Tag Archives: Palestine

Israel: Regime reduces Gaza electricity to four hours daily to aid Abbas v. Hamas

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Israeli government has agreed to cut down its electricity supply in the Gaza Strip, at the behest of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA), Israeli officials said. According to Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), President Mahmoud Abbas requested Israel to stop supplying electricity to Gaza back in April. The PA declined to comment to Al Jazeera. Khalil Shaheen, a Ramallah-based political analyst, said the PA was applying heavy pressure on the Hamas government to relinquish its control over the Gaza Strip.” (06/13/17)


UN human rights chief calls for end to Israel’s occupation of Arab areas

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince who heads the UN Human Rights Council, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, who earlier this week condemned the occupation’s ‘heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people,’ which he said had ‘fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution.’ The remarks follow a series of critical reports by humanitarian and rights organisations that reveal the impact of the 50-year occupation, and come as Israeli politicians celebrate the bicentenary of the 1967 six-day war, in which Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City.” (06/06/17)


Trump waives law requiring US to move its Israel embassy out of Israel

Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump has temporarily waived a law requiring the U.S. to move its embassy in [sic] Israel to Jerusalem. Trump’s move to renew the waiver for six months keeps the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for now. Trump has said he’s reviewing whether to fulfill his campaign promise to move it to Jerusalem.” (06/01/17)


Palestine: Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall

Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall on Monday, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit one of Judaism’s holiest sites. The historic visit is part of Trump’s efforts to highlight ‘the need for unity among three of the world’s great religions’ on his first foreign trip, senior administration officials said. Trump’s stop at the Western Wall came between Sunday’s visit to Saudi Arabia where he called on Muslim leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists and extremists,’ and his forthcoming visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Trump stood alone with his hand on the wall for several moments before tucking his note between the cracks. … The Western Wall is not officially recognized as Israeli territory, and the Trump administration has not been clear about whether they believe the holy site is part of Israel.” (05/22/17)


Palestinian Arabs call for Pizza Hut boycott after Facebook post “mocked hunger strikers”

Source: Newsweek

“Palestinians want to take a slice out of Pizza Hut’s profits in Israel, launching a boycott campaign against the American chain after it allegedly mocked the leader of a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons in a Facebook post on Monday. According to Palestinian social media users, Pizza Hut posted a picture of strike leader Marwan Barghouti in his cell, taken from footage the Israeli Prison Service released on Sunday, alleging that he had broken the hunger strike on two occasions to eat cookies and a candy bar. Text accompanying the post on Pizza Hut’s 100,000-strong Israeli Facebook account is alleged to have read: ‘Barghouti, if you’re going to break a strike, isn’t pizza better?'” (05/09/17)


Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners’ Affairs committee. Barghouthi is to be ‘prosecuted in a discipline court’ as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday, where he described the daily struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind the hunger strike, the statement said. Israeli prison officials reportedly accused Barghouthi of using his wife to ‘smuggle’ the article out of prison and to the New York Times.” (04/17/17)


Israeli regime: No talks with prisoner on hunger strike

Source: Washington Post

“Israel will not negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who launched a hunger strike to press for better conditions, a government minister said Tuesday, adding that the organizer of the protest has been placed in solitary confinement. If sustained, the strike led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed during the second Palestinian uprising, would be the largest in recent years. … The Palestinian prisoners seek better conditions, including more contact with relatives, and an end to Israel’s practice of detentions without trials.” (04/18/17)


Israel: Palestinian Arab prisoners launch mass hunger strike

Source: Yahoo! News

“Palestinian prisoners have launched one of the biggest hunger strikes in recent years in a protest against prison conditions. As many as 1,500 prisoners could be participating in the strikes, which have been planned to coincide with the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day. The strike also comes ahead of commemorations this summer marking 50 years since the 1967 Six Day War and the start of Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. The strike has been called for by prominent Palestinian prisoner and leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving a life sentence over his role in the second Palestinian intifada — or uprising.” (04/17/17)


Palestine: West Bank government says Hamas refuses elections in Gaza

Source: Washington Post

“The Palestinian government in the West Bank has announced that upcoming municipal elections will not take place in the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says Hamas has ‘refused to hold elections’ in Gaza on May 13. The vote will only be held in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement run autonomous enclaves. … The elections were originally set for last October, but they were postponed after Hamas courts dropped most of Abbas'[s] electoral lists.” (02/28/17)


Israel: Soldier sentenced to 18 months in murder of disarmed, wounded prisoner

Source: CNN

“Sgt. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian knife attack suspect, was sentenced to 18 months in military prison Tuesday. The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was one of two men accused of stabbing another Israeli soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron in March. The judge announced Azaria will demoted to the rank of private and handed him a 12-month probation on top of his prison sentence. Charges were brought against Azaria after video footage emerged showing him shooting Sharif in the head as he lay on the ground, injured and already subdued.” (02/21/17)