Category Archives: Human rights

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 […]

Israeli soldiers engaging in night raid (archive image)
24 Dec
5:31

Israel Detains 31 Palestinians Including University Professor and Two Minors

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

24 Dec
5:07

Residential Structures Destroyed by Soldiers Near Hebron

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

24 Dec
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
7:40

Israeli Soldiers Dismantle Shacks and Barn in Northern Jordan Valley

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

23 Dec
6:00

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

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

23 Dec
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 […]

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23 Dec
7:00

PCHR: Human Rights Organisations Welcome Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Racial Segregation and Apartheid on Both Sides of the Green Line

Joint Statement Al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights The Palestinian Center for Human Rights Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel Civic […]

23 Dec
6:15

Israeli Media: Top Officials ‘Liable to Prosecution’ for War Crimes

Senior Israeli political and military officials are likely to be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court (ICC), after the court’s decision to launch an investigation into war crimes committed against Palestinians, according to a report released by Yedioth Ahronoth, on Sunday.   The newspaper pointed out that Benny Gantz, who […]

23 Dec
6:06

VIDEO: Christmas Parade Tours Streets of Bethlehem

Thousands of people went out to the streets of Bethlehem, to watch the annual Christmas parade touring Palestinian cities. The parade was launched on Friday evening, with the sound of religious hymns, heading toward Nativity Square, in the presence of official and legal personalities, in addition to families, children, and […]

23 Dec
2:54

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

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

23 Dec
1:12

Palestinian Administrative Detainee Zahran Hearing Postponed, Remains in Serious Condition

Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, Ahmad Zahran, passed 90 days of hunger strike, on Saturday, demanding an end to his incarceration without charge or trial and based on secret evidence, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission spokesman, Hasan Abed Rabbo, said that Zahran was transported […]

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
10:24

ICC Responds to Mounting Calls for Action, Opens Official Investigation into War Crimes in Palestine

“End impunity!” 29 November protest calls for action by ICC. Photo: EuroPalestine The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement on 20 December 2019 that the ICC will be opening an official investigation into Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine. The announcement comes […]

21 Dec
10:10

Army Forces West Bank Farmers Off Their Land

December 21, 2019 10:10 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human rights, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli soldiers, today, forced a number of farmers to leave their land, in the southern West Bank village of Kisan, and threatened to arrest them if they did not, according to Kisan deputy head of village council, Ahmad Ghazal. Ghazal told WAFA that soldiers raided the village and prevented the […]

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 […]

20 Dec
6:40

Charlotte Kates: The Palestinian Economy Under Israeli Occupation

Press TV interviewed Charlotte Kates, international coordinator of Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, about Israel’s occupation of Palestine and control of the Palestinian economy. “Israel consistently uses Palestinians as a captive, colonial market, to buy its goods, to work in its factories, and denies Palestinians the right to economic independence […]

20 Dec
6:15

Report: UN Body Criticizes Israel’s Racial Segregation Policies

A United Nations human rights committee has called on Israel to “ensure equal treatment for all persons on the territories under its effective control and subject to its jurisdiction” – inside Israel, in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a press […]

20 Dec
5:45

Human Rights Watch: Israel Using Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has shed light on Israel’s decades-long violations of Palestinians’ fundamental rights through restrictive military orders, urging the occupying regime to grant the oppressed nation the same rights as Israeli settlers.   In a 92-page report published on Tuesday, the New York-based NGO said British Mandate-era regulations […]

20 Dec
5:38

UN Envoy: Israel Has Pushed Forward Plans to Build 22,000 New Housing Units in Settlements

The United Nations Middle East envoy reported, on Wednesday, that Israel had pushed forward plans to construct over 22,000 housing units in settlements, in the occupied West Bank, since a UN resolution reaffirmed their illegality three years ago. Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, […]

20 Dec
5:34

Church of Scotland Calls on Israel to Make Holy Sites Accessible to Gazans during Holidays

The Church of Scotland, today, called on Israel to affirm the right of Palestinian Christians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to visit their holy sites and families, during the Christmas holiday. “At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and […]

20 Dec
5:24

Report: Palestine Archbishop Atallah Hanna Suffers the Effects of Tear-gas Inhalation

According to Quds TV, the Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, was reportedly hospitalised on Wednesday, after being exposed to chemical substances, Middle East Monitor reported. The Archbishop was rushed to hospital after an Israeli gas canister was fired into his […]

20 Dec
5:10

Israeli Settlers Uproot and Steal 300 Palestinian Owned Olive Trees Near Bethlehem

Israeli settlers, on Thursday, uprooted hundreds of olive trees in the southern West Bank town of al-Khader, near Bethlehem, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA). Owner of the trees, Hisham Barmil said that settlers from the illegal Sidi Boaz settlement outpost built on expropriated al-Khader land, uprooted 300 olive […]

19 Dec
4:59

Updated: Israeli Missile Kills A Palestinain In Gaza

An Israeli warplane fired, on Tuesday at night, a missile at a Palestinian youth in the southern Gaza Strip, killing him, before the soldiers took his body away. Armored Israeli military bulldozers advanced towards the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, before the soldiers snatched his corpse and took it […]

19 Dec
4:08

Israel Places 15 Year Old Under Administrative Detention

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, placed a Palestinian minor under detention at the Ofer Detention Center, west of Ramallah, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission said in a statement that Hamza al-Hreimi, 15, was shot and injured in the thigh, by the Israeli soldiers, on […]

18 Dec
9:12

Israeli Settlers Sabotage Road Equipment For a Second Time

Israeli settlers, on Tuesday, vandalized a bulldozer and other equipment that are used to work on rehabilitating and paving roads in the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, said the owner of the equipment, Salah Zayed. The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported that settlers, for the second […]

18 Dec
5:03

One Palestinian Worker Shot by Israeli Forces, Many Others Suffocate

The shooting of Palestinians by the Israeli army, as they attempt to enter Israel for work in the northern West Bank continued, on Tuesday, with the shooting and injuring of one Palestinian worker and suffocation of many others from teargas inhalation, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Witnesses […]

18 Dec
4:43

Israel Places Second Woman Under Administrative Detention

Less than 24 hours after the Israeli authorities have placed a female Palestinian journalist under administrative detention, a second woman, on Tuesday, was slammed with administrative detention, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The Palestine Prisoners Services (PPS) said that Shatha Hasan, 20, from the Ramallah district, who […]

Child waving flag in Bil'in (image by Mohammad Yassin)
18 Dec
4:18

Human Rights Watch: Grant Palestinians Equal Rights

Israel should grant Palestinians in the West Bank rights protections at least equal to those afforded Israeli citizens, Human Rights Watch said in a report released, on Tuesday, citing Israel’s 52 years of occupation with no end in sight, Palestine News Network reported. The law of occupation permits occupiers to […]

18 Dec
3:56

Report: Hebron is More Than Ever Targeted by Settlement and Judaization Projects

By: Madeeha Araj (National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements) for PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements Stated in its latest weekly report, that under an order by Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Israeli Occupation Army, the Israeli Civil Administration sent a letter last week […]

17 Dec
11:03

Palestinian Detainee Transferred to Hospital After Suffering a Stroke

December 17, 2019 11:03 PM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Israel, Negev, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Prisoners Committee has reported, Monday, that the Israeli Prison Administration transferred a Palestinian detainee to a hospital after he suffered a stroke. The Committee stated that the detainee, Ahmad Jaber Saada, was transferred from Ramon Prison to Soroka Medical Center. The Saada is the representative of the detainees […]

17 Dec
6:59

Female Journalist Placed Under Administrative Detention for Four Months

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said that, on Monday, the Israeli authorities issued an administrative detention order for a period of four months against female Palestinian journalist Bushra al-Tawil, 26, who was detained last week at her family home in al-Bireh, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. […]

17 Dec
6:41

Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Settlers Involved in Attacks Against Palestinians Must be Added to Terrorist List

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, on Monday, called on world governments to place Israeli settlers involved in attacking and terrorizing the Palestinian civilian population in the occupied territories on their terrorist lists and ban them entry into their countries, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. In a statement, it said […]

17 Dec
5:45

Palestinian Car Repair Shop for Second Time in Three Months

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a cave in the village of Deir Razih, southwest of the city of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Soldiers also razed the flooring for a car repair shop, and in the process destroyed several vehicles […]

17 Dec
3:25

Israel Demolishes Family Home Near Bethlehem

December 17, 2019 3:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Human rights, News Report 0

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a Palestinian-owned house in the town of al-Khader, south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, under the pretext it was built without a permit, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Hasan Breijieh, from the anti-wall, anti-settlement committee in Bethlehem, said that […]

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 […]

16 Dec
9:48

B’Tselem: When You Work for Thirty Years You Learn a Few Things. Here’s What We’ve Learned Since 1989.

The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported that during a speech at Khan al-Ahmar, marking 30 years since the establishment of B’Tselem, Executive Director of the Israeli human rights center, Hagai El-Ad delivered the following speech: “When you work for thirty years you learn a few things. Here’s what […]

16 Dec
5:40

Analysis: Jerusalem is at the Heart of the Palestinian Cause

By: Burak Bir for Anadolu Agency The heart of the Palestinian cause is Jerusalem, and what is happening today in Gaza is for Jerusalem, a Palestinian expert said last week. “If the heart of the Palestinian cause is Jerusalem, Palestine’s striking force is Gaza. That is why Israel is attacking […]

16 Dec
5:17

Israel’s Haaretz: 256 Cases of Israeli Settlers’ Violence Towards Palestinians

An increase in Israeli settlers’ aggression against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank compared to recent years, Alray reported. The Israeli paper Haaretz published data from Israeli security institutions that documented 256 cases of Israeli settlers’ aggression against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Israeli security services expressed […]

16 Dec
4:27

Dozens of Palestinian Workers Suffocate on Tear Gas

Dozens of Palestinian laborers suffered from tear gas inhalation, on Sunday, as near al-Ziraeia gate, along the Apartheid Wall, west of the town of Qaffin, northeast of the city of Tulkarem, northern occupied West Bank. Alray reported that Israeli forces pursued a group of laborers on their way to their […]

15 Dec
7:27

Report: 745 Palestinian Children Arrested Since Beginning of 2019

December 15, 2019 7:27 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Israeli occupation forces arrested 745 Palestinian children since the start of 2019, many of whom were subject to numerous rights violations, Days of Palestine reported.. According to a report published, on Thursday, by the NGO Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC), nearly 200 children were being held in various detention centres across […]

15 Dec
7:04

After 83 Days, Hunger Striker Loses 30 Kilograms, Stops Drinking Water

December 15, 2019 7:04 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, Ahmad Zahran, who has been on hunger strike for 83 consecutive days today, has lost 30 kilograms of his weight and his health has seriously deteriorated, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. According to a statement by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission, following a visit […]

15 Dec
12:06

Palestinian in Jerusalem Forced to Demolish His Own Home

A Palestinian citizen from the northern occupied West Bank city of East Jerusalem, in Jabal al-Mukabir neighborhood, embarked on tearing down his own home, on Saturday. The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem threatened to charge extreme fees for the municipality to demolish it, forcing him to demolish it himself. The Palestinian […]

14 Dec
11:19

Israeli Forces Injure Several Palestinians at Protests in West Bank and Gaza

Dozens of Palestinian protesters were reportedly wounded while others were arrested during the Israeli crackdown on weekly peaceful protests along the separation fence in Gaza, and throughout the West Bank. Israeli soldiers injured five with live ammunition, wounding one seriously, shot 4 protestors with rubber-coated metal bullets, and caused dozens […]

14 Dec
5:09

Samidoun Releases Statement in Support of SAIA York and Palestinian Students’ Right to Organize

Photo credit: Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses our strongest solidarity with Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University (SAIA York) and denounces the decision of York University president Rhonda Lenton to suspend SAIA as an organization after its members were the victim […]

14 Dec
4:57

Canada’s Latest UN Stance Fails To Affirm Commitment To Palestinians’ Political Rights

by Ramona Wadi, Days of Palestine UN resolutions on Palestine are given more prominence than the Palestinian people themselves. What happens within the UN premises sets an agenda that is difficult to challenge, mainly because international consensus rarely makes it beyond resolution texts to implementation. As a result, an unexpected […]

14 Dec
4:47

200 International Organizations Support Call to ICC on Palestine

An impressive international coalition of 185 civil society organizations has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a formal investigation, into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, without further delay. The ICC has been engaged in a preliminary investigation for almost […]

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
11:10

Jewish Voice for Peace Condemns Trumps Executive Order Silencing Israel Critics on Campuses

The US-based group Jewish Voice for Peace issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s latest executive order. Their statment reads as follows: The impending Executive Order by President Trump will do nothing to make Jewish students safer on college campuses, and Jewish Voice for Peace is appalled at […]

13 Dec
7:10

Adalah: The Illegality of Israel’s Plan to Transfer Palestinian Bedouin Citizens into ‘Refugee Displacement Camps’ in the (Negev)

December 13, 2019 7:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Human rights, Israel, Negev, News Report 0

Israel is taking the first steps towards establishing refugee displacement camps to house tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin citizens of Israel whom it plans to “urgently” evict from their homes in unrecognized villages across the Naqab (Negev) region without even offering them any permanent or just housing solutions, according […]

13 Dec
6:52

Israeli Officials Storm Jerusalem Neighborhoods Under Police Protection

An Israeli municipal crew, on Wednesday, stormed several neighborhoods of Silwan district, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Jerusalem, and photographed Palestinian homes, raising fears of Israel’s intent to demolish dozens of houses. Local official, Fakhri Abu Diyab, said that police forces escorting municipal employees stormed the neighborhoods […]

13 Dec
6:26

Committee to Protect Journalists Calls on Israel to Release Reporter

Israeli authorities have been urged by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to immediately release Palestinian journalist, Sameh Al-Titi, or to disclose any charges against him, Middle East Monitor reported. Al-Titi, a reporter for the Hebron University-affiliated broadcaster Radio Alam, was arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 9 December, at […]

13 Dec
4:39

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel’s Violations at Al-Aqsa

According to Alray, Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, on Tuesday, condemned the ongoing Israeli violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ Al-Haram Al-Sharif. One of the most recent violations was by a former Knesset member, performing Talmudic rituals at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by a group of […]

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
4:22

BDS: The Full Menu of Rights

12-10-19 / Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) / Palestine On the anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Resolution 194 affirming Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes, the BDS movement insists on “the full menu of rights” for the indigenous Palestinians. Exactly 71 years ago, […]

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 […]

11 Dec
5:18

Information Bureau in Gaza: 557 Israeli Violations Against Journalists

The Government Information Bureau in Gaza announced, on Tuesday, that this year was the second-worst year for journalism in Palestine, with 557 Israeli violations against journalists, according to Quds News Network. The spokesperson for the bureau, Salama Ma’arouf, said in a press conference that 2019 has been the second-worst year […]

11 Dec
3:24

Israeli Forces Arrest Al-Aqsa Guard, Extremist Settlers Storm Mosque

Israeli forces, on Tuesday morning, arrested a guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem while settlers entered the mosque under heavy protection by the occupation soldiers. According to Palestine News Network, the Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa courtyards and arrested Fadi Alayyan, from the courtyards of 3rd Holiest site in Islam. […]

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 […]

10 Dec
3:58

Palestinians March in Hebron, Israeli Forces Attack

Soldiers attacked many Palestinian residents of Hebron, on Monday, as they marched against the Israeli colonialist plans in the city, dozens of injuries, mainly due to teargas inhalation, were reported. A general strike was held, on Monday, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in protest against Israeli settlement […]

09 Dec
8:04

Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Youth at Checkpoint in Hebron

According to the Palestine News Network (PNN), Israeli occupation forces arrested a 14 year old female student, on Sunday morning, as she attempting to cross the Abu al-Reesh checkpoint, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron. Israeli media quoted a statement from the occupation army that its soldiers […]

09 Dec
6:50

Mai and Jacqueline: Returning Home With One Eye

By: Fatima Abu Sbeitan for QNN In agony and sadness, two Palestinian women spoke out about their experiences after Israeli bullets took their eyes. They did not hurt anyone, they were among thousands of other Palestinians demanding their rights. Mai Abu Rweidah and Jacqueline Shihadeh; two young women whose eyes […]

09 Dec
2:26

Hunger-Striking Prisoner Mos’ab Al-Hindi Reaches Deal With Israel

Palestinian prisoner Mos’ab al-Hindi, who has been on hunger-strike for 75 consecutive days to protest his administrative detention, suspended his open-ended hunger strike, on Sunday. According to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), al-Hindi reached an agreement with the Israeli authorities to limit his detention without charge or trial, […]

08 Dec
12:39

PCHR: 83rd Great March of Return, 64 Palestinians Injured, Including 19 Children

December 8, 2019 12:39 AM PCHR Gaza Strip, Human rights, Khan Younis, News Report 0

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza reported that 64 Palestinian civilians, including 19 children, a paramedic, and 4 women, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 83rd Great March of Return (GMR), on Friday, December 6, 2019. Israeli forces preceded […]

08 Dec
12:06

President Abbas: Israel’s Actions “Cannot be Tolerated”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Friday, said that Israel’s continuous measures against the Palestinian people, especially in occupied Jerusalem, the most recent of which was the arrest of journalists working for Palestine TV, violate signed agreements, the Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Speaking at a meeting of the Executive […]

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
4:57

Belgian Trade Delegation to Israel Cancelled

The trade mission would have taken place from the 8th to the 11th of December, will not go forward, due to criticism from the political opposition and several activist organizations, leading to its discontinuation, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. The delegation would have consisted of representatives from the Walloon […]

07 Dec
8:34

Body of Palestinian Teen ‘Arrested’ by Israel Returned Home After 355 Days

Tareq Hajjaj for Middle East Eye Mystery surrounds the death of Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin, 17, who was arrested on November 4, 2018, for breaching the Israeli fence between Gaza and Israel. Having slipped through Israel’s security fence, Emad Khalil Ibrahim Shahin and his friends sneaked into an abandoned barracks […]

07 Dec
4:13

Islamic Organization Criticizes Israel’s Settlement Plans in Hebron

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned a controversial plan by Israel to build a new settlement in the heart of the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestine News Network reported. Naftali Bennett, right-wing Israeli minister of military affairs, said on Sunday, that the new settlement, to […]

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 […]

06 Dec
4:31

Palestine TV Crew Detained in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Authority, today, condemned the detention of Palestine TV crew members in Jerusalem. The Presidency slammed the detention of the crew as a part of the Israeli government’s scheme to entrench Israeli control over the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites. It called out Israeli violations that […]

05 Dec
6:17

Family of Sami Abu Diak Demand Israel Release Body

The family of prisoner Sami Abu Diak, who recently died from cancer while in Israeli custody, called on human rights and humanitarian institutions to promptly intervene, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. The family appealed to human rights and humanitarian organizations to pressure the Israeli authorities to release […]

04 Dec
9:53

Palestinian Foreign Minister Urges Criminal Investigation of Israeli Crimes

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riad al-Malki, discussed with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, the developments of ICC’s preliminary examinations in light of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo declaration on settlements, warning against Israel’s exploitation of this declaration by taking illegal actions to […]

04 Dec
4:44

Ivy League University Urged to Divest from Companies Facilitating the Israeli Occupation

An advisory committee, in place to monitor and recommend the investment policies of Brown University in Rhode Island voted, on Monday, to divest from companies participating in the continued subjugation of Palestinians, the Middle East Eye reported. The successful passing of the resolution by the university’s Advisory Committee on Corporate […]

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 […]

04 Dec
3:14

Opinion: How Israel Became One of the World’s Worst Rogue States

By Alain Gabon for Middle East Eye Despite propaganda to the contrary, Israel is not a democracy and never has been. As an integral part of its ongoing propaganda, Israel, along with its fervent supporters and legions of paid and anonymous agents, zealously repeats and disseminates, in the media, on […]

04 Dec
2:09

Film Trailer – B’Tselem – “Of Land and Bread”

The world premiere of the first full-length documentary film produced by B’Tselem, “Of Land and Bread”, occurred on November 24, at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). The film was directed, edited and produced by the head of the organization’s video department, Ehab Tarabieh. The film offers an […]

03 Dec
8:10

Israeli Minister of Defense to Impose Sanctions on Palestinian ‘Militants’ Abroad

Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday, issued a written order imposing international economic sanctions on Palestinian militants abroad, The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Hebrew media outlets broadcast Bennett’s decision, pointing out that this move has never been attempted before. Bennett issued his first order against Jamil […]

03 Dec
7:59

Al Jazeera Investigative Report Exposes Israeli Spy Mission

A new investigative report by Al Jazeera revealed, on Sunday, that an international humanitarian aid agency helped the Israeli army in a failed spy mission in the Gaza strip, Quds News Network reported Humedica International Aid is a non-governmental organization based in Germany, providing humanitarian and medical aid for Palestinians […]

03 Dec
4:58

Israel Plans Additions to Ibrahimi Mosque

The Israeli Channel 7 unveiled an Israeli plan, on Monday, to make additions inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center of Hebron, the Palestine News Network reported. The project, worth approximately 500,000 shekels (NIS), includes designing an elevator among other additions, exclusively for the use of illegal Israeli settlers. Israel’s […]