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Israel faces dangerous threats due to lack of protection against drones

Israel’s protection against drone strikes is extremely poor, the State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman has said in a new report, triggering a blame game over exactly who is responsible for exposing the country to dangerous threats to its national security. The report, covering the time period of October 2019-June 2020, found that up to 78 per cent of the Israeli army …

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A second wave of Covid-19 has hit the Gaza Strip with devastating effect

The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip is worsening as health officials report more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases daily. They warn of a healthcare catastrophe under an Israeli-led blockade that restricts medical imports, among many other things. The impact of the pandemic is devastating in such a closed environment. To make matters worse, the deadly and rapidly-spreading British variant …

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Qatar distributes $100 to 100,000 poor families in Gaza

Qatar has begun distributing $100 to 100,000 poor Palestinian families in the besieged Gaza Strip, Qatar’s Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza said on sanday. Palestinians went to the government banks to receive the aid. On Thursday, the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza said it would pay $100 each to 100,000 poor Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip. …

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The Quartet’s role is to undermine Palestinian democracy

On 23 March, I received an email from Murad Bakri, the Strategic Communications and Public Information Officer at the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Bakri was keen to let us all know that the “Middle East Quartet” is still in existence and is ready to resume its mediation for peace between Israel and …

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Israeli police banish Palestinian activist from Al Aqsa Mosque

The Israeli occupation police on Sunday evening handed pro-Aqsa activist Medellin Issa, from Kafr Qasim City in Israel, an order banning her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for one week. Issa said that the Israeli police summoned her for interrogation in Jerusalem and handed her a renewable one-week Aqsa entry ban, expressing her belief that her entry ban would be …

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Egypt working for prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel

Egypt is believed to be working towards reactivating its mediation between the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and Israel for a new prisoner exchange deal, Al Quds Al Arabi has reported. An Egyptian security delegation apparently visited the Gaza Strip and Israel earlier this week for meetings about the latest developments in the Palestinian elections. The issue of a prisoner …

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If Israel has committed no war crimes, then why does it refuse the ICC probe?

On 5 February, Palestinians saw a long tunnel open and a light flicker in the distance for justice. The International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chamber I “decided, by majority, that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine, a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967.” The ICC now has …

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Egypt, Jordan hail US plan to restart aid to Palestine

Egypt and Jordan welcomed a US decision to restart economic, development and humanitarian assistance for Palestinians which includes funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Anadolu Agency reports. “The decision will contribute to alleviating the suffering of Palestinians, pave the way for providing financial support to the Palestinian people in the face of unprecedented economic and humanitarian difficulties …

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Palestinian prisoners remain on hunger-strike against detention without charge

Two Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails have been on hunger strike for four days and 22 days respectively in protest of their unfair detention without charge or trial, today said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). Sa’ed Abu Ebeid, 41, a resident of Jenin city in the occupied West Bank, was detained by the Israeli occupation army on November 30, 2020, …

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Israeli army to seize Palestinian land in Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation army has announced its decision to appropriate 13 dunums of Palestinian land in Hizma town, east of Jerusalem, to build a new road. According to local sources, the new road will be one kilometer long and 16 meters wide and will be built on sections of agricultural lands belonging to local residents. Local sources said that the …

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