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Bug infested and no hot water: prison conditions for Palestinian minors

PLO’s Commission for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed yesterday that 33 Palestinian minors are facing “disastrous” conditions in the Israeli Damoun prison, Al Resalah newspaper reported. In a report, the commission said that the Israeli prison services had “arbitrarily” relocated 33 minors from Ofer prison to Damoun without adult representatives present. The commission said that the minors were placed in five cells, including three without windows and …

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Israel keeps pregnant Ghana worker in solitary confinement

A heavily pregnant migrant worker from Ghana has been imprisoned and kept in isolation by the Israel Prison Service after she refused to be tested for tuberculosis, Haaretz reported. Despite the World Medical Association and the United Nations saying that holding pregnant women in isolation could severely hurt their physical and mental health and potentially harm the foetus, Jossephine Kwabiwaa …

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Kremlin aide slams US policy on Palestine

US actions have crippled efforts to launch talks between Israel and Palestine, Russian presidential aide said Wednesday, Anadolu reports. “We believe that the US unilateral actions undermine the international efforts to restart direct talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Yury Ushakov said. “I mean, in first turn, Washington’s decision not to consider Israeli settlement activities a violation of international …

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The most important EU meeting in Palestinian history

In one of the most important steps in the history of Palestinian-European relations, the European Union foreign ministers are holding preliminary meetings to discuss the European countries’ and EU’s recognition of a Palestinian state. The importance of European recognition of a Palestinian state lies in strengthening the Palestinian institutions’ self-capabilities and in continuing to build the state in order for …

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UN envoy warns against Israel annexation of West Bank

The UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned Wednesday against Israel’s plan to annex all or part of area C in the West Bank, Anadolu reports. “If [the plan is] implemented, it would deal a devastating blow to the potential of reviving Israeli Palestinian negotiations, advancing regional peace, and the essence of the two-state solution,” Nickolay Mladenov …

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2-year-old girl eaten alive by crocodiles after falling into pit

A 2-year-old girl was eaten alive after falling into a pit of crocodiles on her family farm, say police in Cambodia. Rom Roath Neary’s mother is said to have lost sight of her while she was busy caring for her newborn baby. The youngster reportedly wandered away from the house near Siem Reap yesterday morning and was not seen alive …

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Young Palestinians: The PA stomps on any chance of political change

As Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to drag its feet toward elections, many young people in Palestine are becoming apprehensive with regard to their political system. “I don’t think the new generation cares about elections or the president at all,” 24-year-old Ashraf Hamayel from Amari refugee camp in Ramallah says. “It doesn’t matter if they vote, anyway, because they …

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Israeli opposition leader Gantz vows to annex Jordan Valley if elected PM

The former army chief has also come out in favour of Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ being released ahead of March election Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz said on Tuesday that he would seek to annex the Jordan Valley – located in the eastern occupied West Bank – if elected prime minister in an upcoming election, Israeli media reported. Gantz …

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MBS personally involved in hacking of Jeff Bezos’s phone: Report

File sent from number used by Saudi crown prince gave kingdom access to businessman’s phone, the Guardian reports A WhatsApp message sent from a number used personally by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman led to the hacking of Jeff Bezos phone in 2018, the Guardian reported on Tuesday. The newspaper cited “sources” to back its claims without specifying their …

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