Israel denies EU delegation entry to to Palestine

A European Parliament delegation cancelled a trip to the occupied Palestinian territories yesterday after the group’s chairperson, Manu Pineda, was denied entry to Israel, reported Wafa news agency. The Spanish member of the European Parliament and chair of the parliament’s delegation for relations with Palestine was scheduled to travel to the occupied Palestinian territories with a group of European lawmakers to review the situation on the ground following the assassination of Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. However, at late notice the group was informed that the mission would not be able to go ahead as planned due to what has been described as … Continue reading Israel denies EU delegation entry to to Palestine

Israel arrested 1,228 Palestinians in April

The Israeli army arrested 1,228 Palestinians, including 165 children and 11 women, during April, a number of Palestinian institutions have revealed in a joint statement. The Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Centre – Jerusalem reported that the Israeli authorities launched a massive arrest campaign leading to the highest rate of arrests since the beginning of this year. Most of the arrests took place in Jerusalem, with 793 Palestinians detained, including 139 children. Moreover, the organisations pointed out that Israel has issued 154 … Continue reading Israel arrested 1,228 Palestinians in April

Hamas warn settler calls to demolish Dome of the Rock ‘playing with fire’

Hamas yesterday warned that settler calls to demolish the Dome of the Rock “is playing with fire.” “Zionist ‘Lahava’ Organisation’s call for colonial settlers to demolish the Dome of the Rock and build their alleged temple on anniversary of occupying East Jerusalem is a direct provocation of the Palestinian people and the Islamic Ummah,” a statement said. Israeli occupation authorities issued a final decision to allow the Israeli flag march, organised by right-wing extremists, to pass through Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to commemorate the day the eastern part of the holy city was occupied. The march is due to be held on 29 May. The Israeli … Continue reading Hamas warn settler calls to demolish Dome of the Rock ‘playing with fire’

Ukrainian takes refuge in Gaza from the war in her home country

Ukrainian citizen Victoria Saidem has sought refuge from the war in her own country by going to Gaza with her husband, despite it being under an Israel-led siege since 2007, Le Monde has reported. More than two million Palestinians live the besieged Gaza Strip, one of the most closed areas in the world. “I don’t have a choice,” Saidem told the French newspaper. “My husband is from Gaza and his family can host us.” She met her husband Ibrahim in Vinnytsia in Ukraine. She had been working in a pharmacy since she was 18 while studying. He went to Ukraine to study … Continue reading Ukrainian takes refuge in Gaza from the war in her home country

Fatah pays election price for PA’s mistakes, says official

The Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub, has said that “lessons must be learned from the Birzeit University election result.” Rajoub told Palestine TV on Wednesday evening that his party created a positive atmosphere to ensure that the election could take place. He pointed out that Fatah’s student wing, Shabiba, will respect the result. Some of the movement’s staff may feel angry and frustrated with the results, he explained. “They have a right to be, but the Central Committee will review and study the result and learn lessons from it, but not at the expense of the democratic choice.” During the … Continue reading Fatah pays election price for PA’s mistakes, says official

Israel’s prison population is ‘overpopulated’ with 15,000 detainees

The number of prisoners in Israeli detention facilities increased by 900 between February and May, to approximately 15,000, reported Haaretz. The drastic spike is mainly due to increased arrests in Arab communities as well as a decline in early releases after the Knesset imposed harsher conditions for such cases. As a result of the surge in detainee numbers, prisoners are now overpopulated and do not comply with a 2017 High Court ruling, which requires the state to allot each prisoner minimal living space. There were 13,600 inmates at the end of 2022, 14,084 in February and 14,961 last week, according to … Continue reading Israel’s prison population is ‘overpopulated’ with 15,000 detainees

Israel forces injure 3 Palestinians in West Bank

At least three Palestinians were injured on Monday in an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, according to local health sources, reports Anadolu Agency. Israeli soldiers raided a town in the west of Ramallah and detained one Palestinian, witnesses said, adding that the soldiers used live and rubber-coated bullets against the Palestinians who were reacting to the raid. According to the health sources, three Palestinians were injured by live bullets and were rushed to the hospital. READ: 5 Palestinians injured as Israeli forces raid West Bank refugee camp (Source / 03.05.2022) Continue reading Israel forces injure 3 Palestinians in West Bank

Israel moves prisoner Zakaria Zubaidi to solitary confinement

Israeli occupation authorities moved Palestinian prisoner Zakaria Al-Zubaidi to solitary confinement in Ayalon Prison, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs reported yesterday. Al-Zubaidi has been held in harsh conditions since he was recaptured along with five other prisoners after escaping the Gilboa Prison in September. Israeli prison services had prevented clothes and underwear reaching him. The family of Mohammed Al-Arda, who escaped along with Al-Zubaidi, said he had been moved from Ohli Kedar Prison to an unknown location. No reasons have been given as to why the two prisoners were moved, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said. Following their recapture, the … Continue reading Israel moves prisoner Zakaria Zubaidi to solitary confinement

Palestinian Bedouins warn of Israeli campaign to Judaise Negev desert, displace them 

The Higher Steering Committee for Arabs in the Negev (HSCAN) has warned of a “frantic” Israeli campaign to Judaise the Negev desert and displace its indigenous Bedouin population. This came after the Israeli government voted on Sunday to establish a new Jewish community in the Negev, as well as to examine the possibility of the establishment of a new city in the south and five further communities – all Jewish – in a move that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said would “advance Zionist values as well as play a key role in the security of the state.” The plan stipulates that the new Jewish community named Ir Ovot will … Continue reading Palestinian Bedouins warn of Israeli campaign to Judaise Negev desert, displace them 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar condemns Israel’s murder of Palestinian mother of 6

Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Islamic body, yesterday condemned Israel’s killing of a Palestinian mother of six. The body slammed what it described as the “brutality of the occupation soldiers and deliberate killing of a woman.” Al-Azhar’s remarks came after the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Sunday that 47-year-old Ghada Sbatein, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied city of Bethlehem. 47-year-old Ghada Sbatein, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces near the occupied city of Bethlehem “The occupation soldiers, with their brutality, did not observe the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan,” Al-Azhar added, noting that … Continue reading Egypt’s Al-Azhar condemns Israel’s murder of Palestinian mother of 6