448 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque last week

As many as 448 Israeli settlers raided the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque last week under the protection of Israeli occupation forces, Israeli media reported. The news agencies explained that hundreds of settlers, accompanied by Jewish rabbis, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and performed Talmudic rituals, under security protection by the Israeli occupation forces. The storming of Al-Aqsa begins everyday morning, from Sunday to Thursday, through the Mughrabi Gate, which has been under Israeli control since the 1967 occupation of Jerusalem.
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Israeli Army Cuts Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village (VIDEO)

The Israeli occupation army this morning cut off the water supply to the Palestinian village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley, reports The Palestinian Information Center. Local official Derar Sawafta said that Israeli soldiers stormed [...] The post Israeli Army Cuts Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

Report: Israel army intentionally reduces fatalities in Gaza protests

The Israeli military has changed tactics to reduce fatalities amongst Gaza protesters, in order to reduce the risk of retaliatory rocket fire and escalation, reported Haaretz. According to the article by the paper’s defence correspondent Amos Harel, the army’s approach to the occupied Gaza Strip is “built on containment and caution”. “If more Palestinians are killed in the violent demonstrations along the fence, more rockets would be fired at the south of Israel, leading to more air force strikes on
| Israel, Middle East, News |

German jury rescinds book award for British author Kamila Shamsie over BDS support

British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has described it as a “matter of outrage” that a Germany jury rescinded a prestigious award over her support for the Palestinian-led boycott of Israel. According to a report in the Guardian, Shamsie was originally awarded the €15,000 ($16,572) Nelly Sachs prize on 6 September, named after the German-Jewish Nobel laureate and awarded by the German city of Dortmund to a writer promoting “tolerance and reconciliation”. However, the eight-member jury subsequently declared that they had not
| BDS, Europe & Russia, Germany |

Israel forces’ raid on Palestinian NGO Addameer slammed by rights groups

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided the offices of Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, a West Bank-based Palestinian human rights group. According to the prisoners’ rights NGO, Israeli soldiers “stole five laptops, memory cards, three laptop memories, one laptop card, [and] several books” during their ransacking of the office. This is the third such raid of Addameer’s Ramallah office, following attacks in 2002 and 2012. In a statement, Addameer described the raid as part of attacks that target “the
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Whoever wins Israel’s election, Palestinians know it will make no difference

The Israeli General Election is over and Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to gain a majority in the 22nd Knesset. This was a slap in the face, and a shameful disappointment for him after weeks of incitement against the Palestinians, including Arab citizens of Israel, in a scaremongering election campaign. In all the uncertainty, what we know for sure is that whoever eventually leads the next Israeli government will not be aiming to end the ongoing seven-decades of Israel’s colonisation of
| Article, Israel, Israeli Elections |

Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy and Annexation is the New Reality

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. More The post Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy and Annexation is the New Reality appeared first
| articles 2015 |

Zahra Billoo Responds To The Women’s March Inc. Voting Her Off The New Board

Earlier tonight, I was voted off the Women’s March, Inc. national board. This followed an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination. The past 48 hours have been a […] The post Zahra Billoo Responds To The Women’s March Inc. Voting Her Off The New Board appeared first on MuslimMatters.org .
| #Current Affairs, Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Civil Rights |

Israel army cuts water supply to Jordan Valley village

The Israeli occupation army this morning cut off the water supply to the Palestinian village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley, reports The Palestinian Information Center. Local official Derar Sawafta said that Israeli soldiers stormed the village and sealed up water holes that feed the local residents of the village with water, without stating the reason for such action. The Israeli army had cut off the water supply to the village many times before in an attempt to force
| Israel, Middle East, News |

While Israel alters Palestine, the EU condemns, observes and retreats

The closest the international community ever got to an unequivocal condemnation of Israel’s settlement expansion since 1967 was through the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), albeit containing the usual flaws which spare Israel’s colonial presence since 1948, not to mention the ubiquitous endorsement of the two-state compromise. Instead of treating this resolution as a premise from which further action against settlement expansion could be taken, the State of Palestine’s Permanent Observer declared the resolution important if it was “to
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, EU |

3,500 Palestinians born in West Bank in August

Some 3,492 Palestinians were born in government hospitals in the occupied West Bank last month, the Ministry of Health reported today. In a report, the ministry said five births, seven surgeries, and 1,140 laboratory tests were conducted every hour in government health centres in the West Bank. INTERVIEW: ‘This is for Palestine’, says mum who gave birth through smuggled sperm “The emergency departments in government hospitals received 82,527 patients, carried out 4,877 surgical operations, and about 578,000 laboratory examinations, 49,168
| Middle East, News, Palestine |

The ugly joy of the Israeli election

Watching the election results on Israeli TV this week was to see Zionism in all its racist glory. The Palestinian parties were big winners Tuesday, finishing third with 13 seats, and the experts all declare, No governing coalition can include Arabs!
| Media Analysis, Avigdor Lieberman, Ayman Odeh |

Israelis Have Shown Netanyahu the Door. Can He Inflict More Damage before He Exits?

For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet [...] The post Israelis Have Shown Netanyahu the Door. Can He Inflict More Damage before He Exits? appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Commentary, Avichai Mandelblit |

Israeli Police Violate Agreement to Reduce Raids in Issawiya (VIDEO)

Israeli police have reneged on an agreement made with local residents and leaders in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, resuming aggressive raids in recent days. According to human rights group Ir Amim, after “a modest drop in the [...] The post Israeli Police Violate Agreement to Reduce Raids in Issawiya (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

Palestinian president to meet Norway crown prince and premier during a state visit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who arrived in Norway Wednesday night, is scheduled to meet later today with Prime Minister Erna Solberg and tomorrow with Crown Prince Haakon at the Royal Palace.
| News |

Women’s March cuts ties with another board member following ‘Islamophobic smear campaign’

Zahra Billoo has been voted off the Women's March national board. Billoo responded on Twitter saying she was dropped following a "campaign is driven by people who oppose me and my work challenging the occupation of Palestine."
| News, Women's March, Zahra Billoo |

Gantz Says No to Netanyahu-led Unity Government

Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join forces in a governing coalition under the incumbent. Gantz, Netanyahu’s main opponent in Israel’s general election, told [...] The post Gantz Says No to Netanyahu-led Unity Government appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019

Boycott DGTL Tel Aviv Festival 2019 PACBI Statement DGTL Tel Aviv takes place atop the ruins of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village Cultural Boycott September 19, 2019 By:  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
| News |

Netanyahu Urges Gantz to Form Unity Government with Him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday on his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner, Reuters reports. A spokeswoman for Gantz, [...] The post Netanyahu Urges Gantz to Form Unity Government with Him appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

Media rules explained: Mention Israeli slaughter and Palestinian children in same breath, kiss your career goodbye

On the basis of alleged "anti-Semitic tropes," numerous critics of Israel, many of them writers of color, have been accused of bigotry for their criticisms of Israel. The latest is Ali Abunimah, accused by Matt Seaton of NYRB. Meantime, you can say anything you like to dehumanize Palestinians and no one in the mainstream will call you out.
| Media Analysis, Ali Abunimah, Alice Walker |

Amnesty Urges ‘International Justice’ after Killing of Palestinian Woman (VIDEO)

Amnesty International yesterday renewed its call for “international justice” for Palestinian victims of Israeli occupation forces after a woman was shot and killed at a checkpoint. In an incident filmed by bystanders, the woman – named as Alaa [...] The post Amnesty Urges ‘International Justice’ after Killing of Palestinian Woman (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

The Palestinian detainees in Saudi Arabia

Eighty-one-year-old Dr Muhammad Saleh Al- Khodari had hardly recovered from the sensitive surgery he underwent before Saudi authorities detained him at his home in Jeddah. What is even more strange is that Al-Khodari is well known to the Saudi authorities, for he has been living there for more than 27 years, of which he spent 20 years as Hamas representative in the kingdom, and the Saudi authorities were communicating with him officially in this capacity. He also held one of
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Palestinians Appeal for South African Support against Israeli Annexation of Their Land (VIDEO)

As Israelis headed to the polls on Tuesday, Palestinian politicians and activists appealed to South Africa to help them stave off the annexation of their land. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative political [...] The post Palestinians Appeal for South African Support against Israeli Annexation of Their Land (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Books, Features |

‘NYT’ gives Netanyahu platform to race-bait Palestinian parties as ‘terrorists’ — without letting them respond

When Donald Trump race-baits minorities, the New York Times offers his targets space to respond. But the Times published Netanyahu's smears of Palestinian political parties as terrorists without giving them space to respond and repeatedly diminished their achievement in the election, in which they finished behind the two leading Jewish parties.
| Media Analysis, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

Israel Police violate agreement to reduce operations in Issawiya

Israeli police have reneged on an agreement made with local residents and leaders in Issawiya, occupied East Jerusalem, resuming aggressive raids in recent days. According to human rights group Ir Amim, after “a modest drop in the police presence and altercations with area residents for approximately one week” at the beginning of the month, “hostile police incursions by para-military forces resumed September 7 for no apparent reason”. Furthermore, Ir Amim added, since 12 September “[Israeli] paramilitary forces have been operating
| Israel, Middle East, News |

EU condemns new Israel settlement, but no action taken

The European Union (EU) yesterday condemned the Israeli government’s decision to establish a new settlement in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank. On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted to back a proposal that would see unauthorised outpost Mevo’ot Yeriho retroactively “legalised”, thus becoming an official statement. Israel distinguishes between official and unapproved settlements (the latter often referred to as outposts), while under international law, all settlements are illegal. The Jordan Valley is a key region
| EU, International Organisations, Israel |

Amnesty urges ‘international justice’ after Israel forces kill Palestinian woman at checkpoint

Amnesty International yesterday renewed its call for “international justice” for Palestinian victims of Israeli occupation forces after a woman was shot and killed at a checkpoint. In an incident filmed by bystanders, the woman – named as Alaa Wahdan – was shot by Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint in what Israeli officials claimed was an attempted stabbing attack. Palestinians and human rights activists reacted with outrage to the footage, and in a statement published yesterday, Amnesty International expressed strong concern
| Amnesty International, International Organisations, Israel |

World Bank: PA facing a $1.8 billion financial gap

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Authority is facing a financing gap that could exceed $1.8 billion for 2019, the World Bank said in a report. The financing gap is due to declining foreign aid and an unresolved dispute regarding the transfer of taxes and import duties collected by Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. Israel …
| Economy, International, Main News |

Calls for Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian prisoners

A group of activists have launched a social media campaign calling for Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian prisoners, including Hamas representative Mohammed Al-Khodari. Using a Facebook page called “Freedom for Al-Khodari and Palestinian prisoners in Saudi”, the activists shared hashtags, slogans, posters and pictures to express their demands. Yesterday, Hamas official Mohammed Nazzal revealed that 81-year-old Al-Khodari was moved from Dahban Prison in Jeddah to a government-run hospital in Mecca for cancer treatment. Family sources said that the Saudi authorities
| Middle East, News, Palestine |

EU calls on Israel to end all settlement activity and dismantle outposts

PNN/ Jerusalem/ The Israeli government approved a proposal on Sunday to establish a new settlement, Mevo’ot Yeriho, currently an outpost in the Jordan Valley. The European Union reiterates that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law. The EU called on Israel to end all settlement activity and …
| National News, EU, Main News |

Palestinians revive memory of Aida; the woman who hosted refugees in 1948

By Elise Schroons- Bethlehem/ PNN/ The recently opened coffee shop named Aida in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, welcomes customers for a coffee and a chat. Its name ‘Aida’ originates from a popular coffee shop of the same name that was located nearby. It was owned by Aida, a Palestinian woman, whose story of helping refugees, …
| Culture, Human Rights, 1948 |

In Israel’s Aggressive Colonization of Palestinians, Turkey has a Say

By Dr Adnan Abu Amer | @adnanabuamer1 | – Recent weeks have witnessed a series of developments in Palestine that have produced mixed reactions in Turkey and Israel. Their relationship is back to the level of tension prevalent in the wake of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010. The most recent […]
| Israel/ Palestine, Turkey |

The Only Jewish Ghetto in the Middle East

The results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections have confirmed what many of us have known for a long while. The Jewish state is an ultra nationalist right wing swamp. Israel is more hawkish than more hawkish than ever. There is not a single Jewish Israeli Left wing party. The Democratic Party is led and mentored by a […]
| Elections, Israel/Palestine, Avigdor Lieberman |

Bassam al-Sayeh, Faris Baroud and the Slow Murder of Palestinian Prisoners

Bassam al-Sayeh was the latest victim of medical negligence in Israeli prisons. The 47-year-old Palestinian from Nablus died on September 8. The last of such tragic cases is that of Faris Baroud who passed away in Nafha prison on February 6. In 2011, al-Sayeh was diagnosed with bone and blood cancer, according to Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network, Samidoun. A few years later, he was arrested by Israeli occupation soldiers. In 2015, an Israeli military court sentenced him to life in
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy and Annexation is the New Reality

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. […]
| "The Right", Annexation, Apartheid |

Join the Global Climate Strike. Oppose Israel’s climate apartheid.

Join the Global Climate Strike. Oppose Israel’s climate apartheid. Action Alert Tell multinational corporations to stop investing in fossil fuels and in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. Economic Boycott September 19, 2019 By:  Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
| News |

Support ‘Palestine Writes’, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America

Palestine Writes, the first Palestinian Literature festival in North America, is scheduled to take place in New York City on March 27-29, 2020, and will serve as a landmark for Palestinian culture in the United States. The festival will be the first chance for many people to hear the voices of some of the greatest living Palestinian writers, and organizers are looking to raise money to make sure this ambitious project is as successful as possible.
| Activism |

Biblical Site Jesus Visited After Crucifixion Claimed to Have Been Discovered Near Jerusalem

The village of Emmaus is the place where one of the major New Testament stories played out as the Son of God is thought to have appeared there after he was executed. Although the Bible contains several hints about the mysterious site, scientists have struggled to find it for ages.
| Tech |

Israel: Netanyahu trails second with 90% counted votes

With 90% of the votes counted, Israel’s center-left Blue and White party is projected to win the parliamentary elections edging ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, the top election authority said Wednesday, Anadolu reports. Benny Gantz’s Blue and White secured 32 out of the 120 Knesset seats. Netanyhau’s party came second with 31 seats, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported, citing the top election body. The Palestinian bloc (Israeli Arabs) was able to win 13 seats. The right-wing Yisrael
| Israel, Israeli Elections, Middle East |

Netanyahu Cancels UN Visit amid Political Uncertainty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly next week due to the “political context in the country”, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. The trip’s cancellation comes [...] The post Netanyahu Cancels UN Visit amid Political Uncertainty appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Slider |

Dutch Palestinian Sues Gantz for War Crimes

A Dutch Palestinian who lost six relatives during a 2014 bombing of Gaza sought compensation yesterday from former Israeli armed forces chief and prime ministerial hopeful Benny Gantz. Ismail Ziada’s complaint was filed against Gantz [...] The post Dutch Palestinian Sues Gantz for War Crimes appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Benjamin Gantz |

Israelis Have Made their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Time is Up

For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute upset as the final […]
| Benjamin Netanyahu, Elections, Israel/Palestine |

Israel’s Snap Election: The view from Gaza

Haidar Eid says there is nothing for Palestinians to celebrate about the Israeli elections. "Only secular democracy under the rule of law and in which ALL citizens are treated equally regardless of ethnic and religious origin is what should be celebrated," Eid writes. "Anything short of that is a recycling of 19th century ethnic nationalism disguised in slogans that mean absolutely nothing to us Palestinians."
| Opinion, 2019 Israeli Elections, Gaza |

Stockholm Syndrome: Julian Assange And The Limits Of Guardian Dissent

Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic ‘Wish You Were Here’, or say: Julian Assange, we are with you. Free Julian Assange! The renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger did […]
| Brexit, Freedom of Expression/Speech, Gaza |

Israel’s Netanyahu left teetering after close election

Israel’s election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz. An official result was still hours, perhaps days off. But with more than 63 percent of votes counted, the Netanyahu-led right-wing bloc was, as expected, more or less even with Gantz’s centre-left. With no single-party majority in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, there will likely be weeks of coalition talks before
| News |

Netanyahu is messing with history and geography

Netanyahu’s zealous statements regarding his intention to annex land from the Jordan Valley and the West Bank did not come as a surprise to many. It was, however, a source of sadness and sorrow as the Palestinians and Arabs are increasingly disregarded while the occupation continues to swallow up what is left of Palestine and realises its dream of doing as it pleases with Arab land. It is not strange for Netanyahu and his colonial policies to continue messing with
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

Israel election: Joint List alliance celebrates high turnout, threatening to topple Netanyahu

The Joint List, an alliance of parties consisting of prominent Palestinian citizens, has celebrated a high turnout of voters in yesterday’s General Election in Israel. The leader of the bloc, Ayman Odeh, also hailed the fact that the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just a small chance of retaining his position, and pointed out that he is unlikely to be able to form a government. “We feel good that [Netanyahu] cannot form a government,” Odeh told a crowd of
| Israel, Israeli Elections, Middle East |

Migratory birds fly into Palestine

Palestine is one of the main routes for birds migrating from Europe to Africa in September and October. Some of the birds that frequently pass through the Gaza Strip are various types of quail. With the economic situation in the besieged enclave being as it is, Palestinians prepare for such events with an eye on how to benefit from the temporary visitors. As night falls, Palestinians setup nets which act as walls to catch quails flying in from Europe. Some
| Israel, Middle East, News |