News Roundup

Police Arrest Three Minors in Bedouin Village as Expulsion Efforts Continue
Mairav Zonszein, +972

Police Arrest Three Minors in Bedouin Village as Expulsion Efforts Continue

Two children, 12 and 13, were arrested in the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Araqib in Israel’s south on Monday, as the Jewish National Fund (JNF) entered the village accompanied by police forces to resume cultivating land for a forestation project. Another youth was also arrested Tuesday morning, the circumstances of which are still unclear…

about 1 week ago
12-Year-Old Palestinian Boy Laid to Rest a Day After Being Killed in Al-Ram
Ma'an News Agency

12-Year-Old Palestinian Boy Laid to Rest a Day After Being Killed in Al-Ram

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A funeral procession was held on Wednesday for 12-year-old Palestinian Muhyee Sidqi al-Tibakhi, who was shot dead a day earlier in the village of al-Ram in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, as Palestinian officials accused Israeli forces of being behind the boy’s death…

about 1 week ago
Israeli Navy Shoots and Injures Gaza Fisherman, Bulldozers Level Land Near Border
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Navy Shoots and Injures Gaza Fisherman, Bulldozers Level Land Near Border

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval ships opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat sailing off the coast of the northwestern Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, injuring a fisherman who was on board. A Gaza-based human rights organization which monitors Israeli attacks on fishermen told Ma’an that a fisherman was hit in the hand and was taken to a hospital for treatment...

about 1 week ago
Anti-gay Rabbi Who Heads pre-IDF Academy Blasts Attempts to Prevent Civilian Deaths
Gili Cohen and Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

Anti-gay Rabbi Who Heads pre-IDF Academy Blasts Attempts to Prevent Civilian Deaths

Rabbi Yig'al Levinstein, the head of an IDF pre-conscription academy who called homosexual people "perverts", slammed the army's efforts to avoid harming civilian noncombatants. In videotaped remarks that surfaced on Sunday, Levinstein, one of religious Zionism's leading clergymen and head of the academy in the West Bank settlement of Eli...

about 1 week ago
11 Palestinians Injured With Live Fire After Clashes Erupt Near Birzeit University in Ramallah
Ma'an News Agency

11 Palestinians Injured With Live Fire After Clashes Erupt Near Birzeit University in Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- At least 11 Palestinian youths were injured Thursday night in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, after Israeli undercover forces and soldiers opened live fire during a raid that detained a former member of the Hamas-affiliated Islamic bloc student group, sparking clashes near Birzeit University, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources…

about 2 weeks ago
Israeli Forces Demolish 3 Homes in East Jerusalem Neighborhood
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Forces Demolish 3 Homes in East Jerusalem Neighborhood

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished three houses under construction and a steel structure in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, after Israeli forces claimed the owners lacked proper licenses. Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli municipality officials escorted by Israeli forces and a bulldozer…

about 2 weeks ago
Israel Tightens Rules for Human Rights Groups That Rely on Foreign Money
The Associated Press, The New York Times

Israel Tightens Rules for Human Rights Groups That Rely on Foreign Money

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Parliament passed a law late Monday to increase the regulation of many Israeli human rights organizations. The measure, the subject of fierce debate between left-wing and right-wing politicians and activists, was approved by a vote of 57 to 48. It applies to groups that receive more than half their financing from foreign governments or political organizations...

about 2 weeks ago
Gaza Farmers Demand IDF Compensation for Herbicide Spraying
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972

Gaza Farmers Demand IDF Compensation for Herbicide Spraying

A number of Palestinian farmers are demanding compensation from the State of Israel for damage their crops and land sustained as a result of the IDF aerially spraying herbicides inside the Gaza Strip last year, a practice first confirmed by +972 Magazine. In late December, the IDF confirmed to +972 that it used crop-dusters to kill off vegetation…

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian Commuters in Yatta Race Against Israeli Bulldozers to Find Way out of Siege
Ma'an News

Palestinian Commuters in Yatta Race Against Israeli Bulldozers to Find Way out of Siege

HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Residents of the town of Yatta south of the city of Hebron have been forced to commute via rugged dirt roads for eleven consecutive days, as Israeli forces continued to block all exits and side roads connecting the town to the rest of occupied West Bank, amid heavy Israeli presence across the district of Hebron and blockades imposed…

about 2 weeks ago