abdul-Fattah Kamel Sahalabi completes, today, 17 years behind Israeli prison bars, said the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society. Shalabi, who comes from the town of Silat al-Harithiya, in the occupied West Bank, was taken into custody on March 31, 2002, and was sentenced to 21 years […]

31 Mar
4:57

Family Forced to Demolish Own Home near Jerusalem

A Palestinian family demolished their own home and certain steel structures, on Friday evening, in the illegal Pisgat Zeev Israeli settlement that is built on Palestinian lands of the Hizma village ,north of occupied Jerusalem, upon order by the Israeli High Court. Family member Youssef Askar said that they began […]

31 Mar
4:26

On Land Day, Jordan Valley Palestinians See Their Land Gradually Pulled from Under Their Feet

by Isra Ghourani, WAFA  On Friday morning, Palestinian residents of al-Farisieh village, in the northern Jordan Valley, were surprised to find out that Israeli settlers had fenced dozens of dunams of their land and planted them with olive trees. This transgression on the land is part of a series of daily […]

31 Mar
3:50

Palestinians on One Year Anniversary of Great Return March

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are marking Land Day and the one-year anniversary of Gaza’s Great March of Return by protesting against Israel’s brutal siege and demanding their rights. These unarmed protesters have been met with Israeli sniper fire that, so far, has killed 195 protesters, and injured 29,000 more. The […]

30 Mar
7:17

Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege: Worldwide Solidarity This Weekend

Photo: Joe Catron/Flickr As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza– also the 43rd anniversary of Land Day – Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins Palestinians and people around the world in encouraging all supporters of justice to join in solidarity actions at […]

30 Mar
7:09

Losses Exceed $2 Million for Gaza in Latest Israeli Aggression

The Palestinian Ministry of Public Works and Housing in the Gaza Strip, on Thursday, said that the recent Israeli military aggression on the besieged enclave resulted in complete destruction of 30 houses and partial damage to 500 others. Deputy minister Naji Sarhan announced, during a press conference, that the estimated […]

30 Mar
7:03

Brazil Reneges on Jerusalem Embassy Move

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will apparently not move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Instead, he may announce the opening of a “business office” in West Jerusalem, during his upcoming two-day visit to Israel, on Thursday. In January, Bolsonaro promised to follow in the footsteps of United States […]

30 Mar
6:56

Jordan Valley: Settlers Plant Olive Trees on Palestinian-owned Land

Israeli settlers planted olive trees in pasture land belonging to Palestinians in al-Farisya village, east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, raising fear among the Palestinian residents of an impending seizure of their land for the benefit of settlers. Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, said a number of […]