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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…

REVENGE DEVOID OF PURPOSE: PUNITIVE DEMOLITIONS OF PALESTINIAN HOMES

January 3, 2016

“Punitive” demolitions, which have become a trademark of Israel’s latest round of repression against the Palestinians of the Occupied Territory, are not only a pointless lashing out against defenseless families, but are downright counterproductive, even by Israel’s own standards. Since 1967 the Israeli authorities have demolished some 46,000 Palestinian homes in the OPT, either as “collateral damage” in military incursions (18,000 were destroyed in Gaza…

Gaza enters 10th year of Israeli-led blockade

January 2, 2016

The start of 2016 sees the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip entering the 10th year of the Israeli-led and internationally-backed blockade of the territory, which is exacerbated by Egyptian support. The blockade started in the wake of the 2006 Palestinian elections, which the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won with an overwhelming majority. Local and international monitoring organisations described the Palestinian poll as one of…

More than 14,000 Israelis entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in 2015

January 2, 2016

More than 14,000 Israelis entered the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in 2015, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday. Most of the intruders were from extremist Jewish settler groups. This figure, explained the Information Centre for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, almost matched the number for 2014, which was recorded as 14,952. There was a decrease in the number of Israeli officials who entered the mosque in 2015 compared…

Haunted by the horrors of war, Gaza's children struggle to heal

January 1, 2016

Mohammed* has a bruise on his chin. “He took a lighter and burnt himself,” his mother told MEE in exasperation as she tilted her son’s head up for inspection. “I don’t understand how he can hurt himself like this, he never did this sort of thing before.” Mohammed is an eight-year-old boy from the Jabalia refugee camp, in the north of the Gaza Strip. He sits,…

How the Israel boycott movement struck major blows in 2015

December 31, 2015

In September 2014, on the eve of the Jewish new year, Israel’s leading financial daily named Omar Barghouti among the 100 people most likely to influence the country’s economy in the following year. Calcalist, the business supplement of the mass circulation newspaper Yediot Ahronot, said that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which Barghouti helped found, was “already worrying the government.” It cited government studies…

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…

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