Category Archives: Human rights

18 Jan
7:24

Three Palestinians Detained Near Bethlehem, Including a Former Prisoner

Israeli soldiers, on Friday, detained at least three Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Security sources confirmed that Israeli forces conducted an invasion into Bethlehem city, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians, including a former prisoner. Soldiers also […]

18 Jan
7:14

At Least Five Worshipers Injured by Israeli Police at Al Aqsa

Israeli police, early Friday morning, stormed occupied Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and assaulted Palestinian Muslim worshipers. Witnesses told WAFA that thousands of Palestinians rallied at the mosque compound following the Fajr Prayer, chanting slogans slamming Israeli intrusions into the site. They added that scores of police officers stormed the […]

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
3:33

Christian Delegation Call on International Community to “Help Build a New Political Solution”

A group of bishops from across Europe and North America have voiced their deep concerns over Israel’s occupation of Palestine, describing the grim situation in the occupied territory, Middle East Monitor reported. “Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by […]

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 […]

17 Jan
5:36

Israeli Forces Deliver Demolition Order, Raze Two Roads Near Bethleem

Israeli bulldozers, on Thursday morning, razed two roads in the village of al-Walaja, located to the west of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. WAFA correspondent stated that Israeli forces stormed Ein Jowaize area in the village and cordoned it off, before bulldozers razed the two roads. Soldiers […]

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17 Jan
5:02

Israeli Forces Bulldoze Tents and Barracks, Displaces Palestinian Family Near Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces bulldozed the barracks and tents of Palestinian civilian Muhammad Zreineh, in the Bir Ouna area of the town of Beit Jala, Bethlehem governorate, displacing his family and their livestock, for the fifth time. In an interview with PNN, Zreineh said that a large number of Israeli occupation […]

17 Jan
4:20

Israel Demolishes School Foundation Near Hebron, Closes Two Schools in Jerusalem

Israeli forces, Thursday, demolished the foundations of a new school that was in the process of being built, east of Yatta town, south of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to Rateb Jabour, member of the National and Popular Committee Resisting the Wall and Settlements. Jabour added […]

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 […]

16 Jan
8:09

Israeli Warplanes Strike Gaza Strip Overnight

Israeli warplanes, Wednesday night, bombed at least two posts across the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. An Israeli drone targeted a post, northwest of Gaza city, causing fires to break out. In addition Israeli F-16 fighter jets pounded the same post with […]

16 Jan
4:37

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

By Ramzy Baroud for the Palestine Chronicle A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides […]

16 Jan
4:13

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
9:39

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
8:47

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
7:05

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
5:16

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
9:22

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 Jan
9:05

France Calls on Tel Aviv to Comply with International Law

France has strongly denounced the Israeli regime’s recent plans to build some 2,000 settler units in the occupied West Bank, stressing that all Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. In a statement released on Sunday, the French consulate in occupied Jerusalem called on Israel to comply with the international […]

13 Jan
3:38

Two Days Before Her Scheduled Release; Detainee Slapped With New Administrative Detention Order

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that, just two days before her scheduled release, the Israeli Authorities slapped a female Palestinian political prisoner with a new arbitrary Administrative Detention order for six additional months. The PPS said that the detainee, Shorouq al-Badan, 25, from Bethlehem south of occupied Jerusalem, […]

13 Jan
6:25

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
5:39

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 […]

12 Jan
11:53

Israel Floods Palestinian Farmlands In Gaza

The Israeli army opened, Saturday, the dams that collect rainfall across the besieged Gaza Strip, flooding more than 1000 dunams of Palestinian farmlands. Media sources said the soldiers opened the dams, located across the fence east of the Sheja’eyya neighborhood, east of Gaza city. They added that this resulted in […]

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 […]

11 Jan
7:18

International Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes

Shawan Jabarin of the Al-Haq human rights organization discusses the International Criminal Court decision to prepare a lawsuit against the state of Israel regarding war crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities are already panicking. (Transcript unavailable.)   Via The Real News Network. […]

11 Jan
7:57

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
7:18

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
6:58

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 […]

11 Jan
5:41

Israeli Troops Assault Demonstrators in Kufur Qaddoum; Fire Tear Gas

During the weekly nonviolent protest in Kufur Qaddoum village in the northern West Bank, dozens of local residents suffered from tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces attacked demonstrators. The weekly anti-settlement march called for the opening of the main village street, which was closed by Israeli military forces 16 years […]

10 Jan
5:35

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
5:14

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
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 […]

09 Jan
7:34

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
5:29

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
4:29

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
9:54

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
5:34

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 […]

08 Jan
5:10

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
5:05

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
7:47

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
7:33

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
7:08

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
5:22

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
7:00

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
6:39

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
4:34

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 […]

Checkpoint established at Hezma town (PCHR image)
05 Jan
9:45

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
9:03

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
8:45

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
7:34

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
6:41

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 […]

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04 Jan
10:34

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 […]

04 Jan
10:13

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
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 […]

04 Jan
12:06

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
11:30

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
11:15

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
10:56

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
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, […]

03 Jan
7:21

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
6:06

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
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
5:14

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
10:18

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
9:27

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
8:17

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
7:57

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
3:41

Peace Bridge, Derry City, Ireland, December

 By Niall Ó Brolcháin – IMEMC News: The Derry branch of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) held their annual New Year’s Eve vigil on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, on Derry’s famous Peace Bridge to stand in solidarity with their Palestinian brothers and sisters in their fight for freedom, justice, and equality. […]

01 Jan
3:09

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
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 […]

01 Jan
12:22

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
12:00

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
10:49

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
6:34

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
2:23

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
12:44

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 […]

Settlers in Joseph's Tomb in 2013 (image from The Iran Project)
30 Dec
7:32

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
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
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
9:35

ICC Prosecutor: No Charges against Israelis nor Palestinians as of Yet

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, said that no charges have been filed against any Israeli or Palestinian, and the investigation has not been opened. In an interview with the Hebrew-language paper, Maariv, Bensouda said: “The International Criminal Court is acting according to the principle […]

29 Dec
8:58

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 […]

28 Dec
2:51

Report: Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes

Eyes are a ‘common target’ of Israeli snipers at Gaza’s Great March of Return. To date, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reports that Israeli soldiers have shot 50 men, women, and children in the eye since the weekly demonstrations began last March, leaving many permanently blind. by Tareq Hajjaj and Pam […]

Abu Nab
28 Dec
1:00

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
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 […]

26 Dec
10:25

‘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
8:50

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 […]

Mais abu Ghoush
26 Dec
8:16

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
6:16

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
4:16

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 […]

25 Dec
8:13

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
6:23

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
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
8:38

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
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
8:11

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
7:46

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
5:58

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 […]