Archives - March 2017

18
Mar

Israeli court adjourns trial of Palestinian female MP for 3rd time

The Israeli Ofer Court on Thursday evening adjourned the trial of the female Palestinian MP Samira Halayka to Tuesday. A PIC news correspondent said three hearings were held for MP Halayka but there were neither charges nor tangible evidence that legitimize her detention. The Israeli court claimed the trial was delayed again because an indictment …

17
Mar

Lieberman: PLO’s Palestinian National Fund “terror group”

Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday evening declared the Palestinian National Fund (PNF), which is an affiliate of the Palestine Liberation Orgnization (PLO), a terror organization. The decision is considered the first of its kind since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993. According to Israel’s Channel 7, Lieberman justified the decision by …

17
Mar

MK Ghattas accepts to quit Knesset and to serve 2 years in jail

Arab MK Basel Ghattas signed a plea bargain agreement late on Thursday in which he agreed to serve two years in jail and resign his Knesset seat after being accused of smuggling cellphones to two Palestinian prisoners, Israeli media sources revealed. The sources said that lawyer of MK Basel Ghattas, of the Joint (Arab) List’s …

16
Mar

Palestinian journalists protest against PA crackdown

Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip and West Bank demonstrated on Monday afternoon in protest at the Palestinian Authority crackdown on their colleagues in Ramallah. The protests were called by several organisations, including the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the Palestinian Journalists’ Club, after PA security forces used force to disperse a protest on Sunday outside …

16
Mar

Knesset disqualifies candidates not recognizing Jewish state

      The Knesset on Tuesday night passed legislation disqualifying a candidate from running in parliamentary election if he or she denies Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state or endorses any armed struggle against it.      According to a press release issued by the Knesset media office, the new basic law …

15
Mar

Federations and unions’ representatives from Ireland visit the Office of deputies of Jerusalem and Ramallah

   A delegation of representatives of the Irish federations’ union visited House of Representatives Office in Ramallah and was met by both deputies deportees from Jerusalem Ahmed Attoun and Mohammed Totah and MP from Ramallah Abdel Jaber fuqaha’.    At the beginning of the meeting, the delegation provided an explanation for those they represent and …

15
Mar

The chairman of the British Campaign for Solidarity with Palestine prevented from entering the occupied Palestinian territories

Hugh Lanning, chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, last night became the first victim of a law passed by the Knesset last week banning those advocating BDS from entering Israel. The law states that visas or residence permits will not be granted to anyone who individually calls for a boycott of the state of Israel, or …

14
Mar

Knesset approves first reading on silencing call to prayer

    The Knesset yesterday approved the first reading of the bill which bans the Muslim call for prayer being transmitted through loudspeakers, the Anadolu Agency reported.     The reading was approved by a vote of 55 in favor and 48 against, in a session during which Arab lawmaker Haneen Zuabi shouted: “Allahu Akbar” …

14
Mar

Change and reform Parliamentary bloc protest in solidarity with captive MP Halaiqa

      The first deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ahmad Bahar, accused Israel on Sunday of seeking to silence the Palestinian leaders through the arrest campaigns conducted against them in the West Bank.       In a protest organized by the Change and Reform bloc in solidarity with MP Samira Halaiqa, …

13
Mar

Deputy for the UN Farhan Haq calls Israel to respect the religious rights

    Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the UN, Farhan Haq, Called Israel authorities to the need to respect the religious rights of all, in commenting on the draft law which restricts the call to prayer.    Haq added to reporters on Saturday: “We have to ensure respect for the rights of everyone including …

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