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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…

Sweeping police raids target Palestinians in Israel

January 13, 2016

Israeli police have raided the homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel, including university students, as Israeli officials and lawmakers have called for a crackdown on Arab communities following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv. After 31-year-old Nashaat Milhem shot and killed three people in Tel Aviv on January 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted little time in urging a crackdown on Palestinian citizens of…

Killings of Palestinians in West Bank hit 10-year high

January 13, 2016

The first days of 2016 offered no let up in the surge of violence that began in early October, provoked by Israel’s assaults and incursions in occupied East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound. Since the start of January, at least five Palestinians and three Israeli citizens have been slain. The latest deaths came after the number of Palestinians killed in violence in Israel and the occupied…

Poll shows 44% of Israelis want to annex West Bank

January 13, 2016

A poll published on Friday by the Israeli right-wing Makor Rishon suggests that 44 per cent of Israelis accept the gradual imposition of Israeli law in the occupied West Bank, while 38 per cent object, Arab48.com has reported. Jews and Arabs took part in the poll, said the religious newspaper, which was representative of the Israeli public at large. Observers have pointed out that the…

Group: Majority of Jerusalem Palestinians detained in 2015 were minors

January 13, 2016

Israeli forces detained more than 1,900 Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem in 2015, the majority of whom were minors, a prisoners’ rights group said on Sunday. A spokesman for the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies, Riyad al-Ashqar, said in a statement that around two-thirds of those detained from the occupied city were minors, 65 of whom were put under house arrest. Al-Ashqar slammed Israel’s use…

BDS victory: Orange drops Israel affiliate

January 13, 2016

French telecommunications company Orange has announced the termination of its franchise with Israeli company Partner Communications. The move confirms another Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) victory. The company Partner provided telecommunications support, subscription fee waivers and entertainment services to Israeli soldiers during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. From 2010 dozens of campaigners in France and across the Middle East organised a mass…

UNRWA received only 20% of funds needed for reconstruct of Gaza

January 13, 2016

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that it received only 20 per cent of the money needed for the reconstruction of the destroyed houses in the Gaza Strip, QudsNet reported yesterday. UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said the organisation received only funds 2,000 housing units and it started building 300 units for the people whose…