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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 settlers steal water pipe used by Palestinians in Jordan Valley

TUBAS, November 7, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers on Tuesday stole a 400-meter water pipe used by Palestinians in the village of Ein el-Sakout, to the east of Tubas in the northern Jordan Valley, according to local sources. Muataz Besharat, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that …

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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmer in Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian farmer while he was working on his farmland in the Sakout area, in the northern Jordan Valley, said a local official. The settlers had beat the farmer as he worked, leaving him with bruises throughout his body, the head of Tubas agricultural centre, Majdi ‘Odeh, …

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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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Israeli forces seize Palestinian-owned vehicles in Tubas

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces seized vehicles and tractors Sunday morning in Ras al-Ahmar, south of Tubas in the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency reported that Israeli soldiers seized three cars and two tractors that belong to residents of …

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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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