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Israeli Welfare Ministry, Foster Agencies, Traffic in Palestinian Children

Israel’s bureaucratic system of stealing children from their parents… Tikun Olam– January 9, 2016 By Richard Silverstein Daniella Vaknin’s daughter, Adel, at her settlement pre-school   A few A few months ago, I wrote about a shocking Israeli Supreme Court decision which ratified the officially-sanctioned theft of children from a mixed Jewish-Palestinian couple and their adoption by an Orthodox Jewish couple […]

Makarim Wibisono quits as UN rights monitor, saying Israel blocked access to Palestinian territories

Mr Wibisono said that his efforts to fulfil his mandate were “frustrated every step of the way”, adding the Palestinian government  had co-operated fully. “I hope that whoever succeeds me will manage to resolve the current impasse, and so reassure the Palestinian people that after nearly half a century of occupation the world has not forgotten […]

Betty McCollum calls for human rights for Palestinian children

Congressional Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn) is calling on her colleagues to join her “in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Department of State to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority in our bilateral relationship with Israel.” Over the past decade, at least 7,000 Palestinian children living in the […]

Amnesty International: Imperialis​t Tool, By Francis Boyle

While on the Amnesty International Board I once saw the itinerary drawn up by Amnesty USA for the visit to the United States by the then Amnesty Secretary General coming from London. On the list was almost every major pro-Israel group in New York and Washington and about one Arab Group. Given their standard operating […]

Almost all Palestinian prisoners ‘are tortured by Israel’

Approximately 95 per cent of Palestinians imprisoned by the Israelis have been tortured physically and psychologically… MEMO – A human and civil rights specialist with the PLO has revealed that around 95 per cent of Palestinians imprisoned by the Israelis have been tortured physically and psychologically, Quds Press reported on Monday. Hassan Abed-Rabbu, information advisor […]

Amnesty International: Whitewashing another massacre

Amnesty refuses to acknowledge the serious nature of Israeli crimes…… there is virtually no reference to relevant history, e.g., the prior attacks on Gaza, who initiated those attacks, the Goldstone report, etc. ….. It also doesn’t recognize the nature of the Palestinian resistance, and their right to self-defense. Nowhere does AI acknowledge that Palestinians are […]

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report

View report here.

Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety and Coping Strategies among Palestinians Adolescents Exposed to War in Gaza

A study published this year in the Arab Journal of Psychiatry [PDF, study begins on page 76] about the effects of Israeli-Palestinian warfare on the mental health of adolescents living in Gaza remains depressingly timely. Though the study was conducted shortly after the Israeli military campaign against Hamas [PDF] in late 2008-early 2009, its findings shed light […]

Update on Hunger Strikes: Administrative Detainees put in Solitary Confinement, Denied Salt Supplements

ADDAMEER, Occupied Ramallah – The latest wave of mass hunger strikes continue for the 14th day as Palestinian prisoners demand the end of the policy of administrative detention. Administrative detention is a procedure in which Palestinians are arbitrarily arrested and detained without charge or trial based on a secret file. There are currently 183 Palestinians under […]

Over 90% of water in Gaza Strip unfit for drinking

B’Tselem, 2/9/14 – Gaza’s main water source is the coastal aquifer, which is also used by Israel and Egypt. It has been continuously over-pumped for decades, even prior to Israel’s occupation in 1967. At present, the Palestinian Water Authority pumps some 180 million cubic meters (mcm) a year from the aquifer in Gaza, although its […]

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