Category Archives: Human rights

18 Mar

Senior PLO Member: “Israeli Policy of Home Demolition Is A War Crime”

Tayseer Khaled, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO), said this week that Israeli policy of Palestinian homes’ demolition constitutes a war crime, an act of collective punishment that violates International Law. Khaled’s remarks came in the backdrop of a recent United Nations’ report on the humanitarian situation in […]

18 Mar

Members of US Congress Call for Action Against Israeli Policy of Forced Displacement

A letter signed by 64 members of the US Congress on Tuesday addressed to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urged the Trump administration to oppose Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and to reject further US funding, Palestine News Network reported. The letter stated, “We are […]

17 Mar

Due to Corona, Israel to Let Palestinian Workers Stay in Workplaces

Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, decided on Tuesday to let many thousands of Palestinian workers, working inside Israel, to stay for several weeks in Israel. Bennett’s statement, reported by Israeli media, suggested that Palestinian workers, who work in the various sectors with recruitment by Israeli contractors, can stay for […]

17 Mar

Israeli Troops Detain Palestinian Residents in the West Bank

Israeli army troops reportedly detained earlier on Tuesday, seven Palestinian residents from different areas in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian Detainees Club Forum in Ramallah city, Israeli occupation troops stormed both Awarta and Beita villages of Nablus city, arresting two Palestinian young men, Mojahed Awwad and Sameh Barakat. […]

17 Mar

475 lawyers demand Israel Bar Association rescind effort to intervene in Int’l Criminal Court deliberations on ‘Situation in Palestine’

By The Legal Center For Arab Minority Rights In Israel – Aadalah: Lawyers: IBA move, pushed through in a hasty and underhanded manner, is strictly political in motive and is seemingly intended to advocate Israeli government positions entrenching occupation. 475 lawyers in Israel are demanding that the Israel Bar Association […]

17 Mar

PCHR Calls for the Expedited Release of Investigation Results on Tragic Nusairat Camp Fire

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights continues to monitor, with great pain, the consequences of the catastrophic fire at Nusairat camp that took place on 05 March 2020 in a densely populated area at the heart of Nusairat refugee camp market. As a result of the unfortunate event, 19 civilians, […]

16 Mar

Sheikh Bukairat Arrested from Home in Jerusalem

The Israeli police, on Sunday evening, arrested Sheikh Najeh Bukairat, deputy director of the Administration of Islamic Awqaf and Aqsa Mosque Affairs, from his home in Sur Baher neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, Days of Palestine reported. The Administration of Islamic Awqaf and Aqsa Mosque Affairs in Occupied Jerusalem, announced on […]

16 Mar

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05-11 March 2020)

Israeli Violations Continue in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 – 11 March 2020) Summary During the period covered by the current report, the Israeli military occupation forces and Israeli settlers continued to commit further grave violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. During this week, Israeli forces […]

16 Mar

Four Palestinian Detainees Placed In Solitary Confinement

The Israeli Prison Authority placed four Palestinian detainees in solitary confinement, under harsh detention conditions. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Detainees Committee explained in a statement, issued Monday, that over the past ten days, the Israeli administration at the Ramon detention center, has been confining Hatem Alqawasma, Osama Es’ied, Ibrahim Abdul-Hai, and […]

15 Mar

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure one Palestinian in Kufur Qaddoum

A Palestinian young man suffered a shrapnel wound in his back, on Saturday, when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired towards a peaceful group, marching in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, a local official reported. Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies, said […]

15 Mar

Israeli Forces Close Al-Aqsa due to Corona Virus, Allow Israeli Settlers to Invade

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, closed most of the doors of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of “precautionary measures against the Corona virus,” while allowing dozens of settlers to storm it. According to the Palestine News Network, Israeli forces closed the gates of the sacred […]

15 Mar

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Herders Near Ramallah

Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian herders as they were grazing their livestock near the village of al-Mughayir, east of Ramallah city, in the central occupied West Bank, according to a local source. Mayor of the village, Ameen Abu Alia, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that illegal settlers chased the […]

15 Mar

Gaza’s Border Crossings Closed

All Gaza crossings have been reportedly indefinitely closed, Sunday, said Palestinian and Israeli sources. In Gaza, local authorities in the Israel-besieged territory announced that the Rafah Egyptian-Palestinian crossing terminal, sole outlet to the world for Gaza’s 2-million residents, will be closed for two weeks, for travelers on both sides of […]

15 Mar

Detainee Bilal Ekmail Enters 15 Years of Imprisonment

Palestinian detainee, Bilal Ekmail, has entered 15 years of imprisonment, under very strict detention conditions, imposed by Israeli authorities. Montaser Sammour, director of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) in northern West Bank, said that Ekmail is serving a 20-year prison sentence, and has been frequently held […]

15 Mar

B’Tselem: Israeli AG’s Objection to ICC Jurisdiction in Palestine Divorced from Reality

B’Tselem’s analysis finds Attorney General’s claims, that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestine, rely on intentional misquotation, disregard for international law and an absurd misrepresentation of reality. Contrary to the AG’s position, the ICC has jurisdiction to carry out the necessary investigation of the situation in Palestine. Thursday morning, […]

15 Mar

Opinion: Maiming Palestinians for Sport is a War Crime

By Marion Kawas for Palestine Chronicle The new Haaretz report entitled “42 Knees in One Day” is a difficult and painful read, and many people of conscience have responded with disgust and rage. For those few who have not seen the report, it details in chilling fashion the accounts of […]

15 Mar

Opinion: The Israeli Army Doesn’t Have Snipers on the Gaza Border, it has Hunters

By Gideon Levy for Haaretz They’re the best of our boys. One is a “musician from a good high school,” another a “boy scout” who majored in theater.” They’re the snipers who have shot thousands of unarmed protesters along the Gaza border fence. In the Gaza Strip there are 8,000 […]

14 Mar

Israel Forces Palestinian to Demolish Home in Jerusalem

A Palestinian family from Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem, on Friday, began demolishing their own home, the Palestinian WAFA News and Info Agency reported. Tareq Mohammad Ali said his family and he were forced to demolish their own home at the order of the Israeli High Court, under the […]

14 Mar

Journalist Among 19 Injured by Israeli Forces in Kufur Qaddoum

Two Palestinians, including a journalist, were shot by Israeli occupation forces, while 17 others suffocated, on Friday, during the weekly protest, in the village of Kufur Qaddoum in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, local sources said. Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and […]

12 Mar

Palestinians Stop Israeli Attempt to Seize Their Land in Jerusalem

Palestinian landowners in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, Thursday, blocked an intrusion attempt by a team from the Israeli Nature Preservation Authority, according to one of the land owners, Saeed Abbasi. Abbasi told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that members of the so-called Israeli nature authority stormed his 4-dunam […]

12 Mar

Israeli Settlers Attack, Injure Palestinian Woman and Minor in Hebron

A Palestinian woman and a minor were injured, Wednesday, when illegal Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the city of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local sources. Sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency settlers attacked homes in Wadi al-Hussein area, located near the illegal Israeli settlement […]

12 Mar

New IOF Crime in Nablus: Palestinian Child Killed and 14 Civilians Wounded including a Journalist

The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR): Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, a Palestinian child and wounded 14 other civilians, including a journalist during its suppression of civilian gathering on al-‘Arma Mountain, southeast Bita village, Nablus, Northern West Bank. Two of the wounded were deemed […]

12 Mar

Israel kills 10,000th Palestinian since 2000, US media largely ignore it

If Americans Knew Blog: By Alison Weir: Israeli forces invading Palestinian Territory have just killed a 15-year-old unarmed Palestinian boy. A sniper shot him in the head with an expanding bullet. This is the 10,000th Palestinian killed by an Israeli since the round of violence that began in fall 2000. The boy was reportedly shot […]

12 Mar

Palestinian FM Denounces Israeli Plans for So-Called “Sovereignty Road”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, on Monday, strongly condemned the announcement by Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett of his intention to build, what he described as “sovereignty road” in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry stated that it “condemns in the strongest […]

Tulkarem night raid (archive image)
10 Mar

Israeli Troops Abduct 14 Palestinians in Pre-Dawn Raids

Israeli forces abducted 14 Palestinians before dawn Tuesday in raids of various parts of the West Bank. In Nablus, Israeli troops abducted 10 Palestinians in the Nablus District.  According to local source Wafa News Agency, Israeli troops invaded Beit Janoub, south of Nablus, and abducted eight youth, after raiding and […]

10 Mar

41 Palestinian Children Arrested by Israeli Forces in February

Israeli authorities, in February, arrested a total of 41 Palestinian children, imprisoning 20 of them in Ofer prison, according to the Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners. The Committee explained that, of the children arrested last month; 20 were kidnapped from their homes, 6 from the streets, 1 for not […]

10 Mar

Four Hundred Olive Saplings Uprooted by Israeli Forces in the West Bank

Israeli forces, on Monday, uprooted hundreds of olive saplings in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, west of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local source. Nidal Manasra, a member of Wadi Fukin village council, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers invaded the village […]

10 Mar

Israeli Forces Fire Live Rounds and Flares into Besieged Gaza Strip

Flares lit up the sky over the eastern border area of Gaza City, on Sunday evening, as the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) intensively fired live rounds at agricultural plots of land, Days of Palestine reported. According to local sources, the IOF opened fire at cultivated lands east of Gaza City, […]

10 Mar

VIDEO – Gaza: The Undrinkable Water of a Land Under Siege

Rakan Abed El Rahman for Middle East Eye Experts say Israeli policies and wars are to blame for a deepening water crisis in Gaza that will have detrimental effects on public health, especially on the most vulnerable segment of society: children. [Transcript by Ali Salam] Ahmed Hills – Water and […]

09 Mar

Analysis: “42 Knees In One Day”- Israeli Snipers Open Up About Shooting Gaza Protesters

By Hilo Glazer for Haaretz I know exactly how many knees I’ve hit, says Eden, who completed his service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a sniper in its Golani infantry brigade six months ago. For much of the time, he was stationed along the border with the Gaza […]

09 Mar

Palestinians Suffer Tear-Gas Inhalation During Israeli Incursions in West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians suffocated, on Saturday, on tear-gas fired at them by Israeli forces during confrontations that erupted in al-‘Isawiya area of occupied Jerusalem, according to local sources. Sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces stormed several neighborhoods in al-‘Isawiya and assaulted residents, firing concussion grenades, and tear-gas […]

08 Mar

Israeli Forces Seize Excavators South of Hebron, Deliver Demolition Notice in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces, on Sunday, seized construction equipment in Birin area, south of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist. Fuad al-‘Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, told WAFA correspondent that the soldiers seized two excavators belonging to local Palestinian […]

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08 Mar

Four Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Police in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation forces, Saturday night, detained four Palestinians from the old city of Jerusalem, according to local sources. Israeli police invaded several homes in the Sa’diya quarter in the occupied old city before detaining four Palestinians, two of whom are brothers from the al-Haddad family, Palestinian WAFA News Agency […]

08 Mar

Israeli Soldiers, Settlers Storm Village in Nablus, One Palestinian Arrested

Israeli settlers and Israeli soldiers, on Saturday, stormed the village of Madama in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Quds News Network (QNN) reports. The indigenous Palestinians confronted the illegal Israeli settlers, to which Israeli forces responded by firing tear-gas canisters, arresting one Palestinian young man, and causing […]

08 Mar

PCHR: On International Women’s Day – Renewed Calls for Justice, Protection and Equality for Palestinian Women

The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day (IWD) which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977. This day symbolizes women’s ongoing fight and struggle for their rights, justice and equality and to ensure women exercise their rights, codified in all international laws and standards. This year […]

07 Mar

Israel Destroys Palestinian Bedouin Village for 176th Time

Israeli occupation authorities, on Thursday, destroyed all Palestinian homes in the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev desert for the 176th time, Middle East Monitor reports. The so-called unrecognised village which is inhabited by over 20 Palestinian families, has been repeatedly destroyed for the last decade. Each time the […]

07 Mar

Unemployment Among Gaza Women Hits Record High of 90%

In new remarks by the Gaza-based head of the Popular Committee for Breaking the Israel-imposed Blockade of Gaza, Dr. Jamal Alkhodary said that Palestinian women in Gaza have been badly affected by the Israeli blockade, in terms of labor. The statement, released Saturday by Alkhudary to local media outlets, suggested […]

07 Mar

15-Year Old Boy Hit by Israeli Rubber Bullet While in School

In the al-Isawiyya area of Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli forces fired a rubber-coated steel bullet into a schoolyard, injuring 15-year-old student Mohammad Awni Atiya in his hand. The incident took place at the “Boys Secondary School”, in the village of Al-‘Isawiya. The Silwan Information Center reported that the Israeli Special […]

06 Mar

Israel detains six Palestinian travelers from Gaza

Israeli authorities have been reportedly detained six Palestinians from Gaza since early 2020. Those arrested are said to be travelers, who were passing through the Israel-controlled Erez checkpoint, north of the Gaza Strip. According to a statement, released on Friday by the Ramallah-based Palestine Center for Detainee Studies, the sixth […]

06 Mar

Israeli Forces Demolish the Homes of Two Palestinian Detainees

Israeli forces, overnight Wednesday, demolished the family homes of two alleged Palestinian attackers in Ramallah and nearby Birzeit town, resulting in intense confrontations with local youths, WAFA correspondent said. She said that a large Israeli army force invaded the town of Birzeit after midnight, and surrounded the family home of […]

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05 Mar

PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 February – 04 March 2020)

SUMMARY This week, PCHR documented 228 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. IOF continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protests organized against Trump’s Peace Plan for the Middle East known as […]

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05 Mar

Report from B’Tselem on Army Bulldozer Pushing Boulders at High Speed towards Protesters

On Friday, 21 Feb. 2020, at around 12:30 P.M., Palestinians held a demonstration in the village of Kufur Qaddoum to protest the military closure of their access to the road that connects the village to the city of Nablus. The residents have held these protests on a weekly basis since […]

05 Mar

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Palestinian Land Near Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley

On Wednesday, Israeli vehicles levelled several dunams of Palestinian agricultural land in Beit Jala and the Jordan Valley, according to local sources. Local sources told QNN that Israeli bulldozers stormed Makhrour in Beit Jala, south of Jerusalem, and razed five dunams of land belonging to, Ramzi Qaisiyyeh, a Palestinian citizen. […]

05 Mar

Israeli Settlers Place Fence Around Palestinian Agricultural Land

Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, placed a fence around a privately-owned Palestinian land in the town of Beit Ummar, in the Hebron Governorate, southern occupied West Bank, in an effort to take it over, said activist Mohammad Awad. He told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that illegal colonial settlers, under Israeli military […]

05 Mar

Palestinian Home Demolished in Jerusalem, Three Palestinians Ordered to Stop Construction

The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished, on Wednesday, part of a Palestinian-owned home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mokabber, local sources said. Israeli bulldozers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber and demolished part of the home belonging to Mr. Iyad Fatafta, a Palestinian citizen, under the pretext that it […]

05 Mar

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Invade Archaeological Site near Nablus

Dozens of Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, stormed the Sebastia archaeological site, in the north of the occupied West Bank, in what appeared to be an attempt by the settlers to take over the land, according to Sebastia mayor, Mohammad Azem. Azem told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that roughly 50 settlers […]

04 Mar

Israeli Forces Raze Palestinian Land in 2 Villages, Injure Two Men in West Bank

Fierce confrontations erupted, on Tuesday at dawn, between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, invaded the northern occupied West Bank city of Qalqilia, Alray Palestinian Media Agency reports. Local sources said Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood of Al Jaidi, where wide confrontations occurred with Palestinian youths, during which soldiers fired live […]

04 Mar

Israeli Bulldozers Raze Land, Place Barbed Wire Fence, in Gaza

Several Israeli military vehicles on Tuesday invaded the southern besieged Gaza Strip in eastern Rafah, Quds News Network reports. Local sources said that five bulldozers entered through Mutebeq military entry, invading 50 meters into Palestinian lands, in eastern Rafah, erecting barbed wire in the area to prevent Palestinians from entering. […]

04 Mar

One Palestinian Receives Demolition Order, Two Receive Stop Construction Orders

March 4, 2020 12:38 AM Ali Salam Human rights, News Report, Palestine, West Bank 0

Palestinians in the village of Nahalin, were informed by the Israeli military that one house will be demolished as two others were ordered to stop construction of their homes, according to the village’s deputy mayor, Hani Fannoun. Fannoun told WAFA that one resident of the village, located in the southern […]

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04 Mar

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home in Jerusalem, Family Homeless

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished the second floor of a Palestinian-owned house in the town of Hezma, northeast of the occupied city of Jerusalem, on Tuesday, under the pretext that it was built without Israeli permission, according to Hezma mayor, Musallam Abu Hilo. Abu Hilo told WAFA Palestinian News Agency […]

03 Mar

On Israeli Election Day, Israeli Forces Impose Total Closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip

The Israeli army imposed a comprehensive closure on the West Bank and Gaza due to the Israeli elections on Monday. The closure was imposed from midnight on Sunday until early Tuesday morning, due to the Israelis going to the polls for the Presidential and “Knesset” elections. The Israeli army said […]

03 Mar

Analysis: On Hanging from the Blades of a Bulldozer: Al-Naem is Every Palestinian

By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle How is one to apply rational political analysis to what is inherently irrational? What kind of political theory must one consult to formulate and test hypotheses when the information at hand is so grizzly, sadistic, and reeking with unbearable contradictions? Seeing the gaunt body […]

03 Mar

Dozens of Olive and Grape Vines Uprooted by Illegal Settlers near Bethlehem

Israeli settlers, on Monday, uprooted dozens of olive and vine trees belonging to Palestinians in the town of Husan, west of the occupied city of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Mohammad Sbateen, head of Husan village council, told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Bitar Illit uprooted […]

Israeli settlers invade southern Nablus (archive image)
03 Mar

Israeli Settlers and Soldiers Attack Non-Violent Protest, Wounding Several Palestinian Villagers

Palestinian media reported on Monday that several Palestinian villagers from the West Bank village of Beeta, south of Nablus city,  have been treated for injuries caused by live and rubber-coated steel Israeli bullets and tear gas. Medical sources said that at least three of those villagers were shot and wounded by […]

02 Mar

VIDEO: Soldiers, Settlers Break into Palestinian Home in Hebron

Israeli forces and settlers, stormed the house of a Palestinian family in Hebron, on Sunday, after settlers accused the family of ‘opening fire’ at them. Palestinian Abu Shamsiyyeh family attempted to fight off the intrusion, the video footage shows Israeli soldiers and settlers breaking into the house. The United Nations […]

02 Mar

12 Palestinians Shot by Israeli Forces, 50 Exposed to Tear Gas, near Nablus

Several Palestinians, on Monday, were injured, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at them as they peacefully defended a mountain in Beita town, south of Nablus, against a settler takeover, local sources reported. Palestinians gathered on the Jabal al-Arma mountain to protect their land, located in the northern occupied West Bank, […]

02 Mar

Israeli Settlers Raze Palestinian Land in Northern West Bank

Illegal Israeli settlers on Sunday began razing tracts of land in the Palestinian villages of Qusra and Jurish, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to local sources. Ghassan Daghlas, a local official in charge of monitoring settler violence, told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that […]

Israeli forces in night raid (archive image from Al Jazeera)
02 Mar

Israeli army abducts 10 Palestinians from the West Bank

In pre-dawn raids on Monday, Israeli forces abducted seven Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, and three from Silwan, in Jerusalem. The Israeli army reportedly abducted a 25-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank district of Salfeit, early Monday morning. According to Said Zedan, the mayor of Deir-Istiya […]

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02 Mar

Protest March Held in Jenin as Concerns Mount Over Detainees’ Conditions

In the West Bank city of Jenin on Sunday, dozens of Palestinians gathered for a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian detainees inside Israeli jails. The demonstration was organized by the local Palestinian popular  committee for lobbying the release Palestinian detainees, the Palestinian committee for detainees and freed detainees affairs and the […]

02 Mar

Israeli prof: Israel tests weapons on Palestinian kids, tests drugs on prisoners

Israeli occupation authorities have permitted large pharmaceutical firms to experiment on Palestinian prisoners, and have been testing weapons on Palestinian children, a Hebrew University professor disclosed in a recent lecture series.  by Kathryn Shihadah An Israeli professor disclosed in a recent lecture series at Columbia University that Israeli authorities have permitted […]

02 Mar

Updated: Israeli Army Reports to Palestine on Army’s Killing of Three Youth in Gaza

Updated: The Israeli army informed the Palestinian Civil Affairs, on Sunday evening, of the details of the deaths of three Palestinian youth from Gaza, for their alleged infiltration from the eastern part of the central Gaza Strip in January. On Sunday, Palestine TV said that the Israeli army has officially […]

02 Mar

Israeli Settlers Assault Palestinian Farmer Near Nablus

A Palestinian man was injured, on Saturday evening, after he was attacked by Israeli settlers near the village of Burqa, north of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources. Ghassan Daghlas, a local official monitoring illegal Israeli settler violence, told WAFA that a group of colonial […]

02 Mar

Israeli Soldiers, Settlers Attack Palestinians Planting Olive Trees

Israeli forces, on Saturday, attacked Palestinian activists, planting olive trees to the east of Tubas, in the northern occupied Jordan Valley, WAFA Palestinian News Agency reported. Israeli forces attacked and dispersed activists participating in the tree planting event, which was called for by the anti-settlement and apartheid wall committee and […]

02 Mar

Opinion: Trump’s Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid

By Alon Liel for Foreign Policy In the heyday of South Africa’s apartheid regime, the country’s white minority government planned to create 10 so-called homelands—also known as Bantustans—where black South Africans could live far away from the cities it hoped to keep white. It was the culmination of what the […]

01 Mar

PLO Official Rejects US Ambassador’s Remarks as “Distortions and Lies”

Responding to what he described as “distortions and lies” by US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, about Palestine’s capital, Jerusalem, Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stressed that East Jerusalem, with its old city and holy places, is the capital of Palestine, the Palestine News Network (PNN) […]

01 Mar

BDS Movement Slams Austria’s Anti-Palestinian Resolution

The Palestinian-led boycott movement has slammed a motion passed by the Austrian parliament that singles out the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign for criticism, the Middle East Monitor reports. Austria’s national parliament, on Friday, unanimously passed a resolution condemning the BDS campaign as anti-Semitic, and urged that the ‘anti-Israel’ […]

01 Mar

Opinion: Listing Companies to Boycott Over Israeli War Crimes is a Start

By Asa Winstanley for Middle East Monitor The UN finally published its database this month listing companies which profit from Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank. This move was only made after years of unexplained delays. Rather helpfully, though, the Zionist Federation – an anti-Palestine, pro-Israel lobby group […]

29 Feb

EU Official: European Union and All Member States Must Recognize the State of Palestine

A European Union (EU) official, on Thursday, stressed the necessity of the EU’s recognition of the State of Palestine, the WAFA Palestinian News Agency reported. The Chair of the EU’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine, Manuel Pineda stated that it is now imperative that the EU and all member states […]

29 Feb

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Israel’s “Impunity Continues to Prevail”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday issued strong criticism of the lack of accountability for Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip, stating that “impunity continues to prevail” the Middle East Monitor reported. According to UN News, the new report was published this week looking […]

29 Feb

50 Former EU Officials: Trump’s “Peace Plan” Risks Fuelling the Conflict

In a letter published Thursday in the British newspaper, the Guardian, 50 former European foreign ministers, presidents, party leaders, NATO officials and others have expressed grave concern about US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Peace to Prosperity” plan for the Middle East, saying it envisages an outcome with characteristics similar to […]

29 Feb

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20– 26 February 2020)

Summary This week, PCHR documented 207 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of its excessive use of lethal force, IOF killed a Palestinian in Jerusalem and abused the body of […]

28 Feb

Israel Re-Opens Gaza Crossings, Fishing Zones

Israeli occupation authorities, on Wednesday, reopened the two main crossings with Gaza after days of closure following the latest escalation of tensions at the beginning of this week, Arab48 reported. In a statement, the unit of the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Territories (COGAT) said that the […]

28 Feb

Israel Demolishes a Palestinian Home, Another’s Workshop, Near Bethlehem

Israeli occupation forces, at dawn Thursday, demolished a Palestinian home, as well as a garage owned by another Palestinian citizen, in the village of Al-Walajah, northwest of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Sources told PNN that Israeli soldiers and bulldozers approached the village early in the morning, stormed it, surrounded […]

28 Feb

PLO Official Slams Israel’s Settlement Plans, Calls on EU to Intervene

Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday, urged the European Union (EU) to intervene to prevent Israel from building a settlement in E1 area, east of occupied Jerusalem, as announced by Israeli Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu. During a meeting at his office, […]

27 Feb

UN Official Concerned Over Israel’s Settlement Expansion Plans

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, Wednesday, voiced his concern over Israeli settlement announcements, saying the E1 plan (E1 is the area between Ma’ale Adumim colony and occupied Jerusalem) if implemented, would sever the West Bank in half. “I am very concerned about Israel’s […]

27 Feb

Israeli Army Demolishes Two Palestinian Homes, Two Barns South of Hebron

Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished two Palestinian homes and two animal barns in Masafer Yatta, southern Hebron hills, under the pretext they were built without a permit, according to local sources. Coordinator of the Popular Committees Against the Wall and Settlements in the southern West Bank, Rateb Jabour, told WAFA […]

27 Feb

Israeli Settlers Uproot Olive Trees on Palestinian Lands

Israeli settlers on Thursday uprooted hundreds of olive trees and vine trees in the town of al-Khader, south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to a local activist. Emad Dadoo told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Eliazar uprooted approximately 200 olive trees and […]

26 Feb

Opinion: The Dawn Prayer Protests Provide an Example of Palestinian Steadfastness

By Sari Orabi for Middle East Monitor Palestinian Muslims in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem are engaged in an initiative known as the Great Fajr (Dawn) Prayer protest in mosques across the territories. It started in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, which has had a major portion cordoned off […]

26 Feb

EU Representative Deplores Israeli Army Actions in Gaza

European Union (EU) Representative in Jerusalem, Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff said Tuesday that the incident in which an Israeli soldier drove a bulldozer onto Palestinian territory, and dragged the body of a slain Palestinian in Gaza, on Sunday, goes counter to all principles of human dignity, Palestine News Network reported. […]

26 Feb

Israel Razes Palestinian Lands to Build a Settler-Only Bypass Road

Israeli bulldozers Monday proceeded to raze Palestinian lands in the village of Huwwara, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, according to Ghassan Daghlas. Daghlas, a local who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers began razing lands early in the morning, near […]

26 Feb

B’Tselem: “Turning A Blind Eye: 19 Protestors In Gaza Lose Eye From Israeli Forces’ Fire, 2 Lose Both”

B’Tselem: In the last two years, 19 Palestinians lost their vision in one eye while participating in March of Return protests near the Gaza perimeter fence. At least two more lost their vision in both eyes. Each of these personal tragedies adds to the alarming casualty count in the protests: […]

26 Feb

Washington Post’s ‘Relative Quiet’ Ignores Israeli Violence Against Palestinians

The Post says there had been “weeks of relative quiet,” even though Israeli soldiers had shot over 100 Palestinian civilians, killing four of them; conducted 400+ invasions of the Palestinian Territories; abducted dozens of Palestinians; perpetrated air strikes on Gaza; shot at fishermen and farmers; demolished Palestinian homes; tortured a […]

26 Feb

B’Tselem – Turning a Blind Eye: 19 Protestors in Gaza Lose Eye from Israeli Forces’ Fire, 2 Lose Both

In the last two years, 19 Palestinians lost their vision in one eye while participating in March of Return protests near the Gaza perimeter fence. At least two more lost their vision in both eyes. Each of these personal tragedies adds to the alarming casualty count in the protests: more […]

26 Feb

As Part of Ceasefire Agreement, Israel Closes Gaza Border Crossings and Fishing Zone

Israel closed Gaza’s border crossings and the entire fishing area, Monday night, as part of the ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza, according to Days of Palestine. The ceasefire went into effect at 11:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, after 2 days of intense fire, that […]

25 Feb

Eight Palestinians Injured by Israeli Missiles in Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced, Monday evening, that a number of citizens were injured by the Israeli aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip. The ministry said in a press statement: “The arrival of 8 different injuries from eastern Gaza to the Al-Shifa Medical Complex due to the Israeli escalation.” […]

25 Feb

Israeli Airstrike Injures Palestinian Motorcycle Driver

A Palestinian citizen was injured, Monday evening, in an airstrike by Israeli occupation planes targeting his motorbike, east of Gaza City. WAFA correspondent, quoting medical sources, stated that the occupation planes targeted, with at least one missile, a motorcycle on Salah El-Din Street, east of the city, which resulted in […]

25 Feb

US Senator Bernie Sanders to Boycott AIPAC Conference

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced, on Monday, that he will not attend a forthcoming conference organized by a pro-Israel lobby group that serves as a platform to “express bigotry,” Anadolu Agency reports. “The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people,” Sanders, […]

25 Feb

Netanyahu Orders Further Airstrikes on Besieged Gaza Strip

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Monday, ordered the army to continue airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reported. In a written statement on social media, Benjamin Netanyahu announced his decision to persist with the bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, after speaking with several Israeli officials, including […]

24 Feb

Adalah to Israeli Military: This is a War Crime; Open an Immediate Criminal Investigation

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel sent an urgent letter, Sunday, 23 February 2020, to Israeli Chief Military Advocate General, Sharon Afek, demanding he immediately open a criminal investigation into the incident that occurred Sunday morning near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in […]

24 Feb

Arab League Denounces Israel’s Settlement Plans

In a statement, on Sunday, the Arab League Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Occupied Arab Territories, Saeed Abu Ali, denounced the Israeli plan to establish a settlement neighborhood in place of the former Qalandia Airport in Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. “This announcement comes within the […]

24 Feb

Updated: Ceasefire Between Israel and Palestinian Resistance

Shortly after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded a security meeting in Tel Aviv, on Monday, Israeli warplanes resumed its airstrikes against targets in the besieged Gaza Strip, Days of Palestine reports. The following is a breakdown of Israel’s assault on Gaza. 2:55 PM: Israeli warplanes attacked a Palestinian […]

24 Feb

Israeli Authorities Force Beloved Palestinian Bakery to Close After 60 Years

A Palestinian bakery in the heart of Old Jerusalem has been forced to close by Israeli authorities after 60 years in business. The reason provided for the forced closure was that the bakery had been providing baked goods to Palestinian worshipers headed to Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray. The Israeli occupation […]

Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley (archive image)
24 Feb

Settlers Fence off Palestinian Agricultural Land in Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers, on Sunday, continued fencing large tracts of land in the northern Jordan Valley as they chased Palestinian herders out of pastures in the area, according to local sources. Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, told the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that extremist settlers continued for the […]

23 Feb

PCHR: IOF Abuses the Body of Palestinian in a Humiliating and Degrading Manner

On Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot and injured Palestinian civilians whom were trying to rescue and evacuate two persons that were targeted by IOF in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. IOF made a 150-meter incursion into the border and evacuated the body of […]

23 Feb

Turkish Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel’s Colonial Expansion

Turkish Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that more settlement units would be built on occupied Palestinian lands. Notably, the statement noted that Israel was encouraged by the US, which recently announced its so-called peace plan called “Deal of the Century,” Anadolu Agency reported. The […]

23 Feb

Italy, France and Germany Call on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

Italy expressed deep concern over the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement to proceed with the construction of 5,000 housing units in the illegal settlements of Har Homa and Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Italy’s foreign ministry in a press statement […]

23 Feb

Israeli Forces Suppress Peaceful Protest in Kufur Qaddoum

Violent confrontations flared up on Saturday afternoon when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, local sources said . The Palestinian Information Center reported that the IOF attacked the peaceful demonstrators by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters […]

23 Feb

Latin Patriarchate Denounces Settler Invasion of Jordan Valley

The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, on Saturday, condemned the Israeli settlers’ invasion of its property in the northern Jordan Valley village of Tayasir. In a statement yesterday it said “thousands of Israeli settlers entered with no permission, in clear violation of private property laws,” Days of Palestine reports. The armed […]

23 Feb

US Senators Call for Resuming Aid to Gaza, UNRWA

According to American media reports, a group of 31 US Democratic Senators have written a letter calling on the US administration to restore funding and aid to the Gaza Strip, warning that Palestinians are facing a humanitarian crisis. The senators urged the administration to take immediate action to restore humanitarian […]

23 Feb

Palestinian Shot Dead After Alleged Stabbing Attempt in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed, on Saturday, the death of the alleged attacker, who was shot and killed earlier in the day by the Israeli police in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police opened a barrage of gunfire the Palestinian man at Lions’ […]