Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Occupied Jerusalem

A group of Israeli settlers attacked a number of Palestinian vehicles in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday. According to a local source, the attacks included damaging the tires of some vehicles and writing racist slogans on others. The Jewish Price-Tag gang was suspected of being behind these attacks. The Price-Tag gang consists of a group of extremist settlers and it is considered an extension of the Zionist organization Kahane Chai which was outlawed in 1994, but this did not prevent its members from continuing their crimes. The gang has carried out mass attacks against Palestinian citizens in … Continue reading Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles in Occupied Jerusalem

Whose ‘ethnic cleansing?’: Israel’s appropriation of the Palestinian narrative

A young Israeli settler throws stones in the direction of Israeli forces during the evacuation of the illegal settlement outpost of Amona in February 2017 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently claimed in a video posted on his Facebook page that the Palestinian demand to dismantle illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitutes an act of “ethnic cleansing” against Israeli Jewish settlers. The term, which was originally used as a euphemism during the Serbian campaign against Bosnians, soon came to describe extreme violent practices, mass killings, and forced displacement during conflict and war. It has also been … Continue reading Whose ‘ethnic cleansing?’: Israel’s appropriation of the Palestinian narrative

Israel continues closure of main road connecting Bethlehem-area villages

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces continued to impose road closures on a main road in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem for the fifth day in a row on Monday, blockading a route used every day by thousands of commuters from four Palestinian villages. Five days ago, Israeli forces placed rocks and dirt mounds in the middle of a road near the village of al-Khader. Though the closure does not directly affect the residents of al-Khader, the road serves as a main route between the city of Bethlehem and the villages of Husan, Battir, Nahhalin, and Wadi Fukin. Israeli … Continue reading Israel continues closure of main road connecting Bethlehem-area villages

18-year-old Palestinian remains in critical condition after deadly shooting

A photo shared on social media purporting to show Jassem Nakhla, Muhammad Hattab, and Muhammad Nakhla BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — One of three 18-year-old Palestinians remained in critical condition on Monday, a medical official told Ma’an, after Israeli forces opened fire on them on Thursday in the central occupied West Bank, in a shooting that left another teenager dead. Ahmad Bitawi — the director of the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah where Jassem Nakhla, Muhammad Hattab, and Muhammad Nakhla are currently being treated — told Ma’an that the all three of the young Palestinians were still in serious condition. However, he … Continue reading 18-year-old Palestinian remains in critical condition after deadly shooting

Israeli commander tells soldiers to reduce use of force against Palestinian protesters

Israeli soldiers aim towards Palestinian youths during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on Oct. 4, 2015 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli army commander unveiled a new directive for Israeli forces Monday, issued in an effort to decrease unwanted “reactions” from Palestinians by reducing Israel’s use of weapons to suppress protests in the occupied West Bank, particularly those organized next to Israel’s illegal separation wall. The announcement came as Israeli forces have come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force, as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in the injury or death of … Continue reading Israeli commander tells soldiers to reduce use of force against Palestinian protesters

US seriously planning to relocate embassy to Jerusalem

International community considers East Jerusalem an occupied Palestinian area “After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence told AIPAC US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated on Sunday the White House is seriously planning to move US embassy from Tel-Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. “President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter,” Pence said in a speech to the pro-Israel US lobbying group AIPAC. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Trump’s team spoke often about moving the US embassy to the occupied Palestinian city … Continue reading US seriously planning to relocate embassy to Jerusalem

Israel orders Palestinian families in Jordan Valley to evacuate homes for military drills

Bedouin shepherds walk past tents set up in the Jordan Valley near the West Bank city of Jericho BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces notified several Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank on Sunday that they would have to evacuate their homes on Wednesday to make way for Israeli military training exercises, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors settlement activities and Israeli violations, told Wafa that Israeli forces ordered more than 10 Palestinian families in the Ras al-Ahmar area northeast of Tubas to leave their homes starting at 5 p.m. … Continue reading Israel orders Palestinian families in Jordan Valley to evacuate homes for military drills