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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…

One of Ireland’s largest firms divest from Israel

January 13, 2016

CRH, one of Ireland’s largest building materials group has divested from Israel after ongoing pressure from Palestine solidarity activists. Since 2001, the company had 25 per cent of shares in the Israeli cement firm Mashav, owner of Israel’s top cement manufacturer Nesher, but in a recent BDS victory CRH have sold their shares with the Israeli company. Nesher helped during the construction of Israel’s Wall…

Israeli passengers refuse to fly with Palestinians

January 13, 2016

A flight from Athens to Tel Aviv was delayed for almost two hours on Sunday night after a group of Jewish Israeli passengers refused to fly with Palestinians. The Jewish Israeli’s accused the Israeli Arabs of being “terrorists” and posing a “security threat.” According to Aegean Airlines, before the flight could depart, a small group of passengers “very vocally and persistently” demanded that two Palestinian citizens…

Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect

January 3, 2016

An agreement signed last year making the Vatican’s de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday. The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed a two-state solution. “… the Holy See and the State of Palestine have notified…

85 Percent of Palestinians killed by Israel were Extra-Judicially Executed

January 3, 2016

The Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee, said in a report published on Sunday, that 85 percent of Palestinians who were killed by Israel since the beginning of 2015; 179 Palestinians, were killed in extrajudicial field executions. It maintained that Israeli forces executed Palestinians in ‘cold-blood’ and on the grounds of mere suspicion, maintaining that forces acted as both judges and executioners. The committee noted that based…

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