Appeal hearing set for Palestinian-French activist jailed by Israel without charge

French-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri The Israeli Supreme Court will this Sunday hear an appeal against the detention without trial of a prominent Palestinian human rights defender. Salah Hamouri, a dual Palestinian-French national and field researcher for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, was given a six-month administrative detention order (no charge or trial) on 29 August by the Israeli occupation authorities. Unusually, on 5 September this order was replaced with a three-month sentence, the amount of time he had remaining when released in a 2011 prisoner exchange. Yet on 14 September, the administrative detention order was reinstated. The appeal will challenge the grounds and process of … Continue reading Appeal hearing set for Palestinian-French activist jailed by Israel without charge

‘We are not at war with Islam’, says Israeli president

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told a delegation of Zionist Christians that his country is not at war with Islam. Speaking yesterday in Jerusalem during a meeting with the head of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) from Africa, Bishop Barnabas Lekganyana, Rivlin said: “We have never had a religious war with Islam; we understood that we had to live in harmony.” Rivlin’s comments appeared to be another attempt to challenge the notion that the conflict in Palestine is a religious war. He had echoed similar sentiments before saying: “We have no dispute with Islam, we did not … Continue reading ‘We are not at war with Islam’, says Israeli president

Jordan envoy: Palestinians are resistance fighters

Jordanian MP, Wafa Bani Mustafa Palestinians held by Israeli occupation forces in detention centres are resistance fighters who are defending their children and their land and are not terrorists, a Jordanian MP told the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Russia yesterday. Wafa Bani Mustafa said: These honourable Palestinians are defending their country and their children and are using the simplest means against the occupying state, which uses all means of force and oppression against them. Mustafa was speaking at the 137th session of the international organisation in St Petersburg during discussions on a report on human rights. “I am not … Continue reading Jordan envoy: Palestinians are resistance fighters

British MPs urge UK government to take action on Gaza

Image of a protest against Israel’s actions in the Gaza strip outside the British parliament in London, UK Some 60 British MPs and Peers have signed a letter to the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development Alistair Burt, urging him to take action to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The letter spoke of the dire humanitarian situation in the besieged coastal enclave, pointing to the fact that despite the UN predicting in 2012 that Gaza would be unliveable by 2020, Save The Children have declared the Strip unliveable now. The parliamentarians called for the UK government to “use all diplomatic means … Continue reading British MPs urge UK government to take action on Gaza

Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in southern Hebron hills

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian houses in the Halaweh village, located in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to local sources. Ratib al-Jabour, a coordinator of the National and Popular Committees in the southern West Bank told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village Thursday morning and demolished two houses belonging to Muhammad Younis Abu Aram and Khalil Younis Abu Aram. Al-Jabour said that Israeli authorities claimed that two houses were built without difficult-to-obtain Israeli-issued building permits. He pointing out that there is an ongoing case in Israeli courts regarding the two homes, but … Continue reading Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in southern Hebron hills

Israeli Naval Forces Destroy and Drown Palestinian Fishing Boat off Beit Lahia Shore

19 OCT 3:57 PM PCHR – 18 October 2017: Israeli gunboats fired shells at a Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 2.5 nautical miles.  As a result, the boat was destroyed and drowned in the Sea. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) monitored that Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against Palestinian fishermen despite expanding the allowed fishing area from 6 to 9 nautical miles.  This proves that Israel continues its policy of targeting fishermen and their livelihoods. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 10:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Beit Lahia shore in the northern Gaza Strip, fired shells at a Palestinian … Continue reading Israeli Naval Forces Destroy and Drown Palestinian Fishing Boat off Beit Lahia Shore

Army Invades Homes, Confiscates A Car, In Bethlehem

19 OCT 9:49 AM Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, searched homes and confiscated a car owned by a wife of a political prisoner. Media sources in Bethlehem said the soldiers confiscated a car owned by the wife of Ahmad al-Moghrabi, who is held by Israel and serving several life terms. The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes in the refugee camp, leading to property damage, and interrogated many Palestinians, while inspecting their ID cards. The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers and … Continue reading Army Invades Homes, Confiscates A Car, In Bethlehem