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European Court of Human Rights rules in favour of BDS in France

The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously on Thursday that the highest appeals court in France had violated the rights of activists with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement when it upheld their criminal convictions in 2015. The ruling judged that the activists, part of the nonviolent movement advocating boycotts of Israeli goods, …


US Congresswoman reintroduces bill to promote Palestinian children’s rights

United States Congresswoman Betty McCollum reintroduced a historic bill to promote the human rights of Palestinian children, who face detention, interrogation, abuse, and violence by Israel through its military court system in the occupied West Bank. According to Defense for Children International, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, …


UN experts call on Israel to overturn deportation of Human Rights Watch director

United Nations human rights experts have expressed grave concern at the revocation of the work permit for Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director of Human Rights Watch, urging Israel to reverse a deportation order and to allow him to carry on with his human rights work. “This ruling threatens advocacy, research, and free expression …


Euro-Med reports Israeli violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem

A new report documenting Israeli human rights violations of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem was issued, on Tuesday, by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The Euro-Med report, entitled “Strangers in their Land: Human Rights Violations in the Holy City,” covers cases of home raids, searches, demolitions, travel bans, expulsions and other violations during March 2019. The …


Ashrawi: ‘US report intends to whitewash Israel’s human rights violations’

The United States’ annual Human Rights Report is “intended to whitewash the Israeli occupation and excuse human rights violations against the Palestinian people,” Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, said on Thursday. On Wednesday, Hebrew-language news outlets reported that in its annual report on human rights, the US dropped any reference to …


Euro-Med, former UN Rapporteur call on Germany to stop prosecuting pro-Palestine activists

The Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) and Richard Folk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Palestinian territories today called on the German authorities to stop prosecuting three activists because of their pro-Palestine activity. Euro-Med said in a press release that it is following with deep concern the German authorities’ holding of …


Bachelet slams Israel’s practices in Gaza, occupied territory

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has expressed her dismay and regret at Israel’s “immediate dismissal” of a recent UN report about its security forces killing protesters in Gaza “without addressing any of the very serious issues raised.” Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, Bachelet condemned Israel for its blockade of …


Palestinian subjected to severe torture in Israeli custody

The Israeli occupation authorities on Monday extended the remand of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Erfa’iya for 10 days. Traces of harsh torture figured on Arafat’s body in court. The Israeli occupation authorities accused him of stabbing an Israeli settler to death last week after her body was found in a forest. Arafat was kidnapped by the …


Two international solidarity members arrested for securing movement of Palestinian students

 Two members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) were detained by Israeli soldiers on Thursday while securing movement of elementary school students in the Israeli occupied section of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to a local rights activist. Human Rights Defender Imad Abu Shamsieh said Israeli forces detained the two international activists, …


Report: Tourism companies contribute to Israeli settlement expansion

Online booking giants Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are fueling human rights violations against Palestinians by listing hundreds of rooms and activities in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem, Amnesty International (AI) said on Wednesday. In Amnesty International’s new report entitled “Destination: Occupation,” the organization documents how online booking companies are driving …