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Constraints on movement in occupied territory at root of Palestinian hardship – UN report

Constraints on movement in occupied territory at root of Palestinian hardship – UN report

Israeli constraints on movement and economics, along with the blockade on the Gaza Strip and internal political strife, are at the root of Palestinian suffering in the occupied territory, according to two separate United Nations reports released as the Israeli occupation enters its fiftieth year. “Occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian […]

Sudan rules out normalising ties with Israel

Sudan rules out normalising ties with Israel

The Sudanese information minister and government spokesman, Ahmed Othman, ruled out yesterday Khartoum normalising ties with Israel, Quds Press reported. “We have a clear and steadfast vision since independence in 1956 [regarding normalisation with Israel] and this does not change except by the return of the right to its owners,” Othman said. He added:  […]

North Korea slams Israel as ‘disturber of peace armed with illegal nukes under US patronage’

North Korea slams Israel as ‘disturber of peace armed with illegal nukes under US patronage’

North Korea has accused Israel of being the “only illegal possessor” of nukes and threat to peace in the Middle East, and threatened Tel Aviv with a “thousand-fold punishment” after Israeli Defense Minister called Pyongyang’s leadership a “crazy and radical group.” In an interview with Hebrew news site Walla this week, Avigdor Lieberman stated that […]

Israel tightens decade-long siege on Gaza

Israel tightens decade-long siege on Gaza

Israeli occupation authorities have tightened the more than decade-long Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and cancelled hundreds of travel permits given for merchants, Israeli rights group Gisha revealed on Sunday. Israeli NGO Gisha, the Legal Centre for Freedom of Movement, reported information that indicated a “sharp decline in the number of valid merchant permits […]

‘Israel blackmails developing countries for votes at United Nations’

‘Israel blackmails developing countries for votes at United Nations’

Israel is blackmailing developing countries to force them to vote in its favour at the UN, Arabi21 reported the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity revealing yesterday. According to the site, the organisation’s Director, Azmi Shuaibi, said that Israel uses the funds allocated to the UN to buy votes. “During the last three years, the organisation monitored violations carried […]

United Nations Human Rights Council adopts resolutions against Israel

United Nations Human Rights Council adopts resolutions against Israel

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted five resolutions against Israel on Friday, including four regarding violations of Palestinian rights and one regarding the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, AlKhaleejonline.com has reported. Commenting on the move, the Director of the UN Department in the Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry, Omar Awad, told Anadolu, “The Council voted overwhelmingly […]

The Gaza doctor suing Israel for killing his daughters

The Gaza doctor suing Israel for killing his daughters

It was a dreary evening on 16 January 2009 as Operation Cast Lead – which rocked the Gaza Strip for almost three weeks – was nearing its end, when an Israeli tank rolled up outside Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish’s home. The next thing he knew, three of his daughters and his niece were in pieces – […]

Israeli occupation most malignant in the world, says UN rapporteur

Israeli occupation most malignant in the world, says UN rapporteur

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has described the Israeli occupation as “the most malignant” in the world. The Canadian official added that perpetuating an alien rule over almost five million people, against their fervent wishes, inevitably requires the repression of rights, […]

Israel threatens to destroy Syrian air defense systems

Israel threatens to destroy Syrian air defense systems

Israel’s minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, has warned the Syrian government against launching ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes inside Syria, threatening to destroy Syrian air defense systems. “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation,” Lieberman said on […]

Report breaks new ground on the UN’s examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word ‘apartheid’

Report breaks new ground on the UN’s examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word ‘apartheid’

A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”. The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating – or even has already created – a de facto […]

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