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Sep 15 06:35

Prisoners recaptured: lawyer visits denied, allegations of torture and mistreatment

After one of the most dramatic prison escapes in Palestinian history, four of the six political prisoners who escaped a maximum security Israeli prison last week were recaptured over the weekend.

The four prisoners, Zakaria Zubeidi, Mohammed Qassem Ardah, Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah and Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri were all captured by Israeli forces over the weekend in and around the Nazareth area in northern Israel.

Mahmoud Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri were captured on Friday night in a neighborhood in Nazareth city, while Zakaria Zubeidi and Mohammed Ardah were captured just hours later hiding in a truck parking lot outside Nazareth.

The two remaining prisoners, Ayham Kamanji and Munadil Nfeiat, are still at large. Early reports claimed two prisoners escaped to Jordan, though recent reports from Palestinian media claimed that the two had made their way to the West Bank.

Sep 15 06:32

Israeli court orders Hamas to pay $11.8m for 'murdering settlers'

An Israeli court in Jerusalem ordered the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement on Monday to pay NIS38 million ($11.8m) to the families of three Israeli settlers who went missing in the occupied West Bank in 2014, Ynet News has reported. Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel went missing in June 2014 and were eventually found dead.

Israel has accused Hamas of kidnapping and murdering the settlers. At the time, young Palestinian Hussam Al-Qawasmeh, from the occupied city of Hebron, was detained by the Israeli occupation forces and accused of planning the alleged crime.

In a brutal act of revenge and collective punishment — a war crime — Israel launched a military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza that lasted 51 days, during which more than 2,260 Palestinians were killed. More than 11,000 others were wounded, dozens of them with life-changing injuries.

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Sep 15 06:31

Does Israel want to end its forever wars in Gaza?

Israel is finally waking up to the stark reality that it can no longer continue with its forever wars in Gaza. This was the critical message from Foreign Minister Yair Lapid when he spoke at a conference at Reichman University in Herzliya last weekend: "The State of Israel has a duty to tell its citizens we have turned every stone in an attempt to deal with the Gazan issue."

After 15 years of relentless blockade and four destructive wars, Gaza remains indomitable. Lapid's sense of hopelessness is not without precedent. In 1992, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin famously lamented: "Try to give it back to the Egyptians, and they will say, 'You are stuck with it.'" He then added: "I wish the Gaza Strip would sink into the water, but I cannot find for it such a solution."

Sep 15 05:36

Bennett says he won’t meet Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian state a ‘terrible mistake’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that he sees no reason for him to meet with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, despite a number of high-level contacts between Israel’s new government and the PA.

Bennett, speaking to the Kan public broadcaster as part of a series of interviews he gave to Israeli news outlets, cited the PA’s pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and continued payment of monthly stipends to security prisoners, including those convicted of killing Israelis.

“I don’t see any logic in meeting someone who is suing IDF soldiers at The Hague and accusing them of war crimes, and at the same time paying salaries to terrorists,” Bennett told the Kan public broadcaster. “I don’t see the logic in meeting him.”

Sep 15 05:36

WATCH: Israeli Forces Attack Primary School Students with Teargas Canisters

Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday attacked Palestinian primary school students with teargas canisters in Tubas, in the occupied West Bank.

The Red Cross said that over 30 Palestinian students in an elementary school in the Tayasir village suffocated as Israeli forces fired teargas canisters fired towards them during a raid of the village.

Local sources said that Israeli forces fired teargas canisters directly and heavily towards the students, resulting in dozens of suffocation cases.

Video footage shows the young students crying and screaming as the teargas fired towards them caused burning and pain in their eyes, throat, lungs and skin.

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Yeah, you gotta be a real manly man to teargas a kid!

Sep 15 05:35

Mothers of rearrested Palestinian prisoners anxiously await answers on their safety

Since the rearrest of Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah by Israeli forces late on Friday, his mother Fathia Ardah has been anxiously waiting for news about his well-being.

"I am currently sitting among people but my mind is with him, I do not know what his conditions are," Fathia told Middle East Eye.

"May God be on his side and pull him out of every hardship. I have no words."

Sep 15 05:35

Palestinian prisoners to begin hunger strike to protest Israeli collective punishment

The Palestinian prisoner leadership has announced their intention to begin a hunger strike, starting Friday, to protest acts of Israeli collective punishment after the escape of six Palestinian detainees.

Some 1,380 Palestinian prisoners from across the political spectrum will go on hunger strike, according to Haaretz.

Prison wardens and security officials at Gilboa and Shita prisons may also face retaliatory attacks from prisoners in response to the "violent repression against them".

The first phase of the hunger strike will begin on Friday across eight prisons, including Gilboa jail, and will be expanding on 21 September with 100 senior detained leaders joining the hunger strike.

Sep 15 05:34

'No humanity or respect': Israel detains Palestinian father of cancer-stricken child

Israeli forces arrested dozens of Palestinians in the occupied territories on Tuesday, including the father of a cancer-stricken child - who's image bidding farewell to his son went viral on social media.

Hijazi al-Qawasmi, a father of four, was detained in Hebron after heavily armed Israeli police raided his home shortly before midday, his family told Middle East Eye.

"At 11 am today, the Zionist forces barged into our houses and ordered the arrest of Hijazi without providing us any explanation or reason," Bayan Al Natshe, Qawasmi's wife, told MEE.

"I asked them what was wrong with him, was it a court order or something he did wrong and they said we don’t know - they didn't reply to me. They arrested him and left."

Sep 14 12:57

IDF BOMBS BUILDINGS IN RESPONSE TO ANXIETY ATTACKS

Sep 14 06:53

Hashtag #Untie_Our_Hands: How Many More Palestinians Must Die for Israel’s ‘Security’?

A large Israeli army campaign is taking social media by storm. The installed aim of what is known as the "#Untie_Our_Hands" initiative is the desire to kill, with no accountability, more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence. The campaign was motivated by the killing of an Israeli sniper, Babel Hadaria Shmueli, who was reportedly shot from the Palestinian side of the fence on August 21.

An immediate question comes to mind: what do Israeli soldiers want, considering that they have already killed over 300 unarmed Palestinian protesters and wounded and maimed thousands more at the Gaza fence during what Palestinians referred to as the "Great March of Return" between 2018 and 2020?

This "march" is now being renewed, though it often takes place at night, where frustrated Palestinian youth gather in their thousands, chanting anti-Israeli occupation slogans and, at times, throwing rocks at Israeli snipers who are stationed nearly a mile away.

Sep 14 06:52

Israeli Warplanes Destroy Poultry Farms in Gaza Strip

Overnight, Israeli warplanes were reported to have attacked the Gaza Strip, intending to hit military targets belonging to Hamas. The reports out of the strip suggest no real damage or casualties on the military targets.

That doesn’t mean Israel did nothing, however, as videos and photos emerged from the area around Rafah to show that Israel attacked and destroyed three poultry farms. The video showed the sites, which were being restored after the most recent war, were attacked again.

Each farm was described as having more than 2,000 chickens when attacked during the war. The owner says the three sites were all “empty” and in the process of being repaired. A lot of new damage was caused, and they are starting from scratch in trying to restore the farms.

As is usually the case, Israel offered next to no details on its attacks, or why it was that the empty farms were attacked again.

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Chickens and eggs mean high-quality protein for the Gazans, and we can't have THAT!!!!

Sep 14 06:43

Recaptured Palestinian Gilboa escapees 'risk being tortured'

A Palestinian prisoners' rights group has sounded the alarm over the wellbeing of four Gilboa Prison escapees who were recaptured by Israel, amid reports of possible torture.

Six Palestinians broke out of Gilboa Prison in northern Israel last week after digging their way to freedom using a spoon. Two of the men remain free while the other four were captured by the Israeli army.

Qadoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, confirmed that fears are rising over the fate of the recaptured prisoners after reports emerged they may have been subject to torture.

Sep 14 06:42

Number of Jewish Americans Moving to Illegal Settlements Increases ‘Dramatically’

The number of Jewish Americans moving into illegal settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has increased dramatically, according to recent data from Tel-Aviv’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Out of the 2,296 US citizens who migrated to Israel last year, 191 moved into illegal settlements. This represents nearly a threefold increase from the previous year when less than three percent settled in Palestinian territory.

American Jews are also the most likely to settle in occupied territory compared with fellow Jews from other parts of the world. While they accounted for just over ten percent of all the newcomers arriving in Israel last year, they made up nearly a third of those opting to settle in the West Bank.

Sep 14 06:41

Architectures of delusion

The symbolism is irresistible: six men—political prisoners according to world opinion, terrorists according to their captors—tunneled out of Israel’s Gilboa, a heavily guarded colonial stockade, and then disappeared into the early morning darkness in an escape so daring and unlikely that it surely would become a big-budget production if Hollywood didn’t hate Palestinians.

The hole from which they emerged beyond the prison wall couldn’t have been much more than a foot in diameter. How did six grown men squeeze through such a small cavity? How did they manage this feat of primitive engineering? How did they bamboozle the Zionist security apparatus? We don’t know. They just did. This unknowability informs the magic of their escape.

Sep 14 06:40

Forensic Architecture victory shows that Palestine censorship must be confronted

Last month the investigative group Forensic Architecture pulled a show from the University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery after a statement of solidarity with Palestine was removed.

“Forensic Architecture stands with Palestine,” read a statement in the group’s Cloud Studies exhibition. “We believe this liberation struggle is inseparable from other global struggles against racism, white supremacy, antisemitism, and settler-colonial violence and we acknowledge its particularly close entanglement with the Black liberation struggle around the world.”

The group (which has been nominated for a Turner Prize for its digital models of crime scenes) was immediately targeted by a Zionist organization called UK Lawyers For Israel (UKLFI), who claimed that the note was “incendiary and by its very nature one-sided.” UKLFI has been targeting the Palestine solidarity movement since 2012 and has direct connections to the Israeli government.

Sep 13 15:51

Israel Unveils New Armed Robot Amid Outcry Over “Death Machines”

By Andrea Germanos

Israel unveiled a new remote-controlled killer robot Monday at a major weapons fair in the U.K. that human rights advocates are criticizing as an event to sell “death machines” and tools of abuse.

Developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Rex MK II is a four-wheeled vehicle mounted with two machine guns to carry out remote attacks. According to a press statement from the state-owned company announcing the release, the robot has already been sold to global customers...

Sep 13 08:19

America's forever foreign policy debate: Groupthink recipe for perpetual disasters

Lawrence Davidson argues that the confinement of debate over the course of Washington's foreign policy to insiders dooms the US to repeat its foreign fiascos and renders such policy "the product of the desires of dominant lobbies pursuing parochial interests".

Sep 13 07:32

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas, live rounds at Palestinians workers near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers chased and attacked dozens of Palestinian workers on Sunday as they tried to enter their workplaces inside of Israel, the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa reported.

The workers were attempting to access their workplaces inside Israel through a crossing point near the village of Ni’lin, to the west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank when they were charged at by the soldiers.

Mayor of Ni’lin, Emad Khawaja, said Israeli soldiers fired live shots and teargas at the workers, causing many cases of suffocation from teargas inhalation.

Sep 13 07:31

Israel arrests more family members of Palestinian prison escapees

Israel has arrested more relatives of a group of Palestinians who escaped from a West Bank jail on Monday, stepping up what campaigners have branded a wave of "collective punishment" in the wake of the embarrassing security incident.

A massive manhunt has been underway in the occupied West Bank after six Palestinian prisoners - including five members of the Islamic Jihad group - managed to tunnel out of the supposedly high security Gilboa prison.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club said that two brothers and a sister of Mahmud Ardah, who is suspected of planning the escape, were arrested on Friday morning in the town of Arraba, near Jenin.

Other relatives of the prisoners - who all originate from Jenin - were also arrested on Wednesday, the group said.

Palestinian factions and activists had called for a "day of rage" on Friday to support the prisoners.

Sep 11 14:42

VIDEO BOMBSHELL: Jews did 911, According to top Rabbis, Netanyahu, Silverstein, Mossad & Fox News

All these Jews openly and publicly admit they had foreknowledge of the 911 terrorist attacks, and or actively blew them up, + that it was "good for Israel"

Sep 10 06:47

The longstanding complicity of the Israeli Medical Association with torture in Israel

During the Middle Ages in Europe the practice of torture drew distinction from its association with confessed truth, repentance, and salvation, yet by 1874 Victor Hugo could write that “torture has ceased to exist.” However there has never been any doubt that torture would outlive its obituarists. In 2015 Amnesty International noted that 157 states had ratified the UN Convention of Torture, yet 141 states had used torture in the previous 5 years – this included Western supposedly liberal democracies. Torture is a form of terrorism.

Sep 10 06:36

Israel attacks solidarity protests for escaped Palestinians

Dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been wounded in confrontations with Israeli soldiers while protesting in solidarity with six Palestinian men who managed to escape a high-security Israeli prison earlier this week.

Relatives of Palestinian prisoners have been arrested as Israel launched a massive manhunt to capture the six men who tunnelled out of the Gilboa jail on Monday.

Sep 10 06:35

Calls for 'Friday of rage' as Israel bans family visits to Palestinian prisoners

Israel has banned family visits for Palestinian prisoners and extended its military closure of the occupied West Bank, as it continues searching for six Palestinian prisoners who escaped Gilboa prison four days ago.

On Wednesday evening, the Palestinian Red Cross told families of Palestinian prisoners that all prison visits in September had been cancelled by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and that no new visits could be booked.

The decision comes after two days of tension inside Gilboa, Megiddo, Rimon and Katziot prisons in Israel. Palestinian prisoners have protested Israeli procedures to isolate and transfer some of them to other prisons following the Gilboa jailbreak, which has been described as "a major security and intelligence failure" by Israel's police apparatus.

Sep 10 06:35

100 Palestinian protesters injured by Israeli soldiers in West Bank: medics

At least 100 Palestinian protesters were injured on Wednesday in clashes with Israeli soldiers near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian medics and eyewitnesses said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said in a statement that 100 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the villages of Beita and Huwara near Nablus.

The statement added that ten were shot, including nine with rubber-coated metal bullets and 90 others suffered suffocation after inhaling teargas fired by the soldiers to disperse the protesters.

Eyewitnesses in the two villages told Xinhua that dozens of Palestinian protesters took to the streets, burned tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired teargas and gunshots to disperse them.

Sep 10 06:24

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian properties and land continued.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. This week, the Israeli prison authorities conducted a retaliatory oppression campaign and collective punishment against hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons in the aftermath of Palestinians fleeing Galboa prison earlier this week. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Sep 08 07:46

New Israeli Film Paints Sympathetic Picture of Jewish Terrorists Who Tried to Murder Millions

An upcoming Israeli film that sympathetically portrays a group of Jewish terrorists who attempted to murder millions of German civilians by poisoning their water supply is enjoying uncritical publicity in Zionist media.

The film, “Plan A,” is based on a true story that director Yoav Paz extensively researched through recently unveiled testimony as well as the book Li Nakam Veshilem (Vengeance and Retribution are Mine) by historian Dina Porat.

Following the end of the second world war, a group of approximately 50 Jews led by communist partisan and Israeli national poet Abba Kovner formed a group called “Nakam,” or “the avengers.”

Sep 08 07:32

Israel: manhunt for escaped prisoners achieves nothing

For the third day running, Israeli security and intelligence services are continuing their massive manhunt for the six Palestinian prisoners who escaped from the high-security Gilboa Prison overnight on Sunday. Thus far, their efforts have been unsuccessful.

An Israel Prison Service official described the escape of the six Palestinian prisoners as a "major security and intelligence failure." Palestinian resistance groups hailed it as "heroic act."

According to a report on Israeli Channel 13 TV, "There is no tangible intelligence information on the table for Shin Bet [internal security agency], police investigators or anyone else. This is a big problem."

The journalist pointed out that the main tactic is to apply pressure on the ground. Many officers have been deployed across occupied Palestinian land and in Israel simultaneously.

Sep 08 07:31

How many more Palestinians must die for the sake of Israel's 'security'?

A major Israeli army campaign is taking social media by storm. The unstated aim of the "#Untie_Our_Hands" initiative is the desire to kill, with no accountability, more Palestinian protesters at the nominal border with the Gaza Strip. The campaign was motivated by the killing of an Israeli sniper, Barel Hadaria Shmueli, who was reportedly shot from the Palestinian side of the fence on 21 August.

My immediate question is this: what more do Israeli soldiers want? They have already killed more than 300 unarmed Palestinian protesters and wounded and maimed thousands more at the Gaza fence during what Palestinians referred to as the "Great March of Return" protests between 2018 and 2020. And they have done so with impunity. Nobody is "tying their hands".

Sep 08 07:30

The Palestinian mind beats Israel's machines of war

An escape from Gilboa Prison in Bisan, northern Palestine, yesterday is reminiscent of the great escape in 1968 and an attempt to escape 20 years ago from the same prison.

The escape operation was a blow to the Israeli security service, as the prisons service and its various agencies take several measures to prevent an escape of this kind. The measures include:

All floors in the rooms are concrete with a layer of very durable reinforced iron.

Steel iron, cast with a special strong material, is put on the windows, which have early-warning sensors that warn the jailers when they are tampered with.

Thick reinforced concrete walls.

An internal 8-metre high fence with barbed wire.

Guard dogs spread across the prison walls, covering all the grounds.

A high barbed wire fence.

The street surrounding the prison is patrolled continuously.

Sep 08 07:28

Activists launch campaign to boycott Duty Free Americas over support for Israeli settler organizations

The South Florida Coalition for Palestine is calling for a boycott of Duty Free Americas over the Miami-based company’s connection to illegal Israeli settlements and the forced expulsion of Palestinians.

The Duty Free Americas chain is owned by the Falic family, who operate more 180 stores at airports and border crossings in the United States and Latin America. According to a 2019 AP investigation the Falics have donated $5.6 million to settler groups over a ten-year period. They’ve also lent financial support to racist, ultra-nationalist Jewish groups in Hebron.

Simon Falic, one of the three brothers who runs Duty Free, told the AP that Jews should be able to live in any part of the Holy Land they want. “We are proud to support organizations that help promote Jewish life all over the Land of Israel,” he said. “The idea that the mere existence of Jewish life in any geographical area is an impediment to peace makes no sense to us.”

Sep 08 07:08

Israel-Palestine: 'No war, no peace' apartheid is Bennett's best case scenario

“There is no diplomatic process with the Palestinians, nor will there be one,” said a source close to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week after his defence minister, Benny Gantz, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Thus is Bennett’s spiritual world revealed: a world in which Israel, and only Israel, exists, and where the Palestinians will never, under any circumstances, even if they change their positions, be able to attain equality with Israelis and negotiate with them as equals. There is a word for that: racism.

Nearly a decade ago, Bennett entered national politics after serving as director-general of the Yesha Council, the leading settler institution, although he himself was never a settler and doesn’t live beyond the Green Line. In a now-famous interview, he said: “The Palestinian problem is like shrapnel in the butt.”

Sep 07 04:50

Israeli warplanes bomb southern Gaza in nighttime airstrikes (VIDEO)

Israel has launched an aerial attack on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Footage shared by Palestinian news outlets showed the night sky alight with flame as the Israeli jets pounded targets in the densely populated strip.

The bombing took place shortly before midnight on Monday local time. The Palestinian Quds News Network claimed that Israeli jets and drones circled overhead before launching airstrikes on the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Enormous explosions were captured on video, with the Israeli bombs sending columns of smoke and fire into the night sky.

Sep 06 08:38

Denied by Israel, Palestinians aspire to family reunification

Following an announcement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that Israel has approved 5,000 family reunification requests, Palestinians gathered outside the offices of the Palestinian Civil Affairs Authority, the body that officially receives the requests on Israel's behalf, to submit their documents.

Thousands of Palestinians who have lost their case for family reunification have been living without ID cards hence restricting their movement and putting them at risk of Israeli persecution or deportation from the West Bank.

The issue of family reunification is a matter of concern for thousands of Palestinians whose legal presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is not recognised by Israel.

These individuals have families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and have entered with temporary or "tourist" permits, while others have tied the knot with other nationalities before having their family reunification requests granted.

Sep 06 08:37

Scores of Israeli settlers force their way into Al-Aqsa complex

Scores of Israeli settlers forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, according to a Palestinian agency.

In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees the holy sites in Jerusalem, said 144 settlers entered the complex under police protection, passing through from the Al-Maqaribe (Moroccans) Gate southwest of the mosque.

The group left the sacred site after wandering in the courtyard of Haram al-Sharif.

According to the peace treaty signed between Israel and Jordan on October 26, 1994, Masjid al-Aqsa is under the auspices of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Administration, which is affiliated with the Jordanian Ministry of Foundations, Islamic Affairs, and Holiness.

Sep 03 04:58

Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Dead in Gaza Border Clashes

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian along the Gaza border on Thursday as hundreds set fire to tyres and threw stones, Gaza's health ministry said.

The Israeli military said that over 1,000 Palestinians had gathered along the fortified frontier, hurling explosives and setting tyres ablaze.

"IDF (Israeli military) troops deployed in the area are using riot dispersal means, including when necessary live fire and .22 Caliber rounds," the military said in a statement.

Gaza's health ministry said the man killed had been shot in the abdomen. Five others were wounded by Israeli fire, including a child who is in critical condition, it said.

Sep 03 04:55

Israel arrests four Palestinian children in first week back at school 

The Israeli army arrested four Palestinian children in the early hours of Wednesday from their homes in the occupied city of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

The four children, Yousef Jamal al-Harimi, 15, Adam Ayyad, 15, Mansour Saleh Faraj, 16, and Issa Muhammad Zarina, 17, are all students at al-Mahd School in Bethlehem.

Manar al-Harimi, sister of Yousef, described scenes of fear and anxiety when Israeli soldiers raided the house at 3:00am.

"They knocked on the door loudly, and my father who works later was not home at the time," Harimi told Middle East Eye.

The soldiers then searched the house, Harimi added, before asking Yousef's mother to sign a set of documents that included a declaration that the teenager was free of illnesses at the time of his arrest and that he was not subjected to any violence during the raid.

Sep 02 05:16

Israeli Forces Arrest Seven Palestinian Journalists near Hebron

Seven Palestinian journalists were arrested by Israeli occupation forces on Friday while covering nonviolent protests south of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

The journalists said they were being arrested for being in a ‘closed military zone’ however the military’s rules allow them to be in such areas, Haaretz reports. Palestinians were protesting plans to expropriate their lands by Israel.

Eyewitnesses from the scene said there had been no violence and occupation forces had not used force to disperse the crowd, however, a Palestinian resident was arrested and when journalists documented the arrested, “they detained me as well”, Mashour Wahwah, who works for Wafa news agency, told the newspaper.

Sep 02 05:02

West Bank: Israeli troops shoot dead another Palestinian man

Israeli soldiers killed, late on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian man in the western area of Beit Ur at-Tahta, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after the army attacked Palestinian workers in a crossing area of the Annexation Wall.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired live rounds at the Palestinian, who suffered serious wounds and bled to death after the soldiers refused to allow any Palestinian to approach him, the WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said the Palestinian Civil Coordination Office was informed by the Israeli side that the young man has died from his wounds.

Sep 01 06:09

Israeli Soldiers Launch Social Media Campaign Demanding Greater Authority to Shoot Palestinians

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers started a campaign on social media platforms, demanding greater authority to shoot Palestinians and change the Israeli Army’s protocols regarding opening fire at Palestinians.

The campaign, under the title “Untie Our Hands”, was started after the announcement of the death of the Israeli sniper Barel Shmueli, injured while he was targeting protesters along the fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel.

Sep 01 06:06

Jewish activists raid Al-Aqsa compound as Israeli forces fire live rounds in West Bank

Israeli radicals once again raided the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam, early on Tuesday.

The activists raided the mosque grounds in Jerusalem under the protection of the Israeli military, Arabi 21 reported.

Omar Al-Kiswani, the head of the mosque, told the Arabic-language outlet that "136 extremists" had taken part in the storming of the mosque.

He said the crowd included "tourists, students and members of the occupation police".

Far-right Israeli activists frequently raid the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Sep 01 06:05

On Israel’s History of Targeting Pregnant Palestinian Women

In late August 2021, Palestinian prisoner Anhar Al-Deek, who is nine months pregnant, wrote a moving letter to her family.

“What should I do if I give birth far from you? I am tied up, how can I give birth via cesarean section when I am alone in prison?” she asked, then added, “I am exhausted, and I had severe pains in the pelvis and severe pain in my legs due to sleeping on the prison beds. I do not know how I want to sleep on it after my delivery operation.”

According to Shatha Hammad, officers accused her of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, but have not ruled on her family’s appeal to have her released for the birth of the child in what appears to be a complicated medical situation. Anhar’s mother Aisha told Middle East Eye reporters that her daughter had gone out for a walk where she was attacked by Israeli soldiers who accused her of trying to stab them. They continued to beat her, Aisha said, even though she told them repeatedly that she was pregnant.

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Aug 31 05:22

Israeli Soldiers Brutally Beat Palestinian Student at Checkpoint in Hebron

Israeli occupation forces today brutally beat a Palestinian school student in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Raed Tamimi told WAFA that Israeli forces stopped his 14-year-old son, Muntaser, near the Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, west of the Ibrahimi Mosque, as the latter was on his way to his school, searched his school bag and then brutally assaulted him, inflicting bruises in his head.

Aug 30 08:11

Israel strikes Gaza following violent riots, incendiary balloons

Israel Air Force jets struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in retaliation to the launch of incendiary balloons that caused fires and violent demonstrations along the border fence at the weekend.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that a Hamas military compound used for training and weapon production and a shaft for a terror tunnel near Jabalya were struck.
“The IDF will continue to respond forcefully against Hamas’s terror attempts,” the army said in a statement following the strikes.

Aug 30 08:10

Hundreds of Palestinians riot at Gaza-Israel border - IDF

Hundreds of Palestinians rioted at the north of the Gaza-Israel border on Sunday evening, burning tires and throwing explosives, the IDF reported on Twitter.
Some 18 Palestinians were wounded, none seriously, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Aug 30 07:25

Scores of Palestinians wounded at anti-settlement rallies in occupied West Bank

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday when Israeli forces cracked down on anti-settlement protests in villages across the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Red Crescent society said on Friday night that it had treated 94 Palestinians for injures following the protests against illegal settlements.

More than 50 people needed medical attention after choking on tear gas, the medical organisation said, while others were treated for rubber bullet injuries, burns, and falls.

It also said that one of its ambulances had been damaged by Israeli forces, wounding the driver. A photo shared on the organisation's Facebook page showed the vehicle's shattered windows.

Aug 29 05:29

‘Blood for Blood’: On Jenin and Israel’s Fear of an Armed Palestinian Rebellion

The killing of four young Palestinians by Israeli occupation soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, on August 16, is a consequential event, the repercussions of which are sure to be felt in the coming weeks and months.

The four Palestinians – Saleh Mohammed Ammar, 19, Raed Ziad Abu Seif, 21, Nour Jarrar, 19, and Amjad Hussainiya, 20 – were either newly born or mere toddlers when the Israeli army invaded Jenin in April 2002. The objective, then, based on statements by Israeli officials and army generals, was to teach Jenin a lesson, one they hoped would be understood by other resisting Palestinian areas throughout the occupied West Bank.

Aug 27 13:01

Bennett's rhetoric can't conceal Israel's colonial land grab

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is playing with words to advance the colonial state's de-facto annexation of the occupied West Bank. In an interview with the New York Times, Bennett used spin about compromise which amounted to nothing other than promoting colonial expansion while retreating on formalising another land grab.

"This government will neither annex nor form a Palestinian state, everyone gets that," Bennett said. "I'm prime minister of all Israelis, and what I'm doing now is finding the middle ground – how we can focus on what we agree upon."

While diverging political views among Israelis may have prompted Bennett to shift towards a compromise, particularly as his is a coalition government, the issue at stake is still the colonisation of Palestinian land. Moreover, the Palestinians have been removed from the equation.

Aug 26 15:32

Israel allows increased flow of goods into Gaza amid Palestinian protests to lift blockade

Israel has permitted more commercial goods to enter Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated and called for Tel Aviv to end its devastating blockade on the area.
The Israeli government further relaxed the flow of vehicles and commercial goods, as well as equipment for civilian projects, into the Gaza enclave on Thursday after the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) decided late Wednesday to ease measures.

Any further relaxation of restrictions, however, would be “contingent upon continued preservation of security stability for the long term,” according to a statement from COGAT. Further measures could potentially be expanded “in accordance with situational assessments.”

Aug 26 07:37

Israeli army fires live bullets and tear gas at Gaza demonstration

Israeli forces shot at least five Palestinians with live bullets on Wednesday during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip calling for an end to the 14-year Israeli-led blockade of the small coastal enclave.

Official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported that at least one minor was hit by live ammunition east of the town of Khan Younis near the border with Israel.

Several other protesters were also treated for tear gas inhalation, Wafa reported.

The Gaza-based Ministry of Health reported a total of 14 people injured, including five by live bullets, two hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, and seven hit by tear gas canisters.

Aug 26 07:37

Settlers attack Palestinian villagers

Aug 26 07:36

Racism is at the very heart of Israel

Many international organisations and human rights groups have confirmed that Israel imposes a racist — "apartheid" — regime which oppresses the Palestinians. This regime denies them basic rights and exposes them to repeated attacks by illegal Jewish settlers, which increases the tension in the occupied Palestinian territories and within Israeli itself. The Palestinians continue to be beaten, killed and forcibly displaced.

Aug 26 07:28

Palestinians in Gaza protest against Israel’s crippling blockade

Hundreds of Palestinians have demonstrated near the Israeli separation barrier in the southern Gaza Strip, calling on Israel to ease a crippling blockade, days after a similar gathering ended in a deadly crackdown.

The demonstration wrapped up without a repeat of Saturday’s violence after Hamas, which governs the besieged Strip, kept the crowds from approaching the separation wall.

Shortly after the demonstration ended, Hamas officials announced that the territory’s key border crossing with Egypt was partially reopening on Thursday.

The Israeli military, which had beefed up its forces ahead of the demonstration, said it used tear gas and limited live fire to disperse the crowd.

Aug 25 10:36

Expectations at rock bottom as Bennett heads to Washington

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s prime minister, is due in Washington this week for his first tete-a-tete with Joe Biden, the US president.

Iran, by all accounts, tops the agenda. The Palestinians come second.

The visit marks the culmination of a flurry – or perhaps more accurately, a gentle breeze – of activity that has seen America’s top three diplomats on Palestine meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the past several weeks.

Last week’s visit of William Burns, the head of the CIA, was the culmination of a series that also saw special envoy Hady Amr and Secretary of State Antony Blinken push for a return to some normalcy after the clownish turbulence of the Trump years and the boorish bravado of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 25 08:54

60% rise in Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque

So-called 'Temple Mount groups' said there has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of Jewish Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound over the past three months, Israel's Channel 7 reported.

The Palestinian Information Centre reported the TV station saying some 9,804 Jewish Israelis have stormed the month over the past three months, compared to 6,133 over the same period last year.

Scores of Jewish Israelis storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate everyday, under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, and carry out provocative tours, as well as performing Talmudic prayers in the eastern parts of it.

Al-Aqsa represents the world's third-holiest site for Muslims, while Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount", claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Aug 25 08:54

Even love is forbidden under Israeli apartheid

Israel's apartheid system directed at the Palestinians is well documented. Within Israel's officially-recognised borders — which the state has never actually declared — as well as across the occupied Palestinian territories, the people of occupied Palestine have long faced systematic discrimination which denies them the same rights afforded to Jewish Israelis and foreigners.

Separate roads, discriminatory laws, the "Separation Wall" and hundreds of military checkpoints combine to subject Palestinians to having daily life complicated beyond comprehension. All of this has been described by human rights organisations as "apartheid". That, in a nutshell, is the system imposed by Israel on the Palestinians, even those who are Israeli citizens.

Aug 25 08:09

HRW indirectly promotes Israel's colonial narrative and aggression

There is a stark difference in the language used by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its April 2017 report which describes Israel as having committed crimes of apartheid, and its more recent July and August reports on Gaza, which cast doubt on whether Israel committed war crimes in its offensives against the enclave. The latter two reports emphasise that Israel "apparently" committed war crimes in Gaza in May this year, thus turning actual crimes into possibilities.

Aug 25 07:43

Israeli Military Orders ‘More Aggressive’ Response to Planned Gaza Protest

The Israeli military is reinforcing positions near the border of the Gaza Strip ahead of protests that are planned on Wednesday. According to Haaretz, Israeli officers and soldiers were instructed to respond “more aggressively” to any attempted border breaches than the military did during demonstrations that were held Saturday.

On Saturday, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated near Gaza’s eastern border. Israeli snipers were deployed to the border and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas. Over 40 Palestinians were wounded, including 24 children, and one Israeli sniper was injured.

The Israeli sniper was shot in the head at close range while firing on Palestinians. A video circulated online shows an individual firing a handgun into an opening in the Gaza border separation wall where the sniper’s rifle was firing from.

Aug 25 07:31

Israeli Warplanes Target Several Sites in Gaza

Israeli warplanes Tuesday overnight bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted a site to the west of Khan Younis, a plot of agricultural land, east of Gaza city, the vicinity of al-Shuhada graveyard, east of the Jabalia town, in addition to a site to the east of Shuja’iyya neighborhood.

Aug 25 07:30

West Bank: Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager during raid of refugee camp

An Israeli soldier shot and killed a Palestinian teenager with live ammunition on Tuesday after security forces stormed a refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that 16-year-old Imad Khaled Salah Hashash died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

The ministry said Hashash was rushed to the Rafidia Surgical hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Wafa News agency.

Images posted online showed Hashash's family cradling his dead body after being wrapped in blue funeral shrouds.

Aug 25 07:29

Israel’s killing of Palestinian children

“Mama, mama where is Muhammad?” an agitated Omar Tamimi, 3, repeatedly asked his mother.

Trying hard not to break down in front of her children, Bara’a Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, tried to comfort her son before breaking down and weeping.

Aug 24 07:09

Gaza: Israel's bombardment of high-rise buildings 'may amount to war crimes'

Israel's destruction of four high-rise buildings in Gaza City during the bombardment of the besieged enclave in May may have constituted war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The organisation said the air strikes that targeted the buildings "apparently violated the laws of war and may amount to war crimes".

Among the buildings destroyed was the al-Shorouk tower in the west of the city, which housed local and foreign media outlets, including Middle East Eye, as well as shops and apartments.

Israeli authorities said Hamas members were using each of the three buildings it has so far targeted for military purposes. But official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that "no clear reason was seen for the bombing of high rises other than inflicting damage and hurting the population".

Aug 24 07:08

Jewish Settlers Torch Dozens of Olive Trees near Nablus

Jewish settlers today torched dozens of olive trees in the town of Burin, near the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Eyewitnesses told WAFA that a group of settlers set fire to dozens of olive trees belonging to Akram Omran in the southern part of the town.

The settlers came from Yitzhar, an illegal settlement notorious for its hardcore religious community.

Aug 24 07:01

Israeli officials believe Hamas preparing for another round of fighting, says report

Israeli defence officials believe that Hamas is preparing for another flare-up with Israel, according to a report published in Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Monday.

Citing defence sources, the report alleged that the Palestinian organisation which rules Gaza had begun manufacturing rockets again on a small scale, despite sustaining major blows to its operations during the 11-day war with Israel in May.

As a result of the war, Israeli strikes killed over 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, while in Israel, rockets from Gaza killed at least 13 people, including two children.

The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that more than 1,900 Palestinians were injured; Israel reported at least 200 casualties.

Aug 24 06:29

West Bank church stands with unjustly incarcerated parishioner Layan Nasir

Layan Nasir, a parishioner at St. Peter’s Anglican/Episcopal Church in Birzeit, Palestine, is a 21-year-old Nutrition and Dietetics student at Birzeit University. A remarkable young woman with a calm demeanor, tender spirit, and incredible potential, Layan was raised in a devout Anglican family to live her faith in the midst of the whatever challenges may come in life.

The story of Layan’s baptism as an infant embodies the Palestinian experience of faith under colonial domination. On the day of her baptism, Israeli forces blocked the road between Ramallah and Birzeit, a short 12 kilometers away. The Anglican priest in Ramallah, Fr. Samir Esaid, serving the community in Birzeit, was stopped at the checkpoint and denied passage. He explained the situation to the soldiers to no avail. So, Fr. Esaid called the Catholic priest in Birzeit, Fr. Eyad Twal. Layan and her brother were baptized in an Anglican church by a Catholic priest.

Aug 23 08:41

Israeli Aircraft Strike Hamas Sites in Gaza After Border Clashes

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas sites in Gaza late on Saturday, the military said, in an escalation of hostilities after earlier cross-border gunfire seriously injured an Israeli soldier and wounded 41 Palestinians, including two critically.

The injuries came during a Gaza protest organised by the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas and other factions in support of Jerusalem, where Palestinian clashes with Israeli police helped spark an 11-day Israel-Hamas conflict in May.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the Strip's heavily fortified border, where some tried to scale the border fence and others threw explosives towards Israeli troops, the Israeli military said.

Aug 23 08:40

Israeli Soldiers Injure Disabled Man near Bethlehem

A Palestinian young man with special needs sustained injuries today after being shot by Israeli occupation soldiers at the Container military checkpoint, near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, the news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint opened gunfire at Omar Musa Shalaldeh, 25, a disabled young man with special needs, injuring him in the foot.

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Aug 23 07:50

Gaza border clashes wound 41 Palestinians

Israeli gunfire wounded 41 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head. An Israeli policeman was critically wounded by Palestinian gunfire during the clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel.

The violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration on Saturday organised to draw attention to a stifling Israeli blockade of the territory. The protest grew violent after dozens of people approached the fortified fence and threw rocks and explosives towards Israeli soldiers from behind a black smoke screen spewing from burning tyres.

The Israeli military said hundreds of demonstrators approached one area of the fence in northern Gaza and attempted to climb over. It said troops fired tear gas and live rounds at the protesters.

Aug 23 07:50

Israeli forces injure dozens of Palestinians marking 1969 arson attack on al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces shot and injured more than two dozen Palestinians during a festival in the Gaza Strip commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the 1969 arson attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Ministry of Health, in a statement on Saturday, said at least 41 Palestinians were injured in total, including two people who were critically wounded, one of whom has been identified as a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head.

At least 27 of the injured were shot with live rounds in their lower extremities. Two were shot in the abdomen and two in the arm, the health ministry said.

Aug 23 05:30

Israeli snipers attack Gaza children

Israeli occupation forces injured more than 40 Palestinians, including at least 24 children, during protests in the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

One of the injured is photojournalist Asem Muhammad Shehade, who was wounded in the face by shrapnel from a live bullet.

Another is a 13-year-old boy reportedly in critical condition.

Israeli snipers deployed on the Israel-Gaza boundary fired machine guns, live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians who were peacefully gathered near the eastern fence.

Aug 21 05:59

53 US Lawmakers Warn of Grim Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Fifty-three House Democrats have warned of the grim humanitarian situation in Gaza in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which they denounced Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians in the besieged enclave and the occupation state’s banning of essential material that is vital to ease Palestinian suffering.

“The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza is untenable,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter praised by progressive American Jewish groups. “Ensuring that Palestinians residing in Gaza receive humanitarian aid is vital to securing the well-being of Gaza’s 2.1 million residents,” the letter continued.

Aug 21 05:59

4,000 Gaza students displaced after Israel attacks

While children around the world check their school supplies list and prepare to attend classes, 4,000 Palestinian students are caught up in uncertainty.

They do not know when – or if – they will be able to return to their familiar hallways and classrooms.

Aug 20 12:51

UK's Manchester University humiliated by pro-Israel bullies: Art show criticising the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians is shut down, but re-opens by popular demand (and common sense)

Stuart Littlewood says UK Lawyers for Israel's (UKLFI) attempt to bully Manchester University into shutting down an art exhibition must be reported to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority given UKLFI's links with Israeli bodies involved in war crimes against the Palestinians.

Aug 20 08:20

Israel’s ongoing “Water War” against Palestinians

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Aug 20 07:06

Coronavirus cases spike in highly vaccinated Israel but drop in unvaccinated Palestine

The Middle Eastern states of Israel and Palestine show contrasting figures in both vaccination rates and case counts amid the ongoing pandemic. Israel recently saw a massive spike in Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases despite three-fifths of its population being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Palestine saw its COVID-19 cases drop even though more than 90 percent of its population remains unvaccinated.

Naturopathic doctor Suneil Jain pointed out the stark contrast in a tweet. His post said: “Palestine: 8.2 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Israel: 62 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Guess which one is doing better?”

Aug 20 05:44

Arab man seriously injured in stabbing by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

An Arab man was stabbed and seriously injured late Wednesday night by a group of Jewish men near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, according to Hebrew media reports.

The man, who was said to be 19, was hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital with serious injuries, medics said. The hospital later said he was in moderate and stable condition.

According to the Walla news site, the man was waiting for a ride home from work when he was set upon by a group of Jewish Israeli men.

Aug 19 06:10

Israeli forces storm ceremony celebrating Palestinian students' exam results

Israeli police on Tuesday stormed a ceremony in occupied East Jerusalem held to recognise the achievement of Palestinian students who passed their end of high school exams.

Israeli police and intelligence officers stormed the hall at the Yasser Arafat Sports Stadium in the Al-Issawiya neighbourhood shutting down the event.

They claimed the celebration was not allowed because it was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, according to local sources.

The students and audience were kicked out of the event and the organisers of the ceremony threatened, according to reports.

Aug 18 05:40

Unfettered Israeli ethnic cleansing of occupied Palestine

Illegal Israeli actions in the occupied Palestinian territories have continued unabated even under the not so new administration headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennet.

In the latest iteration, demolitions in Silwan neighborhood took place, with planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East al-Quds to happen in the near future.

It is seen as yet another atrocity committed by Israeli forces against Palestinians, Israeli security forces have torn down a Palestinian house in the town of Silwan in occupied East al Quds.

The house was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, which were backed by Israeli forces. Israeli forces cited lack of a building permit for demolishing the house, which was built 10 years ago.

Aug 18 05:29

Israeli Defense Ministry Seizes Chocolate Bound for Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Monday that Israel had confiscated 23 tons of chocolate bars that were to be imported to the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials said they considered the attempted acquisition “suspicious.”

For years, Israel had forbidden chocolate from even entering the Gaza Strip as a “luxury item.” Recent, some limited imports have been allowed, though Israel tends to curb them whenever they feel like making a move against the Palestinians.

This was different because the 23 tons is such a huge amount, and because the Defense Ministry is claiming that Hamas was planning to fund its military wing with the sales. Ironically, the scarcity in Gaza would increase profitability.

Aug 17 07:08

US State Department pans Israeli plan for new settlement homes

The US State Department on Friday criticized Israel’s plan to green-light thousands of new settlement homes in the West Bank next week, in what would be the first such approval since President Joe Biden took office.

“We believe it is critical for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tensions and fundamentally undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” a State Department spokesman said in a statement to The Times of Israel.

“This certainly includes settlement activity which will make achieving a two-state solution much more difficult. It’s critic

Aug 17 07:03

The Murder of the ‘Menacing’ Water Technician: On the Shadow Wars in the West Bank

There is an ongoing, but hidden, Israeli war on the Palestinians which is rarely highlighted or even known. It is a water war, which has been in the making for decades.

On July 26 and 27, two separate but intrinsically linked events took place in the Ein al-Hilweh area in the occupied Jordan Valley, and near the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

In the first incident, Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Maskiyot began construction in the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, which has been a source of freshwater for villages and hundreds of Palestinian families in that area. The seizure of the spring has been developing for months, all under the watchful eye of the Israeli occupation army.

Now, the Ein al-Hilweh Spring, like most of the Jordan Valley’s land and water resources, is annexed by Israel.

Aug 16 10:58

Hamas congratulates Taliban for ‘defeating’ US

In response to the Taliban re-conquest of Afghanistan, Hamas on Monday congratulated the Afghan people for “defeating” the US.

“We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” Hamas said in a statement.

“While Hamas wishes the Afghan Muslim people and its leadership success in achieving unity, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people, it stresses that the demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory.”

Aug 16 06:14

Israel: Palestinian former Knesset candidate murdered in his car

A Palestinian adviser to Israel's education minister was shot dead on Sunday in the town of Rameh, in northern Israel, according to local news reports.

Saher Ismail, 50, was a candidate in the latest Israeli elections and prior to his death served as an adviser to Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton, who has expressed her shock at the incident.

Ismail died as a result of critical wounds after the shooting attack, which took place as he was sitting in his car outside his home in Rameh, a Palestinian town.

Aug 16 05:25

Wildfire forces thousands of Israelis to evacuate settlements

Thousands of Israelis have been forced to evacuate six settlements outside al-Quds amid a raging wildfire.

A large blaze broke out about 13 kilometers (8 miles) west of al-Quds on Sunday, blanketing the city in smoke.

Israelis in Beit Meir, Ksalon, Shoresh, Sho’eva, Ramat Raziel and Givat Ye’arim were asked to evacuate their settler units as a precaution.

Police spokesman Eli Levi told Army Radio that at least 10,000 people have been evacuated from their units so far. Several roads were blocked due to the forest fire, according to the police.

The region’s fire chief, Nissim Twito, said the blaze may be the biggest in recent years in the area, adding that 60-70 firefighting teams and 12 aircraft were fighting the flames.

Aug 15 06:36

Video: Palestinians Protest in West Bank, Burning Installations of Star of David & Swastika

Every Friday since May, hundreds of Palestinians have participated in protests against the Israeli settlement near the Evyatar outpost, located in the central West Bank. In clashes with Israeli law enforcement, locals are determined to prevent Israeli Defense Forces from building an outpost here.

Palestinians have burned symbols of a swastika and the Star of David, while protesting an Israeli outpost in the so-called "night confusion," according to a video, posted on Twitter on Saturday.

The demonstrations against the Evyatar outpost near the West Bank town of Beita that started months ago are usually carried out at night with “night confusion units,” that burn tires, torchers and blow up improvised explosive devises.

One of the video shows a group of rioters burning a construction that has a shape of Star of David with a swastika symbol inside.

Aug 14 06:49

An Alleged American-Israeli-PA Agreement To Put Down Palestinian Revolution In The West Bank

A agreement is said to have been signed, this July, between the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel and the United States government, aimed at propping up the unelected Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas and his regime. The controversial leaking of this information may be yet more proof of how the American and Israeli governments are propping up an undemocratic puppet regime in West Bank.

Aug 14 06:48

Israeli forces attack worshippers at Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Israeli security forces used stun grenades to disperse a crowd of Muslim worshippers performing traditional Friday prayers outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

At least one person could be seen thrown onto the ground and kicked by Israeli forces. It was not immediately clear what sparked the violence.

Aug 14 06:28

UN experts denounce raid on West Bank NGO, urge Israel to probe child deaths

UN human rights experts today called on the Israeli government to immediately return confidential documents and office equipment its military seized from the offices of an NGO fighting for children's rights in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reports.

"We are deeply concerned by the Israeli military's interference with the human rights work of a well-known and well-regarded NGO," said the experts.

Computers, hard drives, binders, and other materials were taken from the offices of the Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in Al-Bireh during a night-time raid at the end of July.

The experts are Michael Lynk, special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory; Irene Khan, special rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression; Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, special rapporteur on peaceful assembly; and Mary Lawlor, special rapporteur on human rights defenders.

Aug 13 07:55

The PA was always meant to ‘kill’ the Palestinian cause

Outspoken Palestinian Authority (PA) critic Nizar Banat’s June 24 death at the hands of the PA’s security forces sparked weeks of protests and international criticism. This came on the heels of unprecedented protests against the seizure of Palestinian homes by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem and a brutal Israeli war on Gaza.

Palestinians who protested over the death of Banat consider PA President Mahmoud Abbas to be complicit in the actions of the Israeli occupation and call for the fall of his government.

Aug 13 07:53

US Congresswoman Marie Newman: ‘The Israeli Government is Trampling on Palestinian Rights’

United States Congresswoman Marie Newman has described Israel’s forceful expulsion of Palestinian families in occupied Jerusalem as despicable, calling for an immediate end to this policy.

“Despicable. Palestinian families are being ripped from their homes in the neighborhood of Silwan [in occupied Jerusalem], Newman said in a tweet.

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Aug 13 07:53

Israeli Knesset Member Says Palestinian Bedouins ‘Pollute Our Country’

Knesset member and chairman of right-wing Israeli party Otzma Yehudit has described Bedouin citizens in the Negev Desert as ‘dirty’ and said that they ‘pollute our country’.

Itamar Ben-Gvir’s comments were made in reference to reports about large amounts of rubbish in the Negev, including domestic, construction, and industrial waste.

Aug 13 07:42

Data Shows Massive Spike in Covid, Deaths in Highly-Vaccinated Israel – OPPOSITE Happening in Sparsely-Vaxxed Palestine!

The data correlates with stats seen in Gibraltar and Iceland last month, where Covid cases unexpectedly spiked, despite over 90 percent of the populations being fully vaccinated.

While the vaccine continues to be pushed worldwide, data suggests the vaccines could not only be ineffective, but that they could be driving new Covid surges.

Aug 13 07:18

Israeli cities impose beach apartheid on Palestinians

Three Israeli coastal cities are being slammed by a civil rights group for effectively banning Palestinians from their beaches.

Hadera, Netanya and Akka – known in English as Acre – are guilty of “apartheid initiatives that express a goal of achieving racial segregation,” said a lawyer for the group Adalah.

Video shot by journalist Rafat Aker last week shows a busload of Palestinian men on an apparent day trip from the city of Jenin being denied access to the beach by police and local authorities.

You can watch the full video in a mixture of Arabic and Hebrew below.

“The images seen in Akka leave no room for the imagination: Municipal inspectors forcibly expelled Palestinians outside city limits solely because they are Palestinian,” Adalah lawyer Rabea Eghbariah said.

“The municipality is acting without any authority whatsoever,” he added.

Aug 13 07:17

Joint militias: How settlers and soldiers teamed up to kill four Palestinians

Nidal Safadi was a quiet man, his neighbors said. He lived in Urif, a Palestinian village of several thousand people in the West Bank. Just 25, Safadi had three children with his wife and a fourth, a girl, on the way.

Aug 13 07:13

Israel opens secret tenders for construction of Mughrabi Gate Bridge

Construction companies in Israel have been invited to submit tenders for the construction of the Mughrabi Gate Bridge which takes Israelis from the Al-Buraq courtyard (Western Wall) into Al-Aqsa Mosque compounds.

Companies wishing to submit have been asked to sign a confidentiality clause, Yedioth Ahronoth reported today, which says: "I hereby pledge to maintain complete and absolute confidentiality of classified information and every detail related to or stemming from it, and not to publish or disclose in any way whatsoever before any person or body and all for an unlimited period."

A tour of the site was organised for contractors last month and they have been told that work needs to be completed within two months of when it commences, the paper said.

The current bridge was built of wood in 2004 and is said to be in a dangerous condition and may only be good for purpose for a few more months.

Aug 13 07:12

Will the Israeli army ever stop killing Palestinians?

With an increasing number of Palestinians being killed by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, warned soldiers recently against misjudgements when they use lethal force during clashes with Palestinians or when raiding their homes, farms and villages. Kochavi issued the warning during a meeting with the commanders of the IDF Central Command and, according to Haaretz, he directly and clearly ordered soldiers to reduce the number of Palestinians being killed during operations.

To achieve this, he told more senior officers to be involved in lower-level operations to ensure that his order is carried out and that fatal consequences only result from decisions taken by senior ranks. He also stressed that the officers who do not follow the rules will be punished.

Aug 13 06:56

Data Shows Massive Spike in Covid, Deaths in Highly-Vaccinated Israel – OPPOSITE Happening in Sparsely-Vaxxed Palestine!

Data out of Israel shows a large Covid outbreak despite more than half the country being fully vaccinated.

At the same time cases and deaths are declining in the neighboring Palestinian territory, which has an extremely low vaccination rate.

The data was catalogued by Naturopathic doctor Suneil Jain, who broke down the bizarre anomaly on social media Wednesday.

Aug 11 09:10

Israel uses fake photo to justify shooting woman

The Israeli army lied about a weapon it claimed a Palestinian woman tried to use before soldiers shot her on Tuesday.

A picture posted on Twitter by the army spokesperson shows a hand holding a chef’s knife with a brown handle.

But the photo is more than three years old.

Aug 11 09:04

Jerusalem Mufti calls for rejecting Judaisation projects at Ibrahimi Mosque

Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammed Hussein yesterday called for rejecting the Judaisation projects at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

In a statement, the Mufti said that the Israeli occupation is planning to build passages, corridors and install an elevator in order to facilitate settler access to the mosque.

Aug 11 09:03

The PA only cares about Israel

Arabic news website Arabi21 recently revealed details of a trilateral deal signed between the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which lays down strict terms for monitoring the Palestinian mass media, education curriculum and reactivating the trilateral incitement committee which consists of the three governments.

The document signed on 14 July 2012, during the visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr to the region. The deal also stipulated the formation of an Israeli-American committee to reevaluate the legal positions of Palestinian prisoners, and to press the PA to carry out its recommendations.

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