Briefing Papers

  1. January 2021

    A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid B’tselem 12/01/2021 More than 14 million people, roughly half of them Jews and the other half Palestinians, live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea under a single rule. The common perception in public, political, legal and media […]

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  2. December 2020

    Israel’s Death App David Cronin EI 2/12/2020 Killing a Palestinian will soon be as easy as ordering a pizza. That repugnant message – albeit couched in less explicit terms – was delivered through a recent article published by the website IsraelDefense. It quotes Oren Matzliach, a colonel who is overseeing the use of a new app by the Israeli military. […]

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  3. November 2020

    UN General Assembly renews seven Resolutions 3/11/2020 The Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with political and decolonisation affairs, voted today with overwhelming majorities in favour of seven resolutions critical of Israel. Agenda items included assistance to Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (including east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights) and Israeli practices impacting […]

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  4. October 2020

    Israel subjects Palestinian children to physical and psychological abuse Anjuman Rahman  Middle East Monitor  29/10/2020 Israel is the only country in the world to prosecute children routinely in military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial. “They destroyed the front door, entered my room, covered my face with a bag and took me […]

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  5. September 2020

    Making space for Palestine – Architecture students bring destroyed Palestinian villages back to life Middle East Monitor 27/09/19  Since 2016, graduating Palestinian architecture students have competed for the prestigious “Reconstruction of Destroyed Palestinian Villages” award. As reported in the Middle East Monitor, “the architectural competition, organised by the Palestine Land Society, brings together history, politics and contemporary […]

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  6. July 2020

    Abuse and violence against children in Al-Issawiya, East Jerusalem Anastasia O’Brien Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights 3rd July 2020 . . . the police randomly close off streets, creating long traffic jams; use loud speakers on patrol cars and police vehicles late at night; intimidate residents by aiming weapons at them; conduct degrading inspections and […]

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  7. Lancet censors Gaza health letter after pressure

    Omar Karmi E I 1/10/2020  . . . “A COVID-19 pandemic that further cripples the Gaza Strip’s healthcare system should not be viewed as an inevitable biomedical phenomenon experienced equally by the world’s population, but as a preventable biosocial injustice rooted in decades of Israeli oppression and international complicity,” they concluded. The letter – “Structural […]

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  8. TUC calls for Israel sanctions to “end aparthei

    EI Asa Winstanley 15/09/20 The British Trades Union Congress has condemned Israel’s annexation plan, calling it “another significant step in the creation of a system of apartheid” in the West Bank. Passed on Tuesday, the motion is thought to be the first time the British trade union umbrella body has described Israeli policies as apartheid. […]

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  9. Pro-Israel lobby welcomes racist ambassador

    EI Asa Winstanley 7/10/2020 Israel’s incoming ambassador to the UK arrived last week and was welcomed by the pro-Israel lobby. A former senior government minister with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling hard-right Likud Party, Tzipi Hotovely is a religious extremist and open anti-Palestinian racist. The Board of Deputies, Conservative and Labour Friends of Israel as well as one government minister […]

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  10. Palestinian child held by Israel tests positive for Covid 19

    Tamara Nassar E I 2/10/2020 Israeli occupation forces detained the 14-year-old boy on 15 September in the Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood of the West Bank city of Hebron. The boy was transferred to an Israeli police station in the Kiryat Arba settlement in southern Hebron, where occupation authorities interrogated him and accused him of throwing stones. […]

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  11. Revenge against Palestinians is understandable – Israeli judge

    Jonathan Ofir Mondoweiss 21/07/2020 Yesterday, an unbelievable verdict came down at the Beersheba District Court in Israel: Two Israeli security officers were acquitted in a case involving the lynching of Haftom Zarhum, an Eritrean refugee, although they were filmed beating him and repeatedly dropping a bench on his head. The judge cited “reasonable doubt”. . […]

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  12. National Conservatory of Music raided by occupation forces

    IMEMC 24/07/2020 On Wednesday, 22 July 2020, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Yabous Cultural Centre and Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM) in the center of occupied East Jerusalem and confiscated thousands of documents, files, PCs, tablets, and surveillance cameras. At the same time, IOF raided a house owned by the couple: Rania Elias […]

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  13. Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home

    WAFA 31/07/2020 Israeli forces, on Wednesday morning, demolished the foundation of a Palestinian-owned house in Beit Awwa town, south of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent reported. He confirmed that Israeli soldiers invaded the town, and demolished the foundation of the 150 square meter house belonging to Mu‘ath […]

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  14. Israeli Human Rights Violations in the OPT

    PCHR 23-28 July 2020 Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized by the excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, the Israeli’s excessive use of force rendered 3 injuries among Palestinian civilians, including a […]

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  15. Occupation forces arrest BDS coordinator during night raid

    BNC 31/07/2020 Occupied Ramallah, 30 July 2020 – At around 3:30 am, tens of Israeli occupation soldiers, accompanied by at least one dog, stormed the home of Mahmoud Nawajaa, the General Coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), near Ramallah, handcuffing, blindfolding and taking him away from his wife and three young children. Mahmoud Nawajaa, […]

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  16. 4500 Palestinians, including 39 women,160 Children, imprisoned

    IMEMC 30/07/2020 On the eve of al-Adha Muslim feast, Palestinian researcher specialized in detainee’s affairs, former political prisoner, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, has reported that Israel is holding captive around 4500 Palestinians, including 39 women, 160 children, 6 legislators and 360 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial. Ferwana stated that, among […]

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  17. Israel kills 27 Palestinians, Injures1070, in first half of 2020

    IMEMC 27/07/2020  The Abdullah al-Hourani Center for Studies and Documentation” which is run by Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has reported, Sunday, that Israeli soldiers killed 27 Palestinians, including seven children and two women, in addition to wounding 1070 other, and abducted around 2330 Palestinians in the first half of this year, 2020. The Center stated that […]

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  18. Two female detainees remain in solitary confinement

    IMEMC 27/07/2020 The Palestinian Commission for Detainees’ Affairs has reported, Sunday, that the Israeli authorities are still forcing two female detainees Fadwa Hamada and Jihan Hasheema, in solidarity confinement under inhumane and harsh conditions. “We have been wearing the same clothes since we were moved here, they gave us one blouse each, in addition to toothpaste […]

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  19. List of Israeli targets leaked

    Ramzy Baroud Palestine Chronicle  30/07/2020 When International Court of Justice (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed last December that the Court has ample evidence to pursue a war crimes investigation in occupied Palestine, the Israeli government responded with the usual rhetoric, accusing the international community of bias and insisting on Israel’s ‘right to defend itself.’ If […]

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  20. West Bank demolitions and displacement – July 2020

    OCHA  July 2020 In July, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 72 Palestinian-owned structures, all on grounds of a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain. This is over 30 per cent above the monthly average during the first half of 2020 and nearly 40 per cent above the 2019 […]

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  21. Heavy bombardment of the Gaza Strip

    WAFA  21/08/2020 Israeli combat helicopters, late Thursday night struck a site west of Khan Younis city in the southern enclave with at least six missiles. Israeli warplanes, early Friday morning, bombed several sites across the besieged Gaza Strip. Israeli military jets fired three missiles at a site west of Gaza city, in the central Strip, […]

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  22. Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen

     IMEMC  20/08/2020 Israeli soldiers killed, late on Wednesday at night a Palestinian teen, and injured at least two others, in Deir Abu Mashal town, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank. The corpse of the slain Palestinians remains in the hands of the Israeli army. The Palestinian Health Ministry said it was informed that the […]

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  23. Jerusalem home demolished, protestor seriously injured

     IMEMC 18/08/2020 Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man during protests that erupted in the as-Sal’a neighborhood, in Jabal al-Mokabber, south of occupied East Jerusalem, after the army demolished an under-construction six-story residential building. Media sources said the soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who marched in condemnation of the Israeli […]

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  24. Young Palestinian man rammed and killed by settler vehicle

    IMEMC  18/08/2020 A young Palestinian man was killed on Saturday evening, August 15th, 2020, when a speeding Israel settler’s car struck him near a military roadblock, south of Tulkarem, in northern West Bank. The victim was identified as Eqab Bashir Darawsha, 21, from Tallouza village, north of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

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  25. UAE sells out Palestinian Rights through agreement with Israel

    IMEMC  18/08/2020 By The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC): The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement strongly slammed in a statement the recent normalization agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, calling on Emiratis to boycott any Israeli activity in the country. “Palestinian civil society stands with the silenced majority in the United Arab Emirates […]

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  26. Occupation forces kill Palestinian man in Jerusalem

    IMEMC  18/08/2020 Ashraf Hasan Atallah Halasa was shot with at least three live rounds in the chest, one of them struck his heart, and was left on the ground without medical attention for about 90 minutes, while the soldiers “secured the area”, and the Israeli medics tended to the wounded officer.  Soldiers also abducted Tareq […]

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  27. Israeli Court annexes 525 dunams of land to the JNF

    PIC 29/08/2020 The Israeli army, on Wednesday, delivered demolition orders against 3 Palestinian-owned homes and stop-work orders against 6 others in Nahalin town, west of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank. The army also handed stop-work orders to the owners of six under construction homes. The Israeli authorities annexed 525 dunams (130 acres) of […]

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  28. Israeli warplanes, tanks attack the Gaza Strip

    PIC  26/08/2020 Israeli jets and tanks, Tuesday at dawn, bombed Palestinian lands in Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Local sources told the PIC’s reporter that Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at Palestinian-owned farm land east of Rafah City. At the same time, Israeli tanks stationed […]

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  29. Israel attacks fishermen, opens fire at shepherds

     PIC  24/08/2020 The Israeli navy, on Sunday, attacked Palestinian fishermen and their boats as they sailed within one nautical mile off the Gaza shore, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Israeli total closure of the Gaza sea, which has continued for the seventh consecutive day, deprives Gaza fishermen of their daily sustenance and increases their families’ […]

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  30. PCHR: Israeli human rights violations in the OPT

     PCHR  27/08 – 2/9/2020 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 wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child in excessive use of force […]

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  31. Palestinian detainee dies in Israeli prison

     IMEMC 3/09/2020 The PPS issued a statement mourning the detainee, identified as Daoud Tal’at Khatib, 45, from Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and added that the detainee was abducted by the soldiers in April 2002, and was sentenced to 18 years and eight months in prison. He was only a few […]

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  32. Fifteen Palestinians, including a child, detained

    IMEMC  3/09/2020 The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinian civilians, Thursday, from the occupied West Bank. In the al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in occupied city of Jerusalem, under full Israeli control, 2 Palestinian civilians were detained by the Israeli military, including a child; Montaser Sabtah, 14,

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  33. Palestinian shot from Bethlehem watchtower

      IMEMC  3/09/2020 Local sources said that Ahmed Abu Akr, 32, from Aida refugee camp, was shot by an Israeli soldier who was stationed in a military watchtower near the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque. In related news, Israeli forces shot a young Palestinian man near Nablus, the injury being described as moderate.  

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  34. Israeli forces attack elderly protestor

     WAFA  2/09/2020 The occupation forces brutally assaulted elderly Khairy Hanoun  while protesting Israel’s plan to expropriate occupied Palestinian land from the village of Shofa  near Tulkarem city.  

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  35. Israel approves hundreds of settler units near Bethlehem

    IMEMC  13/09/2020 The Israeli government and its so-called “Civil Administration Office,” the executive branch of its illegal occupation, has approved the construction of hundreds of new units in an illegal colony, south of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the “Wall and Colonization […]

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  36. Elderly Palestinian abducted In Jerusalem

     IMEMC 13/09/2020  Israeli intelligence officers officers, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded the Silwan home of Abdul-Rahim Barbar, 80, and ransacked it before abducting him and removing him to a Jerusalem interrogation facility.  His son, Majd Barbar, is a political prisoner who was imprisoned by Israel for  twenty years in 2001.

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  37. Water shortage in the Gaza Strip amid COVID-19

    al Mezan  12/09/2020   Al Mezan is deeply concerned for the population’s health and wellbeing, in particular, the impoverished populations in Gaza amid the declining municipal services and COVID-19 outbreak and addresses the deteriorating living conditions in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel’s 14-year blockade and recent punitive measures, notably the ban on […]

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  38. EU urges Israel to cease demolition of Palestinian homes

    IMEMC 11/09/2020 “In line with the EU’s long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, the EU once again urges the Israeli authorities to halt demolitions of Palestinian structures,” 

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  39. Palestinian forced to demolish fourth floor of his home

    PIC/Silwanic  10/09/2020 Israeli authorities, Tuesday, forced a citizen of Jerusalem to demolish the fourth floor of his home, near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. The owner for the home, Hamed Hammad, said he was ordered to remove the fourth floor of his house himself or pay excessive demolition costs to the Israeli municipality. […]

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  40. Twelve detainees in Ofer prison are Covid-19 positive

    IMEMC   8/09/2020 The number of detainees in Ofer Israeli prison, who have been officially diagnosed as Covid-19 positive, has arrived to 12. A total of 29 detainees in various prisoners are infected with the virus thus far. The infected detainees are in Section 14 of Ofer Israeli prison, which is already overcrowded, Five of them […]

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  41. Hebron: Settler runs down Palestinian Child

     IMEMC  8/09/2020 An Israeli settler, on Sunday, struck a Palestinian child with his car, near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, built on Palestinian-owned land of Hebron, southern occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center.Eyewitnesses states that an unidentified Israeli settler ran over the child with his vehicle, and proceeded to escape responsibility, heading towards Kiryat […]

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  42. Israel arrests cancer patient at Erez crossing

    al Mezan  16/09/2020 14 September 2020, the Israeli authorities at Erez crossing arrested Mohammed Tayseer Sawali, a 36-year-old cancer patient from Khan Younis, despite having granted him a travel permit. Sawali was on his way to Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. Sawali’s family told Al Mezan that Mohammed was diagnosed with colon cancer six months […]

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  43. Unlawful demolitions in the West Bank spike during pandemic

      IMEMC  15/09/20    Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Israeli authorities indicated that they would restrain their longstanding policy of demolishing inhabited Palestinian homes. Yet the six month period from March 1 to August 31, 2020 saw the demolition or confiscation of 389 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, on average, 65 per month, the highest […]

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  44. Court approves mosque demolition in Silwan

     Silwanic  14/09/2020 An Israeli court rejected an appeal from the residents, which was filed after a demolition order was issued by the City Council to demolish the Al-Qa’qa’ mosque in the town. The mosque, the only one in that area, was built through donations from various individuals and institutions and is being used for worship […]

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  45. Two fishermen killed by Egyptian Naval Forces

    PCHR  27/09/2020   The three fishermen Mahmoud Mohammed Ibrahim al-Za’zou’ (20) and his two brothers Hasan (26) and Yaser (18), from Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza Strip, went fishing at approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 24 September 2020. After they crossed the Palestinian-Egyptian maritime boundaries and entered the Egyptian regional waters; at approximately 01:00 on […]

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  46. Body of Palestinian mother handed back to her family

     IMEMC  26/09/2020 Nayfa Mohammad Ka’abna, 50, from Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, was killed by the soldiers on September 18th, 2019, while crossing Qalandia Terminal. The slain Palestinian woman was a mother of nine children; after she was shot by the soldiers, she was left bleeding for a long time, before an Israeli ambulance moved her […]

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  47. Israeli soldiers abduct two children

    IMEMC  21/09/2020 ‘Amir Sa’ada, 12, and Mohammad Atallah ‘Azem, 13  from Qaryout village were walking in the al-‘Ein area, south of Qaryout when the soldiers abducted them and took them to Shilo settlement . . .

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  48. Twelve Palestinian policemen abducted

     IMEMC  4/10/2020 Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, the village of Ni’lin, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted twelve Palestinian on-duty police officers, in addition to confiscating their vehicles and weapons. The police officers were on a mission to apprehend a resident, wanted by the police over criminal charges.  

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  49. What Are You Proud of When You Think of the State of Israel?

    Haaretz:  Gideon Levy  A group of Palestinian laborers leaned on the felled trees that were dragged like corpses by a tractor, and sawed down the trunks into small logs. The first light was rising over the fields north of Tel Aviv. Only a few hundred meters from there, a luxury neighborhood was still asleep; the noise […]

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  50. Incriminating Minutes of an Israeli Knesset Panel on the West Bank

    Haaretz: Amira Hass There are five ways to read the minutes of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, convening as the subcommittee for the spread of the settlements. They are there for all to see on the Knesset website. One way is not to bother. After all, who cares about a meeting that’s not about […]

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  51. Baby denied medical treatment dies

    Celine Hagbard PHRI  23/06/2020 The Israeli Annexation Plan, announced last month by Israeli authorities, and put into practice this month, has apparently claimed its first victim, as a Palestinian baby scheduled for a lifesaving operation in Israel was denied a permit by Israeli authorities who run the West Bank and Gaza under martial law. The […]

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  52. Soldier kills boy in Hebron

    IMEMC  13/05/2020 Israeli soldiers killed, earlier on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian child, and injured four young men, in the al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded the refugee camp, and attacked local youngsters, who protested the invasion into their alley and neighborhoods. They […]

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  53. Hospital guards kill epileptic Palestinian

    IMEMC 16/05/2020 Security guards at a Tel Aviv hospital on Wednesday killed an epileptic Palestinian man in front of his mother. He was killed at the entrance to the hospital where he frequently received treatment for his epilepsy. Mustafa Younis, from Aara town, was killed by the guards after an argument at the entrance to […]

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  54. Israeli forces kill autistic man in Jerusalem

    IMEMC  31/05/2020 On Saturday, Israeli police in Jerusalem shot and killed an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man, then left him lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds for over an hour until he bled to death. Eyad Khairi al-Hallaq, 32, was on his way to an institution for people with special needs, where he would […]

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  55. Mourning tents invaded by Israeli police

    Ali Salam IMEMC 06/06/2020 Israeli police, on Thursday evening, invaded the home and mourning tent of Palestinian martyr, Eyad al-Hallaq, in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Local sources said that the Israeli police searched the family home and mourning tent, showing grave disrespect, and provoking confrontations with locals, which […]

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  56. Supposed baptismal site mine-free after 53 years

    i24NEWS 12/04/2020 The minefield covered around 250 acres and contained an estimated 2,600 landmines — After 53 years of being a vast minefield, the holy site of Qaser al-Yahud, where John the Baptist is thought to have baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, has finally been cleared of landmines. After the 1967 Six Day War, […]

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  57. Domestic abuse soars

    Farah Najjar Al Jazeera 20/04/2020 Since start of coronavirus lockdown, at least five women have been killed at the hands of their abusers, activists say — Banging pots and pans and waving homemade banners, scores of Palestinians have expressed their solidarity with women enduring various forms of domestic violence during a lockdown imposed due to […]

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  58. Pupils struggle to learn at home in Gaza

    Ola Mousa Electronic Intifada 23/04/2020 Raya Nofal finds it hard to attend classes over the internet. “I don’t have a tablet,” the 11-year-old said. “My mother gives me her phone. But sometimes she gets a call and that interrupts our lessons. At other times, I can’t focus because the internet is slow.” Raya’s experience is […]

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  59. Mossad promoting drugs in Palestinian refugee camps

    MEMO 23/04/2020 Hamas yesterday accused Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad of being involved in promoting drugs among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Quds Press reported. During a meeting with other Palestinian factions, Hamas representative in Lebanon Ahmed Abdul-Hadi hailed the detention of drug dealers in the refugee camps. Abdul-Hadi reiterated that Mossad is involved in promoting drugs in the […]

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  60. Israeli settlers carry out violent attacks

    IMEMC  26/04/2020 Since the start of the corona crisis, Israeli settlers have ramped up attacks against Palestinians throughout the West Bank, with full state backing.. . . . . some of them carrying firearms,  clubs, axes, electroshock weapons, stones and assault dogs, in some cases causing severe injury. . . . also attacked homes, torched […]

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  61. Settlers uproot hundreds of grapevines in Bethlehem

    IMEMC 07/05/2020 Head of the Palestinian Office for Fighting Israeli Settlements and Israel’s Apartheid wall in Bethlehem, Hassan Breega, told media outlets that Israeli settlers from the nearby colonial illegal Israeli settlement of Ephrat, uprooted around 450 newly-planted grapevines, owned by local resident, Ibrahim Sobaih. Recently, Israeli troops, along with armed Israeli colonial settlers, have […]

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  62. Undercover soldiers kidnap 13 Palestinians

    Silwanic 11/05/2020 Undercover Israeli soldiers assaulted and kidnapped, on Monday evening, 13 young Palestinian men in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem. Silwanic added that the officers repeatedly assaulted the Palestinians with clubs and batons, before moving them to the Police Station in Salahuddin Street, in Jerusalem.  

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  63. Ya’bad town isolated, disabled Palestinian assaulted

    WAFA 16/05.2020 Israeli forces blocked all entrances to Ya’bad town, west of Jenin city, on Friday morning, after several days of military invasions into the northern West Bank town. On Tuesday, a 21-year old Israeli soldier was killed during a pre-dawn invasion of the town, the military has since invaded the town several times and […]

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  64. Israel constructs settler-only bypass road

    IMEMC 19/05/2020 Israeli troops reportedly embarked on erecting a bypass road, on Tuesday, in the Huwara village, south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank. Local Palestinian media sources said that the road is seven kilometers-long and that it will be located on about 100 acres of Palestinian farm lands. . . . […]

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  65. Israeli forces deliver demolition orders

    PIC 21/05/2020 Israeli occupation forces handed Palestinian citizen, Jamal Rashayda, a demolition order, on Tuesday, for several structures in Ras al-Auja area in the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Israeli troops, on Wednesday morning, confiscated a mobile home in Furush Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus., Witnesses […]

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  66. Ten Palestinian-owned water wells closed

    IMEMC 26/05/2020 Israeli military authorities reportedly plan to shut down ten Palestinian-owned water wells, to the west of city Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank. Local Palestinian sources in the Al-Sawiya village in western Salfit, told media outlets including the Palestine WAFA News Agency, that Israeli military authorities delivered shutdown warrants to the owners […]

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  67. Israel escalates demolition of Palestinian homes

    Ali Salam WAFA 28/05/2020 The Palestinian Siam family, on Wednesday, began to tear down parts their own home in occupied East Jerusalem. The family told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem delivered a demolition order to their Silwan home. The pretext used by the so-called Israeli authorities, for the […]

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  68. Troops obstruct repair of a Bethlehem street

    IMEMC 29/05/2020 Israeli troops reportedly blocked, on Friday morning, reconstruction of a local street in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Local municipality sources told media outlets that Israeli troops stormed the Almaqbara or Cemetery street in the Rashayda village, east of Bethlehem and ordered municipal workers, by force, to stop reconstruction …..

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  69. Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian driver

    IMEMC  30/05/2020 Israeli soldiers killed, on Friday evening, a Palestinian father of five children, including an infant, allegedly after he tried to ram them with his car near Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. His family denied the military allegations and said the man lost control . . . […]

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  70. Israel’s UK ambassador is a settler extremist

    Asa Winstanley EI  12/06/2020 Israel’s next ambassador to the UK is a pro-settler activist who has promoted the movement to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Tzipi Hotovely once claimed that there is “no Palestinian people.”A 41-year-old extremist, she openly states that Palestinians deserve less rights than Jews. She tries to justify her bigotry using an explictly […]

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  71. Israeli police demolish 4 Palestinian homes inside Israel

    Ali Salam IMEMC 01/06/2020 Israeli occupation police, on Sunday, demolished four homes under construction in the Arab city of Tira, inside the 1948 occupied lands, known as Israel. The justification given by authorities for the demolition, was the alleged lack of a building permit, Shehab News reported. According to witnesses, police stormed the city . . […]

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  72. Israel to demolish 200 Palestinian-owned industrial units

    Ali Salam IMEMC 02/06/20 The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, on Sunday, finalized an order to evict and demolish 200 Palestinian-owned industrial structures in Wad al-Joz neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, sources said . Chairman of East Jerusalem’s Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kamal Obeidat, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the municipality […]  

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  73. Jordan Valley 8000 dunams of Palestinian land torched

    Ali Salam IMEMC 03/06/2020 Israeli military training on Tuesday caused a wide area of agricultural land in the Jordan Valley to burn, Quds News Network reported. Local sources said that the Israeli military’s use of live ammunition caused fire to burn nearly 180 dunams of agricultural land and 8200 dunams of pastoral land, used for […]

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  74. Settlers chop down dozens of olive trees

    Ali Salam WAFA 06/06/2020 Illegal Israeli settlers, on Thursday, destroyed dozens of several year old olive trees in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official. Munir Qadous, with the human rights group, Yesh Din, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli colonists snuck into Palestinian agricultural […]

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  75. Settler injures a Palestinian child in the eye

    IMEMC 08/06/2020 An illegal Israeli colonialist settler attacked, Sunday, a Palestinian child in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, causing an injury in one of her eyes, in addition to cuts and bruises. Media sources said the colonist assaulted the child, identified as Mariam Yasser Najeeb, 11, while playing and riding her scooter in the […]

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  76. 160 dunams of Palestinian land confiscated

    IMEMC  10/06/2020 The Israeli military issued, Wednesday, military orders for the illegal confiscation of privately-owned Palestinian lands in the Qalqilia governorate, in northern West Bank. Mohammad Abu Sheikh, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the orders were handed to many residents, informing them of the decision to confiscate […]

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  77. Sentence for Palestinian arrested at age 15

    IMEMC 11/06/2020 Two prisoners, both of whom were arrested when they were 15 years old, have had extensive sentences handed down by the Israeli Ofer Military Court. The now-19-year-old prisoner, Omar Samir Rimawi, had his sentence changed from 35 years to Life in prison with no possibility of parole. Hi co-defendant, Ahmad Ayoub Obaidah, 19, […]

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  78. Main water pipe in Jordan Valley destroyed

    WAFA 12/06/2020 Israeli military tanks destroyed, on Thursday at night, a main water pipe serving Palestinian communities in the northern Jordan Valley region, northeast of the occupied West Bank. Dirar Sawafta, a member of the Local Council of Bardala Village, in the northern Jordan Valley, told WAFA that a 200-meter-long water pipe was destroyed as the […]

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  79. Boy sentenced to ten years by Israeli authorities

    Ali Salam IMEMC  15/06/2020 The Israeli administration, on Sunday, sentenced Palestinian child, Hammoudeh Khader Sheikh, to 10 years in prison, Quds News Network reported. The boy, 15, from occupied East Jerusalem, southern West Bank, was shot and injured by occupation soldiers on August 15, 2019, while with his friend Naseem Imkafeh, 15, whom the soldiers […]

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  80. Soldiers abduct Palestinian children in Jerusalem

    Silwanic 17/06/2020 Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, four Palestinians, including two children, in the Old City and the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, after assaulting them. The child was kidnapped by undercover soldiers. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers attacked several children in the Council Gate […]

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  81. Settlers assault Palestinian child

    IMEMC 20/06/2020 A group of armed fanatic Israeli colonialist settlers, squatting on stolen Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law, assaulted a child, Friday, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said the child, only fifteen years of age, was attacked by a group of colonists […]

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  82. Nearly six million Palestinians remain refugees

    WAFA 21/06/2020 More than 5.6 million Palestinians are registered by United Nations (UN) as refugees, after seven decades of the Palestinian catastrophe or Nakba that began when Israel expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in historical Palestine, declaring it the state of Israel, in 1948. The Palestinian refugee population is distributed in different Near East […]

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  83. Fourteen arrested, including two children

    Ali Salam PPS  21/06/2020 The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), reported that Israeli forces detained fourteen Palestinians across the West Bank, on Saturday night and Sunday morning, nine of whom were abducted by Israeli police from Al-‘Isawiya town in East Jerusalem. The nine abductees included Hassan Yasser Darwish, 14, a wounded child, Amr Sabarna, 17. The […]

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  84. Hours before his sister’s wedding, soldiers kill young Palestinian

    IMEMC 23/06/2020 Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man near the “Container” military roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, east of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. The head of Abu Dis Town Council, Ahmad Abu Hilal, said the soldiers shot the young man, identified as Ahmad Mustafa Erekat, 26, from Abu Dis, and […]

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  85. Derisory sentence

    al Mezan 25/06/2020 On 15 June 2020, an Israeli military court sentenced an Israeli soldier, who shot and killed 23-year-old Palestinian fisherman, Nawwaf al-Attar, off the coast of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip, to a derisory 45-day prison sentence to be served through military-related labor. A suspended sentence ranging from two months to two […]

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  86. Army shells Gaza

    IMEMC 27/06/2020 Israeli war jets and tanks fired, late on Friday at night, several missiles, and shells, into Palestinian areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage. The Israeli army claimed it was retaliating to shells reportedly fired from Gaza. Media sources in Gaza said the army fired at least one missile into […]

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  87. Armed settlers burn hundreds of olive trees

    IMEMC 27/06/2020 Israeli settlers set on fire to a Palestinian-owned farm land, on Saturday, in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Armed Israeli settlers, from the illegal Israeli settlement of Giv’at Ronaie, broke into the nearby Palestinian-owned farm land, east of Burin village and set fire to hundreds of fruitful […]

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  88. European petition rejects annexation of West Bank

     Ali Salam Quds news 28/06/20 1080 lawmakers from 25 European countries signed a petition, last week, pressing their foreign ministers to reject the Israeli plans to annex large swathes of the occupied West Bank, Quds News Network reported.The lawmakers affirmed their support for the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, who stated that […]

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  89. Young Palestinian mother released after 12 months detention without trial

     IMEMC 30/06/2020 The Israeli authorities released, Monday, a young Palestinian woman, a mother, identified as Shorouq al-Badan, 25, after holding her under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, for nearly 12 months. Al-Badan was welcomed by her family, including her children who were unable to see her throughout the duration of her imprisonment, […]

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  90. Israeli navy attacks Palestinian fishermen off coast of Gaza

     IMEMC 30/6/20 Israeli naval vessels attacked, early on Tuesday morning, a number of Palestinian fishing boats, off the coast of Gaza, while Israeli tanks rolled into the eastern parts of the coastal enclave. Media sources in Gaza said that fishing boats sailing off the northern coast of Gaza, were exposed to indiscriminate Israeli navy fire. […]

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  91. Coronavirus response stirs Jerusalem sovereignty struggle

    AFP 18/04/2020 Israel’s arrest of senior Palestinian officials for “illegal” efforts to contain coronavirus and the Jewish state’s closure of a clinic have exacerbated a long-running row over the status of east Jerusalem. Since the onset of the health crisis, Palestinian officials allege the Arab population of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has been overlooked by Israeli […]

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  92. Arrests and raids during coronavirus pandemic

    B’Tselem 16/04/20 cc The entire world has ground to a halt, but the Israeli military is carrying on its violent routine of occupation throughout the West Bank. From 1 March 2020 to 3 April 2020, Israeli security forces raided 100 homes in the West Bank and arrested 217 Palestinians, 16 of them minors. Forty percent of […]

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  93. Palestinians count on Israel’s separation barrier

     Suha Arraf  +972 Mag 16/04/2020 It’s a story that even a screenwriter would have a hard time coming up with: fearing that Palestinians employed inside the Green Line will bring the new coronavirus back into the West Bank, Palestinians are reporting breaches in the separation barrier that divides Israel from the occupied territories. Members of […]

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  94. Vineyards flooded with sewage

       PNN 15/04/2020 For the second time in less than a fortnight several armed Israelis from Gush Etzion settlement caused flooding of Palestinian-owned vineyards in Beit Ummar town northwest of al-Khalil (Hebron), with sewage.  Israeli settlers have been intentionally deluging Palestinian farmlands with huge volumes of wastewater over the past few years, causing a great deal […]

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  95. Worker abandoned outside settlement

    Ali Salam IMEMC 13/04/2020 A Palestinian worker showing coronavirus symptoms was abandoned, on Sunday by Israeli settlers, outside the illegal Burkan settlement, near the town of Salfit in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Abdullah Kmail, the Governor of Salfit, said the worker, who had remained at his workplace in Israel for […]

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  96. Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip

     Adam Khalil MEE 23/03/20 The Hamas government has stepped up its measures to limit the spread of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip following the announcement of the first two confirmed cases in the enclave … “We have been used to living on our own and living in extreme conditions for many years”, said Nawal Eliwa, 55, […]

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  97. Palestinians would die for the Israeli kind of lockdown

     Gideon Levy Haaretz 19/03/20 The heavens have darkened and everything is closing in around us. Only fate, God or the shaper of history are laughing at us from up high, a bitter, ironic laughter. The irony of fate: For the first time, Israel is tasting some of the hell it has been dishing out for […]

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  98. Abuse of Palestinians overrides fear of COVID-19

       The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights 19/03/20 Despite the unprecedented health crisis requiring residents of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to take extreme social isolation measures, the Israel Police have chosen now, of all times, to escalate their abuse and collective punishment of Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-‘Issawiya, as […]

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  99. Palestinian children’s rights NGO does not have links to terror groups

      MEMO 12/03/20 The Zionist UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI)has settled out of court in a case brought forward after it alleged children’s rights NGO, Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), had close links to terror groups. The news comes as DCIP reached a settlement in a defamation case against UKLFI.  On its website, […]

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  100. ‘the Palestinian way’ – with sweets and song

     Akram Al-Waara MEE 9/03/2020 Nestled between the sloping hills of Beit Jala, the sister town of Bethlehem, is the Angel Hotel – the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic in the occupied West Bank city. The hotel is “ground zero” for the city’s outbreak, after seven of its staff members were diagnosed with coronavirus, which they caught […]

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  101. Israel soldiers shot at Palestinians simply making a U-turn

     MEMO 13/03/20 An investigation by Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has revealed that Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle whose driver was simply making a U-turn, in what military officials described at the time as an attempted ‘car-ramming’ attack. According to the paper, on 20 February, the Israeli army spokesperson reported that soldiers had shot […]

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  102. Settlers enter West Bank site, defying Palestinian corona closure decision

    12/03/ 20 WAFA  The Israeli army today allowed groups of Jewish settlers into Sebastia archaeological site in the north of the occupied West Bank despite a Palestinian Authority decision closing tourist sites and banning gatherings in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Sebastia mayor, Mohammad Azem, said dozens of settlers arrived at the site […]

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  103. Attempted kidnap of two Palestinian children

     IMEMC 11/03/20 Three fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law, attempted to kidnap two children, Thursday, near Ramallah, in central West Bank. Eyewitnesses said the three colonists were driving their motorcycles in the meadow of Turmus Ayya town, northeast of Ramallah, before forcing a Palestinian car to stop. […]

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  104. Emboldened settlers transform West Bank

    AFP 28/02/20 Around the time US President Donald Trump took office, a group of Israeli families more than 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) away started a wildcat settlement near the Dead Sea in the Palestinians territories. In the three years since, it has become the outpost of Kedem Arava, home to 40 families. It is believed […]

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  105. Thousands of shekels stolen from Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank

    MEMO 04/03/20 Israel security forces stole thousands of shekels from Palestinians in Al-Zawiya in the Salfit district of the occupied West Bank last night. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, around 50,000 shekels ($14,500) were seized during raids that were carried out overnight in the houses of Palestinian citizens and former prisoners. The Israeli […]

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  106. ’42 knees in one day’: Israeli snipers boast

    Hilo Glazer Haaretz Magazine 6/03/20 I know exactly how many knees I’ve hit, says Eden, who completed his service in the Israel Defense Forces as a sniper in its Golani infantry brigade six months ago. For much of the time, he was stationed along the border with the Gaza Strip. His assignment: to repel Palestinian […]

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  107. Prisoner describes torture inside Israeli jail

    IMEMC/Agencies 21/02/20 In a report issued, on Thursday, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority released the testimony of the prisoner, Halima Khandakji, 45, from the town of Deir Sudan, Ramallah District, in which she tells details of her torture during interrogation inside the occupation detention cells. The report says “During her interrogation, she was hung […]

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  108. Court orders Palestinians family turn home over to Israeli settlers

     IMEMC/ Agencies 27/01/20 An Israeli court, yesterday, ruled in favor of evicting a Palestinian-owned building in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied  Jerusalem and turn it over to an Israeli settler organization, according to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center. It said that the Israeli court rejected all objections by the Dweik family, which owns the building, […]

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  109. Jewish settlers torch West Bank school

      Qais Abu Samra Anadolu 28/01/20 A group of settlers stormed Einabous Secondary School and set fire to a classroom, according to Iyad Awad, a spokesman for the Education Directorate south of the city of Nablus. “The fire broke out all over the classroom,” Awad told Anadolu Agency. The settlers also sprayed racist slurs in Hebrew […]

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  110. Abusing of a Gaza couple who just lost three babies

    Gideon Levy & Alex Levac Haaretz 31/01/20 Wafa raises the appallingly tiny palm of her daughter, as though hoping to hold onto her so she won’t slip away like her three other newborn siblings did. Selin is a 2-month-old preemie, who weighed 500 grams (17.6 ounces) when she was born in the 25th week of […]

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  111. Southern Gaza residents living amid rubbish

    Sanaa Kamal Xinhua 28/01/20 Hamza Ferwana, 12 years old, from the Palestinian Gaza Strip, spends hours every day searching through trash piles at a municipal rubbish dump to earn a living from items he may find and sell. “I am digging out rubbish in search of food or items that can be sold such as […]

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  112. Israel moves 34 child prisoners to Israel

    WAFA 13/01/20 Israel Prison Services (IPS) today relocated 34 Palestinian minor prisoners held at Ofer military camp and prison, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, to Damoun prison in Israel without any of their adult overseers, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) in a statement.  . . . The decision has prompted strong protests […]

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  113. Israel profited 54,000 shekels from imprisoned children

     IMEMC 17/01/20 The Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs has stated that the Israeli occupation state has made 54,000 Shekel profit off the Palestinian children who were imprisoned in Ofer jail last December, Quds News Network reported. The Committee said in a report issued on Sunday that 38 Palestinian children were sent to Ofer jail […]

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  114. Israel seized Palestinian lands in Bethlehem

     MEMO 16/01/20 Israeli forces yesterday issued orders to seize hundreds of dunums of agricultural land in Bethlehem’s southern occupied towns of Al-Khader and Irtas. The head of the Commission for the Resistance of the Wall and Settlements, Hasan Breijieh, told local media that the orders were issued to seize 350 dunums of agricultural land, with the […]

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  115. Israel arrests hundreds of Palestinian minors in Jerusalem

     Nir Hasson Ha’aretz 10/01/20 The use of force, night time arrests, questioning not in the presence of their parents, rides in patrol cars for intimidation and unnecessary handcuffing – these are just some of the violations of the rights of minors arrested by police in the ‘Issawiyah neighborhood of Jerusalem over the past few months. […]

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  116. Israel floods Gaza farmland with rainwater

    Palestine Chronicle 06/01/20 Israel deliberately flooded hundreds of acres of farmland on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. Israel opened one of the gates of its rainwater stores east of Gaza, making the water drown hundreds of dunums of agricultural land.  “Israel flooded agricultural lands, cow ranches, and bee farms in eastern Shujaiyyah neighborhood […]

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  117. Israel to use alternative to UNRWA schools in Jerusalem

    MEMO 02/01/20 The Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday slammed an Israeli decision to use alternatives to UNRWA-run Palestinian schools in Jerusalem. In a statement, the PA’s Ministry of Expatriates and Foreign Affairs said that the approval of the council of the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem to set up education facilities to replace UNRWA schools is part […]

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  118. Almost 30.000 Jewish fanatics forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2019

     WAFA 31/12/19 A total of 29,610 Jewish fanatics have forced their way into Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in 2019 raising concern of an organized scheme to change the long-held status quo at the holy compound located in Jerusalem’s Old City as a Muslim-only worship place, today said Azzam Khatib, director of the […]

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  119. Stateless Jerusalemites call on Jordan to restore their citizenship

    Daoud Kuttab Al-Monitor 30/12/19 Public calls by Palestinians for the restoration of Jordanian citizenship to all Palestinian East Jerusalemites have increased in recent weeks due in part to the increased Israeli attempts to divorce Jerusalemites from any connection to the Palestinian leadership. Some 350,000 stateless Palestinians live in Jerusalem. Their plight has deteriorated over the […]

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  120. Only 55 Palestinian Christians from Gaza to enter West Bank for Xmas

      MEMO 24/12/19 Israeli authorities have only allowed 55 Christians in the Gaza Strip to enter the West Bank and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas, according to local news agency Ma’an. The Orthodox Church in Gaza said among the 600 official requests that were submitted to Israel, occupation authorities agreed to grant travel permits to just […]

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  121. Gaza . . . 500 factories are about to close

     Palestine Chronicle 29/12/19 2019 was one of the worst years for local Gaza economy that is struggling to stay afloat despite the hermetic Israeli blockade. Palestinian sources told Quds News Network that over 500 factories, which have provided much of Gazans’ domestic needs, will shut down by the end of this year, due to the […]

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  122. Israel soldiers wantonly shot at Palestinian children

     MEMO 18/12/90 Israeli forces “wantonly” shot at Palestinian children in Al-Jalazun refugee camp, injuring two, according to an investigation by human rights group B’Tselem. The incident occurred on the afternoon of 17 November, when Israeli occupation forces entered Al-Jalazun to chase Palestinian children who had been throwing stones at them at the camp entrance. After […]

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  123. 15-year-old under administrative detention

    IMEMC/Agencies 19/12/19 Israeli forces, on Wednesday, placed a Palestinian minor under detention at the Ofer Detention Center, west of Ramallah,. . . Hamza al-Hreimi, 15, was shot and injured in the thigh, by the Israeli soldiers, on Tuesday night. He was later moved to an Israeli hospital for treatment . . . the family home […]

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  124. During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tented clinic

     B’Tselem  26/03/20 26 March 2020, at around 7:30 am, officials from Israel’s occupation forces arrived with a military jeep escort, a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes at the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq in the northern Jordan Valley. They confiscated poles and sheeting that were meant to form eight tents, two for a […]

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  125. Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in their eyes

    Tareq Hajjaj & Pam Bailey The New Arab 20/12/19 Muath Amarneh was blinded in his left eye after he was hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest in the West Bank. . .  Gaza’s Ministry of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye since the demonstrations began March 30, 2018 […]

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  126. Go to Gaza and cry, ‘Never Again’

    To be the guests of Israel without mentioning its crimes; to commemorate the Holocaust while ignoring its lessons; to visit Jerusalem without traveling to the Gaza ghetto on International Holocaust Remembrance Day – one can barely think of any greater hypocrisy . . . . When today they recite ad nauseam ‘never again,’ one should […]

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  127. Israel’s top court upholds deportation of senior HRW official

    Al Jazeera 5/11/19 Israel‘s Supreme Court has upheld a government decision to expel a senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) official over his alleged support for promoting boycotts of the country. The unanimous three-judge decision supporting the Israeli government’s move against Omar Shakir, a US citizen who represents HRW in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, […]

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  128. Travel ban against Amnesty campaigner from West Bank

    Areeb Ullah MEE 31/10/19 Israel has issued a travel ban against a Palestinian campaigner for Amnesty International amid a growing Israeli crackdown on human rights groups inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On 26 October, Israeli authorities stopped Laith Abu Zeyad, Amnesty’s campaigner on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), from leaving the West […]

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  129. Israel to destroy all Palestinian structures in Area C

    IMEMC/Agencies 9/12/19 Israeli Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett, has threatened to destroy all Palestinian structures in West Bank areas under complete Israeli control (Area C), including those which were funded by Europeans, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. According to Days of Palestine, Bennett made the threat during a meeting with ambassadors of European Union […]

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  130. ‘I did not find our house, there was only a huge hole.’

     IMEMC/Agencies 16/11/19 Surviving children of the Abu Malhous “Sawarkah” family, who survived the massacre in which an Israeli air-strike killed 8, including five children and two women, spoke about what happened to them this past Thursday. That night, Noor Sawarkah, 12, could not sleep for fear, listening to the Israeli drones hover over the area, […]

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  131. No justifying Israel’s bloodshed in Gaza

    Maureen Clare Murphy EI 14/11/19 A truce was declared by Israel and Islamic Jihad early Thursday, bringing an end to 48 hours of violence across the Gaza-Israel boundary that teetered on the brink of a full-blown war. Gaza’s health ministry stated that Israeli forces killed 34 Palestinians during the fighting, nearly half of them civilians, […]

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  132. Polluted water leading cause of child mortality in Gaza

     Yaniv Kubovich Haaretz 16/10/19 Illness caused by water pollution is a leading cause of child mortality in the Gaza Strip, says a study by the RAND Corporation. The study shows that water pollution accounts for more than a quarter of illnesses in Gaza and that more than 12 percent of child deaths up until four years […]

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  133. Hunger striker reveals details of degrading, horrific torture by Israel

    Days of Palestine 9/10/19  A Palestinian-Jordanian who has been on hunger strike for 15 days in Israeli prisons has revealed the details of her horrific interrogation and torture, the PLO Prisoners’ Committee reported on Monday. Heba Al-Labadi, 24, was arrested on 20 August by Israeli soldiers as she crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan to […]

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  134. Farmers prevented from harvesting olives

    Palestine Chronicle 9/10/19 Israeli forces  prevented Palestinian farmers from harvesting their olive trees in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, to the east of the occupied northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, according to the farmers. Akef Juma, a farmer, told WAFA that the soldiers forced him and other farmers out of their lands located close […]

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  135. 427,000 Israelis in West Bank

    ANSAmed 4/10/19 A reported 427,800 Israelis were living in the West Bank at the end of 2018, up 3.5% from 2017, while the population in Israel increased 1.9% last year, Peace Now reports, based on data released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Peace Now said the number of settlers has grown in […]

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  136. Israel allows in Gaza workers in bid to ease tensions

     Asharq Al-Awsat 1/10/19 Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the Hamas movement aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively revoked thousands of work permits when it imposed a crippling blockade […]

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  137. Israel ramps up assault on civil society raid on Palestinian NGO Addameer

    Amnesty 19/09/19 An overnight raid on the offices of a prominent Palestinian human rights organization is the latest attack on civil society in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) by Israeli authorities, said Amnesty International today. At around 2am, Israeli forces ransacked the offices in Ramallah of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer), […]

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  138. Construction of school halted

    IMEMC19/09/19 Israeli soldiers invaded the Ramadin area, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and delivered orders halting the construction of the al-Badia Basic School. Khaled Abu Sharar, the head of the Hebron office of the Education Ministry in southern Hebron, said the soldiers ordered halting the construction of the school, located in […]

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  139. Israel stops 661 Gaza patients from traveling for treatment

    MEMO 28/08/19 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) said that Israel continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of people in Gaza Strip during July, impeding 661 patients and reducing exports by 42.2 per cent. PCHR stated “the Israeli occupation authorities refuse to allow most of the residents of the Gaza Strip to […]

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  140. Gaza: Bone infections rise with shortage of critical medicine

    IMEMC/Agencies 18/10/19 The release of two new reports point to the severity of the Israeli-imposed crisis on the Gaza Strip, with thousands of Palestinian patients — many of whom have been injured by Israeli gunfire, shells and missiles — unable to access much-needed medicines and treatment due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the Gaza […]

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  141. Israeli snipers kill two Gaza children

    Maureen Clare Murphy  EI  6/09/19 Israeli occupation forces shot and killed two Palestinian children during Great March of Return protests, Gaza’s health ministry stated on Friday. The ministry named one of those slain as Ali Sami Ali al-Ashqar, 17. He was reportedly shot in the head east of Jabaliya, northern Gaza. Palestinian outlets published this […]

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  142. Bodies of dead Palestinians as bargaining chip

    WAFA  9/09/19 The Israeli High Court today gave the Israeli military the green light to keep bodies of Palestinians killed by Israelis as a bargaining chip in any future exchange negotiations, according to the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC). It said an expanded High Court hearing of seven judges ruled 4 to […]

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  143. Let annexation begin

    Gideon Levy Haaretz 12/09/19 There’s no longer any real debate in Israel. The right wants to annex Palestinian land openly, and the center wants to annex, but deceive us. All that’s left now is to admit to the world that in reality Israel annexed the West Bank many years ago… it’s one country with an […]

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  144. The Most Vegan Army in the World

    Mondoweiss September 2019 The IDF is also issuing leather free combat boots and wool free berets to soldiers who register as vegan, so they can march into battle knowing that no living creature has been harmed in their provisioning. Ahmad Safi, the Executive Director of the Palestinian Animal League, perhaps best encapsulates the IDF’s breathtaking hypocrisy […]

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  145. ‘This place is only for Jews’

    Gideon Levy & Alex Levac  Haaretz Magazine 30/08/19 And what could be more moving than the sign next to one of these springs of salvation: “Dear hikers, Welcome to Anar Springs, built thanks to an intensive effort by the youth of [the nearby settlement of] Niria. Lovers of this place, we have one small request: […]

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  146. Israeli government block new school for Bedouin village

    MEMO 26/08/19 The Israeli government has moved to stop construction of a school in an unrecognised Bedouin Palestinian village, after pressure from a notorious right-wing group, reported Haaretz. According to the report, a Finance Ministry department that enforces planning and building laws has issued the stop-work order for the high school at al-Zarnug in the […]

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  147. Israel continues to erase Palestinian presence in Jerusalem

    WAFA 20/11/19 Israel attempts to erase Palestinian presence in Jerusalem by shutting down more Palestinian institutions, today said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) reacting to Israel’s closure of Palestine TV office among others in the occupied city today. “We strongly condemn Israel’s closure of several Palestinian institutions […]

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  148. Israel intensifies attacks on Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem

    MEMO 26/08/19 Israeli authorities have been intensifying their attacks on Palestinian activities and institutions in occupied East Jerusalem, reported Al-Monitor, citing a number of recent incidents.. On 5 August, Israeli forces prevented a memorial service for the Palestinian writer Subhi Ghosheh from taking place at the Yabous Cultural Centre, assaulting participants and summoning a number […]

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  149. House demolition in East Jerusalem

    Hundreds of Israeli troops and border police stormed the Wadi al-Hummus area of Sur Bahir (East Jerusalem) in the early hours of July 22nd and began forcibly evicting Palestinian families from their homes in preparation for the demolition of 11 buildings in the area. I have watched several videos of the event and talked with […]

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  150. A Bedouin family gets evicted by Israel, and their baby gets killed

    Amira Hass Haaretz 17/8/19 In her 2-month life, her tent was demolished twice. She died in an accident and her mother was seriously injured, the day after the family was evicted by Israel. For 50 communities in the Jordan Valley, such evictions are common Sarah Ka‘abneh, 24, doesn’t know yet that her 2-month-old daughter Hana […]

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  151. Briefing Paper September 2019 (1)

    The BBC’s distortion of Palestinian protest and Israeli power Ahmed Abu Artema MEE 17/5/19 The BBC [and PBS’s Frontline] recently aired a documentary titled One Day in Gaza, which concentrated on the terrible events of 14 May 2018, during the Great March of Return. Although more than 60 unarmed demonstrators were shot dead by Israeli army snipers that day […]

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  152. Briefing Paper September 2019 (2)

    Israeli students required to pass test promoting racist ideology IMEMC 8/7/19 High school students in Israel must pass an online test promoting racist ideology before being allowed to travel overseas for school trips, legal rights center Adalah has revealed. Adalah said that the course, which was created by Israeli education authorities, “requires students to watch a series […]

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  153. Briefing Paper September 2019 (3)

    How Israel teaches its children to hate Asa Winstanley AHT 30/7/19 Dissident Israeli scholar Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s important academic study, “Palestine in Israeli School Books” [published 2012] is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand  important realities about the Israeli state and Israeli society. Peled-Elhanan’s book was a major study of 17 Israeli school textbooks […]

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  154. Briefing Paper September 2019 (4)

    Settlers and military intensify attacks in the Jordan Valley B’Tselem 15/05/19 In recent months, shepherds from the Palestinian community of al-Farisiyah in Tubas District, the northern Jordan Valley, have reported an upsurge in the frequency and severity of attacks by settlers. The settlers threaten shepherds, chase them, physically assault them, drive headlong into the flocks […]

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  155. Briefing Paper September 2019 (5)

    Nakba of the Jordan Valley and Israeli military exercises  Shatha Hammad MEE 15/5/19 On the floor of a residential tent in Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa, toys lay scattered. Playtime for the village’s children was cut short when the Israeli military declared the area a closed military zone and forced the Palestinian community to evacuate their homes in the […]

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  156. Briefing Paper September 2019 (6)

    Baby clothes store destroyed by Israel  Sarah Algherbawi EI 28/5/19 Earlier this month, I went shopping so that my baby son Khalil would have something new to wear for the holiday of Eid. It never occurred to me that the store where I bought his clothes would be attacked one day later. On 4 May, […]

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  157. Briefing Paper September 2019 (7)

    Executive summary – poverty in Gaza World Food Programme 27/05/19 Half of the vulnerable households in Gaza have poor or barely acceptable food consumption. Almost all of those households (93%) are not eating enough iron rich foods, increasing the risk of anaemia. Malnutrition is high among pregnant women (18%) and mothers of young infants (14%) […]

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  158. Briefing Paper September 2019 (8)

    Gaza mother allowed to join 6 month daughter Stuart Winer Times of Israel 29/5/19   A woman from the Gaza Strip who was separated from her newborn baby girl for six months as the infant lay in an East Jerusalem hospital will finally be reunited with her daughter, after she was granted a permit to […]

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  159. Briefing Paper September 2019 (9)

    Living in  psychological limbo Amira Hass Ha’aretz 1/6/19 Living in legal limbo for more than 40 years, Maryam Ibrahim has not been allowed to live in her native West Bank village of Beit Furik with her husband and in recent years, Israel hasn’t allowed her to visit — Sa‘adi Khatatbeh and Maryam Ibrahim have been […]

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  160. Briefing Paper September 2019 (10)

    First Israel locked this Palestinian family out of their home. Now it locked the gate connecting them with their village Nir Hasson Ha’aretz 27/5/19 A Palestinian family was cut off from its village for a week after the Border Police claimed the father had vandalized the security gate that separates the family’s home from the […]

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  161. Briefing Paper September 2019 (11)

    Israel plans to auction off seized West Bank aid AFP 1/6/19 The European Union on Friday criticized Israel over apparent plans to sell aid given [by the EU] to Bedouin villages in the West Bank which was seized by Israeli authorities. The tents and other humanitarian structures will be put up for auction within days […]

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  162. Briefing Paper September 2019 (12)

    Israeli soldiers force out Al-Aqsa worshipers at gunpoint IMEMC 22/5/19 Israeli authorities, last night, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and drove out Palestinians performing Iʿtikāf [seclusion in a mosque for the final 10 nights ot Ramadan] inside its courtyards, at gunpoint. Jerusalemite Al Ray sources reported that Israeli forces stormed the mosque, and forced […]

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  163. Briefing Paper September 2019 (13)

    Gaza exit permits: Aisha’s lone journey for cancer treatment Maram Humaid Al Jazeera 22/05/19 Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache. Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital, where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent’s worst fear confirmed. Aisha was diagnosed with brain […]

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  164. Briefing Paper September 2019 (14)

    1,700 youths face amputation in Gaza due to Israeli sniper violence Phyllis Bennis 22/5/19 According to the United Nations, 1,700 young Gazans are facing amputation, mainly of their legs, in the next two years. They’re among the 7,000 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza shot by Israeli snipers over the last year. More than 220 Palestinians have […]

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  165. Briefing Paper September 2019 (15)

    War crimes in Gaza  Maureen Clare Murphy  EI 30/5/19 The situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has been under preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court since 2015. Its chief prosecutor issued an unprecedented warning to Israeli leaders last year that they may face trial for the killings of unarmed protesters in Gaza. […]

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  166. Briefing Paper September 2019 (16)

    Five-minute warning then Israel bombed Gazan house Gideon Levy Ha’aretz  6/6/19 At 4:40 P.M. on Sunday, May 5, the ringing of a cell phone woke Hamis Ziada from his nap. It was an unidentified number. A voice on the other end said, “Am I speaking with Hamis Ziada? You’re talking to the Israeli Shin Bet. […]

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  167. Briefing Paper September 2019 (17)

    Shot by Israeli soldiers – child released a month after losing his leg IMEMC 19/6/19 Israeli soldiers released, Tuesday, a Palestinian child, Mahmoud Hussein Salah, 14, from the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a month after they shot him with an expanding Dumdum bullet in the leg, leading to an […]

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  168. Briefing Paper September 2019 (18)

    Israel’s illegal rules of engagement in Gaza let snipers shoot ‘key instigators’ even when they move away from protest  IMEMC  23/6/19.  A document released by the Israeli military describes how snipers may open fire on Gaza protesters it calls “key instigators” or “key rioters” – even when they move away from the crowd or are […]

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  169. Briefing Paper September 2019 (19)

    UK arms to Israel during Gaza protests  Muhammad Mussa  AA 24/6/19 The British government approved arms sales to Israel worth over $17 million in 2018, when Israeli soldiers were accused of intentionally firing on and murdering Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border. The information released by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and compiled by […]

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  170. Briefing Paper September 2019 (20)

    Palestinian kids not allowed to call parents from prison Edo Konrad +978 Mag 3/7/19 Israel’s High Court of Justice refused to hear a petition by an Israeli human rights organization demanding that Palestinian minors held in Israeli prisons be allowed to call their parents. Palestinian minors classified by Israel as “security prisoners” are subject to restrictions identical […]

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  171. Briefing Paper September 2019 (21)

    70 bullet fragments in brain of Palestinian child ISM 13/7/19 Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the head with live ammunition at close range at around 3pm today during a protest against settlement expansion in the town of Kafr Qaddum, northern West Bank. Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, 10, was rushed to Rafidia hospital in […]

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  172. Briefing Paper September 2019 (22)

    ‘archaeological settlements’ are destroying Palestinian homes Mersiha Gadzo Al Jazeera 8/7/19 Fayyad Abu Rmeleh, 60, is afraid the floor and yard of his home will one day collapse. Every day, he says, from morning until late afternoon, the family hears the digging and drilling of tunnels beneath their building. The excavations conducted by Israeli authorities first […]

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  173. Briefing Paper September 2019 (23)

    What Israel’s demolition of 70 Palestinian homes was really about Gideon Levy Ha’aretz 3/8/19 The devastation is vividly visible through his office window: the scene of an explosion. The remnants of a blasted apartment building, his life’s enterprise, a house of cards that imploded. He had planned to build 13 stories here, and had completed […]

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  174. Briefing Paper September 2019 (24)

     Have we no shame?  Gershon Baskin JPost 24/7/19 As I watched the video of the Israeli soldiers and police blowing up one of the 13 residential buildings demolished this week in the Wadi  al-Hummus neighborhood of Sur Bahir in east Jerusalem, I wanted to bury myself in shame. When the building imploded and the soldiers […]

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  175. Briefing Paper September 2019 (25)

    Sadistic and brutal display of violence  ISM 23/7/19 Two Palestinian families lost their homes yesterday in unprecedented mass demolitions in East Jerusalem carried out by 900 Israeli soldiers who hospitalized Palestinians and ISMers in a sadistic and brutal eviction operation. During the invasion of the two occupied buildings Israeli border police shot Palestinians at close […]

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  176. Briefing Paper September 2019 (26)

    Ten methods for deportation Amira Hass Ha’aretz 30/7/19 Israel has created ten methods of deportation. One of them it has reserved for labor migrants and African refugees fleeing war and famine, while the rest have been assigned to the native Palestinians – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of people who were born here. Most of the Israeli […]

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  177. Briefing Paper May 2019

      Wounded Palestinian prisoners left in rain with no food or toilets in ‘night of the atrocity’ Gideon Levy & Alex Levac Ha’aretz 12/04/19 Here’s what happened on the night of March 24 in Ketziot Prison in the Negev, far from the eyes of the public: 100 Palestinian prisoners, bound hand and foot with plastic […]

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  178. Briefing Paper November 2018

    Then I think of what these same people say about my Palestinian friends: that they are an invented people, there was never a place called Palestine. If a nurse gets killed tending to the wounded, she is Hamas. If a school or hospital gets bombed, then Hamas was storing weapons there. If a child is […]

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  179. Briefing Paper August 2018

    Nothing was carried out uncontrolled, everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed. IDF official statement (until it was deleted) 31 March 2018. A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem Myriam Goldberg NY Times It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals who believe that the return […]

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  180. Briefing Paper May 2018

    Any display of humanity in Israel is political suicide. A straight line of evil and racism  runs from the Gaza border to Tel Aviv. In both cases Israelis don’t see human beings in front of them. . . . . . In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot unarmed demonstrators as if they were on a […]

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  181. Briefing Paper January 2018

    Netanyahu’s Basic Law risks exploding a seven-decade-old myth about Israel Netanyahu’s Basic Law risks exploding a seven-decade-old myth about Israel: a liberal democracy where Israeli citizens, Jews and Palestinians alike enjoy equal rights. Its purpose is to give a constitutional-like standing to Israel’s definition as a state that belongs not to its citizens – as is […]

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  182. Briefing Paper September 2017

    Gaza Humanitarian Disaster Gush Shalom Press Release  12 June 2017 The Gaza Strip is in the throes of a humanitarian disaster. It is a crisis with severe, sometimes even fatal, consequences for the two million or so people living there. Without a regular power supply, all aspects of life are harmed; even the water and […]

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  183. Briefing Paper May 2017

    100-year-old Bedouin woman left homeless as Israel continues Negev demolitions Ma‘an  8/2/2017 In the latest instance of Israel’s demolition campaign in the Negev region of southern Israel, homes were demolished in two unrecognized Bedouin villages on Wednesday, while Israeli police surrounded the village of Umm al-Hiran. Israeli bulldozers, escorted by Israeli police, demolished a house […]

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  184. Briefing Paper February 2017

    Yet we must not ignore the fact that the modern Hebrew language employs word laundering to mask an arrogant, violent and even racist attitude toward the Arab enemy. . . Israel’s word laundering is amongst the most advanced in the world. In part because the reality keeps changing and requires new words every time. . […]

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  185. Briefing Paper November 2016

    Israeli soldier shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl for failing to stop at roadblock IMEMC 21/09/16 A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by the Israeli military Wednesday morning when she allegedly failed to heed a soldier’s order to ‘stop’ as she approached a military roadblock. Israeli troops then locked down the roadblock and transported the wounded […]

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  186. Briefing Paper August 2016

    The late Palestinian national poet will continue to haunt Israel Gideon Levy Ha’aretz 23/7/16 And who will live in the house after us, my father? The house, my son, will remain as it was! Why did you leave the horse alone? To keep the house company, my son. When their residents go, the houses will […]

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  187. Briefing Paper October 2015

    It has come to our attention that a newly formed charity ‘Friends of Palestine’ has established itself in Scotland. Currently it operates a stall in Buchanan St., Glasgow on a Saturday. It claims to support the Palestinian people in Scotland and “internationally”. Given the broad similarity in names we ask you to note that this […]

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  188. Briefing Paper April 2014

    Netanyahu convenes ministers to discuss growing Israel economic boycott threats Barak Ravid Ha’aretz 9 Feb 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting Sunday evening to discuss how to cope with the growing threat of the economic boycott on Israel in light of continued occupation and settlement construction in the West Bank. Senior Israeli officials […]

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  189. Briefing Paper February 2014

    The Oslo Accords 20 years on: Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? Haim Bresheeth 20/09/13 The Oslo Accords accelerated the disappearance of Palestine, with disastrous results. Amidst the press and media brouhaha in July about the “amazing success” (now all but forgotten) of John Kerry in “restarting” the longest-lasting and the least productive “peace […]

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  190. Briefing Paper October 2013

    Seminar- University Links with Israel – a bonus for whom? Saturday 26 October 1 pm 2013 Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 9LE Opposite Glasgow University’s main building, access to the venue (Woodlands Hall) is from Southpark Avenue at the side of the Church. Public transport: use underground to Hillhead Station. Please note there is […]

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  191. Briefing Paper June 2013

    When Israeli denial of Palestinian existence becomes genocidal Ilan Pappe The Electronic Intifada 20/04/ 2013 Sixty-five years on, Israeli President Shimon Peres still denies the existence of the indigenous population of Palestine. In a regal interview he gave the Israeli press on the eve of the state’s ” Independence Day,” Shimon Peres, the current president […]

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  192. 9TH APRIL 1948 ————-NEVER FORGET

    NEVER FORGET THE MASSACRES OF DEIR YASSIN AND THE 100s OF OTHER MASSACRES THAT WERE PERPETRATED BY THE ZIONISTS BEFORE, DURING AND SINCE THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL This week, on the 65th anniversary of the NAKBA, Scottish Friends of Palestine will launch the first tranche of phase 1 of a website project […]

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  193. Briefing Paper March 2013

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 14 April 2013 12.30pm to 2.00 pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.30pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the […]

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  194. Briefing Paper December 2012

    I would say that most of the people that were hit in Gaza deserved it as they were just armed terrorists. Danny Ayalon (Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister) By the Last Day of the Offensive PCHR 22/11/12 – Palestinian Deaths Rise to 156, Including 103 Civilians, and 1,000 Others, Including 971 Civilians, Wounded – 33 Children […]

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  195. Briefing Paper October 2012

    Scottish Friends of Palestine Children in Chains Seminar In the West Bank the detention of Palestinian children and young people by the Israeli military occupation forces, their treatment in the military courts, all go largely unreported and unchallenged. From the minute the children are detained, blindfolded or hooded, the treatment by their gaolers and military […]

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  196. Briefing Paper August 2012

    Water Torture Gideon Levy   Ha’aretz 08/07/2012 IDF confiscates water containers from Palestinians and Bedouins in Jordan Valley. Avi is an inspection coordinator for the “Civil Administration” – the occupation regime, to speak without euphemisms. Presumably Avi likes his job. Maybe he’s even proud of it. He doesn’t bother mentioning his last name in the forms […]

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  197. Briefing Paper June 2012

    How BBC views Gaza through a Zionist looking glass Amena Saleem The Electronic Intifada 11/04/12 According to the BBC, Palestinians in Gaza are accustomed to a state of constant siege. Watching, reading or listening to a BBC report on Israel’s occupation of Palestine is like stepping through the Zionist looking-glass and witnessing not the reality […]

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  198. Briefing Paper March 2012

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 15 April 2012 12.30pm to 2.00 pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.30pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the […]

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  199. Briefing Paper January 2012

    As well as enjoying absolute impunity regarding ongoing and historic crimes, Israel has recently enacted further legislation to shield itself from scrutiny. In July 2011, it passed the anti-democratic Boycott Law which prohibits its citizens from boycotting the State’s colonial and apartheid practices and subjects them to civil suits by its settler population, with no necessity […]

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  200. Briefing Paper October 2011

    The grumpy diplomats of the rogue state Ilan Pappe The Electronic Intifada 22/07/11 The real reason for Israeli diplomats’ headaches. The Israeli ambassador to Spain, Raphael Schutz, has just finished his term in Madrid. In an op-ed in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition he summarized what he termed as a very dismal stay and seemed genuinely relieved […]

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  201. Briefing Paper August 2011

    In the Israel of 2011, every manifestation of basic human empathy toward the Palestinian side, every disclosure of understanding for its aspirations and priorities hits a wall of hatred, distrust and the growing siege mentality.   Ha’aretz The truth behind another Israeli expulsion trick Amira Hass Ha’aretz 22/06/11 The artificial division between Areas A, B and […]

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  202. Briefing Paper June 2011

    Describing the distress of a young woman who tearfully pleaded to be allowed to pass through a Jenin checkpoint in order to sit an important exam, Arnon Degani (Golani brigade) concluded that the Israeli army’s intention was “to enforce tyranny on people who you know are regular civilians” and to “make it clear who’s in […]

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  203. Briefing Paper April 2011

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 17 April 2011 12.30pm to 2.15pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.45pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the Secretary […]

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  204. Briefing Paper January 2011

    Diary entry for 2011 With 2011 being the year of election to the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Friends of Palestine is keen to reinforce the argument as to why the next government at Holyrood should boycott the state of Israel. Why it should not use the taxpayer’s money, your money, on encouraging trade with the state […]

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  205. Briefing Paper July 2010

    Independent UN Rights Expert Warns Israeli Orders May Breach Geneva Convention New York, April 10 2010 UN News “The orders appear to enable Israel to detain, prosecute, imprison and/or deport any and all persons present in the West Bank,”. Two orders by the Israeli military relating to movement in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) may […]

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  206. Briefing Paper April 2010

    Justice cannot wait for peace to be secured. Rather no credible lasting peace can be built upon impunity and injustice.                                                                                                                                                                                                UN Fact Finding Mission, Beit Hanoun, 2008 . . . . if we stopped distracting ourselves with the Holy Grail of the two-state solution, we might channel our energies into something more useful: discrediting […]

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  207. Briefing Paper January 2010

    Palestine’s War of Independence Israel’s pretty face For more than a year, Israeli diplomats have been talking openly about their new strategy to counter growing global anger at Israel’s defiance of international law. It’s no longer enough, they argue, just to invoke Sderot every time someone raises Gaza. The task is also to change the […]

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  208. Briefing Paper September 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence The Israelis neither want us in their state or want to give us our own state. They want to kill us off, or keep us in pens.                Palestinian spokesman Sunday Herald 2/08/09 Letting this cesspit of legitimate Palestinian grievance ferment further by wringing small concessions out of Israel is woefully inadequate. […]

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  209. Briefing Paper July 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence We are negotiating about dividing the pizza, and in the meantime Israel is eating it. Senior Palestinian spokesperson IDF ceased long ago being ‘most moral army in the world’ Gideon Levy Ha’aretz 22/03/2009 What shock, what consternation. Haaretz revealed grave accounts by officers and soldiers describing the killing of innocent Palestinian […]

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  210. Briefing Paper April 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence And if a people and its government have calloused their hearts to the extent that the images of roaring grief, slaughtered children, screaming, maimed and soul-torn people, leave them with a shrug and a pat political response, then that surely is the very definition of a failed state. Muriel Gray Sunday […]

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  211. Briefing Paper December 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence I have seen an old Palestinian watch while the Israeli Army bulldozed his olive trees, pushed his wife into the dirt, clubbed his sons, and drove him out of his house “for security reasons.” Armed only with his anger and his helpless tears, he faced down their guns by shouting “Who […]

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  212. Briefing Paper September 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Where shall we go after the last frontier, where will birds fly after the last sky? -Mahmoud Darwish- EU unanimously upgrades Israel ties, turning aside PA objections Ha’aretz 17/06/08 The European Union, turning aside Palestinian objections, has announced upgraded relations with Israel in the form of a range of steps involving […]

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  213. Briefing Paper June 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights [also for the Palestinians in the territories] then, as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.” Ehud Olmert First-hand report on current conditions in the “Holy Land” Ed […]

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  214. Briefing Paper March 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Uri Avneri 18/01/08 In the meantime, the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip gets worse and worse. The number of Palestinians killed every day has doubled. The Chief of Staff boasts about it. The Palestinian organizations, on their part, have doubled the number of Qassam rockets launched at Israel, and this […]

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  215. Briefing Paper – January 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Nadim Rouhana,   The Nation, 12 December 2007 The Palestinian Authority (PA) is under intense pressure to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. This is not a matter of semantics. If Israel’s demand is granted, the inequality that we face as Palestinians — roughly 20 percent of Israel’s population — will become […]

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  216. Briefing Paper November 2007

    First it was the refugees, the majority of the Palestinian people; absurdly, the main victims of the conflict were denied respect, involvement, and participation in peace. Next came the elimination of an entire sector of Palestinian representation under occupation: some assassinated, others now languishing in Israeli jails in their thousands, most of whom want peace […]

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  217. Briefing Paper July 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence What freedom am I being offered while the organisation of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts (Nelson Mandela’s response when offered his freedom in response to renouncing the armed struggle) Sparks 1994 Bushra`s final exam Gideon Levy Haaretz Magazine, May 03, 2007 […]

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  218. Briefing Paper May 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence Return Review Jan 2007 Today the chickens hatched by the international sanctions are coming home to roost. They are witnessed in the complete paralysis that has grounded the Palestinian economy, the attendant political confusion and declining social security. For the first time in living memory an Occupied [Protected] People have been […]

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  219. Briefing Paper February 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence Editorial Return Review Nov 2006 A mere 5 months after the Palestinian parliamentary elections Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert confirmed that he approved the transfer of arms and ammunition to Mahmud Abbass’ Presidential Guard in the West Bank in order to strengthen him against Hamas (Ha’aretz 14/6/06) Additional arms shipments were […]

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  220. Briefing Paper September 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence We will make all life impossible in South Lebanon Moshe Dayan Le Monde 14/4/74 As one who knows that all the Hamas activists deported by Yitzhak Rabin returned to leadership and command positions in the organisation, Olmert should know that arresting leaders only strengthens them and their supporters. But this is […]

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  221. Briefing Paper July 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence Half an hour from here it is Hell, and nobody knows about it The Other Israel May 2006 Separation is now the byword in Israel. Declaring that “there is no (Palestinian) partner”, politicians embark on ever new programmes and projects of unilateral actions, and the Separation Wall/Fence/ Barrier grows ever higher […]

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  222. Briefing Paper May 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence Human Rights Violations, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified Prof.Norman Finkelstein Furthermore, Amnesty International reports that “many” Palestinians have not been accidentally killed but “deliberately targeted,” while the award-winning New York Times journalist Chris Hedges reports that Israeli soldiers “entice children like mice […]

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  223. Briefing Paper March 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence A promise by Israeli leaders to ‘punish’ Palestinians for electing the Islamic Resistance party, Hamas, in Jan. 25th legislative elections, appears to be coming to fruition as ongoing invasions and aerial attacks on Palestinian areas have resulted in the deaths of 31 Palestinians, and 74 Palestinians injured since the elections. Still, […]

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  224. Briefing Paper January 2006

    This was the absolute bane of our life and now . . . . now it’s a castle in the sand. Haytham Abu Tukiya (16 years) comments while standing atop Netzarim settlement’s broken watchtower MEI 16/9/05 Joy because the bulldozers that had destroyed our homes and our fields to secure the settlements ended up by […]

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  225. Briefing Paper September 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence Abbas knows that the prospect of a “calm, clean and respectful withdrawal” now rests on him alone bringing order at home, summarised by the Palestinians as a war against the four Fs – fasad (corruption), fawda (chaos), falatan (lawlessness) and fitna (civil strife). Ehud Olmert, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Middle East […]

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  226. Briefing Paper June 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence 622 km is the full length of the planned Wall. this will be twice the length of Israel’s boundary, the Green Line. 85% 0f this Wall will encroach into occupied West Bank territory 93 200 Palestinians live in areas between the Wall and the Green Line. 32.7% of the West Bank […]

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  227. Briefing Paper April 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence It is as though the campaign against Sharon by the settlers and their allies, the rebellion inside Likud and the rallying of the Zionist peace camp behind the prime minister have turned Sharon into a courageous peacemaker. They certainly increase the burden on Mahmoud Abbas to prove that he is a […]

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  228. Briefing Paper – Palestine’s War of Independence

    It is as though the campaign against Sharon by the settlers and their allies, the rebellion inside Likud and the rallying of the Zionist peace camp behind the prime minister have turned Sharon into a courageous peace- maker. They certainly increase the burden on Mahmoud Abbas to prove that he is a worthy partner in […]

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  229. Briefing Paper February 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence No one,apart from the Palestinians, mentions UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions any more, the Oslo process is dead and buried, the road-map has proved a non-starter, even Sharon’s Gaza “disengagement” plan is plagued by uncertainties, as much about the Israeli prime minister’s sincerity as the plan’s opponents’ campaign against […]

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  230. Briefing Paper November 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence Yasser Arafat (24.8.29 – 11.11.04) Sumud: to stay put, to cling to your own home and land by all means available Sumud is watching your home turned into a prison. You, samid, choose to stay in that prison, because it is your home, and because you fear that if you leave, […]

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  231. Briefing Paper September 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence Human life holds less value for us Israelis than it used to, simply because we’ve grown accustomed to violent death happening in our midst. Naturally, inevitably, we’ve grown fairly callous to it.. ..Once the collateral damage killing of a Palestinian infant by the IDF was shocking, front-page stuff; now we can […]

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  232. Briefing Paper July 2004

    New Palestinian elections – and now, before any Israeli pull-out from Gaza – would allow the PA and Fatah the space to regain some of their lost political will and get their acts together. Second, they would help Hamas integrate into the Palestinian political system, allowing it pause to reconsider the role of its militia […]

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  233. Briefing Paper May 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence In the thirties we restrained the emotions of revenge and we educated the public to consider revenge as an absolutely negative impulse. Now, on the contrary, we justify the system of reprisal out of pragmatic considerations . . . we have eliminated the mental and moral brakes on this instinct and […]

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  234. Briefing Paper February 2004

    80% of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are dependent on international agencies for survival. Middle East International 5/12/03 Earlier in November, former Swiss Socialist MSP Jean Ziegler, special rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission on the “right to food”, reported that 22% of Palestinian children under five were suffering from grave malnutrition, a threefold increase […]

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  235. Briefing Paper December 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence Edward W Said About 10 years ago, the then Secretary of SfoP, Gerry Forsyth, together with Palestinian student, Jahed Khawaja, attended a conference in Edinburgh where the guest speaker was Prof Edward W Said. At the end of the conference the professor was immediately surrounded by his admirers, of which there […]

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  236. Briefing Paper September 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence The Palestinian struggle must not move from condemning Israeli aggression to condemning [Palestinian] resistance… Any plan or steps not designed to end occupation or aggression are destined to fail. Muhammad Al-Hindi, Islamic Jihad (The Jerusalem Times 16/5/03) The Road Map is unlikely to progress. Ariel Sharon is (surprise,surprise) making no effort […]

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  237. Briefing Paper July 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence … at Aqaba, Abbas duly rehearsed the script dictated to him by the Americans. That he did so was a measure of his weakness and inexperience as a politician; that the Americans believed they could get away with it was an indicator of their ignorance of the realities, sensibilities and balance […]

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  238. Briefing Paper May 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence . . . any four year old child who examined the pattern of events would conclude that this government, whether consciously or not, is simply not interested in the cessation of terrorist attacks for they constitute its raison d’etre. Doran Rosenblum, Ha’aretz (2/08/02) Political talks with Palestinians will not begin before […]

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  239. Briefing Paper October 2002

    All we did was remove a few jeeps from the streets of Bethlehem. Our forces are encircling the city tightly. So spoke Ariel Sharon, at one stroke demolishing any optimism that the “Gaza-Bethlehem First” agreement was of any significance while, at the same time, appeasing the adherents to the pro-settler National Religious Party which threatened […]

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  240. Briefing Paper August 2002

    Palestine’s War of Independence Once again, it is impossible to relate the occupation experience in all its stark reality and brutality. Essentially the Palestinians under occupation are being starved, shot at, shot dead, bombed, humiliated and deprived of any shred of humanity by an occupier determined to impose its will. The following is composed of […]

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  241. Briefing Paper July 2002

    Palestine’s War of Independence Right now , I’ve seen no evidence of mass graves [in Jenin] and I’ve seen no evidence that would suggest that a massacre took place. Clearly, people died in Jenin, people who were terrorists died in Jenin and in the prosecution of that battle innocent lives may well have been lost […]

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  242. Briefing Paper April 2002

    Palestine’s war of Independence The regular readers of the Briefing Papers will notice a change in the nature of the content. No attempt has been made to cover in any detail the actions of an Israeli democratic state, turned rogue. The impact of these actions has been well covered in the media. Of concern is […]

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  243. Briefing Paper April 2001

    The election of Ariel Sharon was the logical conclusion of a creeping coup d’etat he started in September 2000. In a normal healthy society he would have been consigned to political oblivion many years ago. But because Israel is a society where army generals are revered, extolled, and recycled, it was quite natural for Sharon […]

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  244. Briefing Paper February 2001

    For a conflict that’s been going on for a hundred years, it seems rather perplexing that suddenly, everyone is in one great mad rush to finish it. – – – – Since the whole world seems to be in a terrible rush to quickly brush under the carpet all the searing wounds of a long, […]

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  245. Briefing Paper September 2000

    Camp David (At Camp David) Barak’s red lines are Israel’s red lines – those of Rabin, Netanyahu, Shamir and Begin before him. They are no different in substance from those enunciated by Yitzhak Shamir’s cabinet in 1989 . . . It takes little scrutiny to see what Barak’s red lines mean: disdain for international law; […]

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  246. Briefing Paper July 2000

    Palestinian Autonomy-A Palestinian State in the making We may have been the righteous victims in 1948, but on the road to realising our claim to justice we perpetrated a terrible wrong on another people who had absolutely no connection with our calamity. That wrong continues to bleed in the refugee camps, in the occupied territories […]

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  247. Briefing Paper April 2000

    Has the world become so determined to humiliate and look down at us? Where is the people’s right of self-determination? Where is our right of return to our land? Personally, I neither want to go to Jordan, Iraq, Canada nor to Norway. I have a land and a country and I have a right to […]

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  248. Briefing Paper March 2000

    The Palestinians “have locked themselves into an entirely Israeli-driven process, in which Israel holds all the cards and the Palestinians can only respond to them” Khalil Shiqaqi, Palestinian political analyst During the month of December there was no progress in the negotiating front between the PLO and the government of Ehud Barak with the main […]

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  249. Briefing Paper December 1999

    It seems that Israeli Prime Minister Barak is determined to follow the legacy of his predecessor Netanyahu . . . His message is: take it or leave it. That was the exact message of Netanyahu, but Barak realises he can get away with it . . because many countries were happy he was prime minster […]

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  250. Briefing Paper August 1999

    Barak is promising to strive for a peace treaty with the Palestinians, but he has little to offer them. He is no Peace Now man. I doubt whether he will demolish any settlements. He wants the Palestinians to give up any idea of establishing their capital in East Jerusalem and is therefore very unlikely to […]

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  251. Breifing Paper January 1998

    A long history of mutual hostility can only be aggravated by efforts to shove the Palestinians into Bantustans, “autonomous” regions which are little more than glorified labour camps. Middle East International, 24 Oct 1997 In mid October, Arafat and Israel’s defence minister met at Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip.The U.S mediator or facilitator, Dennis Ross […]

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  252. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian state in the making

    We say to the Israeli side you must give Palestinians their full freedom to achieve peace. If you do so, violence will be stopped. The absence of peace has been motivating all phenomenon of violence in the Palestinian street. Michael Sabbah, Jerusalem Patriarch On 12 December Palestinian delegates of groups opposed to the the current developments […]

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  253. Palestinian Autonomy – A Palestinian state in the making

    …in a new political era, when the international community is bent on prosecuting war criminals – – – Ariel Sharon’s continued presence in power is an affront to the civilised world. Editorial, Middle East International 11/12/98 On 4 October 1992 El Al Flight 1862 from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam ploughed […]

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  254. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    …in a new political era, when the international community is bent on prosecuting war criminals – – – Ariel Sharon’s continued presence in power is an affront to the civilised world. Editorial, Middle East International 11/12/98 On 4 October 1992 El Al Flight 1862 from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam ploughed […]

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  255. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    When they look back in a hundred years’ time at the short and violent history of Israel how will the historians . . explain what went wrong. What they will surely ask, could have induced so talented a people to put their fate into the hands of a jack-in-the-box politician like Netanyahu; or to allow […]

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  256. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian State in the making

    It is . . . worth remembering that Oslo was the brainchild of the dovish wing of the Israeli Labour Party, that all but one of the relevant agreements were concluded prior to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995. the Netanyahu administration’s manner is certainly more aggressive and provocative than that of the suave […]

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  257. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian State in the making

    There is only one map of Palestine, the one registered at the United Nations. Yasser Arafat So commented Yasser Arafat in rejecting all of the maps drawn up by Israeli ministers Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Mordechai “The maps divide the West Bank. We refuse to discuss them.” It was clear that Netanyahu was prepared, on […]

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  258. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    A long history of mutual hostility can only be aggravated by efforts to shove the Palestinians into Bantustans, “autonomous” regions which are little more than glorified labour camps. Middle East International, 24 Oct 1997 In mid October, Arafat and Israel’s defence minister met at Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip.The U.S mediator or facilitator, Dennis […]

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  259. Extended Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    As long as it persists in trying to squeeze the Palestinians out of Jerusalem and to install Israeli settlers in their place, the government of Benyamin Netanyahu will only encourage the bombers of Hamas. Albright would do well to point out that neither she nor Yasser Arafat can guarantee the security of Israel if that […]

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  260. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian State in the Making – Briefing Paper

    …the Israeli leader has ridden the storm with his coalition intact and his popularity, if anything, enhanced. Arafat, meanwhile, has seen his diplomatic coalition fracture, his domestic standing plummet and the political control he can exert over his forces and his people fray Middle East International 13 June 1977 By the end of April Netanyahu, […]

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  261. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian State in the Making

    …the Israeli leader has ridden the storm with his coalition intact and his popularity, if anything, enhanced. Arafat, meanwhile, has seen his diplomatic coalition fracture, his domestic standing plummet and the political control he can exert over his forces and his people fray Middle East International 13 June 1977 By the end of April Netanyahu, […]

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