On 20 April 2012, the Zamel family living in the village of Ein El-Hilweh in the Jordan Valley were forcibly removed from their home. The family were forced to dismantle their own tents, despite no official demolishing order presented to them by the Israeli army.
Ein El-Hilweh, as is over 90 percent of the Jordan Valley, is located in Area C which means that the area is under full military and civil control by the Israeli occupation authority. To enter or leave this area from and to the West Bank one has to pass through one of the four Israeli checkpoints in the Jordan Valley.
BY SOPHIE CROWE – SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
In the past month, reports of settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank have increased dramatically, as settlers prepare for the PLO’s request for recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations.
In July, settler violence in Al Baqa’a, a village in the Ramallah governorate, caused a whole community to leave and resettle elsewhere.
“We are running out of time” — Water in the West Bank is scarce for Palestinians
Summer means water shortages for Palestinians. With global warming and a population increase in the West Bank and Gaza, water scarcity becomes even more critical. Experts—both Palestinians and Israelis—address the water problem as urgent, but few can see solutions ahead.
Europe's highest court ruled on Thursday that Israeli products manufactured in settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are not exempt from paying EU customs duties. Though nominally a finding on a trade-related matter, the decision has much wider political implications.
It would seem like little more than a minor customs dispute involving a mere EUR19,155.46 ($25,834.97).
1 February 2010
The village of Battir, North West of Bethlehem, was once a haven for farmers. Its rich soil, water resources and favourable climate produced abundant harvests of olives and vegetables. But since the start of the occupation, Battir's 4,000 inhabitants have faced tremendous difficulties.
The village straddles B and C areas, falling under administrative and military Israeli control. It is surrounded on one side by the separation wall and on the other by two settlements, Bitay Illet and Walja.
End of December, accompanied by soldiers, Israeli settlers driving bulldozers started carrying out significant construction works in the area where is located the Neweitef Al - Majur spring, central source of water for farming the land of the nearby West Bank town of Qarawat Bani Hassan, in the Salfeet governorate, 30 km southwest of Nablus.
Moeen Rayyan, Media Coordinator of the PGFTU (Palestine General Federation of Trade Union) works in Nablus, but he was born in Qarawat Bani Hassan and frequently returns to his native town to visit his family.
Around twenty residents of Nabi Salah village were injured during Friday's demonstration, directed mainly at the Hallamish settlement which occupies the village's farmland and primary water source. Most of those injured were children not participating in the protest, tear gassed and fired upon with rubber bullets as they sheltered in a nearby house.
Although yesterday was only the fourth protest of its kind, Nabi Salah has fast become a hub of the popular struggle, adopting the non-violent principles of its sister movements in Bilin and Ni'lin.
Israeli Border Police assaulted ten Palestinian labourers in the early hours of Sunday morning. The men were seized on the Palestinian side of the Al-Zaiem crossing, attempting to reach the construction site they work at in East Jerusalem.
The men, from Al-Khadr village south of Bethlehem, did not possess working permits for Jerusalem. They were captured on the Palestinian side of the fence and severely beaten with sticks and rifles.
Rani Saleh, 26, speaking through his father Hussein, said "about ten Israeli border police attacked us suddenly, without warning.
Shaare Zedek Medical Centre is in a suburb of Jerusalem and one of three Israeli hospitals where Palestinians are permitted to go for treatment. The lobby is filled with a presentation on the history of Israeli medicine, the cafes full of visitors and patients. On the fifth floor in a small waiting room in the pediatric dialysis department sit seven Palestinian families.
and launches the department "Yasser kashlak" to document violations of Israeli settlers
The attacks by the Israeli settlers against Palestinian citizens has Increased recently in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, and it is not the last, the trample process by a settler drove his car towards one of the Palestinian citizens in front of cameras and before the eyes of the occupation forces and it has been posted on all visual media, including the so-called Israel television.
The attempt of settlers to do terrorist and continuous attacks through …
The following is a statement issued on the occasion of International Human Rights Day by Palestinian human rights organizations including Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, DCI - Palestine Section, Al-Dameer, Arab Association for Human Rights, Badil, Addameer, ENSAN Center, Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, Palestine Solidarity Committee - South Africa, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, and the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling.
On 10 December, the world observes the 61st International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal …
This was the ominous warning issued yesterday by Rabbi Arik Asherman, director of Rabbis for Human Rights who believes that "if nothing changes, Jerusalem will burn." His remarks come in response to a court decision on Monday permitting Israeli settlers to take possession of another Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem region of Sheikh Jarrah.
On Sunday Israel allowed 550 calves to be brought into Gaza for the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday when it is traditional for sheep and calves to be slaughtered.
The olive harvest has become synonymous with settler violence. The 2008 harvest saw a record high for attacks on Palestinian farmers and their land, capping a succession of increases. Violence on that scale has not materialised this harvest, which has instead been defined by its use as a political football. Propaganda from parties on both sides of the wall has distorted the facts on the ground. Such tactics do worse than cheapen the suffering of victims.
The German journalist Christoph Schult views the practise of administrative detention adopted by Israel in the occupied territories.
Hundreds of Palestinians are kept behind bars in Israel without charges having been filed and with no access to a fair trial. Not even their lawyers are allowed to look at the evidence. Some governments in the West have expressed their concern, but the Israelis haven't budged.
The cell is only a few square meters in size and there are no windows.
What is going on in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah (East Jerusalem) after the Hanoun and Al Ghawi families' evictions?
After Israeli provocation in Al-Aqsa Mosque late September, trepidation of religious Jews trying to intrude and take over the Islamic holy site had been brought out.
Farming in the villages around Nablus has become a perilous task of late. Each year vandals from nearby Israeli settlements plague the olive farmers, destroying their trees and attacking workers. In the village of Burin, we saw evidence of a more sinister trend.
Issam Shedahah, 39, is a long time resident of Burin and it has cost him dear. We are looking at the burnt out husk of his car, torched the previous night by the settlers of Itzhar. "This is the fourth time they have burnt my car", he tells us, "now it is very common that they come into the village at night".
Finally, after more than two years of bitter division, leaders of the two rival factions in Palestine are talking positively about the prospects for national unity, without which the Palestinian Cause is lost.
The following schedule of closures surrounding the Jewish holidays highlights the difficulties faced by Palestinians in the face of an apparently random occupation. Businesses will grind even further to a halt as will what little travel there is. While the Jewish population of Israel celebrates, the Palestinians are kept in a state of lockdown.
Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)
Closure will be imposed on the West Bank on Saturday 26 September at 24:00 (the night between Sat.