"Reminiscent of South Africa's Grand Apartheid": Israeli Human Rights Group Slams Israel at U.N.

Shortly after Israel announced a new "zero tolerance" policy toward demonstrations in Gaza, some 130 Palestinians were injured Friday while protesting ongoing Israeli occupation and demanding the right of return. Four paramedics and 25 children were among the injured. Ten thousand protesters gathered along Israel's heavily militarized separation barrier with Gaza as part of the weekly Great March of Return protests that began March 30. Since then, Israeli forces have killed at least 170 Palestinians, including more than 30 children,
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Headlines for October 22, 2018

Trump to Withdraw from 1987 U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal, Plans to Establish Biological Definition of Gender Threatens Trans Rights, Saudi Arabia Says Khashoggi Killed in "Fistfight" Amid Mounting U.S. Pressure, NYT: Saudi Troll Farm Targeted Khashoggi, Other Critics on Twitter, Afghanistan: 27 Killed, 100 Injured as Voters Head to Polls, Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot and Injure 130 Palestinian Protesters, Israel Delays Plans to Evict Bedouin Village in West Bank, Central American Caravan Crosses into Mexico as Trump Threats Mount, Honduras: Lawyers
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Palestinian president to begin Oman visit today

Muscat (UNA-OIC) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will start Sunday a three-day visit to Oman, at the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Palestine’s Ambassador to the Sultanate Taysir Jarada said on Saturday.
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INTERVIEW: SABB Managing Director David Dew steering through historic transaction in Saudi banking

Author:  daniel fountain ID:  1540063835060485400 Sat, 2018-10-20 22:35 DUBAI: David Dew has been working in banking in the Middle East and other emerging markets for 40 years, and you might think he has seen it all. But the merger between SABB and Alawwal in Saudi Arabia — which he is steering through to completion next year — is a
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Several countries commend King Salman’s directives on Khashoggi case

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Palestine on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s directives following the announcement of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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LGBTQ Community and Dissidents Main Targets as Israel Exports High-Tech Spying Tools to Despots Worldwide

Jake Johnson, staff writer As Israel's right-wing government continues to come under fire from human rights groups over its domestic efforts to silence dissidents who dare to question the country's brutal, decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories, a major Haaretz investigation published Thursday found that the Israeli high-tech sector has become a leading exporter of surveillance tools that are being used by dictatorial regimes to track and imprison human rights activists, oppress members of the LGBTQ
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As Gaza Border Demonstrations Continue, Israel's New 'Zero Tolerance' Policy Denounced as 'Deeply Alarming'

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Ahead of Great March of Return protests slated to continue at the fenced border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, Amnesty International condemned Israel's reported "zero tolerance" policy toward such demonstrations, warning it likely will lead to more bloodshed after more than six months of confrontations during which Israeli forces have killed more than 150 Palestinians and injured thousands more.
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Netanyahu Attacks Israeli Human Rights Group B'Tselem for Criticizing Israeli Occupation at U.N.

Fears are growing as Israel escalates its military presence along its heavily militarized separation barrier with Gaza. Israel has deployed 60 tanks to meet Palestinian protesters gathering today to protest the ongoing Israeli occupation and demand the right of return for those displaced from their homes. Israel has announced it is implementing a "zero tolerance" policy toward protesters in Gaza, who have been staging weekly Friday protests since March 30 under the banner of the Great March of Return. Since
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Vox Sentences: The Catholic sex abuse reckoning continues in Pennsylvania

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter , delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Catholic priests in Pennsylvania are accused of child sexual abuse dating back 80 years; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces the Jerusalem Consulate’s merge with the
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Israel's Supreme Court lifts entry ban for US student

After being blocked at the border and detained for several days, US student Lara Alqasem will now be allowed to enter Israel. She'd been stopped due to her past support for a pro-Palestinian boycott campaign.
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Headlines for October 18, 2018

Saudis Transfer $100 Million to U.S. as Khashoggi Killing Crisis Deepens, Hurricane Michael Death Toll Tops 30 as Rescue Efforts Continue, Trump Asks Federal Agencies to Slash 5 Percent from Budgets as Deficit Swells, Canada Becomes 2nd Country to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Crimea: Student Gunman Kills 19, Injures Dozens at School Shooting, CNN: Russia Building Up Military Installations in Baltic Sea, Israeli Forces Bomb Gaza, Killing One and Injuring a Dozen Palestinians, Ethiopia: Women Make Up 50 Percent of New
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Palestinian PM pays solidarity visit to Khan al-Ahmar village

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and a number of ministers paid a solidarity visit Thursday to the eastern Jerusalem village of Khan al-Ahmar village, which is under threat of demolition by Israel to build a Jewish settlement in its place.
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OIC hails UN resolution granting Palestine additional powers in 2019

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the United Nations General Assembly's vote in favor of a resolution granting the State of Palestine additional powers to be able to assume the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China in 2019.
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Headlines for October 17, 2018

Trump Refuses to Condemn Saudis over Khashoggi Disappearance, Reports Link Suspects in Khashoggi Case to Saudi Crown Prince, Somalia: Pentagon Claims U.S. Drone Strike Kills 60 Al-Shabab Fighters, China: 1 Million Uyghurs Imprisoned Under Guise of "Job Training", Suspended EPA Official: "Our Kids Will Continue to Be Poisoned" Under Trump, New Head of Federal Medicaid Worked to Slash Program in Maine, McConnell Blames Deficit on Entitlements, Not GOP Tax Cuts for the Rich, Trump Attacks Stormy Daniels on Twitter After
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Is Lara Alqasem undermining Palestinian boycott campaign?

Is Lara Alqasem undermining Palestinian boycott campaign? In the News Any International student, regardless of identity, enrolling in a complicit Israeli university is violating the Palestinian nonviolent picket line. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel strongly advises against such enrollment and any other connection to complicit institutions. Academic Boycott
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Tell Puma: #REFORM Must Include Ending Support for Israel’s Illegal Land Grabs

Tell Puma: #REFORM Must Include Ending Support for Israel’s Illegal Land Grabs Action Alert Join our social media action to tell Puma it can’t promote “universal equality” while sponsoring teams in illegal Israeli settlements that push Palestinian families off their land. Cultural Boycott Red Card Israel October 16, 2018
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Israel bans fuel shipments into Gaza

Israeli authorities on Sunday banned entry of all fuel shipments into the blockaded Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported according to a Palestinian security official.
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Headlines for October 15, 2018

Trump Rejects Ending Saudi Arms Sales over Journalist's Disappearance, Corporate Executives Pull Out of Saudi Investment Summit, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 19 and Injures 30, U.S. Death Toll from Hurricane Michael at 19 as Dozens Remain Missing, Trump Doubles Down on Climate Change Denial on "60 Minutes", Senate Confirms Former BP Oil Defender as Top Environmental Lawyer, Tens of Thousands March in Europe Demanding Action on Climate, Somalia: Al-Shabab Suicide Bombers Kill 20, Injure 40, Nigeria: Anti-Boko Haram Militia
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“Educators Who Bravely Act on Principle Should be Championed, Not Punished”

“Educators Who Bravely Act on Principle Should be Championed, Not Punished” Update Palestinian civil society responds to efforts by the University of Michigan to silence teachers who act in support of Palestinian human rights: "As long as Israeli universities continue to develop weapons used to brutalize and control Palestinians ... steal Palestinian land and provide intellectual cover for Israel’s war crimes, there should be no business as usual with them. Educators
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Israeli Soldiers Kill Seven Palestinians, Injure Hundreds More During Weekly Gaza Protest Against Occupation

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Israeli soldiers shot and killed seven Gazans, and wounded more than 250 others, during weekly protests against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, according to local health officials.
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198 martyred in Israeli atrocities in Gaza since March

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said that a total of 198 Palestinians, including 37 minors, had been martyred and 22,000 others injured in the atrocities perpetrated by Israeli forces since March
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Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists Urges Colleagues Not to Participate in International Meeting in Tel Aviv

Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists Urges Colleagues Not to Participate in International Meeting in Tel Aviv In the News Palestinian social workers and psychologists call on their Palestinian and international colleagues to boycott the 2019 annual conference of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) if held in Israel. Cultural Boycott Academic Boycott
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UNESCO adopts two resolutions on Occupied Palestine

The Program and External Relations Commission (PX) of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Wednesday by consensus two resolutions on Occupied Palestine in the framework of its 205t
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Azerbaijan provides $200,000 in support of UNRWA

Azerbaijan has allocated $200,000 in support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which is currently undergoing a financial crisis.
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Don't participate in Israel’s #ApartheidRoundTables!

Don't participate in Israel’s #ApartheidRoundTables! Action Alert Eight international chefs, all women, are set to participate in the Round Tables festival Cultural Boycott October 10, 2018 By: 
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Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump's "Horrific" U.S. Policies

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has announced she is resigning her post at the end of the year. The former South Carolina governor—one of the few women in Trump's Cabinet—gave no reason for her departure. During Nikki Haley's time as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord; the U.N. Human Rights Council; the Iran nuclear deal; UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians; and UNESCO, the
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OIC Executive Committee meeting affirms centrality of Palestine cause to Muslims

The open-ended meeting of the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), held at the level of Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of UN General Assembly's 73rd session in New York, reaffirmed the centrality of the Palestinian cau
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Merkel affirms Germany’s support for two-state solution in Middle East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call on Tuesday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during which he was briefed about the outcome of her meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Letter of the Week: Who’s afraid of Mr Corbyn?

A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email letters@newstatesman.co.uk to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine. David Winner (“How the left enabled fascism”, 5 October) dislikes what he believes will be a “destructive, damaging, disastrous” Brexit. In his fantasy historical analogy he equates the Weimar Republic with pre-Brexit Britain, Corbyn’s
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Nikki Haley’s advice to an anonymous official offers a clue to her resignation

The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will be leaving her post at the end of the year. In yet another shock development within the chaotic Trump administration, the president has confirmed that the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will be leaving her post at the end of the year, confirming early morning media reports that she
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Palestinians in Gaza face mounting mental health crisis

Suffering in silence - suicidal tendencies and depression are among the less obvious scars for Palestinians trying to fight against Israeli occupation.
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Motives and hidden danger behind the Hamas-Israel indirect talks in Cairo

The division and infighting between Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, have always come at a high price for the Palestinian people. However, the cost of that enmity is reaching its most dangerous
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Group of extremist settler’s storm Al-Aqsa compound

A group of extremist Jewish settlers early on Monday stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied holy city of Jerusalem, a Palestinian source confirmed.
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Headlines for October 8, 2018

Kavanaugh Confirmed and Sworn In to SCOTUS After Bitter Fight, Mass Anti-Kavanaugh Protests Continue, with 164 Arrested in D.C., U.N. Climate Panel: Only 12 Years Left to Mitigate Climate Catastrophe, Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Tops 1,900 with 5,000 Still Missing, Haiti: 12 Dead, 200 Injured After 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Island, Brazil: Far-Right Bolsonaro Wins First Round of Presidential Election, Turkey Believes Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Murdered, Afghanistan: 54 People Killed on 17th Anniversary of U.S. Invasion, Israeli
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Israel closes roads to central West Bank after deadly shooting

Israeli occupation forces embarked Sunday on closing many roads to Palestinian traffic in Salfit district, in Salfit district, in the central West Bank, shortly after a shooting incident outside illegal Birkan settlement in which two Israeli settlers were
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There is No Siege on Gaza: Italian Journalist who ‘Interviewed’ Hamas Leader Lacks Credibility

Italian journalist, Francesca Borri, has allegedly interviewed the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. However, Hamas sources accused Borri of lying about the nature of the interview. These sources told Al Jazeera, that the [...] The post There is No Siege on Gaza: Italian Journalist who ‘Interviewed’ Hamas Leader Lacks Credibility appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel

Nobel Prize Winner Supports BDS Movement For Palestinian Rights, Ending Military Aid to Israel Update A Nobel Prize has been awarded to George P. Smith, a renowned scientist and longtime advocate for Palestinian rights who supports the BDS movement and has called for an end to US military aid to Israel. The BDS movement congratulates Professor Smith. Economic Boycott
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Two Palestinians, Including Child, Killed by Israeli Fire (VIDEO)

The Gaza health ministry has confirmed that Faris al-Sirsawi, 12, and Mahmoud Akram Abu Samaan, 24, were killed near the fence east of the Gaza Strip by Israeli sniper fire. The 2 #Palestinians killed by [...] The post Two Palestinians, Including Child, Killed by Israeli Fire (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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Two Palestinians Killed by IOF During Gaza-border Protest

Gaza/PNN/ Two Palestinians, one of them a boy, were killed by live Israeli fire during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border attended by thousands, Gaza health ministry said Friday evening. Fares Hafez al-Sersawi, 12 year, and Mahmud Akram Mohammed Abu Samane 24 year-old, both died after being shot in the chest during demonstrations east of Gaza City, ministry …
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​Palestinians perform weekly Friday prayer in Khan al-Ahmar

Despite Israel’s restrictions on the entry to Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians were able to perform the weekly Friday prayer there to show support for the village which is facing an imminent threat of demolition by Israel
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UNRWA expresses its concern about recent Israeli statements on its operations and installations in East-Jerusalem.

Jerusalem /PNN/ 5 October 2018 UNRWA expresses its concern about recent statements made by the Mayor of Jerusalem on its operations and installations in East-Jerusalem. UNRWA conducts humanitarian operations in conformity with the UN Charter, bilateral and multilateral agreements that continue in force, and relevant General Assembly resolutions. The Agency is specifically mandated by the UN …
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Israel detains FL student with Palestinian ancestry at border, as Rep. Wasserman Schultz affirms Israel’s right to deport BDS supporters

Floridian Lara Alqasem, 22, has a visa to study for a master's degree at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem but was detained at the Israeli border Tuesday and Israel seeks to deport her as a BDS activist. She was also "asked about her ethnicity and the names of her father and grandfather," both of whom are Palestinian. Her congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's first thought is to defend Israel, though she is looking into the case.
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Injuries Reported at Eastern Border of Gaza (VIDEOS)

Several Palestinians, including a journalist, were injured by Israeli live ammunition at the eastern border of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday. Palestinian crowds gathered at return camps set up at five different points across [...] The post Injuries Reported at Eastern Border of Gaza (VIDEOS) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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It Is Not Up to the UN to Determine Palestinian Resistance and Narratives

The Great Return March protests in the Gaza Strip have provided the foundations for Palestinians from which they can articulate their demands, away from the political bickering, opportunism, and exploitation which has rendered the people [...] The post It Is Not Up to the UN to Determine Palestinian Resistance and Narratives appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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One day in Gaza: Israelis kill 15-year-old Palestinian boy, and 78-year-old farmer

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian child on October 3, when they shot him with a high-velocity gas bomb in the head. Ahmad Samir Abu Habel, 15, was killed hours after Ibrahim Ahmad al-Arrouqi, a 78-year-old farmer, was killed in his fields.
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Israel Releases Palestinian Female after 15 Months of Imprisonment

Israeli authorities released, on late Thursday, a 20-year-old Palestinian female prisoner after 15 months of imprisonment. According to local sources, Israeli authorities released Amira Taqatqa, 20, after she ended her 15-month sentence in Israeli prisons. [...] The post Israel Releases Palestinian Female after 15 Months of Imprisonment appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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Abbas to Hamas: Hand over Gaza or ‘suffer the consequences’

President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas has told Hamas to hand over control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month or “suffer the consequence.”. Abbas’ comments came to light yesterday in a statement made by a PA presidency bureau official to Israel’s public broadcaster Kan. The comments came against the backdrop of another failed round of talks between Hamas and the PA in Cairo, according to the Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem Post added that “Abbas
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Official: More than 75% of Cancer Medicines Unavailable in Gaza Strip

Some 70 percent of medicines for chronic diseases and 75 percent of those for cancer treatment and blood diseases are not available in the besieged Gaza Strip, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health [...] The post Official: More than 75% of Cancer Medicines Unavailable in Gaza Strip appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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