Category Archives: Refugees/Immigration

20 Jan
8:14

Report: Israel Steals Land, Erects Nature Reserves and National Parks to Expand Settlements

Madeeha Araj/PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report , that the far-right Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett announced, last week, the approval of seven nature reserves in the West Bank, with an area of 130,000-State dunams — 20,000 of which ones […]

20 Jan
2:01

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered On March 30, 2018

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that a young Palestinian man died, on Sunday evening, from serious wounds he suffered, on March 30th, 2018, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire. The Health Ministry said the Palestinian has been identified as Amer Manar Hajjar, 30, […]

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 […]

13 Jan
9:46

Israeli Forces Quash Land Rehabilitation Project In West Bank Village

Israeli occupation forces, on Monday, stopped work on a project to reclaim and rehabilitate lands and pave agricultural roads in the village of Al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah, under the pretext that the area is classified as Area C, under full Israeli administrative and military control. The project supervisor, Engineer Fajer […]

13 Jan
9:12

Tayseer Barakat’s “Shoreless Sea”: A Visual Account of Refugees’ Mayhem Journeys Across the Mediterranean

Zawyeh Gallery is glad to announce the opening of Tayseer Barakat’s solo exhibition “Shoreless Sea” on Wednesday, 15 January, in Ramallah. The exhibition includes a series of new artworks which manifest as an account on refugees’ desperate journeys to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in search for a normal life. […]

12 Jan
9:36

Israelis Flood Gaza Lands with Rainwater, Damaging Crops

Israeli occupation forces pumped huge amounts of rainwater into agricultural lands east of the Gaza Strip, causing planted crops to sink, witnesses said. They said Israeli authorities opened the rainwater collection dams along the border with the Gaza Strip, causing about 1,000 dunams of agricultural land planted with wheat, barley, […]

12 Jan
9:04

Israeli to Demolish Detainee’s Home for Second Time

Israeli forces, for the second timeo, have ordered the punitive demolition of the family house of  Ahmad Jamal Qunbu, a Palestinian in Israeli detention, who comes from the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to local sources. Qunbu’s father told WAFA that Israeli authorities handed him a notice informing […]

10 Jan
4:10

David Friedman: “The Most Complicated of the Issues is the Large Indigenous Palestinian Population”

by Quds News Network US Ambassador to the occupation state of Israel, David Friedman, on Wednesday, spoke at a conference in occupied Jerusalem, announcing the US intention to recognize the West Bank as part of the Israel, claiming that the illegal settlements are not in violation of international law. “Since […]

10 Jan
12:04

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

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

08 Jan
4:16

Israeli Elections: Netanyahu Vows More Settlements, Annexation

The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated, in its latest weekly report, that the Israeli government still ignores the international community’s stance, along with resolutions of international legitimacy which consider Israeli settlements a war crime. Israel acts as a state above the law, as a result of […]

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 […]

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 […]

05 Jan
7:52

Turkish Authorities Deliver Ottoman-Era Archives to Palestinian Authority

Turkey has given a copy of Ottoman-era archived documents to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help Palestinians legally counter the Israeli occupation’s land claims, Quds News Network reported. Hebrew news sources said the archives include tens of thousands of land registries from the Palestinian territories under the Ottoman Empire’s control […]

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 […]

02 Jan
8:50

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

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

02 Jan
8:35

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

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

31 Dec
11:59

Gaza Still Unresolved Approaching 2020

It was a very happy moment when the Palestinians knew that they would cast their votes in order to choose their representatives, after waiting a long time. They voted and unexpectedly, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won the overwhelming majority of the parliament seats, but this was not a blessing […]

31 Dec
9:51

REPORT: Over 13 Million Palestinians Worldwide by 2020

Dr. Ola Awad, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) President presents a brief on the status of Palestinian people at The end of 2019 as follows: More than 13 Million Palestinians in the world by the End of 2019 An increase in population of  Palestinians in the world The projected […]

30 Dec
3:51

Netanyahu Announces Six-Point Plan to Annex Palestinian Land, Defeat Iran

By: The Palestine Chronicle Staff Following his triumph in the Likud party’s primary elections, on December 26, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu introduced a political plan aimed at securing US recognition of Israel’s annexation of West Bank settlements and rolling back Iran’s influence in the region. Netanyahu’s plan, which is […]

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 […]

28 Dec
6:35

PCHR: “86th GMR: IOF Shot and Injured 39 Palestinian Civilians, Including 11 Children and a Woman”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR): Thirty-nine Palestinian civilians, including 11 children and a woman, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 86th Great March of Return (GMR) in eastern Gaza Strip, this Friday, 27 December 2019. Despite of general calmness […]

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 […]

27 Dec
6:22

OCHA: 29 Structures Demolished in Past Two Weeks

During the period between December 10 and 23, Israeli occupation authorities demolished or forced people to demolish 29 structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, displacing 45 people and affecting over 100 others, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated. Twelve of the structures targeted, […]

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
6:48

Switzerland Resumes UNRWA Funding

The Swiss foreign ministry has lifted its temporary freeze on payments to the UNRWA, the UN agency providing support for Palestinian refugees. Switzerland had suspended payments to UNRWA in July, following allegations of misconduct among its top management. On Friday, the foreign ministry confirmed Swiss news reports that it had […]

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 […]

17 Dec
1:41

UNRWA Signs $20.7m Agreement with Qatar

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) signed an agreement today, under which the State of Qatar will contribute US$ 20.7 million to support the access of Palestine refugees to basic services in Syria. With […]

14 Dec
4:01

Over 2000 Palestinians Participate in Peaceful Protest at Gaza Border

Over 2,000 Palestinians gathered in various parts of the Gaza Strip on Friday to take part in the weekly ‘March of Return’ protests. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that five Palestinians were shot with live rounds fired by the army across the perimeter fence. One of the wounded Palestinians […]

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
6:46

OCHA: 22 Palestinian Structures Demolished in Past Two Weeks

Citing the lack of building permits, Israeli forces demolished 22 Palestinian-owned structures in in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem over the past two weeks, displacing 49 people and otherwise affecting over 800 others, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in its biweekly report […]

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 […]

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

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

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

09 Dec
5:13

Israel Threatens to Destroy All Palestinian Structures in Area C

Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, has threatened to destroy all Palestinian structures in West Bank areas under complete Israeli control (Area C), including those which were funded by Europeans, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. According to Days of Palestine, Bennett made the threat during a meeting with ambassadors […]

06 Dec
11:48

Israeli Soldiers Injure 37 Palestinians In Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 37 Palestinians, including 10 children, during the Great Return March processions along the eastern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip. 0The Health Ministry said the four of the injured Palestinians were shot with live rounds, and ten with rubber-coated […]

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 […]

04 Dec
4:18

Israel Demolishes Residential Structures Southeast of Jerusalem

Israeli forces, this morning, dismantled a shack and two residential structures in the Abu Nuwwar and Wadi Abu Hindi Bedouin communities, located to the southeast of Jerusalem. Abu Imad al-Jahalin, a representative of Abu Nuwwar community, confirmed that Israeli municipal staff and forces arrived in the Abu Nuwwar community, located […]

30 Nov
4:39

PCHR: “In New Crime of Excessive Use of Lethal Force, IOF Kill Palestinian Child and Injured 7 Others, Including 5 Children in Eastern Khan Younis”

Date: 29 November 2019: The Palestinian Center For Human  Rights (PCHR): On Friday, 29 November 2019, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian child and wound 7 others, including 5 children. According to […]

29 Nov
6:07

More Palestinian Homes Demolished in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces have demolished four more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, displacing its occupants. Palestine News Network correspondence said that Israeli troops, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed Beit Kahil town, west of al-Khalil (Hebron), and began demolishing the houses on Thursday. Following the demolition, confronatations erupted between Palestinians […]

28 Nov
5:20

UNRWA Facing Deficit of $167 Million

UNRWA spokesperson Sami Musha’sha’ says that the committees which emerged from the meeting of the Advisory Committee in support of the UNRWA, which held its meetings in Jordan, went to Lebanon, today, to visit the refugee camps and to follow-up on their living conditions. “This visit is aimed at mobilizing […]

28 Nov
2:20

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

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

26 Nov
9:13

Human Rights Watch Director Expelled Today

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

18 Nov
2:56

Israeli Bulldozers Level Palestinian Road, Sever Water Pipeline

Israeli bulldozers, on Monday, razed lands near Jabal al-Baba Bedouin community, located near al-Eizariyah town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, The Palestinian News and Info Agency reported. Atallah Mazar’a, a community representative, stated that Israeli forces escorted bulldozers onto Palestinian land, where the heavy machinery proceeded to raze a 500-meter-long earth […]

18 Nov
2:29

Israel to Seize Land in Salfit for Settlement Expansion

The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) announced its intent to seize hundreds of dunams of Palestinian land in Salfit province, in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Local official Ghassan Daghlas, said that the IOA recently delivered notices to Palestinian municipal councils in Salfit province informing them […]

18 Nov
3:59

Palestinian Receives Demolition Notice Near Hebron

Israeli authorities notified Palestinian resident in the village of Khirbet Susiya, south of Hebron, of its intent to demolish the home, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported. Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, said that Israeli forces handed local resident Mohammed Zain […]

17 Nov
6:02

UN Votes To Renew UNRWA Mandate

The overwhelming vote, at the United Nations General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, in favor of renewing the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) dominated the front page of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies, on Saturday. This issue was given special attention in light of American […]

16 Nov
6:15

UNRWA Mourns Loss of Boy from One of its Schools in Gaza

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hopes that the ceasefire that was reached the night of 13 November will put an end to two days of escalation between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military operations […]

15 Nov
5:45

Palestinians Reject Israeli Attempts to Politicize UNRWA

A statement by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday, said that the State of Palestine firmly rejects Israel’s cynical attempts at the politicization of the UNRWA and it’s concerted efforts to incite against its mandate. “This Agency, created by the General Assembly [by resolution 302 (IV) in 1949] […]

15 Nov
5:01

Palestinian Foreign Minister Criticizes U.N. Official

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

Home demolition near Nablus
11 Nov
7:57

Two Residential Structures Demolished in Occupied Jerusalem

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished two residential structures in the occupied Palestinian city of Jerusalem.   Younes Jafar, Chairman of Al-Montar Land Defense Committee, said that soldiers embarked, in the early morning hours, on destroying two residential buildings in the area of al-Montar, under the pretext of being built without […]

09 Nov
10:49

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

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

09 Nov
10:21

Grandson of Holocaust Survivors Deported from Israel for Volunteering

Austrian citizen of Jewish origin Edmond Sichrovsky, who was banned and deported from Israel on suspicion of volunteering in Palestine on Friday, October 25. International Solidarity Movement,  Features, Press Releases An Austrian citizen of Jewish origin and grandson of Holocaust survivors was banned from entering Israel on suspicion of volunteering in […]

09 Nov
9:38

Farmer Forced Off Land near Nablus

The Israeli army, today, forced a Palestinian farmer out of his own grove near the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, local WAFA sources said. The farmer, who is not yet identified, was picking olives in his own grove when Israeli soldiers, who […]

09 Nov
12:15

82nd GMR: IOF Shot and Injured 104 Palestinian Civilians, Including 43 Children, a Woman and a Paramedic

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR):104 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, a woman and a paramedic, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 82nd Great March of Return (GMR), this Friday, 08 November 2019. This week, IOF continued the use of […]

08 Nov
8:21

Democratic Congressman Criticizes Israel After Visit to West Bank

Following a visit to the occupied West Bank, U.S. Democratic Congressman Andy Levin, earlier this week, criticized Israel for repeatedly demolishing Palestinian homes in a small village that has been rebuilt numerous times, WAFA reported. The trip included a tour of the Susya village, in the southern occupied West Bank, […]

07 Nov
9:03

Guterres Appoints Christian Saunders as Officer-In-Charge of UNRWA

The UN Secretary-General’s office has announced that the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has completed a part of the ongoing inquiry into UNRWA management-related matters. The findings of OIOS revealed management issues which relate specifically to the Commissioner-General. The Commissioner-General has stepped aside until the completion of the process. […]

05 Nov
1:38

Israeli Forces to Raze Six Homes in Masafer Yatta

Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, notified Palestinian owners of six homes in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, of their intent to remove the structures. Masafer Yatta mayor Nidhal Younis said that soldiers stormed the hamlets of Maghayir al-Abeed and Khallet ed-Dabaa, handing out written demolition orders against six homes […]

05 Nov
1:27

Israel Bans Travel for Amnesty International Staff Member

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

03 Nov
9:05

PCHR: 81st Great March of Return: IOF Shot and Injured 144 Palestinian Civilians

144 Palestinian civilians, including 53 children, 3 women, 2 paramedics and a journalist, were shot and injured by the Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 81st Great March of Return (GMR), this past Friday, 01 November 2019. The increased number of injuries in this week’s GMR […]

03 Nov
7:36

Mosques, Churches, Protests: Gaza on the Balfour Declaration’s 102nd Anniversary

Gazans march in protest on the 102nd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On the 102nd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, churches rang bells and mosques called for prayer at the same time, while tens of thousands of Palestinians entered the buffer zone this Friday between the besieged Gaza Strip and […]

03 Nov
4:20

Israel Plans to Seize Over 600 Dunams of Land in Nablus and Jerusalem

Israeli occupation authorities ordered, on Saturday, the confiscation of 500 dunams of Palestinian land in the village of Hizma, east of Jerusalem, and 124 dunams in the villages of Majdal Bani Fadel and Douma, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, local sources said. Muslim Abu Heleou, head […]

01 Nov
9:21

Israeli Forces Injure 96 Palestinians At Gaza Border

At least 96 Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces attacked dozens of peaceful protesters taking part in the 81st Friday of the Great March of Return at the border between Gaza and Israel. The Ministry of Health reported that the Israeli occupation forces shot 96 Palestinian non-violent protesters, […]

31 Oct
3:54

Israel Displaces Araqib Villagers In Negev For 165th Time

The Israeli authorities, Tuesday evening demolished all structures in the Palestinian Bedouin village of Araqib, in the Negev desert, for the 165th consecutive time, displacing its residents, again. According to local sources, Israeli police forces and employees from the Bedouin development authority, which is responsible for such demolitions, stormed the […]

28 Oct
3:57

Augusta Victoria Hospital Out of Service, PA Refuses to Pay Debts

Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), in occupied Jerusalem, Sunday evening, launched a distress call entitled “The Future of AVH Hospital is in Danger,” which has reached a dead end, according to administration. The hospital said, in a statement, that the Palestinian government did not transfer any funds to the hospital and […]

26 Oct
6:43

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

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

22 Oct
5:57

VIDEO: Palestinian Forced to Demolish Home in Jerusalem

A Palestinian resident of the Jabal al Mukabbir neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, tore down his home after he received a demolition order from the Israeli authorities, said a local official. Fateh movement’s secretary general in Jabal al-Mukabbir, Iyad Bashir, told WAFA that Sultan Bashir got the demolition order for his […]

17 Oct
1:18

Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza

Israeli naval forces, today, attacked Palestinian fishing boats offshore al-Sudaniya, northwest of Gaza City, according to WAFA correspondence. He said that the Israeli navy opened gunfire and shot water hoses towards fishing boats sailing within three nautical miles offshore, causing material damages. No injuries were reported among the fishermen, who […]

12 Oct
1:54

PCHR: “On 78th Friday of Great March of Return: 71 Civilians Injured, Including 28 children”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): Seventy-one Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, were injured due to Israeli soldiers’ excessive use of force against peaceful protestors at the 78th Great March of Return, this Friday, 11 October 2019. Israeli forces persisted in the use of excessive force against the protestors participating […]

12 Oct
12:37

UNRWA in a Time of Crisis: Separating the Red Herrings from Legitimate Shortcomings

by Ardi Imseis for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has faced much turmoil in the past few years. In August 2018, the US announced that it would no longer fund UNRWA, withdrawing the more than $300 million it had formerly supplied annually. Though others, such […]

12 Oct
12:26

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03 – 09 October 2019)

Summary   During the reporting period, PCHR documented 138 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. As part of the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian […]

09 Oct
6:16

Slain Gaza Protester: Father, Husband, Brother, and “a Palestinian who dreamed of liberation”

photo: Alaa Nizar Hamdan, 28, killed by Israeli live ammunition on October 4th, 2019 5th October | Wafa Aludaini | Gaza, Occupied Palestine A Palestinian protester identified as Alaa Nizar Hamdan, 28, was shot dead on October 4, by Israeli Occupation soldiers in Jabalia, northern Gaza during the 77th week […]

07 Oct
10:38

Palestinian Dies From Serious Injuries Suffered In Northern Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, on Monday, October 7th, 2019, that a young man who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire in northern Gaza, has died from his wounds. The Health Ministry stated that the young man, Fadi Osama Ramadan Hijazi, 21, was seriously injured in […]

07 Oct
3:19

West Bank Colonization Measures a Prelude to New Settlement Activity

Israeli forces bulldozed around 30 dunams of Palestinian lands, in an area adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kharsina, to the east of the southern West Bank district of Hebron, as a prelude to the construction of a new settlement outpost, there, said a local activist. Abd al-Hadi Hantash, […]

06 Oct
5:10

Dr. Hilla Dayan: Israel’s Benny Gantz Faces Dutch War Crimes Case

Ismail Ziada, a Dutch Palestinian who lost six family members when Israel bombarded his home in Gaza, is taking Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s Blue and White Party, to court for killing his family. Professor Hilla Dayan, who observed the proceedings, discusses the case and its impact on Israeli […]

06 Oct
9:47

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 Sep. – 02 Oct. 2019)

Summary                                   During the reporting period, PCHR documented 129 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. Under the Israeli violations of the right to life and bodily integrity, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and […]

28 Sep
6:05

Saudi Arabia Donates $50 Million To UNRWA

The Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Abdul-Aziz al-‘Assaf, stated on September 26th that his country has donated 50.000.000 US Dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for its 2019 budget. The statement came during his meeting with Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General for the United Nations Relief and Works […]

27 Sep
2:31

Shin Bet Bans Gaza Football Team from Travel

Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, has recommended a ban on travel, holding back a competition over the Palestine Football Cup, between Rafah Services Club and Balata Youth Center, Hebrew channel 12 reported. According to the channel, the final match between the two teams was to be held today, in Nablus, […]

25 Sep
4:11

New Legislation in Congress Puts Palestinians in a Catch-22

New legislation introduced in Congress would potentially destroy the ability of the Palestinian leadership to engage in diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations. The legislation would give Palestinian leaders two options: withdraw from international bodies that are integral to their pursuit of justice or be held liable […]

20 Sep
1:26

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

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory  12 – 18 September 2019   Palestinian Woman killed at Qalendia Checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied East Jerusalem, claiming she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 78 civilians injured, including 34 […]

20 Sep
1:00

Army Cuts Off Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village

Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday,  closed the water pipes which supply Palestinian residents in the village of Bardale, in the northern Jordan Valley, east of the occupied West Bank. Member of Bardala village council, Dirar Sawafta, said that Israeli forces stormed the village in the early morning and closed a […]

19 Sep
2:40

Agricultural Lands Attacked in Salfit and Jordan Valley

Israeli soldiers, on Wednesday, chopped down scores of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Burqin village, to the west of the occupied West Bank district of Salfit, according to  Marwan Abdul Rahman, head of Burqin village council. He said that the soldiers destroyed more than 100 olive trees in the Khirbet Qarqash […]

19 Sep
1:31

Palestinians Revive Memories of Aida

by Elise Schroons- Bethlehem, PNN The recently opened coffee shop named Aida, in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, welcomes customers for a coffee and a chat. Its name ‘Aida’ originates from a popular coffee shop of the same name that was located nearby. It was owned by Aida, a Palestinian woman, […]

18 Sep
1:32

EU: Settlements a “Serious Breach of International Law”

Shortly after the Israeli government approved the establishment of a new settlement on the outskirts of Jericho city, the European Union slammed all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, as a serious breach of international law. “The European Union reiterates that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian […]

15 Sep
4:49

Opinion : The Zionist Quest for Palestinian Absolution is a Fantasy

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained the main obstacle to a “solution” with the Palestinian people. Along with Education Minister Rafi Peretz, Netanyahu attended a ceremony to mark the start of the school year in the Elkana colonial settlement in the Occupied West Bank and gave a […]

14 Sep
3:32

New Lands to be Seized for Settlement Expansion in Nablus

Israeli occupation authorities, on Thursday, ordered the confiscation of Palestinian-owned lands in Nablus district, to expand the illegal Yitzhar settlement. According to Days of Palestine, the village councils of Burin, Huwara, Asira al-Qibliya, Madama, Urif and Einabus all received copies of an Israeli order to seize Palestinian-owned lands in the […]

11 Sep
5:36

UN Human Rights Commissioner : 30 Journalists Covering Protests Injured by Israel

In Gaza alone, Israeli forces have injured 30 journalists since March 22, a UN rights body said on Monday. “30 journalists covering the protests were injured” by the Israeli army, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said in a statement, referring to the protests held along the Israel-Gaza fence. […]

10 Sep
3:37

“I Watched My Father And Brother Killed By Israeli Bombs. For Me, The UK Arms Trade Is Deeply Personal”

“The UK has, for the first time, officially invited the Israeli government to participate in the world’s largest arms fair at DSEI, set to take place in London, this month. I’m calling on UK citizens to make their voices heard.” – Amal Samouni For many people who have lived a […]

09 Sep
8:56

Focus On: International Aid to Palestine

by Samer Abdelnour, Sam Bahour, Nora Lester Murad, Alaa Tartir, Jeremy Wildeman for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Trump Administration’s decision to cut aid to the Palestinians and cease USAID operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) must serve as a wake-up call for Palestinian policymakers to lay the Oslo Accords aid model to rest. Neither […]

07 Sep
6:29

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 August – 04 September 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory  29 August – 04 September 2019   Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 1 Civilian killed and 93 others injured, including 33 children, a woman, 2 journalists, and a paramedic.   West Bank: 4 civilians injured, including a child and […]

07 Sep
6:01

Kairos Palestine’s Statement on Israeli House Demolitions

Everywhere, and throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Israeli authorities demolish the houses of Palestinians, which the international law stipulates that they be protected and preserved by the occupying authority. In violation to the said law and to implement colonial plans, the Israeli authorities demolish houses, confiscate lands and build […]

07 Sep
1:39

PCHR: “On 73rd Friday of Great March of Return: 2 Children Killed and 81 Civilians Injured, including 39 Children, 1 Journalist and 2 Paramedics by Israeli forces”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): On 73rd Friday of Great March of Return, 2 children were killed and 81 civilians injured as a result of the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border; 38 children, 1 journalist and 2 paramedics, […]

05 Sep
3:58

Israeli Security Tech on US-Mexican Border Threatens Nation’s Civil Liberties

The ACLU’s Jay Stanley says that the Border Patrol’s repurposing of surveillance technology and drones could open doors that put our liberty and privacy at risk. Jay Stanley is a senior policy analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where he researches, writes, and speaks about technology-related privacy […]

05 Sep
6:03

Christian Palestinian Group Calls For An End To Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Israeli authorities demolish the homes of Palestinians, although international law stipulates that they be protected by the occupying power. In violation of said law, and in an effort to implement colonial ambitions, the Israeli authorities demolish houses, confiscate lands and build settlements on their […]

05 Sep
5:20

Palestinian Home Razed in East Jerusalem

Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, demolished a Palestinian house in al-Tur town, east of Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Homeowner Mohamed Abul Hawa said that Israeli police forces and municipal employees demolished his 90-square-meter house in the town because it was built with no permit. Abul Hawa added that […]

03 Sep
1:24

ICC Prosecutor to Reconsider Decision on Mavi Marmara

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided, on Monday, that the ICC prosecutor must reconsider a decision to start an investigation, or not, on the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident. “[The] Appeals Chamber nevertheless maintained that ‘ultimate decision’ as to whether or not to initiate an investigation is […]

03 Sep
12:49

Army Destroys Al-Araqib Village For The 157th Time

Israeli soldiers and police officers, accompanied by members of the so-called “Negev Development Authority,” invaded the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev Desert, and demolished it for the 157th time. The soldiers and officers confiscated the tents, and destroyed all structures installed by the villagers, displacing them for the […]

01 Sep
3:52

Harvard-bound Ismail Ajjawi an Inspiration to Fellow UNRWA Students

Seventeen-year-old Palestine refugee, Ismail Ajjawi, who was admitted to the Harvard University incoming freshman class of 2023 and issued a visa to the United States, was denied entry to the country when he arrived at Boston Logan International Airport, on August 23. Ajjawi graduated this spring, from the United Nations […]

31 Aug
8:48

Young Man Dies From Serious Wounds Suffered Friday In Southern Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported, Saturday, that a young man who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire during the Great Return March processions, Friday, has died from his wounds. The Health Ministry stated that Badereddin Nabil Mousa, 25, was shot with a […]

31 Aug
4:37

Army Seals Entrance to Beit Ummar

Israeli occupation forces, today, sealed the main entrance to the town of Beit Ummar, to the north of Hebron, according to witnesses. The army shut , with a metal gate, the entrance to the town, forcing Palestinians to use longer routes to enter or exit the village. Human rights group […]

31 Aug
4:31

Israel Destroys Al-Araqib for 156th Time

Israeli occupation authorities have made hundreds of Bedouin Palestinians homeless after demolishing their village in the Negev region for the 156th time, Palestine’s news agency says. Eyewitnesses said, according to the PNN, that Israeli authorities, on Thursday, demolished crude homes and tore apart tents in the Bedouin village of Araqib, […]