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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 …

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,” …

Ministry of health condemns UNRWA closing down Qalqilya hospital

Qalqilya/ PNN/ The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine refugees on Monday said that it will close down its Qalqilya-based hospital, adding that all non-emergency services a including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment and the maternity ward, will stop by August 21. According to UNRWA, the …

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 …

Israel’s arrests of Palestinians ‘highest in years’

Israeli forces arrested some 1,268 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories over the last two months, according to rights groups. Several non-governmental organisations, including the Ramallah-based Addameer prisoner rights group and al-Mezan rights centre in Gaza, released the figures in a joint press release published on Tuesday. In June, the arrest …

Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians, PLC deputy, in overnight West Bank raids

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians, including a deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), in overnight raids between Tuesday and Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence …

Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …