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Jan 18 10:06

Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in Khirbet Ibziq

For Palestinian residents of Khirbet Ibziq, the Jordan Valley, the end of 2021 was a tragic one. Eleven families cannot help but recall the moment when Israeli soldiers invaded their community, announced it a closed military zone and demolished their property on December 28.

Forty structures- residential tents and animal shacks were razed to the ground.

Six of the targeted families were watching Israeli bulldozers while reducing their homes to rubble. The five other families were forced to hold a hammer and self-demolish their own homes with the same hands that once built them.

Jan 18 10:05

The Jewish National Fund is Ethnically Cleansing the Naqab

At dawn today, January 12, 2022, Israeli bulldozers and combat-ready soldiers raided the Palestinian village of Al-Atrash in the Naqab desert in southern 1948 Palestine [present-day Israel]. For the third day in a row, Israeli bulldozers have been bulldozing large swathes of land belonging to Palestinians from the village.

The escalated ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Al-Atrash is part of a scheme that is being implemented jointly by both the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Israel’s Land Authority.

As a response to this, Palestinians from Al-Atrash and the surrounding areas have been protesting for three days now in an attempt to stop the seizure of their land.

Jan 18 08:13

Palestinian Prisoners Join Mass Hunger Strike in Support of Critically Ill Abu Hamid

Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons are taking part in a mass hunger strike on Monday, in protest against Israel’s refusal to release critically ill Nasser Abu Hamid, Anadolu has reported.

Abu Hamid, 49, is suffering from cancer and is in a coma due to acute pneumonia.

“The prisoners are going on hunger strike for one day in protest against the medical negligence of sick prisoner Nasser Abu Hamid and to exert pressure for him to be released,” said the Prisoners Information Office.

Jan 18 08:12

FLASHBACK - The Balfour Declaration: Britain's fatal mistake in Palestine

More than a century after Lord Balfour made his declaration, there is little agreement about what former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George’s foreign secretary or subsequent governments intended to do with Palestine.

It should not be such a mystery. Britain wanted Palestine for its own empire, for simple geostrategic reasons born of World War I. Towards that end, the British government sought to exploit the Zionist movement - not to create a Jewish state, but to partner with Zionist settlers in managing Palestine over the predictable opposition of the Palestinian Arab majority.

If one were to compare Palestine to the French mandate in Lebanon, the Zionists were the Maronites of British Palestine: a compact minority community that would openly advocate for a British mandate at the Paris Peace Conference and cooperate with the British in governing the territory.

Jan 18 08:03

Israeli trash is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

The Times of Israel recently reported on what sounds like a complicated story of environmental pollution and cancer in an area near the West Bank city of Hebron. The tragic issue can be boiled down to one main reason: Israel’s brutal occupation.

The pollution comes from the burning of discarded electronic equipment, or e-waste, most of it smuggled out of Israel by companies trying to reduce disposal costs. In an area where the average day labor wage is about $35 a day, Palestinians can earn double that by dismantling and reselling Israeli trash. But It’s possible to pull in $160 a day burning the plastic coating off electronic cables to get the copper inside.

The clouds of black smoke from the process have resulted in soaring cancer rates. A woman whose home is in range of the smoke said, “There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away.” Her own four-year-old son has leukemia.

Jan 18 07:38

Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

A top Israeli reserve general had called for a repeat of the 1948 military operation that led to Israel's control over the Negev ("Naqab") Desert and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians.

The general was commenting on protests by Palestinians in the Negev against Israeli razing of their lands.

Major General Yom-Tov Samiah, who served as commander of the Southern Zone in the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada, said in a tweet: "Operation 'Yoav' will soon return to liberate the Negev. Luckily General Shaike Gavish [who led the operation at the time] is alive. He will pass on some lessons."

He added: "If we continue at this rate of loss of control we will have to retake the Negev and Galilee. Civil war is on the doorstep."

Jan 18 07:37

Committee advances plans for new Jerusalem homes beyond Green Line

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee advanced a 1,465-unit plan for a new neighborhood in the capital, half of which would be in the contested area over the 1967 ceasefire line.

The new neighborhood — known as the Lower Aqueduct — has been planned for the land between the Jewish neighborhoods of Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, both of which are located beyond the Green Line. About half of the planned construction would be in the Mateh Yehudah Regional Council inside Israel; the rest would be in municipal East Jerusalem.

Following the committee’s approval, the Lower Aqueduct plan advanced to the “deposit” stage, meaning that it only needs one more approval before ground can be broken on the construction.

Jan 18 07:32

Standoff in Sheikh Jarrah: Israeli police attempt to forcibly remove Palestinian family from their home

Social media was flooded on Monday morning with photos of members of the Salhiya family standing on top of the roof of their Sheikh Jarrah home as armed Israeli forces attempted to remove them from their home. News outlets quoted Mahmoud Salhiya as saying that he would set himself on fire and blow the house with the gas tank if the eviction was carried out.

Jan 18 07:12

Establishment Jewish groups’ fake support for anti-racism

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protest movement that followed, thousands of organizations have taken to social media, expressing their support for Black lives and the right to protest injustice. Among those jumping on the bandwagon were 130 Jewish organizations, 800 rabbis, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

But talk is cheap. Several Israeli and Jewish human rights groups have called out AIPAC and others for their duplicity.

+972 Mag – an independent, nonprofit website run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists – recently posted an article entitled, “U.S. Jews are standing up for Black lives. Why aren’t we doing so for Palestinians?” The article boldly declared,

Jan 17 10:14

The US Enables Criminal Israeli Behavior

Given all the attention focused on the covid-19 pandemic, the Build Back Better bill, the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the media-hyped crises over Ukraine and Taiwan this past year, many other important issues have not received much attention. One example is the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

Views of Israel

Jan 17 10:13

HRW: Israel Doubled Down on Policies to Repress Palestinians in 2021

Israeli occupation authorities doubled down on policies to repress Palestinians and privilege illegal Jewish settlers during the last year, Human Rights Watch stated in a new report.

“The government’s policy of maintaining the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), coupled with the particularly severe repression against Palestinians living in the OPT, amounts to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” the report reads.

Jan 17 10:13

Israeli Police Ran Over a Palestinian Anti-occupation Protester – Then Fled the Scene

In the intensive care ward at Al-Mizan Hopsital in Hebron, Suleiman Hadalan lies sedated and intubated, a gash in his head. No one is allowed to enter his room, not even his two wives or his three daughters and seven sons – though one of the latter managed to sneak in for a moment. It’s not clear how old Hadalan is. His ID card says 65, but he has said for some time that he passed the 70-year mark a while ago and that the ID data is wrong.

Hadalan is a shepherd and a well-known occupation resister and activist in his unrecognized village of Umm al-Khair in the South Hebron Hills. There is barely no demonstration or act of resistance in this beleaguered and remote area that takes place without his participation. “He is the village’s clock,” his son Eid says of him, in his fine Hebrew.

Jan 17 10:12

Radical Israelis raid East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli forces protection

Radical Israelis raided occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque complex en masse on Sunday, the Islamic Waqf Department said.

The Israelis encroached on Islam's third-most-sacred site with Israeli security looking after their safety, Anadolu Agency reported.

They came in via Al-Mugharbah Gate, the Jordanian-administered religious endowment organisation said.

Starting in 2003, Tel Aviv began permitting its citizens to encroach on the Al-Aqsa complex on a near-daily basis.

Jan 17 10:11

In nod to opposition, ministers advance new bill to renew ‘Citizenship Law’

Cabinet ministers gave first-stage approval Sunday to a bill that would bar Palestinians who marry Israelis from receiving permits to live with their spouses in Israel, months after an earlier ban expired following a dramatic coalition fight.

The bill — widely referred to as the “Citizenship Law” — passed a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which allows it to be fast-tracked through the legislative process. From there, the bill goes to the Knesset, where it must still pass three votes before becoming law.

Sunday’s bill was submitted by opposition MK Simcha Rothman (Religious Zionism), and was nearly identical to legislation sponsored by the government last week.

Jan 16 08:58

Jewish Settlers, Accompanied by Israeli Soldiers, Attack Palestine TV Crew

Jewish settlers attacked the Palestine TV crew on Friday morning while they were returning from a filming assignment in the Jordan Valley, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to a WAFA correspondent, the crew, composed of three members, were stopped and forced out of their vehicle near the village of Bittin, east of Ramallah.

Jan 15 08:06

New US envoy says ‘absolutely won’t’ visit settlements, to avoid inflaming tensions

New US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said Friday that he’d never visited an Israeli settlement in the West Bank and had no plans to do so, as part of his effort as envoy not to take steps that could inflame the situation on the ground.

When pressed, during his first interview with Israeli media since arriving in Israel, as to whether he might make such a visit, Nides told the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, “I absolutely will not.”

The interview, while conducted in English, was published in Hebrew. A spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Jerusalem confirmed that the ambassador was accurately quoted. The quotes presented in this story were translated from the Hebrew report.

Jan 14 07:42

US Calls for Investigation into Death of Palestinian-American in West Bank

The US State Department on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Palestinian-American after being detained and harassed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

80-year-old Omar Abdelmajid As’ad died early Wednesday after Israeli soldiers detained, blindfolded, handcuffed and assaulted him in the village of Jiljilya, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Jan 14 07:15

Thousands of right-wing activists rally in Jerusalem to ‘overthrow evil government’

Thousands of people turned out Thursday night for a right-wing demonstration against the government outside Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office in Jerusalem.

Religious Zionism MKs Bezalel Smotrich, Itamar Ben Gvir and Simcha Rothman, as well as Likud MK Shlomo Karhi, were among several opposition lawmakers and officials who spoke at the protest, organized by Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan.

The demonstration was originally aimed at protesting the government’s attitude toward illegal outposts, claiming it was delegitimizing the settler movement.

Jan 14 07:14

How Palestinian Christians are being driven out of Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank, and Israel are at risk of disappearing in the face of systematic attempts to drive them out of the Old City and other parts of the Holy Land.

Like every year at Christmas, Christian patriarchs and heads of churches warned of the fate of their communities in the region.

In a campaign launched ahead of festivities, Jerusalem’s church leaders issued a joint statement in mid-December saying that “Christians have become the target of frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups” alluding to Israeli far-right settlers who aim to “diminish" the Christian presence.

Jan 14 07:14

Gaza child dies after West Bank hospital refuses to receive him

Residents of the besieged Gaza Strip have expressed anger after the death of a Palestinian child who was ill with cancer.

Salim al-Nawati, 16, was supposed to attend medical procedures at a West Bank hospital but Israel, which controls crossings from the Gaza Strip, prevented him from doing so.

His condition deteriorated shortly afterwards and this led to his death.

Two months ago, al-Nawati's family discovered that he had leukemia after he received a dose of the vaccine against the coronavirus.

Jan 14 07:13

Israel's crackdown on Palestinians in Negev threatens Bedouins and its own government

A brutal crackdown on Bedouins in south Israel's Negev this week amid a controversial forestation plan has once again cracked open tensions between Palestinian citizens and the Israeli state - providing a new and perhaps even existential challenge to the government.

Both right-wing Israeli nationalists and Palestinian citizens sit in Israel's unwieldy coalition, and attempts by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to claim land in the Negev long cultivated by Bedouins have exposed their disparate views and electorates.

Since late December, Israel has deployed dozens of police officers, military vehicles, dogs and horse units to crush Palestinian protesters and protect the JNF's workers and bulldozers in the al-Naqe area.

Jan 14 07:12

Israeli forces violently suppress Palestinian protest in Naqab

Dozens of Palestinian Bedouins have been wounded in a crackdown by Israeli forces on a protest against continuing Israeli forestation work on land residents say they privately own near the southern city of Beer al-Sabe (Beer Sheva).

Some 500 protesters took part in Thursday’s demonstration, which began at 3pm (13:00 GMT). They were met with hundreds of Israeli forces who fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, as well as skunk water.

Jan 13 07:58

Israel founders were 'thieves', Israeli historian says

Early Jewish settlers in Palestine "looted Arab property", a new book by an Israeli historian has said, adding "authorities turned a blind eye".

In what has been described as the "first-ever comprehensive study" by Israeli historian Adam Raz described "the extent to which Jews looted Arab property" during the Jewish gangs' attack in 1948 on Palestinians and their homes, and explains why Ben-Gurion said "most of the Jews are thieves."

Writing in Haaretz, Ofer Aderet's review of Raz's book was entitled: "Jewish soldiers and civilians looted Arab neighbors' property en masse in '48. The authorities turned a blind eye."

Another senior writer at Haaretz, Gideon Levy, commented that the words "most of the Jews are thieves", "wasn't uttered by an antisemitic leader, a Jew hater or a neo-Nazi, but by the founder of the State of Israel, two months after it was founded."

Jan 13 07:27

West Bank: Elderly Palestinian-American dies after violent arrest by Israeli forces

An elderly Palestinian with US citizenship died of a heart attack on Wednesday morning after he was violently detained by Israeli soldiers during a raid on Jaljulia village, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, his family said.

Omar Muhammad Asaad, 80, was driving home after midnight when soldiers stopped him, dragged him out of the car and assaulted him before leaving him lying unconscious on the ground, eyewitnesses told the family.

Abd al-Ilah Asaad, Omar's cousin, told Middle East Eye he spent the night with Omar at a family house nearby. At around 2am, Omar left to go to his home in the village, where he was arrested by Israeli forces, Abd al-Ilah said.

Two young men who were detained in the same location as Omar told the family that he was pulled out of the car and dragged for about 200 meters. Soldiers aggressively handled Omar, handcuffed him, gagged his mouth and forced him to lie on his stomach, they added.

Jan 12 09:00

Israeli PM Expects War Soon in Either Gaza or Lebanon

Israeli premier Naftali Bennett has been telling parliament about the Israeli military preparing to attack Iran. Tuesday, he told parliament that they’re also preparing for smaller wars.

Bennett says he expects an escalation soon with either Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, and that the military is preparing for either. These are small neighbors that Israel remains hostile toward, and goes to war with intermittently.

It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility there might be a conflict there, but it’s not clear why either case would escalate at any given time. These wars tend to be popular in Israel for the ruling party though, so they may be wishful thinking.

Jan 12 08:57

Israeli Paramilitary Gangs Block Roads, Invade Village Near Nablus

A group of several hundred armed paramilitary colonizers, accompanied by dozens of Israeli soldiers, stormed the village of Awarta, south of Nablus, on Monday to perform religious rituals at a site located on Palestinian land in Awarta.

To prepare for the arrival of the paramilitary colonizers, Israeli troops fired sound bombs at the roofs of Palestinian homes in the village, causing distress to the residents and terrifying the children in their homes.

According to Saad Awad, the head of the Awarta Village Council, after terrorizing the villagers with military vehicles and sound bombs, the paramilitary settlers invaded with more than twenty buses. They entered the shrines of al-Fadil and al-Eizar, which are ancient sites in the village.

Awad added that although right-wing extremist Jews believe that there is a religious significance to the site for people who practice Judaism, he said that no archaeological evidence supports the colonizers’ claims.

Jan 12 07:37

Absurd ‘antisemitism’ charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It’s an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel’s policies as antisemites.

Israel’s supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson’s smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy– and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it.

So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity.

Jan 11 07:18

Israeli Cabinet Approves New ‘Family Separation Law’ (VIDEO)

The Israeli cabinet approved a bill on Sunday that would again ban Palestinians married to Israeli citizens from living with their spouses in the occupation state, Israeli media reported.

The bill, commonly referred to as ‘Citizenship Law’, was submitted by extreme right-wing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. months after an earlier ban expired following a government coalition fight.

Jan 11 07:17

West Bank: Israeli forces storm Birzeit University, shoot and arrest students

At least one Palestinian student has been wounded by Israeli fire and four others were arrested as soldiers stormed Birzeit University near Ramallah on Monday.

A group of undercover Israeli agents, known as Mustarebeen, entered the university's campus from the northern gate and fired live bullets at the students, Birzeit University said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The soldiers opened fire to keep students away as they made their arrests, wounding two people, according to Palestinians news agency Wafa.

A video shared by local Palestinian media shows Ismail Barghouti, one of the arrested students, receiving treatment in a hospital after the raid.

Jan 11 07:16

Eight Homeless as Israeli Authorities Force Palestinian to Demolish His Home in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

The Israeli Jerusalem Municipality forced a Palestinian family to demolish their house in the village of Sur Baher, southeast of the occupied holy city, Palestinian news agencies reported on Sunday.

According to Safa, Israeli occupation forces said the house, belonging to the Abu Kaf family, had been built without the necessary planning permits.

Jan 11 07:15

A deadly trash trade is poisoning Palestinians in the West Bank

When Israa’s four-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, she spent little time wondering why. The answer was all around her: the acrid, toxic smog created by Palestinians burning Israeli electronic waste to extract valuable raw metals.

“There isn’t a house on our street without someone who’s had cancer or passed away,” said Israa, who lives in Beit Awwa, a small town near Hebron.

Jan 10 11:50

Unjustly smeared as “anti-Semitic” (whatever that means)?

Stuart Littlewood highlights Israel's and its Zionist terror networks' abuse of the term "anti-Semitism", and recalls former Israeli Director of Military Intelligence Yehoshafat Harkabi's warning that "Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world".>>

Jan 10 09:27

Palestinian church leader says Israeli extremists threaten Christian presence in Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem has accused radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city, in remarks that Israeli officials rejected as baseless.

In a column in the Times of London on Saturday, His Beatitude, Theophilos III, said he believed the aim was to drive the Christian community from Jerusalem's Old City, which has sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a 1967 war. It annexed East Jerusalem after the war in a move that has not won international recognition.

Jan 10 09:26

WATCH: Armed Jewish Settlers Attack Susiya Village

Armed Jewish settlers on Friday evening attacked the village of Susiya, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), and terrified its residents, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Fo’ad Emour, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that a group of armed Jewish settlers attacked the village, opened fire at homes and shouted profanities at local Palestinian residents.

Jan 10 07:25

The hurdles to leaving Gaza for medical care (Or, what can you really hide inside a tube of toothpaste?)

We were aware of the “security” issues the Israelis impose on Palestinians crossing Erez. No food. No water. Lipstick? No. Eyeliner? No. Sunblock? No. And no luggage with wheels. We didn’t want to be sent back after all.

In 2019 doctors had finally figured out the cause behind my migraines, and decided I should immediately undergo an operation which Gaza’s hospitals couldn’t handle. Little did anyone know this “immediately” would take forever. Five whole months!

My mother and I applied for the Israeli permits to travel to the West Bank to seek medication. A few months later, a message was received. Noor, me, yes. Ibtisam, my mom, no.

Jan 10 07:24

Israeli Army Bulldozes Palestinian Wheat Fields to Make Way for Tanks

Dusk descended; in a moment the valley would be blanketed by darkness. For a fleeting moment, the white smoke curling up from the taboon mingled with the black smoke disgorged by the bulldozer. It was an optical illusion: a few dozen meters separated the oven from the armored bulldozer. Bread was baking in the taboon, the machine was demolishing fields of wheat. The scenes blended into a surrealistic image.

Jan 10 07:11

Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Child Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, a Palestinian child and caused many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp, leading to protests before the soldiers fired a few live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that one child, 14 years of age, was injured by shrapnel of live fire in the chest, before he was rushed to Beit Jala governmental hospital, suffering moderate-but-stable wounds.

Jan 08 07:30

Emma Watson’s Advocacy of Palestinian Rights is Justified

On January 3, 2022, Emma Watson, a famous English actress, posted an image of a pro-Palestinian rally, with the words "Solidarity is a verb" written across it. It was accompanied by the following quote about the meaning of solidarity from the academic Sara Ahmed: "Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground."

Jan 08 07:16

The long battle to save the largest Palestinian cemetery in Haifa

The Muslim cemetery in Balad a-Sheikh reminds us of the days before the 1948 Nakba, when Haifa was a major Palestinian city. Since 1948, the state of Israel and private companies have been trying to destroy the cemetery and convert it to commercial property. The Palestinian community succeeded, so far, to prevent its destruction. Now, facing new plans to build on the cemetery, the struggle is entering a new phase.

The Historic Significance of “Al-Qassam Cemetery”

Jan 08 07:15

‘It won’t end with us’: Addameer director warns of repercussions of Israeli ‘terror’ designation

In a small office near downtown Ramallah, a melting pot of staff members, of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, flow in and out of their workspaces. Some of the staff chat while they have lunch, while others sit at their computers, or comb over files at their desks.

It’s a typical office scene that can be found most anywhere in the world — books line the shelves, while art posters and the faces of the clients they have helped cover the walls.

Any stranger who might enter the office, belonging to Addameer, the premiere Palestinian prisoners rights group, would be surprised to find out that the staff members in front of them are at risk of being arrested at any moment by Israel, which considers the organization they work for the be a “terrorist institution.”

Jan 07 08:10

West Bank: Truck used in Israeli police raid 'deliberately ran over' elderly Palestinian man

An elderly Palestinian man was critically injured on Wednesday in Umm al-Khair, after a tow truck accompanying Israeli police raiding the West Bank village allegedly deliberately ran him over.

Suleiman al-Hathalin, a 75-year-old activist and community leader from Masafer Yatta, a collection of Palestinian hamlets in the South Hebron Hills, was taken to hospital following the incident.

Fouad al-Hmour, 38, an activist with the popular resistance committee in Masafer Yatta, said the police had arrived in Umm al-Khair in the afternoon to seize unregistered and allegedly stolen vehicles in the village.

Jan 07 07:37

Israeli soldiers, settlers kill two Palestinians, injure two others

Two Palestinians were killed on Thursday morning in the occupied West Bank, while two others were seriously injured in four separate incidents when they were run over by Israeli vehicles.

Israelis forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, during a raid on the Balata refugee camp in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The young man was identified as 21-year-old Bakeer Hashash, a resident of the camp. Hasash is the first Palestinian to be killed by Israel in the occupied territory in 2022.

Jan 07 07:22

Israeli Minister Slammed for Rebuking 'Subhuman' Settlers After Vandalism of Palestinian Graves

Deputy Economy Minister Yair Golan of the Meretz party came under widespread criticism after he dubbed settlers at the West Bank Homesh outpost “subhuman” on Thursday, in response to the vandalism of gravestones by Jewish settlers in a nearby Palestinian village.

Golan said in an interview with the Knesset's television station that “We, members of the Jewish people, which has suffered pogroms throughout history, come and perpetrate a pogrom on others. These aren't people. They're subhuman.”

The Meretz lawmaker also called for the settlers to be removed from the site by force, and for "law and order" to be restored to the area. "This extremist, nationalist wild behavior will bring disaster upon us," he said, calling the settlers "a malfunction of the Jewish people."

Jan 07 07:20

Israel to freeze plan to build mine that would displace Bedouins after 'Islamist party pressure': report

Israel has frozen a plan to expel a Palestinian Bedouin community from their village in the Negev Desert in order to build a phosphate mine in the area after immense pressure from the country's right-wing Islamist party, according to reports.

The Sde Barir phosphate mine was set to be built on the Arad Valley, the only significant remaining phosphate reserve in Israel. Palestinian Bedouin residents of the area's Al-Fura'a village would be at risk of displacement should the plan go ahead.

The plan would have forced 36,000 Bedouins from their homes, according to Adalah, a legal rights organisation for Palestinians who live within Israel's 1948 boundaries.

Jan 07 06:15

Israeli minister said he could 'forgive instances of rape', 1948 documents reveal

A technical error on Israel's state archive website has revealed that a prominent Israeli politician said in 1948 that he could "forgive instances of rape" committed against Palestinian women in the violence that preceded the founding of the Israeli state, Haaretz has reported.

Aharon Zisling, who would later serve as agriculture minister, made the remarks during a provisional government meeting discussing the war that led to Israel's creation, the newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"Let us say that instances of rape occurred in Ramle. I can forgive instances of rape, but I will not forgive other acts," Zisling is quoted as saying.

Zisling's remarks, which were supposed to be censored with a digital blackout on the state archive website, were part of a document detailing meeting minutes from July 1948.

Jan 06 08:26

Victory for hunger striker after 141 days

Hisham Abu Hawash ended his hunger strike on Tuesday after Israel agreed to release him next month.

For 141 days, the 40-year-old refused food from his Israeli jailers to protest being held under so-called administrative detention – prolonged imprisonment without charge or trial.

After negotiations that involved Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian Authority officials, including PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj, the Israeli military agreed to release Abu Hawash on 26 February and not renew his detention order.

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced that Abu Hawash’s lawyer Jawad Boulus would deliver news of the agreement to Abu Hawash.

Jan 06 07:04

Israeli Committee OKs 3,500 New Settler Homes in East Jerusalem

On Wednesday, a local Israeli committee advanced plans to construct over 3,500 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the anti-settlement Israeli NGO Peace Now, some of the planned settler homes would largely cut off East Jerusalem from the southern part of the West Bank. The construction would further complicate plans for a future Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as the capital.

A total of 1,465 homes would be built in southern East Jerusalem, and 2,092 would be built near Mount Scopus in northeast East Jerusalem. The plan still needs to be passed through a higher-level committee for final approval, and construction likely won’t begin for a few years. But once the approval process begins, it is hard to stop, according to Peace Now.

Jan 06 07:02

WATCH: Israeli Extremists Protesting Release of Hunger-Striking Prisoner Attack Palestinian Journalist

Israeli right-wing extremists attacked a photojournalist who works for the Turkish Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to WAFA, photojournalist Fayez Abu Rmaileh was covering events in front of the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tel Aviv, where Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawwash is being treated due to a severe deterioration in his health.

Jan 06 07:02

Right-wing Israeli MP 'tried to storm Palestinian hunger striker's hospital room'

Itamar Ben Gvir, a right-wing Israeli lawmaker, showed up at the Asaf Harofeh hospital and tried to break into the room of Hisham Abu Hawash, his family said.

Jan 06 06:59

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

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

Jan 05 11:03

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

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

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

Jan 04 10:31

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 04 10:30

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

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

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

Jan 04 10:29

Palestinian Authority appoints spy chief as new interior minister

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

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

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

Jan 04 10:28

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

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

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

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

Jan 04 08:06

Emma Watson post in support of Palestinians angers Israeli envoys

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

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

Jan 04 06:53

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

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

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

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

Jan 03 09:29

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

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

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

Jan 03 09:25

Dozens of Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Complex in Jerusalem

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

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

Jan 03 09:23

Israeli Colonists Chase Palestinian Herders in the Northern Jordan Valley

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

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

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

Jan 03 09:16

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

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

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

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

Jan 03 09:16

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

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

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

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

Jan 03 07:50

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

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

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

Jan 02 10:55

The Jewish schism deepens

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

Dec 31 07:18

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

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

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

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

Dec 31 07:17

Concern as Palestinian prisoner reaches 136th day of hunger strike

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

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

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

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

Dec 31 07:16

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

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

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

Dec 31 07:15

Tensions boil as Palestinian prisoners face collective punishment

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

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

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Dec 30 06:49

Israeli forces storm Palestinian villages in the Negev, destroy crops

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 29 12:08

What Israel is doing against Bethlehem today…

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

In the last few days:

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

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

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

Dec 29 08:06

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 29 08:06

Israeli Authorities Refuse to Provide Evidence for Banning Palestinian Rights Groups

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

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

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

Dec 29 07:27

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

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

Dec 28 10:01

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

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

Dec 28 09:57

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

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

Dec 28 09:57

Palestinians defend villages as settler violence skyrockets in occupied West Bank

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

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

Dec 28 09:49

Palestinian Prisoner with Cancer Denied Urgent Healthcare

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

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

Dec 28 09:49

Lawyers demand evidence for Israeli terrorism claims against Palestinian NGOs

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

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

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

Dec 28 09:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 28 09:33

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

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

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

Dec 28 07:22

The importance of holding politicians accountable on Palestine

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

Dec 27 13:38

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

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

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

Dec 27 13:08

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

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

Trump also had kind words for Palestinian leader Abbas.

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

Dec 27 12:12

Palestinian woman killed as settlers continue attacks in West Bank

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

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

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

Dec 27 11:02

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

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

Dec 24 12:09

This Christmas remember how Israel desecrated the Church of the Nativity

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

Dec 24 08:44

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

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

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

Dec 24 08:20

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

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

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

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

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

It was the last time Abbas saw his brother alive.

Dec 24 08:19

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

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

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

Dec 24 08:08

Israel Levels Palestinian Bedouin Village for 14th Time this Year

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

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

Dec 23 09:38

Finland bill would outlaw Israeli settlement goods

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

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

The bill does not name any specific country.

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

Dec 22 07:07

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

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

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

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

Dec 22 07:06

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

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

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

Dec 21 07:27

IDF begins allowing troops to shoot at fleeing rock-throwers

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

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

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

Dec 20 09:21

Two West Bank Schools Evacuated as Israeli Forces Storm the Area

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

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

Dec 20 09:21

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

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

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

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

Dec 20 09:20

IDF issues new rules of engagement for West Bank - report

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

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

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

Dec 20 08:05

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

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

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

Dec 20 07:36

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

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

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

Dec 20 06:30

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

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

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