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Wed, 08/02/2012 - 15:06
On 6 February, human rights group Physicians for Human Rights-Israel appealed to an Israeli court and to the Ministry of Health to allow the immediate medical examination of Khader Adnan Mousa, a hunger-striking Palestinian Administrative Detainee, by an independent doctor of his choice.On 7 February, the 53rd day of the hunger-strike, a doctor's visit took place. The visit  gave rise to serious concerns for his health and life. ...
Wed, 08/02/2012 - 13:46
I just read Massad's new post, "Imperialism, despotism, and democracy in Syria and my initial reaction is that it is out of touch with what is happening in the country.There are good ways to overthrow a dictator and there are bad ways, he seems to say. The bad way is to ask for the West for help, the good way is, well, unclear.Massad tells us that a good anti-imperialist would oppose the dictator AND the West, which is pretty...
Thu, 01/12/2011 - 17:55
The new version follows the freezing of the voting process on a previous version by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week, due to public criticism of the bill by the international community including the US, EU and UK.If passed, this amendment to the Israeli Associations Law and the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance would prohibit foreign public funding of Israeli organisations that 'negate the existence of the State of Israel; incite to...
Fri, 14/10/2011 - 12:22
Last month, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, more than 100 Palestinian prisoners embarked upon a hunger strike, and true to today, the number of participants has risen to over 300. The prisoners have announced that their strike will be an open strike, it will not end on a certain date; it will continue until demands are met or until lives are lost.  Despite the large scale of the strike and its potential consequences, there has been very little...
Sat, 20/08/2011 - 10:34
Egypt has declared its decision to recall its ambassador to Israel following the killing of several Central Security Force officers near the Egypt-Israel border on Thursday.Egyptian government officials have called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the recent escalation and are demanding that Israel probe the killing of several of its officers and issue a formal apology.The response came after a day of confusion during which Egyptian...
Thu, 18/08/2011 - 11:55
Leading Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq has issued a document addressing legal issues surrounding the planned statehood initiative in September.The paper addresses four main issues: (i) Palestine’s September initiatives; (ii) Palestine’s statehood status in international law; (iii) the procedure for admission as a Member State of the UN; and (iv) the potential implications of these initiatives. Read the document in full on...
Mon, 18/07/2011 - 15:01
The 'Law for Prevention of Damage to the State of Israel through Boycott – 2011' was approved on Monday 11 July by a majority of 47 to 38 Members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.The law prohibits the public promotion of boycott by Israeli citizens and organisations, and, in some cases, agreement to participate in a boycott. It forbids not only a boycott of Israeli institutions but also of the illegal Israeli settlements in the...
Thu, 30/06/2011 - 15:05
On 27 June 2011 a final version of the ‘Bill for prevention of damage to the State of Israel through boycott – 2011’ was approved by the Constitutional Committee of the Israeli Knesset. The bill is scheduled to be brought to the Knesset assembly on Monday, 4 July, for its final (second and third) readings and, bar delays or opposition, is set to become law. (See below for an unofficial English translation of the bill.) Today Israeli human...
Fri, 27/05/2011 - 10:22
Egypt’s transitional authorities announced on Thursday that they will ease conditions for entry of Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt via Rafah Crossing, as from Saturday 28 May. Israeli human rights group Gisha has welcomed the announcement but demanded that residents of Gaza also be allowed free access to other parts of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), in the West Bank. Israel has expressed concern over Rafah’s opening, calling it ‘...
Mon, 23/05/2011 - 11:36
On 14 May, eight months after the Jewish boat to Gaza was raided by the Israeli navy on its way to Gaza, one of its passengers arrived in Gaza. Edith Lutz, co-organizer and passenger on the Irene, brought a photo-collage of the boat to Gaza. “We are still waiting for the return of the real boat”, she says, “but it’s the arrival of the message that’s most important. Our message is that there are many Jews opposing the...