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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 …

Israel to remove sole water source in locale near Nablus

NABLUS, September 5, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday notified Palestinians of their intentions to destroy the water pipeline providing services to residents in a locale near the village of Duma, south of Nablus, said a local official. Ghassan Daghles, monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the north of the West …

Israel’s Regularisation Law: Colonialism under stress

A draconic Israeli law is currently being challenged in the High Court of Justice. Following a confrontation between police officers who were trying to evacuate settlers from the occupied West Bank colony of Amona last February, the Israeli Knesset introduced the “Regularisation Law”. This law would allow the state to …

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at Balata camp, two injured

  NABLUS, August 29, 2017 (WAFA) – Two Palestinian youths were injured on Tuesday during clashes with Israeli forces at Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, said Palestinian security and medical sources. The sources told WAFA that Mohammad Ahmad Abu al-Khair, 22, was shot in …

Israeli settler runs over, kills Palestinian girl in occupied West Bank

A Palestinian girl has reportedly lost her life after an Israeli settler ran her over in the north-central part of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian medical sources said the 8-year-old victim, identified as Asil Tariq Abu Aoun, was struck near Hamra checkpoint in Furush Beit Dajan village, located 10 kilometers east of Nablus, …

Palestinian gov’t resumes stipends to ex-detainees

RAMALLAH: After a three-month cut, the Palestinian government on Tuesday decided to resume monthly stipends paid out to more than 350 prisoners and ex-prisoners in Israeli jails. “It was agreed to resume monthly stipends paid out to ex-detainees in the West Bank and detainees in Israeli prisons without any exception,” …

Local elections: Retreat for women, youth, factions and upsurge for clans

By Aseel Akhras RAMALLAH, August 12, 2017 (WAFA) – Statistics compiled  by the Central Election Commission  (CEC) showed a retreat for women, youth and political factions in the recent local elections and an upsurge for clans and families. Percentage of women winners in election was 19.8%, and 22.4% won by …