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Israel halts work on donor-funded agricultural road near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, September 16, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday ordered a halt to work on opening an agricultural road in the village of al-Khadr, south of the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to Ahmad Salah, a local activist. He told WAFA that Israeli forces stopped work …

Why is Human Rights Watch urging engagement with Israel’s banks?

Israeli banks claim that Israel’s laws require them to be involved in the colonization of occupied Palestinian – and Syrian – land in violation of international law. But Human Rights Watch has concluded in a new report that there is nothing in Israeli law that forces the banks to provide many financial …

Reports Israeli government plans to retaliate against Amnesty International over settlements campaign

Responding to reports circulating in Israeli media today suggesting that the Israeli Finance Ministry is planning to take action against the organization and its donors under Israel’s controversial 2011 anti-boycott law, over its campaign calling on governments to ban imports of Israeli settlement products, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle …

Israeli Law and Banking in West Bank Settlements

Introduction The activities of Israeli banks in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank raise serious human rights concerns. By providing services to and in settlements, which are illegal under international humanitarian law (IHL), and partnering with developers in new construction projects, Israeli banks are making existing settlements more sustainable, …

Israel turns blind eye to ‘plundering’ of Palestinian historical sites

Ramallah: Antiques looters and smugglers are being given free rein in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank to continue plundering Palestinian history and heritage, it is claimed. Despite successes by the Palestinian Antiques and Ruins Police in cracking down on unlawful excavations from archeological sites in West Bank cities, they …

General strike launched in Bethlehem to mourn slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials declared a general strike in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday to mourn 22-year-old slain Palestinian Raed al-Salhi, whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days. Muhammad …

Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians, target rehabilitation center and print shop

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli army detained at least 19 Palestinians, including at least one minor in predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Raids in the Ramallah area, which sparked clashes between locals and Israeli forces, targeted a print shop that was sealed off, as well …

Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 15 – 28 August 2017

Biweekly highlights On 19 August, Israeli forces shot and injured a 17-year-old Palestinian boy after a stabbing attempt at Za’tara Checkpoint (Nablus); he died of his wounds an hour later en route to the hospital and his body is still being withheld by the Israeli authorities. No Israeli injuries were reported. …

Children learn in tent after Israel demolishes school

Jubbet adh-Dibh, occupied West Bank – Early in the morning, dozens of students assembled in columns outside the Jubbet adh-Dibh primary school. Encouraged by their teachers, they launched into a rendition of the Palestinian national anthem, Fidai. It appeared to be a typical Palestinian scene, a morning ritual repeated outside thousands of school buildings …

EU, in response to Israeli demolition of schools, says every child has a right to education

JERUSALEM, August 24, 2017 (WAFA)- The European Union (EU) Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah Thursday expressed strong concern over recent Israeli demolition of Palestinian schools stressing that every child has a right to education. “The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah express strong concern …