All posts by George Rishmawi

15 Nov

The Palestine Housing Cooperative Union Calls for Considering the Right of Housing in Palestine as a Basic Human and Civil Right

The Palestine Housing Cooperatives Union (PHCU) held the annual meeting of its General Assembly and commemorated the twelfth anniversary of  the passing away of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. The meeting began with the Palestinian national anthem and a moment’s of silence was observed to honor the people who […]

27 Aug

Walk a path of history in Palestine (Video)

Walk a path of history; experience nature and hospitality in Palestine. Join us for a journey on the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, a new Palestinian hiking trail where kindness is a language spoken by all, and the storied wilderness is a constant companion. Discover a land full of life, and color […]

02 May

Palestine Today 05 02 2016

May 2, 2016 7:19 PM George Rishmawi Audio report, Palestine 0

Download/Listen Here Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, May 02, 2016. Israeli troops invade West Bank communities injuries civilians and kidnap others, meanwhile in Gaza army tanks bulldoze farm lands. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned. Palestinian medical […]

27 Apr

From Spring to Spring Ain Fawwar to Ain Qelt

An adventurous hike for nature lovers starts from the Wadi Qelt riverbed at Ain Fawwar, the Fawwar Springs to Ain Al Qelt, the Qelt Springs. Walking through Wadi Qelt, you will enjoy the silence of nature, the beauty of its flora and fauna.  The hike will take you through the […]

17 Oct

Video: Israeli Government Lies about Footage of Boy in Hospital

October 17, 2015 10:38 PM George Rishmawi Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

As soon as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded his speech earlier this week, in which he spoke about the 13-year old boy Ahmad Manasra, Israeli media was flooded with images of the boy that the Israeli police shot and left to bleed for a long time.Abbas said the boy was […]

08 Aug

Failure attempt by Israeli settlers to burn another Palestinian house

A group of Israeli settlers attempted to burn another Palestinian house Saturday morning. The house is located on the way between Nablus and Jericho on the eastern side of Palestine.Ghassaan Doughlas, in charge of the settlers file in the northern West Bank said that a group of settlers attacked the […]

25 May

Canadian Quakers Continue to Support BDS Regardless of Canadian Law Issue

Individual members of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, (The Canadian Quakers) will continue to support the call for Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, regardless of the situation of the Canadian law about this issue.Matthew Leggie, Matthew Legge, program coordinator at the Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) told VICE News, […]

04 Sep

Petition: Deny Nomination of PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize

September 4, 2014 10:15 PM George Rishmawi Human rights, International, News Report 0

More than 22 thousand, including individuals and organizations from different parts of the world, have signed an online petition against the nomination of Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, for the Nobel Peace Prize.The petition — launched by Edward Tanas, a GIS Specialist from Calgary, Canada, demanding the Nobel […]

21 Jul

Protests in Nazareth and Beit Sahour Against the Israeli Attacks on Gaza

At least 20 thousand Palestinian residents of Israel took to the streets on Monday, in the city of Nazareth, to protest against the Israeli military attacks against their fellow Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of more than 500 Palestinians and around 14 Israeli soldiers in […]

08 Mar

US Bishops ask Pope to speak about injustice against the Palestinian Children

As the visit of Pope Francis to Palestine and Israel nears, a letter signed by 20 US Bishops was sent the Pontiff asking him to speak out against the targeting of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.Rev. Don Wagner, the National Director of the Friends of Sabeel in the United […]

11 Dec

Palestine Today 12 10 2013

December 11, 2013 3:03 AM George Rishmawi Audio report, Palestine 0

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the international Middle East media center, for Tuesday December 10, 2013U.S. Secretary of State, john Kerry to visit Palestine and Israel, meanwhile Israeli soldiers invade server all villages and kidnap Palestinian civilians, these stories and more combing up, stay tuned. On Tuesday, […]

26 Jul

British Human Rights Activist Wins Water-meter Fight

A British Palestine supporter won a battle this week to stop Southern Water company installing an Israeli-made water meter at her home.The “Morning Star” newspaper said in its online edition that Brighton resident, Caroline O’Reilly was so determined not to have an Israeli-made meter that she even sat in a […]

20 Jul

Helen Thomas, prominent long-time White House reporter dies

Long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas died on Saturday after a long illness at the age of 92, the Washington journalists’ organization said in a statementThomas worked the White House beat for 49 years for United Press International and Hearst newspapers. During her nearly half-centurey at the White House, she […]

27 Mar

Abbas to the Arab League, if attempts to renew talks fail, we may go to The Hague

March 27, 2013 1:51 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians have the right to go to the International Court of Justice if the attempt to renew negotiations with Israel in the coming few months fail.Abbas remarks came during his speech to the Arab League summit, during which he briefed Arab leaders on his latest […]

21 Mar

President Obama in Israel: “That so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd

March 21, 2013 4:01 PM George Rishmawi Diplomacy, Israel, News Report 0

United States President Barack Obama said there is a real chance for peace in the framework of the two-state solution. “I do not say peace guaranteed, but possible,” he said.He added in his speech in Jerusalem that Israel should build peace with the Arab world because peace is necessary, especially […]

30 Jan

Palestinian Political Activist Submits A Letter To Us Consul General On Palestinian Prisoners

January 30, 2013 3:56 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian Human Rights and Political activist Samer Jaber submitted a letter to the US Consul General in Jerusalem Michael Ratney during his visit to Bethlehem on Tuesday.In his letter, which IMEMC received a copy of, Jaber, representing a Solidarity Committee with Palestinian Prisoners in Israel, he demanded the United States […]

15 Nov

Palestinians Organize Vigil In Bethlehem For Gaza

November 15, 2012 2:13 AM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Dozens of Palestinians from the Bethlehem area gathered Wednesday evening in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in solidarity with the people of Gaza who have been under Israeli military attacks since the early morning.Around 100 Palestinians and Internationals gathered and lit candles for the souls of […]

28 Oct

Palestinians Setup a Tent at Ush Ghrab to Protest a Planned Settlement

Dozens of Palestinians accompanied with international supports setup a protest tent in the Ush Ghrab area of eastern Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem on Sunday. The action, which was organized by the Popular Resistance Committee in Beit Sahour, aims at stopping the planned construction of a settlement in the area.After the […]

27 Oct

A Young Druze Man Refuse to Serve in the Israeli Army

October 27, 2012 5:34 PM George Rishmawi Israel, News Report, Non-violent action 0

A young druze man sent out a letter to the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and defense minister Ehud Barak, explaining why he refuses to be part of the Israeli army. Young secular Druze men are required to conscript into the Israeli military the same as their Jewish peer […]

18 Sep

Palestinian Leadership Might Reconsider The Oslo Accords

September 18, 2012 10:00 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may present the Oslo Accords to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) for reconsideration, a close source of the PLO said Tuesday.Abbas is considering unilaterally declaring the Oslo Accords and the economic and security agreements derived from it as null and void. The London-based Arab newspaper Al-Sharq […]

17 Sep

Murderers of Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni to face life imprisonment

The murderers of the Italian peace activists, Vittorio Arrigoni, were sentenced to life terms in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping and killing Arrigoni. A Gaza military court sentenced two of the indicted to life terms, meanwhile a third were sentenced to ten years for taking part in the […]

27 Aug

Israel denies entry to Welcome to Palestine visitors

In a precedented measure, Israel denied entry to nearly 85 international visitors who were planning to enter Palestine through the King Hussein bridge via Jordan.The Welcome to Palestine Campaign media unit issued a press release decrying Israel denial of entry to the visitors, saying that the only reason they believe […]

26 Aug

Welcome To Palestine III, Coming From Jordan To Palestine

Over one hundred international peace and human rights activists, who are planning to visit the occupied Palestinian territories, are scheduled to arrive at the Allenby Bridge Sunday afternoon.The activists, mostly Europeans, are planning to tell Israeli security that they want to come to Palestine as part of the Welcome to […]

16 Aug

Six Palestinians Wounded, Some Seriously In Settler Attack On Their Car Near Hebron

August 16, 2012 11:11 PM George Rishmawi Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Six Palestinians were wounded, three seriously, when Israeli settlers hurled a cocktail bomb at the car they were riding on the Bethlehem-Hebron road on Thursday.Palestinian media sources reported that settlers from Beit Ayin settlement in the Etzion settlment bloc threw a cocktail bomb at the van en route to wounding […]

14 Aug

Iranian Defense Minister: We will Destroy the Israeli Army

Iranian Minister of Defence, Ahmad Wahidi, said Iran will destroy the Israeli army if Israel launches any strike against the Iranian nuclear plant.He added that the Israeli talk about war indicates weakness saying that threats of a strike against Iran is all part of a psychological warfare. Wahidi said the […]

08 Aug

PA will go to UN again for statehood bid

President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the UN seeking UN bid for international recognition of a Palestinian state under occupation.Abbas said in a ceremony at an-Najah National university in Nablus that the PA is willing to take this step regardless of conflicts […]

02 Aug

Gaza Power Plant to function in full capacity, first time in six years

August 2, 2012 9:53 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Energy and Natural resources authority In the Gaza Strip, said on Thursday that it had managed to run the Gaza power plant in full capacity for the first time in six years.Ahmad Abu Omrein, director of the information center at the energy authority, said the Gaza power plant can […]

02 Aug

Israeli military kidnap a Palestinian youth from Beit Ummar

August 2, 2012 9:15 PM George Rishmawi Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli military kidnapped a disabled Palestinian youth form Beit Ummar, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on Thursday afternoon. Local sources reported that Ahmad Awad, 25, was on his way home when stopped by the Israeli military operating at the entrance of Beit Ummar and kidnapped him, […]

30 Jul

Palestinian killed and three injured in Jerusalem

Palestinian was killed and two others were injured on Monday after the Israeli military opened fire toward their car on al-za’em military checkpoint, east of Jerusalem.Israeli newspaper Maariv reported that an Israeli soldier opened fire at the Palestinians when they refused to stop at the checkpoint.  In the meantime, an […]

27 Jul

Several wounded in nonviolent anti-wall demonstrations in the W.B.

In central West Bank, Palestinians organized anti-wall and settlements protests in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in and al-Nabi Saleh. Israeli troops used chemical water in addition to tear gas to suppress protesters.Israeli and international supporters joined villagers after the midday prayers at all three locations. Troops used tear gas and […]

26 Jul

Settlers Setup Mobile Houses Near Bethlehem Village

A number of Israeli settlers setup mobile houses in the village of al-Khader near the southern Palestinian city of Bethlehem.Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall in al-Khader told IMEMC a group of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli soldiers arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday to the Batn […]

27 Jun

Palestinian Man Shot Near Maale Adumim Settlement

Israeli media sources reported that Israeli settlement guards shot and wounded a Palestinian man near Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.The wounded man, whose name remains unknown, was shot in the stomach and was taken by Israeli ambulance to the hospital for treatment. Israeli police claim the […]

14 Jun

Ex-Israeli soldier is seeking Palestinian citizenship

A 23-year old Israeli who served in the Israeli army told reporters Thursday that he wants to renounce his Israeli citizenship and is seeking Palestinian citizenship. He hopes to live permanently in the occupied Palestinian territories, even though Israeli law bans Israelis from living in or even visiting the Palestinian […]

19 Apr

Two Palestinian Children Kidnapped Near Hebron

April 19, 2012 6:37 PM George Rishmawi Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli troops kidnapped two 15 year old Palestinian children from the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.Local sources said that Mohammad Alami and Fadi Abu Fanus were handcuffed and blind-folded before they were taken to the nearby Etzion military base. The children were on their way home after taking […]

15 Apr

Three injured by Israeli forces in non-violent anti-Wall demonstrations

Israeli troops attacked the weekly Friday protests held in six Palestinian towns and villages. In addition to dozens of demonstrators suffering the effects of tear gas inhalation, three protesters were moderately wounded by steel-coated rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.The focus of this week’s protests was to show solidarity with […]

14 Apr

Conflicting Jewish reactions to ‘Welcome to Palestine 2012’

The Welcome to Palestine 2012 campaign has triggered a number of reactions among Jewish groups.On their part, right-wing Jewish group known as ‘Jewish Defense League’ have sent out a call to its operatives and activists to be at the Ben-Gurion airport on Sunday, April 15, to ‘welcome’ the International visitors […]

10 Apr

Welcome to Palestine 2012 campaign launched in Bethlehem

Over 1,200 international visitors are expected to arrive to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to participate in the Welcome to Palestine 2012 campaign on Sunday April 15, said Dr. Abdelfattah Abu Srour, a spokesperson of the campaign stated on Monday.Abu Srour told a press conference held at the Bethlehem […]

09 Apr

Organizers: Over 1000 are expected to join Welcome to Palestine Campaign

As part of the initiative a press release was issued that stated ‘Welcome to Palestine 2012 will again challenge Israel’s policy of isolating the West Bank while the settler paramilitaries and army commit brutal crimes against a virtually defenceless Palestinian civilian population.’ The letter was undersigned by many top officials, […]

03 Apr

Palestinian Child Dies Of Wounds Sustained Last Year

Four-year-old Aseel Ara’ra form the town of Anata near Jerusalem was pronounced dead on Tuesday of wounds sustained October 25, 2011, Palestinian medical sources reported. Her injury left her quadriplegic with numerous health complications.Aseel’s family said that their daughter was wounded by a gunshot in the neck last year when […]

03 Apr

Army Demolishes Four Houses Near Bethlehem

Israeli military bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning four houses in the town of Beit Jala near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem Palestinian media sources reported.Residents of Beit Jala said that two bulldozers, accompanied by a number of Israeli military vehicles and police, invaded the neighborhood in the early […]

03 Apr

UN Report: Susiya Village Faces a High Risk of Forced Displacement

A report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHAoPt) states that a Palestinian village is facing a high risk of forced displacement.The report said that the village of Susiya in the south Hebron hills in the West Bank is […]

22 Mar

Prisoner’s Society: Hana Shalabi in Serious Condition in Hospital

March 22, 2012 11:26 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi is in a serious health condition, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society told media Thursday morning.Advocate Jawad Pauls, director of the legal department of the society said, after a visit to the hospital where Shalabi is being treated, that her heart beats are slowing down, and that she […]

22 Feb

Palestinian Factions to meet in Cairo Thursday

February 22, 2012 7:38 PM George Rishmawi Arab World, Internal Unrest, News Report 0

Palestinian leaders are set to meet in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Thursday to follow up the reconciliation agreement and the reforms of the Palestinian National Council.Chiefs of Palestinian factions and leaders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PL0) and speaker of the Palestinian National Council in addition to some […]

22 Feb

Israeli Prison’s Authority Move 120 Prisoners To Unknown Location

February 22, 2012 5:44 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

One day after the deal between the Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan who ended his hunger-strike after 66 days, the Israeli prisons’ administration transferred approximately 120 prisoners from Negev Desert Prison to an unknown location.A press statement issued by the prisoners published by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, said that 120 prisoners […]

16 Feb

Israeli Troops Break Into Homes, Offices of Three Palestinian MPs

February 16, 2012 3:36 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

An Israeli military force invaded the offices and homes of three Palestinian members of Parliament and confiscated their computers and cell phones in the early hours of Thursday morning, Palestinian media sources reported.According to the source, Israeli troops broke into the house and office of Ibrahim Dahbour, Khaled Suleiman and […]

16 Feb

Six Wounded In Two Israeli Air Strikes In The Gaza Strip

February 16, 2012 1:25 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Six Palestinian civilians have been wounded in two air strikes by the Israeli air force that targeted the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of Thursday morning.According to a Palestinian media source, the first target is allegedly a center for al-Aqsa brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Hamas […]

15 Feb

Dozens of Palestinians declare Hunger Strike as Fasting prisoner Khader Adnan is on day 60

February 15, 2012 9:49 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

Dozens of Palestinians declared hunger strike in support of the Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who has been on hunger strike for 60 days, and has vowed to continue as long as he is imprisoned. Palestinian medical sources said Adnan is facing death if not treated, as many of his major […]

15 Feb

Gaza Power Station Shut Down For Fuel Shortage

February 15, 2012 6:55 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Gaza Strip’s only power station, which supplies the Palestinian coastal region with up to two-thirds of its energy was shut down on Tuesday because of a shortage of fuel from Egypt.The shortage led to widespread blackouts for nearly 1.5 million Palestinians who live in Gaza. The local power company […]

15 Feb

KAIROS Canada: Canadian Gov’t must urge Israel to resume peace talks within international law

February 15, 2012 3:08 PM George Rishmawi International, News Report, Peace process 0

The KAIROS Canada group said in a statement published on Monday that the Canadian Government can play a positive role in the Middle East by urging Israel to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.“KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives believes that the government of Canada can play a positive role in […]

14 Feb

Khader Adnan, 59 days on hunger strike, starving for freedom

February 14, 2012 10:57 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for 59 days demanding his immediate release. Khader Adnan refused food one day after being kidnapped by the Israeli military from his house on December 17, 2011.Adnan is a 33-year old Palestinian baker, husband and a father, who have decided […]

14 Feb

Former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem: Israel is turning Jerusalem into a Jewish City

February 14, 2012 10:21 PM George Rishmawi Jerusalem, News Report 0

Former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michael Sabbah said the current municipality of Jerusalem is trying to turn the city into a Jewish one. He told the Italian news Agency AKI, that turning the holy city of Jerusalem into a mono-ethnic city will only cause war instead of stability and peace.The […]

30 Dec

Israel Closes Karm Abu Salem Crossing

December 30, 2011 4:32 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Israeli authorities temporarily close the Karm Abu Salem Crossing with the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Security sources reported on Friday. The border crossing will re-open on Sunday. Raed Fattuh, the Palestinian officer who is head of the committee supervising the entry of goods into the Gaza Strip, said that Israel opened […]

30 Dec

Freed Palestinian to Marry in Turkey

December 30, 2011 2:48 PM George Rishmawi International, News Report, Prisoners 0

One of the Palestinian detainees freed in the latest prisoner exchange-deal with Israel, is scheduled to marry in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, the Turkish daily, Vatan, reported on Friday.Ayman Abu Khalil, aged 39, was one of eleven Palestinians exiled to Turkey, after being released by Israel under the prisoner-exchange […]

30 Dec

One Dead, Five Injured in Israeli Shelling in the Gaza Strip

December 30, 2011 2:30 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

One Palestinian was killed and five were injured in an Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, a Palestinian medical source reported.The source identified the dead as Mo’min Abu Daff, who at appears was killed in an artillery shelling that targeted Juhr Eddik neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. […]

29 Dec

Israel to open Karm Abu Salem Gaza crossing

December 29, 2011 5:48 PM George Rishmawi Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Israeli authorities said it will open the Karm Abu Salem, also known as Kerem Shalom, crossing to allow some basic material to enter into the beseiged Gaza Strip, Palestinian Media Sources reported Thursday.The incoming cargo, a total of 260 trucks, will contain mainly food supplies and some agricultural material and […]

29 Dec

Israeli police arrest Jewish extremists

Israeli Security forces arrested prominent right-wing Jewish activists in a West Bank settlement early Thursday, over suspicions of monitoring the movements of Israeli soldiers in the region, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said.Haaretz added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a series of steps to crack down on Jewish extremists […]

10 Dec

Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in anti-wall protest

December 10, 2011 3:01 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, Ramallah 0

A Palestinian young man died of wounds sustained on Friday during an anti-wall and settlement protest in the village of Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah.Mustafa Tamimi, 28 was pronounced dead Saturday after being hit with a teargas canister directly to his face at a short range. […]

07 Dec

Israeli Troops Break Into The House Of Imemc’s Board Member

December 7, 2011 5:23 PM George Rishmawi Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers broke into the house of Saher Al-Sous, in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. Al-Sous is a board member of the Palestinian Centre for Rapprochement between People, the founding organization of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC).At around 3:30 am, Israeli troops knocked-down the door of Al-Sous’ cousin with […]

08 Oct

Five Injured In Nabi Saleh Anti-wall Protest

Five Palestinians, three women and two men, were wounded in clashes between protestors and Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.At least twenty Israeli military vehicles rolled into the village to stop the demonstration, which started after the Friday mid-day […]

24 Sep

Israeli Forces Use Gas To Stop Nonviolent Protest In N’ilin

September 24, 2011 4:45 AM George Rishmawi News Report, Non-violent action, Ramallah 0

Dozens of nonviolent protests suffered effects of gas inhalation in the weekly nonviolent anti-wall protest in the village of N’ilin near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.The villagers of N’ilin marched Friday in support of the Palestinian bid for full UN membership. The marchers also chanted slogans condemning […]

24 Sep

Dozens wounded in Bil’in’s weekly nonviolent protest

September 24, 2011 3:35 AM George Rishmawi News Report, Non-violent action, Ramallah 0

Dozens suffered asphyxiation as a result of inhaling gas fired by Israeli soldiers against nonviolent protesters in the village of Bil’in near the West Bank city of Ramallah Friday.The villagers of Bil’in together with International and Israeli peace activists joined a nonviolent demonstration in support of the Palestinian statehood bid. […]

20 Sep

Israeli Settlers Opened Fire At A Palestinian Village

September 20, 2011 1:31 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Nablus, News Report 0

Israeli settlers opened their automatic machine gun fire at residential areas in the town of Bureen near Nablus in the early hours of Monday morning, however, no injuries were reported. Ghassan Dughlus, in charge of the settlements file in the northern West Bank said that settlers also attempted to invade […]

20 Sep

Israeli Settlers Cut 500 Trees Near Salfit

September 20, 2011 1:13 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, Salfit 0

A number of armed Israeli settlers invaded on Monday morning an olive orchard in the village of Deir Istia, near Salfit, in the northern part of the West Bank.Nathmi Salman, head of the village council, confirmed that settlers chain-sew around 500 olive trees that belong to Daoud Harb. The farmer […]

19 Sep

Civilians To Guard Their Villages From Settler Attacks

September 19, 2011 11:28 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Non-violent action, West Bank 0

The popular committee against the wall and settlements in the village of Beit Oula, near Ramallah organized a civilian night watch to protect the village from possible settler or military attacks.Coordinator of the committee Issa el-Amlah, said the unarmed guards will be on duty 24 hours a day, especially after […]

17 Sep

Abbas: ‘We Are Going To The Security Council To Seek Full UN Membership’

September 17, 2011 3:15 AM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a speech to the nation, Friday evening in which he emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is going to the United Nations Security Council to demand full membership in the UN.“After I speak to the UN General Assembly, I will submit our request to the […]

15 Sep

Israeli military continue to target water wells in the West Bank

September 15, 2011 2:14 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jordan Valley, News Report 0

An Israeli military force invaded Al-Far’a area in the eastern part of the West Bank near Tubas near the Jordan Vally. The military took photographs of the existing water aquifers in the area, and informed the residents that they will come back to destroy the aquifers.Hussein Al-Hmud, head of the […]

15 Sep

Settlers assault workers and hit a boy with car in the West Bank

September 15, 2011 1:52 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli settlers from the settlement of Itamar, near the West Bank city of Nablus assaulted three Palestinian workers Wednesday morning. The workers are from the town of Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem and suffered moderate wounds and bruises in different parts of their bodies. The settlers also set fire to their […]

15 Sep

Israeli Police Arrest A Senior Fatah Leader From Jerusalem

September 15, 2011 1:49 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli police arrested Adnan Gheith from Jerusalem, hours after his return to his house after being deported for eight months. Gheith is a senior Fatah leader in Jerusalem and was deported from Jerusalem last January, by an Israeli military order. Gheith was contacted by the Israeli security Tuesday night and […]

14 Sep

Israeli Army Sets Up Checkpoints In Some West Bank Areas

September 14, 2011 3:30 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, West Bank 0

Palestinian security sources said that Israeli soldiers blocked the western and southern entrances of Jenin and stopped passengers and interrogated them. Troops also thoroughly searched passengers cars and documents which cause people to cue for long hours. In addition, eyewitnesses said Israeli military patrolled the eastern part of the West […]

13 Sep

B’Tselem: Army Denies Palestinians Right To Protest In WB

September 13, 2011 3:18 AM George Rishmawi Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

The Israeli human rights organizastion B’Tselem have stated that the Israeli military denies Palestinians the right to protest in the West Bank.A report published by the group on Monday, titled ‘Show of Force’ says that Israel does not recognize the ‘basic right’ of Palestinians to protest and responds to demonstrations […]

13 Sep

Israeli Settlers Deface The Home Of An Israeli Left-wing Activist

September 13, 2011 12:53 AM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Settlement, News Report 0

Israeli settlers defaced the home of an Israeli left-wing activist with graffiti proclaiming “death to the traitors” and “price tag Migron” on Monday, Israeli sources reported.The activist, who refused to publish her name told Israeli media that she believes this is an act to make her and other left-wing activists […]

12 Sep

Israeli Settlers Burn Protest Tent In Jerusalem

September 12, 2011 11:57 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Israeli settlers, who forcefully occupied part of the house of Rifka al-Kurd in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, burned the protest tent setup in the backyard of the house.Mrs. al-Kurd reported that her son noticed noise near the house after midnight and confirmed that the settlers set the […]

08 Sep

Settlers Vandalize An Israeli Military Base, As A ‘price Tag’ Act

September 8, 2011 3:48 AM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Settlement, News Report 0

The Yesha Council of Settlements, the central body representing Israeli settlers in the West Bank, condemned the ‘price tag’ operation carried out by a group of Israeli settlers at an Israeli Military base on Wednesday.The council called on the government to crack down on what they called ‘marginal group’. Israeli […]

08 Sep

French Fair Trade Activist Denied Access To Palestine Through Tel Aviv Airport

September 8, 2011 2:10 AM George Rishmawi Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Michel Besson, director of the ‘Andines’ Cooperative, which develops Fair Trade cooperation with Palestine, was arrested Monday morning on his arrival at the airport in Tel Aviv and was placed in the retention center.Besson is denied entry to Palestine and is awaiting deportation, according to his lawyer Gabi Laski. Laski […]

02 Sep

Israeli Military Kidnaps Senior Hamas Leader In The West Bank

September 2, 2011 3:21 AM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, News Report, Ramallah 0

The Israeli military kidnapped a senior Hamas West Bank leader Wednesday night in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Palestinian media sources said that Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of prominent leaders of Hamas and a member of the Palestinian Parliament was kidnapped by Israeli soldiers. Yousef was released from Israeli jail […]

01 Sep

Israeli Military Setup Check Post Near Jenin

September 1, 2011 9:59 PM George Rishmawi Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

Jenin-Palestine – An Israeli military force invaded, on Thursday morning, the village of Al-Arqa west of Jenin, Palestinian media sources reported.Troops patrolled the village going through the allies and the main squares and beefed up its forces in the surrounding villages. Troops also setup and military check post outside of […]

01 Sep

Bill To Ban US Funds To Pro-palestinian UN Bodies

September 1, 2011 3:49 AM George Rishmawi International, News Report, Peace process 0

A republican congresswoman introduced a bill, along with 57 co-sponsors, asking Congress to block U.S. funds for any United Nations entity that supports giving Palestine an elevated status at the UN.Israeli newspaper Haaretz said in its online edition on Wednesday that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is also seeking to ban U.S. […]

31 Aug

Head of Knesset: Zionism is a Policyof Settlement

August 31, 2011 11:35 PM George Rishmawi Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Reuven Rivlin, head of the Israeli Knesset said on Wednesday that all ‘the land of Israel’ belongs to the Jewish people and peace will never prevail until the Palestinians accept to live together with the Jews on this land.Rivlin’s statement came during his visit to the illegal settlement of Itamar […]

19 Aug

Eight Israelis killed in two attacks in southern Israel

Although initial reports claimed that as many as 14 people were killed in two shooting attacks on Thursday afternoon, Israeli sources report that the official count in the attacks is 8 killed and 30 injured.The attacks were carried out by unknown gunmen against a bus of off-duty Israeli soldiers, an […]

17 Aug

Palestinian Woman Sentenced To 20 Years For Stabbing An Israeli Soldier

A Palestinian woman from Ramallah was sentenced to 20-year imprisonment after being indicted of stabbing an Israeli soldier at the Qalandia military checkpoint on the northern entrance of Jerusalem in 2008.Sumud Karaja 23 form Saffa village near Ramallah was kidnapped two days after the incident in which she was accused […]

17 Aug

Palestinian Man Hit By Israeli Military Jeep Dies Of Wounds

A Palestinian pedestrian died of wounds overnight when an Israeli border police jeep hit him in an East Jerusalem suburb, the Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported.The victim, identified as Amin Dabash 38, was hit Tuesday night by an Israeli police vehicle near the Israeli settlement of Har Homa. Police Chief, […]

12 Aug

Iran Names A Street After An American Activist

Iran names one of the streets in Tehran after Rachel Corrie, the American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Corrie came to Palestine in February 2003 as part of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and was killed in March […]

27 Jul

Israeli Bulldozers Uproot Olive Trees In Al-walaja Near Bethlehem

Israeli troops detained, kidnapped two Palestinians from the village of Al-Walaja near Bethlehem Tuesday morning. Shireen al-Araj and another local youth were kidnapped when they, together with a number of villagers and international peace activists attempted to stop Israeli bulldozers from uprooting olive trees in the village to build the […]

23 Jul

One Injured, Dozens Treated For Tear Gas In Bil’in

A Palestinian journalist was wounded in his right foot in the village of Bil’in near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, on Friday.Haitham Al-Khatib, cameraman working for the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem was hit by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops to disperse nonviolent protestors during […]

21 Jul

Ereikat: Israel Is Not Interested In The Peace Process

Palestine’s chief negotiator Saeb Ereikat said that a recently-released YouTube video by Israel’s Foreign Ministry shows that Israel is not interested in the peace process.The video ‘distorts international law regarding the occupation of the Palestinian Territory,’ Ereikat said in the press release published Wednesday by the Negotiation Support Unit that […]

21 Jul

Israeli Military Invades Villages, Residents Claim Troops Stole Gold

Israeli forces invaded the village of Talluza near Nablus on Wednesday morning and kidnapped two Palestinians.The WAFA News Agency reported that 30 military vehicles invaded the village, and troops broke into houses and ransacked them, before they kidnapped Hussam Abu Shaqra 52 and his son Hazem, 28. They were blindfolded, […]

20 Jul

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza, No Casulaties

Israeli air force gunships launched air strikes on two sites in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning.The airstrike targeted Az-Zaitoun and Ash-Shujaiyeh neighbourhoods south of Gaza City causing massive structural damage, however no casualties among civilians were reported. Israeli military said the airstrikes come in response to Palestinians firing […]

08 Jul

Israel Instructs Air Lines To Cancel Tickets Of Passengers With “Welcome To Palestine’ Campaign

Israeli ministry of Interior has sent out directives to all air lines asking them to cancel reservation of passengers Israel believes they are part of the “Welcome to Palestine Campaign”. The Israeli Authorities sent out a list of names to the airlines saying that their entry to Israel will be […]

06 Jul

Organizers Of “welcome To Palestine” Campaign Deny Alleged Intention Of Airplane Take Over

The organizers of “Welcome to Palestine” campaign issued a press statement nullifying allegations of plans to take over airplanes on July 8 in Ben Gurion airports.The statement said, “The organizers of the ‘Welcome to Palestine’ initiative decry the numerous attempts by Israeli and other media to distort our message and […]

03 Jul

Hundreds of Internationals and Hundreds of Palestinians Gear-up for July 8-16 activities

Civil Society organizations finalizing preparations for welcoming hundreds of International activists coming to the Palestinian territories in a campaign defined by the organizers as ‘Welcome to Palestine’. The organizing groups, which mount up to 40 organizations, groups and popular committees and political factions issued a press release on Saturday.The organizers […]

06 Jun

French Activist summoned to court over Israel Boycott Video

Olivia Zemor a French national has been summoned to appear before the Paris tribunal for publishing a video on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against israel on the website of the organisation she is heading. Zemor is expected to appear before the court on June 17.The video features Palestinian […]

04 Jun

Palestinian protesters storm Gaza-Egypt border terminal

Dozens of Palestinian protesters from the Gaza Strip broke into the Rafah terminal that links between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Saturday morning.The Egyptian authorities have suddenly decided to close the terminal without any coordination with the Palestinian Authority. Egypt has opened it at the beginning of June. A source […]

17 May

Dr. Qumsiyeh to be Released on Bail from Ofer Prison

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh and two other Palestinians are expected to be released on bail Tuesday morning from the Israeli Ofer prison.The three will be released on bail equal to 500 Shekels each. No court hearing was assigned for them. Dr. Qumsiyeh together with 11 other Palestinian and international peace activists […]

14 May

Bil’in Villagers Protest Againt The Wall To Mark The Nakba

Three civilians were injured in the village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, as the villagers carried out their weekly anti-wall protest. As is the case every Friday since six years, international and Israeli supporters joined the villagers after the midday prayers and marched towards the […]

14 May

22 Wounded One Critically in The Weekly Nonviolent Protest in Nabi Saleh

A large march started after the Friday prayers midday towards the construction site of the new settlement Israel is building on the land of the villagers of Nabi Saleh near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.Israeli soldiers fired a number of tear gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at […]

10 May

Palestinian President will not run for next Presidential elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed that he will not run for the presidential elections to be held in 2012, Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.PNN added that Abbas demanded the Fatah delegation who visited, who came from Gaza to Ramallah for the firs time since 2006, to help rebuild the Fatah […]

06 May

Hamas And Fatah To Meet Soon Over Unity Government

Delegations from the rival Fatah and Hamas parties will meet in the coming few days in Cairo to make final arrangements for the new unity government, Azzam Al-Ahmad, head of Fatah’s parliamentary bloc said on Friday.He added that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will head a meeting that will include […]

28 Apr

Rival Palestinian Factions Reach Reconciliation Agreement

Hamas and Fatah sign a reconciliation draft agreement in Cairo Egypt Wednesday evening following rounds of talks, with hope to end a four-year internal unrest in the Palestinian Territories, Palestinian media sources reported.Both parties agreed, under Egyptian supervision, to form a transitional government soon. The two delegations, headed by Palestinian […]

27 Apr

Israeli Troops Invade Tulkarem

A large force of Israeli military invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem Wednesday morning, Palestinian security sources reported.The source said, a number of military vehicles entered the city and opened fire in the air in the early hours of the morning. Last night, a Palestinian security officer shot […]

26 Apr

Abbas says Obama disappointed the Palestinians

April 26, 2011 7:41 PM George Rishmawi News Report, Palestine, Peace process 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says U.S. President Barak Obama gave us hope then abandoned us midway. Abbas’ comments were published in an interview with the American “Newsweek” magazine. Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership knew Obama before he became president, and he was very sympathetic with the Palestinians. However, Obama […]