Category Archives: Palestine

18 Jan
4:20

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 January 2020)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 179 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows: As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force: In terms of excessive use […]

18 Jan
3:11

ICC Chief Prosecutor Rejects ‘Anti-Semitism’ Claims

Chief International Criminal Court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has rejected Benjamin Netanyahu’s charge of anti-Semitism, in response to her announcement to launch a full investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, Middle East Monitor reported. “This is a particularly regrettable accusation that is without merit,” Bensouda stressed during […]

17 Jan
1:55

Israel Profited 54,000 Shekels from Imprisoned Children in December 2019

The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has stated that the Israeli occupation state has made 54,000 Shekel profit off the Palestinian children who were imprisoned in Ofer jail last December, Quds News Network reported. The Committee said in a report issued on Sunday that 38 Palestinian children were sent […]

16 Jan
10:26

Detainees Committee: “Political Prisoners In Nafha Prison Face Dire Living Conditions”

The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, Thursday, that the political prisoners who were transferred from Ramon prison to Nafha are facing extremely dire living conditions. In a statement, the Committee said that the prison administration in Ramon has transferred around 100 detainees from Ramon prison to sections three and four […]

14 Jan
4:03

Detainee Zahran Suspends Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees Affairs has reported that detainee Ahmad Zahran, 42, has suspended the hunger strike, which lasted for 113 days, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Authority regarding his continued Administrative Detention without charges or trial. Lawyer Jawad Bulus, the head of the […]

14 Jan
11:46

Minutes After His Release, Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Who Spent 18 Years In Prison

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, Tuesday, a Palestinian man just minutes after his release from prison, after he was held captive for 18 years. The PPS said the Palestinian political prisoner, Ismael Affana, from occupied East Jerusalem, was released from the Negev Detention Camp, […]

13 Jan
9:54

Report: Palestinian Child Prisoners Face Further Repression and Transfer

Palestinian child seized in Jerusalem. Older photo, illustrative. Israeli occupation officials announced that child prisoners would be transferred away from the Ofer prison and separated into cells without the adult prisoner representatives who support them before the prison administration on Saturday, 11 January. In response, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society noted […]

12 Jan
11:32

Israel Escalates Violates Against Detained Palestinian Children

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) issued a statement, Saturday, strongly denouncing Israel’s escalating violations against the detained Palestinian children, especially after forcing them in solitary confinement. The PPS said that the Israeli Prison Authority transferred imprisoned Palestinian children from Ofar Prison and placed them in solitary condiment cells. It added […]

10 Jan
4:10

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 […]

10 Jan
12:04

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 January 2020)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 219 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows: As part of the Israeli shooting and excessive use of force: In terms of excessive use […]

09 Jan
7:46

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 […]

04 Jan
9:58

Opinion: Israel’s Plans to Replace UNRWA Schools are a New War on the Agency

By Imad Freij for WAFA Six UNRWA-run schools in Jerusalem are now facing the threat of closure, after the Israeli municipality green-lighted the establishment of a school complex affiliated with the so-called Israeli Ministry of Education as an alternative to the UNRWA-run schools, paving the way to end the operations […]

03 Jan
7:41

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, […]

02 Jan
8:50

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 December 2019 – 01 January 2020)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 198 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers’ attacks and incursions. […]

02 Jan
8:43

TRNN: The Year in Palestine and Israel

The Real News Network’s Marc Steiner and Shir Hever discuss the upcoming election, corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and more. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli occupation […]

02 Jan
8:35

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel’s Plan to Replace Jerusalem UNRWA Schools a Part of War on Palestinian Rights

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Thursday, condemned the announced plan of the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem, to replace UNRWA-run schools. “The announced plan of the so-called Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem, to replace UNRWA-run schools, is an extension of […]

02 Jan
7:53

149 Palestinians Killed by Israelis in 2019, Including 33 Children

The Israeli occupation army killed 149 Palestinians in 2019, 74% of whom were from the Gaza Strip, the National Gathering of Palestine Families has said. Mohammed Sbeihat, secretary general of the gathering, stated that 33 of the slain were children, representing 23% of the total number. Sbeihat said that the […]

01 Jan
12:40

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 […]

30 Dec
4:11

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
1:30

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
12:38

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, […]

29 Dec
10:14

Not A Merry Christmas For Christian Detainees In Israeli Prisons

At the house of Palestinian political prisoner, Samer al-Arabid, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, you can find no Christmas tree, no celebration and no joy to the world. After all, he is facing a serious health condition after being severely and continuously tortured by Israel. Samer comes […]

28 Dec
7:23

A Year In Review: Will 2020 Be A Game Changer In Palestine?

by Ramzy Baroud This has been a defining year for Palestine and Israel. Despite the usual political stagnation of the Palestinian leadership, two factors contributed to making 2019 particularly eventful and, looking ahead, consequential as well: The unprecedented political power struggle in Israel, and the total US retreat from its […]

27 Dec
6:48

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 – 25 December 2019)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 224 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This week witnessed an increase of Israeli violation regarding demolition and settlement activities in addition to settlers’ attacks and […]

25 Dec
7:32

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
8:23

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
4:20

PCHR: Prisoner Died After Being Referred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah

December 24, 2019 4:20 PM PCHR Human rights, Israel, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

On Sunday evening, 22 December 2019, Palestinian prisoner, M.KH., 55, from Ramallah, died at Palestine Medical Complex to which he was referred 2 weeks ago after his health deteriorated. Police spokesperson, Loai Irzeiqat, declared on his Facebook page that the deceased had been detained since 2012 following a 10-year sentence […]

23 Dec
7:52

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
4:55

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
3:21

Addameer Collects Hard Evidence on Torture and Ill-Treatment Committed against Palestinian Detainees at Israeli Interrogation Centers

By Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support And Human Rights Association: Since its creation, the occupying state developed and enforced laws and practices that led to both the systematic use of torture and to absolute impunity for the perpetrator of this crime. There has never been any individual or agency held accountable for […]

22 Dec
10:09

Malaysia PM: “Israel Should be Tried by the ICC”

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mahathir, is the latest world leader to welcome the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) announcement that they are opening an investigation into Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in the occupied territories. Mahathir said Israel should face justice over the atrocities committed against the Palestinian people, as […]

21 Dec
9:56

Palestinian Officials Respond to ICC Decision: “A Positive and Encouraging Step”

Saeb Erekat, head of the National Committee responsible for following up on the International Criminal Court (ICC), today, confirmed that “the decision announced by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to request an opinion by the Pre-Trial Chamber regarding the scope of the Court’s territorial […]

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
20 Dec
11:44

Netanyahu Claims International Court Has ‘No Jurisdiction’ to Investigate Israel for War Crimes

Following the announcement on Friday that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague would be investigating the Israeli military for war crimes against the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement claiming the ICC had ‘no jurisdiction’ to charge Israel. According to Netanyahu, because Israel never signed […]

20 Dec
6:49

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 December 2019)

December 20, 2019 6:49 AM PCHR Human rights, Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 149 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: In terms of excessive use […]

18 Dec
1:14

Anti-Semitism Envoy Elan Carr Puts Israel (Not Jews) Front And Center

Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy inaccurately equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and considers Israel “a central tenet” of Judaism – despite vocal opposition from within the global Jewish community… Carr demands: “Every law enforcement office and every prosecutorial agency must force everybody who has even a hint of antisemitism to undergo a tolerance […]

Soldiers cheer while shooting civilians (image from B'Tselem video)
16 Dec
10:19

B’Tselem: To Understand the Violence of Israel’s Occupation, Know These 30 Stories

By Hagai El-Ad for +972 Magazine Aishah Abu Laban is 70 years old. It has been 30 years since the fateful day in 1989 when an Israeli soldier shot and killed her daughter Rufaydah, 13, but she will never forget it. Rufaydah, who lived in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, was killed […]

13 Dec
7:10

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 11 December 2019)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 148 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: In terms of excessive use […]

13 Dec
6:36

690 Violations against Palestinian Media in Two Months

A report by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) said that since the beginning of 2019 and until the end of November, Israeli forces carried out 690 violations against Palestinian media. The violations include the shooting of live ammunition and other bullets towards journalists, leading to the injury of 72 media […]

13 Dec
3:30

Senior PLO Leader: Israel Trying to Terminate the Two-State Solution

Senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader, Dr. Saeb Erekat said “Palestinians have the right to feel betrayed by the silence of the international community over the racist practices committed by Israel and the US, which violate international law.” Palestine News Network (PNN) editor in chief, Monjed Jadou, reported that Dr. […]

11 Dec
3:59

Detainee Zahran Continues Strike For 80th Day

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Ahmad Zahran, 42, imprisoned by Israeli under repeatedly renewed arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, is ongoing with the hunger strike for the 80th consecutive day, despite his seriously deteriorating health condition. The PPS stated that the Israeli Prison Authority […]

1948 Refugees (Image from palestineremembered.com)
10 Dec
5:43

Opinion – Palestinian Right of Return: The Legal Key to Undoing the Zionist Conquest

By Joseph Massad for Middle East Eye One of the most ironic features of Zionism and the state of Israel is the central way in which the concept of “return” informs their ideology and policies. Zionism’s colonial project hinged on the claim that contemporary European Jews were descendants of the […]

09 Dec
7:44

December 8, 1987 – The First Palestinian Uprising (Intifada)

The First Palestinian Uprising or ‘Intifada’ broke out across occupied Palestine on December 8, 1987, lasting for more than six years, saw the deaths of thousands of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, and the detention of tens of thousands. On that day 32 years ago, Israeli settler, Herzel Boukiza, rammed […]

07 Dec
7:47

Palestinian President Commends US Congress for Support

The Palestinian Presidency applauded the US Congress, on Friday, for supporting the two-state solution and rejecting the annexation of occupied Palestinian land, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. President Abbas praised congress for their solidarity against Israel’s settlement policy, the fait accompli, and for recognizing the aspirations of the […]

07 Dec
2:53

Foreign Minister Denounces World Forum Art Exhibition Sabotage

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned, on Friday, the removal of the art exhibition hosted by the State of Palestine and Palestinian Human Rights Organization Al-Haq from the hallways of the World Forum, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Late on the evening of December 04, […]

07 Dec
2:25

Body of Palestinian Prisoner Sami Abu Diak Released to Jordan

Israel, on Friday, released to Jordan, the body of a the Palestinian prisoner who recently died in Israeli custody, due to deliberate medical negligence custody, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Chairman of the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, Qadri Abu Baker announced that the Israeli occupation authorities handed over the […]

07 Dec
1:42

Palestinian Detainees In Asqalan Suspend Hunger Strike

Three days after starting a hunger strike in Asqalan Israeli prison, Palestinian detainees suspended their strike after reaching an agreement with the Prison Administration to move them to a section that has better living conditions. The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the detainees will be resuming the hunger strike if […]

06 Dec
5:00

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Nov. – 04 Dec. 2019)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 159 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: In terms of excessive use […]

06 Dec
4:54

The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention

by Yara Hawari, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the […]

05 Dec
7:27

International Support Growing for BDS Movement

European Union (EU) countries’ are taking steps towards boycotting the Israeli apartheid system, using its legal, legislative and parliamentary institutions to oppose the occupation, Palestine News Network reported. The EU condemned the Trump administration’s positions and policies carried out in the Palestinian Territories, occupied by Israel since 1967, especially in […]

05 Dec
6:44

Great March of Return to Resume Next Friday

The High National Committee for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege in the Gaza Strip has announced that the border protests will resume next Friday, Days of Palestine reported. In a meeting held on Monday, members of the National Committee discussed several important issues and affirmed in a […]

04 Dec
3:16

Palestinian Detainees In Asqalan Prison Declare Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that 33 detainees, held by Israel in the infamous Asqalan Israeli Prison, have started a hunger strike, rejected a series of punitive measures against them. The PPS said that the detainees decided to start the strike to protest the bad living conditions, but […]

01 Dec
1:01

OPINION: Anatomy of a Zionist Smear Campaign: Jerusalem Post Admits to Fabrications

By Marion Kawas for Palestine Chronicle On November 20, 2019, Israel advocacy club Herut Canada held a public meeting entitled “Reservists on Duty” at York University in Toronto. The meeting billed itself as a chance to hear from “real Israeli soldiers” about the “Arab-Israeli conflict, BDS and much more”. Pro-Palestinian […]

01 Dec
7:27

Adalah: Withholding Deceased Palestinians a Violation of International Humanitarian Law

Withholding bodies of dead Palestinians and not returning them to their families for proper burial, is a cruel practice and a violation of international humanitarian law and United Nations Convention against Torture, said the Haifa-based Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said Friday. The Palestinian […]

01 Dec
7:05

Arab League: Israeli Occupation Will Always be Rejected

The US administration’s “unilateral positions” on the Palestinian issue have granted Israel the green light to proceed in its plan to hinder the two-state solution, the Arab League said, on Thursday. Middle East Monitor reported that at a ceremony to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, […]

01 Dec
1:40

Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinain Teen in Hebron

Updated: A Palestinian teenager was shot dead, on Saturday night, by Israeli soldiers in the town of Beit Awwa, west of Hebron City in the southern occupied West Bank. The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported that Israeli soldiers opened fire towards three Palestinian civilians near Beit Awwa, seriously injuring […]

30 Nov
9:15

South Africa Reiterates its Support for Palestine at UN

According to the United Nations website, this year, the Special Meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was held on 29 November 2019, at the UN Headquarters in New York. In attendance were; the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council, as […]

30 Nov
7:37

OPINION: Free Speech, But Not For Palestine

By Mona Dennaoui and Hammam Farah for The Toronto Sun On November 20, Israel advocacy group, Herut Canada, held an event at York University with former soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), which has held recruitment drives in Toronto, although it is illegal for a foreign military to recruit […]

29 Nov
6:57

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21 – 27 November 2019)

Summary Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) continued their violations of human rights and international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) this week as PCHR documented 174 violations by IOF and Israeli settlers. In terms of excessive use of force, IOF wounded 18 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza […]

28 Nov
6:38

Palestinian Artists Use Their Skills to Raise Consciousness about Palestine

Across the globe, so many Palestinians have turned to the universal language of art to document their struggles. They hold exhibitions and reach out to the public, answering questions and raising awareness. Europe is home to 100,000 Palestinians, 20,000 of which live in London. Like the ongoing occupation annexation and […]

28 Nov
2:20

Visit to Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron, Palestine, June 2019

By Niall Ó Brolcháin – IMEMC: Ayat Alturshan runs several different projects for women and children at different refugee camps in the West Bank, Palestine. I recently had the opportunity to go and visit the Al Fawwar refugee camp on the outskirts of Hebron, West Bank, Palestine with the cultural […]

26 Nov
9:16

After Being Denied Specialized Medical Care, Detainee Dies At An Israeli Hospital

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has confirmed, on Tuesday morning, that a detainee died at an Israeli hospital after he was systematically denied specialized medical care, leading to serious complications that resulted in his death. The Committee stated that the detainee, Sami Abu Diak, 37, was only moved to Assaf Harofeh […]

26 Nov
9:13

Human Rights Watch Director Expelled Today

Human Rights Watch will keep documenting abuses despite the Israeli government’s expulsion of the Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch on November 25, 2019. The deportation reflects the authorities’ intensifying assault on human rights. The director, Omar Shakir, will depart tonight after Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the government’s […]

24 Nov
3:32

Illegal Colonists Invade Hebron, Toddler Among Injured

A Palestinian infant sustained a moderate injury, when extremist Jewish settlers, under Israeli army protection, attacked Palestinians’ homes with stones in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Hundreds of settlers protected by army forced their […]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Friday, March 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
24 Nov
2:37

Analysis: International Law is Clear on One Point: Israel’s Settlements are Illegal

Richard Falk – Middle East Eye: Despite the U.S. administration’s announcement to the contrary, there is no question as to the unlawfulness of Israel’s settler encroachment U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo made headlines around the world this week in announcing that the U.S. had shifted its position, and no longer […]

23 Nov
3:11

Kairos Palestine Denounces Pompeo’s Illegitimate Legalization of Settlements

Kairos Palestine expresses deep disappointment that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced—in a statement that disregards the Geneva Conventions, international law and widespread global consensus—a radical departure from U.S. policy regarding the illegal colonial activities of the State of Israel. In asserting that the United States will no […]

23 Nov
8:42

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 November 2019)

November 23, 2019 8:42 AM PCHR Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report, Palestine 0

Summary After Israel’s military aggression on the Gaza Strip last week, that caused dozens of civilian casualties, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continued their violations of human rights and international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) this week as PCHR documented 157 violations by IOF and Israeli settlers. In terms […]

20 Nov
2:22

PCHR: “Pompeo’s Comments on Israeli Settlements are in Contempt of International Law and Abort Peace Prospects”

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strictest terms the remarks made by the United States’ State Secretary, Mike Pompeo, on Israeli settlements, claiming that they are not in contrast with international law. PCHR reiterates that settlements are a war crime under international law and United Nations […]

19 Nov
9:32

UNHR: “Israel’s Settlements Are In Breach Of International Law”

In a statement, the United Nations Human Rights Office stated that Israel’s settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are in breach of International Law. It stated that “a change in the policy position of one state does not modify existing International Law, nor its interpretation by the International Court of […]

19 Nov
2:28

Soldiers Demolish A Home In Occupied Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, a Palestinian home in Jabal al-Mokabber, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. Media sources said dozens of soldiers and police officers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Deir as-Sinna area in Jabal al-Mokabber, and demolished a home, owned by Fuad Gharouf, from Jericho. The sources added that the soldiers […]

19 Nov
2:08

Dr. Ashrawi: “Trump Administration; A Threat To International Peace And Security”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of Member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a statement denouncing the illegal policies of the United States, and its grave violations of International Law, and said that the Trump Administration is a threat to international peace and security. Dr. Ashrawi […]

19 Nov
9:24

Peace Now: “US Announcement on Softening Settlements Stance Marks a New Broadside on the Two-State Solution”

On the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo about dropping the US stance on settlements as inconsistent with international law, Peace Now has issued the following statement: This is a direct assault on the two-state solution and a deliberate choice to pave the way toward more aggressive settlement actions […]

18 Nov
10:58

Seriously Ailing Detainee Moved From Hospital To Ramla Prison Clinic

Despite his serious medical condition, the Israeli authorities moved Palestinian political prisoner, Sami Abu Diak, 36, from Assaf Harofeh Medical Center to the clinic in Ramla prison, which lacks specialists and adequate medical supplies. The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that the detainee was rushed to the hospital two days […]

18 Nov
10:15

Netanyahu: “Government With Arab Coalition Partners Is A Serious Threat To Israel”

In a video message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “warned” that any government that has Arab (Palestinian) coalition partners “poses a serious threat to Israel.” In his message, Netanyahu stated that the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked him not to head to a new election. “We do not want a […]

16 Nov
6:17

Opinion: The Infallible Warrior: Honest Reflections on the Legacy of Yasser Arafat 15 Years After His Death

Ramzy Baroud – Middle East Monitor 15 years after the passing of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian people continue to reflect on his legacy. Thousands of images of “Abu Ammar” have been shared across numerous social media platforms remembering a man whose nom de guerre has been affiliated with […]

15 Nov
6:15

PLO Official: International Community Must Defend Palestinian Human Rights

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said, on Friday, that the international rules-based order founded on the principles and values of international law is under real threat by the rise of unilateralism, isolationism, and racism, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA). […]

15 Nov
4:55

31 Years Ago, Arafat Declared Independence of the State of Palestine

31 years ago, November 15, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat declared the independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, WAFA reported. Arafat declared on November 15, 1988 at a meeting of the Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian parliament in exile, […]

15 Nov
6:07

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 13 November)

Summary                                                 This week, Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) escalated the situation across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and committed war crimes. IOF started a two-day large-scale aggression on the Gaza Strip, deployed its naval, air and artillery forces and carried out 73 targeted airstikes against residential buildings, civilian establishments and […]

15 Nov
5:01

Palestinian Foreign Minister Criticizes U.N. Official

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Malki, strongly criticized a statement by Nickolay Mladenov, on Israel’s latest aggression against Gaza, accusing him of covering up the Israeli occupation crimes by blaming the Palestinian people for these crimes. In a press statement, Malki condemned the language used by Mladenov, […]

12 Nov
6:38

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel’s Return to Illegal Policy of Assassination “Reckless and Criminal”

“Israel’s return to the illegal and criminal policy of extrajudicial assassination and its willful disregard for the lives of the Palestinian civilian population is reckless and criminal,” today said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). “Netanyahu is exploiting the culture of impunity to […]

12 Nov
4:45

Opinion – Palestinian Elections Unlikely to be Held

Abdul Sattar Qassem – Middle East Monitor Finally, it appears that the two major factions, Fatah and Hamas — or rather the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas — are preparing for elections. What’s more, both sides reaffirm their willingness to hold elections that are 10 years overdue. Presidential elections were […]

12 Nov
4:25

Live on German TV – Criticism of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Germany’s ZDF television outlet broadcast a text in large Hebrew letters that stated “End the Occupation” during the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Middle East Monitor reported. The public-service television station displayed the statement on the 18th-century neoclassical monument Brandenburg Gate, reported German newspaper Bild. This was […]

11 Nov
8:14

Restructuring the Palestinian Authority: It’s Now or Never

by Dana El Kurd, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The Palestinian Authority (PA) has perhaps never been so embattled, polarizing, or internally fragmented. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the PA has cut itself off from Gaza, and reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah continues to be elusive. Regionally, the […]

10 Nov
8:40

‘Hey Boston! Thanks for the Guns!’ Guerrilla Ads Oppose U.S. Aid to Israel

Editors of Mondoweiss A Palestinian solidarity group in Boston, Thursday, posted photographs of ads displayed in bus kiosks, opposing U.S. military aid to Israel. Richard Colbath-Hess, who has erected Palestinian solidarity ads in Boston in the past, says that the group doing these acts is anonymous because such ads are […]

09 Nov
11:50

Three Administrative Detainees Continue Hunger Strike, One For 109 Days

Three Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli jails remain on hunger strike against their illegal incarceration without charge or trial, one of them for 109 days in a row, the Palestinian Prisoners Commission said Saturday. Ismail Ali, from the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike […]

09 Nov
10:49

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (31 October – 06 November)

Summary                                                 This week, PCHR documented 165 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: In the Gaza Strip, IOF […]

07 Nov
9:13

Journalists Syndicate: 600 Violations against Media Committed in 2019

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, in a report, today, said that so far this year, Israeli occupation forces have committed 600 violations against journalists and the media in general. The PJS Freedoms Committee said that the gravest of these violations was the use of live ammunition against journalists, with 60 cases […]

05 Nov
8:35

Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Deportation Order Against Human Rights Watch Director

The Israeli Supreme Court, Tuesday, upheld deportation orders against Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir for the occupied Palestinian territory for his alleged support of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. “Breaking: Israeli Supreme Court upholds my deportation over my rights advocacy,” said Shakir in a tweet. “Decision […]

05 Nov
1:27

Israel Bans Travel for Amnesty International Staff Member

The Israeli authorities’ decision to prevent an Amnesty International staff member from travelling abroad for “security reasons”, apparently as a punitive measure against the organization’s human rights work, is another chilling indication of Israel’s growing intolerance of critical voices, Amnesty International said, Thursday.  “The Israeli authorities claim that they have […]

04 Nov
9:16

Two Hunger Striking Jordanian Detainees To Be Sent To Amman

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi has reported, Monday, that the two hunger-striking detainees Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul-Rahman Mer’ey, will be released by Israel and sent back to Amman before the end of this week. On his Twitter account, Safadi stated that the Jordanian government, as instructed by King Abdullah, has […]

03 Nov
7:37

The PA Is Doing Israel’s Dirty Work; That’s Why It Was Created

by Asa Winstanley Despite what you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority is not a “Palestinian government”. Indeed, “Palestinian Authority” is a misnomer, as the entity has no genuine authority, and does not act in the interests of most Palestinians. Above all else, it is certainly not a democratic body. […]

03 Nov
7:24

Four Palestinian Detainees Still on Hunger Strike

Asra Media Office, on Sunday, stated that four Palestinian detainees, including a female prisoner, are maintaining their open-ended hunger strike in protest of their illegal imprisonment without charge or trial. The office added that the hunger strikers are identified as: 30-year-old prisoner Ismael Ali, a resident of Abu Dis village, […]

03 Nov
7:10

Balfour 102: Erekat Calls on UK to Realize Palestinian Rights

Marking the 102nd Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on Saturday, Senior Palestinian Official, Dr. Saeb Erekat said Britain has the responsibility to make a qualitative shift towards realizing the political rights of the people of Palestine and recognizing their State.   Erekat, in an official statement, said that this date […]

03 Nov
11:32

Leaked Video from Israeli Military Shows Soldier Shooting Unarmed Palestinian with Hands Up

A video taken by an Israeli border patrol officer 18 months ago was released on Israeli television Saturday, and it shows a soldier shooting an unarmed Palestinian with his hands up in a tunnel road in the West Bank. The 26-second clip shows a Palestinian man holding up his hands […]

28 Oct
2:33

MADA Denounces Recent Wave of Violations against Palestinian Journalists

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has condemned the recent wave of violations against a number of Palestinian journalists. Some of these violations were committed by Israeli occupation forces, while the other violations – especially the abduction of several journalists – were carried out by Palestinian security […]

26 Oct
7:07

Al-Malki Praises Malaysia’s Plan to Open Embassy for Palestine

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riad al-Malki, praised Malaysia, Sunday after the country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad declared his country’s plan to open an embassy in Jordan accredited for Palestine. “Malaysia’s stance is a blessed initiative by a courageous Malaysian leadership with a vision committed to supporting the Palestinian […]

26 Oct
6:43

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17 – 23 October 2019)

Summary   During the reporting period, PCHR documented 129 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.   As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity: on 18 October […]

26 Oct
7:00

Malaysia To Open Embassy To Palestine

Malaysia will soon open an embassy to Palestine, the country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced Friday. He said that since Israel will ban a Malaysian embassy in the occupied Palestinian territories, Malaysia will open this embassy in Jordan but will be accredited to Palestine, enabling his country to offer aid […]

26 Oct
4:28

Israel Prevents UN Special Rapporteur Lynk from Traveling to Palestine

Special rapporteur of the United Nations Organization on human rights in Palestine Michael Lynk condemned Israel for preventing him Thursday from traveling to the Palestinian territories, violating thus established procedures and protocols. At a press conference in New York, the official said: “This is a violation of the procedures and […]

24 Oct
3:09

Palestinian Authority Blocks Dozens of News Outlets

by Tamara Nassar The Palestinian Authority has blocked 59 Palestinian and Arabic-language news websites and social media pages. The Ramallah magistrate’s court issued the order on 17 October at the request of the PA attorney general, Akram Ismail Khatib, but it was not reported until Monday. The court order claims […]

21 Oct
12:55

One Of Them Enters 100th Day; Six Detainees Continue Hunger Strike

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Monday, that six Palestinian detainees continue the hunger strike in Israeli prisons, including a detainee who stated the strike 100 days ago, in addition to one woman who began her strike 28 days ago, protesting being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, […]