All posts by Shamus Slaunwhite

14 Sep

IMF predicts “challenging” and “dim” economic future for Palestine

September 14, 2013 2:51 AM Shamus Slaunwhite Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

A report released Thursday [September 12, 2013] by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza says that worrying trends have continued despite the optimism of renewed peace negotiations.Those recent “worrisome trends” include “slowing growth, high unemployment, and large fiscal deficits.” The report […]

29 Jul

Palestinian man shot near Bureij refugee camp in Gaza

The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) has reported that Israeli soldiers shot a 25-year-old Palestinian man east of Bureij refugee camp on Saturday [27 July] evening. Health ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra told PIC that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds after Israeli soldiers opened fire shortly before Iftar, and he […]

29 Jul

EU gets “cold shoulder” from Israel due to exclusionary settlement directive

In response to the European Union’s directive that forbids member states from working with Israeli individuals or organizations located within illegal Israeli settlements, Israel’s Defense Minister has ordered that EU officials be given “the cold shoulder”. On 26 July, an Israeli defense department official told AFP that Defense Minister Moshe […]

24 Jul

Palestinian Photographer Shot in Cheek Faces Prison Again

On June 30, Israeli forces invaded the Aida-area In the middle of the night. Soldiers broke into the home of Palestinian photographer Mohamed Al-Azza, assaulted him and his family and detained him. Freed on July 11 on paying a bail of 1,500 shekels, he is scheduled to appear on July […]

24 Jul

Palestinian Envoy to UN Decries Israeli “war crimes”

In an address to the members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday 23 July, Riyad Mansour – Palestine’s representative in the United Nations – decried Israeli “war crimes” and extremist acts of “terror” against the Palestinians, and openly condemned its policies of land confiscation and settlement construction. Mansour […]

19 Jul

UK Government committee raises concern over arms exports to Israel

The Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) revealed that the UK approved more than 3000 arms export licences totalling over £ 12 billion to 27 countries despite their poor human rights records. “Severe concern” was raised specifically about arms exports to Israel that, at £ 7.8 billion, were worth […]

16 Jul

New European Union directive prohibits involvement in illegal Israeli settlements

The European Union has issued a directive forbidding its 28 member countries from funding or participating in projects that are located within illegal Israeli settlements. The new directive, however, does not apply to trade between the EU and Israel, so businesses operating in the illegal settlements would not be affected. […]

15 Jul

Israeli tanks and bulldozers destroy Gaza farmland

Today in the Gaza Strip, Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded farmland owned by Palestinian famers. The Israeli incursion happened east of Jabaliya district, in the northern part of the Gaza strip. Tanks opened fire at random as bulldozers destroyed farmland that is close to the territory’s border with Israel. There […]

15 Jul

Two Palestinian children detained in Hebron

July 15, 2013 8:37 PM Shamus Slaunwhite Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

Earlier today, Israeli soldiers detained two Palestinian children near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. Mohammad Abu Mayaleh, 7, and Ahmad Abed al-Qader, 10, were held for several hours and then released. No reason has been given for their detainment. This latest detainment of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers in Hebron […]

15 Jul

Palestinian shepherd attacked by settlers in the South Hebron Hills

On Sunday, settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair attacked Omar Jibril Ahmad Hoshiya, 28, as he was tending to his animals. He suffered several broken teeth and extensive bruising, and was taken to a hospital in Yatta for treatment. Rateb al-Jabour, a coordinator of the popular committee against […]

15 Jul

Protests in the Negev, the West Bank, and Gaza against the Begin-Prawer plan

July 15, 2013 7:16 PM Shamus Slaunwhite Human rights, Israel, News Report 0

Protestors took to the streets in Be’er Sheva, Bethlehem, and Gaza City calling for the Israeli government to scrap the Begin-Prawer plan that would forcibly displace between 30,000-70,000 Negev Bedouins. More protests are planned for Ramallah, Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, and Jaffa. The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, […]

12 Jul

Israeli housing minister urges construction of 10,000 settler homes

Uri Ariel, the housing minister for the State of Israel, was quoted as saying on Thursday that Israel must build 10,000 homes for illegal settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to alleviate “the housing crisis.” Ariel wrote on his facebook page that the lack of state […]

12 Jul

Canadian writers urge Israel to halt evictions of thousands of Palestinians and Negev Bedouins

Seventy prominent Canadian writers, including Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient), Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Lorna Crozier, and Lisa Moore (Open), wrote an open letter to Canadian and Israeli officials urging Israel to cease its plans to evict Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills, and to reject the Begin-Prawer Plan […]

11 Jul

Five-year-old Palestinian boy detained in Hebron

July 11, 2013 7:31 PM Shamus Slaunwhite Hebron, Human rights, News Report 0

Despite being below the age of criminal responsibility, 5-year-old Wadi’ Maswadeh was detained for two hours by Israeli soldiers July 9th near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron after he allegedly threw a stone at a settler’s car. The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reported that when local residents […]

10 Jul

Activists to launch flotilla from Gaza to Europe in defiance of illegal Israeli-imposed blockage

Canadian, European, and Palestinian activists plan to launch a flotilla – dubbed “Gaza’s Ark” – from Gaza to Europe carrying produce and textiles, with the goal of raising awareness of the strife caused by Israel’s illegal blockade of the territory. Charlie Anderson, a Swedish activist in Gaza, said that a […]