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Alarming accounts of human rights violations

Alarming accounts of human rights violations of Palestinians living under occupation The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, on Friday expressed deep concern about the human rights situation of Palestinians living under the 48-year-long Israeli occupation. The United ...

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Settlers enjoy widespread impunity

Settlers enjoy widespread impunity in attacks against Palestinians   A report published by the Israeli human rights organization of Yesh Din stated that Israeli settlers enjoy widespread impunity for their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank. “The IDF and police are neither prepared nor willing to provide the necessary ...

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Majority of Palestinians live in diaspora

As the Palestinian Nakba approaches, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday it has recorded a population of 12.1 million people worldwide, the majority of whom live outside of the occupied Palestinian territories. The figures show that at the end of 2014, 2.8 million Palestinians lived in the West ...

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67th commemoration of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba

 67th commemoration of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba By Amjad Alqasis The year 2015 marks the 67th commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. The Nakba encapsulates events which took place from 1947 to the early 1950’s in which approximately 750,000 Palestinians became refugees. At the beginning of the 20th century, most Palestinians ...

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Settlers cut down 1,200 Palestinian olive trees

About a week ago, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Mezad, in the southern West Bank near the city of Hebron, cut down approximately 1,200 Palestinian olive trees in an act of environmental terrorism, a vindictive act aimed at intimidating their Palestinian neighbours and economically crippling many Palestinian farmers ...

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Christopher Columbus and the history of the Palestinian struggle

by Yvonne Ridley I was clearing out some rubbish the other day and came across a dog-eared history exercise book containing an essay I’d written about Christopher Columbus, “the explorer who discovered America in 1492”. Of course, it sounds ridiculous to say that out loud today but that is what ...

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Israel shuns UN rights session on Gaza onslaught

Israel shuns UN rights session on Gaza onslaught

Israel has inexplicably shunned a UN Human Rights Council’s special session on the grim situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the Israeli military’s devastating offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip last summer.  A source close to the council said on condition of anonymity that Israel‘s absence from the meeting in the Swiss ...

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