Turkey sees no normalisation in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish activists are met, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.
In a little reported step on Tuesday 22 December, the United Nations General Assembly, citing the Fourth Geneva Convention, adopted a resolution demanding Palestinian sovereignty over natural resources under Israeli occupation and the UK actually voted in favour!
“Punitive” demolitions, which have become a trademark of Israel’s latest round of repression against the Palestinians of the Occupied Territory, are not only a pointless lashing out against defenseless families, but are downright counterproductive, even by Israel’s own standards. Since 1967 the Israeli authorities have demolished some 46,000 Palestinian homes in the OPT, either as “collateral damage” in military incursions (18,000 were destroyed in Gaza during the 2014 attack) or because, since 1967, Israel has refused to grant building permits to Palestinians, who are then forced to build “illegally” and face demolition. In virtually none of these cases was “security” the reason for demolition, as testified by the fact that none of the owners were ever arrested.
The UN's special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories has tendered his resignation, because of continued refusal on the part of Israel to allow him entry into Palestine.
According to a report by Peace Now, the Israeli Ministry of Housing is working on plans to construct 55,548 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem); this includes plans to build more than 25,000 units on the Palestinian side of the Apartheid Wall; 8,372 units in the E-1 area; two new settlements (Givat Eitam, south of Bethlehem and Bitronot/Brosh, northern Jordan Valley); and over 12,000 units in annexed East Jerusalem and the Old City, among other illegal settlement projects.
For the two contending sides in any conflict, the give-and-take of pain-inducing blows is somewhat a given. Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, has suffered a good many such blows over the course of its history. The punches that its military division dealt its Israeli adversary in the 2014 battle it had named “the scattered remnants” (al- ‘Asf al-Ma’koul), shattered the Israeli army’s pride.
Amira Hass is reporter and columnist on the Occupied Palestinian Territories for Haaretz newspaper in Israel, and is author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza (1999) and Reporting from Ramallah (2003). She has also published her mother’s Diary of Bergen-Belsen, 1944-45 (2009). In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation and was described as “one of the greatest truth-seekers of them all”.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat