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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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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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Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers

Salfit, occupied West Bank – Jamal Hammad remembers when the al-Matwa spring in Salfit city was a popular destination for locals. Several decades ago, the area would often be crowded with Palestinians hiking in the valley and families picnicking alongside the clear, flowing stream. Now, however, the sewage flowing through the …

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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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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 …

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Israeli settlers reportedly level land west of Salfit to expand industrial zone

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers reportedly leveled Palestinian land west of Salfit city in the central occupied West Bank on Sunday. Arab 48 news site quoted witnesses as saying that bulldozers leveled farmlands and pastures, some of which was planted with olive orchards. According to the report, the land is …

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