Category Archives: Human Interest

19 Jun
1:34

Mafar Releases Official Album Trailer

The Palestinian band, “Mafar,” has finished recording & shooting its new album, titled “VISA – ŰȘŰŁŰŽÙŠŰ±Ű© ”, a musical series which portrays a complete story, combined in a special audiovisual production that is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world. The album holds 10 sequential tracks that […]

18 Jun
12:54

International Campaign to #BoycottPuma Speaks Out in Cities around The World

BDS organizers and activists for justice in Palestine organized dozens of international actions calling for a boycott of Puma on Saturday, 15 June. After Adidas dropped its sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association in 2018 after being presented with over 16,000 signatures of protest, Puma took up the sponsorship. This means that […]

18 Jun
12:41

JĂŒrgen Todenhöfer: Why Did Israeli Soldiers Shoot Me?! (VIDEO)

On Friday, the 14th of June, German author and journalist JĂŒrgen Todenhöfer decided to participate in the weekly protests that Palestinians in Gaza had launched every Friday, calling for their rights and breaking the inhuman 12-year-old siege. Being supportive of the existential right of Israel and for the right of the […]

15 Jun
10:49

Female Palestinian Detainees Announce Demands, Plan for Collective Strike

Palestinian women protest for Palestinian prisoners’ freedom, Ramallah. Photo: UPWC Palestinian women prisoners in Damon prison delivered an official letter to the Israeli prison administration, informing them of their intention to launch an open hunger strike on 1 July if their demands are not addressed. In a statement, former prisoner Mona Qa’adan said that 13 prisoners […]

14 Jun
5:16

3 Years, 119 Court Hearings: Mohammed Halabi Continues to Fight Back against Israeli Imprisonment

Mohammed Halabi. Photo: World Vision Palestinian charity worker Mohammed Halabi has been brought 119 times to Israeli court during the three years of detention. Halabi, a manager in Gaza for World Vision, was seized by Israeli occupation forces on 15 June 2016. After being secretly detained for nearly two months, he was then […]

14 Jun
4:58

240 Jewish and Israeli Scholars to German Government: Boycotts Are a Legitimate and Non-violent Tool of Resistance

June, 2019 bdsmovement.net Mid-May, Jewish and Israeli scholars, many of whom specialized in anti-Semitism, Jewish history and history of the Holocaust, sounded alarm about the growing tendency to label supporters of Palestinian human rights as anti-Semitic. They did so in a call addressed to the German Bundestag in relation to several […]

09 Jun
4:23

52nd Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty

Units of the US Sixth Fleet assist the USS Liberty after it was attacked and seriously damaged by the Israeli Air Force off the Sinai Peninsula on June 8, 1967. (US Navy/Public Domain) by Paul Craig Roberts for The Foreign Policy Journal Two days ago, the US celebrated the 75th […]

08 Jun
12:26

‘This Is For Palestine’: Mum Who Gave Birth Through Smuggled Sperm

photo: Huriye, 4-year-old, daughter of Suhad and Sameer Abu Fayed [MEMO] In 2014, Suhad Abu Fayed gave birth to her daughter Huriye, a bright-eyed child with a mop of curly hair. When Suhad took Huriye to see her father, Sameer, for the first time, the Israeli guards at the prison where […]

08 Jun
12:17

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid

June 5, 2019 / BDS Italy / Italy Trade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europe and around the world. More than one hundred […]

04 Jun
5:49

Scientists Protest Holding International Physics Olympiad in Israel over Its Denial of Palestinian Right to Education

photo: Palestinian students have their lessons inside a tent after Israeli forces demolished a primary school in Hebron, West Bank on 11 April 2018 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency] – Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine Twenty scientists, including the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry George P. […]

04 Jun
8:49

Why is Palestine Denied Clean Water?

Ramzy Baroud, author of ‘The Last Earth’ and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, wrote a commentary posing the question “if access to clean water is a human right, why is Palestine the exception?” Baroud cites the 2010 UN General Assembly resolution, 64/292 recognizing “the right to safe and clean drinking water […]

02 Jun
6:04

Palestinian Photojournalist at Risk of Deportation

For the past five months, Mustafa al-Kharouf has been languishing inside Israel’s Givon prison, away from his wife Tamam and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Asia. But, now, he faces deportation to Jordan. The 32-year-old photojournalist, son to an Algerian mother and a Palestinian father, has been living in Jerusalem since 1999, when […]

30 May
6:03

Milton Don’t Go!

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Brazil, Brasil In an open letter, Brazilian artists, academics, cultural organizations, trade unionists, political parties, indigenous people and popular movements urge Milton Nascimento to cancel Tel Aviv show: Español | PortuguĂȘs Dear Milton Nascimento, With admiration for your work and historic commitment […]

28 May
5:25

Military Imposes More Restrictions on Palestinian Family Behind the Wall

A group of Palestinian and international activists, on Sunday, held an Iftar celebration on the inner side of the wall, in Al-Walaja village, south of Jerusalem, as a form of solidarity with the Shananir family living on the other side, whom Israeli authorities have isolated and continue to prevent from […]

24 May
4:56

Gaza Exit Permits: Aisha’s Lone Journey For Cancer Treatment

by Maram Humaid Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache. Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital, where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent’s worst fear confirmed. Aisha was diagnosed with brain cancer. “The news hit me like […]

23 May
7:52

Me And My Aunt Vs. Cancer

by Haneen Abed Elnaby “No one knows what the next day will be like. Hope is the only thing that keeps me moving forward. Coping with cancer is only possible when I take it one day at a time, and value the present.” Those are the words of my Aunt Hanan, […]

23 May
7:39

Nurse in Gaza: “We had no choice but to lay patients on the ground.”

by Sarah Collins, for Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency   Sarah Collins has just completed her first mission with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The emergency department nurse from Woodbury, in Devon, reflects on her time in Gaza.   I don’t think I will ever forget May […]

22 May
5:17

Eurovision Turns Out To Be A Big Hit For Palestine

by Yvonne Ridley  It was the result that nobody predicted: the winner of Eurovision 2019 is
 Palestine! Despite the organisers describing the Eurovision Song Contest as a non-political event, the issue of Palestine took back, front and centre stage in Tel Aviv over the weekend, which may make Israel come to regret its weaponisation of culture […]

15 May
10:35

BNC: “We can end the ongoing Nakba with hope, resistance and meaningful solidarity.”

May 15, 2019/Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)/Palestine Palestinians in the homeland and in exile are commemorating the 71st anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe. With hope, we continue to resist and to insist on our right to freedom, justice, equality and dignity. We are also sending a message […]

15 May
10:25

Israeli Occupation Exploiting Eurovision to Consolidate Colonialism

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates sent several letters calling on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to withdraw any promotional materials for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, filmed in the occupied city of Jerusalem, to demonstrate respect for the rights of the Palestinian people and international law. The […]

15 May
10:19

The Northern Jordan Valley: A Testimony to the Ongoing Nakba

by Isra Ghourani 05/15/19 (WAFA) – In the early morning hours, the residents of Humsa al-Fawqa village, in the northern Jordan Valley, carry few supplies as they leave their homes by foot after being ordered to evacuate their tent encampments, to make room for Israeli military exercises. This scene brings […]

13 May
3:30

Thousands in London Take to the Streets for Palestine

Thousands of people marched through central London, in a bid to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the blockade on Gaza. “Free Palestine”,and “End Siege in Gaza” protesters shouted, carrying pro-Palestinian placards, according to Andalou/Al Ray. The procession started in Portland Place, whereupon protesters marched through Oxford Circus […]

11 May
6:04

Israeli Apartheid Week: An Even Bigger Success in 2019

May 10, 2019 / Israeli Apartheid Week / Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Arab World, Palestine Thanks to your support, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) was an even bigger success this year!  IAW featured more than 200 events, across 30 countries, on five continents, all under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism.” Events included big panel discussions at universities, concerts, […]

09 May
7:20

A Personal Account of Detention, Racism and Broken Rules

05/08/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team The neighborhood of Salaymeh, next to Salaymeh checkpoint (160), has been the center of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, in the city of Al-Khalil (Hebron). This checkpoint cuts off an already poor and struggling neighborhood from the rest of the city. At […]

08 May
6:43

‘What’s the Sin of My Children?’: Infants Killed in Gaza Shelling

 One-year-old Seba was killed, along with her aunt, in an Israeli air attack on their house in Gaza, Saturday. With her wounded hand, Seba’s mother, 27-year-old Rasha Abu Arar, wiped her tears, ruing the incident that took place following the escalation of violations that has killed at least 25 Palestinians and […]

06 May
8:23

Palestinians to German Newspaper NWZ: Don’t Give Platform to Israeli Official Justifying War Crimes

Photo: Mohammed Asad May 3, 2019/Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Germany Dear Nordwest Zeitung, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, […]

01 May
7:39

On May First: Palestinian Detainees are Part of the International Workers’ Struggle

Classic Palestinian revolutionary poster for 1 May. Artist Marc Rudin On the First of May – International Workers’ Day – Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Palestinian workers and the workers of the world. This is a day of struggle for the liberation of the working class from exploitation, racism, […]

30 Apr
4:50

Mustapha Awad: “Without you, I would not be here” by Myriam De Ly (VIDEO)

Photo: Mustapha’s return to Brussels airport The following article, by Myriam De Ly, is translated from the French original at Pour La Palestine, the website of the Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine: http://www.pourlapalestine.be/mustapha-awad-sans-vous-je-ne-serais-pas-la/ Mustapha Awad, a Belgian of Palestinian origin, was finally released one month ago on 28 March. He spent 253 days in detention […]

28 Apr
1:02

Palestinians Call on Iceland’s Eurovision Contestant Hatari to Withdraw

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has called on Iceland’s Eurovision entrant Hatari to withdraw from the contest, held in Tel Aviv next month. PACBI, a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement National Committee, the largest Palestinian civil society coalition, said […]

28 Apr
12:48

British Filmmakers Call On UK Cinemas to Boycott Israeli Film Festival

In an open letter recently published by The Guardian, 20 British filmmakers and writers including Mike Leigh, Leila Sansour, Ken Loach and Prahitbha Parmar have criticized the hosting of an Israeli government sponsored film festival in the UK. The letter cites the findings of the recent UN report on Israel’s […]

26 Apr
4:19

Stabbed In The Heart

Amjad Ayman Yaghi is a journalist based in Gaza. Walid al-Shawa dreamed of a bright future when he was younger. Yet adult life has been cruel despite years of planning. Starting as a child, Walid spent 10 years moving from one job to another. A permanent job was beyond reach […]

22 Apr
9:20

Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine U.S. Film Tour

“Beyond the Frontlines” is a remarkable documentary, about Palestine, from France, directed by Alexandra Dols. The Jerusalem-based psychiatrist, Dr. Samah Jabr, is the subject of the film, which has already achieved renown in many countries, internationally. She is a member of the USA Palestine Mental Health Network Advisory Council, and the […]

21 Apr
4:37

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah’s statement for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2019

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah issued the following statement on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2019. The imprisoned Arab Communist struggler for Palestine has been jailed in French prisons for 34 years, despite being eligible for release since 1999. The U.S. government has repeatedly intervened in an attempt to prevent his release […]

21 Apr
3:59

AXA IM Divests from Elbit Systems – Involved in Israeli War Crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: press@sumofus.org SumOfUs and the Coalition to Stop Assistance to Israeli Apartheid welcome AXA’s decision to withdraw part of its investment in Elbit Systems, and call on AXA to end its complicity in full by withdrawing all of its investments in companies complicit in Israel’s occupation. AXA is […]

17 Apr
4:51

Amputee Football Championships Held In Gaza

Palestinian amputees, this past weekend, held the first football championship for those who have lost a limb, while living in the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General of the World Federation of Disabled Persons in the World, Simon Baker, launched the initiative at the Stadium of Palestine. Baker, who lost his right leg […]

17 Apr
4:36

8th Anniversary of the Death of Vittorio Arrigoni

04/16/19 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team This week marks the 8th anniversary of the death of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and activist working with the International Solidarity Movement, in Gaza. On April 16th, 2011, when Arrigoni was 36 years old, his body was found in Gaza city, […]

16 Apr
3:17

Gaza Hospitals Suffer from Lack of Therapeutic Milk

Director of the hospital pharmacy, at the Ministry of Health based in Gaza, Alaa Heles, on Tuesday, said that the depletion of all sorts of therapeutic milk, from Gaza hospitals, constitutes a real threat for sick children’s lives. Ragheb Agha,  head of the Gastroenterology Department at Rantisi Hospital, stressed that […]

15 Apr
12:27

USCPR Statement on Airbnb’s Reversal of Commitment to Remove Listings in Illegal Israeli Settlements

In November 2018, online booking giant Airbnb announced that it would remove listings in illegal, Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank, bowing to years of pressure from the StolenHomes Coalition, including SumOfUs, CODEPINK, American Muslims for Palestine, the US Palestinian Community Network, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel […]

13 Apr
7:50

BDS: Take the Pledge — Give PUMA the Boot Until It Ends Support for Illegal Israeli Settlements

On April 18, Puma shareholders will gather for the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Let’s make sure Puma’s sponsorship of Israeli war crimes is on the agenda! Tweet the pledge to give Puma the boot!  Puma is the only international sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal […]

10 Apr
7:48

Remembering the Massacre at Deir Yassin

On this day, 71 years ago, some 120 members of underground Jewish paramilitary groups invaded the Palestinian Arab village of Deir Yassin, killing between 100 and 250 people including men, women, children and the elderly. With reports of mutilations, rapes and survivors being paraded through Jewish neighbourhoods before being summarily […]

10 Apr
7:24

UNICEF: Don’t Plug Into Israel’s War Crimes

Photo: Children studying by candlelight in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory Israel wants to build the longest submarine electricity cable to Europe via Cyprus and Greece. The EuroAsia Interconnector will unify Europe and Israel’s electricity networks, including grids powering Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. This multi-billion […]

08 Apr
10:53

How Hasna Revived a Barren Rooftop to a Lively Garden

Despite all odds, Hasna, a 67-year-old widow from al-Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem decided to challenge cancer and pursue her own dream project. Hasna is one of the beneficiaries of the “Karama for Food Security and Economic Empowerment in the south West Bank refugee camps”. The project aims to promote […]

06 Apr
6:40

Lajee Center Opens Rooftop Garden in Aida Camp

Lajee Center and 1for3, last week, launched the Rooftop Green Space in Lajee Centerof Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem, in order to create space for crops and greenery, contribute to water management, food production, compost recycling, improvement of air quality and more. The pioneering project in Palestine, initiated by the director […]

04 Apr
5:57

ISM Offers Training in Dublin, Ireland

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Ireland is offering a day of pre-training for prospective volunteers who are interested in joining the International Solidarity Movement on the ground, in Palestine. All volunteers are required to participate in training before joining activities in Palestine. Attending the training session in Dublin will give […]

04 Apr
5:36

UK Band Release Song Highlighting Israeli Apartheid (VIDEO)

The UK-based band Slovo has released a new song which calls for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest final, which will be held in Tel Aviv on the 18th of May. Entitled ‘Not My Kinda Party’, the song refers to Israel as an apartheid regime, and lists aspects of […]

02 Apr
5:09

Behind The Fence, They Sing of Freedom: ISM Call to Action

A call for international human rights defenders to come to Palestine, mid May (May 13 – May 19th) 2019, to support the cultural boycott of the Eurovision Singing Contest in Tel Aviv.     The Situation Whilst the colonization forces prepare historical Palestine for the upcoming Eurovision singing contest, the […]

28 Mar
7:44

Beit Sahour Twins with Tralee, Ireland

The town of Tralee, in County Kerry, Ireland, became the first Irish town to formally twin with a Palestinian municipality, at a ceremony in Tralee, on Monday morning. Representatives from Beit Sahour, in the Bethlehem district, including town mayor Jehad Khair and Palestine’s Ambassador to Ireland, Ahmad Abdelrazak, attended the event where Mayor Khair and […]

28 Mar
6:29

Paramedic’s Father: “My son thought he wouldn’t be shot wearing his vest.”

A young paramedic volunteer was killed by Israeli fire, Wednesday morning, during violent confrontations that broke out in Dehehisheh refugee camp, in the south of Bethlehem, while wearing his medical relief uniform. The father of Sajed Mezher, Abdul-Hakeem Mezher, narrated to PNN the last moments of the young man’s life and […]

27 Mar
4:53

Gaza Graduate Challenges Unemployment by Planting Flowers

In her new world, Rewaa al-Najjar, carrying the watering pot, moves among the beautiful flowers which she has decided to make the plan that will save her from unemployment. The 22-year-old graduate, living in Bani Suheila town in the southern Gaza Strip province of Khan Younis, spends most of her […]

27 Mar
4:29

Fatima Spreads Hope for Integrating People with Disabilities (Photo Story)

Meet Fatima, she is working at the “Community Based Rehabilitation” (CBR), an organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the north of the West Bank. “Before I worked in this field, I was somehow close-minded towards people with disabilities. I simply had no idea about them. […]

25 Mar
4:44

Israel’s War Crimes Fuel Mental Illness In Gaza

by Hanin Elholy, for Days of Palestine It was a roasting July afternoon, and the reverberations of bombs were so continuous that her body seemed like it was vibrating in time with them. There was no time to consider whether to don her hijab, what belongings to gather together, or […]

24 Mar
4:47

Eight Thousand People for One Voice : The Free Movement Marathon Runs for Palestine

Thousands of Palestinians and internationals from 76 countries ran together for the 7th annual Free Movement Marathon on Friday morning, in Bethlehem city, and the surrounding areas. The massive participation in this unique event, which is increasing its numbers of participants every year, seems to confirm the growing interest that […]

23 Mar
4:22

WHO: Over 97% of Gaza’s Water Below Quality Standards

More than 97% of the water pumped from the coastal aquifer, in the besieged Gaza Strip, does not meet the water quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), leading to the depletion of groundwater reserves, with the groundwater level in the coastal aquifer reaching 19 meters below sea level, […]

22 Mar
5:45

The Story of Ahmad Manasra: Killed While Trying to Save a Family from Israeli Soldiers

On Wednesday, March 20th, a Palestinian youth named Ahmad Jamal Manasra, age 26, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at Al-Nashash military checkpoint, to the south of Bethlehem, while trying to save a Palestinian family from the advances of Israeli soldiers. According to local sources, Alaa Ghayada, with his wife […]

20 Mar
7:22

MADA Demands Release of Journalists

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemned, in a statement, the large-scale arrests and attacks that have been carried out by security forces in the Gaza Strip, over the last three days, against journalists and workers in human rights organizations — citizens who took part in peaceful […]

19 Mar
6:23

Israeli Apartheid Week Opens Worldwide, As Netanyahu Confirms Discriminatory Regime

March 18, 2019 / Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)  / Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America Global Actions Follow Record Turnout at Palestinian National BDS Conference The 15th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the largest global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) mobilization for Palestinian rights, opens today with more than 80 events in 40 […]

17 Mar
6:39

Remembering Rachel Corrie

03/16/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine Today marks the sixteenth anniversary since the passing of ISM activist Rachel Corrie. She was 23 at the time of her passing. Rachel was tragically crushed to death under the front blade of an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer near Rafah, in the southern […]

14 Mar
7:21

Silwan from Jawad’s Eyes

Jawad is a director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, in Silwan, East Jerusalem. The center was funded by residents to document human rights violations and to improve the lives of people form the community through shared activities. The photos, below, show the story of Jawad in details. Meet Jawad, […]

03 Mar
4:41

Bridges Instead of Walls: A Six-Day Seminar in Palestine

A participant of Bridges Instead of Walls in Palestine, May 2014. Photo credit: Alternative Information Center. POSTED BY: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER MARCH 1, 2019 Meet the resistance. Understand the issues. Make a difference. If you would like to sign up for Bridges Instead of Walls or request more information, contact Ika Audano at ikarabix@gmail.com. […]

03 Mar
4:27

Bethlehem Hotel Using Apartheid Wall for Awareness Outreach on Palestine

by Alethea Kanas In Bethlehem/PNN “Most tourists come to Palestine to visit the sacred buildings of Bethlehem, and they miss the sad part, like the wall that destroyed the future of those who live here.” The Palestinian Wisam Salsaa is general manager of The Walled Off Hotel, which is just […]

01 Mar
5:56

On Beauty in Al-Khalil

02/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team I have spent about 30 days in Al-Khalil (Hebron), this year. A short stay by ISM standards, and nothing compared to the tens of thousands of people who call this place home. Despite this, I already feel that the city has got […]

28 Feb
6:39

Bedouin Families, Human Rights Groups Demand End to Construction of Dangerous Phosphate Mine in Negev

A petition has been filed against an Israeli mine that poses health dangers to Al-Fura’a residents and will lead to immediate transfer of thousands; the mine is part of an Israeli plan to force 36,000 Bedouins from their homes. Bedouin residents of Al-Fura’a village and human rights organizations will head […]

28 Feb
6:21

Activists Announce 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week

February 28, 2019 / By Israeli Apartheid Week  / Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme “Stop Arming Colonialism” Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness […]

26 Feb
7:43

Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre 25 Years On

Palestinian people all over the world, on Monday, marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre which took p;ace inside the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, leading to 29 deaths and over 150 injuries, among worshipers.   Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency reports that, on February 25, […]

25 Feb
7:08

Palestinians Liberate Al-Aqsa Hall, Jailed En Masse

Palestinians enter Bab al-Rahmah for the first time in 16 years, February 22, 2019. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 24, 2019 Israeli police detain 60 Palestinians in Jerusalem after protesters and Waqf officials reopened a building in al-Aqsa Compound that Israeli authorities have kept sealed for […]

24 Feb
6:15

Born Into an Uncertain Future: Palestinian Children in Occupied Jerusalem

Palestinian children are comforted as Israeli forces evict a Palestinian family from their home in Jerusalem’s Old City, February 17, 2019. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT FEBRUARY 22, 2019 The next generation of Palestinians in the holy city face a web of discriminatory and violent Israeli policies. […]

22 Feb
8:07

Easing the Suffering of Pregnant Women at Al-Sahaba Clinic in Gaza

photo: Hind Abu Jahal, a pharmacist at Al Sahaba, talks to a patient. by Anera.org / Gaza/ PNN Al Sahaba medical complex in Gaza City specializes in offering medical services to women at reproductive age and beyond. “Most of our patients need constant follow-up and check-ups to monitor the status of their fetus […]

22 Feb
7:37

Cancer Ward Donated by US Charity Inaugurated in Gaza

The first children’s cancer department has been inaugurated in Gaza. The US charity PCRF donated this much needed department to prevent the need for children to travel to Israel or the West Bank for treatment. Children often have to go alone without their parents due to Israeli restrictions. According to […]

21 Feb
5:57

Samidoun Calls for Action in SFSU Struggle Against Zionism and Racism

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is urging supporters and friends of Palestine and the prisoners to take action by signing the online petition against racism at San Francisco State University (SFSU). The University is a frequent site of struggle in which Palestinian students and faculty, as well as other marginalized communities, have […]

21 Feb
5:03

Project Cuba: Palestinian Doctor Helps Refugees in the West Bank

Muhammad’s project represents what he dreams for the Palestinian health system in the future. “I went through many difficulties, but today I have the best reward of seeing my project come true,” he says. Credit: personal archive by Alethea Kanas- PNN/ Bethlehem/ Even though “Project Cuba” is only four month […]

20 Feb
9:18

ANC Youth League Affirms Support For BDS

The African National Congress Youth League has affirmed its support for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Speaking to Middle East Monitor on Monday, the Secretary General of South Africa’s ruling party, Njabulo Nzuza, stressed that its National Executive Committee (NEC) even took a decision to work together […]

19 Feb
3:13

Tackling Childhood Trauma in Palestine through Graffiti Art

by Alethea Kanas- PNN/ Bethlehem/ The European graffiti artist, who prefers to keep his identity unknown and goes by the name “Cakes, agreed to talk about his history and over a hundred graffiti stamped on one of the world’s most polemical walls. Cakes, a 33 years old graffiti artist, leaves […]

16 Feb
6:35

First and Only Pediatric Cancer Department to Open in Gaza This Month

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, on Thursday, held a press conference to announce the opening of the  first and only Pediatric Cancer Department in the Gaza Strip, which is due to be officially opened on 19 February, according to the PNN. The 24,000 square meter department, named Dr. Musa & Suhaila […]

15 Feb
6:22

ISM: Resistance in the South Hebron Hills

Herding sheep below the illegal settlement construction site close to Um al-Kheir. In early January, ISM activists visited the villages of Um al-Khair and At-Tuwani in the South Hebron hills in order to participate in renovation work on ancient caves and to bear witness to recent settler violence in both […]

13 Feb
4:30

Samidoun Urges Broad Support for Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Tony Webster/Flickr Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with Ilhan Omar, a strong supporter of Palestine elected to the United States House of Representatives last November, and urges a broad mobilization to defend her against media and political incitement by Israel and its allies. Rep. Omar is one of only […]

13 Feb
4:15

Hebron On My Mind

by Jafar Ramini It’s been exactly a week since the colonizers of our land, Mr. Netanyahu and his gang of war criminals, decided not to renew the mandate of TIPH, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron whose role has been to observe and report. These observers were volunteers and they […]

10 Feb
5:45

Ending A Chef’s Dream, And Maybe His Life

by Rasha Hirzallah, for WAFA News Agency RAMALLAH, Saturday, February 09, 2019 (WAFA) – Before being admitted to hospital to undergo an operation on his eye, Laith Kanaan Barghouti, 26, told his mother, Jamila, about his intention to start a business of his own after the operation in the form […]

08 Feb
6:03

Palestinian Child Loses Eye to Israeli Sniper

Palestinian child Muhammad Al-Najjar (12) is living a severe psychological shock after losing his right eye by an Israeli sniper’s bullet, during his participation in the Great Return March protests, on 11 January. ‏When Muhammad learned about his eye, he locked himself up in his room and stopped going to […]

08 Feb
5:17

Making Art From The Remnants Of War

Handicraft prepared by Akram Warah and his family from the wreckage of war artifacts. Credit: Alethea Kanas For at least a decade, Palestinian refugees lived in makeshift tents precariously in Aida. Little by little, with each day less hope of returning home together with the desire to have a “normal” […]

07 Feb
8:05

Dublin National Union of Journalists to Support Eurovision Boycott

(L to R) Celebrities, public figures & activists at Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge during a launch of the Irish Call to Boycott Eurovision 2019 in Israel on June 27, 2018 (Image: Collins) The Irish Campaign to Boycott the 2019 Eurovision, in Israel, welcomes the motion passed by the Dublin Broadcasting Branch […]

06 Feb
4:31

Samidoun Calls for Action to Save Life of Walid Khaled Sharaf

Palestinian prisoner Walid Khaled Sharaf, 25, from Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, is suffering from serious illness in Ramle prison clinic. Sharaf is jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; the order against him was renewed for another six months on 4 February on the basis of so-called “secret evidence” despite […]

05 Feb
6:05

Mayor Hailing from Palestine Becomes President of El Salvador

Nayib Bukele, whose family is originally from the occupied Palestinian territories, won El Salvador’s presidential elections, getting more votes than his three rivals combined to usher out the two parties that dominated politics for a quarter century in the crime-plagued Central America nation. Born in 1981, Bukele was elected as […]

05 Feb
5:53

Palestinian Documentary Wins 33rd Goya Award (VIDEO)

The documentary film “Gaza”, directed by Gary Keane and Andrew McConnell, won the “Best Documentary Short Film” Premios Goya Award on Sunday, at the Goya Awards, in Spain. The film first premiered in Sundance Film Festival, in early 2019. The documentary depicts the lives of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza […]

05 Feb
5:45

“Hundred Million Dollar Home” Hebron Shop Keeper Punished for Resistance to Occupation

02/02/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Today, our good friend Abdulraouf Al-Mohtaseb, the famous owner of the 100 Million Dollar Home, had his shop enclosed by steel barricades. Click here to watch the movie at Al Jazeera. The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) condemns this blatant act of aggression, by the […]

04 Feb
6:39

Amani: A Young Human Rights Defender Inspiring Palestinian Women

1. Meet Amani. She is a 26 year old and works at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling. Amani’s days are very full. Here she is picking up her two sons Hussam (7) and Mohannad (5) from school. 2. For Amani, being a Human Rights Defender means to […]

03 Feb
4:49

Midnight Horror in Gaza

by Rana Shubair, author of In Gaza I Dare to Dream. “Mom, do they bomb residential buildings?, asked one of my daughters in fear. And my response again came in the form of a lie: “No, habibti. They don’t. Don’t be scared.” I stroked her cheek to reassure her. As a […]

02 Feb
5:43

BTS Testimonies: “You hate everyone.”

[[Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada, and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. They endeavor to stimulate public debate […]

02 Feb
5:09

Palestine, The Women’s March & Imperial Feminism

Azeezah Kanji (JD, LLM in Islamic Law) is a legal academic and writer based in Toronto. Recent assaults on the reputation of Women’s March cochair and prominent black American activist Tamika Mallory demonstrate, yet again, that speaking even the most basic truths about Israel and Palestine is a hazardous undertaking. […]

02 Feb
4:41

Human Rights Watch Film Festival to Feature Palestinian Film ‘Screwdriver’ (Trailer)

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from March 13-22, 2019, featuring 15 award-winning documentary and feature films, Human Rights Watch said today. The international line-up of films from Venezuela, South Africa, Palestine, Thailand, and more offer critical insight into local and global human rights concerns impacting people […]

30 Jan
4:52

More Than 60 LGBTQ+ Groups Call for Boycott of Song Contest in Israel

More than 60 queer and trans liberation organizations, from nearly 20 countries across Europe and beyond, are calling on global LGBTQIA communities to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The signatories condemn Israel’s “shameful” use of Eurovision, which has a strong following among LGBTQIA communities, to “distract attention from its […]

26 Jan
6:07

Adalah: Israel Still Preventing 70-year-old Palestinian Grandmother with Ailing Health from Visiting Grave of Father She Never Met

Salwa Salem Copty with portraits of her father and mother in the church in the destroyed Galilee village of Ma’alul. (Photo by Mati Milstein) Israeli authorities are preventing a 70-year-old Palestinian grandmother with ailing health from visiting the grave of her father – who died before she was born – […]

23 Jan
9:30

PCHR: “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation”

January 23, 2019 9:30 AM PCHR Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human Interest, Human rights 0

PCHR Organizes Workshop Titled as: “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation” On Monday, 21 January 2019, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop titled as “Economic Reality in the Gaza Strip: Between Sanctions and Taxation.” The workshop that was attended by sociologists, economists […]

20 Jan
5:45

Adalah Demands Israeli Lottery Give Green Light to Theatre Production It Cancelled for Seemingly Political Reasons

(Photo by Tsukasa Aoki, courtesy of Einat Weizman) Mifal Hapayis lottery director cancelled performance of ‘Palestine Year Zero’ after it was approved by lottery’s project funding theatrical productions in Arab communities. The Israeli national lottery accepted the play “Palestine Year Zero”, directed by Einat Weizman, to its program funding theatrical […]

19 Jan
7:35

Armenians Orthodox Begin Christmas Celebrations in Bethlehem

The Orthodox Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Nourhan Manougian, arrived on Friday, at noon, in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, marking the start of Palestine’s Armenian Christians’ celebrations of Christmas and Epiphany. Manougian’s procession left from the Armenian Patriarchate, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and made its way to Manger Square. […]

16 Jan
6:41

World Food Programme Cuts Aid to Palestine

The World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended or reduced aid for some of its Palestinian beneficiaries in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, due to funding shortages, an official has said. Some 27,000 Palestinians are no longer receiving aid through the United Nations programme since January 1, in the occupied West Bank, said Stephen Kearney, […]

14 Jan
8:31

Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel

Ben White discusses his new book, “Cracks in the Wall”, which examines narratives that challenge the Israeli colonization of Palestine and their recent successes. Shir Hever is an economic researcher at the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli […]

13 Jan
8:54

VIDEO: Jerusalem in 2018

A recap on the events of the past year. Originally published by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, occupied East Jerusalem. (English subtitles.) (photo: BDS National Committee) Human Interest 12/28/18 Remembering the Israeli 2008 Offensive on Gaza (VIDEO) 

11 Jan
7:13

The BDS Movement Salutes Angela Davis

January 10, 2019 / By Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / United States The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights, salutes Angela Davis for her lifelong struggle for justice and expresses its full solidarity […]

09 Jan
1:47

Oppose Senate Bill S.1 – Would Give Israel $38 Billion, Combat BDS, & More

Senators Mark Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo from Jewish Insider.) Phone and email your senators NOW to vote no on Senate bill S.1! The latest news is that Democrats may try to prevent today’s action on the bill (over concerns over the government shutdown), so phoning […]

01 Jan
8:01

2018: Year in Review

by Mohan Chen- Bethlehem/PNN/ From a series of border protests in the Gaza Strip to thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank, 2018 has indeed been an eventful year in Palestine. As the year draws to a close, we have taken a moment to look back and compiled […]