Nov 30 07:18

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

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

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

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

Nov 30 07:18

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

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

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

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

Nov 30 07:17

Israeli settlers are establishing farms to push Palestinians off their land

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

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

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

Nov 29 07:25

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

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

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

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

Nov 29 07:16

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 27 09:37

Captured by Israel, Palestinian Children Held Outdoors in the Cold

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

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

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

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

Nov 27 09:23

Facebook Removes Palestinian Pages Covering News from Jerusalem

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

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

Nov 27 09:21

Israel’s president to light Hanukkah menorah at Palestinian mosque in Hebron

Israeli President Isaac Herzog will light the first candle of Hanukkah accompanied by settler leaders at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank's city of Hebron.

Hanukkah, which begins on Sunday and ends on 6 December, is a Jewish holiday in which a menorah - a nine-branched candelabra - is lit over eight days and nights.

Herzog has angered members of the left-leaning Meretz party, which is part of the broad coalition government ruling Israel. Michal Rozin, a Meretz Knesset member, tweeted that Herzog's decision is "wrong."

Nov 26 07:06

Israeli settlers attack father and child as violence against Palestinians escalates

Raed al-Kharraz was beaten, receiving “fractures to the head that resulted in severe internal bleeding, in addition to fractures on the face and teeth”.

His 10-year old son Muhammad wasn’t spared either: “His face was mutilated and his neck and body were covered in bruises, and he still suffers from terror and anxiety after the incident.”

Samir al-Kharraz, a relative of Raed's, is recounting what happened to the 44-year-old Nablus resident and his son after a vicious settler attack on their vehicle on Wednesday evening near the village of al-Mughayyer, northeast of Ramallah.

Nov 26 07:02

Israel parliament pushes for school trips to al-Aqsa to learn about Jewish heritage

Israel's parliament, the Knesset, has issued a recommendation to the education ministry this week to include teachings about the Jewish history of al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and to include field trips to the site in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City in school curricula.

The Old City of Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa compound - known in Judaism as the Temple Mount - remain the most sensitive components of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Al-Aqsa is one of Islam's most revered sites and is also the holiest site in Judaism, where Jews believe the first and second Jewish temples once stood.

The Knesset's education committee stated that "the subject matter is not being taught correctly [in Jewish-Israeli schools] and it should be included in the matriculation curriculum," according to Tel Aviv-based newspaper Yisrael Hayom.

Nov 25 09:33

Jewish Settlers Open Fire on Palestinian Homes, Attack Cars near Nablus (VIDEO)

Jewish settlers on Tuesday attacked with live fire and stones Palestinian residents and their homes, near the entrance to the village of Burqa, northwest of Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that dozens of settlers sneaked their way into the village of Burqa, and opened fire on Palestinian homes.

Settlers reportedly opened fire at residents’ homes, spurring clashes with Palestinians attempting to defend their neighborhood.

Jewish settlers further attacked Palestinian vehicles driving on Nablus-Jenin with stones, causing damages to several cars.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Nov 24 07:44

It’s time to talk about anti-Palestinianism as a form of bigotry

Two weeks ago, footage circulated on social media showing Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Tzipi Hotovely, rushing back to her car under close police protection after speaking at a debate about “Perspectives on Israel and Palestine,” hosted by the student union at the London School of Economics. In the background, students who gathered outside the building to protest her visit can be heard chanting pro-Palestine slogans and chiding Israel as “a terrorist state.”

“Aren’t you ashamed?” one of the students shouted at the ambassador.

Defiant, the Israeli Embassy in London said Israel’s diplomats are “undeterred by extremists.” Hotovely stated that “[Israel] will not give in to thuggery and violence,” and that “[it] will send its representatives to every stage.”

The sense of threat in words like “extremist, thuggery, and violence,” in the above statements falsely suggests that Hotovely was physically harassed, while in reality she delivered the lecture and left unhindered.

Nov 24 07:20

Caging Childhood: Palestinian Children in Israel's Military Detention System

Nov 24 07:19

Democrats warn Biden administration against Israel's 'doomsday' settlement plan

More than two dozen House Democrats on Monday sent a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging Washington to pressure the Israeli government to prevent settlement construction in the E1 area between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The 26 lawmakers, led by Congressman Mark Pocan who recently visited Israel and the occupied West Bank, described the plans as "doomsday settlements" that would both violate international law and also further diminish the prospects of a two-state solution with a viable Palestinian state.

"The recent efforts by the Israeli Government to advance the approval to build 3,400 housing units in the highly sensitive area known as E-1 pose an irreconcilable challenge to a lasting peace solution between Israel and the Palestinians," the letter said.

"To ensure the prospects of peace, we urge the State Department to exert diplomatic pressure to prevent settlement construction in E-1."

Nov 24 07:13

Jewish Settlers Assault, Injure Palestinian Teen Girl near Ramallah

A 15-year-old Palestinian girl Monday night sustained injuries after being attacked by Jewish settlers near Turmus Ayya town, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local sources told WAFA that settlers, under military protection, gathered near the entrance to Turmus Ayya town and hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles in the area, hitting a vehicle and injuring Zain Farraj in the head.

Nov 23 13:25

UK government outlaws Palestinian resistance

Stuart Littlewood views the UK's hypocritical decision to outlaw Hamas for allegedly promoting "anti-Semtism" and "terrorism" while ignoring the fact that "the rock of security is eroded everyday by the real terrorists in the region, apartheid Israel" – "the reason for the unrest, slaughter, land theft and vicious oppression of the last 73 years".>>

Nov 22 13:59

UK: Westminster awash with sleaze – and it will never be rooted out while MPs sit on both watchdogs

Stuart Littlewood: ”The various Friends of Israel organisations still flourish at the heart of government, waving the flag of the Zionist regime and going to great lengths to influence those in power at Westminster, even flying them to Israel to have their heads filled with Zionist propaganda.” >>

Nov 22 13:37

Zionist Jews United For Slavery

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

Nov 22 08:17


Nov 22 07:29

Gaza anger mounts at cost, 'humiliation' of Egypt journeys

Gaza resident Mustafa al-Sawaf posted a scathing criticism online of the "path of humiliation" Palestinians endure when leaving the crowded enclave for Egypt, and of the companies that profit from it.

Within an hour, his phone rang.

"Someone from Hamas called and told me to erase everything," Sawaf said, referring to the Islamist group that runs the Israeli-blockaded coastal strip.

The caller said the border business was "a very sensitive subject for the Egyptians, and that my article was going to harm Palestinians," said Sawaf, a political analyst.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going to take a guess here that the phone call did NOT come from HAMAS!

Nov 22 07:27

Israeli Army Hands over Body of Slain Palestinian Child

Israeli occupation authorities on Saturday handed over the body of slain Amjad Abu Sultan, a 16-year-old Palestinian minor who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in the town of Beit Jala in the occupied West Bank last month, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The child’s body was released by the Israeli occupation military and handed over to his family at Jaba’a military checkpoint, southwest of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Nov 22 07:27

Palestinian prisoner completes 41 years behind Israeli bars without court decision on appeal

The longest serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail, Nael Barghouti, has began his 42nd year behind bars on Saturday, as he still awaits an Israeli High Court ruling over his fate, WAFA news agency report.

The prisoner, from Ramallah's village of Kobar, filed an appeal for his release three years ago after being jailed in 1978 for "resisting Israeli occupation", the Palestinian Authority's news agency said.

Barghouti, who Israel released from Prison alongside dozens of others in a 2011 exchange deal, was re-arrested in 2014 as Israel "violated" the terms of the deal and re-instated his original life sentence plus 18 years, after making Barghouti complete an additional 30 months in prison.

"Barghouti’s attorney filed a petition with the Israeli High Court three years ago demanding the release of his client based on the terms of the exchange agreement which states that Israel cannot re-arrest freed prisoners and re-instate their sentence," WAFA stated.

Nov 20 06:36

UAE rewards Israeli firms that supplied arms for Gaza massacre

The United Arab Emirates is rewarding Israeli arms makers that helped massacre Palestinians earlier this year.

Elbit Systems, which provided weapons for Israel’s May assault on Gaza, is establishing a subsidiary: Elbit Systems Emirates.

“The Abraham Accords provide a sound basis for business collaborations in the region,” Ran Kril, an executive at Elbit Systems, said.

He is referring to the normalization deals brokered by the United States last year between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Morocco.

These countries are “important new markets for Elbit Systems,” Kril said – an insight into how Israel views Arab states as profit centers for its war industry.

Nov 20 06:35

WATCH: Dozens of Palestinians Injured as Israeli Forces Raid East Jerusalem Neighborhood

Israeli police Thursday night conducted a massive raid in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, resulting in dozens of injuries, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local and medical sources told WAFA that scores of heavily-armed police officers barged their way into the neighborhood, which lies on the eastern slopes of Jerusalem, blocked the main artery of the already congested neighborhood, and deliberately opened fire not only at protestors but also directly at Palestinian houses.

The Israeli raid ignited confrontations, with local protestors throwing rocks and bundles of firebombs towards the police.

Nov 19 10:04

UN passes resolution in favor of Palestinians’ sovereignty over their natural resources

The United Nations has overwhelmingly adopted a resolution, which grants Palestinians permanent sovereignty over their natural resources in the Israeli-occupied territories, including East al-Quds.

On Thursday, the Economic and Financial Committee of the UN General Assembly, also known as the Second Committee, endorsed a draft resolution entitled “Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East al-Quds, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources” by 157-7 votes, with 14 abstentions, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The United States, Israel, Canada, Nauru, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau voted against the motion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which Israel will ignore, of course.

Nov 19 08:10

Palestinians' life under Israeli occupation: Israeli soldiers describe their actions in Hebron

Nov 19 07:42

Israel handed US 'edited intelligence file' to justify bombing Gaza tower

Israel’s internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, reportedly edited and altered a dossier handed to officials in the United States to justify an air strike that knocked down al-Jalaa tower, which hosted several media agencies, in the besieged Gaza Strip in May.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed that the intelligence file was retroactively edited to show that the bombing of the building was "necessary," to review and close the gaps in the report and to stress that the Hamas movement used the tower as a jamming signal station.

Nov 19 06:52

Palestinian NGOs Call for Boycotting Meetings with US Envoy

Palestinian NGOs on Wednesday called for boycotting American envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield over her decision not to meet with representatives of the six Palestinian NGOs banned by Israel, a statement said.

This came as Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported an American official saying: “Thomas-Greenfield will not meet any of the representatives of the Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations which Israel had recently designated as ‘terrorist’ organizations.”

Nov 19 06:51

'Silent execution': Palestinian authorities slam Israel after prisoner dies in custody

A Palestinian prisoner died in Israeli custody at Soroka-University Medical Center on Thursday, a death which Palestinian authorities have slammed as "deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli prison administration".

Sami al-Amour, 39, who was detained in 2008 and was serving a 19-year prison sentence, suffered from heart problems. He was transferred to the hospital a few days before his death, following a severe deterioration in his health.

According to the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs in Gaza, Amour endured harsh conditions during his detention.

Amour's fiancee, Ghada Abujame, received the news of his death early in the morning, and rushed to his family home in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.

"He spent more than 13 years in prison and only five more years were left until he would be released. He had hope and dreamed of the day of his release when he would be free and start a new life with me," the 32-year-old told Middle East Eye.

Nov 18 07:53

Richard Gere, Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon join over 100 other celebrities in calling on Israel to rescind terrorist designation

Over 100 celebrities have signed an open letter criticizing the Israeli government for designating six Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations. The letter calls on the international community to push for the designation to be rescinded.

“The vital work of these six organizations to protect and empower Palestinians and hold Israel accountable for its gross human rights violations and apartheid regime of institutionalized racial discrimination is precisely the work that Israel is trying to end,” reads the letter. “Israel’s designation of these six Palestinian organizations as ‘terrorist’ groups, and the military order that outlaws them places the safety of the organizations and their staff at imminent risk.”

Nov 18 07:17

‘Say cheese!’ Israeli soldiers force a dozen Palestinian children into nighttime photo lineup

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem published video today of a chilling incident in Hebron in which Israeli soldiers raided an extended Palestinian family at about 8 PM on September 3 and forced more than a dozen small children, some of whom were sleeping in rooms in a “residential building,” to line up for a photograph.

“Because they’re throwing stones,” an Israeli soldier says. “Come on, stand still for a moment… I want to take a picture.”

Nov 17 07:35

Israel-Palestine: To end torture, Shin Bet interrogations must be filmed

Haaretz recently published a sensational article, which could have been ripped straight out of a television courtroom drama: Israeli prosecutors dropped all charges against three Arab residents of Jaffa, who had confessed during a Shin Bet interrogation to a serious attack on a soldier, after security-camera footage proved they were not even at the site of the assault.

What could have compelled these innocent people to confess to a crime they did not commit, which might have landed them in jail for many years? For those of us who routinely deal with the operational methods of the Shin Bet, the answer was clear: torture.

An investigative report that aired on Hamakor last week only confirmed what we had already deduced by connecting the dots. The detainees were suspected of security offences at the height of a national crisis; they are Palestinian citizens of Israel; they were placed in detention and interrogated by the Shin Bet; therefore, they were tortured.

Nov 17 06:30

Palestinian Schoolgirls Suffocate from Teargas Fired by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank

Dozens of schoolgirls suffocated on Tuesday morning when Israeli soldiers fired teargas at them as they were heading to their school in al-Lubban al-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local sources told WAFA that Israeli soldiers attacked the girl students near the school located on the main Ramallah-Nablus road, firing teargas in their direction and causing a large number of suffocation cases estimated at over 70.

An Israeli soldier hit one of the students with his gun causing her pain and bruises in the arm. She was taken to hospital.

Classes were disrupted as a result.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You gotta be a real manly man to teargas a little girl!

Nov 16 08:05

WATCH: Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound under Israeli Forces Protection

Dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

According to the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, at least 85 settlers forced their way into the mosque’s compound through Bab al-Magharbeh Gate – one of the gates leading to the mosque – and carried out provocative tours in its courtyards under the protection of Israeli police.

Tensions at the Al-Aqsa compound have been rising for some time, as increasing settler raids have been reported.

Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis and perform Talmudic rituals inside its yards, while the Israeli army limits access to Muslim worshippers during this time.

Nov 16 07:28

Hamas: We Must Save Hunger-Striking Palestinian Prisoners

Hamas demanded immediate intervention to save the lives of five Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike to protest against their continued administrative detention, in a statement released on Sunday.

Hamas spokesman, Abdul Latif Al-Qanou, said in the statement that Kayed Fasfous has been on a hunger strike for 123 days, noting that the detainee’s health has severely deteriorated and “immediate intervention” is required to save his lives.

“This requires forcing the [Israeli] occupation to respond to their demands, and to end their suffering, which is exacerbating day by day.” the statement read.

Nov 15 07:09

Israel uses settler violence as 'tool' to take Palestinian land: B'Tselem

The Israeli government has been using settler violence as "a major informal tool" to take over Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, a leading Israeli rights group has found.

B'Tselem, in a report released on Sunday, said that Israel uses two main methods to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank: official annexation via its judicial system and unofficial acts of intimidation and violence carried out by its settler population.

'Sometimes, soldiers actively participate in the settler attacks or look on from the sidelines'
-B'Tselem report

"The state fully supports and assists these acts of violence, and its agents sometimes participate in them directly," the Israeli rights group said in its report.

Nov 15 07:08

450 settler attacks on Palestinians in two years: Israeli NGO

An Israeli rights group has said it documented 451 incidents of settler violence on Palestinians since early 2020, with Israeli forces not intervening to stop the attacks in the majority of cases.

In a report published on Sunday, B’Tselem said in 66 percent of the incidents when settlers in the occupied West Bank attacked Palestinians, Israeli forces did not go to the scene.

Nov 12 06:45

Settlers said to assault 2 farmers, kill sheep in latest attack on Palestinians

Israeli settlers on Thursday reportedly injured two farmers and killed a sheep in the latest attack against Palestinians harvesting olives in the West Bank.

The latest incident took place around noon, when a group of Israelis descended from the hardline Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank toward a group of Palestinian farmers harvesting land belonging to the village of Hawara, the Yesh Din rights group said. The Palestinians were working the land in coordination with the Israel Defense Forces, according to Yesh Din.

The settlers hurled stones at the Palestinians and beat them with rods, injuring two of the farmers, the organization said.

The group of attackers then spotted a Palestinian shepherd with his livestock nearby and began attacking the animals, killing one of the sheep and injuring three others, according to Yesh Din.

An Israeli military spokesperson said that forces arrived at the scene and saw a settler throwing rocks at Palestinians.

Nov 11 08:07

Pegasus: Israel designated Palestinian NGOs 'terrorist' to cover hacking tracks, report says

Israel rushed to designate six Palestinian human rights groups as "terrorist organisations" after learning that investigators had discovered NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on the phones of the group's staff members, Ynet has reported.

Israeli officials were also caught off guard last week when the US blacklisted the NSO Group, saying its activities were contrary to US national security interests.

Warned one hour before the US blacklisting was made public, the Israeli officials were forced to hold several urgent situation meetings, with one official reportedly blurting out in a meeting: "What the fuck?!"

The three incidents - the discovery of spyware on the Palestinian NGOs' phones, the designation of these NGOs as terrorist organisations, and the blacklisting of NSO Group - all happened within a three-week period and reflect brewing US-Israel tensions, according to the report by a Ynet senior military and political analyst.

Nov 10 09:35

Photos of Palestinians threatened with expulsion hung in Israeli cities

Dozens of photographs showing pictures of Palestinians threatened by Israeli expulsion were hung in Israeli cities on Sunday night.

The photographs capture some of the 1,300 residents of communities in Masafer Yatta, in the southern occupied West Bank, who face the possibility of forced transfers from their homes pending an Israeli Supreme Court ruling in March 2022.

The photos, on display in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and South Hebron Hill, are part of a “Global Week of Action” organised in solidarity with the residents of Masafar Yatta in advance of the court hearing.

Nov 10 09:34

Israeli Forces Arrest Palestinian Mother, 14-Year-Old Child in West Bank

Israeli forces Tuesday overnight detained at least seven Palestinians, including a mother and her 14-year-old child, from various parts of the West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Local sources told WAFA that Israeli forces rounded up the wife of Palestinian prisoner Mohammad Zyoud, along with her 14-year-old boy, after storming their house in the town of Silat al-Harithiya, northwest of Jenin.

Nov 10 08:11

Meet Blue Wolf, the app Israel uses to spy on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Cameras have long been an essential tool for Israel to monitor and watch Palestinians.

But these days, technology has advanced, with sophisticated facial recognition technology now used to screen Palestinians at military checkpoints.

But it's not just at checkpoints, according to a report in the Washington Post on Monday, which described a whole new level of surveillance in place across the West Bank called Blue Wolf.

Middle East Eye takes a look at this technology and what makes it different - more dystopian and more terrifying - when compared to what the Israeli military was already known to have in place.

Nov 10 08:08

Army Sprays Toxins At Palestinian Orchard Near Bethlehem, Destroys 70 Olive Saplings

Israeli soldiers sprayed toxins, on Tuesday afternoon, into a Palestinian olive orchard in Battir town, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank, destroying dozens of olive saplings.

Local activist, Zaki al-Batma, stated that several army jeeps and bulldozers invaded the Marah Midwer area, in the eastern part of the town, before spraying the orchards with chemical toxins, leading to the destruction of at least seventy olive saplings.

Al-Batma added that the saplings are in lands, privately owned by Ghassan Oweina, however, the occupation army alleged that the saplings were planted in what was described as “state lands.”

It is worth mentioning that the area is subject to constant Israeli violations, especially the construction and expansion of the illegal colonies, in addition to frequent assaults by the soldiers and colonizers, including preventing the farmers from entering their lands and orchards.

Nov 10 07:53

‘Organized State Terrorism’: Palestinians Condemn New Israeli Surveillance Revelations

Activists from Palestinian groups recently designated “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s government expressed outrage and resolve Monday following revelations that their phones were hacked with Pegasus spyware, and amid the exposure of a sweeping facial recognition surveillance campaign in the West Bank by Israeli occupation forces.

“It’s difficult to describe the feeling of invasion and intrusion into privacy,” Ubai Al-Aboudi – one of six Palestinian activists whose cellphones were found to be infected with Pegasus, a spyware manufactured by the private Israeli company NSO Group and used to target journalists and dissidents around the world – said in an interview with Haaretz.

Nov 10 07:26

UK Palestinians to sue London over Balfour Declaration

Members of the Association of the Palestinian Community in the UK (APCUK) are to launch a legal case to compel the British government to apologise for the 1917 Balfour Declaration that promised the creation of a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine.

According to a report published by the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, the organisation said “a special lawyer was appointed to carry out the necessary legal procedures".

Hundreds of Palestinians in Britain participated in a large meeting in the capital, London, on Saturday evening, in which they discussed the 104th anniversary of the “Balfour Declaration” and decided to proceed to establish a lawsuit to demand the government apologise for it.

Nov 09 12:29

Six Palestinian human rights groups shuttered and still the bell tolls for Israel

Lawrence Davidson puts Israel's decision to label six Palestinian human rights groups as "terrorist" in a historical context and explains the immediate reason for the decision in terms of the evidence given by these groups to the International Criminal Court. >>

Nov 09 07:52

Palestinian human rights activists target of Israeli spyware hack

Six Palestinian human rights activists were targeted by spyware from the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, a new report revealed on Monday, in the first reported instance of Palestinian activists being targeted by the surveillance company.

In a report from Frontline Defenders (FLD), the group revealed that six activists, who are members of the six civil society organizations recently branded “terrorist organizations” by Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz, were targeted by the military grade Pegasus spyware.

According to FLD, 75 iPhones were investigated after the group was approached by Al-Haq, a Ramallah-based human rights organization and one of the six targeted NGOs, over concerns that one of their staff member’s phones was infected with spyware.

Nov 09 07:41

Settlers Use Club to Break Palestinian’s Arm. Israeli Cop Returns the Weapon

Jewish settlers from an unauthorized West Bank outpost beat a Palestinian man with a club on Sunday, fracturing his arm.

The incident followed a clash over the use of a cistern in a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills. Police separated the two sides and later an officer returned the club to the settlers, who reside in Maane farm outpost.

The incident occurred after the settlers, who were herding sheep, directed the sheep to a cistern in a Palestinian village in the Masafer Yatta area, even though the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank had ruled that the settlers had no right to access the cistern for their flocks. Several Palestinian villagers sought to get the sheep away from the cistern and were attacked by the settlers. In addition to the man who fractured his arm, two women were injured in the clash.

Nov 09 07:38

IDF building facial recognition database of Palestinians in Hebron — report

The Israel Defense Forces is utilizing advanced facial recognition technology to screen Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron, building a digital surveillance database of residents by having soldiers take cellphone photos of them, the Washington Post reported Monday.

According to the report, the surveillance initiative was rolled out over the past two years and is based in part on a smartphone technology called Blue Wolf that captures photos of Hebron residents’ faces and matches them to a mass database.

The Washington Post estimated that several thousand Palestinians had been photographed for the database, with former soldiers describing to the paper how they were incentivized to take as many photos as possible, including of children, based on a reward system.

In addition to Blue Wolf, the report said, the IDF has installed face-scanning cameras at Hebron checkpoints to help soldiers identify Palestinians before they present their ID cards.

Nov 08 16:09

Massive denial of service attack after posting U.K. privacy breach article

Our website, Redress Information & Analysis was subjected to a massive denial of service attack after posting an article about the mysterious privacy breach at the U.K. Labour Party (

The site is still partially down but we’ve managed to restore some of its pages slowly, including the above article. Work by our technical team is continuing.


Nov 08 12:03

Israeli secret dossier contains no evidence of “terror” by Palestinian groups

It was widely suspected that the “secret evidence” justifying Israel’s declaration of six Palestinian organizations as “terror groups” last month was without merit.

An exposé on the contents of a classified government document indicates that Israel has no evidence and is relying on the testimony of two Palestinian detainees who may have been tortured.

Israel alleges that the six groups – Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, the Union of Palestinian Women Committees and the Bisan Center for Research and Development – serve as an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Tel Aviv – along with the US and EU – list as “terror organizations” the PFLP and other Palestinian political parties with armed wings that resist Israeli occupation and colonization.

Nov 08 12:02

Yes, Palestinians must get reparations from the British. But an apology is vital too

The British are famed for saying sorry when they've done wrong. Apologising for the Balfour Declaration would let Palestinians start reclaiming the narrative from the Israeli occupiers

Nov 08 08:53

Capture of Mossad ‘secret agents’ pushes Israel and Gaza to brink of new war

Video footage of two alleged Israeli spies being held by an armed Palestinian group have thrown fuel on an already incendiary situation.

While indirect talks over a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel continue without any concrete progress, Gaza’s armed groups threaten retaliation to any deaths which may occur amongst Palestinian political prisoners inside Israeli jails. This already volatile and tense scenario has been further complicated with the release of a video of two alleged Mossad agents.

Nov 04 07:16

EU enables Israeli attack on Palestinian groups

Israel’s designation of six major Palestinian rights groups as “terrorist” organizations on Friday elicited an immediate and strong response from human rights defenders.

Reactions have continued to pour in. On Monday, two dozen human rights organizations in Israel jointly condemned the move as an “act of cowardice” that is “characteristic of repressive, authoritarian regimes.”

They called on “the international community to oppose this decision unequivocally.”

“This designation is a frontal attack on the Palestinian human rights movement, and on human rights everywhere,” a dozen UN special rapporteurs stated on Monday as well.

The independent experts, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor a range of issues, warned that the Israeli designation would effectively ban the work of the human rights groups. It provides a pretext for Israel to arrest their staff, close their offices and seize their property.

Nov 04 07:15

UN: Israel’s Demolition of Palestinian Homes Increased by 21%

Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem increased by 21 percent this year, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said on Monday.

“In September, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” UNOCHA said in a report.

Nov 04 06:59

Occupation: The forgotten Palestinian village fighting for survival

Four-year-old Maria plays with her cousins and brothers on an old dilapidated children’s slide with broken rungs, propped up against a small olive tree at the centre of the southern occupied West Bank village of al-Asayfer.

The Abu Qbeita family was able to bring in the decrepit slide into the Palestinian village several years ago through the Israeli military checkpoint of Metsudot Yehuda, the only way in and out of al-Asayfer.

Meanwhile, the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir boasts an entirely different scene - a large playground, complete with colourful shades to protect children from the sun.

Lying on 200 dunams (49.5 acres) of land, as documented on registries dating back to the Ottoman empire and official Israeli court registration documents, al-Asayfer is one of over a dozen hamlets that make up the area known as Masafer Yatta, just south of the city of Hebron, and is the only village in the southern West Bank that falls outside the Israeli separation wall.

Nov 04 06:58

Palestine Action shuts down Israel arms supplier’s HQ on Balfour Declaration anniversary

UK-based activist group Palestine Action occupied the Bristol headquarters of Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest privately owned arms manufacturer, on Tuesday - the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

Several activists scaled the building early Tuesday morning and occupied the roof, while others daubed the building in red paint, signifying "the Palestinian bloodshed from which Elbit profits", the group stated on its webpage.

Nov 04 06:58

Palestinian foreign ministry urges Britain to apologise for Balfour Declaration

The Palestinian foreign ministry is urging Britain to apologise for the Balfour Declaration, saying a due process is taking place to ensure the apology takes place.

The November 1917 Balfour Declaration stated that the UK would look "favourably" on the creation of a "Jewish national home" in Palestine. The UK occupied historic Palestine after the First World war, which saw a rapid increase in Jewish settlement expansions in the area, eventually leading to the creation of Israel in 1948.

An apology is a key step in Britain's recognition of the declaration's responsibility for the decades-long impact it had on Palestinians, said Ahmed Al-Deek, the political advisor to the Palestinian foreign affairs minister.

Nov 04 06:39

Digital Rights Activists Accuse Facebook of Anti-Palestinian Bias

Palestinian activists contended Facebook and other social media platforms have censored criticism of Israel in response to government pressure and launched a campaign seeking to halt the activity.

Palestinians have complained that political posts were removed or demoted especially by Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns.

The 7amleh digital rights organisation launched a website called 7or on Monday to call attention to its position, saying it has documented 746 rights violations in 2021 so far.

"We see it as a war on the Palestinian narrative, as an attempt to silence them speaking about their oppression and suffering," said 7amleh founder Nadim Nashif.

Nov 04 06:20

Israeli Forces Continue Demolition of Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem

For the ninth day in a row, Israeli forces are continuing to bulldoze the Yusufiya cemetery near Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem, local media reported on Tuesday.

The head of the Islamic Cemeteries Care Committee, Mustafa Abu Zahra, said in a statement that occupation municipality crews had continued “works of Judaization and vandalism in the cemetery as they bulldozed the vicinity of its entrance, to potentially establish a public garden.”

Abu Zahra warned of the “continued attacks and violations by Israel at the cemetery,” noting that the occupation authorities tightened their siege on the cemetery “after working for a week to construct a wall separating the Martyrs’ Monument and the cemetery.”

Nov 04 06:18

Palestinian prisoner risks 'clinical death' as he enters 110th day of hunger strike

A Palestinian political prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for over 100 days in a protest against his administrative detention by Israel is at risk of "clinical death", according to his family.

Kayed al-Fasfous has abstained from food for the past 112 days, with his health condition severely deteriorating in the past 48 hours, his brother Khaled said.

The family said that Fasfous is facing "clinical death" after losing feeling in his lower body and spiking a high fever. He has been hospitalised at Barzilai Medical Centre in Ashkelon, southern Israel, and is being watched by security guards.

Fasfous has been steadfast about not taking supplements and has refused medical examination, including the installation of a heart rate monitor, by the Israeli hospital staff, in defiance of his continued administrative detention.

Nov 03 06:46

Israel’s secret ‘evidence’ against rights groups is based on torture and lies, and Europeans rejected it — Palestinian leaders tell a DC audience

Leaders of the six Palestinian human rights organizations that Israel has declared to be “terrorist” spoke to a global audience last Friday on a webinar convened by mainstream Washington thinktanks and they repudiated the secret dossiers that Israel has circulated in seeking to ban the organizations. Here are some of the Palestinian leaders’ charges:

–The secret “so-called evidence” against the groups is based in part on prisoners’ confessions obtained under torture.

–Months ago, Israel presented its claims against the organizations to European governments and funders sponsoring the groups. Belgian officials investigated and rejected the allegations as “propaganda” and “lies,” but European officials have not been outspoken on this score.

–Israel acted against the groups because they have been giving information to the International Criminal Court– whose prosecutor began a criminal investigation of Israel this year under a complaint filed by Palestine five years ago.

Nov 03 06:36

New platform documents digital censorship of Palestinians

A new open-source online platform has been launched to centralise digital rights violations and censorship by social media companies against Palestinians and Palestine-related content.

In a news conference in Ramallah on Monday, the Arab Center for Social Media Development (7amleh), which built the website, said the tool will allow for more detailed and proficient documentation of violations, and rights groups to better follow-up with relevant social media companies over posts, pages, or accounts that have been singled out.

Nov 02 10:19

Israel destroys water supply line in Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills, 28 Oct. 2020

Today, Wednesday, 28 October 2020, at around 10:30 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military jeep and a digger to the Masafer Yatta region of the South Hebron Hills. The forces dug up and destroyed a 1.5 kilometer stretch of piping, thereby cutting off the water supply to the communities of Maghayir al-‘Abid and Khirbet al-Majaz. The forces later continued to the area of Khirbet al-Fakhit, where they unearthed a water pipe but left without destroying it. This is but one aspect of an Israeli policy aimed at driving Palestinian residents out of their homes.

Nov 02 07:32

How Israel's use of skunk water is damaging Palestinian health and economy

Kamal Abu Qwaider is one of a number of businessmen who set up shop around the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, one of the oldest and most important heritage sites in the ancient city and a popular gathering place for residents.

In the past the area was a key location for sellers hoping to attract locals and tourists to buy their wares. Recently, however, it has become more and more difficult for them to shift their products owing to the Israeli police's decision to use a noxious substance known as "skunk water" to disperse gatherings by Palestinians.

“I destroy commodities on a daily basis due to skunk water. Many other merchants, especially those selling food stuff, do the same," said Abu Qwaider, a trestle table peddler.

Abu Qwaider’s plight isn’t limited to economic losses alone.

Nov 02 07:31

With weak response, US will pay price for Israel’s terror designations

There has been no word from the Biden Administration after its reported face-to-face meeting on Thursday with Israeli officials to hear their “secret evidence” behind Tel Aviv’s decision to designate six Palestinian organizations, among them prominent and well-placed human rights groups, as “terrorist organizations.”

While such moves by other countries often trigger indignant U.S. condemnation, or even sanctions, in the case of Israel, the administration’s response appears limited to a request for “clarification” and complaints that the Israeli government didn’t provide “advance notice” of the designation.

If the Biden administration’s chooses ultimately to look the other way, it will not only be hypocritical, but it will serve as a textbook example of how America’s close partnership with unaccountable Middle Eastern governments undermine U.S. interests by shifting the cost of their abusive policies to us.

Nov 01 15:05

If Americans Knew

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world's major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.

It is the goal of If Americans Knew to provide full and accurate information on this critical issue, and on our power – and duty – to bring a resolution.

To see a detailed presentation on this issue go here.
To learn who promoted the disastrous Iraq War see this.

Nov 01 11:51

WATCH: Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian Home in Lod

Israeli authorities on Sunday demolished a Palestinian house in the Palestinian city of Lod inside Israel, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli forces, accompanied by bulldozers, raided the al-Mahatta neighborhood in Lod and demolished the house, according to eyewitness reports. The house belonged to Ibrahim Touri, a Palestinian man who has Israeli citizenship, WAFA noted.

“The house demolition came under the Israeli pretext it was built without getting a permit from the Israeli government,” Touri told local media, according to WAFA.

In the 1948 war, about 957,000 Palestinians, or 66 percent of the Palestinians who lived in historical Palestine, were expelled and displaced.

The remaining Palestinians continued to live in their cities, which were inside Israel’s 1948 border. They were subsequently given Israeli citizenship.

Nov 01 11:50

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims but allows settlers

The Israeli army closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, a city south of the West Bank, on Saturday to all Muslims, Andalou Agency reported.

The mosque director, Sheikh Hafthi Abu Sneineh told the Turkish state-run news agency that the Israeli army only allowed Jewish settlers to visit the site for the Chayei Sarah occasion.

"The mosque has been closed since 3 pm. on Friday and will remain closed until 10 pm. Saturday," said Abu Sneineh.

The Israeli army closes off the Mosque for Muslims during Jewish holidays, which also prevents them from accessing the courtyards.

In September, the Ibrahimi Mosque was closed by Israeli authorities during the Jewish New Year, where the decision was condemned by Palestinian officials, who judged the move to be an attack on basic human rights.

Nov 01 11:15

Jewish Settlers Brutally Attack Palestinians in Hebron

Jewish settlers on Saturday stormed Jaber neighborhood in the old city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), where they attacked Palestinian civilians and pepper-sprayed a teenager causing him burns in the face, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Aref Jaber, a local anti-settlement activist, told WAFA that the rampaging settlers physically assaulted local Palestinian residents and shouted profanities at them. He added that a teenager sustained burns in the face after being pepper-sprayed by the Jewish settlers.

Nov 01 07:56

Dozens of Israeli settlers storm Aqsa Mosque in latest provocation against sacred site

Dozens of Israeli settlers have stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds under the protection of the regime’s forces in the latest provocation against Palestinian people and their holy sites.

The Islamic Endowment Department in al-Quds said in a statement that the settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in the early hours of Sunday to mark a Jewish religious occasion.

They performed Talmudic rituals at the site, which is venerated by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Hardline Israeli legislators and settlers regularly storm the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city, a provocative move that infuriates Palestinians. Such mass settler break-ins almost always take place at the behest of Tel Aviv-backed temple groups and under the auspices of the Israeli police in al-Quds.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Nov 01 06:43

Israeli Forces Lock up Two Palestinian Neighborhoods with Iron Gates

Israeli occupation forces on Friday locked up two Palestinian neighborhoods in the occupied West Bank with iron gates, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to Anadolu Agency, the Israeli occupation closed the iron gate of the neighborhood of Sanjal, near Ramallah, preventing people from entering or leaving the area.

The reporter said that the iron gate had been placed at the neighborhood’s main entrance for years, and the Israeli occupation has used it to impose “collective punishment” against its residents under different pretexts.

He reported that the Israeli occupation closed the gate this time over claimed reports that the residents of the neighborhood threw stones at the vehicles of Jewish settlers.

Meanwhile, the reporter disclosed that the neighborhood was subjected to Israeli night raids, during which Israeli forces threw gas canisters at the residents for three consecutive nights before its gate was closed.

Oct 31 06:22

‘It’s a lie that we’re criminals and terrorists, we’re simply freedom fighters to liberate our land,’ Hamas co-founder tells RT

In May, the Israeli military and Gaza’s armed groups engaged in 11 days of brutal warfare, resulting in the deaths of 270 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. Since then a mutual ceasefire has largely held, but many speculate that this may soon change. In order to get a better grasp of the ongoing tensions between the two sides, I spoke to Mahmoud al-Zahar, the co-founder of the Hamas movement, to get the perspective of the organisation currently designated as a terrorist group in most Western capitals.

Oct 30 06:06

Palestinians fight to save Jerusalem cemetery from being destroyed for Israeli park

Israeli forces fired tear gas and sound bombs at Palestinians outside the al-Yusufiyah cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, the latest escalation at the site, as Palestinians fight to save the cemetery from being destroyed to make way for an Israeli park.

According to local reports, groups of Palestinians gathered outside the cemetery, located right outside the walls of the Old City, to protest the construction of an Israeli park in the area, which threatens the destruction of several Palestinian grave sites.

Videos from the scene on Friday showed armed Israeli border police officers throwing tear gas and sound bombs at the crowds, while others officers violently detained young Palestinian man, and lifted their batons up in a threatening manner at people who were filming at the scene.

Oct 29 10:10

Gaza: Population 'slowly poisoned' by water unfit for human consumption

For years, Iyad Shallouf, a farmer who owns a piece of land near the Gaza seashore, used to fill tanks with freshwater for people’s use in his neighbourhood. Today he can barely buy his own water to irrigate the crops.

With the exacerbating water problem in Gaza, farmers, especially those in the western areas of the blockaded Strip, face the brunt of the water pollution crisis due to their lands’ proximity to the contaminated seawater.

Instead of using water wells for irrigation, they have to buy water several times a month in order to avoid damage to their crops.

“Here in the al-Mawassi area [adjacent to the sea], we endure a suffering that only God knows. Our crops get damaged by the contaminated saline water, so we now avoid using the regular ways of irrigation and instead buy water to irrigate the crops,” Shallouf, 45, from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, told Middle East Eye.

Oct 29 10:10

McCollum and progressives call on Biden to condemn Israel’s ‘authoritarian and antidemocratic’ repression of Palestinian rights groups

Israel’s declaration of six leading Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorist” organizations continues to have reverberations in Washington.

Today, Rep. Betty McCollum introduced a resolution calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn Israel’s announcement, and specifically called for the Biden administration to:

(A) publicly condemn this authoritarian and antidemocratic act of repression by the Government of Israel against prominent Palestinian civil society organizations;

(B) publicly call on Israeli authorities to immediately end efforts aimed at persecuting, delegitimizing, and criminalizing Palestinian human rights defenders and civil society organizations; and

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Biden won't do anything, and Israel wouldn't care if he did.

Oct 29 05:50

Biden Admin & 13 European Countries Loudly Condemn Israel's 3,000 New Settler Homes In West Bank

After the Biden administration condemned newly unveiled Israeli plans to move forward on building some 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank earlier in the week, a dozen European countries followed the US on Thursday and penned a scathing letter, also demanding the reversal of the controversial expansion.

Initially on Wednesday State Department spokesman Ned Price said "We are deeply concerned about the Israeli government’s plan to advance thousands of settlement units tomorrow, Wednesday, many of them deep in the West Bank." He added: "We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements, which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and to ensure calm, and it damages the prospects for a two-state solution."

Oct 28 06:42

‘An Act of Cowardice’: 21 Israel-Based Groups Condemn Terror Label for Palestine NGOs

Twenty-one Israel-based civil society groups on Sunday joined Palestine defenders around the world in condemning the Israeli government’s labeling of six Palestinian advocacy groups as terrorist organizations, calling the move “an act of cowardice.”

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s “designation of prominent Palestinian civil society organizations, among them our colleagues in the Palestinian human rights community, as terrorist organizations is a draconian measure that criminalizes critical human rights work,” the groups said in a statement.

“Documentation, advocacy, and legal aid are fundamental activities for the protection of human rights worldwide,” the statement continued. “Criminalizing such work is an act of cowardice, characteristic of repressive authoritarian regimes.”

Oct 28 06:36

Israeli forces attack protesters against plans to turn Palestinian graveyard into biblical theme park

Palestinian protesters were attacked on Tuesday by Israeli forces as they demonstrated against the bulldozing of a cemetery in Jerusalem to make way for a theme park, according to local media.

Israeli forces attacked protesters who gathered and held prayers at Al-Yousufiyah Cemetery, where graves have been dug up and the site desecrated.

One of the protesters was detained by Israeli police.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, said the planned theme park is an assault on the dead.

"The graves of human beings cannot be violated no matter the gender, nationality or religion," he said.

Oct 28 06:35

EU – Most of the Israeli accusations against Palestinian institutions of terrorism in the past have not been substantiated

The European Union said it is following all Israeli accusations against Palestinian human rights organizations that they support terrorism according to the Israeli classification.

A spokesman for the European Union (EU) said in a press conference that similar previous Israeli allegations had previously been untrue adding that past allegations of the misuse of EU funds in relation to a certain number of our Palestinian Civil Society Organisations’ partners have not been substantiated.

The EU spokesman said Counter-terrorism measures must be in accordance with all obligations under international law, in particular international humanitarian law and international human rights law, which include full respect for the rights to freedom of association and expression.

He added: “We take note of the listing of six Palestinian organizations by Israel’s Ministry of Defence (MoD), some of whom are implementing activities financed with the financing from the EU and its member states.”

Oct 28 06:19

State Dep’t says another 3000 Israeli settlement units are ‘unacceptable’

The new Israeli government this week moved forward on plans to build 3000 more units in illegal West Bank settlements; and yesterday the State Department issued its strongest opposition to the plans since Joe Biden took office, calling the plans “unacceptable.”

The State Department spokesperson said yesterday the U.S. “strongly” opposes the expansion of settlements. Said Arikat of Al Quds Daily said that U.S. lack of resolve appears to have emboldened Israel, and Ned Price responded:

We are deeply concerned about the Israeli Government’s plan to advance thousands of settlement units tomorrow, Wednesday, many of them deep in the West Bank.

In addition, we’re concerned about the publication of tenders on Sunday for 1,300 settlement units in a number of West Bank settlements. We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements, which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and to ensure calm, and it damages the prospects for a two-state solution…

Oct 28 05:11

Israel calls the fight for Palestinian rights ‘terror’ - and so turns reality on its head

Did someone forget to tell Benny Gantz that Donald Trump is no longer the United States president?

It certainly looked that way last Friday as Israel’s defence minister - who has been presented as a force for moderation in an Israeli government led by the settler right - declared six leading Palestinian human rights groups to be “terrorist organisations”.

The move effectively outlaws the most prominent organisations in the Palestinian human rights community.

Despite the eternal bonds so often lauded by Israeli and US officials, President Joe Biden’s administration appeared to be caught off-guard by the announcement, despite claims from Israel that Washington had been forewarned.

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Oct 27 12:52

Succumbing to Zionist terror: Why are UK university administrators so stupid?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the fact that the UK's Bristol and Glasgow universities are the latest to renege on freedom of expression after caving in to Zionist bullying, noting that they stand accused of terrorising their own academics.>>

Oct 27 07:52

Over 100 Palestinians wounded after Israeli extremists march through Jerusalem

Oct 27 06:04

Israel’s ‘terrorist’ designation of Palestinian rights groups credits ‘apartheid’ label U.S. political establishment denies

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s declaration that six Palestinian human rights and civil society groups are “terrorist” organizations aimed at the “destruction” of the country has unleashed fury. “It’s a storm that won’t die down,” Owen Alterman of the Israeli broadcaster i24 News said yesterday. Liberal Zionists have said the designation is “deeply repressive,” and even the Biden administration raised an eyebrow. So now Israel is sending a delegation to Washington to try to prove the absurd/vague charge, which is based on alleged connections between the groups and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

One immediate effect of the declaration, which would ban organizations that fight for the rights of Palestinian prisoners and defend the rights of Palestinian children, is that it has put Israeli “apartheid” back in the news.

Oct 27 06:04

Israel officer raped Palestinian woman in exchange for work permit

A shocking account of the rape of a Palestinian woman by an Israeli officer seven years ago has emerged after the military's appeals court cleared the details of the case for publication earlier this week. The Palestinian women identified in court only as M. said that the Israeli officer abused his power by taking advantage of her need for a work permit and forced her to have sex with him.

The rape occurred in 2013 and 2014, and the officer's identity is still under a gag order. He was secretly convicted by an Israeli court in 2017 and a gag order was imposed on most of the details of the investigation. Details of the case, however, were cleared for publication after a request by the Israeli Ynet news site.

According to details of the case reported in Haaretz, the Israeli officer "told her that he liked her and began trying to have sex with her. M. expressed her refusal, but the defendant asked her to keep quiet."

Oct 27 06:03

Amazon and Google: partners in Israeli apartheid

The best-selling Irish novelist Sally Rooney is openly shunning Israel after recent reports from human rights groups warned that Israel practices apartheid, systematically oppressing Palestinians under its rule.

But while Israel risks becoming a pariah among some cultural producers, it is being aggressively embraced by globe-spanning corporations like Amazon and Google – among the wealthiest companies in history.

The two tech giants are not just lining up to do business with Israel. They are actively working to build and improve the technological infrastructure Israel needs to surveil Palestinians and confine them to the ghettos Israel’s army has created for them.

Through their collaboration on Israel’s Project Nimbus, both companies are helping to remove any pressure on Israel to make peace with the Palestinians and are instead becoming partners in Israeli apartheid.

Oct 27 05:39

Israel Calls the Fight for Palestinian Rights ‘Terror’ – and So Turns Reality on Its Head

It certainly looked that way last Friday as Israel’s defense minister – who has been presented as a force for moderation in an Israeli government led by the settler right – declared six leading Palestinian human rights groups to be “terrorist organizations”.

The move effectively outlaws the most prominent organizations in the Palestinian human rights community.

Despite the eternal bonds so often lauded by Israeli and US officials, President Joe Biden’s administration appeared to be caught off-guard by the announcement, despite claims from Israel that Washington had been forewarned.

Israeli officials were reported on Sunday to be preparing to fly to the US to share intelligence justifying the new “terror list”.

Oct 27 05:31

Palestinians outraged as Israel resumes 'bulldozing' ancient Muslim cemetery

A group of Palestinian Islamic scholars slammed Israel on Monday for resuming efforts to destroy an ancient East Jerusalem Muslim graveyard.

The Palestinian Muslim Scholars Association said that Israel has failed to consider Muslim sentiment in its plans to transform the Al-Yusufiyah Cemetery into a "biblical" park.

They accused Israel of trying to "Judaize" the ancient Muslim cemetery, and said that this would increase tensions with Israel, which has illegally occupied East Jerusalem since 1967.

The association said that Islamic scholars should continue to expose Israeli efforts to "Judaize" Palestinian areas of Jerusalem.

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A painted swastika on a gravestone and the media goes apeshit. Israel destroys an entire Muslim cemetery and the media yawns.

Oct 26 11:31

Israeli Official Threatens To Cut Power & Water To Proposed US Consulate For Palestinians

Two years ago as part of Trump's drastic US foreign policy shift on the Israel-Palestine issue which changed decades of a status quo understanding, the US administration had shut down the longstanding US consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem as part of the Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as exclusively the recognized capital of Israel.

As we detailed earlier, a showdown is brewing between the Israeli government and the Biden administration, given the US is now planning to reopen the consulate dedicated to Palestinian affairs in a stark reversal of the Trump policy - a move which has angered some Israeli officials to the point that there are now discussions and threats of shutting off water and electricity to the US consular building in the event it formally reopens.

Oct 26 07:07

Silwan: Palestinian neighbourhood turns into a nightly warzone

Every night, the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan turns into a warzone as youths confront Israeli occupation forces, Palestinian homes are raided and ransacked, young men and children arrested, shot at, and assaulted.

During the day homes are demolished and residents displaced as the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality pursues its policy of Judaisation of the occupied eastern part of the city to make way for Israeli settlers, a policy illegal under international law.

On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court held a hearing for the Dweik family consisting of 26 members from the neighbourhood. They are fighting their eviction by the settler group Ateret Cohanim. The family continues to await a decision about the fate of their homes, which could determine that of other Palestinians facing displacement.

Oct 26 07:07

Settlers pepper-spray rights activists in West Bank

Settlers from a West Bank settlement attacked volunteers helping Palestinian olive farmers on Monday, the Rabbis for Human Rights group said, providing a video showing the incident.

A Rabbis for Human Rights activist was injured and required medical treatment in the attack, which came as he helped out with the olive harvest in the West Bank town of Awarta. According to the organization, the assailants were from the settlement of Itamar.

The attackers arrived on foot and quadbikes, then pepper-sprayed volunteers working with the Palestinians, according to the rights group, whose volunteers said Israeli security forces were present at the scene, but barely intervened.

Oct 26 07:05

Israeli Soldiers Destroy Water Line, Bulldoze Road, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Palestinian lands in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and bulldozed them leading to the destruction of a water line and a road.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committees against the Annexation Wall and colonies in southern Hebron, said the Israeli bulldozers destroyed the waterline and a dirt road linking Masafer Yatta with the villages of al-Fakheet and Khallet ad-Dabe’.

Jabour added that the attack is not the first against the lands and the water networks in the area, and aims at removing the Palestinians and annexing their lands for the construction and expansion of the illegal colonies.

It is worth mentioning that the Committee, in cooperation with the Tiwana and al-Masafer village Council, has previously rehabilitated the road and the waterwork after a similar attack by the Israeli army.

Oct 26 07:05

Palestinians in Gaza call to save seven hunger-striking prisoners

Dozens of Palestinians staged a sit-in in solidarity with seven prisoners on a hunger strike in Israeli jails protesting their “administrative detention”.

The demonstration on Monday was organised by the Palestinian Detainees’ Commission and held in front of the International Red Cross Committee headquarters in Gaza City.

Participants called for the immediate release of the seven prisoners, chanted slogans, and held banners reading, “Administrative Detention is a crime” and “Stop Administrative Detention.”

The prisoners launched a hunger strike to protest against their administrative detention, according to the Detainees Affairs Commission.

Oct 26 07:04

Israel extends detention of Palestinian detainee on hunger strike

An Israeli military court confirmed on Sunday the detention order of Palestinian detainee Shadi Abu Aker, despite being on hunger strike for 63 days to protest his jailing without charges.

Shadi Abu Aker, 37-years-old, has been held by Israeli forces without charge since October 2020, based on repetitive detention orders.

His wife, Sajida Abu Aker, told The New Arab that the family has been waiting all year for his release and have no idea when he will be freed.

"Our older son is seven now [and] he has spent with his father no more than a full year, interrupted, because of his repetitive detentions," she said.

Abu Aker had been arrested several times by Israeli forces in recent years, mostly without charges.

Oct 26 07:04

Israel army detains Palestinian cancer patient and two children in West Bank raids

A cancer-stricken patient and two children were among 13 Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces during raids across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

Abdul Basset Maatan, a teacher suffering from cancer, was detained after Israeli forces stormed his home in Al-Bireh, east of Ramallah.

Zuheer Maatan, Abdul Basset's brother, told The New Arab that Israeli forces persisted in taking him away despite his medical condition but allowed him to bring his medicines.

Ten-year-olds Yasser Arafat and Haitham Shukair were also detained after a raid on their parents' homes. The reason for their arrest was unclear.

Oct 26 07:03

Small business owners in Gaza grapple with debts and losses following Israeli attacks

Over the last decade Mahmoud Abu Shkyan has been a carpenter, a grocer, and a stylist, but today the 28-year-old father of one with another kid on the way is unemployed. His barbershop was destroyed in an airstrike last May, one day before a ceasefire was declared between Hamas and Israel during the most intense escalation of hostilities in seven years.

The shop itself was a modest 160 square foot room that squeezed in three salon chairs and a big sofa. In early 2021, Abu Shkyan borrowed $5,000 from friends and family to start the business and was earning around $350 a month.

He now has no way to repay the debt.