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16 Jun

Meeting between Fateh and Hamas in Doha

On Thursday, Palestinian Arabic dailies focused on a gathering between Hamas and Fateh officials in Doha, last night, as part of an effort to forward intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks. According to the reports, two delegations from Hamas and Fateh gathered in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for talks on achieving Palestinian national reconciliation. […]

08 Jun

Bethlehem: Settlers Raze Lands in Al-Khader

Israeli settlers, Wednesday, razed Palestinian-owned lands in the village of al-Khader, to the south of occupied Bethlehem, according to local sources. Hasan Burajeya, of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Bethlehem, told WAFA that a group of illegal Israeli settlers, accompanied by a military escort, proceeded to raze about 15 dunams of […]

08 Jun

Israeli Settlers Bulldoze Palestinian Agricultural Lands South Of Bethlehem

A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday morning, Palestinian agricultural lands, in the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and bulldozed them while many soldiers were deployed around the area. Hasan Brejiyya, representative of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, told the WAFA Palestinian […]

08 Jun

Army Kidnaps Three Palestinians In Bethlehem And Hebron

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, two Palestinians in Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The army also kidnapped a Palestinian in Hebron. The soldiers invaded the town, before breaking into and searching a number of homes, and kidnapped two Palestinians, identified as Mohammad […]

30 May

Israel Unilaterally Reduces Gaza’s Fishing Zone To Six Nautical Miles

Israel has, yet again, unilaterally reduced the fishing zone in Gaza territorial waters to only six nautical miles, in all of Gaza’s waters, from the northern to the southern parts of the coastal region. Nizar Ayyash, the head of the Palestinian Fishers Syndicate, said the Israeli side has officially informed […]

04 May

Israeli Army To Demolish Eight Homes In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Wednesday, the al-Walaja town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and handed demolition orders targeting eight homes. The soldiers also ordered a halt on the construction of one home. Secretary of the al-Walaja Local Council, Majdi Abu at-Teen, told the WAFA Palestinian News […]

Soldiers shoot at al-Azza (image from mondoweiss)
01 May

Israeli Soldiers Injure One Palestinian, Kidnap Three Others, In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the al-‘Azza refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, shot and injured one Palestinian, and kidnapped three others in the camp, and in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem. Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man, 22, with […]

12 Apr

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Three Under-Construction Homes In Bethlehem

April 12, 2016 7:05 AM IMEMC News Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a number of bulldozers, invaded on Tuesday morning that al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, and demolished three under construction homes allegedly for being built without construction permits. The head of al-Walaja Local Council, Abdul-Rahman Abu at-Teen, said a large military force invaded Ein Jweiza area, north […]

Israeli soldier abducting teen (archive photo)
19 Mar

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Two Palestinians In Jenin, Injure Three Near Bethlehem

March 19, 2016 7:24 PM admin Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Saturday, two Palestinians from the northern West Bank district of Jenin; one of them is a former political prisoner who was held for 13 years. The soldiers also invaded Teqoua’ town, in the Bethlehem district, and injured three Palestinians.

16 Mar

Israeli Soldiers Demolish A Palestinian Home In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the ash-Shurfa area, between al-Khader and Batteer towns, west of Bethlehem, and demolished a Palestinian home. The army also kidnapped a Palestinian near Ramallah.Several army vehicles invaded the area, surrounded a home, before forcing the family out, and demolished a home, belonging to Jouda Masood Mousa, […]

11 Mar

Galant Supports Establishing Gaza Seaport

March 11, 2016 7:53 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing Yoav Galant has expressed support for the idea of constructing a seaport for Gaza, explaining that it would release pressure on the Strip, which suffers due to ongoing economic siege.Galant, the former commander of the Southern Command explained, in a speech to Israeli Channel […]

07 Mar

Netanyahu on Biden’s Visit: An Expression of Great Relations with Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, has said that US Vice President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Israel is an expression of great relations between the two countries.“This visit is an expression of the great relations between Israel and our ally, the United States,” […]

28 Dec

Netanyahu Draws Line Between ‘Arab’ and ‘Jewish’ Terror

December 28, 2015 2:49 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Following the recent increase in Jewish extremism, Israel’s Prime Minister on Sunday said that comparing “Arab terror and Jewish terror” was impossible, Israeli media reported.During the weekly cabinet meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu said: ‘Here [in Israel] we condemn and they [the Palestinians] praise,’ Israeli daily Haaretz has reported. The PM said […]

14 Oct

Entrance to Nabi Saleh Blocked for Third Day, General Strike in Bethlehem

October 14, 2015 9:10 PM IMEMC & Agencies Internal Unrest, News Report, West Bank 0

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, blocked the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, north of Ramallah, for the third consecutive day, said a local Palestinian.Speaking over the phone with WAFA, Naji al-Tamimi said Israeli soldiers blocked the entrance of Nabi Saleh, closing the gate located on the entrance and prohibiting villagers from […]

17 Aug

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who […]

30 Jul

Palestinian Assaulted and Detained for Wishing Soldier a Good Day

A Palestinian youth was assaulted by an Israeli soldier as he was crossing Jabara police station to cross into Hebron, for simply wishing the soldier a ‘good day’, the Palestinian detainees and ex-detainees affairs committee reported Wednesday.The committee said, according to WAFA, that after Naser Jaber, aged 22, got his […]

21 Jul

Settlers Raise Banners in Bethlehem Calling for Land Confiscation

Israeli settlers, Monday, put up banners in multiple areas in Bethlehem district calling for more Palestinian lands to be confiscated for the purpose of settlement construction and expansion, according to local and security sources.Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, said a […]

22 May

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Secretly Establishing New Outpost On Church Compound

Fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers have taken control of 40 dunams (10 acres) belonging to a Christian church, between the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The settlers have started establishing a new outpost on the confiscated land […]

01 May

Israeli Navy Opens Fire on Gaza Fishing Boats

Israeli naval forces opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza City early Friday, witnesses told Ma’an News Agency.An Israeli army spokeswoman stated, according to Ma’an News Agency, that when a vessel deviated from the designated fishing zone, forces told the vessel to halt and fired warning […]

21 Apr

Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Hebron, One In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, a number of villages and towns, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and the city itself, searched homes, and kidnapped three Palestinians in addition to handing three others military orders for interrogation. Soldiers also kidnapped one Palestinian in Bethlehem.The Palestinian News […]

13 Apr

Settler Assaults in Jerusalem, Soldiers Raid Homes in Bethlehem

Israeli settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque yards under Israeli police protection, on Saturday, assaulted a number of Palestinian female worshippers, according to witnesses.Witnesses said that Palestinian worshippers were attacked by settlers after attempting to fend off the former’s attempts to tour the yards of the mosque, WAFA Palestinian News & […]

10 Feb

Destruction of Palestinian Homes in Lydda & Jerusalem, Bethlehem Orchards Ruined

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, demolished the home of a Palestinian family in the historic city of Lydda, in addition to another in Jerusalem’s Silwan district. A number of Palestinian-owned trees were uprooted during the action.Israeli forces closed all entrances to the property and forcibly evacuated the al-Naqib family, before demolishing […]

27 Jan

Israeli Navy Sinks Palestinian Fishing Boat In Gaza, Kidnaps 4 Fishermen

January 27, 2015 10:08 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

A Palestinian fishing boat drowned, on Monday evening, after Israeli navy ships fired rounds of live ammunition at it in Palestinian waters, west of Gaza city. The soldiers also kidnapped four fishermen.Eyewitnesses said the navy first fired live rounds at the boat, then used loud speakers ordering the four fishermen […]

11 Jan

U.S. Duplicity In Punishing Palestine for Joining the ICC

The United Nations announced this week that the State of Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced on Tuesday that the UN approved the documents submitted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to join the ICC. Israel’s immediate response was to freeze […]

25 Dec

VIDEO: Christmas at Bethlehem 2014

December 25, 2014 3:45 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, Human Interest 0

At this time of every year, the whole world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ with shining lights, Christmas carols, colors and winter coziness. And, with the Christ being born in the little town of Bethlehem, this town has a unique essence of celebration and spirit.The Palestinian Christmas season, this […]

21 Dec

Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats

December 21, 2014 2:36 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli navy, on Saturday, again opened fire at Palestinian fishermen boats, this time along the As-Sudaneyya shore, northwest of the Gaza Strip. Hamas has denied responsibility for an alleged rocket attack coming from Gaza, denouncing the recently renewed Israeli airstrikes as foolish.Local sources reported, according to the PNN, that […]

13 Dec

Palestinian Seriously Injured Near Bethlehem

December 13, 2014 4:10 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Palestinian medical sources have reported that a man from Nahhalin town, near Bethlehem, was shot and seriously injured by Israeli settler fire, after soldiers alleged that he “sprayed an Israeli settler with acid.”The incident took place at the Husan town junction, to the west of Bethlehem. Israeli Ynetnews said that […]

20 Oct

AIC: ‘Meaningless Dispute Between Obama, Netanyahu’

Big words were used in this latest dispute about Israel’s public announcement concerning construction of 2610 new housing units in Givat Hamatos. A US spokesperson said the decision would “distance Israel even from its closest allies” following a 1 October meeting of Obama and Netanyahu. 10/19/14 | Alternative Information Center […]

07 Oct

Israeli Navy Opens Fire On Fishing Boats In Gaza

October 7, 2014 2:02 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli navy boats and a navy chopper opened automatic fire, on Tuesday morning, at a number of Palestinian fishing boats close to the shore in the al-Waha area, northwest of the Gaza Strip, causing damage but no injuries.Eyewitnesses said the navy ships, and a navy helicopter opened fire close to […]

04 Oct

Washington: “International Recognition Of Palestinian State, Premature”

US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated, Friday, that international recognition of a Palestinian State is “premature,’ alleging the United States supports the establishment of Palestinian State only “through negotiations.”Her statements came after Sweden said it would recognize the State of Palestine, and called on all European Union countries to […]

28 Sep

Tel Aviv, Washington: “Abbas’s UN Speech, Unilateral And Provocative”

September 28, 2014 5:16 AM Saed Bannoura International, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

The United States and Tel Aviv strongly denounced the Friday speech of President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly calling for ending the ongoing Israeli occupation and violations, dubbing it as “counterproductive,’ a “unilateral move” and “provocative.”During his speech, Abbas called for a resolution to ensure Israel’s complete withdrawal […]

08 Sep

Israel Limits Gaza Fishing Zone Again, Violates Ceasefire Agreement For 3rd Time

September 8, 2014 8:37 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture states that Israel has violated the recent ceasefire agreement made with the Palestinians, now allowing Gaza fishermen to sail up to only five nautical miles off the coast.According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the ministry declared, Monday, in a brief statement: “Israeli warships, this […]

04 Sep

Fishing in Gaza

We sailed out from Gaza City’s harbor just before dusk with the 13-man crew, including two boys, and we had a theoretical possibility to reach six nautical miles for fishing. But that the limit determined by the occupying power would have been moved from three to six miles is mostly […]

25 May

Bethlehem Welcomes Pope Francis

May 25, 2014 2:25 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

His Holiness Pope Francis arrived in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the occupied State of Palestine.He started his visit with a press conference with President Mahmoud Abbas, before he visited a section of the Israeli Apartheid Wall, north of the city, and continued his […]

19 May

Israeli Forces Storm School Near Bethlehem

Israeli forces, on Sunday, stormed a school in the village of al-Khader, to the south of Bethlehem, while settlers took over an agricultural property in the village, according to Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the anti-settlement committee in the village.Salah said that the soldiers stormed the school in the morning hours, […]

09 Apr

Bethlehem; Settlers Flood Farmlands With Wastewater

[Tuesday, April 8, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers from the Efrat settlement, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, flooded Palestinian farmlands in al-Khader town with sewage.Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, Ahmad Salah, stated that the settlers pumped sewage into eight […]

30 Mar

Settlers Uproot Olive Saplings Near Bethlehem

[Saturday Evening, March 29, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers invaded a Palestinian olive orchard in Husan town, west of Bethlehem, and uprooted dozens of saplings. Resident Mohammad Sabateen told the WAFA News Agency that, as he went to his orchard in Wadi Abu al-Hasan area, east of Husan, he […]

27 Mar

Four Kidnapped In Bethlehem, Army Invades Various West Bank Areas

March 27, 2014 1:07 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, News Report, West Bank 0

[Thursday at Dawn, March 27, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and kidnapped four Palestinians in Bethlehem.Local sources in Bethlehem have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the al-Fraidees village, southeast of Bethlehem, kidnapping four young Palestinian men, including two brothers. The […]

11 Mar

Occupation Forces Kidnap 3 from Bethlehem, Desecrate Negev Cemetery

The Israeli military abducted, on Tuesday, three young Palestinians from Tkou’ village, east of Bethlehem.According to the Palestinian News Network, a security source said that the Israeli military raided the village of Tkou’ and took into custody Mohammed Izzat al-Badan, 24, and Mahmoud Salem Abed al-Badan, 22. The source added […]

02 Mar

Protesters Challenge Pro-Israel Lobbyists’ Meeting in Washington DC; AIPAC Threatens Lawsuit

As thousands of protesters prepare to gather in Washington DC, on Sunday, March 2nd, to stand up against the policies promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a satirical video promoting the protest has raised the ire of AIPAC officials, who have threatened to sue the peace group […]

21 Feb

Soldiers Invade Deheishe Refugee Camp In Bethlehem

February 21, 2014 3:08 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Jenin, News Report 0

[Friday at Dawn, February 21, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, clashing with dozens of local youth and causing several injuries.Local sources said that the army invaded the camp to deliver notices to two of the youths, ordering […]

20 Feb

Navy Opens Fire At Fishing Boats, Security Center

February 20, 2014 2:24 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Thursday at Dawn, February 20, 2014] Israeli navy boats fired rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, targeting a Palestinian security base close to the Palestinian-Egyptian border.The Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that Israeli Navy boats fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at the […]

19 Feb

Settlers Demolish Historic Barn Near Bethlehem

[Wednesday, February 19, 2014] Israeli settlers invaded al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, demolishing a historic Palestinian barn.Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, said that the settlers demolished the barn, located in Ein al-Qassis area, west of al-Khader. […]

12 Feb

Israeli Forces Demolish Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah For 2nd Time

Israeli forces, on Wednesday, demolished tents set up by Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley after their village was completely destroyed by Israel in January, according to an Israeli rights group.BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — ‘A Civil Administration bulldozer arrived, once more, at Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah in the central Jordan Valley, this […]

02 Feb

Seven Palestinians Kidnapped In Hebron, Bethlehem

February 2, 2014 4:42 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Sunday at Dawn, February 2, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and kidnapped four Palestinians, including a teenager, and one more Palestinian in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Two more Palestinians were kidnapped in Bethlehem, Saturday.Local sources have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded […]

30 Dec

10 Arrested In Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem

December 30, 2013 6:32 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Hebron, News Report, Prisoners 0

[Monday December 30, 2013] Israeli forces have arrested six Palestinians in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, in addition to four others from Jerusalem, according to security sources, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported.Sources say that Israeli forces raided several areas in Hebron, searched a […]

27 Dec

Six Palestinians Kidnapped In Bethlehem

December 27, 2013 7:40 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

[Thursday December 26, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers have invaded Bethlehem and Beit Fajja, broken into several homes and conducting searches therein, kidnapping six Palestinian residents.Local sources in Bethlehem have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded Al-Saff Street, in Bethlehem, and searched several homes after smashing in their doors, causing excessive […]

20 Dec

Israeli Navy Chases Fishermen, Confiscates Fishing Equipment in Gaza Waters

December 20, 2013 3:22 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Israeli Naval Forces stationed off Beit Lahi shore, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in 4 separate incidents, while sailing between 600 meters and 3 nautical miles. Israeli naval forces also confiscated 24 fishing nets.The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses concern over the […]

13 Aug

Washington, EU, Denounce New Israeli Settlement Plan

The European Union and White House issued separate statements denouncing the new Israeli plan, declared Sunday, when Israel approved hundreds of units for Israeli settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, and the occupied West Bank.High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, Catherine Ashton, […]

04 Aug

Abbas Welcomes Barcelona Soccer Team In Bethlehem

August 4, 2013 8:48 AM Saed Bannoura Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

[Saturday Evening August 3, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed at his Presidential Headquarters in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, the players and coach of Barcelona soccer team, who are conducting their first visit to occupied Palestine.“This is your first visit to Palestine, but you are always in Palestine, […]

21 Feb

Fisherman Injured and Fishing Boat Damaged

February 21, 2013 10:45 PM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli Navy’s attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip and expresses its deep concern for such escalation, which resulted in injuring two fishermen and partially damaging their boat today.According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 21 February 2013, […]

03 Dec

Israeli Forces Arrest 14 Fishermen, Confiscate 3 Fishing Boats

December 3, 2012 2:56 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) repeats its condemnation of Israel’s violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. PCHR is concerned over the escalation of Israeli attacks directed against fishermen since the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that was stopped following the cease-fire agreement reached between Palestinian […]

08 Nov

Egypt To Continue Demolishing Border Tunnels

November 8, 2012 3:52 PM Saed Bannoura Arab World, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Egyptian security sources reported that the army and the police, operating against criminal armed groups in Sinai, will start in the coming days, a large operation that is meant at resuming the demolition of border tunnels with Gaza.Egypt halted its operations approximately 30 days ago, and is now preparing to […]

23 Oct

Four Fishermen Arrested In The Gaza Sea, Fishing Boat Confiscated

October 23, 2012 2:19 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns continued Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and expresses concern about the escalation of these violations, which have resulted in the arrest of four fishermen and the confiscation of a fishing boat belonging to a fisherman from the Gaza […]

09 Oct

Four Fishermen Arrested and a Fishing Boat Confiscated

October 9, 2012 2:58 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and is concerned about the escalation of these violations, which have resulted in the arrest of four fishermen and the confiscation of a fishing boat belonging to a fisherman from the Gaza Strip.PCHR Condemns Continued Israeli Violations Against Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip […]

30 Aug

Israeli Navy Chases Fishing Boats, Tries To Sink Them

August 30, 2012 1:40 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

A Palestinian cameraman from the Gaza Strip managed to capture on tape, an attack carried out by Israeli Navi boats, on Wednesday, against small Palestinian fishing boats. The video shows the Israeli Navy boats encircling the boats flooding them with water, and even blocking their way as they tried to […]

11 May

Washington Urges Netanyahu To Push For Peace

With previous claims of unsettling his coalition government if he made gestures towards Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging him and his new coalition partners to advance peace talksA senior U.S. State Department official confirmed that after being briefed […]

03 May

Israeli Bulldozers began demolishing in Beit Jala

May 3, 2012 12:55 PM Regina Qumsieh Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported in the early morning that the Israeli bulldozers moved into Almkhrour area in Beit Jala near the West Bank city of Bethlehem and surrounded a restaurant and an old house that are located on the top of the hill and which both property of […]

20 Apr

Collectively punishing families through prisoners isolation

Nisreen Murtaja, 35, lives in the Zeitoun neighbourhood of Gaza city in the house of her husband’s family. In 1993, Nisreen’s husband, Samir, 41, was arrested from his home in the presence of his family, just three months after his marriage. In 1994, an Israeli military court sentenced him to […]

05 Mar

Protesters disrupt conference of Israeli lobby group in Washington DC

The annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, held this weekend in Washington DC, was attended by US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who both pledged unwavering support for the state of Israel. But the conference also faced a large group of protesters who […]

24 Oct

Israeli Leaders Said To be ‘At Odds Over Punishing Abbas’

Israeli military seeks to put in place a set of steps to reduce the gains obtained by Hamas, from the prisoner-swap deal which secured the release of over one thousand Palestinian detainees in exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, the Ma’an News Agency reported.The military leadership in Israel is […]

10 Oct

Army Demolishes A House In Bethlehem

October 10, 2011 7:58 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli military bulldozers demolished a house in the village of Al-Jab’a, southwest of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on Monday morning, the Palestine News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.Head of the village council, Ahmad Hamdan, reported that a large number of military jeeps and personnel carriers, accompanied by military […]

18 Sep

Olivia Boat Repaired, To Accompany Fishing Boats Soon

September 18, 2011 1:21 PM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

Mahfouth Al Kabarty, head of the Palestinian Committee for Fishing and Maritime Sports in the Gaza Strip, reported that the Olivia boat, operated by international activists who accompany Palestinian fishing boat and document Israeli attacks against them, was rehabilitated and prepared to, once again, accompany Palestinian fishermen.Al Kabarity stated that […]

25 Jul

Israeli Military Targeted ISM Activists On Board Gaza Fishing Boat

Two American activists and one Swedish Activist boarded a fishing boat in Gaza, Olivia, on Saturday July 23, 2011. The ISM activists were on board to counteract the Israeli Military from preventing the Palestinian fishermen from fishing.At seven in the morning, three adult Palestinians and two young boys boarded the […]

15 Jul

Armed Confrontation Between Israeli Soldiers And Settlers, Not A Far Fetch

Commander of the so-called “Judea and Samria” Israeli army brigade, operating in the occupied West Bank, Nitzan Alon, stated during closed military and security sessions that armed clashes between Israeli soldiers and settlers is a possible scenario, adding that the real danger is what lies in books like “Torat Hamelech”.According […]

01 Apr

Peres, Obama, To Meet In Washington

The White House announced that U.S. President, Barack Obama, will be holding a meeting with Israeli President, Shimon Peres, next Tuesday April 5th in Washington. The White House said that the talks between the two leaders will focus on the stalled Middle East peace talks, and the latest developments and […]

16 Mar

Hamas Accuses Ma’an Agency Of Publishing Falsified Reports

Hamas spokesperson in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, slammed the Ma’an News Agency for, what he called, “publishing false reports that proved it is biased towards the Fatah movement”. Ma’an responded to the allegations, reiterating attacks were carried out by Hamas security forces against Gaza protesters.Abu Zuhri added […]

21 Jan

Clinton: “Washington Opposes Security Council Move Against Israeli Settlement Activities”

January 21, 2011 1:58 PM Saed Bannoura International, News Report, Peace process 0

U.S Secretary Of State, Hilary Clinton stated Thursday that the White House rejects the proposal that was submitted by the Palestinian Authority to the United Nations in an attempt to condemn Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories. Clinton said that the United States had no doubts that this proposal […]

29 Nov

Washington To PA; “Don’t Over React Over WikiLeaks Documents

After some documents regarding the U.S. Palestinian relations and alleged plans prepared by Washington to foil Palestinian reconciliation attempts, the White House told the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that the P.A. should not overreact. The White House stated during a phone conversation with the office of […]

18 Nov

With Netanyahu Bribe, Washington Going For Broke

November 18, 2010 6:08 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israel, Opinion/Analysis, Peace process 0

Watching the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians drag on year after year without conclusion, it is easy to overlook the enormous changes that have taken place on the ground since the Oslo accords were signed 17 years ago.Each has undermined the Palestinians’ primary goal of achieving viable statehood, […]

03 Sep

Peace Talks Resume in Washington

September 3, 2010 11:16 PM IMEMC & Agencies International, News Report, Peace process 0

Yesterday, September 2nd, marked the beginning of a new round of peace talks between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli government in Washington. The talks are the first in 20 months.The groups, led by P.A. president, Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, were hosted by the Barak Obama’s […]

02 Jul

Obama To Give Netanyahu Warm Welcome In Washington

Israeli sources reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive a warm welcome from U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Washington next week. The sources added that Obama is expected to ask Netanyahu to extend the temporary freeze of settlement activities to give the peace talks a chance […]

22 Jun

Washington Asks For Clarifications Regarding Demolition Orders In Jerusalem

Israeli sources reported that senior U.S. officials asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for clarifications regarding Israel’s decision to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, in order to replace them with an “Archeological Garden”.Israeli paper, Haaretz, said that senior officials are concerned that the issue would […]

27 May

Abbas to Visit Washington Soon

The White House reported Wednesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon to hold a meeting with President Barack Obama. The White House says that president Obama is looking forwards to Abbas’ visit, where the two leaders will discuss issues regarding peace in the Middle East. White […]

01 Jan

Candle Lit Vigil Held in Manger Square Bethlehem to Commemorate Gaza

Residents of the Bethlehem area, West Bank, gather to commemorate those lost in last years Gaza War and stand in solidarity with those still living under seige.At 4:30 this afternoon residents of Bethlehem and the surrounding towns gathered to commemorate the 1,500 Palestinians that lost their lives this time last […]

15 Nov

Lieberman: “Establishing A Palestinian State Would Not End The Conflict”

November 15, 2009 1:30 PM Saed Bannoura Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated Saturday evening that establishing a Palestinian state does not mean an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but “would get the conflict closer to Israel’s border”. OSCAILTIMAGE(attachments/nov2009/lieberman_settlement.jpg 300 0) Avigdor Lieberman Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated Saturday evening that establishing a Palestinian state does […]

14 Nov

High Court examines Israel’s refusal to allow a 21 year old student to complete her BA in Bethlehem

November 14, 2009 4:54 AM IMEMC & Agencies Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

A hearing will be held in the Israeli High Court of Justice in the case of Berlanty Azzam, a student at Bethlehem University who was detained and forcibly removed to the Gaza Strip.Berlanty was to complete her BA in Business Management in just two months. Israel admits that it has […]

13 Oct

Washington Opposes Fateh-Hamas Unity Deal

Israeli paper, Haaretz, reported that that United States sent a message to Egypt informing its officials that the United States will not approve of a unit deal between Fateh and Hamas movements “as such a deal jeopardizes the peace process”. Last Saturday, U.S. Middle East Envoy George Mitchell, held talks […]

04 Jun

The Israeli army to demolish 12 Palestinian homes in Bethlehem

The Israeli army has issued orders to demolish at least 12 Palestinian homes located in the district of Bethlehem in the southern part of the West Bank on Wednesday. Local sources said that the army have handed over orders to the house owners that their homes is built without permits, […]

13 May

Saadat stresses on the Right of Return, calls for reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas

May 13, 2008 9:08 AM IMEMC News Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

The detained Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Saadat, stated during a court hearing on Monday that the Right of Return of all refugees is a Red Line and called for reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas.Saadat said that the Right of Return is the […]

30 Apr

U.S Secretary of States says Washington to keep up sidelining Hamas

U.S Secretary of States, Condoleezza Rice, reiterated yesterday that Washington would keep up sidelining the Islamist Hamas party in Gaza, wondering of what she considered ‘negotiating with a group that wants a tactical agreement in order to wage a war in a later stage’. Rice asserted that sidelining Hamas would […]

23 Apr

President Abbas arrives in Washington for talks on peace

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived on Tuesday in Washington for talks on peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Washington was the last stop within Abbas’ trip outside Palestine, as he earlier visited Jordan, Russia and Tunisia, where he expressed willingness to reach an agreement with the Israelis before the end of […]

14 Mar

Washington should act in response to Israeli practices, says a Palestinian official

Deputy-minister of the Palestinian foreign ministry, Ahmad Sobaih, said on Thursday that it is time for Washington to act in response to Israeli occupation practices against Palestinians. Sobaih’s remarks, reported by the Palestine Radio station, came in reaction to the latest Israeli targeted killing of four Palestinians in the West […]

21 Feb

Covering Palestine: How US Media Betrayed Its Public

Free media is an important institution in a democracy. The media in a democratic society must be responsible for conveying the sort of facts and analysis that is necessary for an informed perspective of the issues at hand. The public that watches television, listens to radio and reads newspapers and […]

12 Feb

Delegates of the International Mission of United Methodist Churches visit Bethlehem

February 12, 2008 9:58 AM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, News Report, Palestine 0

Delegates of the International Mission of United Methodist Churches visited the West Bank city of Bethlehem and met with Palestinian families in villages and refugee camps around the city. The delegates initially spent three days in Arab areas in Israel in order to observe the living conditions there.The 90 members […]

29 Jan

Army ends its invasion into Bethlehem after killing one reisdent and injuring seven

January 29, 2008 8:45 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

The Israeli army left the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday evening, leaving one civilian dead and seven others injured. One resistance fighter was also kidnapped. Medical sources at Beit Jala hospital told IMEMC that Qusai al-Afandi, 17, from Bethlehem was killed by Israeli gunfire. On Monday afternoon […]

09 May

Israeli army demolishes a chicken coop in al-Walaja village near Bethlehem

The Israeli army invaded the village of Al Walaja west of Bethlehem and demolished a chicken coop after attacking the villagers on Wednesday.The Israeli army invaded the village of Al Walaja west of Bethlehem and demolished a chicken coop after attacking the villagers on Wednesday. A massive Israeli army force […]

09 May

Solana calls for pushing forwards the peace process

Brussels – EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, stated on Tuesday that the world must seize the current opportunity to push forwards the peace process between the Palestinian and Israel.During a meeting with the EU’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees, Solana said that the Europeans and the Arab world must […]

07 Mar

Army invades Obaiyat village east of Bethlehem

An Israeli army force invaded the village of Obaiyat east of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and searched some houses on Wednesday morning. Troops attacked and searched some homes and gave a number of villagers military orders to go for interviews with the Israeli secret service office, Shin […]

03 Mar

King Abdullah: “Israel must choose between peace or being a fortress”

King Abdullah of Jordan stated on Friday night that Israel must make a choice between the mentality of being a fortress, and living in peace with its neighbors.During an interview with the Jordanian TV before he departed to the United States, King Abdullah said that the U.S is the country […]

05 Feb

Army invades downtown Bethlehem, attacks a home

February 5, 2007 4:04 PM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Israeli attacks, News brief 0

On Monday at dawn Several Israeli army vehicles stormed downtown Bethlehem city in the southern West Bank and attacked one home. Saliba Al Qanawati’s home is located near the Milk Grotto church in the Manger Square in Bethlehem city center. It was attacked by the troops and eyewitnesses stated that […]

02 Dec

Israeli Navy fires at a Palestinian fishing boat

December 2, 2006 5:33 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

Israeli and Palestinian sources reported on Saturday that the Israeli Navy fired at a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza coast. The attack is considered a direct violation to the ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the Palestinians. The boat caught fire, but no injuries were reported, Palestinian security officials […]

26 May

Palestinian Prisoner Society: The lawyers are the only link between the prisoners and their families

May 26, 2006 4:45 PM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The US-led political and economic blockade continues, yet contrary to popular belief, it is not only affecting Palestinian Authority employees and the merchants they buy from. Palestinian organizations are also unable to bring money in through banks fearful of American threats against them if they facilitate any transfers. This includes […]

19 May

Israeli troops invade a Bethlehem refugee camp, two youth injured

Thursday at night, Israeli soldiers invaded Aida refugee camp, north  the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and clashed with dozens of residents there. two youth were mildly injured, local sources reported. The Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported that soldiers invaded the camp through its northern entrance, near the Rachel Tomb […]

22 Mar

Army invades Al Walaja village near Bethlehem and levels one house

Israeli army troops invaded the village of Walaja, north-west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, demolishing one house and damaging a second one on Wednesday morning. In a phone call with IMEMC office, a British activist in the village reported that more than 30 soldiers, three army bulldozers and several jeeps invaded […]

31 Jan

Army invades Al Walaja village near Bethlehem, demolishes one house

January 31, 2006 6:51 PM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News brief, Palestine 0

The Israeli army and police force invaded the village of AL Walaja near of the West Bank city of Bethlehem and demolished one house Tuesday afternoon. According to a British national staying in the village, the army stormed the village and bulldozers demolished the house of Monther Hamad.  He also […]

12 Jan

Police arrests five settlers north of Bethlehem

January 12, 2006 4:47 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News brief, Palestine 0

Israeli police arrested, on Wednesday afternoon, five Israeli settlers form Gush Atzion settlement bloc, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem after clashing with an Israeli officer.   The clashes erupted when police and army officers escorting bulldozers came to demolish Antennas and constructions that Israeli right wing extremists […]

29 Dec

Workshop on Media and Nonviolence in Bethlehem

The International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) in cooperation with Palestine News Network (PNN) held a workshop on Wednesday on the role of media in nonviolence in conflict areas. The workshop is part of the activities of the International Conference on Nonviolence organized by US-based Nonviolence International and the Holy […]

28 Dec

Nonviolent resistance conference opens in Bethlehem

The International Popular (nonviolent) Resistance Conference opened on Tuesday night under the auspices of the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem with an attendance of 200 internationals from around the world and local representatives from various factions and institutions. The conference is being held in the Nissan Hall in Bethlehem and […]

27 Dec

Bethlehem hosts nonviolence conference with 350 attendees from around the world

This evening, the International Nonviolence Conference will open in Bethlehem under the auspices of the Holy Land Trust. The conference will continue over a three day period with the participation of approximately 350 guests from around the world who represent a vast platform of institutions, religions and social sectors. President […]