This category contains 215 posts

Deal sought to free Palestinian hunger striker from Israeli jail

On December 17th, Khader Adnan was arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank and soon began a hunger strike citing a lack of any evidence warranting his arrest. Now on day 55 of his hunger strike, and without a charge against him, Adnan’s health status will soon become critical. Israeli and Palestinian officials are … Continue reading

Jews, Palestinians plant trees together in West Bank

On Wednesday, an initiative to promote coexistence in the West Bank, Palestinian residents and school children from the nearby settlement planted trees together. The event was held on the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat, a nature-oriented holiday. The trees are aimed to block hazardous dust that was bothering both Palestinian and Jewish residents of the … Continue reading

Hamas ‘will never recognise Israel’ — Gaza premier

Gaza Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh said on Saturday in Iran that Hamas “will never recognize Israel”. He furthermore stated that “The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including Al Quds [Jerusalem], has been liberated and all the refugees have returned.” His speech was made on the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, to a crowd … Continue reading

HRW to Israel: charge or free Palestinian hunger striker

A statement of the international NGO Human Rights Watch called on Israel for the “immediately charge or release” of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner that has been on a hunger strike for 56 days. Adnan was a spokesman for ‘Islamic Jihad’, but has so far not been charged formally, neither has Israel revealed any evidence against … Continue reading

Foundation: New structure near Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

According to the Al-Aqsa foundation for Endowment and Heritage, a committee within the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem has submitted plans for a new structure adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The 3,700-square-meter structure will consist of five floors, two of which will be underground. In its statement, the foundation said that the purpose of the building will … Continue reading

PCHR Weekly Report: 11 civilians wounded, 25 abducted by Israeli troops this week

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights released their weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on Friday, stating that 11 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces this week, including 4 children. The article describes in detail which casualties have taken place in the Gaza strip, the West Bank and which … Continue reading

Israeli ministers to debate tax cuts for settlement donors

A bill proposed by Ze’ev Elkin and Tzion Pinyan (Likud) will be debated on Sunday. The bill would allow people to receive a 35% tax dispensation on donations to NGO’s that encourage settlement activity. Elkin has said that he first wanted to make the bill more explicit by using the words ‘zionist settlement’, but that … Continue reading

Report: Palestinian killed, three injured in IAF strike on Gaza sites

One Palestinian man died and three others were injured after strikes of the Israeli Air Force on the north of Gaza. The strikes aimed at tunnels and a weapon depot, and were a reaction to a short-ranged rocket launch from Gaza on Saturday, that wounded an Israeli woman. Haaretz, Israel. Click here for the full story 

Palestinian economy could be ‘double’ without Israeli occupation

Jad Isaac, director of the Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem, said on a UN meeting in Cairo that Israel’s occupation of Palestine is the main impediment to any prospects for a sustainable Palestinian economy. The total measured cost of the Israeli occupation is estimated to be at 84 percent of Palestinian GDP. The majority of financial … Continue reading

Support grows for Palestinian hunger striker

Supporters of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian activist who has been on hunger strike since he was detained mid-December, have called for a worldwide solidarity hunger strike. Adnan is believed to be the leader of the Palestinian group ‘Islamic Jihad’ and is currently in administrative detention, a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge … Continue reading

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to grant Palestinian residency rights

The New York-based group Human Rights Watch has released a 90-page report on Sunday, discussing the current situation regarding Human rights in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The group criticizes Israel for the restrictions they place on obtaining Palestinian residency. According to the group, in this way Israel has denied thousands of Palestinians that live … Continue reading

Palestinian prisoner near death on hunger strike; joined by dozens of students in solidarity

Dozens of youth activists in Gaza have joined Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan in his hunger strike, that reached its 49th day last Saturday. Adnan started his strike to protest his detention without charges and the brutal treatment that he received from Israeli prison guards. Together with Adnan there are nearly three hundred Palestinians that are … Continue reading

IDF re-arrests man released in Schalit deal

After being released as part of the Shalit deal last October, a  member of Hamas was arrested Israeli forces for allegedly returning to engage in anti-Israel terrorist activity. Ayman Salama is the first Palestinian released in the exchange to be re-arrested by Israel.  This will send a “clear message that people who return to terrorism will pay,” … Continue reading

Rocket salvo hits Negev, breaking relative calm

On Wednesday, eight rockets have been fired into Southern Israel by Palestinian militants. There were no injuries or damages reported. After the attack, local officials said that an area between 4.5 and 7 km from the Gaza border is not protected by the Iron Dome Rocket System because it’s out of its range. They called … Continue reading

2 hurt in Israeli attack on north Gaza

A young man and a child were injured as Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip early Friday. In Southern Gaza, Israeli forces also fired on a tunnel and weapon storing facilities. A statement from the Israeli army said  that the strike was a response to rocket fire from Gaza on Wednesday. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine … Continue reading

Shoes thrown at UN chief’s convoy in Gaza

In a visit that aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s was received with shoes and stones when he entered the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Protesters who attacked the convoy, held up signs reading “Gaza is living in darkness,” and “Save the children of Gaza.” At the news conference, Ban Ki-moon … Continue reading

Palestinians, Israeli officers hurt in Jerusalem clash

On Tuesday night, several Palestinian youths and two Israeli officers sustained injuries after clashes broke out. Confrontations started when Israeli security forces broke into the home of a Palestinian man and detained him for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers in the town. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine. Click here for the full story

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon urges Israel settlement freeze

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to put a halt to its settlement activity as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to the Palestinian Authority. Ban is visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories to meet with both sides and convince them to go on with the low-key talks they started last month. The UN considers all settlement … Continue reading

If Israel is an ally, press them for peace, Abbas urges Canada

Mahmoud Abbas is looking to Israel’s new best friend; Canada, to pressure Israel into peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Yesterday, Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were meeting with Mr. Abbas and his adviser Majdi al-Khaldi in Ramallah before moving on to Jerusalem to meet with Benjamin Nethanyahu and … Continue reading

U.S. criticizes Israel plan to subsidize West Bank settlement construction

The United States have criticized the plan of Netanyahu’s government to subsidize construction in 557 rural settlements, of which 70 are deep inside the West Bank. State Department spokesman Mark toner calls the move “unconstructive and unhelpful”, adding that these kinds of actions can hamper the process of getting Israel and Palestine back to direct … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

The Middle-East ObserverHave you read something that is worth posting on the Middle-East Observer? Send us the URL of the article; we’ll review it, and if relevant, it will be posted! Click here to send us your suggestions