Journalists stand in solidarity with Palestinian photographer shot in the eye

The shooting of a Palestinian journalist in the occupied West Bank has sparked local and international outrage against the Israeli military, which has been documented as frequently targeting journalists across the territories.
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Trump’s reversal on Israeli settlements is widely condemned, including by Sanders and Warren

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement this afternoon that the Trump administration no longer regards West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements as illegal under international law, thereby repudiating global opinion and 50 years of U.S. policy, was widely condemned, including by presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The AP laid the decision at the feet of Sheldon Adelson, Trump's biggest donor.
| News, Israeli Settlements, Trump Administration |

Pro-Palestine activists keep showing up at Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s office to demand action….will she listen?

Zak Witus is a member of IfNotNow and a graduate student in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He told Mondoweiss that the group decided to target Schakowsky because she's "a great moral leader on so many human rights issues, both for her district and the Chicago Jewish community in particular." He pointed out that Schakowsky opposed the Trump administration's embassy move, condemned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to block Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib
| Activism, IfNotNow |

Saeb Erekat : Israeli settlements steal Palestinian land, seize and exploit Palestinian natural resources

Jericho /PNN/ The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation OrganizationD. Saeb Erekat said in a reaction Statement on USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Israeli Settlements that International law and system clearly define the illegality of all Israeli settlements, including by the International Court of Justice, the UN Security Council, and the International Committee of …
| International, National News, Erekat |

US: Israeli Jewish Settlements Consistent with International Law

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were “inconsistent with international law”, reports Reuters. The announcement by [...] The post US: Israeli Jewish Settlements Consistent with International Law appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| News, Slider |

One young Gazan, many nemeses

Earlier this month Yehya Karaja, a homeless Palestinian living in Gaza City who set himself on fire in September near a crowded public park in an apparent protest over dire living conditions, died from his wounds. He was 26.
| Opinion, extreme poverty, Gaza |

Palestinian reporter loses eye when Israeli police fire on protesters

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Israel’s use of live rounds to disperse protests after a Palestinian journalist lost an eye when Israeli police fired at Palestinians protesting in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 15 November. Such practices expose reporters to direct danger, RSF said. Freelance photographer Moath Amarnih has lost the use of his left eye as a result of being hit by a ricocheting bullet
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Sanders attacked by Israel envoy for wanting to direct US aid to Palestinians

US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appears to have struck a nerve with Israeli officials after proposing to put the annual $4 billion handout the Zionist state gets from the US to better use. The veteran politician who spent several months during his early 20s living on an Israeli kibbutz, appeared to suggest that giving Tel Aviv aid unconditionally made the US complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Referring to the ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US and Israel
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

The UK Labour party’s pro-Palestine position was won through the struggle of the student movement

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party understands Palestine as a moral foreign policy cause of this generation, and affixes it to their material fight against neoliberal austerity. Nick Rodrigo writes that this relationship lies in the radical street politics of the British student movement between 2008-2011.
| Activism, Jeremy Corbyn |

UAE gives Palestinian Jerusalem its stamp of approval

A commemorative stamp entitled “Al Quds – the Capital of Palestine” has been issued by the UAE in support of the occupied state. In collaboration with Arab Postal Authorities, Emirates Post is presenting 25,000 stamps as a message of support to Palestine. The stamps feature an image of the Dome of the Rock Mosque which sits in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and the flag of Palestine, along with a white dove symbolising peace. According to Emirates Post, the
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Trump’s Administration Disappointed with Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump’s administration feels frustrated and disappointed with Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular, Ynet News reported US officials saying yesterday. The Israeli website reported White House sources saying: “Americans are [...] The post Trump’s Administration Disappointed with Netanyahu appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Benjamin Netanyahu |

Palestinian Prisoner Placed in Solitary Confinement after 40 Years in Israeli Jail

Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi yesterday entered his 40th year in Israeli jails yesterday and was placed in solitary confinement for seven days, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said. Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli [...] The post Palestinian Prisoner Placed in Solitary Confinement after 40 Years in Israeli Jail appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Faces from Palestine |

Global Solidarity with Palestinian Photojournalist Shot in the Eye

A Palestinian freelance photographer who was shot by Israeli soldiers while covering a demonstration in the occupied West Bank has drawn international attention, with journalists voicing solidarity by posting photos of themselves wearing eye patches [...] The post Global Solidarity with Palestinian Photojournalist Shot in the Eye appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Al-Khalil |

Global solidarity with Palestinian photographer shot in the eye

A Palestinian freelance photographer who was shot by Israeli soldiers while covering a demonstration in the occupied West Bank has drawn international attention, with journalists voicing solidarity by posting photos of themselves wearing eye patches or covering their eyes. Muath Amarneh, 35, is being treated in Israel’s Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem since he was struck in the left eye on Friday after Israeli occupation forces used live ammunition to disperse Palestinian protestors in the village of Surif, close to
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Gantz and Netanyahu Compete over Annexing More Land in OPT

Bethlehem/PNN/By: Madeeha Araj, The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that the Israeli occupation forces assault against the Palestinian citizens in the West Bank including Jerusalem is continued, practice a policy of ethnic cleansing, confiscate and bulldoze their lands. Settlers also continue their provocations and attacks …
| Politics, IOF, Israel |

Israel to grab more Palestinian land in West Bank

Bethlehem/PNN/ Israeli authorities have issued notices to seize thousands of square meters of private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official in charge of monitoring Israel’s settlement expansion activities, said that hundreds of dunums of Palestinian land would be confiscated from the towns and villages of Salfit Governorate under …
| National News, Politics, Bethlehem |

Israeli threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque is getting worse

Israel’s threat to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Rahma Gate have been getting worse, the Deputy Director of Jerusalem Religious Endowment Department, said on Sunday. Najeh Bkeerat told the Palestinian Information Centre that the rising threat is due to Israeli aggression and the lack of Arab, regional, international and Islamic deterrence in response to this. Bkeerat added that the lack of awareness about the importance of the Palestinian cause, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims is another reason for
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Unbreakable Gaza

Without any pretext or justification, the Israeli enemy committed another crime against the Palestinian people by assassinating the military commander of Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Bahaa Abu Al-Ata and his wife were both killed as they slept in their home last week. Israel bombed their house, along with the house of another Al-Quds Brigade leader near Damascus, resulting in the death of his son. These attacks were followed by intense bombing of the Gaza Strip in
| Article, Israel, Middle East |

Gaza stands in solidarity with Palestinian journalist Muath Amarneh

The Forum of Palestinian Journalists strongly condemned the deliberate targeting of photojournalist Muath Amarneh during his coverage of the protests in occupied Hebron on Friday. Palestinian freelance photojournalist Muath Amarneh has been in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem since being hit in the eye on Friday while covering a protest in Surif, close to Hebron. “After the clashes started, I was standing to the side wearing a flak jacket with press markings and a helmet,” the 35-year-old told AFP news agency
| Israel, Middle East, News |

UK: Tories to ban councils from boycotting products from Israel under manifesto plans

The Conservative Party will include in its election manifesto a ban on public bodies from boycotting or sanctioning foreign states, reported the Sunday Telegraph. The report noted that “the policy will cover boycotts of products or divestment from pension funds connected to foreign states.” However, the ban is primarily aimed at the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which seeks to pressure Israel to abide by international law and respect Palestinian rights. Since its launch in 2005, the BDS
| BDS, Europe & Russia, International Organisations |

Nir Barkat: Trump plan would be ‘most aligned with Likud’s thinking of any American presidency’

Former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has claimed that the Middle East “peace plan” from the Trump administration would be the “most aligned with Likud’s thinking of any American presidency”. In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of Israel, Barkat – a senior Likud MK who is open about his ambitions to lead the party one day – revealed that he has shared a plan for Israel’s economic development of the occupied West Bank with senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner. According
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Israel justice ministry contradicts police on killing of Palestinian

Israel’s Justice Ministry has contradicted the police’s account of the killing of a Palestinian, stating that officers shot the man after he had emerged from his vehicle, reported Haaretz. The ministry’s department responsible for investigating police misconduct announced yesterday that the police officer who shot Fares Abu Nab, from Ras Al-Amud in occupied East Jerusalem, did not in fact shoot the suspect during a car chase, as previously claimed by police. A gag order has been placed on releasing the
| Israel, Middle East, News |

After 40 years in Israel jail, Palestinian prisoner placed in solitary

Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi yesterday entered his 40th year in Israeli jails yesterday and was placed in solitary confinement for seven days, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said. Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, had spent 33 years in Israeli jails before being released in the Egypt-brokered prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel in October 2011. The Israeli occupation rearrested him in June 2014, along with 60 other Palestinian prisoners who were released in the prisoner exchange
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Israel banned 20 Palestinians from travelling to Jordan last week

Israeli occupation authorities prevented 20 Palestinians from travelling through Al-Karamah Crossing (the Allenby Bridge), between the West Bank and Jordan, last week, a press release issued by the Palestinian police said on Saturday. The press release said that the Israeli occupation authorities prevented Palestinians from travelling under security pretexts. According to the press release, 36,000 passengers passed through the crossing, noting that Palestinian police detained 128 of them and sent them to courts or public prosecution. Police said that these
| Israel, Jordan, Middle East |

Israel threatens to take even more Palestinian land in occupied West Bank

The Israeli occupation authorities have renewed their threats that they will take even more Palestinian-owned land and farms around the West Bank city of Salfit, Maan news agency reported on Sunday. The Director of Civil Affairs in Salfit, Usama Musleh, said that the Israelis had renewed the expropriation warrants distributed to the Palestinian farmers in the area. He noted that the Israeli occupation army takes the same measures with Palestinian land near the illegal Israeli settlements, before taking it off
| Israel, Middle East, News |

IOF arrest 17 Palestinians overnight

PNN/ Bethlehem/ Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday overnight launched a campaign of arrests last night and at least 17 people from different parts of the West Bank. The director of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club in Tubas, Mahmoud Sawafta, said that Israeli forces arrested a resident of al-Far’a refugee camp south of Tubas. Israeli forces …
| National News, Main News |

Al-Qassam Brigades reveal details of Israeli army bus attack

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, revealed details of the attack on an Israeli army bus on the Gaza border in November last year, using an Anti-Armor Missile. The website of Al-Qassam Brigades posted, Saturday evening, quotes of an operations commander, behind the scene details, which preceded the brigades’ decision to respond to the infiltration of an Israeli force into Khan Younis, in a bus. Thus, Hamas fighters clashed with the Israeli soldiers on the night of 11 November
| Israel, Middle East, News |

How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. [...] The post How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Commentary, Editorials |

There is only One Legitimate Alternative to UNRWA; the Palestinian Right of Return

Since allegations about the misconduct and corruption of some staff members at the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) came to light, both defenses and criticism of the agency have shielded the [...] The post There is only One Legitimate Alternative to UNRWA; the Palestinian Right of Return appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Commentary, International Community |

Israeli Forces Attack Journalists Protesting in Solidarity with Injured Photojournalist (VIDEO)

Dozens of journalists Sunday suffered from suffocation after inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces during a solidarity sit-in in support of injured photojournalist Moath Amarneh, to the north of the occupied West [...] The post Israeli Forces Attack Journalists Protesting in Solidarity with Injured Photojournalist (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Blog, News, Videos |

UNRWA Mourns Loss of Young Student at its Gaza School

The United Nations Work and Refugee Agency (UNRWA) mourned the death of a student at one of its schools in a statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO. Matthias Schmale, director of UNRWA [...] The post UNRWA Mourns Loss of Young Student at its Gaza School appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
| Articles, Blog, Features |

With Gaza behind him, Netanyahu puts Israel’s Palestinians in the crosshairs

With corruption indictments closing in, Netanyahu hopes his scorched earth campaign against Palestinians, whether in Gaza or in Israel, will give Israelis the sense that they live in a state of emergency and cannot afford change. By the time last week’s fighting was over, sparked by Israel’s assassination of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza, over than 30 […] The post With Gaza behind him, Netanyahu puts Israel’s Palestinians in the crosshairs appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Analysis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza |

Overwhelming vote to extend UNRWA mandate at United Nations Fourth Committee Meeting

PNN/ New York/ The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the United Nations General Assembly voted yesterday to extend the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) until 2023. The UN General Assembly will vote in plenary session next month on the resolution adopted …
| National News, Main News |

Gaza suffers 3 million dollars in damage due to Israeli attacks in 2019

This year alone, the damage dealt by Israeli strikes and bombings in Gaza amounts to at least 3 million USD, as stated by the Media Office in the Strip. The brunt of the damage is borne by approximately 500 housing units that were partially, severely or completely destroyed with an estimated total value of about …
| Economy, National News, 3 million dollars |

OIC welcomes overwhelming vote to extend UNRWA mandate at UN Fourth Committee meeting

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the overwhelming vote in favor of a number of draft resolutions on Palestine in the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly, especially the resolution on the renewal of the mandate of the UN Pales
| News |

Palestinian journalist loses eye after Border Police open fire on West Bank protest

Photojournalist Moath Amarnih was struck by a bullet that likely hit the leg of a protester before ricocheting and hitting him in the head while covering a protest in the occupied West Bank. A Palestinian journalist lost his eye after Israel Border Police officers opened fire at demonstrators in a village near Hebron in the occupied […] The post Palestinian journalist loses eye after Border Police open fire on West Bank protest appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Local Call, News, Border Police |

PNN editor-in-chief among journalists injured in solidarity protest

PNN/ Bethlehem/ During a demonstration organized by Palestinian journalists in solidarity with reporter Moath Amarneh multiple journalists were injured and transported to the hospital. Among the unfortunate reporters is PNN’s editor-in-chief Monjed Jado, who was hit in the head by a tear gas canister. Several Palestinian journalists and reporters gathered today in Bethlehem near the …
| Human Rights, National News, Politics |

UNRWA hails overwhelming vote at UN to extend its mandate

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hailed Friday's overwhelming vote at the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the UN General Assembly to extend its mandate until 20
| News |

Jerusalem: Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli police

PNN/ Jerusalem/ A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces early Sunday east of Jerusalem after being chased down by Israeli police. Walla Israeli website claimed that Israeli police forces, killed at dawn today, a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem while chasing him, alleging that he participated in the theft of a car and …
| National News, Main News |

How Western media dehumanization of Palestinians allows Israel to get away with murder in Gaza

(Middle East Monitor ) – An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came […]
| Israel/ Palestine |

Israeli Zionist Racism Unmasked

Imagine if following the recent federal election in Canada, where the Liberal Party was left with a minority government, that prime minister Justin Trudeau had stated, “We are facing an emergency that is unprecedented in the history of Canada.” Why? Imagine that Trudeau explained that “setting up a government that depends on the First Nation […]
| Israel/Palestine, Racism, Zionism |

‘NY Times’ report on killing of Gaza family is part damage control for Israel’s military

While the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the killing of an entire family in Gaza was a "mistake," the New York Times allows the Israeli military to explain that “civilian casualties are unavoidable in Gaza’s teeming neighborhoods.” And, hammering home the propaganda point, the paper says Israel “takes numerous precautions to prevent unnecessary civilian casualties.”
| Media Analysis, Gaza, israeli war crimes |

WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts

WhatsApp yesterday blocked access to hundreds of Palestinian journalists and activists who were providing live updates during the Israeli offensive on Gaza, Safa news agency reported. This came less than 24 hours after the end of the two-day Israeli offensive which resulted in the death of 34 Palestinians and wounded 111 others. Palestinian journalists and activists, who were active during the Israeli offensive, reported that their accounts were blocked and they were unable to use them. The Gathering of the
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

How Western media bias allows Israel to getaway with murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the Israeli military launched a major strike against Gaza, killing an Islamic Jihad Commander, Bahaa Abu al-Ata, along with his wife Asma. More strikes followed, targeting
| Article, Asia & Americas, Europe & Russia |

Even Bernie can’t square the circle of ‘progressive Zionism’

Bernie Sanders's call for reciprocity for Palestinians and Israelis in understanding the others' narrative actually erases the Palestinian experience of Zionism and imposes a Zionist frame on the history of the conflict, Joseph Levine writes. Sanders's concern for the "just claims" of Israeli Jews turns the moral and historical facts of the case upside down and show the incompatibility of his democratic Socialism and his Zionism.
| Opinion, 2020 U.S. Election, antisemitism |

Jordan’s domestic pressures and the US empire

Last weekend, Jordan announced that it would end the lease of two enclaves of land to Israel. As part of the unjust 1994 peace deal signed between Israel and Jordan, the latter gave Israelis access to these Jordanian territories for 25 years. But on Sunday, the lease expired. Jordan’s king announced that the two small territories – in the north and south, along the Jordanian border with historic Palestine (which is fully controlled by Israeli occupation forces), would be taken
| Article, Asia & Americas, Inquiry |

UNRWA mourns loss of young student at Gaza school

On Friday the United Nations Work and Refugee Agency (UNRWA) mourned the death of a student at one of its schools, a statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, detailed. “We are truly saddened by the killing of one of our young students,” Matthias Schmale, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, announced in the statement. “Ameer Rafat Ayad was in second grade at the UNRWA Zaitoon Elementary School,” he added. He continued “it is completely unacceptable for civilians,
| Israel, Middle East, News |

Are the killings of women and children a real victory on terror?

Israeli officials have been boasting about their “great victory” over “terror” in the Gaza Strip following their two-day onslaught in Gaza, during which they killed, according to an official statistic, 34 Palestinians, including eight children and three women, and wounded 111 others, including 51 children and 11 women. After ending the offensive, code-named Operation Black Belt, the head of the Arab media division of the Israeli Defence Force’s Spokesperson’s Unit, Avichay Adraee, posted on Twitter “a tangible attack was aimed at
| Article, Israel, Middle East |