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The Occupation Forces
Foreign Ministry Condemns Israel`s Ongoing Excavations Beneath al-Aqsa The ministry of foreign affairs has accused Israel of continuing war against Palestinians by excavating beneath al-Aqsa mosque.
Israeli Forces Detain 33 Palestinians, Assault Another in West Bank Raids Over thirty Palestinians were detained during overnight raids in the West Bank.
Israel Demolishes Qalqilia Home of Killed Palestinian Israeli forces demolished the home belonging to Bashar Masalha, who had recently been shot and killed.
Israeli Forces Raid Cells of PFLP Prisoners Following Mass Hunger Strike After launching a hunger strike, PFLP prisoners had their cells raided by Israeli forces.
Occupation Prevents Palestinians from Expanding Homes in Bethlehem Notices were handed to Palestinians in Bethlehem ordering them to stop construction on their own homes.
Israel Considers Building $5bn Island off Gaza According to recent reports, Israel is planning on building an island off of Gaza.
Israel to Build $570M Underground Concrete Wall to Block Gaza Tunnels According to Ynet, Israel is planning on building an underground wall in order to seal Gaza tunnels.
Palestine`s "Prayer for Rain": How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War Palestinians in the West Bank continue to have their water supply cut in half or stopped altogether, another tactic used by Israeli water company, Mekorot, to engage in water war.
Israeli Calls for Ethnic Cleansing Grow Louder “Jerusalem Day”, held by Israeli fanatics, is the country’s “largest annual ‘Death to Arabs’ rally”.
Ramadan a Beacon of Light in Jerusalem While under ongoing occupation, Palestinians in East Jerusalem still celebrate during Ramadan.
Minister of National Economy: Palestine will Request to Enter World Trade Organization Abeer Odeh, Palestinian minister of National Economy, announced the Palestine will be applying to enter the WTO with observer status.
Greek MPs Say Will Recognize Palestine "Soon" Greek legislators from the Syriza party have announced they intend to officially recognize the state of Palestine.
US Lawmakers Urge Obama to Act on Abuse of Palestinian Children twenty members of US congress have called on Obama to act on the abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli detainment.
Democratic Clash over Palestine Signals Changing Party After the debate on June 9th between Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the issue of Palestine in the US has finally begun to evolve.
Settlers and Illegal Settlements
Israeli Settlers Storm Jerusalem`s al-Aqsa Settlers under the protection of Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa mosque.
Israeli Settlers Steal Bethlehem Villages Water Supply Villages outside of Bethlehem have had their water supply stolen by Israeli settlers.
Israeli Gov`t Provides $18M for Illegal West Bank Settlements The Israeli government has recently approved $18 million for the tourism industry in illegal settlements.
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Israel May Have a Fig Leaf of UN Respectability, but it Still Fears BDS With Israel’s recent election to the UN’s legal committee, they still fear the BDS movement and gaining traction worldwide.
Human Rights Campaigners Welcome Irish Support of Boycotting Israel Thirteen Irish musicians, writers, artists and athletes have called on the Irish government to engage in the BDS movement.
Palestinian Teen Killed by Admittedly Mistaken Israeli Fire, Tuesday Dawn Mahmoud Badran, 15, was shot and killed by Israeli forces as an innocent bystander. Israeli forces prevented any medical personnel from attending the scene as Badran bled to death.
Israeli Army Commander Testifies Soldier had No Justification for Shooting al-Sharif An Israeli commander testified that Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, had no “operational justification” for his actions.
65 Palestinian Prisoners Begin Hunger Strike sixty five members of the PFLP have initiated a hunger strike in protest of Megiddo prison.
21 Palestinian Journalists in Israeli Prisons twenty one Palestinian journalists are currently held in Israeli prisons, many in administrative detention.
Group: Footage of Soldier Kicking Knife Represents Clear Violation of International Law Footage showed an Israeli soldier kicking a knife toward the body of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, who was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier in March.
Economy and Development
Tunisia Doubles Scholarships for Palestinians Tunisia is offering one hundred scholarships to Palestinian undergraduates and one hundred for postgraduate studies.
Sharp Increase in Poverty Amongst Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem Over four out of five Palestinians in East Jerusalem lived below the poverty line in 2014.
Working in Palestine: Perpetual Crisis in the Palestinian Labour Market With high unemployment and decreasing income, occupied Palestine is experiencing an economic crisis.
Gaza Garbage Puts Public Health at Risk Due to lack of resources, garbage in Gaza has continued to pile up, adding health concerns.
Gaza Imports Watermelon from Israel, Lifting 8 Year Ban The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip has allowed watermelon imports from Israel.