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Sheikh Ekrima Sabri demands Jordan intervene and stop Israeli aggression against Al- Aqsa

January 14, 2016

President of the Supreme Islamic Council in Jerusalem Sheikh Ikrima Sabri called on the Jordanian Awqaf to put pressure on Israel to stop its aggressive policies towards Muslim worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Speaking to Quds Press, Sheikh Sabri criticised the Arab and international communities for not giving enough attention to Jerusalem which is being Judaised and settled. “The Israeli occupation follows a racist policy which…

Jerusalem families in legal battle to stay in Old City homes

January 14, 2016

For the past few weeks, four Palestinian families living in Jerusalem’s Old City have faced the threat of immediate eviction from their homes. The Hashima, Kastero, Seidawi, and Maswada families, who live in the Old City’s Aqbat al-Khalidiya quarter, told Ma’an that they were handed eviction notices in December when an Israeli court ruled that their homes originally belonged to a Jewish organization. Hayil Sandouka,…

New study details sexual torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention

January 13, 2016

***TRIGGER WARNING*** This article, and pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. A new academic study in the peer-reviewed medical journal ‘Reproductive Health Matters’ has revealed dozens of cases of “alleged sexual torture or ill-treatment” of Palestinian male prisoners detained by Israel. The article, ‘Sexual torture of Palestinian men by Israeli authorities’, claims to be…

Airbnb listing homes in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land and guests are not warned about it

January 13, 2016

Online accommodation community website Airbnb has “dozens of listings” in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank, which it has not clearly stated. Many of the listings claim to be in Israel and describe the properties as having beautiful views and being just a short drive from Jerusalem. The website shows one place to rent in Tekoa, just south of Jerusalem, which is a…

Palestinian journalist 'nearing death' in Israeli jail

January 13, 2016

A Palestinian political prisoner has been taken to hospital and is in a critical condition as he continues to refuse food in protest at being imprisoned by Israel without charges, a Palestinian official has told Al Jazeera. Muhammad al-Qeq, a 33-year-old journalist from the occupied West Bank village of Dura, launched his fast on November 24 in protest against his administrative detention, a practice in which…

Spanish council joins boycott of Israel

January 13, 2016

Spain’s United Left party has adopted the call for the global boycott of Israel (BDS), with the support of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, as members of the Castrillon City Council in the Asturias province voted in favour of the campaign. Having reviewed the reasons for adopting the BDS campaign, the general coordinator of the Unified Left, Jose Luis Garrido, called on other Spanish cities…

Palestinian workers donate 1% of wages to rebuild homes

January 13, 2016

The Palestinian Public Workers’ Union announced yesterday that its members would donate one per cent of their wages this month to the families of suspected Palestinian attackers whose homes were demolished by Israeli occupation forces. The union’s head Bassam Zakarneh told Ma’an that he expected 16 million shekels ($4.07 million) to be raised, allowing the families to move into new homes within six months. He…

Forty Brazilian diplomats issue statement against Dani Dayan appointment

January 13, 2016

On Thursday January 8, a group of 40 retired Brazilian diplomats signed a statement against Israel’s appointment of Mr. Dani Dayan for the Israeli Embassy in Brazil, re-stating discontentment with the way Dayan was announced and with his role in the settlement movement, which they view as an affront to Brazil’s positions against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Last year, a group of…

UN human rights expert on Palestine resigns due to lack of access

January 13, 2016

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories resigned on Monday after Israel’s repeated failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring. The Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono took office in June 2014. “I took up this mandate with the understanding that Israel would grant me access, as an impartial and objective observer,”…

Israeli troops shoot dead four Palestinians

January 13, 2016

Four Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of violence in the West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that the three victims were killed in the north of Hebron close to the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etizon. Local media identified the three Palestinians as brothers Ahmed, 21, and Mohammed Kawabseh, 20, and their cousin, Ala Kawabseh, 20. A Palestinian Red Crescent spokesperson stated…