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Israeli forces block off entrance to villages northeast of Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed the main entrance to a cluster of villages northeast of Ramallah in central occupied West Bank on Sunday morning for unknown reasons, according to locals. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed the iron gate installed at the entrance to a road that leads to …

Israeli settlers hold barbecue party outside Ofer prison

PNN/ Ramallah/ A group of Israeli settlers on Thursday noon have held a barbecue party outside Ofer prison, west of Ramallah, in response to the collective hunger strike lead by 1,500 Palestinian prisoners. The provocative move came in response to the hunger strike which Palestinian prisoners launched on the Palestinian …

Executive Summary of Addameer’s 2016 Violations Report

18 April 2017 Addameer’s forthcoming Annual Violations report on 2016 will be released soon, highlighting systematic violations of the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli detention. The report aims to document the situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees and through 341 interviews conducted by Addameer attorneys and 65 …

We Shall Stay Here: Palestinians challenge demolition order with stones

PNN/ Jerusalem/ The villagers in Jabal Al-Baba community, East Jerusalem, wrote “We Shall Stay Here” with stones to challenge an Israeli demolition and eviction order, which aims to expand and annex the illegal Ma’ale Adumim settlement, central West Bank. Families in the community said that the writing is a message from …

Israeli forces shut down 2 bookstores in Hebron over ‘incitement’

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank before dawn Monday, shutting down and sealing off two bookstores after confiscating materials. Locals told Ma’an that the Muhammad bookstore near Hebron University and the Hussam bookstore near the Palestine Polytechnic University in the city were …

Joint statement: 1 million Palestinians detained by Israel since 1948

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of …

Turmus Aya’s Palestinians threatened by settlement plan

The Shilo Valley, Occupied West Bank – At the entrance of the Palestinian village Turmus Aya, in the occupied West Bank, a large sign, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, warns visitors that “this road leads to Palestinian areas [sic]. It is dangerous for Israeli citizens to enter”. Contrary to …

Palestinians banned from Al-Aqsa perform prayers at mosque’s gate

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — After Israeli forces banned them from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, a group of Palestinians performed prayers at the mosque’s gates Tuesday night. More than 40 Palestinians have been detained, interrogated, and banned from the Al-Aqsa Mosquecompound amid heightened security restrictions imposed by …

Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians overnight, including Hamas MP

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, targeting so-called Hamas operatives in predawn raids, including exiled Jerusalem lawmaker Ahmad Attun. During a raid into the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh in northeastern Ramallah, Israeli forces detained Attun, as …

Settlers uproot 300 olive trees, Ramallah

PNN/ Ramallah/ Israeli settlers on Sunday evening have uprooted 300 olive trees from Palestinian lands near Ramallah, central West Bank. According to PIC, Palestinian farmer Ali al-Haj, from Ramallah’s eastern town of Mikhmas, said hordes of Israeli settlers crept into the area late at night and cut down some 300 olive …