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Israel detains 20 Palestinians in overnight raids in West Bank, including four journalists

The Israeli army detained in overnight and early morning raids on Monday 20 Palestinians from throughout the occupied West Bank, including four journalists detained in the Ramallah area, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). It said seven Palestinians were detained in the Ramallah area, including four journalists and the …

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Israeli extremist settlers steal Palestinian olive harvest in multiple attacks in the West Bank

PNN/West Bank/ Extremist Israeli settlers  attacked Palestinian olive harvest and stole it over the past weeks. Last Sunday, a Palestinian landowner found their olive crops near Qalqilia harvested and stolen, and many mature trees damaged by toxic chemicals. The perpetrators, who came from the illegal settlement of Kidumim, also cut …

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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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Israeli forces shut down, ransack media companies in West Bank

RAMALLAH, October 18, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli forces last night shut down and ransacked the headquarters and the district offices of two media production companies, citing incitement reasons, during raids in the districts of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Israeli army raided and shut down …

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Protection of Civilians Report | 12 – 25 September 2017

Latest Developments On 26 September, a Palestinian man shot and killed two Israeli security guards and a border policeman, who were on duty at a Barrier gate next to the Har Hadar settlement (Jerusalem governorate); the perpetrator was shot and killed. Biweekly highlights 48 Palestinians, including ten children and six women, were …

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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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