Dec 02 07:00

Israel invokes nation-state law in denying transport to Palestinian schoolchildren in Galilee

An Israeli court ruled on Monday in favour of a municipality which has refused to fund the commute of two young Palestinian citizens of Israel to attend a nearby school, arguing that the controversial nation-state law justified the decision on the grounds of reinforcing the "Jewish character" of the town.

Under Israel's Education Law, municipalities have to pay for the commute for students who live in their towns, or otherwise organise a safe journey for them to their schools.

Nov 30 07:18

Pompeo spells out the new normal: All criticism of Israel is ‘antisemitic’

It is tempting to dismiss last week’s statements by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism and suggesting the global movement to boycott Israel is driven by hatred of Jews, as the last gasp of a dying administration. But that would be foolhardy.

Pompeo’s decision to label all but the most tepid criticism of Israel as antisemitism is fully in line with the current redrawing of the limits of western political debate about Israel.

To underscore his message, Pompeo issued his statement as he headed to an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank – the first such official visit by a US secretary of state. New guidelines announced that in future the US would mark settlement goods as “Made in Israel”, concealing the fact that they are produced in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Nov 28 07:51

Palestine and the Middle East: “Trump Will Leave this Region with Toxic Legacy When Departing White House”

When he departs the White House on January 20, Donald Trump will leave this region with a toxic legacy. First and foremost, his ongoing campaign to delegitimise the Palestinian people and encourage Israel to continue colonising their homeland has had disastrous consequences for both Palestine and countries further afield.

Nov 27 12:04

Reports: Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Palestinian at Checkpoint near Jerusalem

Israeli forces today opened fire and injured a Palestinian who was not immediately identified at a checkpoint east of Jerusalem, according to reports and witnesses.

Israeli soldiers reportedly opened fire at a vehicle near the checkpoint in yet unclear circumstances, critically injuring the driver.

The soldiers closed the checkpoint following the incident, said witnesses.

Nov 27 12:03

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Stop Ambulance to Assault, Arrest Wounded Palestinian Man

Israeli soldiers attempted to forcibly pull out and arrest an injured Palestinian from an ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent in the occupied West Bank, footage of the incident shows.

Israeli soldiers open the vehicle’s door and try to take a wounded Palestinian man following protests on Tuesday against Israel’s policy of home demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Footage shows the moment an Israeli soldier pushes an aid worker in an attempt to reach the wounded man. The aid worker manages to close the ambulance door just before it leaves the scene.

Nov 27 12:02

WATCH: Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Kill Palestinian Driver at Checkpoint

Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man at Al-Zaeem checkpoint, which separates an illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank from a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Al Jazeera, Nour Shuqir, from the town of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, was accused of attempting to flee an inspection at the checkpoint, hitting and lightly injuring an Israeli border officer.

“The policeman and security personnel fired at the vehicle,” said the police statement, wounding the driver, who was rushed to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Nov 25 06:48

State Department’s attack on the BDS Movement Violates Freedom of Expression and Endangers Human Rights Protection

Responding to the United States Department of State announcement designating the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitic and planning to identify organizations supporting BDS with a view to reviewing and halting their funding, Bob Goodfellow, the Interim Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, issued the below statement:

“The Department of State’s targeting of groups advocating for using peaceful means, such as boycotts, to end human rights violations against Palestinians as antisemitic violates freedom of expression and is a gift to those who seek to silence, harass, intimidate and oppress those standing up for human rights around the world. This is simply the latest attack from a US government determined to undermine the universality of human rights and the global fight against racism and discrimination, including antisemitism.

Nov 25 06:46

Video: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Israel, Palestine

US President Donald Trump has arguably been the most staunch supporter of the state of Israel than any other US president since the launch of the so-called peace process in the early 1990s. Now that Trump is defeated, a new administration will soon be formed.

President-elect Joe Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris are busy formulating their political vision at home and abroad.

One of the most contentious foreign policy issues that they are expected to quickly deal with is that of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The Palestine Chronicle composed a short video reflecting the views of both Biden and Harris on Israel, Palestine, Hamas, Iran, and other related issues in the Middle East.

Nov 25 06:05

Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza battered by record surge in virus cases

Palestinians saw a record-shattering 1,811 new confirmed coronavirus infections between Monday and Tuesday as the pandemic worsened in both the West Bank and Gaza.

According to the Palestinian Authority health ministry, the West Bank logged a record 1,126 cases over the past day. The previous record, set only a day before, was 863.

Nov 23 08:15

US curbs on Israel boycotts ‘an attack’ on dissent, advocates say

The Trump administration’s latest attempt to equate boycotts of Israel with anti-Semitism is part of a years-long push to criminalise criticism of Israel in the United States and abroad, legal and political experts say.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced US plans to label the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights as “anti-Semitic” and curtail funding for groups that support it.

Nov 21 08:24

PA’s gift to Biden is return to failed strategy

The news that the Palestinian Authority has decided to restart coordination with Israel after suspending it for six months does not come as much of a surprise.

It amounts to a welcome gift to Joe Biden, the American president-elect, while also showing the paucity of thinking within the PA leadership.

The decision to end coordination in May came in face of the threat of formal Israeli annexation of some 30 percent of the occupied West Bank.

But right from the start, Palestinian officials let it be known this would be a largely symbolic protest.

Nov 21 07:00

Pompeo in Israel: Three announcements that cement 'apartheid'

With just two months left before the Biden administration takes office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a slew of announcements on Thursday that blur the line between the state of Israel and the Palestinian territories that it occupies.

After a visit to an illegal West Bank settlement, the top US diplomat issued a directive to identify organisations that boycott companies doing "business in Israel or in any territory controlled by Israel".

He said the State Department would ensure that no government funds went to such groups - a move that would disadvantage NGOs that do not operate in the settlements, in accordance with international law.

In a separate decree, Pompeo said exported products from parts of the occupied West Bank must be labelled as 'Made in Israel'.

Nov 21 06:59

UN panel votes 163-5 in support of Palestinian statehood, end of occupation

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to approve a draft resolution in favor of Palestinian self-determination, with Israel and the United States voting against.

The proposal on Thursday in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee — the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs — passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions. Canada, which typically votes alongside Israel in such resolutions, stood with the majority.

The resolution emphasized “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine” and “stressed the urgency of achieving without delay an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli sides,” based on a two-state solution.

Nov 20 07:56

Pompeo: State Department to Designate BDS Movement as ‘Anti-Semitic’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday during his visit to Israel that the State Department will designate the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic.” BDS is an international campaign that calls on people to pressure Israel over its human rights violations through various boycotts.

“Today I want to make one announcement with respect to a decision by the State Department that we will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” Pompeo said while meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. “Look, we want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is, and we’re committed to combating it.”

Nov 20 07:56

As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding "no."

The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease its illegal demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures in the West Bank nor will Belgium, or any other EU country, receive a dime from Tel Aviv.

Welcome to the bizarre world of European foreign policy in Palestine and Israel.

Nov 20 07:55

'We are not afraid of you, Mike': Activists react to Pompeo's move against pro-BDS groups

Pro-Palestine and human rights advocates condemned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's policy announcement targeting groups affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Pompeo said on Thursday that the US officially regards the BDS movement as antisemitic and plans to cut any government funding to groups that have voiced support for the campaign - which urges individuals, companies and countries to hold Israel accountable for its human rights violations.

According to J Street's November National Jewish Survey, 22 percent of all Jewish Americans under 40 support the BDS movement, as do several members of Congress.

Nov 20 07:54

In major shift, Pompeo says US to label settlement products ‘Made in Israel’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced new guidelines that will require goods made in Israeli controlled areas of the West Bank to be labeled as “Made in Israel,” following an unprecedented visit to a settlement winery on Thursday afternoon.

Until now, US policy has required products made in the West Bank to be labeled as such. But with Pompeo’s newly announced rules, which he said were “consistent with?our?reality-based foreign policy approach,” all producers within?areas where Israel exercises authority — most notably?Area C?under the Oslo Accords?–?will be required to?mark?goods as?’Israel,’?’Product of Israel,’ or ‘Made in Israel’?when exporting to the United States.

Nov 19 12:45

Raphael Warnock drops Palestinian rights in bid for US Senate

US Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, is appealing to the fears and simmering hatreds of some white people in Georgia. She intends to paint her Democratic rival, Rev. Raphael Warnock, as an anti-Israel and Black Lives Matter extremist.

Loeffler, who was challenged this year over possible financial misconduct, has lambasted the Black Lives Matter movement and has promoted an interview she did with Jack Posobiec, a journalist the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has described as “associated with white supremacy and Nazism.”

Nov 17 12:39

Will America still be Israel’s bitch? Or will Biden-Harris resist shaming the West?

Stuart Littlewood says while Joe Biden's and Kamala Harris's victory in the US presidential elections may offer a glimmer of hope for Palestinians, despite the two being self-declared Zionists, the Palestinians remain divided and Britain and the EU remain in Israel’s stranglehold. >>

Nov 17 07:53

Israel Gave Them 10 Minutes to Pack Up Their Whole Lives: 74 Palestinians, Including 41 Children, Left Homeless

The Civil Administration gave the families living in the Palestinian hamlet of Khirbet Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley just 10 minutes to remove their possessions from the tents last Tuesday. Fatma Awawda, 23, held her 1-year-old daughter Larin. She was paralyzed by the sight of the military jeeps and administration workers in fluorescent vests who got out of them, by the bulldozers, by the soldiers, by all the shouting.

But she pulled herself together quickly so she could empty as much as possible from the tent that was her home. What to take first? The gas canister? The cradle? Clothing and blankets? The mattresses? The stove? The plastic toys that arrived in a “CARE” package? The onions and potatoes? The rice? She put Larin down in the back seat of the family’s beat-up Subaru. She’ll be warm and safe there, and I’ll have my hands free, she figured.

Nov 10 07:21

Top Palestinian Official Saeb Erekat Dies at 65 After Contracting COVID-19

The 65-year-old Palestinian politician reportedly had a history of respiratory illness and underwent a lung transplant in 2017.

Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat has died at the age of 65 after contracting COVID-19, members of Erekat's inner circle confirmed.

The politician's treatment was complicated because of a previous lung transplant surgery.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has mourned the death of the veteran Palestinian negotiator, saying that the nation grieves deeply over the loss.

"The departure of our brother and friend, the great fighter, Dr Saeb Erekat, represents a great loss for Palestine and our people, and we feel deeply saddened by his loss, especially in light of these difficult circumstances facing the Palestinian cause", Abbas said, as quoted by the state-owned news agency WAFA.

Nov 06 13:59

Palestinian Held by Israel Ends Hunger Strike After 103 Days

Nov. 6, 2020
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (Reuters) - A Palestinian on Friday ended a 103-day hunger strike against being held without charge by Israel after being assured his four-month detention would not be extended, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club advocacy group said.

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency did not immediately comment on whether it had offered any assurances to Maher Al-Akhras, 49, who has been in an Israeli hospital suffering from heart pain and convulsions, according to his wife.

Akhras, a resident of the city of Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was taken into custody on July 27 under the four-month Israeli "administrative detention" order.

Nov 06 13:20

Israel Carries Out Largest West Bank Demolition Operation in a Decade

In the largest West Bank demolition operation in a decade, Israeli military authorities on Tuesday razed around 70 structures in the Jordan Valley’s Humsa al-Fuqa community in the occupied West Bank. Locals reported that six bulldozers, accompanied by around 100 Israeli soldiers, carried out the demolitions, leaving 11 Palestinian families homeless.

Among the demolished structures were those seemingly funded by the European Union and other European governmental and non-governmental institutions.

“They startled us with no prior notification,” says Abdul-Ghani Awawdeh, 52, who lost every residential structure on the land where he lives, including animal shelters, water tanks and solar system units. Israeli forces also confiscated his car.

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Notice that Israel did this on the day of the US election, hoping nobody was paying attention!

Nov 06 10:25

Israel razes village, leaves 41 children homeless

While all eyes were on the United States elections this week, Israel carried out the largest demolition in occupied territory in years.

Israeli forces arrived in the occupied West Bank community of Khirbet Humsa on Tuesday and demolished 76 structures.

This was “more than in any other single demolition in the past decade,” said the interim UN humanitarian coordinator Yvonne Helle.

Destroyed structures include homes, kitchens, bathrooms, animal shelters and solar panels.

Nov 05 08:32

New pro-Israel policies being established before possible Trump defeat

As polls continue to show Biden leading over Trump, Israel partisans have been undertaking a slew of actions that benefit Israel. The recent flurry of activity likely has two motivations:

(1) To help Trump get elected by increasing his support among pro-Israel donors and voters.

(2) To procure pro-Israel objectives while it’s still possible, in case Trump is defeated by a candidate who some Israel partisans worry may be less influenced by the pro-Israel right, whose actions have sometimes displeased hardcore Israel advocates, and whose party members increasingly support Palestinian rights.

While both Trump and Biden have long pandered to Israel partisans and are largely beholden to pro-Israel campaign donors, Trump donors like Sheldon Adelson are often more extreme in their demands.

Nov 04 12:02

Palestinian Authority Has Been In Talks With Biden Campaign, "Desperate" For Trump Exit

At a moment that talks and formal relations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Mahmoud Abbas and the White House have remained effectively frozen for years since the December 6, 2017 US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an Israeli media report revealed early this week that the PA has been in quiet talks with the Joe Biden campaign in the lead-in to the election.

The Jerusalem Post on Monday cited a US media outlet that exclusively covers the Middle East as follows: "Two senior Palestinian officials have confirmed to The Media Line that the Palestinian Authority is maintaining direct channels of communication with the campaign of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden."

Nov 04 10:51

Israeli army destroys entire Palestinian village in Jordan Valley

Israel's army has demolished the homes of nearly 80 Palestinian Bedouins in the occupied West Bank, officials and witnesses said Wednesday, in a rare operation targeting an entire community at once.

Late Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers razed the village — including tents, sheds, portable toilets and solar panels — near Tubas in the Jordan Valley, according to an AFP photographer at the scene, who found dozens of people left homeless.

Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh accused Israeli troops of having “completely demolished the village of Homsa al-Baqia, leaving around 80 people homeless”.

The branch of Israel's army responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank, COGAT, said it had destroyed structures “built illegally in a firing zone (military training area) in the Jordan Valley”.

Nov 04 06:54

Israeli government believes Trump has set new normal for US acceptance of Israel expansion, even if Biden wins

Israeli leaders believe that Donald Trump has set the new normal for US-Israel relations: total acceptance of Israeli expansion. And if Joe Biden is elected president today, Israelis will expect compliance from him; and Biden will likely do little to take Netanyahu on. That’s the view of Israel lobbyists as the pageant of democracy unfolds in the U.S.

Here are some of those opinions.

David Halperin, executive director of the centrist Israel Policy Forum, says in a podcast that even though a Biden administration would look more “like what we are used to” in U.S. policy, Biden won’t be able to just hit reset. Israel will resist.

Nov 04 06:52

On US election eve, MKs say Netanyahu must act now to legalize outposts

Right-wing parliamentarians worry a change in US leadership may doom West Bank outposts • settlers living there are the "last line in our fighting against the Palestinian takeover of Area C"

Nov 04 06:45

Covid-19: Scores of Palestinian prisoners infected

The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs blames 'bad measures' inside Gilboa prison for the spread of the coronavirus

Nov 04 06:44

100 days of hunger for freedom

“I don’t want to die at Kaplan hospital,” Maher al-Akhras said recently. “I want to die among my family and children.”

Al-Akhras has not eaten in 100 days.

The 49-year-old father of six is on hunger strike to demand that Israel release him from detention.

He has been held for more than three months without charge or trial – even in Israel’s military courts, where there is a nearly 100 percent conviction rate against Palestinians.

Nov 04 06:42

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Structures, Bulldoze Lands, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Tuesday morning, Palestinian structures in Beit Hanina town, north of Jerusalem, and bulldozed lands in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of the city.

Eyewitnesses said several army vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded the al-Ashqariyya neighborhood in Beit Hanina, before bulldozing and uprooting Palestinian lands.

The soldiers also demolished a shed, in addition to a bran, in Jabal al-Mokabber.

The army claimed the structures were installed without a permit from the City Council, in occupied Jerusalem.

Nov 03 10:03

Palestine in Pictures: October 2020

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during October.

Soldiers shot and killed Samir Hamidi, 28, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm on 5 October. The military claimed that Hamidi was among a group throwing Molotov cocktails at soldiers near a checkpoint.

Hamidi is the fifth Palestinian – among them two children – killed this year for allegedly handling Molotov cocktails.

During 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated in the context of Gaza’s Great March of Return that throwing Molotov cocktails does “not appear to constitute the imminent threat to life or deadly injury which could justify the use of lethal force.”

Nov 03 07:20

Israeli Demolitions of Palestinian Homes Reach Four-Year High

A global pandemic did nothing to slow down Israeli demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, with the number of Palestinians being left homeless reaching a four-year high.

According to data from the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, at least 741 Palestinians have lost their home due to Israeli demolitions between January and September. These numbers are the highest figures since 2016 when Israeli bulldozers left 1,496 Palestinians homeless.

Since January, Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of 99 housing units in the West Bank and 100 in East Jerusalem. Palestinian homes and businesses are destroyed because they do not have building permits, which are virtually impossible for Palestinians to be granted.

Nov 03 07:17

The US quietly makes major shift on Israel-Palestine policy

When the United Arab Emirates announced its intention to normalize relations with Israel, they justified the decision — which was highly unpopular in the Arab world — in part by claiming that in exchange for normalization, Israel had agreed to shelve their plans to annex much of the territory of the West Bank. Critics argued that annexation was an ongoing process, and that settlement expansion and incorporation of that infrastructure into Israel was continuing, so it wasn’t much of a concession on Israel’s part.

This week, the United States and Israel proved those critics correct when they announced revisions to agreements governing scientific cooperation.

Nov 03 07:16

Israeli Police Assault A Palestinian Priest In The Galilee

Israeli Police officers assaulted, on Saturday evening, October 31st, a Palestinian priest from I’billin village in the Galilee.

Palestinian Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Theodosius Atallah Hanna, strongly denounced the Israeli attack on the Father Saba al-Hajja, while he was trying to resolve a conflict between two members of the Church.

He added that Father Saba was assaulted by the police who arrived at the scene, although he was just trying to resolve a conflict to contain it and prevent any further escalation.

Nov 03 07:12

Government asks High Court for more time to prepare razing of Bedouin village

The state told the High Court of Justice on Monday that it will not raze the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the southern West Bank in the next several months and asked to be granted more time to iron out details of how the removal will be implemented.

The request in the name of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz was filed — a day after it was due — in response to a petition by the pro-settlement Regavim movement demanding that the government explain why it has not carried out the demolition order, first issued over a decade ago.

Nov 02 09:09

Twitter suspends dozens of Palestinian accounts opposing normalization with Israel

"...Twitter has suspended, on Israel’s request, dozens of Palestinian accounts that have been active in posting tweets against the much-condemned normalization deals between the Tel Aviv regime and some Arab countries.

During the past few days, Twitter blocked dozens of accounts belonging to Palestinian figures and social media activists, said Sada Social Center, which monitors social media violations of the Palestinian content, in an interview with Turkey's official Anadolu news agency on Sunday..."

Nov 02 08:09

Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Farmers, Kick Them out of Their Lands

Israeli soldiers today attacked Palestinian farmers working on their land in Beit Ummar town, in the south of the West Bank, and forced them to leave their land, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Muhammad Awad, an activist in Beit Ummar, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at farmers harvesting the olive crops in their lands, located next to the illegal Beit Ain settlement, between Hebron (Al-Khalil) and Bethlehem. Israeli soldiers forced them to leave the area after suffocating from inhaling the gas.

Nov 02 08:09

Israel is subjecting Palestinian children to physical and psychological abuse

“They destroyed the front door, entered my room, covered my face with a bag and took me away,” explained Abdullah. “They told my father that I would return the next day.” However, he did not return to his family until the following year and was detained six more times.

This is not uncommon in occupied Palestine where child prisoners are now a major part of the Palestinian narrative. Hundreds of children, some as young as 12, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system every year.

The most common charge is stone-throwing, which the Israeli military consider to be a “security offence”. Those found guilty can get up to 20 years in prison, depending on the child’s age.

Israel is the only country in the world to prosecute children routinely in military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial. Moreover, Palestinian children detained by Israel face abuse and systematic torture, which has been legitimised by the judiciary and government.

Nov 02 08:08

Lobby trying to reshape California education to shield Israel

Israel lobby groups are once again attempting to manipulate public education in California in order to censor Palestinian and Arab scholarship, under the guise of fighting anti-Semitism.

The battle is being waged around the state’s ethnic studies curricula.

“We can’t underestimate our opposition and the coalescing of right-wing organizations coming together against ethnic studies,” Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center told The Electronic Intifada.

Hers is one of many groups organizing to fight back.

Pro-Israel groups are agitated over the state’s decision to reinstate Arab American Studies in the proposed ethnic studies model curriculum, after they pressured the California Department of Education to remove it altogether.

Nov 01 09:21

Gaza’s chronic sufferers see no light at end of tunnel

The Gaza Strip is slowly and gingerly emerging from another full pandemic lockdown.

But the pain is far from over, especially for those suffering chronic illnesses in an area in which the health sector has been systematically undermined over 13 years of Israeli blockade and is now staggering under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past weeks, parts of the Gaza Strip were completely closed off by curfews that saw movement banned and health centers closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But this has deprived chronically ill patients from accessing regular checkups and treatment.

Nov 01 09:20

Jewish Settlers Cut Electricity Supply to Palestinians

Jewish settlers cut off electricity poles in the village of Al-Sawiya in the northern occupied West Bank, Maan News Agency reported.

The Palestinian official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Douglas, confirmed that the settlers from the Jewish-only illegal settlement of Rahalim were responsible for chopping down a number of wooden electric poles with chainsaws, causing power outages in the area near Nablus.

“A number of settlers from the settlement of Rahalim near the village cut off electricity poles with electric saws and destroyed the water network for citizens in the western region of the village of Al-Sawiyah, which led to the disruption of main services for hundreds of Palestinian citizens in the area,” Douglas said.

Nov 01 09:19

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Three Palestinian Teenagers near West Bank Checkpoint

Nov 01 09:16

Israel to Impose Sanctions on Palestinian Banks Serving Prisoners’ Families

Israel will impose sanctions and penalties on Palestinian banks which process payments from the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the families of Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli jails, Israeli media reported.

Oct 29 06:34

UN envoy celebrates rewards for Israel as Gaza starves

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East peace envoy, called on the Palestinian Authority to resume coordination with Israel during a briefing to the Security Council on Monday.

He pointed to the Palestinian refusal of tax revenue transfers from Israel as a factor exacerbating “an economic and fiscal crisis” that threatens the viability of the PA.

Oct 29 06:33

Israel Calls for Banning Film Documenting Its Crimes in Jenin

An Israeli Knesset committee has called for banning a film documenting Israel’s siege on the occupied Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin in 2002 and the crimes carried out against its residents, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The Foreign and Security Committee at the Israeli Knesset submitted a draft resolution that will be raised to the government’s Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, demanding a ban on the film ‘Jenin, Jenin’.

The film was produced by the Palestinian-Israeli producer Mohammad Bakeri. It documents the Israeli crimes during the invasion of the Palestinian city through accounts by eyewitnesses.

Oct 29 06:33

Twitter shuts down accounts following Israeli pressure

Israel’s strategic affairs ministry has launched a new campaign targeting online expressions of support for Palestinian rights.

On Tuesday, 4IL – a propaganda outlet of the ministry – tweeted the handles of dozens of accounts it claimed were “anti-Israel bots and trolls who try to steer public opinion.”

“Report them right now,” the Israeli government urged.

The ministry also issued a report claiming it had “examined over 250 accounts, in which 70 percent of them (170) were found to be considered inauthentic.”

The report claims that the accounts were trying to “stir anti-Israel sentiment online and manipulate discourse against Israel” by, among other activities, promoting calls for Israel to be held accountable for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

Oct 29 06:31

Palestine's olive harvest marred by rising Israeli settler violence

With the olive harvest season underway, Palestinians are facing heightened attacks by Israeli settlers, with added uncertainty due to the economic devastation caused by Covid-19.

The annual olive harvest in the West Bank kicked off at the beginning of this month with the usual hardships brought about by the Israeli occupation and its many policies to impede Palestinian farmers from reaching their lands.

Dozens of Palestinians have also been attacked, while hundreds of their crops and olive trees have been destroyed by radical Israeli settlers across the occupied West Bank, especially in the areas of Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Salfit.

Oct 29 06:30

Israel lies after soldiers choke and kill Palestinian boy

The Israeli military claims that it is not responsible for the death of Amer Snobar, 16, in the central West Bank on Saturday night, claiming that the teen fell.

Doctors say he died after being beaten and asphyxiated by soldiers.

The teen was helping a friend move a broken-down car near the village of Turmusayya, north of Ramallah, when Israeli soldiers arrived, according to Defense for Children International Palestine.

“The friend managed to flee on foot to some nearby trees where he became an eyewitness to Snobar’s killing,” according to the rights group.

“Snobar was surrounded by Israeli forces and placed in a chokehold before being beaten and killed by Israeli forces, according to the eyewitness.”

Oct 28 09:37

Timid Democrats depict Gaza aid as vital for Israel

US Congressional Democrats led by Mark Pocan, Jamie Raskin and Judy Chu last week wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressing the Trump administration to release already appropriated funds to assist Palestinians in Gaza.

The letter states that in September Palestinians in Gaza saw their COVID-19 case count increase by 84 percent.

The Democratic effort may be well intentioned, but in typical Washington fashion the framing is dreadful.

Oct 27 08:20

German foundation cancels anti-Palestinian seminar

The German Konrad Adenauer foundation has cancelled the seminar, “Palestine” - History and Problems of a Concept, just a day after it was announced.

The cancellation comes after protests were raised over an invitation that suggested that the seminar would discuss the “anti-Semitic associations” of the term “Palestine.”

Among those who called for the cancellation of the event were the foundation’s own Ramallah branch as well as its sometime local partner organization, the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD).

PIPD’s director Salem Barahmeh said his organization was “outraged and disturbed at an upcoming event conflating our existence and identity with anti-Semitism. This is dangerous, racist and erasure.”

Oct 27 06:16

Israeli bulldozers and settlers uproot Palestinian olive trees in West Bank

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian house and settlers uprooted dozens of olive trees in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to Palestinian state news agency Wafa.

Israeli soldiers and bulldozers blocked an area in Taybeh village and demolished a house, which was close to the Israeli separation wall that runs through the village’s land.

In the town of Salfit, north of the West Bank, Israeli bulldozers razed and uprooted almost 60 olive trees on Sunday.

Oct 26 07:07

UN calls on Israel to end administrative detention, swiftly free hunger striker Akhras

The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to put an end to the practice of administrative detention and immediately release Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian prisoner who is on hunger strike for the past three months and is going through the medically critical phase.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, strongly called on Tel Aviv to end administrative detention, in which Israel keeps the detainees for up to six months, a period which can be extended an infinite number of times, sometimes for years

In a statement, he also called on the Israeli regime to release Akhras, who entered the 91st consecutive day of his open-ended hunger strike on Sunday in protest against his administrative detention.

“Mr. Al-Akhras is now in very frail condition, having gone without food for 89 days,” said Lynk.

Oct 26 05:54

Israeli ‘Combatants for Peace’ Join Palestinians in Olive Harvest

Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace activists, as part of the movement’s olive harvest campaign, joined Palestinian farmer Muhammad Adwan, from the village of Azzun in the northern West Bank, on Friday to help him pick his olive trees on his land in the Al-Salamah area adjacent to the Ma’ale Shimron settlement.

“With the beginning of each harvest season, Israeli settlers assault us and prevent us from harvesting,” Mohammad said. “A year ago, the settlers and the Israeli occupation soldiers shot at my son and held us for hours. I feel joy and relief that Combatants for Peace activists are with us here today to help us pick the olives. “

Oct 24 08:25

A Historical Reckoning: Oxford Study Challenges Israel’s Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees

There needs to be a fundamental change in the way Palestinian refugees are seen, no longer as victims but as people with rights who are entitled to shape their own destiny. This assertion is made in a new study whose importance cannot be overstated.

According to international law, Palestinian refugees have a right to return to their homes and land and receive restitution and compensation for their suffering and personal and communal losses. Furthermore, the State of Israel, which is responsible for Palestine’s ethnic cleansing, must pay for the repatriation, the rehabilitation, and the rebuilding that the return will necessitate. A thorough understanding of why millions of Palestinians live as refugees and what international law says about their situation is critical, and a recently published study sheds unprecedented light on the Palestinian refugee issue.

Oct 24 07:25

Palestinians sue Britain for 1917 Balfour Declaration that led to creation of Israel

Palestinian lawyers have lodged a complaint to sue the British government for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which set out London’s aim to establish a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

On Thursday, the lawyers took the measure in the occupied northern West Bank city of Nablus, highlighting that “the suffering of the Palestinians” emanated from the UK document.

“The Balfour Declaration is unacceptable. It was not just a declaration, but a birth certificate for a regime with letters of shame and injustice. It was a replacement tactic drawn by Britain in partnership with Zionists, ignoring the rights of more than 93% of Palestinian people, and granting the Jews, who at the time composed only 7% of the population, full rights,” Munib al-Masri, head of the Federation of Independent and Democratic Trade Unions, told a news conference in Ramallah.

Oct 24 06:57

Annual olive harvest comes hand in hand with settler violence

Every year, the beginning of autumn is marked in Palestine with the olive harvest, which kicks off at the beginning of October and lasts for a number of weeks, as Palestinians work tirelessly to harvest their olive trees, which cover thousands of acres of Palestinian land.

The olive harvest is an intrinsic part of Palestinian culture and tradition, and has become symbolic of Palestinian ties to the land under Isralei occupation.

It’s an event cherished by Palestinians from all socio-economic backgrounds, especially those still living in rural towns and villages of the occupied West Bank, where olive trees grow in abundance.

But every year, as Palestinian families set out to their olive groves, they are inevitably met with violence from the Israeli military and Israeli settlers, who are known to coordinate attacks on Palestinian farmers and their crops during the harvest.

Oct 23 09:15

Amnesty International Slams Reported U.S. Push to Label It Antisemitic

Amnesty International USA slammed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported push to label the organization as antisemitic on Thursday, saying his “baseless accusations are yet another attempt to silence and intimidate international human rights organizations.”

Politico reported on Wednesday that the State Department was considering declaring Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam as antisemitic and declare that U.S. policy is not to support the groups. According to the report, the announcement is expected to come in a report from the office of the White House’s antisemitism czar, Elan Carr, which would allege that the groups support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Oct 23 06:14

Red Cross: “Health Condition Of Hunger Striking Detainee Is Very Serious”

The International Red Cross (IRC) has expressed serious concern about the health condition of the hunger-striking detainee, Maher al-Akhras, 49, who continues his strike for the 88th day, demanding to be released.

The IRC said the detainee remains at the Israeli Kaplan medical center, and that its physicians are frequently visiting him to assess and closely monitor his health condition. The detainee is regarded to be on the verge of death.

The IRC added that its physicians are seriously concerned about his health, especially since al-Akhras might enter an irreversible condition and complications, specifically since his current condition is considered profoundly serious.

It also said that it follows the conditions of hunger-striking detainees to ensure they receive adequate medical attention and can communicate with their families.

Oct 23 05:54

Trump administration plan to label human rights groups 'antisemitic' provokes outrage

A number of human rights organisations have hit back at threats by the Trump administration to have them branded antisemitic due to their reporting on abuses by Israel.

Amnesty International said the US government was attempting to "silence and intimidate international human rights organisations", following a report in Politico that officials were on the verge of applying the antisemitic label to several organisations - including Amnesty, Oxfam and Human Rights Watch - and enouraging governments not to work with them.

Oct 22 12:52

'Paradise lost': How Israel turned the West Bank into a sewage dump for its settlements

Abdullah Maarouf typically tends to his olive grove at this time of year, the start of the olive harvest season in Palestine.

This year, however, 55-year-old Maarouf is forced to sit at home.

Maarouf lives in the village of Deir Ballut, in the northern governorate of Salfit, in the occupied West Bank.

'They just die': Palestinian village choked by Israeli settlement dumpsite
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He says his land was once “a paradise”. Today, it has become a wastewater swamp, due to the sewage that runs from the illegal settlement of Leshem nearby.

Oct 22 05:49

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Family says senior PLO diplomat remains in critical condition, intubated and connected to ECMO machine; treatment especially complicated given history of health issues, including lung transplant in 2017

Oct 21 06:00

Illegal Israeli Colonists Flood Palestinian Farmlands With Sewage, Attack Villages, Near Nablus

Illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Tuesday and Monday, Palestinian farmlands, and olive orchards, north and east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and flooded them, with sewage water, in addition to attacking the villagers.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia Palestinian town, north of Nablus, said the colonists came from Shavei Shomron illegal colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

Azem added that the colonists flooded with sewage water Palestinian lands containing olive and apricot trees, in the western area of the town, causing serious losses to the livelihoods of the farmers and their families.

Oct 20 06:57

PCHR: Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for October 8–14, 2020

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multifaceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF attacks rendered 18 Palestinian civilians wounded in excessive use of force, including 2 children, in the West Bank. Settler-attacks and confiscation of Palestinians’ properties continued, under the pretext of working without permits.

To date, Maher al-Akhras, 50-year-old administrative detainee, hunger strike enters his 81st consecutive day, in protest of his arrest with no charge or trial under administrative detention despite the deterioration of his health condition. Al-Akhras entered into a hunger strike from the first day of his detention on 27 July 2020.

Oct 20 06:55

Israeli settlers' racism is not an aberration. It's part of an apartheid system

The Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, long a byword for nationalist extremism and anti-Palestinian violence, was in the news again on Monday, after residents erected a sign outside the settlement stating: “This road leads to the community of Yitzhar - Entry for Arabs is dangerous.”

As explained by Haaretz, the background to the stunt was an incident two weeks ago, when "an Arab medical worker who was sent to conduct a Covid-19 test was refused entry to Yitzhar", reportedly on the basis that "he was an Arab".

Oct 20 05:58

Top Palestinian Official Erekat on Ventilator, in ‘Critical’ Condition with COVID-19

Longtime chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is suffering from pneumonia after he contracted the novel COVID-19, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said today.

Alkaila said in a press statement that the President’s Office, the government, and the Ministry were closely monitoring the developments related to the health condition of Erekat, who was placed on a ventilator today and was is in critical condition at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in West Jerusalem.

Oct 20 05:57

Where Are the Borders of the State of Israel? Why Do They Refuse to Demarcate Them?

When you ask any Israeli government official or diplomat about the borders and map of the State of Israel, surely you will not get a clear answer. Successive Israeli governments, backed up by the Zionist movement worldwide, have ambitions to gain control of most of the occupied Palestinian territory, far exceeding the armistice lines of 1949.

Israel is carrying out this enterprise by strategically confiscating C classified areas amounting to 60% of the West Bank, in addition to its complete control over the city of East Jerusalem, which has been occupied since 1967, and keeping the Gaza Strip separate from the distant Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank.

Oct 19 07:32

Palestinian prisoner’s organs failing as his hunger strike enters 84th consecutive day

As Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras enters the 84th consecutive day of his open-ended hunger strike against Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention, his organs are failing and the inmate is on the verge of imminent death.

The 49-year-old Palestinian prisoner, who is currently in the Israeli Kaplan hospital, suffers from severe fatigue and stress, pain in the joints, abdomen and stomach, and ceaseless headache as well as weight loss and a balance disorder, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Sunday.

It described Akhras’ health condition as extremely dangerous, saying that he is unable to move and that he has lost a lot of fluids and salts amid warnings of his possible martyrdom.

Oct 19 06:08

Top Palestinian official Erekat, now critical, put on ventilator in Jerusalem

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was downgraded to critical condition Monday morning at a Jerusalem hospital where he was moved for treatment a day earlier after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was put on a ventilator and his overall medical condition is posing a unique challenge for the staff, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said.

Oct 18 06:14

Is Israel about to launch another war against Gaza or even Lebanon?

New polls conducted by Israeli media suggest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support is at an all-time low, with Israeli news outlet ‘Maariv’ finding that 54% of Israelis want Netanyahu to step down. So will it soon be an opportune time for Netanyahu to attack Gaza or Lebanon in a bid to regain public support?

Fears were re-ignited on the 5th of October after Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip following reported rocket fire from Gaza. As Israel has been holding back from implementing some of the agreements, according to Hamas, to an earlier negotiated truce, threats came from the resistance in Gaza to ignite a war in order to end the illegally imposed Siege by Israel. The ceasefire truce, which has currently held, with two flare-ups in between, was done from Qatar as a mediator and was intended to ease the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, through the administration of funds and opening of projects inside of the besieged coastal enclave.

Oct 17 09:33

Untold Archaeology of the Temple Mount — Rare Footage

Oct 17 08:52

Facebook COO pledges $2.5 mill to Israel advocacy group, brushing off Palestinian complaints of censorship

In the midst of a campaign by Palestinian journalists accusing Facebook of suppressing their content, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has pledged $2.5 million to the ADL, an organization that devotes much of its work to Israel advocacy.

We’ll first look at the complaints about censorship, then at the ADL, and then at Sandberg.

The current campaign is the latest in a long line of complaints that Facebook discriminates against Palestinian users.

A 2016 Fortune magazine article reported accusations that a Facebook agreement with the Israeli government had led to the closing of some Palestinian accounts.

A 2017 article in The Intercept reported: “Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders.”

Oct 17 08:33

Israeli occupation of Palestine is devastating the natural environment

Once Israel was declared a Jewish state in May 1948, native trees (such as oaks, carobs, and hawthorns) and agricultural crops (olives, figs, and almonds) were systematically uprooted and replaced by European pine trees. These planted pines reduced biodiversity and harmed the local environment.5

Pines shed leaves that are acidic and prevent the growth of underbrush plants. These trees are also very susceptible to fire because of their resins. Indeed, fires are now a common occurrence in the areas in which they were planted. Trees, however, were not the only targets of Israel’s colonial practices.

Oct 17 08:29

Israel bans Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf from entering Jerusalem, Gaza

Israel has imposed an entry ban on Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian singer of "Arab Idol" fame, in a decision described by the star as oppressive.

Assaf was the winner of the 2013 Arab Idol singing contest, becoming hugely popular largely due to his patriotic pro-Palestine songs. He was then named a goodwill ambassador for peace by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugeees, UNRWA, while the Palestinian government also named him an ambassador of arts and culture.

Born in Libya, Assaf was raised in Gaza's Khan Younis refugee camp but later moved to the United Arab Emirates, where he is now based with his wife.

Oct 17 07:18

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome Is Ominous Sign of Things to Come

A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a "powerful" pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in Italy is just as dangerous.

The latest episode began on September 24, when the Palestinian community in Rome announced plans to hold ‘Falastin – Festival della Palestina’, a cultural event that aims at illustrating the richness of Palestinian culture in all of its grandeur. The idea behind it is not to simply humanize Palestinians in the eyes of ordinary Italians, but to explore commonalities, to cement bonds and to build bridges. However, for Israel’s allies in Italy, even such unthreatening objectives were too much to bear.

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 16 16:03

Palestinian on hunger strike in Israeli jail ‘on verge of death

Maher al-Akhras, 49, is protesting his incarceration by Israel for nearly 80 days without even charging him with a crime…
Reposted from Aljazeera

A Palestinian man on a hunger strike for nearly 80 days since his arrest by Israel in late July is “on the verge of death”, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said on Monday.

Maher al-Akhras, 49, was arrested near Nablus and placed in “administrative detention”, a policy Israel uses to hold suspected fighters without charge.

The married father of six launched his hunger strike to protest the policy. He has been arrested several times previously by Israel, which accuses him of having ties to the Islamic Jihad armed group.

On Monday, about 40 people held a rally in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to support him.

“Our people will not let Maher al-Akhras down,” said Khader Adnan, who was one of those taking part in the rally and who has himself carried out several hunger strikes in Israeli captivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Administrative detention, where political prisoners can be held in Israeli jails, is one of the most vile aspects of Israeli law; this is immoral in the extreme.

Either they have the evidence to charge the guy, OR THEY DO NOT; PERIOD, END OF DISCUSSION!!

Oct 15 09:07

Bully-boy minister’s Christmas message to UK universities: Adopt anti-Semitism definition that’s “too vague to be useful”, or I’ll axe your funding!

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance of Gavin Williamson, an Israel pimp serving as UK Education Secretary, who has threatened to cut the funding of universities that do not succumb to the Zionist definition of “anti-Semitism” – contrary to legal advice and the UK government’s own rules.>>

Oct 15 05:45

Israel Approves Over 2,000 New Settler Homes After Deals With UAE, Bahrain

On Wednesday, Israel approved the construction of 2,166 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, putting to bed rumors that the normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain included a freeze on settlements.

The new homes are the first to be approved after an eight-month pause on settlement construction. Another 2,000 homes are expected to be approved for construction on Thursday.

Since President Trump unveiled his “Vision for Peace” in January, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been hoping to annex portions of the West Bank allocated to Israel in the plan. The plan gives Israel about 30 percent of the West Bank, including areas already controlled by Jewish settlers and parts of the Jordan Valley.

Oct 15 05:32

Israeli Army Razes Palestinian-owned Farm Lands in Gaza

The Israeli army razed, on Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian-owned agricultural land, east of Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that five armored D-9 bulldozers carried out a limited incursion into the area of Abasan and Khuza’ah and leveled dozens of dunams of land with produce.

In the same context, the Israeli authorities ordered, on Tuesday, owners of agricultural structures to stop construction in the central occupied West Bank village of al-Khader, west of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

Oct 15 05:31

PPS: “Thirty Detainees Join Hunger Strike In Ofer Prison”

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that thirty detainees held in Ofer Israeli detention center has launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Maher al-Akhras, who continues his strike for the 80th consecutive day.

The PPS stated that the thirty detainees started the strike on Wednesday, expressing their solidarity with al-Akhras, who is demanding an end to his arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

Israel also transferred Hasan Shouka, Wahid Abu Mariya, and Shaher al-Heeh, from Ofer prison to solitary confinement cells in Shatta.

Oct 14 06:11

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

Israeli Occupation Army Forbids Palestinians from Harvasting Their Olive Groves

God’s Chosen People at work

Oct 14 05:46

Israeli Army Orders Closure of 3,000 Dunums of Land on Olive Harvest Season

The Israeli occupation army issued 63 military orders to close areas and lands planted with olives in separate parts of the West Bank, coinciding with the start of the olive harvest season in the Palestinian territories.

The olive harvest season, one of the biggest events and sources of income for Palestinian farmers, starts on the seventh of October, as announced by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

The military orders bore the signature of the commander of the occupation army in the West Bank on September 17, 2020, and come under the title (Zone Closure – Prevention of Entry and Stay), attached to maps and aerial photos showing the locations of the lands targeted by these orders, which seem to be specific to the current olive season.

Its clauses clarified that its entry into force will be from the date of its signature until the date of 12/31/2020.

Oct 13 06:24

Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

"No one cares about the prisoners." Over the past few years, I have heard this phrase – or some variation of it – uttered many times by freed Palestinian prisoners and their families. Whenever I conduct an interview regarding this crucial and highly sensitive topic, I am told, repeatedly, that "no one cares."

But is this really the case? Are Palestinian prisoners so abandoned to the extent that their freedom, life and death are of no consequence?

The subject, and the claim, resurfaces every time a Palestinian prisoner launches a hunger strike or undergoes extreme hardship and torture, which is leaked outside Israeli prisons through lawyers or human rights organizations. This year, five Palestinian prisoners died in prison as a result of alleged medical negligence, or worse, torture.

Oct 12 07:09

Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes with IDF: report

Fifty-three people injured in Israeli military operation to apprehend three Palestinians

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded Sunday in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Villagers in the camp said that the IDF blocked several key roads in the area, before going into the camp in large forces to arrest three Palestinians, outlet Haaretz reported.

Two brothers were detained, Muhammad and Rajab Sana Abu Arab, and the spouse of one of them, according to Haaretz.

The Red Crescent said in a statement that a total of 53 people were treated to their wounds, all in light to moderate condition.

Oct 12 07:08

Israeli Soldiers Raid a Palestinian Village at Night, Terrifying Residents – for Training Purposes

The whole story in brief: Dozens of Israel Defense Forces soldiers stage a nighttime raid among the houses of a tranquil Palestinian village, some of whose inhabitants are fast asleep, as part of a training exercise. The troops don’t enter any of the homes, but wander about, armed, in backyards and streets, peeking through windows and terrifying the occupants. The IDF would never dream of behaving like this in any of the nearby Jewish settlements – a nocturnal drill in Maskiot? Combat exercises in Mehola? – certainly not without permission and prior coordination. But in a Palestinian village anything goes, and residents’ nights belong to them as little as the days do. Indeed, that was the case last week, on Tuesday, in the small village of Aqaba.

Oct 12 07:05

Israel and Hamas said to reach agreement for 6-month ceasefire

Israel and the terror group Hamas have reached a truce agreement mediated by Qatar that will see quiet on the southern border for a period of six months, Channel 12 news reported on Sunday.

In return, Qatar will transfer $100 million to Hamas in a deal coordinated with Doha by Mossad head Yossi Cohen alongside the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), according to the report.
Mohammad al-Emadi, Qatar’s envoy to Gaza, has regularly visited Gaza in recent years with Israeli approval, bringing funds to the Strip for purchasing fuel, paying civil servants and helping Gaza’s poor. The most recent set of funding was set to run out within weeks, Channel 12 reported.

Oct 11 06:37

Jewish Settlers Throw Stones at Palestinian Car, Injure Toddler

A one-year-old Palestinian toddler was injured last night when Jewish settlers threw stones at a car he was in as it drove on a West Bank road, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that settlers from the illegal Daniel settlement – built on expropriated Palestinian land – threw stones at Palestinian cars driving on a highway between Bethlehem and Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the southern West Bank.

The toddler, Mahmoud Iyad Banat, was injured in the eye from glass after stones hit and broke a window of a car he was in, said the witnesses.

Oct 10 06:50

Israel to massively expand settlements after UAE normalization

Israel is moving ahead with thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

This represents a dramatic expansion of Israel’s settler-colonial efforts: The vast majority of the housing units are planned in “isolated” settlements outside the large blocs already eyed for Israeli annexation under President Donald Trump’s so-called “Peace to Prosperity” plan.

About 350 units will be added to each of the Beit El settlement, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Geva Binyamin settlement, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and the Nili settlement, in the central West Bank.

Almost 1,000 new housing units are set to be approved in the so-called Har Gilo settlement, sandwiched between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Israel is also advancing plans for almost 700 new housing units in Eli settlement in the central West Bank.

Oct 06 10:30

Facing down Israel's stooges at the heart of UK Parliament

Stuart Littlewood highlights the deep flaws and astounding hypocrisy of Israel’s stooges in the British Parliament, and of the spineless, time-serving church leaders, who are blind – or have blinded themselves – to Israel’s criminal oppression and persecution of the Palestinians – Christians and Muslims.>>

Oct 06 07:27

When will the word ‘Palestine’ be allowed on Canadian airwaves?

On August 18, 2020, renowned cartoonist Joe Sacco was interviewed by Canadian public radio host Duncan McCue, who is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, for his program The Current, which is produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The two discussed colonization, resource extraction, and Sacco’s latest graphic novel Paying the Land, about the Dene people of Canada’s Northwest Territories. All seemed kosher until the editors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) determined that they must scrub the word “Palestine” from the official transcript of the show and from future broadcasts.

When the show aired that same day, three hours later on the West Coast and in the published transcript of the show, McCue introduced Sacco’s art simply by saying “your work in conflict zones, Bosnia, Iraq.” The word “Palestine” had been cut.

Already concerning — but there’s more.

Oct 06 06:37

Israel to Advance Plans for 4,400 New Settlement Homes

The Israeli body responsible for authorizing settlements is expected to advance plans for over 4,400 new settler homes. The Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee will meet next week to sign off on the final approval for around 2,500 settler units in the West Bank. The committee will begin early stages of approval for the other units.

It will be the first approval of settlements and meeting of the committee since February. There has been a de facto freeze of settlement construction due to the coronavirus pandemic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failed attempt to annex portions of the West Bank. Despite the settlement freeze and the pandemic, Israel has demolished a record number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem this year.

Oct 06 06:18

Turkey Mediates Agreement Between Hamas and Fatah

After 15 years divided and in constant conflict of interest, the main Palestinian political forces, Hamas and Fatah, finally reached an agreement to hold new elections in Palestine. According to Hamas spokesman Saleh al-Arouri, there was a real consensus between the two parties and there is no longer any interest in pursuing divisions in Palestinian domestic politics. The negotiations were mediated by Turkey and the agreement signed in Istanbul. A commission has been created to establish the electoral calendar. Apparently, legislative elections will be held within six months. Then a date will be set for the presidential elections and for the Palestinian National Council. Another commission was also established in order to unify the popular struggle, creating a unified Palestinian national leadership.

Oct 05 07:12

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF attacks rendered 9 Palestinian civilians wounded in excessive use of force, including a child and a journalist in the West Bank. IOF also continued its policy of demolishing and destroying Palestinian houses and facilities for its settlement expansion schemes.

Oct 05 07:11

Palestine condemns Israel’s plan to build 5,400 new settlement units – Middle East Monitor

The Palestine Authority (PA) condemned on Friday Israeli plans to build 5,400 new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, a statement revealed.

The statement, which was issued by the PA’s Foreign Ministry, stated: “Expanding Jewish settlements is part of Israel’s unilateral moves to implement the US deal of the century and its plan to annex large parts of the West Bank.”

It added: “This disproves the Israeli claim that it has frozen settlement to enable its normalisation with Arab states, and reflects the systematic American and Israeli violations of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

This came after an Israeli radio station reported on Thursday evening that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the approval of the construction of 5,400 units in the West Bank’s settlements.

Oct 05 05:34

De-facto freeze broken, IDF to approve new West Bank settler homes

The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is set to approve and advance new homes in at least 25 West Bank settlements on October 14, thereby breaking the eight month de-facto freeze on such action.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged last week to convene the council, which last met in February, but a date and a schedule for the meeting was only posted on Sunday night.