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478 Palestinian Facilities Destroyed by Israel This Year

December 31, 2015

The Israeli occupation has reportedly destroyed some 478 Palestinian facilities, including homes, clinics and historical sites during 2015. A research centre affiliated to the PLO has documented the demolitions which occurred across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, this year. Abdullah al-Horani Centre for Research and Documentation said, according to Days of Palestine, that there were 247 houses among the facilities destroyed by the…

Settlement expansion and the disappearance of Palestinian memory

December 31, 2015

Israeli pressure group Peace Now, which defends Israel’s right to exist “within secure borders” and advocates for the two-state paradigm, has revealed that the Israeli housing ministry is planning the construction of 55,548 settlement units in the occupied West Bank. The contracts had been signed between March 2013 and May 2015, during Uri Ariel’s tenure as Housing Minister. According to Peace Now’s report, the settlements…

Turkey demands end of Gaza blockade to reconcile relations with Israel

December 31, 2015

Turkey will normalise relations with Israel after it fulfils the three conditions Ankara made after the Israeli assault on the Mavi Marmara ship, a spokesman for the Turkish presidency has said. This includes the lifting of the siege on the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper said that Turkey has asked Israel to have a direct route to the Gaza Strip to secure the delivery…

Artists bring color to besieged Gaza before the New Year

December 30, 2015

Artists in the Gaza Strip used graffiti and sand sculpture to bring color to the besieged enclave in the lead up to the new year, artists said.Bilal Khalid, a graffiti artist from Gaza told Ma’an that the graffiti has an obvious message: “Gaza loves life.” Khalid said that Italian graffiti artists traveled to the strip in effort to send messages reflecting the “bright side” of…

Israel arrested almost 7,000 Palestinians during 2015

December 30, 2015

The PLO’s Palestinian Prisoners’ Committee (PPC) issued a report on Monday which revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities arrested 6,830 Palestinians during 2015, Al-Resalah newspaper has reported. This is an “unprecedented” rate of detention, it said, the like of which was not seen during the previous uprisings in 1987 and 2000. The PPC added that it is believed that all 6,830 of the prisoners experienced…

Palestinians unite to help victims of home demolitions

December 29, 2015

Shuafat refugee camp, occupied East Jerusalem – More than 1,000 Israeli troops entered Shuafat refugee camp in the occupied West Bank earlier this month to demolish the family home of Ibrahim al-Akkari, who was shot dead by Israeli forces after ramming his car into a group of people in Jerusalem last year, killing a soldier and a civilian and wounding 13 others. The demolition would…

Israel renews planning for West Bank settlement

December 29, 2015

Israel’s government has renewed planning for a controversial settlement in the occupied West Bank only a year after it was forced to suspend its expansion, according to Israeli activists. A report published Monday by Israeli NGO Peace Now, based on government documents obtained through freedom-of-information laws, claimed the Ministry of Construction and Housing secretly hired architects for the project, without going to public tender. The…

Report: Israel's Ministry of Housing continuing cancelled E1 plans

December 28, 2015

Israel’s Ministry of Housing has been working on plans for thousands of housing units in the controversial E1 corridor despite the cancellation of tenders for the units in 2013, a settlement watchdog reported.International condemnation of settlement construction in the controversial area led Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the tenders at the time.Israeli watchdog Peace Now reported Sunday that the Ministry of Housing began…

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israeli and Palestinian terrorism 'cannot be compared'

December 28, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly claimed that Jewish and Arab terrorism “cannot be compared” after Israeli wedding guests were filmed celebrating an arson attack that killed a Palestinian child. The Israeli Prime Minister was questioned on the speed of the investigation into the deaths of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents in July. Extremist graffiti and the word “revenge” was found scrawled on the side of…

Israeli ministers vote on bill 'targeting human rights groups'

December 28, 2015

Israeli Cabinet ministers have given parliamentary approval to a bill imposing new controls on human rights groups receiveing funding from abroad. Critics say the bill unfairly targets leftwing organisations critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government policies towards the Palestinians. Pro-government and nationalistic nonprofit organisations tend to rely on private donors, who are exempt from the measures under the bill. Government ministers have agreed to…