Israel asylum seekers: ‘They want to break our spirits'(4)

16/1/17 Violeta Moura Tel Aviv (4) Sudanese and Eritreans who fled to Israel to escape persecution are finding refugee status nearly impossible to obtain. Asylum seekers in Israel face widespread social stigma and remain stuck in a legal limbo. By They have fled war and repression, forced conscription and ethnic cleansing. Yet the vast majority […] read more…

Attempts at peace in the Middle East (3)

14/1/17; Paris AFP An international conference being held in Paris on Sunday is the latest of many bids to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Here is a recap of previous attempts to end the decades-old conflict since the Oslo Accords in 1993: – Oslo Accords – Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) […] read more…

14/1/17; AFP Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Crippling shortages of electricity in Gaza and reports of children dying of cold have stoked anger in the Palestinian enclave where there are daily protests against its Hamas leaders. The main Palestinian factions are blaming each another and Israel for the crisis, which has left the territory […] read more…

US embassy Jerusalem move ‘assault’ on Muslims: mufti (1)

4/1/17; Jerusalem (AFP) – Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti on Friday branded plans by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem an “assault” on Muslims across the globe. “The pledge to move the embassy is not just an assault against Palestinians but against Arabs and Muslims, who will not […] read more…

2016 ‘deadliest year’ for West Bank children in decade (3)

6/1/17; Zena Tahhan Israeli forces killed 32 Palestinian children in the West Bank in 2016, the highest number in 10 years. Many of the killings happened during military raids, confrontations with soldiers or during protests – Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2016 than any […] read more…

Azaria exposed the reality of Israel’s colonial project (2)

6/1/17; Neve Gordon @nevegordon Neve Gordon is a Leverhulme visiting fellow at SOAS, University of London. Elor Azaria is not a rotten apple. His killing of a Palestinian exposes the normalisation of Israel’s colonial project. – It is no coincidence that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who was then followed by a slew of […] read more…

Guantanamo Bay detention centre

Israel cuts UN payments over settlements (1) AAP on January 7, 2017, 11:49 pm Israel will withhold about $US6 million ($A8.2 million) in UN dues to protest the international body’s recent condemnation of Israel for building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, its UN ambassador tweeted late on Friday. “This amount represents the portion of the […] read more…

Shaker Aamer: Guantanamo is a stain on Obama’s legacy

8/1/17; Patrick Strickland MacGregor/Reuters Shaker Aamer says he endured torture by US authorities during his 14 years jailed in Guantanamo Bay detention centre. – Aamer spent 14 years in the US detention camp Guantanamo Bay Doha, Qatar – Barack Obama’s failure to shutter Guantanamo Bay was a stain on his legacy as US president, according […] read more…

*** Yemen’s children starve as war drags on

13/12/16 About 2.2 million children suffer from malnutrition across Yemen, making them vulnerable to illnesses such as diarrhoea – As the first light of dawn trickles in through the hospital window, 19-year-old Mohammed Ali learns that his two-year-old cousin has died of hunger. But he has to remain strong for his little brother, Mohannad, who […] read more…

*** Trump era heightens Asia-Pacific’s tripwires

27/12/16; J Berkshire Miller @jbmllr J Berkshire Miller is the director of the Council on International Policy. Trump’s victory magnifies geopolitical uncertainty in the Asia-Pacific region – During his campaign, Trump accused allies – such as Japan and South Korea – of free riding on US military The Asia-Pacific region is in for another challenging […] read more…

Cradles in Rajasthan for India’s unwanted babies

26 December 2016 – Shaifali Agrawal In a desperate measure, Rajasthan government places cradles around the state where parents can leave unwanted babies. Several hundred baby girls are abandoned each year in the Indian state of Rajasthan – Rajasthan, India – In the early morning hours outside a hospital in the city of Bharatpur in […] read more…

The UN settlement resolution is too little and too late (2)

1/1/17 Geoffrey Aronson Geoffrey Aronson is a specialist in Middle East affairs. Palestinians know that they have been offered only stale crumbs from the UN Security Council’s table. The United Nations Security Council vote decrying Israel’s policy of settlement expansion is a welcome but empty gesture – all but irrelevant to the contest waged daily […] read more…

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements (1)

29/12/16 Stanley L Cohen – Stanley L Cohen is an attorney and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa. Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United […] read more…

Christians flock to Bethlehem to mark birth of Christ

25/12/16 Tourists and local Christians gather in birthplace of Jesus to mark Christmas Eve despite hurdles of the occupation – Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world, together with local Christians, have gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank to celebrate Christmas Eve in the […] read more…

Say enough to violence against women

25/11/16; Winnie Byanyima @Winnie_Byanyima; Winnie Byanyima is the executive director of Oxfam International. Social norms which encourage violence against women need to be confronted and changed. “Enough”, they said. I recall how my mother, a community leader, started and led women’s clubs in my village. Women in my village organised and stood together for their […] read more…

Deported from Palestine: Why Israel fears journalists

28/11/16; Eoin Wilson Journalist Eoin Wilson reflects on Israel’s policy of deporting foreign witnesses to the Israeli occupation. “Israel’s policy of deporting foreign witnesses to the occupation goes hand in hand with policies of settlement expansion, land confiscation and repression against Palestinian civil society.” [Eoin Wilson/Al Jazeera] Last September, the United Nations Human Rights Council […] read more…
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