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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…

HSBC Divests From Israeli Arms Company

December 27, 2018

Friends of Al-Aqsa welcomes HSBC’s divestment from the arms trade with Israel, following a successful campaign from Palestine Solidarity Campaign, War On Want and Campaign Against Arms Trade. HSBC has confirmed that it has divested completely from Elbit Systems, one of Israel’s largest weapons manufacturers. It is involved in manufacturing Drones, surveillance systems and other military technologies. Further, it supplies to Israel’s illegal Separation Wall…

Israeli War Crimes Against Palestinians

December 17, 2018

Israeli authorities have been accused of ‘persistent unwillingness’ to conduct investigations ‘into grave incidents of suspected war crimes against unarmed Palestinian civilians’ a prominent human rights organisation has told the UN inquiry into the violence. Adalah’s report submitted to the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 Protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory highlighted a serious lack of accountability with regard to the violence against…

#HumanRightsDay

December 10, 2018

10 December marks 70 years since the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document produced in 1948 that coincided with the Nakba – the catastrophe – the forced dispossession of seventy five per cent of the Palestinian population. The failure to address the extensive human rights abuses against the Palestinians has been a dark blot on the mission statement of the…

Airbnb To Stop Making Money From Illegal Settlements In The West Bank

November 20, 2018

Friends of Al-Aqsa welcomes Airbnb’s move to stop profiting from bookings in illegal settlements in the West Bank, territory taken from the Palestinians. However, we remain concerned that Airbnb will continue to operate in occupied East Jerusalem. The move came just before Human Rights Watch published a report on the negative effects of Airbnb’s business in the West Bank entitled “Bed and Breakfast On Stolen…