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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…

PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (31 December 2015 – 06 January 2016)

January 13, 2016

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (31 December 2015 – 06 January 2016). Israeli attacks in the West Bank & Gaza: Shootings Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,…

Gaza electricity crisis: 'People are dying daily'

January 13, 2016

Gaza – Three years ago, a teenage boy plummeted three storeys to the ground in the pitch dark after accidentally stepping out of the side of his Gaza home, which was missing a wall due to Israeli shelling. Taken to the emergency room at al-Shifa hospital, he was handed over to Ben Thomson, a volunteer doctor from Canada. Thomson began inserting a chest tube to drain…

How A Blind Palestinian Journalist Is Sharing The Stories Of Jerusalem

January 13, 2016

In her hometown of Nazareth, Budour Hassan rarely ventured outside of her house alone. Hassan, 26, was born blind, and she was nervous about attracting attention or losing her way. But Hassan yearned to be more independent, so in 2008 she moved to Jerusalem to study law at Hebrew University. “I wanted to be different and try something that no one in the family has…

Israel plans new West Bank settlement near volatile refugee camp that threatens to become new flashpoint

January 13, 2016

Israel is planning to establish a new West Bank settlement across from a volatile refugee camp, despite warnings from Palestinians and former Israeli security officials that its location is a certain recipe for escalating violence. “The closeness to the camp will lead to direct friction with residents of the camp. There will be more martyrs, more prisoners and more wounded,” said Osama Jawabra, a member…

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