Jan 06 06:59

Israeli police vehicle 'deliberately runs over' 85-year-old Palestinian man

An Israeli police vehicle struck an 85-year-old Palestinian man in the village of Umm al-Khair in the West Bank, seriously injuring him.

Jan 05 11:03

[Video] Israels education ministry calls for the return of slavery & the holocaust of all Jews not living on stolen Palestinian land.

Exodus 21:20-21 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

No Jews!
We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Jan 04 10:31

Israel’s latest radioactive threat: appraisals of its Apartheid nature

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a Zoom briefing with Israeli journalists, as reported today by The Times of Israel.

Lapid called the apartheid appraisal “a despicable lie” and added that “in 2022, it will be a tangible threat”.

The briefing included Israel’s pet-drama, the “Iranian nuclear threat”, which really is just a political “threat” related to “loss of Israeli hegemony”, as Ian Lustick puts it in his eloquent and sober appraisal of the matter. When it comes to Israel, we don’t even talk about its nukes. Lustick:

So, what really perturbs Gantz, Bennet, Netanyahu, and so many other Israelis who speak about Iran in such apocalyptic in frenzied terms? Simply put, they fear the loss of Israeli hegemony. An Iranian state capable of perhaps using a nuclear weapon would end Israel’s status as the confidently preponderant military power in the region.

Jan 04 10:30

Why Israel is amending its open-fire policy: Three possible answers

At the outset, the Israeli military decision to revise its open-fire policies in the occupied West Bank seems puzzling. What would be the logic of giving Israeli soldiers the space to shoot more Palestinians when existing army manuals had already granted them near-total immunity and little legal accountability?

The military’s new rules now allow Israeli soldiers to shoot, even kill, fleeing Palestinian youngsters with live ammunition for allegedly throwing rocks at Israeli ‘civilian’ cars. This also applies to situations where the alleged Palestinian ‘attackers’ are not holding rocks at the time of the shooting.

Jan 04 10:29

Palestinian Authority appoints spy chief as new interior minister

The Palestinian Authority has formally appointed a new interior minister for the first time in almost a decade, with intelligence chief Major General Ziad Hab Al-Reeh selected for the post.

The longtime Fatah activist was sworn in Saturday together with the new Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Sheikh Hatem al-Bakri at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah.

The spy chief's new role - which has been overseen by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh while the post was empty - will involve overseeing Palestinian security forces at a time of intense scrutiny after the death of activist Nizar Banat and subsequent crackdowns on protests.

Jan 04 10:28

Lapid Warns of Efforts to Label Israel as Apartheid State in 2022

On Monday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid complained about the increasing scrutiny Israel is facing for its crimes against Palestinians and warned that 2022 will see an intense effort to label Israel as an apartheid state.

“We think that in the coming year, there will be debate that is unprecedented in its venom and in its radioactivity around the words ‘Israel as an apartheid state,'” Lapid told reporters. “In 2022, it will be a tangible threat.”

Israel pointed to the probes by the International Criminal Court into Israeli war crimes and the UN Human Rights Council’s to establish a commission of inquiry into Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The Human Rights Council will also investigate Israel’s May 2021 bombing campaign in Gaza, known as Operation Guardian of the Walls in Israel, which killed over 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children.

Jan 04 08:06

Emma Watson post in support of Palestinians angers Israeli envoys

The official Instagram account of British actress Emma Watson has expressed solidarity with Palestinians in a new post, eliciting widespread support from pro-Palestine users but also drawing strong criticism from Israeli officials.

The account of the film star, known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, shared a picture on Monday from a pro-Palestinian rally with the phrase, “Solidarity is a verb”.

Jan 04 06:53

UK warned it would recognize Palestine if Israel annexed West Bank, book reveals

The United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States warned the Trump administration in June 2020 that if Israel went forward with plans to annex large parts of the West Bank, London would officially recognize the State of Palestine, a new book has revealed.

The message was passed along by Karen Pierce in a meeting she held with then-US president Donald Trump’s Mideast peace envoy Avi Berkowitz and Iran special envoy Brian Hook on June 12, 2020, Israeli journalist Barak Ravid wrote in his book “Trump’s Peace.”

Berkowitz and Hook were dispatched to meet with Pierce by then-senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. While the Trump administration was being inundated by calls from world leaders warning the US against allowing then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go forward with plans to begin annexing parts of the West Bank on July 1, 2020, it was the response from the UK that went further and was most surprising to the Americans, the book claimed.

Jan 03 09:29

Israeli Warplanes, Navy Boats Bomb Sites in Gaza (LIVE BLOG)

A military escalation is underway in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israeli bombs have targeted various positions throughout Gaza on Saturday. The Israeli military claimed that the attacks came in response to two rockets fired from Gaza, falling in the Mediterranean Sea, opposite of the Tel Aviv coast.

No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility or confirmed the launch of the rockets. Israeli attacks, however, seem to target positions of various Palestinian groups.

Jan 03 09:25

Dozens of Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Complex in Jerusalem

Scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, on Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees holy sites in Jerusalem, said that Jewish settlers entered the complex through the Al-Mugharbah Gate under Israeli police protection.

Jan 03 09:23

Israeli Colonists Chase Palestinian Herders in the Northern Jordan Valley

Illegal Israeli colonists stormed, on Sunday, Palestinian-owned farmlands near the village of Khirbet Samra, in the Jordan Valley, in the northeastern occupied West Bank, chasing sheep herders off of their own land, according to a local official.

Aref Daraghma, a human rights defender in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank told the Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA) that a group of colonizers assaulted Palestinian herders as they were grazing their sheep, forcing them to flee for fear of injury.

In related news, Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Saturday, with tear gas canisters towards Palestinian civilians and heads of municipalities in the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to local sources.

Jan 03 09:16

357 Palestinians Were Killed in 2021, Including 90-Year-Old Man

Israeli forces have killed 357 Palestinians in 2021, according to recent official figures. The National Assembly for Martyrs of Palestine Families issued a report showing that around 19 percent of those killed were women, which is the highest figure in the history of the Israeli regime's crimes and acts of violation after its occupation of Palestinian land in 1948.

The report said 22 percent of those martyred were children, a total of 79 victims.

The eldest victim is Amin Mohammed Hamad Al-Qulaq (90 years), from Gaza, who was killed during the war on Gaza in May.

Jan 03 09:16

PPS: Israel Issues 1595 Administrative Detention Orders Against Palestinians in 2021

Israel issued 1595 administrative detention orders against Palestinians in the occupied territories in 2021, including new and renewed orders, today said the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

It said that Israel uses the administrative detention policy that is based on a secret file not accessible to the Palestinian detainees or their lawyers in order to stifle the political activists.

The highest number of administrative detention orders were issued in 2021 were in May and reached 200, said the PPS, explaining that 60 Palestinian detainees have resorted to hunger strikes to gain their freedoms, most of them held in administrative detention and the latest is Hisham Abu Hawwash, 40, from the southern West Bank town of Dura, who has been on hunger strike for 139 days and is considered in a very critical situation.

Jan 03 07:50

Imagine you had a Palestinian child — could you support the ‘2-state solution’?

Maybe you remember this photo that went round the world four years ago. A Palestinian boy was accused of stonethrowing and marched away blindfolded by a dozen soldiers in Hebron. Fawzi al-Junaidi was 16 and spent three weeks in detention. You can imagine how that experience scarred him.

The amazing thing about the photo is that it’s four years old, and nothing has changed in the occupied lands that are supposed to be a Palestinian state. The situation only gets worse. What happened to Fawzi al-Junaidi happens to other children all the time. That’s Israel’s answer to protesters demanding rights.

Jan 02 10:55

The Jewish schism deepens

Lawrence Davidson views the schism among US Jews in terms of whether Israel should be "just another… armed-to-the-teeth-and-ready-for-slaughter, greedy, racist, self-centred nation-state" or "a community with principles like those, for example, set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".>>

Dec 31 07:18

Abbas said to warn Gantz changes on Temple Mt. could lead to ‘unstoppable’ violence

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly warned Defense Minister Benny Gantz that while he was committed to stopping violence in the West Bank, he was concerned that changes to the religious status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem could lead to an “unstoppable” escalation, Hebrew media reported Wednesday.

Abbas was hosted by Gantz on Tuesday at his home, the first time the Palestinian leader has held talks with a senior Israeli official in Israel since 2010. The meeting was Gantz and Abbas’s second since the new Israeli government was formed in June, with the first taking place in Ramallah. According to the Defense Ministry, it lasted two and a half hours; part of it was between Abbas and Gantz alone.

Reporting details from the conversation on Wednesday, both Channel 12 and 13 quoted Abbas as telling Gantz that he would not support a return to violence in the West Bank “even if a gun was held to my head.”

Dec 31 07:17

Concern as Palestinian prisoner reaches 136th day of hunger strike

Palestinian authorities and activists are raising the alarm as Hisham Abu Hawwash, who is being held by Israel in administrative detention, has reached the 136th day of a hunger strike.

In a statement, the Palestinian Authority (PA) committee for prisoners and ex-prisoners said that Abu Hawwash's health condition has deteriorated "dangerously".

Ziad al-Nakhala, secretary-general of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad resistance movement, warned Abu Hawwash's death would be taken as an "assassination".

"If the prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash is martyred, we will consider this an assassination carried out by the enemy with premeditation, and we will deal with the matter in accordance with the requirements of our commitment to respond to any assassination," he said.

Dec 31 07:16

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Stand by as Jewish Settlers Open Fire at Palestinian Homes in Sheikh Jarrah

Israeli occupation forces stood by as illegal Jewish settlers opened fire on Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to a WAFA correspondent, the soldiers also detained a 13-year-old Palestinian boy from the neighborhood.

Dec 31 07:15

Tensions boil as Palestinian prisoners face collective punishment

Tensions have reached boiling point in several Israeli prisons holding Palestinian prisoners, with rights groups saying authorities are keeping a number of inmates, including several injured by Israeli forces, in unknown conditions.

“The situation in the prisons is critical and very dangerous,” Milena Ansari, international advocacy officer for Addameer, a Ramallah-based prisoners rights group, told Al Jazeera, citing the continuing closure of Hamas prisoners’ sections amid recent collective punishment measures.

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Dec 30 06:49

Israeli forces storm Palestinian villages in the Negev, destroy crops

Israeli forces are carrying out a campaign of destruction in several Palestinian villages in the southern Negev desert this week, destroying crops and tilling land in areas traditionally cultivated by Bedouins that authorities insist is not theirs to develop.

Israeli police confronted Palestinian citizens of Israel in six villages - al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan - where almost 30,000 Palestinian live in the Negev, also known to Palestinians as al-Naqab.

On Wednesday morning, the Atrash family in al-Ruwais village had their crops destroyed and soil excavated by Israeli police and special forces.

An eyewitness told local media that dozens of Israeli security forces stormed the village for the third consecutive day, deploying military vehicles, dog and horse units, and bulldozers in the early hours.

Israeli forces assaulted residents of al-Ruwais with clubs, shoved some protesters, and arrested Majed al-Asam, a local resident.

Dec 29 12:08

What Israel is doing against Bethlehem today…

While millions of Americans have been celebrating Christmas and singing about Bethlehem, Israeli forces have been attacking men, women, and children in the Bethlehem region, where shepherds are said to have received a profoundly wondrous message: “Peace on earth, goodwill to men…”

In the last few days:

Israeli forces have invaded al-Khader town, southwest of Bethlehem, abducted people, and attacked school children;

invaded the town of Teqoua’, east of Bethlehem, especially around the local schools, and fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who protested the invasions;

attacked and abducted shepherds; invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, abducted two young men from their homes, and took them to the nearby Etzion military base – the invasion led to protests before Israeli sharpshooters occupied the rooftop of Ebda’ Cultural Center and shot a young man with live rounds in both of his legs;

Dec 29 08:06

WAFA: “Israeli Forces Demolish Structures In Jordan Valley Village”

Israeli forces today carried out a large-scale demolition of Palestinian structures in Khirbet Ibziq village, northeast of Tubas, according to local sources.

The head of the Khirbat Ibziq village council, Abdel-Majid Khdeirat, told WAFA that a sizable Israeli military force stormed the village in the afternoon hours and declared it a closed military zone, preventing entry and exit from it, before starting large-scale demolitions.

He added that as part of the demolitions, Israeli bulldozers razed some 40 structures, including tents and residential and agricultural facilities, belonging to ten families.

The valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Dec 29 08:06

Israeli Authorities Refuse to Provide Evidence for Banning Palestinian Rights Groups

The Israeli occupation authorities have failed to provide evidence for outlawing six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) said on Tuesday.

“The organizations have not received any of the evidentiary materials that the Israeli authorities purport to justify this draconian and sweeping measure,” Adalah said in a statement.

Adalah pointed out that it had sent a letter to the Israeli security authorities, demanding that they reveal all of the evidence forming the bases of the designations.

Dec 29 07:27

Tied up naked and starving for 3 days in an Israeli jail – ex-Palestinian prisoner

Amid growing tensions over reported mistreatment of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons, a former Palestinian inmate has opened up about his experience in Israeli detention and what he called “physical and psychological torture.”

Dec 28 10:01

Jamil Protested Against the Takeover of His Family's Land, and Was Shot Dead by the IDF

The car lurched from side to side as it ascended the rough dirt road, the wind swirling and howling around it. Israel Defense Forces bulldozers have already started to block this road, but it’s still navigable. When we stopped at the top of the hill, the car was rocking and the doors could barely be opened against the powerful blustery wind. Indeed, this week’s winter storm, dubbed Carmel, also pounded the remote hill the Palestinians call Huti, a rise of olive trees that is across from Mount Sabih, which, to their outrage, is the site of the settler outpost Evyatar. A few hundred meters separate the two hills – between the torn Israeli flag hoisted as a provocation on what the locals call “Jabal al-Sabih” amid the settlers’ buildings, and the flag of Palestine that residents of the village of Beita also hoisted as a provocation, across the way. Two flags tattered by the wind, one opposite the other.

Dec 28 09:57

Israel suspends detention of Palestinian prisoner who spent 133 days on hunger strike

Israel has suspended the 'administrative detention' of a hospitalised Palestinian political prisoner who is now in a critical condition after spending 133 days on hunger strike

Dec 28 09:57

Palestinians defend villages as settler violence skyrockets in occupied West Bank

Protests and clashes took place in villages across the West Bank on Sunday evening and Monday, in response to repeated settler attacks and raids on Palestinian communities, particularly in the town of Burqa near Nablus.

Israeli soldiers and settlers fired live ammunition, tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber coated bullets against Palestinian protesters, who threw rocks and burnt tires in response.

Dec 28 09:49

Palestinian Prisoner with Cancer Denied Urgent Healthcare

The Israeli occupation authorities have refused to offer urgent healthcare to Palestinian prisoner Abdul Baset Muatan who is suffering from cancer, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Sunday.

According to the PPS, Muatan’s health condition has deteriorated dramatically due to the lack of proper healthcare.

Dec 28 09:49

Lawyers demand evidence for Israeli terrorism claims against Palestinian NGOs

Lawyers representing six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups outlawed by Israel have demanded Israeli authorities share any evidence they have used to justify the ban.

Adalah, a legal NGO representing the organisations, sent a letter asking Israeli security authorities to reveal their purported evidence, arguing that "there is no justice, fairness or due process for the organisations, without access to these materials in their entirety in order to defend themselves".

On 19 October, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced that six NGOS - Addameer Al-Haq, Bisan Center for Research and Development; Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P); the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC); and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) - were now deemed "terrorist organisations" under the domestic counter-terrorism law.

Dec 28 09:48

Anti-apartheid Icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu Dies. Here Is What He Said About Israel-Palestine

South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace prize laureate, died on Sunday aged 90.

A contemporary of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was known not just for his role in ending a dark chapter of racial discrimination in his country but also for speaking out against injustices around the world, including in the Middle East.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured this fight in a tribute to Tutu announcing the archbishop’s death.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” he said in a statement.

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

Dec 28 09:33

Israeli Army Rule Allowing Shooting of Stone-throwers Will be Applied to Palestinians, Not Jews

The Israeli military has changed its rules of engagement to allow its forces to fire on Palestinians who have thrown stones or firebombs even when they no longer pose any danger. The new rule is a sop to Israeli settlers, the IDF’s clientele.

From now on, Israel Defense Force militants may fire on Palestinians who have thrown stones or firebombs even when they no longer pose any danger. Or, in the IDF parlance, when they’re escaping. These changes in the IDF’s Rules of Engagement (RoE) were exposed by Roee Sharon of Channel 13 on Sunday (Hebrew). This change requires three comments.

Dec 28 07:22

The importance of holding politicians accountable on Palestine

I supported Jamaal Bowman when he ran against staunch Zionist Elliot Engel, donating what I could afford to his campaign because he told me on a phone call that he was firm in his solidarity with Palestinian liberation. But those words turned out to be hollow, and now the U.S. left, particularly the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), of which Bowman is a member, is deeply divided on the matter of how the party should have reacted to his betrayal of Palestinians.

Dec 27 13:38

Israel To Double Number Of Jewish Settlers In Golan Heights, Citing Trump Decision

Israel is planning a multi-million dollar settlement expansion in the Golan Heights, which it seized militarily from Syria a half-century ago. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett unveiled the controversial plan on Sunday, which further involves a stated goal of doubling the number of Jewish settlers there within five years, according to Reuters.

The preliminary plan has been approved by Bennett's cabinet to see some 7,300 housing units built in Israel's main settlement in the Golan, called Katzrin, as well as in surrounding smaller communities. Recall that this comes after the prior Trump administration for the first time issued formal recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian border region.

Dec 27 13:08

Trump Claims Israel’s Netanyahu ‘Never Wanted Peace’ With Palestinians

In an interview published on Monday, former President Trump said that he believes former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never really wanted peaceful relations with the Palestinians during his 12 years as prime minister.

Trump also had kind words for Palestinian leader Abbas.

The perhaps surprising remarks came during an interview with Axios reporter Barak Ravid for his book, “Trump’s Peace.”

Dec 27 12:12

Palestinian woman killed as settlers continue attacks in West Bank

Several Palestinians were injured and one woman was killed on Friday, as a wave of Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians and their homes has swept across the occupied West Bank.

On Friday afternoon Palestinian media outlets reported that a Palestinian woman was killed after an Israeli settler allegedly rammed their car into her on a main highway outside the village of Sinjil, north of Ramallah.

Wafa News identified the woman as 63-year-old Ghadeer Fuqaha Masalmeh from Sinjil.

Dec 27 11:02

Now Boris Johnson’s crazies want to outlaw BDS (Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions)

Stuart Littlewood highlights the case of British Conservative MP Robert Jenrick – an Israel flag waver whose behaviour is "riddled with impropriety" – who has pledged to outlaw BDS, which peacefully campaign to end the illegal Israeli occupation and compel Israel to respect international law and human rights.>>

Dec 24 12:09

This Christmas remember how Israel desecrated the Church of the Nativity

Stuart Littlewood recalls how nearly 20 years ago Israeli occupation troops viciously murdered innocent civilians inside and outside Christianity’s oldest church, the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.>>

Dec 24 08:44

‘Previously Unknown Massacres’: Why Is Israel Allowed To Own Palestinian History?

Haaretz’s investigative report – "Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in ’48 – and What Israeli Leaders Knew" – is a must-read. It should be particularly read by any person who considers himself a "Zionist" and also by people who, for whatever reason, support Israel, anywhere in the world.

"In the village of Al-Dawayima (…), troops of the 8th Brigade massacred about 100 people," Haaretz reported, though the number of the Palestinian victims later grew to 120. One of the soldiers who witnessed that horrific event testified before a government committee in November 1948: "There was no battle and no resistance. The first conquerors killed 80 to 100 Arab men, women and children. The children were killed by smashing their skulls with sticks. There wasn’t a house without people killed in it."

Dec 24 08:20

West Bank: Family of slain Palestinian says Israeli forces 'executed' him

It was lunchtime, and Muhannad Abbas had just welcomed his brother Mohammed to their family home in al-Amari refugee camp in the city of al-Bireh.

Mohammed was excited as he was preparing to get married and eager to discuss the upcoming wedding plans with his family.

"Our family had been busy with preparations for the wedding and Mohammed was getting his house ready. His fiancee came over for lunch on Wednesday afternoon and we all sat together," recounted Abbas, 36.

"Mohammed had just bought lots of new clothes, he showed them to us and then said he was going to drop off his fiancee at her house. This was around 9 pm."

It was the last time Abbas saw his brother alive.

Dec 24 08:19

West Bank: Israeli army fire teargas at Palestinians as settlers march on village

The Palestinian village of Bruqa, north of the occupied West Bank, has been under constant Israeli settler attacks for almost a week.

Close to Road 60, which connects the cities of Ramallah to Nablus and Jenin, Burqa is also near the Israeli Homesh illegal settlement outpost, which lies to its north.

Dec 24 08:08

Israel Levels Palestinian Bedouin Village for 14th Time this Year

Israeli authorities yesterday demolished the homes of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the southern Negev region, for the 196th time since the year 2000.

The demolition of the tents sheltering Al-Araqeeb’s residents during the winter storm came less than a month after the village was last levelled on 24 November.

Dec 23 09:38

Finland bill would outlaw Israeli settlement goods

A new bill in Finland would ban the import of goods from Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.

“Palestinians are suffering from the longest occupation in modern history and Israeli policies that systematically breach international law and violate human rights,” said Veronika Honkasalo, the Left Alliance lawmaker who introduced the legislation. “We must stop supporting the illegal Israeli settlements.”

The bill does not name any specific country.

It would apply to any internationally recognized situation of military occupation and colonization, including potentially Western Sahara or Crimea.

Dec 22 07:07

Church Leaders: Palestinian Christians Face Threat of ‘Extinction’ from ‘Radical’ Israeli Groups

Christians in the occupied Palestinian territories face the “threat of extinction” from “radical” Israeli groups, church leaders have warned in a startling message in the run-up to Christmas.

They have called for help from the worldwide Christian community of 2.3 billion people.

“In recent years, the lives of many Christians have been made unbearable by radical local groups with extremist ideologies,” said Francesco Patton, the Catholic Church’s Custos of the Holy Land. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he warned of the threat from Israeli extremists.

Dec 22 07:06

Israeli Occupation Forces Detain Mother of One-Month-Old Baby

The Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday detained a mother of a one-month-old baby girl after raiding her home in Jericho, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

The PPS added that two of her sons were detained last week.

Dec 21 07:27

IDF begins allowing troops to shoot at fleeing rock-throwers

The Israeli military has revised its open-fire policies for the West Bank, officially allowing troops to shoot at Palestinians who had thrown rocks or firebombs at cars, even if the assailants no longer present an immediate threat.

The policy change was first reported by Israel’s Kan broadcaster on Sunday night, and was later confirmed to The Times of Israel by a military spokesperson, who said it had been in effect for the past month or so.

While the spokesperson described the change as a corrective to a situation that allowed suspects to evade justice, experts raised questions over the legality of using lethal force against a person who no longer poses a threat.

Dec 20 09:21

Two West Bank Schools Evacuated as Israeli Forces Storm the Area

Two Palestinian schools in the village of Till, to the west of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, have been evacuated after clashes with Israeli forces erupted in the area, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Tareq Alawneh, head of the Directorate of Education in Nablus, told WAFA that after Israeli soldiers tried to provoke students, two schools were evacuated to guarantee the safety of the schools’ students.

Dec 20 09:21

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Beat, Arrest Palestinian Elderly Woman in Hebron

Israeli soldiers on Saturday beat and detained a Palestinian elderly woman in the Israeli-army controlled part of the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local sources told WAFA that Israeli soldiers, stationed near the Ibrahimi Mosque, violently beat the woman – identified as 65-years-old from the Hebron-district town of Idna – causing her to faint. They also detained her, preventing a local ambulance from reaching her to provide her with medical assistance.

Israeli authorities claimed the woman attempted a stabbing attack, but this version was not verified by Palestinian sources.

Dec 20 09:20

IDF issues new rules of engagement for West Bank - report

The IDF has released new rules of engagement when dealing with those throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in the West Bank, relaxing the rules to allow for soldiers to fire even after the assailants throw their weapons, KAN reported Sunday.

The new rules require this to still be done in the immediate aftermath, but can also be done even as the assailant is escaping, according to KAN.

The new rules also allow for the IDF to fire at people stealing live ammunition and weaponry. This is especially relevant, as 70% of all criminal shootings in Israel are carried out with stolen military weapons, according to Walla.

Dec 20 08:05

PA Calls on UN, US to Stop Jewish Settler Violence, Activate International Protection

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday called on the United Nations (UN) and the US to stop Jewish settler violence in the occupied West Bank and activate international protection for Palestinians.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the PA urged the US administration to pressure Israel as an occupying power “to stop the settlers’ terrorism, attacks and crimes committed against defenseless Palestinians, their towns and villages.”

Dec 20 07:36

Israeli Court Rejects Petition to Release Hunger-Striking Prisoner Abu Hawwash

An Israeli court has rejected a petition to release Hesham Abu Hawwash, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 125 days demanding an end of his administrative detention, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Jawad Bolus, an attorney of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), said that an Israeli court rejected a petition to release Abu Hawwash and to move him to a civil hospital after a serious deterioration in his health condition as a result of the hunger strike.

Dec 20 06:30

Israeli Troops and Settlers Zero in on a New Target for Attacks: Palestinian Schools

No one is getting better lessons in the doctrines of occupation and apartheid than the children of Lubban al-Sharqiyah, a village of 4,000 people located 15 kilometers south of Nablus. It’s not hard to guess what sort of sentiments are developing there and what future generations will spring from its two elementary schools, one for boys and one for girls, from Lubban and two other villages. The buildings are both located near Highway 60, the West Bank’s busiest roadway, used by both settlers and Palestinians, and where there have been many incidents of stone throwing by Palestinian kids.

Dec 18 07:28

Settlers launch attacks across West Bank, vow revenge following deadly shooting

A wave of settler violence spread across the occupied West Bank in the early hours of Friday morning, severely injuring several Palestinians and causing damage to their property, in a series of “revenge” attacks following the killing of an Israeli settler.

In the early hours of Friday morning, a group of Israeli settlers, allegedly dressed up as Israeli army soldiers, descended upon a Palestinian home in the village of Qaryut in the Nablus district of the northern West Bank and attacked its residents.

Wael Muqbil told local media that at around 3:00 am on Friday, his wife Samiha woke him up to say that there were people, who appeared to be Israeli soldiers, knocking on their front door. Muqbil said one of the settlers identified himself as the military and ordered him to open the door.

Dec 18 07:16

Jerusalem: Israeli forces crush protest against eviction of Palestinian family

Israeli military police attacked and dispersed a protest held in solidarity with a Palestinian family whose house is under threat of being seized by a settler group in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

A police force dispersed Palestinian and Israeli peace activists following a Friday prayer at a land plot near the house of the Salem family, who face imminent eviction on 29 December.

Earlier this week, a group of 30 settlers had fenced a plot of land near the house, confiscated it and claimed it as their own.

A member of the family, Sabreen Salem, told Middle East Eye that Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun grenades, and pushed activists who came to show solidarity with them on Friday.

Israeli forces have blocked the area and barred people from entering Sheikh Jarrah, a significant flashpoint in East Jerusalem.

Dec 17 08:51

Israel Soldiers Injure Three Children In Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Thursday, three Palestinian children, and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in the al-’Aroub refugee camp, and in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said the soldiers invaded the refugee camp, leading to protests, before firing many rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

They added that two children were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets before the medics rushed them to a hospital.

Dozens of residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the needed treatment by the medics without the need for hospitalization.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers are constantly deployed at the main entrance of the refugee camp, causing ongoing tension, especially since they frequently stop and interrogate the residents, in addition to searching cars.

Dec 13 08:07

‘We’re not touching it’: PM, Kahana shelve plan for Western Wall egalitarian plaza

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana have decided to freeze plans to implement the so-called Western Wall compromise deal that would accommodate mixed-gender prayer at the Jerusalem holy site.

The deal, long a point of contention between Israel’s government and Diaspora Jewry, would create a permanent pluralistic prayer pavilion at the Western Wall, with representatives of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism sharing an oversight role.

The arrangement, negotiated between Israel and Diaspora leaders over more than three years, was approved by the Benjamin Netanyahu-led government in 2016, but was indefinitely suspended by Netanyahu in 2017, under pressure from his ultra-Orthodox coalition partners.

Dec 13 07:58

‘Haaretz’ publisher says Israel is ‘an apartheid state’ — as his paper continues to warn against an Israel-Iran war

Amos Schocken is Israel’s equivalent of the latest Sulzberger to inherit control of the New York Times. Schocken, in his mid-70s, is the third generation of his family to run Haaretz, the most respected newspaper in Israel, and he speaks out regularly in columns and on social media.

Just the other day, Schocken called Israel “an apartheid state.” He was indignantly responding to a right-wing member of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. Here’s the full quotation:

The product of Zionism, the State of Israel, is not a Jewish and democratic state, but has instead become an apartheid state, plain and simple.

Dec 13 07:54

US college bars trauma services for Palestinians

A civil rights group has filed a legal complaint against George Washington University in Washington, DC, after college officials banned campus mental health services from serving Palestinian students following Israel’s attack on Gaza.

The university could shut down the entire office dedicated to supporting students’ emotional well-being over complaints from Israel advocates.

In a June Instagram post expressing solidarity and support for Palestinian rights, George Washington University’s Office of Advocacy and Support (OAS) offered trauma support services to Palestinian students affected by Israel’s attacks on Gaza the month prior.

During its 11-day bombardment of Gaza in May, Israel attacked residential buildings killing entire Palestinian families, sometimes wiping out several generations.

Dec 13 07:49

Gaza: What the iron wall built by Israel means for besieged Palestinians

Stretching along the entire boundary between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Israel's new $1.1bn iron wall and fence was hailed as the “only one of its kind in the world” as it was inaugurated on Tuesday.

For Israel it was the culmination of three and a half years' work, the latest in a series of fortifications and security measures that have isolated Gaza and the occupied West Bank, strangling hopes of a two-state solution.

For the two million Palestinians living in Gaza - half of which are children - the hi-tech wall represents more than a technological or security innovation: it is confirmation that they live in the world’s largest "open-air prison".

"The wall left a huge psychological impact on the people of Gaza, especially on the youth," says Ruwaida Amir, teacher and journalist.

"Now it really feels like we are in a prison with this steel wall surrounding us."

Dec 13 07:44

How Israel turned Palestine into a surveillance tech dystopia 

Whether in the occupied West Bank, Gaza or Israel, Palestinians live under a cloud of constant Israeli surveillance. Recent revelations have included the Israeli army’s deployment of Blue Wolf facial recognition technology, which reportedly saw Israeli soldiers incentivised with prizes for taking the most photos of Palestinian civilians, and the installation of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on the phones of Palestinian human rights workers.

While these revelations might have shocked the international community, Palestinians have long known that Israel uses the occupied territories as a laboratory for testing invasive surveillance technologies. This allows Israeli firms to market their technologies as “field tested” when they are exported around the world.

Dec 13 07:29

The construction of Israel’s Gaza concentration camp is complete

Israel announced the completion of an underground wall and maritime barrier surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip. Not a single mainstream media outlet used the term “concentration camp” to report on it but they should have.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a concentration camp as “a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard —used especially in reference to camps created by the Nazis in World War II for the internment and persecution of Jews and other prisoners.” And a death camp is “a concentration camp in which large numbers of prisoners are systematically killed!”

Dec 13 07:00

Three Palestinian families forced to demolish own homes in Jerusalem

Three Palestinian families were forced to demolish their own homes on Saturday in Silwan, a neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian media reported.

Videos of the demolition were shared on social media. The Israeli-controlled municipality of Jerusalem ordered the destruction of the three apartments under the pretext that they were built without a permit, like many Palestinian homes in the city. The three apartments were home to around twenty people.

Dec 13 06:59

Israeli Colonizers Cut 600 Trees Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonizers cut, Saturday, at least six hundred olive and almond trees owned by Palestinians in Deir Shafar village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonizers invaded farmlands in the al-Harayeq area west of Deir Sharaf, before cutting at least five hundred olive and almond trees.

He added that the lands are close to the illegal Shavei Shomron colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands,

Dec 13 06:58

Israeli forces violently beat Palestinian man during night raid

Israeli occupation forces raided a family home in the village of Qilqis, south of Hebron, and savagely beat a young Palestinian man, inflicting critical injuries that lead him to be hospitalised, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The Israeli soldiers raided Abdessalem Salhab’s home late on Saturday and attacked the occupants, in particular Abdessalem's son, Ahmad.

After beating the young Palestinian, he was taken taken away by the soldiers.

Ahmad’s family was later told that he had been moved to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, due to the critical nature of his injures, which he sustained during the arrest.

Dec 13 06:54

Report: Palestinian Hunger Striker in Critical Health Conditions

Palestinian administrative prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash, 40, is in serious health condition after being on hunger strike for 117 days, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) as saying.

PPS attorney Jawad Boulus revealed that Abu Hawwash is suffering from various pains all over his body, is unable to sleep because of the pain, unable to walk straight, moves on a wheelchair, lost weight, and vomits frequently.

Dec 12 08:21

Palestinians freed after hunger strikes have lifelong damage

A year after being released from an Israeli prison following a 103-day hunger strike, Maher al-Akhras is barely able to walk. Frequent bouts of dizziness and sensitivity to noise mean he can neither enjoy social occasions nor return to work on his ancestral farm in the occupied West Bank.

Back home, he is seen as a hero of the Palestinian cause, one of a small group of hunger strikers who have secured release from Israeli detention. But the mental and physical damage from the prolonged hunger strike has left him and others like him unable to resume normal lives, and reliant on long-term medical care.

“My balance is gone,” said al-Akhras. “I can’t walk among the cows, I can’t hold them, I can’t milk them.”

Palestinian prisoners have long used hunger strikes to pressure Israel to improve the conditions of their detention or to secure their release after being held without charges for months or years under a policy known as administrative detention.

Dec 12 07:18

Jerusalem: Palestinians facing displacement to create 'green space'

On a narrow street in the Wadi Yasul area of Silwan, just south of the Old City of Jerusalem, children play beside a map of Palestine painted on the walls around them.

Depicting their town alongside liberation slogans, the mural tells a story of decades of resistance in a place whose residents, living in “unlicensed” houses, now face the prospect of having their homes demolished.

For over 20 years, the Jerusalem municipality has harassed the Palestinian residents of Wadi Yasul, who have grown accustomed to the dreadful infrastructure that defines life in their part of the city.

The situation has intensified of late. On 14 November, the Israeli municipal court in Jerusalem issued a decision to demolish 84 houses in Wadi Yasul under the pretext of expanding al-Salam forest. The land on which the houses are built is supposedly designated "green space".

Dec 10 09:40

Gaza: Report reveals civilian cost of Israeli bombing in heavily populated areas

New research on Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in May 2021 has revealed the cost of using highly explosive weapons on heavily populated areas, with UK-based monitor Airwars showing exactly where and how almost 200 Palestinian civilians were killed.

The report said between 151 and 192 civilians were killed across the besieged territory by the Israeli army during its assault earlier this year.

They added that between 15 and 20 civilian deaths in Gaza were also likely to have been caused by Palestinian misfires.

According to the latest official information from Palestinian and Israeli sources, around 300 people were killed as a result of the conflict.

The vast majority died in Gaza, with the enclave's health ministry reporting 259 dead, including 66 children and 41 women, along with 2,211 injured.

Thirteen people were reported killed in Israel by rockets launched from Gaza, among them two children.

Dec 10 08:42

Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 – and What Israeli Leaders Knew

The discussions were fraught with emotion. Cabinet minister Haim-Moshe Shapira said that all of Israel’s moral foundations had been undermined. Minister David Remez remarked that the deeds that had been done remove us from the category of Jews and from the category of human beings altogether. Other ministers were also appalled: Mordechai Bentov wondered what kind of Jews would be left in the country after the war; Aharon Zisling related that he had had a sleepless night – the criminals, he said, were striking at the soul of the whole government. Some ministers demanded that the testimonies be investigated and that those responsible be held to account. David Ben-Gurion was evasive. In the end, the ministers decided on an investigation. The result was the establishment of the “committee to examine cases of murder in [by] the army.”

Dec 10 07:07

Israel, Washington Post teach Americans: Palestinian lives don’t matter

In the last few weeks, and throughout 2021, the Washington Post covered several significant stories in Israel and Palestine that, for the analytical reader, reveal startling anomalies – anomalies in how the stories themselves unfold, and in how they are reported (or not reported).

Palestinian attacks

The Washington Post reports that on Saturday, December 4 in Jerusalem, a Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli. An Israeli police officer shot the Palestinian and he fell to the ground, incapacitated. The police then shot him at least 3 more times, prevented medics from assisting him, and he died at the scene.

An eyewitness filmed the moment, which clearly shows that the Palestinian posed no danger (warning: disturbing).

Dec 09 12:51

Israel advances East Jerusalem project 25 years after promising Clinton to trash it

Municipal authorities on Wednesday advanced a housing plan for a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem to be located in an area that was at the center of an international controversy over a quarter of a century ago.

The project, which was given early-stage approval by the Local Planning Committee in the Jerusalem municipality, will be located beyond the Green Line, nestled along the southwest side of the largely Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Safafa. But while Arab residents of the latter neighborhood have for decades pleaded with municipal leaders for additional housing, the new, distinctly separate neighborhood named Givat Shaked, with its several planned synagogues, appears to be designed for Jews.

Dec 09 11:13

US: Israeli settlement 'has reached a critical juncture'

The United States told the UN Security Council, on Tuesday, that Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories "has reached a critical juncture."

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, delivered these remarks to the UN Security Council at the monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"US disapproval of settlement expansion goes back decades," she said. "This is nothing new for us, but the practice has reached a critical juncture, and it is now undermining even the very viability of a negotiated two-state solution," she stressed.

Dec 09 07:50

Justice denied in The Hague

For those who contemplate ideas vague and theoretical in nature, ‘The Hague’ and ‘Den Haag’ readily conjure up notions about justice and the rule of law. Indeed, Vrede en Recht (Peace and Justice) are emblazoned on the Dutch capital’s municipal coat of arms.

Sadly, yesterday morning here in The Hague, Ismail Ziada was left stone-faced and empty-handed.

Ismail, Mondoweiss readers will recall, is the Palestinian man whose family was slaughtered in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza, back in July 2014, in the midst of that IDF “Operation” with the Orwellian name — “Protective Edge.”

Over 2,000 souls perished in that frightful, ultra-violent, 51-day assault on Gaza, including over 500 children, and more than 10,000 were injured and maimed.

Among those left dead or dying beneath a smoking pile of rubble at Al-Burej refugee camp: Ismail Ziada’s 70-year-old mother Muftia, his brothers Omer (32), Yousef (43) and Jamil (53), Jamil’s wife Bayan (39) and their eldest son Shabaan (12).

Dec 09 07:49

How Google advances the Zionist colonization of Palestine

In October, software engineers at Google and Amazon wrote an anonymous open letter objecting to Project Nimbus – a $1.2 billion contract that would provide these companies’ services to the Israeli state – because of the harm it would bring to Palestinians. The letter also called for a rejection of “future contracts that will harm our users,” including contracts with “any and all militarized organizations in the US and beyond.”

Yet these companies’ complicity with Israel – rooted in their commitment to US empire – goes far beyond direct contracts with the Israeli state. US computing companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook contribute to Israel’s colonial project through multiple avenues.

I have previously examined Microsoft’s commitments to Israel, and I now turn to Google’s.

Dec 09 07:48

Israel and targeted state harassment

In 2001, Israeli authorities arrested me for the first time and imprisoned me for nearly six months, without evidence. I was 16 years old. I didn’t know at the time that it was only the beginning of a long road of state harassment littered with painful hardships, paved by a military occupation that, by condemning me without proof, brought public scorn upon me. From that moment on, by the simple fact of having been arrested and of expressing myself for our rights, I was deemed suspect, without ever being able to prove my innocence.

In 2004, I was arrested once again. The Ministry of Defense made me the youngest “administrative” detainee from Jerusalem. Administrative detention is an arbitrary procedure taken by military order and without indictment, which can be renewed for years and is used as a large-scale tool of control. More than 40 percent of Palestinian men go through Israeli jails in their lifetimes.

Dec 09 07:47

Palestine activists who defaced Israeli arms company in England found not guilty

The “Elbit Three”, a group of British activists who defaced the site of an Israeli arms company, have been acquitted.

In February of 2021 three activists affiliated with the group Palestine Action locked onto the gates of the Elbit subsidiary UAV Engines in Shenstone, Staffordshire and threw red paint on the building. The group targets companies that are “directly complicit in Israel’s ongoing military occupation and subsequent colonization of Palestine.” Elbit is Israel’s largest private arms supplier.

Elbit, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), attempted to hit the group with criminal damage charges, but on December 3 Judge Marcus Waites ruled that the disruption was limited and that the action posed no threat to public order. Notably, Waites ruling also cites Palestine and the arms trade as important issues.

Dec 09 07:13

On ‘Gassing the Arabs’ and Other Diseases: Is Israel a ‘Sick Society’?

For whatever reason, some mistakenly perceive the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, as liberal, progressive and even "pro-Palestinian". Of course, none of this is true. This misconstrued depiction of an essentially Zionist and anti-Palestinian newspaper tells of a much bigger story of how confusing Israeli politics is, and how equally confused many of us are in understanding the Israeli political discourse.

On November 28, newly-elected Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) with hundreds of soldiers and many illegal Jewish settlers, including the who’s who of Israel’s extremists.

Dec 08 07:23

Right-wing Israeli spray racist graffiti on mosque in Arab town

A group of right-wing Israelis sprayed racist slogans on the walls of a mosque in Umm Al-Fahm city, Israel, this morning.

Local sources confirmed that the saboteurs had entered the Arab city of Umm Al-Fahm and sprayed anti-Arab slogans on the Qatayeen Al-Shomar Mosque's walls. Videos on social media show the Star of David and the Israeli flag spray-painted on the mosque walls. Local volunteers have since repainted the area to erase signs of aggression.

Dec 08 07:22

Settlers, Israel army chop down Palestinian almond trees in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Jewish settlers chopped down dozens of fruitful trees in Beit Ummar town to the north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron today, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Mohammed Awad, a local media activist, said that occupation forces and settlers uprooted more than 130 almond trees and bulldozed five dunums of agricultural land owned by two families in the town.

He explained that the destruction was carried out to pave the way for expanding the nearby Jewish-only settlement of Karmei Tzur.

The activist said the families have title deeds proving their ownership of the land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An almond tree can take as long as five to twelve years to start producing almonds.

Dec 08 07:21

PA calls for probing Israel's disposal of hazardous nuclear waste in the occupied territories

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh yesterday called for probing Israel's burial of hazardous nuclear and chemical waste in the occupied Palestinian territories, Arab48 reported.

During a conference about Climate Change held in Ramallah and attended by a number of foreign ambassadors, Shtayyeh shed light on the dangerous Israeli measures that devastate the Palestinian environment.

He pointed out that the number of cancer patients in the south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron has sharply increased, linking this to the accumulation of nuclear, chemical and solid Israeli waste.

"Burying nuclear, chemical and solid Israeli waste poses danger to the environment and to people's health," he stressed.

Dec 08 07:20

UN rights chief: Situation in Palestinian territories is 'disastrous'

The human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is "disastrous", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said yesterday.

Speaking during a meeting organised by the United Nations Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Bachelet said: "Overall, the present human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory can fairly be characterised as disastrous, with severe infringements on the rights of over 4 million people."

"Only an end to the occupation can bring about lasting peace and establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected."

Dec 08 07:18

‘I was shocked at the prices,’ inflation causes hikes at Gaza’s markets

On a November afternoon at the largest supermarket in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in the Gaza Strip, for a first time the owner Mohammed Ezz finds himself staring at empty shelves. Rising inflation has pushed prices for consumer goods to their highest level since 2010, making the cost of restocking unaffordable to the 34-year-old grocer. With sales down and a line around the corner for food aid, he worries that his customers no longer can afford to buy from him.

“Because the prices are crazy rising up, I am afraid that people will not be able to pay,” Ezz said. He is then interrupted by a person milling through the aisles who has stopped him to haggle over the price of a product, even though every item is already tagged. Some shoppers leave minutes after entering, holding nothing, only to go to another supermarket to compare prices.

Dec 08 07:16

By charging Israel with ‘apartheid,’ former Israeli AG joins list of those Greenblatt and Deutch deem antisemitic

As the apartheid charge against Israel proliferates, Israel’s advocates have fought back by saying that it’s antisemitic to make the charge.

Here is Jonathan Greenblatt saying so in November to the organization he heads, the Anti-Defamation League, in a speech on antisemitism:

Now don’t get me wrong, there certainly are things that the Israeli government has done that deserve rebuke. But criticizing the actions of a government is categorically different than deeming it illegitimate because of wildly inaccurate claims that it is instituting an apartheid or leading a genocide.

Here is Florida Rep. Ted Deutch in September saying on the House floor that his colleague Rashida Tlaib is antisemitic because she had quoted from human rights reports calling Israeli rule apartheid:

Dec 08 06:47

Israeli “Visitors” to Al-Aqsa Part of Plan for Third Jewish Temple

Accompanied by police, 150 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa compound during the Jewish festival of Chanukah this past week. Scores of Jews now force their way into Al-Aqsa regularly, in what many Palestinian Muslims fear signals the imminent destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to make way for a Third Jewish Temple.

Dec 08 06:33

Gaza Strip: Israel announces completion of barrier around besieged enclave

Israel announced on Tuesday the completion of a massive barrier around the besieged Gaza Strip, above and below ground, which took three and a half years to finish.

The project includes a sensor-equipped underground wall, a counter-measure developed after Hamas used tunnels to blindside Israeli troops during their 2014 offensive against the enclave.

Israel went public with the project, which also includes an above-ground fence, a naval barrier, radar systems and command and control rooms, in 2016.

Israel's defence ministry said the barrier, which includes hundreds of cameras, radars and other sensors, spans 65km and that 140,000 tonnes of iron and steel were used in its construction,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So it's okay for Israel to have a wall, but our southern border remains wide open?

Dec 06 07:50

OHCHR 'shocked' by Israel's killing of Palestinian man in Jerusalem

The UN Human Rights Office in Palestine (OHCHR) said it was shocked by the extra-judicial killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli forces in Jerusalem on Saturday, following an alleged stabbing attack.

"The UN Human Rights Office is shocked by the apparent extra-judicial execution of Mohammad Shawkat Sleemah today at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem," the UN office wrote in a statement on Facebook.

Footage which circulated on social media showed Sleemah, a Palestinian in his twenties, laying injured on the ground after he was shot by Israeli forces. Videos showed the man was then approached by two Israeli officers, who fired at him twice more while he was on the ground, eventually killing him.

Dec 06 07:13

America’s Pro-Israel Diplomacy at the UN Hits a New Level

Israel seems to have acquired another formidably biased ally in the latest US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Her Trump era predecessor Nikki Haley once said, “If there’s anything I have no patience for, it is bullies – and the UN was being such a bully to Israel because they could.” Thomas-Greenfield is going down the same route; less fiery language, perhaps, and more diplomatic tact, but subjugating Palestinians to Israel’s colonial violence nonetheless.

During a briefing to the UN Security Council this week, Thomas-Greenfield spoke about Palestinians’ security concerns while invalidating them in the same speech by upholding Israel’s security narrative.

Dec 05 07:01

Blinken initiated call with PM, amid doubts Israel actually called off Atarot plan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken initiated a phone call with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday to express his dismay over Israeli plans to advance a controversial East Jerusalem housing project despite signaling last week that it had shelved the plan, sources familiar with the matter told The Times of Israel.

The phone call was “intense,” an official said, with Blinken expressing the Biden administration’s vehement opposition to the 9,000-home plan in Atarot, which supporters of a two-state solution argue would mark a death knell for the proposal by creating a wedge in the middle of Palestinian contiguity between Ramallah and East Jerusalem.

Dec 04 08:44

Israel closes Palestinian-majority football ground after win over Beitar Jerusalem

Israeli authorities have banned Bnei Sakhnin, a major football club for Palestinian citizens of Israel competing in the country's premier league, from playing matches in its own stadium.

The decision comes after the team beat Beitar Jerusalem, whose fans are notorious for celebrating their anti-Palestinian racism.

On Thursday, Israel's ministry of economy and industry said that it was revoking the licence of Doha Stadium in Sakhnin, a Palestinian-majority town in northern Israel, arguing that the club had exceeded the permitted numbers of fans as agreed with authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Talk about petty vindictiveness!

Dec 03 10:20

Israel 'whitewashed' probe into army killings during Gaza march of return

A report released on Thursday accuses the Israeli military of improperly investigating its own policies and practices during the Great March of Return, when hundreds of people were killed as Palestinians in Gaza rallied along the fence separating the enclave from Israel every Friday for nearly two years.

The protest campaign called for an end to the blockade on Gaza, imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007, and for Palestinian refugees' right of return to the lands that their families fled or were forced out of during the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

The Israeli response - sometimes with live fire - was lethal, leading to the deaths of more than 250 people and tens of thousands of wounds, according to the UN.

Dec 01 07:17

Israeli ‘apartheid’ is antithetical to our values, Chicago Episcopalians say, by nearly 3 to 1

If you are looking to measure the past year’s dramatic rise in Americans’ awareness and rejection of the Israeli system that oppresses Palestinians, the November 20 vote by the Episcopalians of Chicago offers a metric. The annual convention of their diocese resolved, 72 percent to 28 percent, to call out Israel as meeting the legal definition of apartheid and to condemn that as “antithetical” to their values [text of the resolution below]. Just last year, in contrast, they had declined to pass virtually the same resolution, voting 58-42 against.

The Chicagoans’ big shift is part of a gathering wave of similar statements by so-called mainline, largely liberal, Christian denominations. Thus, only days earlier, Atlanta’s Presbyterians also declared — by a whopping 95 percent — that Israel meets the legal definition of apartheid.

Dec 01 07:14

Palestinian president warns Israel not to undermine two-state solution

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday warned Israel not to undermine the vision of the two-state solution, which is backed by the international community.

"Undermining the two-state solution would motivate the central council of Palestine Liberation Organization to take decisive decisions," Abbas said in a televised speech.

The warning came just days after Israel approved the construction of 372 settlement units in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to Israeli media.

The Palestinians "won't accept the continuation of the (Israeli) occupation of the land and the Palestinian people forever," he added.

"The Palestinian side is still extending its hands to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in accordance with the two-state solution and the international resolution under the auspices of the international Quartet," Abbas said.

Dec 01 07:13

Israel forces Palestinian family in East Jerusalem to demolish their own home

Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished two Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Silwan and Jabal Al-Mukkabir, whilst forcing another man to destroy his own home.

Israeli police made their way into Bir Ayoub area of Silwan and sealed off a house belonging to Palestinian resident Mohammad Zaytoon before municipal crews dismantled it, according to Palestinian Authority's official news agency Wafa.

The home was demolished after a demolition order was sent to Zaytoon's home five years ago, ordering him to level the building.

Zaytoon and his entire family, which includes three children, are now homeless.

Dec 01 07:12

Moroccan forces violently disperse pro-Palestine protests

Moroccan forces dispersed thousands of pro-Palestine protesters in 36 cities across the kingdom for demonstrating against normalisation with Israel, following last week's visit to Rabat by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.

Security forces on Monday evening violently dispersed pro-Palestine solidarity marches in the capital city called by the Moroccan Front in Support of Palestine and Against Normalisation in front of the Parliament headquarters.

The protests also marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Protesters continued to protest and chant slogans in solidarity with Palestine despite the violence.

Nov 30 07:18

‘Hate crime’ attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians spike in the West Bank

Israeli settlers have dramatically increased their attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank over recent months, with violent incidents up about 150 percent in the past two years, according to data presented by the Israeli military at a defense ministry meeting this month.

A United Nations agency has separately found that 115 Palestinians have been beaten or otherwise attacked by settlers since the start of the year, with four fatalities. More than 300 incidents of property destruction, including olive trees cut and burned during the autumn harvest, were documented over the same time period.

The wave of beatings, arson, vandalism and rock-throwing — most taking place where Palestinian farms and groves are adjacent to Jewish settlements established on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war — has prompted some leaders of the Israel’s governing coalition to call for a crackdown on settler violence.

Nov 30 07:18

Israeli forces prevent Palestinian students from reaching school in West Bank village

Hundreds of Palestinian students were prevented from attending Al-Lubban school near Hebron on Sunday by Israeli forces.

The school, which lies in the West Bank town of Al-Lubban Al-Sharqiyah, serves around 1,200 students from three Palestinian towns and has been unable to hold classes regularly over the past week due to Israeli roadblocks and settler activities.

Israeli soldiers even fired tear gas as children attempted to reach the school.

Nov 30 07:17

Israeli settlers are establishing farms to push Palestinians off their land

On the morning of Nov. 10, Israeli settlers erected sheep pens on Palestinian agricultural land next to the Masafer Yatta hamlet of Khallet a-Daba’ in the West Bank. By the evening, the Israeli army dismantled the illegal outpost, and in response, the settlers rioted against the Khallet a-Daba’ community. They threw stones. They shattered car windshields. They uprooted olive trees. They set a hut ablaze. They fired guns.

This violence isn’t an isolated incident. Rather, nearly every week settlers from nearby agricultural outposts are terrorizing the Palestinians as they take over their land.

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem highlighted the attacks originating from settler farms in a new report released last week. In it, B’Tselem stated 50 outposts have been built in the West Bank over the last decade — with about 40 of them used for sheep, goat and cattle herding.

Nov 29 07:25

We Do Exist: Why the Palestinian Voice Should Take Center Stage

At a recent New York event, the President of the Foreign Press Association Ian Williams declared, before an approving audience, that it is time "to reclaim the narrative on Palestine."

This phrase – "reclaiming the narrative" – is relatively new to the Palestinian discourse. Years ago, the concept, let alone its implementation, were quite alien: the pro-Israel crowd refused, and still refuses, to acknowledge that Palestinians, their history and political discourse matter; some in the pro-Palestinian movement relegated Palestinian voices as if they were simply incapable of articulating a coherent narrative.

For many years, I, along with other Palestinian intellectuals, raged against the misrepresentation and marginalization of Palestine and the Palestinians, not only by Israel and its allies in mainstream media, but also against the elitism that existed within the Palestinian movement itself.

Nov 29 07:16

Palestinian security forces attack mourners at funeral of teenager killed by Israel

Palestinian Authority security forces on Friday attacked mourners at the funeral of a 14-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli troops last month.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Amjad Abu Sultan, a boy who was killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank town of Beit Jala on 14 October.

Israeli forces alleged at the time that he was preparing to throw a Molotov cocktail. His body was returned to his family a few days ago.

The NGO Defence for Children International reported earlier this week that the Israeli army killed at least 16 children in the West Bank in 2021, as well as 61 in Gaza.

Nov 27 09:37

Captured by Israel, Palestinian Children Held Outdoors in the Cold

Israeli media outlet Haaretz offered a troubling look at the treatment of Palestinian civilians, children no less, by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank.

They tell the story of a 12-year-old boy from the village of Zawiya, and his 11-year-old friend. Israeli troops raided the village at 10 pm over reports of rock throwing.

Troops warned 12-year-old Yasser that if he didn’t confess they would “take” him. He confessed, they took him anyway. They went to his friend Yazen’s house and took him too, along with his father.

They were all taken, without a warrant to a police station, and made to wait outside in the cold for hours. At 2:30 AM the detainees were taken to a military base, and put in a trailer.

Nov 27 09:23

Facebook Removes Palestinian Pages Covering News from Jerusalem

Two Palestinian news pages, Al-Qastal and Maydan Al-Quds, disappeared from Facebook after the company removed them for ‘violating the community standards’, The New Arab reported.

The editors of the two pages condemned Facebook’s decision, saying that the social media giant is “actively fighting Palestinian content”.