Palestine

Calls for #UNInvestigateApartheid as Israel attempts to silence civil society groups at UN

During the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Palestinian human rights organisations, through a joint statement, shed light on the systematic violations taking place due to the Israeli occupations. Palestinian organisations stated that such occupations were aimed at silencing their activities, including their advocacy work at the United Nations. On 1st October 2020, Israel attempted to silence civil society groups at the UNHRC for condemning its imposition of apartheid on the Palestinian people. This attempt comes as a global letter signed by 452 civil society groups worldwide called on the UN to take responsibility for investigating and eradicating Israeli apartheid. In addition, Israel’s judicial harassment of human rights defenders (HRDs) continue to take place. In a separate development, many of the protests which took place during the reporting period were due to the normalisation agreements signed between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain and the Israeli occupation forces. Despite COVID-19 and its impact on public activities, there has been an increase in violations against journalists and media outlets while covering Palestinian activities. Read more

Calls for #UNInvestigateApartheid as Israel attempts to silence civil society groups at UN

Violations of freedom of expression continue unabated during COVID-19 pandemic

Measures imposed to address coronavirus (COVID-19) in Palestine and the declaration of a state of emergency, which has now been extended to 5th June 2020, further targets digital rights. During the reporting period, Amnesty International issued a statement about the arbitrary detentions carried out by Fatah-led Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip of those who were critical about the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, several NGOs raised their concerns on the appointment of the former General Director of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, Emi Palmor, to Facebook’s Oversight Board. Under her leadership there were several attempts to censor journalists and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) because their comments were considered ‘politically undesirable.’ Read more

  Violations of freedom of expression continue unabated during COVID-19 pandemic

'Deal of the Century’ sparks protests, journalists at the frontline face continuous attacks

US President Donald Trump's peace plan known as 'Deal of the Century' sparked protests in various regions. During protests journalists who were in the frontline faced continuous use of excessive force from armed forces. A teenager was killed by armed forces in a seperate protest against encroaching Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank. Read more

'Deal of the Century’ sparks protests, journalists at the frontline face continuous attacks

NGOs raided by Israeli forces, news websites blocked

Palestinian human rights organisations which monitor Israeli occupation force violations and undertake international advocacy continue to face systematic attacks. Offices of various organisations have been raided. The use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters participating in the Great March of Return continues, despite being unlawful under international human rights and humanitarian laws. News websites face attack, after a court ordered internet service providers to block 59 websites. Read more

NGOs raided by Israeli forces, news websites blocked

The clampdown on Palestine civic space continues as Israel steps up smear campaign against CSOs

Attacks against Palestinian CSOs persisted, including by the Israeli state and some pro-Israeli groups that stepped up systematic smear campaign to de-legitimise and de-fund Palestinian groups. Read more

The clampdown on Palestine civic space continues  as Israel steps up smear campaign against CSOs

Another Friday in Gaza: Protesters Threatened by Israeli Tanks

Since 30th March 2018, every Friday Palestinians protest against the blockade on Gaza. Commemorating the Great March of Return, protesters demand their return to territories occupied by Israel. In response, Israeli Occupation forces have repeatedly used excessive and lethal force against protestors. Today, the 19th October 2018 is no different. This week's protest looks even more dangerous, with reports of Israeli tanks lining up in preparation for protesters at the border. Read more

Another Friday in Gaza: Protesters Threatened by Israeli Tanks

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

As we recently reported in the CIVICUS Monitor, excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during the 'Land Day' or 'Great March of Return' protests has left at least 28 people dead and 1,600 protesters injured. A number of journalists have been targeted while covering the recent protests in Gaza. Read more

Several journalists killed and more than 1,600 protesters injured in Gaza

On 30th March - “Every Palestinian was a target” as security forces used excessive force

March 30th is traditionally the day for commemorating the first Palestinian protest in 1976 against the Israeli government's expropriation of land surrounding villages in Galilee. This year, protests on 30th March 2018, left at least sixteen Palestinians killed and several hundred injured after 17,000 protesters clashed with Israeli Occupation Forces in six locations. Reports allege that tear gas and live ammunition were used by Israeli military. Read more

On 30th March - “Every Palestinian was a target” as security forces used excessive force

Palestinian youth persecuted and imprisoned for dissent against Israeli occupation

On 19th December 2017, Ahed Tamimi, a sixteen year-old Palestinian activist, was detained after confronting two Israeli soldiers on her family's property in the West Bank. Read more

Palestinian youth persecuted and imprisoned for dissent against Israeli occupation