Israel Suspends Contentious Settlement Law as it Demolishes Homes in Naqab

An Israeli soldier stands guard as an Israeli army bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian home in January 2015 Israel froze on Friday a controversial settlement law that legalizes dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labeled a “thick red line”. Supreme Court documents seen by AFP show that Judge Neal Hendel issued Thursday an open-ended restraining order suspending a bill passed by parliament that would retroactively legalize a number of outposts across the occupied West Bank. The decision was in response to a petition brought by 17 Palestinian local councils on whose land the settlements are … Continue reading Israel Suspends Contentious Settlement Law as it Demolishes Homes in Naqab

Two initiatives revive hopes for Palestinian reconciliation

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (R) welcomes senior Hamas official, Ahmed Haj Ali (2nd-L) during the opening ceremony of the 7th Fatah Congress, Ramallah, West Bank, Nov. 29, 2016 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Within the span of some 12 hours on Aug. 3, Hamas in Gaza and the Patriots to End the Split and Restore the National Unity in the West Bank independently launched two initiatives to end the political and administrative division between Gaza and the West Bank resulting from the Hamas-Fatah feud. Salah al-Bardawil from Hamas’ political bureau announced his movement’s initiative in a press statement. The proposal includes seven key points, most notably the movement’s readiness to dissolve the administrative committee, set up in … Continue reading Two initiatives revive hopes for Palestinian reconciliation

Israeli forces ban Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem after hours of detention

Palestinian journalist Sabrin Diab JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Friday released journalist Sabrin Diab, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, under the condition that she observe a one-month ban on entering Jerusalem city, after she was detained on Thursday afternoon at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City as she was en route to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. Diab, a resident of the northern Israeli city of Haifa, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had searched and kept her under the scorching sun for hours on Thursday, without providing a reason. She was then detained and transferred to interrogations at … Continue reading Israeli forces ban Palestinian journalist from Jerusalem after hours of detention

Israeli soldiers savagely assault child in Ramallah

The Israeli occupation state’s crimes and suppressive practices against the Palestinian people have never been stopped since the Nakba (catastrophe) in 1948. In a new scene on Thursday evening, a group of Israeli soldiers severely beat a Palestinian child, believed to be 12 years old, in Umm ash-Sharayet neighborhood of Ramallah city. A video published by the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) on its Facebook page showed the child being physically assaulted and bundled into a military vehicle. There is still no information about the identity of the child and where he was taken to. (Source / 18.08.2017) Continue reading Israeli soldiers savagely assault child in Ramallah

Israeli overnight raids, arrests reported across West Bank

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched overnight a raid and arrest campaign across West Bank towns and cities. Eyewitnesses affirmed that Israeli undercover forces kidnapped a young man from Tubas late yesterday. IOF also stormed Deir Nidham town, south of Ramallah, amid heavy firing of live ammunition and teargas bombs. Several Palestinian vehicles, meanwhile, were stopped and searched at Nabi Saleh checkpoint to the north of the city. Four arrests were carried out in al-Khalil after being stormed by IOF. A young woman was among the reported arrests. In occupied Jerusalem, a young man was arrested at the entrance to … Continue reading Israeli overnight raids, arrests reported across West Bank

Casualties reported in Ein al-Hilweh clashes

Armed clashes broke out on Friday in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein al-Hilweh in the Lebanese capital Beirut, leaving two people dead and nine injured. The clashes erupted between elements of the wanted Bilal Abu Arqoub’s group and members of the Joint Forces. Trading gunfire soon escalated into launching missiles, tossing bombs and sniping operations, resulting in the death of the son of Bilal Abu Arqoub, Obeida. Nine others were injured during the clashes. Later in the morning, a member of the Joint Forces succumbed to his wounds. The Palestinian political leadership then called for an emergency meeting to … Continue reading Casualties reported in Ein al-Hilweh clashes

IOF confiscates four Palestinian buses near Nablus

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) confiscated over the past week four Palestinian buses near Nablus to the north of West Bank. The Israeli army said in a statement issued Friday that four Palestinian buses belonging to Tamimi Transport Company were confiscated last week for “providing free services to Hamas activists for several years”. The statement claimed that the company used to transfer Hamas activists and students to West Bank checkpoints in order to clash with IOF soldiers (Source / 18.08.2017) Continue reading IOF confiscates four Palestinian buses near Nablus