News Roundup

Four Structures Demolished in Hebron Bedouin Villages
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Four Structures Demolished in Hebron Bedouin Villages

Israeli forces demolished a total of four structures in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Daraj and a traditional oven in Umm al-Khair Bedouin village, reported Operation Dove on Wednesday. Many women and men of Umm al-Khair were assaulted by Israeli soldiers and border Police officers, while peacefully trying to stop the demolition of their property.

14 hours ago
Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process
Simon Johnson, Reuters

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs other European Union states would follow its lead. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters her government hoped it would bring a new dynamic to efforts to end decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

14 hours ago
Palestinian family claims fraud in settler buy of Jerusalem landmarks
Ma'an News Agency/AFP

Palestinian family claims fraud in settler buy of Jerusalem landmarks

A Palestinian family has gone to court claiming fraud over the partial purchase of two landmark East Jerusalem properties, including the home of the Palestinian national theater, by Jewish settlers. The move is part of a growing battle over property in occupied East Jerusalem, where hardline Jewish settlers are seeking to expand their presence in the face of vehement opposition from the Palestinians, who want the city's eastern sector as capital of their future state.

15 hours ago
Keeping His Day Job
The Monthly

Keeping His Day Job

George Bisharat, aka Big Harp George, is decked out in a handsomely tailored gray suit with a pink handkerchief protruding from the outer breast pocket. His shirt is pink, his tie pink and yellow, and his smooth leather and suede Italian shoes two tones of rusty pink. It's as if he's about to step on stage to blow harmonica and sing at Biscuits and Blues, where he's in the process of lining up a gig to promote Chromaticism, his new debut CD.

15 hours ago
Israeli Settlers Organize another Provocative Al-Aqsa Mosque Tour
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Israeli Settlers Organize another Provocative Al-Aqsa Mosque Tour

Jewish settlers Wednesday broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi gate and toured its yards in a provocative manner under the protection of Israeli police, said witnesses. Israeli police were stationed at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque and imposed strict measures on the worshipers who wish to enter the compound; they seized identity cards and returned them back when worshipers left the compound.

about 2 days ago
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai donates $50,000 to Gaza schools
Haaretz

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai donates $50,000 to Gaza schools

Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for speaking out for girls' right to education, has announced that she is donating the $50,000 she received for winning the World's Children's Prize to rebuild UN schools damaged during the summer's fighting in Gaza.

about 2 days ago
Young Palestinian females tortured in Israeli prisons
Palestine News Network

Young Palestinian females tortured in Israeli prisons

Hanan Al-Khatib, lawyer for prisoner affairs committee reports that there are at least 17 female prisoners in Israeli prisons, treated in the worst possible way. The prisoners are banned from seeing their families, not given appropriate medical treatment, not given their rights in courts; a policy to keep them form protesting their imprisonment conditions.

about 2 days ago
Israeli Forces Demolish Structures in Hebron, East Jerusalem
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Israeli Forces Demolish Structures in Hebron, East Jerusalem

Israeli forces Wednesday demolished several structures used for housing and livestock and a traditional oven in Yatta to the south of Hebron and Jerusalem districts, said a local activist. A large Israeli force broke into Khashem al-Daraj, backed with bulldozers and military jeeps, cordoned off the area and demolished a residential structure, cave, an out-door toilet facility and livestock shed, which all belong to Mustafa, Mousa and Eid al-Tibni.

about 2 days ago
Israeli Soldiers Brutally Attack Elementary Student near Hebron
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Brutally Attack Elementary Student near Hebron

Masked Israeli forces Wednesday brutally attacked a 13-year-old elementary student before arresting him from inside his school in the old town of Hebron, according to the student’s father. The father, Arif Jabir told WAFA that forces raided the school, attacked and severally beat up his son Bara’a before leading him out of the school in a brutal manner while using foul language with him.

about 2 days ago