Israeli forces assault, detain 2 children on their way home from school

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least two Palestinian children were beaten and detained by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning inside the Aida refugee camp, located in the northern part of Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp in military jeeps at around 9:30 a.m. while students from the camp’s United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school were returning home from their final exams. The soldiers then got out of their jeeps near the camp’s cemetery and assaulted two students, whose identities remained unknown. After beating the two, the soldiers threw … Continue reading Israeli forces assault, detain 2 children on their way home from school

On 38th day, hunger strikers threaten individual action to pressure Israel

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — As hundreds of Palestinian prisoners entered the 38th day of a mass hunger strike in Israeli custody on Wednesday, the hunger strikers have reportedly discussed escalating tactics to pressure Israeli authorities into acceding to their demands. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) quoted anonymous sources located inside Israeli prisons as saying that the hunger-striking prisoners were considering breaking the unity of the hunger strike should one of the hunger strikers die amid continued Israeli refusal to negotiate with the prisoners. While the estimated 1,300 prisoners currently participating in the strike have so far stood united behind … Continue reading On 38th day, hunger strikers threaten individual action to pressure Israel

Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed

A group of Syrian pro-regime forces raise their guns in celebration on the outskirts of Kweyris near the Kweyris military air base, east of the Syrian province of Aleppo on November 10, 2015 Syrian forces said on Wednesday they had killed ISIS’ “minister of war” among other senior figures in the terrorist organization in operations in northern Syria. A Syrian source cited by regime media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior ISIS figures killed in Syrian operations east of the city of Aleppo. … Continue reading Syria Regime Says ISIS ‘Minister of War’ killed

Hamas: Trump speech is biased to Israel, encourages aggression

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the US President Donald Trump’s speech in Occupied Jerusalem was a biased speech that encourages Israeli apartheid and hatred and aggression against the Palestinian people. In a statement on Tuesday evening, Barhoum said that Trump’s statement on the “Jews’ historical relation to Occupied Jerusalem” forges history and runs contrary to the reports of UNESCO and ESCWA organizations which emphasized the right of the Palestinian people to Jerusalem and stipulates no right for the Jews in the city. The Hamas spokesman called for achieving national unity and warned of betting on the American role in achieving … Continue reading Hamas: Trump speech is biased to Israel, encourages aggression

Abbas spokesman says Israel has rejected requests to develop the Palestinian economy

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman A spokesman for the Palestinian president has said that the Israeli government has rejected all requests to develop the Palestinian economy. Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a media statement last night that the Israelis have refused to implement their obligations, particularly those related to the transfer of security and civil responsibilities in Area C of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority, revising the Paris [economic] protocols and the building of an airport. He pointed out that the economic measures announced by the Israeli government to develop the Palestinian economy “do not meet … Continue reading Abbas spokesman says Israel has rejected requests to develop the Palestinian economy

Senior Fatah official accuses PA of neglecting prisoners

Image of Fadwa Barghouti at a ‘Free Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Prisoners’ conference on 7 May, 2014 Senior Fatah official Fadwa Barghouti has accused the Palestinian Authority of neglecting the cause of the Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, Quds Press has reported. The wife of hunger-striker Marwan Barghouti is a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council. Speaking to Quds Press yesterday, she praised the popular support for the prisoners who have been on hunger strike since 17 April, and called for increased pressure on Israel to negotiate with them over their “reasonable” demands. She pointed out that she has … Continue reading Senior Fatah official accuses PA of neglecting prisoners

USPCN Call to Action: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers

The following call to action is reprinted from the US Palestinian Community Network: 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to support Palestinian hunger strikers! USPCN calls for National Week of Action! As the over 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners enter their 36th day on hunger strike, the risks to their health are increasingly grave, so urgent actions in solidarity are of critical importance.  Here are 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to support the hunger strikers’ demands, which include the restoration of regular family visits, an end to solitary confinement, an end to administrative detention (imprisonment for months without formal … Continue reading USPCN Call to Action: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers