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Eviction Of Palestinians In East Jerusalem Continues

January 30, 2019

A Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem are facing eviction after their appeals for the eviction process to be frozen were rejected by Israel’s courts. The Sabbagh family moved to East Jerusalem in the 1950s after Israel expelled them from their homes in what is called the Nakba. The Sabbagh family are part of the over 70% of the Palestinian population that was displaced…

Terror Attack By Israeli Settlers Kills Hamdi Naasan

January 28, 2019

Hamdi Naasan a 38 year old Palestinian was killed on Saturday in an attack by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of al-Mugheir. The rampage by the armed Israeli settlers led to the murder of Naasan who was shot in the back and the wounding of thirty other Palestinians. Ataf Naasan, a cousin of the murdered victim described the settlers as “firing randomly” with the intent…

UN: Settlements Are Crushing Hopes For A Viable Palestine

January 25, 2019

Israel’s illegal occupation has become more entrenched in the last year according to statements from the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov. Mladenov warned against the continued attempts to completely annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Israel’s Economy Minister, Eli Cohen, has recently publicly argued for this kind of annexation in the West Bank. The Special Coordinator also…

The Effects Of The Blockade On Gaza Are Worsening

January 22, 2019

Gaza’s health ministry has warned that hundreds of patients in the blockaded strip are in danger as Israel is continuing to block humanitarian funding from Qatar. The health ministry described a ‘catastrophic situation’ as fuel shortages left Gaza’s hospitals close to being unable to function. The Israeli state is currently imposing a blockade by air, land and sea of the Gaza Strip. The blockade involves…

Israel Continuing To Force Palestinians Out Of Jerusalem

January 15, 2019

More than 45 Palestinians are facing eviction from Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem as part of the continued displacement of Palestinians in the illegally occupied city. Settlers groups began to claim ownership of the land on which the Palestinian families had long lived after the 1967 war, registering the lands in their names in 1972, despite the Palestinian’s residency. This is despite Israel having no…

IDF Kills Two Palestinian Protesters In Gaza

January 14, 2019

Israeli military forces have killed two Palestinians protesting near the Gaza strip’s perimeter fence on the 11th January 2019, which prevents Palestinians from leaving the confines of the illegal blockade. After protests to the east of Gaza City, Israeli forces unleashed tear gas and gunfire on protesters, killing 43-year-old Amal al-Taramsi and fatally wounding 14-year-old Abed al-Raouf Ismail Salha. At least 25 other Palestinians were…

Israel’s Economy Minister Calls For Demolition To Be Accelerated

January 11, 2019

Israel’s Economy Minister, Eli Cohen, has called for the process of demolishing the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar to be accelerated. He also called for Area C, 61% of the Palestinian West Bank, to be annexed by Israel. The West Bank has already been under military occupation for over 50 years. The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar lies in the West Bank, which is already…

Rising Number Of Incursions Into Al-Aqsa

January 9, 2019

The Israeli agricultural minister, Uri Ariel, marched into Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Monday with over one hundred settlers and armed guards, adding to a spate of recent incursions. Last year Netanyahu lifted a ban on Knesset Members visiting the site, which had been reportedly introduced to assuage tensions. Since then there have been a significant volume of incursions into Al-Aqsa. Uri Ariel belongs…

Israel Holding Settler Youths Over Killing Of Palestinian Woman

January 8, 2019

Five minors from an illegal Israeli settlement have been arrested for allegedly committing the murder of Aisha al-Nabi. All the five were students in the illegal Rehelim settlement in the Northern West Bank. Rehelim was constructed on land seized from the Palestinian town of As-Sawiya. The accused were all students from the Pri Ha’aretz school in Rehelim. Students from the school have previously vandalised a…

A Year In Palestine: 2018 In Summary

December 28, 2018

In a year of protest and political moves, Israel, with the support of the US, made diplomatic and legal advances, while Palestinians were left to fend for themselves and fight for their basic human rights. 70 years on from the Nakba, thousands of Palestinians stood up in protest of the illegal Israeli occupation and oppression. Almost 300 Palestinian lives were taken in 2018, and more…

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