"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law, but Israeli armed forces have consistently violated these protections through indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks that result in the unlawful killing and maiming of Palestinian children amounting to war crimes, according to evidence collected by DCIP" (DCI-P, 15 Jan 2019).
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, stated that Gaza is currently facing a real catastrophe, pointing out that the possibility of establishing an independent Palestinian state have dwindled. Al Ray reports that the coordinator renewed his rejection to Israel's expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Statement by Jamie McGoldrick (Humanitarian Coordinator), Gwyn Lewis (Director of West Bank Operations for UNRWA), James Heenan (Head of OHCHR in the occupied Palestinian territory) and Kate O'Rourke (Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council). Today, we visited the Sabbagh family in their home, who face imminent forced eviction from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and are at heightened risk of forcible transfer.
In mei zullen de camera's op Eurovision 2019 in Israël gericht zijn. Dat festival zal zich letterlijk voltrekken bovenop de ruïnes van de verdwenen Palestijnse dorpen. Uit internationale solidariteit steunen we de boycot tegen deze propagandacultuur die de schending van mensenrechten wilt toedekken. Met een fototentoonstelling van journalist Johan Depoortere brengen we de misdaad voor het voetlicht die het Eurovisiesongfestival als feestelijk rookgordijn aan onze blik wilt onttrekken. --- Au mois de mai, les caméras de télévision seront braquées sur l'Eurovision, qui aura lieu cette année en Israël. L'événement se déroulera littéralement sur les ruines des villages palestiniens disparus. Par solidarité internationale, nous soutenons le boycott de cette culture de propagande qui vise à cacher les violations des droits humains. En montant une exposition de photographies du journaliste Johan Depoortere, nous souhaitons révéler au grand jour les crimes que l'on s'emploie à nous dissimuler en créant un écran de fumée festif sous la forme du Concours Eurovision de la chanson.
The 15th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions will take place all around the world between March 18th and April 8th 2019 under the theme "Stop Arming Colonialism". IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel's apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing BDS movement.
Based on the Google Scholar citation data issued in the January 2019 edition by Webometrics, BZU came first among 13 Palestinian universities included in this edition ranking, retaining its leading position for the sixth consecutive year. The university is the 28th among 327 Arab universities, and 1482 among more than 6 thousands world universities included in the list.
Dr. Amir Khalil, the external academic relations officer at BZU, and Dr. Islah Jad, a professor of political science and a faculty member at the Institute of Women's Studies, visited the University of Gothenburg in Sweden to discuss faculty and student exchange opportunities, as well as future joint research efforts, on January 10 and 11, 2019.
In denying that Israel limits academic freedom in Palestine, the Israeli embassy in Washington seems to forget about the Palestinian students and academics whose movement it restricts. The embassy (also)recently decriedas baseless "the accusation that Israel arbitrarily limits the entry of foreign nationals who seek to lecture, teach and attend conferences at Palestinian universities." [Sari Bashi is the co-founder ofGisha-Legal Center for Freedom of Movement. Read an interview with herhere.]
The establishment of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders has become unfeasible, largely thanks to Israel's policy of settlement expansion and its apartheid wall. There are lessons to be learned from the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran shouldpay$250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful expulsion of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. The events that Israel cites allegedly occurred at a time when Zionist Jewish militias were actively uprooting nearly one million Palestinian Arabs and systematically destroying their homes, villages, and towns throughout Palestine.
The following article was originally published in Arabic at Quds News Network on 18 Jan 2019. Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat is the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat. The leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa'adat, does not cry out from prison to complain about his own conditions.
Palestine has some of the highest rates of mental illness in the world. A quarter of Palestinian adolescents have made suicide attempts; about 23.2% have post-traumatic stress disorder (according to a survey of 1,369 over three years) compared to around 6-9% in the US; and the Palestinian territories have by far the highest levels of depression in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Samah Jabr, chair of the mental health unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health and one of just 32 psychiatrists in the Palestinian territories, doubts those statistics.
An old saying attributed to Gandhi goes: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win." This saying is, broadly speaking, the right way to understand Israel's response to the BDS movement, since it was first founded by Palestinian civil society in 2005.
Dehumanising Palestinians used to be easier but decades of deep-rooted, civil society activism by Palestinian Americans and their allies is bearing fruit. A battle over efforts to suppress the BDS campaign has become headlines news in the US, in the context of an ongoing federal government shutdown.
The fight to block the criminalization of BDS should go beyond the focus on making it a matter of American freedom of expression, and American citizens' constitutional rights. It is a matter of solidarity with an oppressed people, suffering under brutal occupation, a genocidal siege, and apartheid.
The uproar by Jewish establishment figures over Alexander'sNew York Times essay in support of Palestinian rights echoes the reactions of white Americans to the Civil Rights Movement decades ago. Michelle Alexander's powerful essay ("Time to Break the Silence on Palestine"), ahead of the commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was arguably a milestone for the Palestine movement in the U.S.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip following the US administration's decision to cut funding to the Palestinians. Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director, expressed deep concern and said that the US administration "demonstrates again a lack of nuance, sophistication, and appreciation for the complexity of the situation."
US Congress Should Reject Israel Anti-Boycott Act. - The US Congress is weighing draft legislation based on problematic logic that conflates a call for businesses to stop operating in West Bank settlements, which are unlawful under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, with a boycott of Israel. [Omar Shakir is Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch]
We were shocked and appalled to learn on January 6th that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) rescinded the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award which was to be granted to Dr. Davis at a gala event in February. We were further saddened to learn that BCRI's cancellation of Dr. Davis' award was issued under pressure from sections of the Jewish community, in particular the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC), on the spurious claim that Dr. Davis' support for the BDS Movement is "anti-Semitic."
Our commitment to racial or gender equality can't be derailed by one Palestine-related bullet point, or one celebrity's insensitive gaffes. Our community's safety depends on working with our historical allies - not retreating to the ghetto of 'what's good for the Jews first'. We must continue to combat anti-Semitism in progressive spaces, whenever it rears its head, while refusing to allow the cynical conflation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism to drive a wedge between us and our activist partners.
As an Israeli and as an American, I want to congratulate Michigan Democratic socialist Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman member of the House of Representatives. I am thrilled for her, and for the Palestinian people, and for America.
The events of the past year brought American and Israeli Jews ever closer to a breaking point. President Trump, beloved in Israel and decidedly unloved by a majority of American Jews, moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, with the evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress consecrating the ceremony.
Operation Cast Lead killed 1,417 people. Chillingly, the generals call their repeated bombardments "mowing the lawn", says academic Avi Shlaim. Operation Cast Lead was just the first in a series of Israeli mini-wars on Gaza. It was followed by Operation Pillar of Defence in November 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. The fancy names given to these operations were fraudulent, dressing up offensive attacks on defenceless civilians and civilian infrastructure in the sanctimonious language of self-defence. They are typical examples of Orwellian double-speak.
Volgens de Joodse organisatie Een Andere Joodse Stem zijn "de maskers gevallen" nu de N-VA Michael Freilich in zijn rangen heeft opgenomen. Hij is een openlijk voorstander van apartheid in Israël, van bezetting, repressie en kolonisatie in Palestina en de blokkade van Gaza.
A spokesperson for Gaza's health ministry has warned of a "catastrophic situation" as hospitals, including ones for children, are forced to close down due to a lack of fuel. Hundreds of patients face an unknown fate in the coming hours as Israel continues to block vital Qatari funds.
Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) submitteda joint reportto UN investigators last week detailing Israeli forces' killing of Palestinian children during mass protests in the Gaza Strip, conduct amounting to war crimes, said DCIP in a press release. The 57-page report highlights Israeli forces' unlawful killing of Palestinian child protesters.
Amal al-Taramsi, 44, died after she wasshot in the headby live fire during Great March of Return protests east of Gaza City. She was 200 meters away from the boundary fence at the time of her injury, according to the human rights groupAl Mezan.
The General Federation of Palestinian Trade Unions (PGFTU) warned yesterday that both poverty and unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels in the Gaza Strip, with poverty exceeding 80 %. Meanwhile, unemployment rates have reached more than 54.9 % in the besieged enclave, both of which are serious indicators of the deteriorated economic situation in Gaza. PGFTU called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to lift the sanctions imposed on the Gaza Strip and provide emergency relief and development projects to alleviate the Palestinian workers' suffering.
Miassar Zo'orb is a 48-year-old widowed mother who lives with four of her children in Khan Younis. The Gaza Strip lacks enough houses that adequately meet residents' needs. This is largely due to the dire economic situation and devastation in recurring rounds of hostilities. Last year, it wasestimatedthat more than 24,000 homes in Gaza do not meet half or more of the core minimum shelter standards.
Benny Gantz, the former Israeli army chief, is bragging about how much killing and destruction he committed in Gaza in a series of campaign videos for his new political party. Gantz hopes to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel's prime minister in elections scheduled for April.
The late Amos Oz was right to say "even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation'." Israeli voters should heed his words. Mr Netanyahu's nearest rival brags that he sent parts of Gaza "back to the stone age"when in the military. Mr Netanyahu would dismiss Oz's warnings; but perhaps he ought to take heed of the recent spat between the historianBenny Morrisand the writerGideon Levy.
Oz's hope for Israel, and not his alone, always rested on the assumption that a humane Zionist state was possible. The reality is that it is not possible. Any state designed first and foremost for one ethnically- and/or religiously-defined group, and also having in its midst a sizable minority, must inevitably become discriminatory in its laws and practices.
For nearly a week now, a fierce ideological fight has been taking place on the pages of the Israeli daily Haaretz, between Israeli historian Benny Morris and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy. Morris tells Gideon Levy that one state means a future of genocide and ethnic cleansing for Israeli Jews, thereby dehumanizing Palestinians as murderous, wild animals.
Joodse terreur loopt als een rode draad door de geschiedenis van de staat Israël en heeft op belangrijke momenten de koers van het Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict mede bepaald. De toenemende dreiging van joods terrorisme op de Westoever vormt de komende jaren in allerlei opzichten een gevaar voor Israël.
Dans son livre, " Main basse sur Israël, "Jean-Pierre Filiu revient sur l'incroyable carrière de Benyamin Nétanyahou, et l'affirmation hégémonique en Israël d'une version radicale du sionisme, violemment nationaliste et anti-arabe. Mais la rupture avec la période précédent marquée par le pouvoir travailliste est-elle vraiment radicale ? De quoi Nétanyahou est-il le nom ?
"At 8 P.M. I will deliver a special message to the media. You're invited to follow my Facebook page," Benjamin Netanyahu announced on his Twitter page on Monday. Thus the prime minister set a precedent for his manipulation of the public: He announced via social media that he would give a statement on prime time TV, that could be viewed via his Facebook profile.
Benny Gantz, brand-new Israeli politician, has appeared in the polls as the greatest threat to pm Benjamin Netanyahu. Having come under harsh criticism from the right, the chief of staff of Operation Protective Edge indicates in a video clip that he took pride in returning Gaza to the Stone Age.
Not only is freedom of expression a liberal, Western value and therefore unnecessary in Miri Regev's opinion, but culture as a whole becomes a dubious idea... If culture is a Western value, and by necessity also includes a critical aspect, maybe it doesn't have any place in Israeli society.
The past few days in the occupied West Bank have been particularly difficult. Violence, killings, and military raids are common here, but Palestinian cities are now facing even deeper uncertainty and instability. The Israeli army imposed a military closure on the city of Ramallah on Thursday, and closed major checkpoints between cities.
Soldiers shot and killed a manidentified as Muhammad Fawzi Adwi, 36, at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus in the northern West Bank on Monday. The Israeli militaryclaimed that the man had attempted to stab a soldier before he was shot dead. No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, as in many such past cases in which an alleged Palestinian attacker was killed.
Israeli military courts not only have a 99% conviction rate when it comes to Palestinian prisoners, but in many cases they also impose exorbitant fines and unreasonable prison sentences. From 2015 to 2017 military courts imposed fines topping 60 million shekels ($16 million) on West Bank Palestinians, even though the great majority of the offenses don't involve the harming of people or property.
Israeli forces rounded up 6,489 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year, according to official estimates. A total of 1,063 minors and 140 women were among those arrested in 2018, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. Israeli forces detained six lawmakers and 38 journalists in 2018, the commission said.
Repressive forces raided Section 17 of Ofer prison on 20 January, followed by Section 15 and other sections on 21 January. These violent raids have involved the use of dogs, batons, tasers, large-scale damage and confiscation of prisoners' belongings by the heavily armed units. Most concerningly, these armed units fired tear gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets inside closed prison rooms, endangering prisoners' health and even their lives.There are between 1,000 and 1,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Ofer, including hundreds of Palestinian children.
RAMALLAH - Maher Abdul Latif Younis, 61, from the town of Arra in northern Israel and the second longest-serving Palestinian resistance prisoner in Israel, completed on Thursday 36 years behind bars, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society. The longest serving is his cousin, Karim Younis.
At 10pm on Saturday, 19 Jan, F.M., a 23-year-old woman, arrived with critical head wounds to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Gaza district of the Gaza Strip. Documentation by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights shows that F.M. had been wounded from a live bullet to the head while at her house in the village of Al-Zawayda. Al Mezan expresses regret at the death of F.M. and condemns the ongoing killing and injury occurring in communities in Gaza through the spread of small arms.
The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control. Just don't say it's about security, says Yael Berda. The image should be familiar to every person with even the slightest bit of knowledge about Palestine.
When Israel's new Route 4370 opened, stark images of the eight meter wall running through the middle of the highway made international headlines. But as the international media buzzed about the new "Apartheid Road", one reality of the highway's inauguration was noticeably absent.
In the latest blow toUnited Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Israeli authorities are prepared to shut down the agency-run schools in occupied East Jerusalem next year. The schools will be replaced by Jerusalem municipal-run schools which are supported by Israel's education ministry as decided by the occupying country's National Security Council.
Hundreds of Israeli and international activists marched from central West Jerusalem to Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, on Friday, in solidarity with the families there who Israeli authorities want to evict.
The fundamental deficiencies that plague the Palestinian agricultural sector are driven by the decades-long Israeli colonisation of Palestine. This process of colonization rested upon the conquest of Palestinian land, which sought to restrict and confine independent Palestinian development, both political and economic. De-development is not an unfortunate or coincidental outcome, but a deliberate and focused colonial strategy.
Début septembre, une dizaine de colons juifs se sont installés en haut d'une colline stratégiquement située à la croisée de plusieurs colonies, en Cisjordanie occupée. Depuis lors, une importante mobilisation se met en place contre l'accaparement de ces terres effectué sous la protection de l'armée israélienne.
Vandaag was het raak in Palestijns Oost-Jeruzalem en het Palestijnse dorp Battir, eerder deze week waren tal van andere Palestijnse plaatsen doelwit van vernielingen en aanvallen door Israëlische kolonisten. Ze hebben tot doel de Palestijnse inwoners het leven onmogelijk te maken.
As more Palestinians enter the digital sphere, there has been an increase in violations of freedom of expression including hundreds of Palestinians who have been arrested by Israel, the PA, and Hamas for their social media posts.
The Jan 2019 Newsletter of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine is available on the BRICUP website. At a recent meeting BRICUP's committee agreed a broadening of the Newsletters's focus. Among the items in this edition: # Jonathan Rosenhead, "The Last Antisemite"; # Les Levidow, "The Britain-Israel partnership driving 'antisemitism' allegations: thoughts on a counter-strategy"; # "Trump's extended reach. A message from the President of the American University of Beirut"; # Derek Summerfield, "Palestinian ambulances and the Israeli military"; # Dr Mads Gilbert and Colleagues : analysis of the traumatic amputations in Gaza.
The European Legal Support Center (ELSC) is an independent, non-governmental initiative dedicated to protecting the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly of those who speak out and take peaceful action in Europe for justice and freedom of the Palestinian people. It is based in Amsterdam and will become operational in early 2019. From this week their coordinator/legal expert Giovanni Fassina started officially his work. ELSC's mission and work are inspired byPalestine Legal in the US.
The ELSC was established (by/in cooperation with BNC) in order to help BDS and Palestine solidarity activists in Europe to challenge all types of different attacks their are facing on the legal level. The long term goal of the ELSC is to find a space for legal intervention. There is a great need for developing case law on such an issue. In this way, we would have a stronger legal basis for affirming that criticism of the laws and policies of the state of Israel for its displacement of Palestinians and denial of their rights is not anti-Semitic. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israël va vivre en 2019 des élections d'une importance capitale. Les pères fondateurs du sionisme auraient pourtant bien de la peine à se retrouver dans l'actualité israélienne, marquée par les scandales à répétition et des polémiques d'une brutalité inouïe.
Als in mei volgend jaar het Eurovisie songfestival in Israël plaatsvindt zal dat gebeuren in een arena bij de universiteit van Tel Aviv, op de grond van het verdwenen dorp Sheikh Muwanis. Alle huizen van Sheikh Muwanis zijn met de grond gelijk gemaakt, behalve één: het zogenaamde Green House, een voormalige Palestijnse patriciërswoning waar nu de faculty club is gevestigd en waar bij feestelijke gelegenheden op de campus de recepties plaats vinden.
The impact of violence and casualties incurred during Gaza's Great March of Return (GMR) demonstrations differs by sex due to social norms. Despite the relatively low proportion of injuries among females, the consequences of an injury are often harsher for women and for the rest of the family, particularly when the injured female is a mother.
Israel maintains entrenched discriminatory systems that treat Palestinians unequally. Its 50-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza involves systematic rights abuses, including collective punishment, routine use of excessive lethal force, and prolonged administrative detention without charge or trial for hundreds. It builds and supports illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, expropriating Palestinian land and imposing burdens on Palestinians but not on settlers, restricting their access to basic services and making it nearly impossible for them to build in much of the West Bank without risking demolition. Israel's decade-long closure of Gaza, supported by Egypt, severely restricts the movement of people and goods, with devastating humanitarian impact. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza both sharply restrict dissent, arbitrarily arresting critics and abusing those in their custody.
The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians' human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals. We know that opposing Zionism, or even discussing it, can be painful, can strike at the deepest trauma and greatest fears of many of us. Zionism is a 19th-century political ideology that emerged in a moment where Jews were defined as irrevocably outside of a Christian Europe. European antisemitism threatened and ended millions of Jewish lives - in pogroms, in exile, and in the Holocaust.