by Chris Carlson
(IMEMC News & Agencies) December 29, 2015 – Israel’s Ministry of Housing has been working on plans for thousands of housing units in the controversial E1 corridor, despite the cancellation of tenders for the units in 2013, a settlement watchdog reported.Read More
(MEMC News & Agencies) December 29, 2015 – WAFA correspondence said that an illegal Israeli settler, protected by Israeli forces, attacked Dana al-Tamimi, age 7, striking her repeatedly on her head and face, smashing her teeth and causing her bruises and cuts on her head. Israeli soldiers reportedly prevented paramedics’ access to the scene of the attack, However, Dana’s father managed to carry her away and put her in an ambulance for medical treatment. Forces also reportedly beat three other children, including Dana’s 10-year-old brother, Mo’tasm.Read More
(IMEMC News & Agencies) December 29, 2015 – Israeli ministers have voted in favour of a bill that will crack down on human rights groups receiving funds from abroad, a move EU officials have said is reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.
Opponents say the bill unfairly targets left wing organizations critical of government policy, leaving right wing pro-settlement groups immune from the same scrutiny, as those tend to rely on private donors – who are exempt from the measures. The so-called transparency bill, sponsored by the justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, according to The Guardian/Al Ray, requires organizations to provide details of the countries funding their activities in any communication with elected officials, imposing a 29,000 shekel (£5,000) fine on any who fail to do so. Employees would also be required to wear special tags when working in Israel’s parliament.Read More
(Rabbis for Human Rights) December 2, 2015 – After receiving the court’s verdict on the Jewish terrorists who murdered Mohammad Abu Khdeir last summer, the father of the late victim questioned why the homes of the convicted were not demolished. His cry for justice compels us to look back on this practice. The practice of demolishing the homes of terrorists is unacceptable in and of itself – not only is it collective punishment, but it is also ineffective and, according to a study by the army, may even lead to an increase in violent attacks. However, the practice also reveals and puts into practice the double standards between Jews and Arabs, as the homes of Jewish terrorists are not destroyed.Read More
by Barbara Erickson
(Times Warp) December 22, 2015 – As Jodi Rudoren exits the Jerusalem bureau of The New York Times, she leaves behind a series of gaping holes in coverage of Palestine-Israel, above all in her failure to expose the treatment of the most vulnerable, who suffer disproportionately under the constant brutality of the Israeli occupation.
Readers of the Times have never been told of the international outcry over the abuse of Palestinian children detained by Israeli security forces. They know nothing about the myriad Israeli breaches of the 2014 ceasefire with Gaza, especially the frequent attacks on fishermen and farmers; and they are uninformed of the cruel measures imposed on struggling Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and elsewhere.Read More
St. Yves Succeeds in Substituting A Court Decision Issued Against an East Jerusalem Palestinian from Actual Imprisonment
St. Yves stresses that M.K’s case is an example of the plight of most of the Palestinian families living in Jerusalem, suffering from the discriminatory Israeli policies in housing and planning dedicated for Palestinians. It is noteworthy that while East Jerusalem Palestinians make 40% of the city’s population, the Israeli government only approves 7% of their building permits.
December 18, 2015 – The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights represented by its lawyer Tawfiq Darawsheh succeeded in substituting the Jerusalem’s Municipality court’s prison sentence issued against the Jerusalemite citizen M.K with reduced fine. Due to the Israeli systematic discrimination in planning policies against Palestinians, M.K was unable to pay accumulative fines imposed on him by the municipality on the grounds of “unlicensed” building. Accordingly, M.K was imprisoned for almost a month despite his difficult health conditions and was about to miss his daughter’s wedding.Read More
(Christian Peacemaker Team) Hebron, December 12, 2015 – On the morning of 20 December 2015 Israeli soldiers were stopping all Palestinian men, young and old, for checks.Read More
(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 19, 2015 – During the week the Israeli military painted two sets of white lines between the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Qitoun/209 checkpoint. These are lines behind which soldiers require Palestinians to wait for ID checks or body or bag searches.Read More
(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 25, 2015 – Lengthy checks at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint considerably delayed worshippers on their way to Friday noon prayers.Read More
(Christian Peacemaker Team) December 25, 2015 – As settlers from Kiryat Arba made their way to worship, Israeli soldiers stopped, ID checked, and body searched Palestinian men of all ages, including this young man with his horse. Before being allowed to proceed, the Palestinians were ordered to stand at a distance while groups of settlers passed.Read More