All posts by IMEMC & Agencies

16 Jan

Israel Orders Seizure of 350 Dunams Near Bethlehem for Bypass Road

The Israeli military issued orders, on Wednesday, to seize 350 dunams (86 acres) of agricultural land in al-Khader and Irtas towns, south of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, Hasan Breijieh, from the Commission for the Resistance of the Wall and Settlements said. Breijieh stressed that the bypass road, […]

15 Jan

Two Palestinians Forced to Demolish Their Own Homes, South of Jerusalem

Two Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank were forced, on Wednesday, to demolish their own homes to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the Israeli West Jerusalem municipality demolishes them, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Local sources said that Mousa Bashir and Ammar Nassar, from Jabal al-Mokabber […]

15 Jan

Israel Approves Construction of Four New Prison Complexes

Israeli ‘housing council’ has approved a plan to build four new prisons in the occupied territories as the occupation accelerates its arrest campaign against Palestinians, the Palestine News Network reported. Israeli media sources announced, on Tuesday, that the council authorized construction of the prison complexes, south of the Israeli city […]

15 Jan

Al-Haq: Release UN Database on Businesses Profiting from Israel’s Settlement Enterprise

Ramallah-based Al-Haq Human Rights organization, on Tuesday, called on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to release the long-overdue database of businesses engaged in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. In a Call for Action press release, Al-Haq said, On […]

15 Jan

European Union Mission Heads Visit Occupied East Jerusalem

European Union (EU) Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, on Monday, visited Al-‘Isawiya, a neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestine News Network reported. The European diplomats met with Palestinian residents and representatives of civil society organisations, and they were briefed about the unprecedented number of Israeli police and […]

14 Jan

Israel Extends Detention of Two Palestinian Prisoners, Days Before Release

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the Israeli government renewed the administrative detention of Shorouq al-Badan, 25, for six more months, on Monday, only two days before her scheduled release, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Badan, from Bethlehem, was arrested July 2019, and was supposed to be […]

13 Jan

Palestinian Forced to Demolish Own Home, South of Jerusalem

The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem forced a Palestinian to demolish his own home, in the town of Jabal al-Mokabber, south of Jerusalem. According to the Palestinian News Network, the municipality required Sayel Ja’abis to demolish his home, under the pretext that he lacked a building license, giving him until Sunday […]

13 Jan

Israeli Forces Storm and Dismantle Palestinian Vegetable Stands in Hebron

Israeli forces ransacked and dismantled stalls used to sell fruits and vegetables, on Sunday, near Wadi Al-Khalil checkpoint, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. The stalls were ransacked, their contents destroyed, and the Palestinian owners warned by Israeli soldiers, to stay away from the area. Estimated losses […]

11 Jan

Israel Notifies 3 Prisoner’s Families of Order to Demolish Homes

Israeli forces, overnight Thursday, notified the families of three alleged Palestinian attackers, of their intention to demolish their houses across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. The Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed that Israeli forces broke into the family home of Mohammad Walid Hanatsheh, in […]

11 Jan

France Deplores New Israeli Settlement Expansion Plans

France condemned, on Friday, the recent Israeli decision to green-light the construction of 1,936 housing units in the West Bank illegal settlements. The French consulate in Jerusalem said in a statement that the decision “comes at a troubling time of accelerated settlement on the West Bank,” the Palestinian News and […]

11 Jan

Syrian National Released After 5 Years in Israeli Prison

According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), Israeli authorities, on Friday, released a Syrian national who has been in Israeli detention for five years, the Palestine News and Info Agency reported. Sidqi al-Maqt, 53, was jailed in 2015 on alleged charges of “treason and espionage, support for terrorism and contact […]

10 Jan

European Union Denounces Israel’s Settlement Expansion

The European Union, on Thursday, criticized Israeli plans to expand illegal settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territory and called on Israel to comply with international law, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Israel approved earlier this week the construction of almost 2000 housing units in illegal settlements […]

10 Jan

Palestine FM Rejects David Friedman’s Statements

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned statements made by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in which he emphasized the right of Israeli presence in the occupied West Bank which he described as ‘Judea and Samaria.’ The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Friedman, speaking at the […]

10 Jan

UK Condemns Israeli Plans for Illegal Settlement Expansion

The United Kingdom (UK), on Wednesday, called in Israel to “immediately” halt illegal settlements’ expansion in the occupied West Bank, the Middle East Monitor reported. In an official statement, the British consulate in Jerusalem stressed that the Israeli settlements are “illegal under international law,” adding that it was “sabotaging a […]

10 Jan

David Friedman: “The Most Complicated of the Issues is the Large Indigenous Palestinian Population”

by Quds News Network US Ambassador to the occupation state of Israel, David Friedman, on Wednesday, spoke at a conference in occupied Jerusalem, announcing the US intention to recognize the West Bank as part of the Israel, claiming that the illegal settlements are not in violation of international law. “Since […]

09 Jan

Palestinian Prisoner Continues to Suffer Torture in Israeli Prison

The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs said that Samer Arbid, 44, from Ramallah suffers from signs of extreme torture, to which he was subjected during interrogation in Israeli jails, Quds News Network reported. The committee said in a statement on Wednesday that Arbid is held now in the […]

09 Jan

Twelve Palestinians Receive Home Demolition Notices in Jerusalem

The Israeli-run Municipality of Jerusalem delivered at least 12 home demolition notices to Palestinian residents in the city’s Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood, on Wednesday, the Middle East Monitor reported. The notices were issued under the pretext that the homes were built without a permit, rarely granted to Palestinians by the Israeli occupation […]

09 Jan

Israeli Bar Association Revokes License of Palestinian Lawyer

On Tuesday, the family of Palestinian lawyer, Tareq Barghouth, 44, received a decision to withdraw his license to practice the profession, Quds News Network reported. The decision was issued by the Israeli Bar Association, which requires the withdrawal of the license to practice law from Barghouth, on the pretext that […]

09 Jan

PPS: Israeli Forces Arrest Fifteen Palestinians Including Mother of Prisoner

Israeli forces detained fifteen Palestinians, on Wednesday, from across the West Bank, including a woman from occupied Jerusalem and a senior member of Fatah movement, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. A statement released by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said that Israeli forces detained Sana Rajabi, from […]

08 Jan

Jordan FM Warns of Consequences of Israel’s Continued Violations Against Al-Aqsa

The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Tuesday evening, the Israeli police attacks on Muslim worshipers inside the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site. The ministry’s spokesperson, Ambassador Daifallah al-Fayez, rejected and condemned, in a statement, the Israeli […]

08 Jan

Updated: Two Jerusalem Families Displaced After Israel Forced Them To Demolish Their Homes

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported, Tuesday, that two siblings from Jabal al-Mokabber town, south of occupied East Jerusalem, were forced to demolish their homes to avoid the excessively high fines and fees, imposed on them by the Israeli City Council. Silwanic stated that Mohammad and […]

08 Jan

Israeli Forces Attack and Arrest Many Worshipers at Al-Aqsa

Israeli police detained five Palestinian worshipers, including a female, near Bab al-Rahma, or Golden Gate, inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Israeli forces, on Tuesday evening, attacked worshipers at Bab al-Rahma, and at Bab al-Hatta Gate, inside the al-Aqsa […]

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08 Jan

Four Palestinians Near Hebron Handed Demolition Notices

Israel authorities notified Palestinians residents of its intentions to demolish four houses belonging to Palestinians in an area to the east of Yatta town, on Tuesday evening, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. According to local activist, Rateb al-Jabour, the popular committee coordinator in Yatta, said Israeli forces stormed […]

08 Jan

Israeli Settlers and Army Raze Palestinian Lands Near Hebron

Israeli forces, accompanied by settlers, bulldozed today vast areas of land belonging to Palestinians in Hebron city, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. WAFA correspondent said Israeli bulldozers arrived in the early morning hours to bulldoze agricultural land belonging to a number of […]

07 Jan

Israeli Military Court Rejects Appeal of Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike for 107 Days

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission said that the Israeli military court of Ofer rejected an appeal submitted for the release of prisoner Ahmad, Zahran, who has been on an open-ended hunger strike for 107 consecutive days in protest of his detention without charge or trial, the Palestinian News and […]

07 Jan

Israeli Forces Injure Palestinian Man While Demolishing his Home

Ras Al Auja, a community, located in ‘area C’ of the occupied West Bank, North of Jericho City, and home to 700-800 Palestinians, was stormed, on Monday, by Israeli soldiers and teams of ‘Civil Administration’ staff, Quds News Network reported. Activist, Hamzah Zbeidan, said that over two hundred Israeli soldiers […]

07 Jan

Peace Now: 1,936 Israeli Settlement Units Approved for Occupied West Bank

In a statement, on Monday, settlement watchdog Peace Now, said that the Israeli planning authority advanced the plans for the building of 1,936 new homes in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestine News Network reported. A total of 786 housing units received the final approval needed before the building […]

07 Jan

Longest Serving Palestinian Prisoners Have Spent 38 Years in Israeli Prison

The two longest-serving Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, cousins Karim and Maher Younis, have been behind bars for 38 years, on Monday, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that the two, along with 24 other prisoners, were supposed to have been released in 2014 […]

06 Jan

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa

Scores of extremist Israeli settlers, on Sunday morning, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards in Jerusalem, under tight police protection, Days of Palestine reported. According to local sources, dozens of settlers entered the Mosque through the al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards amid intensive presence of police forces. The Al-Aqsa Mosque […]

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06 Jan

In 2019, Israel Demolished 686 Homes in West Bank, Almost Half in Jerusalem

At least 300 Palestinian buildings were demolished in Jerusalem, by the Israeli occupation authorities in 2019, compared to a 386 in other parts of the occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestine News Network reported. Walid Assaf, chairman of the Commission Against the Wall and Settlements, said in a press conference on Israeli […]

06 Jan

Israeli Forces Seize 9 Residential Structures in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces dismantled, on Monday, nine Palestinian-owned residential structures and seized them from the town of al-Ouja, in the Jordan Valley, occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. According to the head of al-Ouja municipality, Salah Freijat, soldiers dismantled nine inhabited structures out of 70 slated for […]

06 Jan

Foreign Minister to Disclose Israeli Campaigns Against East Jerusalem to ICC

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced, on Sunday, its intention to report the ongoing Israeli crackdown on the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Isawiya to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. In a statement, the Ministry said “it is viewing with […]

06 Jan

Israeli Ministers Planning “Official Annexation” of Jordan Valley

A ministerial committee with the Israeli occupation is considering, today, Sunday, the annexation of the Jordan Valley, in its first meeting since its formation, the Palestine News Network reported. Despite warnings by the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, that the annexation statements could be among the investigations […]

Checkpoint established at Hezma town (PCHR image)
05 Jan

Israeli Forces Detain and Summon Palestinians, Seize 4,000 Shekels

Israeli occupation forces arrested, at dawn Sunday, a young man from the city of Qalqilia, northern occupied West Bank, Palestine News Network reported. On Saturday night, the Israeli occupation forces detained Ahmed Tawfiq Radayda, 37, from al-Ubeidiya, at the Za’tara military checkpoint, south of Nablus. Israeli forces searched Radayda, seized […]

05 Jan

10 Palestinians Detained, One Summoned for Questioning in Jerusalem

At least 10 Palestinians were detained by Israeli occupation forces, on Saturday night, in a protracted crackdown which has targeted the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Isawiya since June of 2019, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Local sources stated that Israeli police forces broke into the flashpoint neighborhood, […]

05 Jan

Report: Israel Committed 255 Violations Against Journalists and Media Institutions in 2019

The Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) has documented 255 violations by the Israeli occupation forces against journalists and media institutions working in the occupied Palestinian territories during 2019. It said in its annual report on Israeli violations against journalists, released on Sunday, that these Israeli violations included use of […]

05 Jan

Israeli PM Rushes Home from Greece, Closes Ski Resort Over “Possible Threats”

The Israeli military closed a ski resort in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on Saturday, due to concerns over what it calls possible threats from Iranian-backed groups in Lebanon and Syria, or Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Days of Palestine reported. The closing of the Mount […]

05 Jan

Turkish Authorities Deliver Ottoman-Era Archives to Palestinian Authority

Turkey has given a copy of Ottoman-era archived documents to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help Palestinians legally counter the Israeli occupation’s land claims, Quds News Network reported. Hebrew news sources said the archives include tens of thousands of land registries from the Palestinian territories under the Ottoman Empire’s control […]

05 Jan

In a Decade, Israel Displaced 9,249 Palestinians, Half of Them Children

The Israeli occupation demolished 6,116 Palestinian structures in the West Bank between 2010 and 2019, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) data, displacing 9,249 Palestinians including around 4,500 children, Palestine Post 24 reported. The vast majority of the destruction, 79 per cent, has taken […]

05 Jan

Report: In 2019 Israel Ordered Administrative Detention Against 1,022 Palestinians

The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies released a statement, on Thursday, that Israel has issued a total of 1,022 administrative detention orders against Palestinians in 2019, the Middle East Monitor reported. The center said that there was a ten per cent increase in administrative detention orders, imprisonment without charge or […]
04 Jan

Israeli Forces Halt Construction of Palestinian Home Near Bethlehem

Israeli military ordered, on Saturday, a halt on the construction of a Palestinian-owned house in the village of Nahalin, near Bethlehem city. In addition, the soldiers seized building equipment, including a pump and two cement mixers, according to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA). Hani Fannoun, head of Nahalin […]

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04 Jan

Israeli Troops Abduct 2 Palestinians in Early Morning Invasion of Jenin

In a pre-dawn raid on Saturday, Israeli troops invaded the city of Jenin and the village of Rumaneh in the Jenin district, abducting two Palestinian civilians. Local sources indicated to The Palestiian news agency “Wafa”, that the occupation forces arrested the citizens: Nizar Mustafa Jarban from Rumaneh, and Bakr Amin […]

04 Jan

Eight Palestinians in Jerusalem Receive Summons to Appear in Court

Israeli police today handed eight young Palestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-“Isawiya summons to appear before an Israeli court tomorrow for allegedly violating night curfew, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Anwar Obeid, one of the summoned youths, said that police and security services […]

04 Jan

Prisoners Commission: Palestinian Teen Shot and Detained, in Stable Condition

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Commission stated, on Friday, that Palestinian teenager, Hussein Younes, who Israeli soldiers shot, wounded and detained, on Thursday, is in a stable health condition, according to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA). The Israeli occupation authorities claimed that the youth allegedly attempted to stab […]

03 Jan

Israeli Army Confiscates Five Tractors from Palestinian Farmers

Israeli forces, on Friday, seized five tractors belonging to Palestinian farmers in Um al-Qaba area, in the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The head of the village council of nearby al-Maleh village, Mahdi Daraghmeh, said that the Israeli army seized the […]

03 Jan

PLO Official: Palestinians Reject Attempts to Criminalize Legitimate National Struggle

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), called upon the European Union, on Friday, to reconsider its new conditions for funding Palestinian civil society organizations, calling for fair and equal access for all, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Erekat’s call came in response to recently […]

03 Jan

Six Young Men Arrested in Jerusalem for Breaking Curfew

The occupation forces arrested 6 Palestinian young men from al-‘Isawiya, on the pretext of “breaking house arrest” imposed on them, Ma’an News reported. Activist and member of the Follow-up Committee in al-‘Isawiya, Muhammad Abu Al-Homs, explained that the occupation forces stormed al-‘Isawiya, and summoned the young men, who had been […]

03 Jan

Opinion: Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of ‘Antisemitism’

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, […]

03 Jan

Israeli Security Guards Ransack Palestinian Tents in Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces terrorized, Thursday afternoon, Palestinian residents in the village of Ein Hilweh in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank after searching and ransacking residential tents. Local activist, Mahdi Daraghmeh said that five Israeli security guards in street clothes, stormed tents in the village, searched and […]

03 Jan

Israel to Demolish Family Home of 2 Palestinian Prisoners

Israeli forces notified the family of two Palestinian prisoners, on Thursday, of an order to demolish their home in Kobar town, northwest of Ramallah city, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Widad Barghouthi, a media professor at Birzeit University, said that Israeli military forces broke into her family’s […]

02 Jan

Thousands Attend Fateh Anniversary Rally in Gaza City

Thousands of people gathered at al-Wihdeh Street in downtown Gaza City, Wednesday afternoon, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the launch of the Fateh movement, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. WAFA correspondent said that Palestinians from all over the Hamas-controlled and Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, joined the rally […]

02 Jan

On 55th Anniversary of Fateh Movement, Israel Detains Two of its Members, Summons One

Israeli forces detained, Wednesday afternoon, Fateh secretary general, Shadi Mtour, hours after invading his home and handing his family a summons for him, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Mtour was detained in Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, in an effort to prevent any activities by the […]

01 Jan

Michael Lynk: ICC Probe “Momentous Step Forward in the Quest for Accountability”

A UN human rights expert, on Tuesday, described the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate Israeli war crimes in Palestine as a “momentous step forward in the quest for accountability”, the Quds news Network reported. “Accountability has, until now, been largely missing in action throughout the 52-year-old occupation,” said Michael […]

01 Jan

Israeli Forces Storm Uproot Palestinian Olive Trees South of Bethlehem

Israeli occupation bulldozers uprooted olive trees in Al-Jabaa village, south of Bethlehem, Wednesday morning, according to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA). The head of the village council of Al-Jabaa, Yiyab Mashaalah described a large force of the Israeli occupation army, accompanied by two bulldozers, storming the area of […]

01 Jan

Palestinian Ordered to Remove Room, Balcony, Olive Trees

A Palestinian resident of Khirbet Ibzeiq, was ordered by the Israeli military government, Wednesday, to remove a room and a balcony built on his own land as well as olive trees, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The land, located north of the city of Tubas, in the […]

01 Jan

Israeli Forces Seize Residential Tents, Animal Barns in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces stormed, Wednesday afternoon, Atouf village, southeast of the city of Tubas, and dismantled tents and animal barns, and seized them, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Atouf village council, Abdullah Bisharat said that the soldiers dismantled three residential tents and barns, located in the Jordan Valley, northern […]

01 Jan

Netanyahu’s Eligibility to Form Government Considered by Supreme Court

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On Tuesday morning, the Israeli Supreme Court opened a special session to consider the petition against the eligibility of Benjamin Netanyahu, the interim Israeli Prime Minister, in forming a government, in light of criminal charges against him, the Palestine News Network reported. The Hebrew newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” said that “a […]

01 Jan

Analysis: Will the ICC’s Investigation into Israeli War Crimes Finally Bring Justice to Palestine?

By Miko Peled for Mint Press News Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor, said in a statement regarding “alleged crimes” committed in the occupied Palestinian territories that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met.” The territories in question […]

01 Jan

Israeli Forces Arrest 12 Palestinian Young Men From Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces, on Monday evening, arrested 12 Palestinian young men in Jerusalem, five of them from the Bab al-Amoud area, the Palestine News Network reported. Footage circulated on the internet showing Israeli police officers brutalizing and detaining five young men during their presence in the Bab al-Amoud area […]

01 Jan

Waqf Director: Nearly 30,000 Israelis Invaded Al-Aqsa in 2019

Azzam Khatib, director of the Waqf department, stated that a total of 29,610 extremist Israelis have forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque, in 2019, raising concerns of an organized scheme to change the long-held status quo at the holy compound, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. In a […]

01 Jan

Israeli Forces Detain 4 Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli forces today detained four Palestinians in multiple overnight incursions across the West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. An Israeli military force invaded Nablus city, in the northern occupied West Bank, and detained two Palestinians. In Jerusalem district, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian after ransacking his […]

31 Dec

VIDEO: Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Youth Beaten by Settlers

Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic) reported that, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a Palestinian youth, on Monday evening, from Batn Al Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, after settlers beat him. Witnesses said that settlers’ guards attacked the young Palestinian men who were in the neighborhood. Verbal quarrels and physical fights took […]

31 Dec

Analysis: Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Does Israel Hate Him?

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor “They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent […]

31 Dec

Israel Detained 5,500 Palestinians in 2019, Including 889 Children

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested more than 5,500 Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory during 2019; among them were 889 children and at least 128 women, the Palestine News Network reported. The Palestinian Prisoners and Human Rights Institutions issued a fact sheet, on Monday, stating that the number of Palestinian […]

31 Dec

Palestinian Farmers Prevented from Working on Their Own Land

Gun-toting Israeli soldiers, on Monday, forced a number of Palestinian farmers to leave their lands adjacent to the illegal settlement of Shavi Shomron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. According to the mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed Azim, Israeli forces along with the settlement’s security prevented the farmers, with […]

31 Dec

Palestinian FM: “Systematic Economic War Waged by the Israeli Occupation”

The Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry, on Monday, slammed Israel’s decision to deduct millions of dollars from the Palestinian tax revenues, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The ministry denounced Israel’s decision to deduct 150 million Israeli shekels ($43 million) from the taxes it collects on behalf of […]

30 Dec

Palestinian PM: Israel Decision to Withhold Tax Revenues “Brings us Back to Square One of the Crisis”

Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh said today that the Israeli cabinet’s decision to deduct additional amounts from the Palestinian tax revenues amounting to 150 million shekels ($43 million), under the pretext of making payments to the families of the prisoners and those killed by Israel, “brings us back to square […]

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30 Dec

Hundreds of Settlers Invade Joseph’s Tomb, 9 Palestinians Injured

Security sources stated that nine Palestinians were injured, by Israeli army gunfire as hundreds of Israeli settlers forced their way into Joseph’s Tomb, on Monday morning, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with hundreds of illegal settlers onto the site, […]

30 Dec

Anti-Siege Committee: Urgent and Decisive Intervention Needed in Gaza

The Popular Committee Against the Siege appealed to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to solve the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade since 2006, Days of Palestine reported. “The situation in the Gaza Strip entails urgent and decisive intervention from the UN Secretary-General to […]

30 Dec

Netanyahu Announces Six-Point Plan to Annex Palestinian Land, Defeat Iran

By: The Palestine Chronicle Staff Following his triumph in the Likud party’s primary elections, on December 26, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu introduced a political plan aimed at securing US recognition of Israel’s annexation of West Bank settlements and rolling back Iran’s influence in the region. Netanyahu’s plan, which is […]

30 Dec

Ashrawi: Withholding of Tax Revenues “Criminal Act of Collective Punishment”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) stated, on Sunday, that the Israeli government’s decision to withhold 150 million shekels ($43 million) from Palestine’s tax revenues is a blatant act of theft and political extortion. “This is a clear violation of Palestinian rights […]

30 Dec

The Freedom Flotilla Will Make its 36th Attempt to Sail to Gaza in 2020

Ramzy Baroud, Mint Press News What is Gaza to us but an Israeli missile, a rudimentary rocket, a demolished home, an injured child being whisked away by his peers under a hail of bullets? On a daily basis, Gaza is conveyed to us as a bloody image or a dramatic video, […]

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29 Dec

Israeli FM: Tel Aviv to Resume “Policy of Assassinations”

Israeli foreign minister, last week, said that Tel Aviv would return to “the policy of assassinations” against Palestinian resistance figures in the Gaza Strip, Middle East Monitor reported. In statements made to Israel’s army radio, Yisrael Katz indicated that there was “an intelligence effort to identify the rockets’ launchers and […]

29 Dec

Last Week Alone, Nearly 900 Settlers Invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque

Nearly 900 of Israel’s extremist settlers, last week, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy Israeli protection, according to Quds News Network. Israeli media reported that 897 extremist settlers invaded the holy mosque under the armed protection of the Israeli police and special forces. Groups of extreme far-right Israeli […]

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28 Dec

Family of Slain Palestinian Say Israeli Officials Are Lying About How He Was Killed

Although a month and a half has passed since the killing of the Jerusalemite, Faris Bassam Abu Nab, questions remain about the circumstances of his death, and his family members say Israeli officials have had contradictory and deceptive statements. Abu Nab was shot by Israeli forces near the Tunnel checkpoint, […]

27 Dec

Palestinian President: “No Elections Can be Held Without Jerusalem”

Presidential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah condemned, on Thursday, calls by some parties for President Mahmoud Abbas to issue an order for legislative and presidential elections, irrespective of whether Israel will allow voting in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. “The call by some for holding elections […]

26 Dec

‘The Last Generation’: How Occupation is Driving Christians out of Palestine

By Peter Oborne for Middle East Eye One week before Christmas. I’m in Manger Square and watching pilgrims descend from buses and make their way to the Church of the Nativity, first built in the fourth century, on the spot where, according to Christian tradition, the infant Jesus was born. […]

26 Dec

Palestinian Prisoners’ Society: At Least Seven Palestinians Detained from West Bank

In a press release, the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) stated that Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians, overnight Wednesday, in multiple incursions across the West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Israeli forces rounded up two Palestinians from the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, one […]

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26 Dec

Mother: ‘I Could Not Recognise my Daughter due to Severe Torture Inside Israeli Jails’

Mother of Palestinian student, Mais abu Ghoush, 20, said that she ‘could not recognise her daughter due to severe torture inside Israeli jails,’ Palestine Post 24 reported. “After a month in the Israeli investigation centre of Al Maskopia in Jerusalem, her father and I were allowed to see her,” the […]

26 Dec

Israel Jets and Helicopters Strike Gaza in Response to Alleged Rocket Fire

The Israeli occupation forces said that it struck Hamas targets, in the besieged Gaza Strip, early Thursday morning, Israel’s Haaretz reported. In a statement, an IDF Spokesperson said that “The Hamas organization is responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip, and it will be held accountable for its […]

26 Dec

3000 New Settlement Units to be Approved for the West Bank

The Israeli government announced that it will approve a new plan to build 3000 settlement units throughout occupied West Bank, the Quds News Network reported. Israeli media reported, on Wednesday, that Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu said 3000 settlement units, to be built throughout the West Bank, will be approved within […]

26 Dec

Alleged Rocket Fire from Gaza Interrupts Netanyahu’s Campaign Event

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed off the stage, on Wednesday evening, at an election campaign event, Israel’s Haaretz reported. Emergency sirens sounded in several communities, when alleged rocket fire from Gaza was claimed, by the army, to have been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Netanyahu and […]

26 Dec

Palestinian Arrested for Alleged Stabbing of Settler

Israeli military forces arrested, on Wednesday, a Palestinian man in the occupied city of East Jerusalem, for allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler, Press TV reported. Israeli media outlets stated that an unidentified Israeli settler, sustained serious wounds, when an unidentified Palestinian man stabbed him near the illegal Har Homa settlement […]

25 Dec

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Land in Northern Gaza

Israeli military infiltrated across the Gaza border, into Beit Hanoun town, in the northern Gaza Strip, and razed agricultural land, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Three Israeli military vehicles accompanied by three bulldozers, advanced into the borderline area while opening indiscriminate gunfire, razed agricultural land, and placed […]

25 Dec

Palestinian Mother Haunted by Israeli Police Assault

A Palestinian mother, from occupied Jerusalem, who was brutally assaulted by Israeli border police with a rifle butt in the face, tells her story, Quds News Network reported. Rina Darbas, 36, said the incident took place six weeks ago, when she tried to protect her son and keep him from […]

25 Dec

Palestinian Prisoner Barghouthi to Run for Prime Minister

Prominent Fatah leader, and prisoner, Marwan Barghouthi, has decided to run for the presidential election in Palestine, Quds News Network reported. Hatem Abdel Qader, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, said that Barghouthi would be Fatah’s most likely candidate if Abbas decides not to run for the election. “We need […]

24 Dec

Palestinian FM: “Denial of the Palestinian Right to This Land is Anti-Semitism Itself”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday, accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “anti-Semitism,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported. In a statement, the ministry decried Pompeo’s usage of the Jewish term “Judea and Samaria” in describing the West Bank and his support for Jewish settlement building in the occupied […]

24 Dec

Israel Discusses Denying ICC Staff Entry into Israel

Israel is considering preventing the entry of officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to the chief prosecutor’s decision to investigate its possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Middle East Monitor reported. Israel Hayom published, on Monday, that representatives from the Israeli ministries of Foreign […]

24 Dec

Israeli Military Seizes Equipment, Declares Area North of Hebron ‘Closed Military Zone’

Israeli forces seized a truck and a bulldozer owned by Palestinian residents in the town of Beit Ummar to the north of Hebron, the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Mohammed Awad, a media activist, said that Israeli forces confiscated a truck and a […]

24 Dec

Israeli Bulldozers Level Palestinian Land Near Nablus

Israeli bulldozers, on Tuesday morning, razed a large tract of Palestinian land, which belongs to the Nablus-district villagers of Jalud, in order to expand the nearby illegal Israeli colonial settlements, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, […]

24 Dec

Settler Pepper-Sprays Palestinian Mother and Daughter

A Palestinian mother and her daughter were injured, on Monday evening, after being attacked by an Israeli settler in Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) confirmed that its staff provided the […]

Israeli soldiers engaging in night raid (archive image)
24 Dec

Israel Detains 31 Palestinians Including University Professor and Two Minors

Israeli forces detained 31 Palestinians, including a university professor, in multiple incursions across the West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed in a press release that Israeli forces detained Ahmad Qatamesh, 68, Monday night, after invading his house in Ramallah city. Qatamesh, […]

24 Dec

Residential Structures Destroyed by Soldiers Near Hebron

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, demolished two Palestinian residential structures in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees, Rateb Jabour, said that Israeli forces escorted a bulldozer into Maghayer al-‘Abeed area near Masafer Yatta, where the […]

24 Dec

Dozens Of Settlers Invade Al-Aqsa

December 24, 2019 11:47 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report, West Bank 0

Extremist Israeli settlers, in the early morning hours of Monday, broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound via the Moroccan Gate, heavily protected by Israeli forces, Palestinian Media Agency (Alray) reported. Sources said the settlers carried out provocative tours in the courtyards of the mosque and received explanations on […]

23 Dec

Adalah: “We Believe That the ICC has Full Jurisdiction to Decide on the Concerned Criminal Cases

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda made the right decision given the facts when she announced that Israel has been and is continuing to commit war crimes in the West Bank, and in the Gaza Strip and that there is no reason that a criminal investigation would not […]

23 Dec

Israeli Soldiers Dismantle Shacks and Barn in Northern Jordan Valley

According to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), Israeli forces,, dismantled Palestinian residential and livestock structures in the Ras al-Ahmar area, on Monday.

23 Dec

Israeli Forces Uproot Trees, Confiscate Tents, Declare Area ‘Closed Military Zone’

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, said that Israeli troops invaded the area and declared it a ‘closed military zone’ before proceeding to seize the tents and uproots trees.

23 Dec

Qasim: “US is Encouraging Israel to Commit Crimes by Opposing ICC Probe”

In an official statement, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said: “We firmly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly.” the Anadolu Agency reported. He also claimed that Washington does not believe that Palestine qualifies as a “sovereign state”, hence it should not be able […]

23 Dec

Israeli Forces Storm West Bank Town, Palestinians Resist and Suffocate on Tear-Gas

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear-gas inhalation during confrontations with Israeli forces in the town of Beit Ummar, south of the city of Hebron, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Mohammed Awwad, a media activist, said that Israeli forces stormed the town, in the southern occupied West Bank, […]

23 Dec

Bansky’s ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem Displays “Scar of Bethlehem”

British street artist Banksy has brought a sombre Christmas spirit to the hotel he founded, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Middle east Monitor reported. Dubbed “Scar of Bethlehem”, the display features a miniature Jesus, Mary and Joseph under a […]