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UN urged to publish database of Israel settlement-complicit businesses

Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq has renewed its call for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to publish its database of businesses complicity in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Al-Haq issued its “call for action” ahead of what will be the three-year anniversary in March of …

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Justice at Last? ‘Panic’ in Israel as the ICC Takes ‘momentous step’ in the right direction

At long last, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation (into alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) have been met”. Bensouda’s verdict has been …

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Palestinians demand legal protection after ‘honour’ killing of Israa Gharib

“No to violence against women!” Palestinian women and men of all ages shouted, marching from Bethlehem’s manger square down to Beit Sahour. “From Beit Sahour to the government leaders, we need laws to protect women!” Saturday afternoon, August 31, a group of almost 100 people gathered in the middle of …

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Israel stops 661 Gaza patients from travelling for treatment

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) said that Israel continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of people in Gaza Strip during July, impeding 661 patients and reducing exports by 42.2 per cent. PCHR declared in a monthly report, Tuesday: “the Israeli occupation authorities refuse to allow most …

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Ban on Hamas’ student bloc stirs angry reactions

Public protests were staged March 14-15 in the Gaza Strip against the dire living conditions and harsh conduct of the Hamas-affiliated security forces against the protesters. Meanwhile, reactions to these incidents in the West Bank appeared in the form of media statements or measures on the ground.

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MADA Center reviews the Israeli attacks against journalists in the HRC

Ramallah – March 19, 2019. MADA-The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms called on the Human Rights Council to exert the necessary efforts to follow up the Israeli violations committed against Palestinian journalists and to take legal measures that compel Israel as an occupying power to comply with and …

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Why Hamas wants to distance itself from recent rocket launch

On Oct. 17, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an Israeli house in Beersheba, in southern Israel, causing significant damage. Yet, surprisingly, none of the Palestinian factions claimed responsibility for the rocket launch. Despite these factions previously having deemed attacks on southern Israel as justified “national action,” they sought to distance themselves this time, raising questions …

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Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent

In the 25 years since Palestinians gained a degree of self-rule over the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, their authorities have established machineries of repression to crush dissent, including through the use of torture.

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