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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…

Israel warns Brazil faces diplomatic downgrade unless it accepts settler as ambassador

December 28, 2015

Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has led to a standoff with Israel now warning it could downgrade diplomatic relations. The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement, did not go down well with Brazil’s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years. Most world powers deem the…

Jerusalem expulsions target activists and community leaders

December 28, 2015

Whenever Palestinians stand up for their rights in Jerusalem, it is a safe bet that Samer Abu Eisheh will be there. It is hard to imagine a protest near the Damascus Gate — an entrance to the Old City — without his bellowing voice. It is the 28-year-old’s relentless activism that could sunder him from his home, however. After nearly three months under house arrest,…

'Boycott and sanction' power to be stripped from UK councils

December 28, 2015

Local councils in the UK are to face new curbs on their powers to divest from or stop trading with organisations or countries they regard as unethical. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed it is drawing up new guidelines to prevent local authorities from mounting their own “boycott and sanction” campaigns. The directions, which will be issued early in the new…

Palestinians defy Israel's Jerusalem ban

December 26, 2015

Two Palestinians have taken refuge in an International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Jerusalem in defiance of an Israeli order banning them from entering their hometown for several months. Samer Abu Eisheh, a 28-year-old freelance journalist from occupied East Jerusalem, recently received orders from the Israeli military informing him that he was banned from Jerusalem for five months. Another Jerusalemite, 32-year-old Saleh…

Footage emerges of Israeli wedding guests celebrating death of Palestinian baby

December 26, 2015

Footage has emerged appearing to show guests at a wedding in Jerusalem celebrating the death of a Palestinian toddler. The video was shown on Israeli TV and showed wedding guests dancing with guns and knives. One guest appears to be dancing with a knife through a picture of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh, who died with his parents when their home in the village of Duma in the…

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