Center for Constitutional Rights, August 25, 2016
While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favouring the elimination of Palestinians. Continue reading
The victims are the three Palestinian groups working to bring Israel to The Hague on war crimes charges | Amira Hass, Haaretz.
(August 17) – He introduces himself as Abu Nabil, but Arabic is not his mother tongue. Hounding people and threatening them with murder is his business. It may be assumed that he gets a salary for this. He works with a team, armed with advanced technology for surveilling and locating people.
On February 25, Abu Nabil phoned Sweden, to the home of the family of Nada Kiswanson, a Palestinian attorney with dual Jordanian-Swedish citizenship, and warned the family that if Kiswanson did not leave her place of employment, they would never see her again. Continue reading
German journalist Martin Lejeune witnessed the destruction caused by Israel in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Photo shows a graffiti seen in one of the destroyed quarter of Shujayea, east of Gaza city, March 21, 2015. The rubble is recycled to produce bad quality concrete. 100,000 Palestinians are still displaced and many live in dire conditions. Rebuilding materials are scarce as the Gaza Strip face restrictions imposed by Israel. Anne Paq ActiveStills
Adri Nieuwhof Rights and Accountability
(December 18) – Israel’s Government Press Office appears to be building up files on international journalists who criticize the oppression faced by Palestinians.
The conduct of this surveillance has been revealed by German journalist Martin Lejeune who has been deported from Tel Aviv. Continue reading
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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children. Continue reading
Civilians rushed to help after explosions hit a beach where children were playing in Gaza City. Four Palestinian boys died | Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
Amena Saleem Media Watch
(June 15) – There was nothing surprising about Israel finding itself not culpable for the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach in July last year, as it did in a military judgment released a few days ago.
Israel’s investigations into its own crimes aren’t known for delivering guilty verdicts. Continue reading
May 4th was World Press Freedom Day. So far in 2015, 44 journalists have died in the line of work. Israel alone killed 17 Palestinian media workers its 51-day military aggression against the Gaza Strip.
Un-Explained – A Hamas senior official along with a Palestinian media organization demanded on Sunday the prosecution of Israel for killing, injuring and arresting Palestinian pressmen. Continue reading
Over 1,000 Palestinians will be granted scholarship programs in various disciplines in Venezuela, said Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
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The Venezuelan government decided to expand the “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” from 199 to over 1,000 Palestinian students after the first 119 Palestinian medical students arrived in Caracas last Thursday.
119 Palestinian medical students arrived for studies in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. The Venezuelan “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” has been extended to over 1,000 Palestinian students in various disciplines. Continue reading