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Unremitting Collective Punishment against Palestinians

Israel continues to target the family members of Palestinians who have allegedly committed attacks by subjecting them to an array of punitive measures. Recent measures have targeted the lives and means of livelihood of family members of the accused, including through the confiscation of their money and personal property. The …

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Israel set to advance plans for 2,000 settlement homes next week

Israeli authorities are expected to advance plans as soon as next week for up to 2,000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank. According to a report in Haaretz on Monday, citing an unnamed senior government official, most of the homes in question will be advancing to another stage in the planning process. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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MADA calls for repeal of the blocking of a number of Palestinian news sites

Ramallah – (18-6-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses its deep concern about the blocking of a number of Palestinian websites. This decision constitutes a serious violation of freedom of the press and expression and calls for the repeal of such measures and practices, which …

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PA blocks 11 websites in West Bank, denies political motivations

Bethlehem (Ma’an) — At least 11 Palestinian news websites — all allegedly affiliated with either the Hamas movement or Muhammad Dahlan, political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — have been blocked in the occupied West Bank, with top-level officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) insisting to Ma’an that the …

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