Only Christians over the age of 55 are being allowed to enter Israel from the Gaza Strip to pray at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher during Easter, a document issued by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has stipulated. According to Christian clergy in Gaza, who say the limitations are unjustified, only about 120 Christians meet the age criteria and many of them will not be able to travel unless accompanied by relatives who are under the age limit.

George Anton, a Christian community activist from Gaza, said that no permits for Easter have been issued so far.

Easter, also known as “The Great Feast,” is the most important holiday in the Christian liturgical calendar...

cpisraelBy Friday evening, March 30, the Palestinian Ministry of Health had confirmed the death of 16 Palestinians and the injury of 1,416 civilians, as a result of Israeli gunfire and crowd dispersal measures during the course of the Great Return March in Gaza. The march, which had been organized as a peaceful protest by activists and grassroots organizations in the city and its environs, was the...

cpisraelCommunist Knesset Member Dov Khenin (Joint List) has demanded from the Interior Minister and legal adviser to the government to immediately release from Saharonim prison in the Negev the 280 refugees from Eritrea and Sudan who were incarcerated there after the closing of the Holot detention camp last week.

Persons who had not filed a request for refugee status by January 2018 were transferred...

Forty-two years ago, on March 30th 1976, mass demonstrations against the confiscation of Arab-Palestinians land by the Israeli government spread throughout the country, from the Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south. Six Arab-Palestinians were killed, over a hundred were wounded, and hundreds more were arrested. What became known as Land Day was the first large-scale general strike of...

At the behest of far-right Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a subcommittee of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) adopted Sunday, March 25, a wide-ranging “code of ethics to put a high barrier between politics and academia.” However, Communist students, the heads of Israel’s universities and lecturers’ unions across the country have condemned it.

The code...

cpisraelTens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night, March 24, to protest against the government’s racist plan to deport African refugees and asylum seekers. The rally was organized by a coalition of Sudanese and Eritrean groups, along with the “Stop the Expulsion” movement, “Standing Together” and the group “South...

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night, March 24, to protest against the government’s racist plan to deport African refugees and asylum seekers. The rally was organized by a coalition of Sudanese and Eritrean groups, along with the “Stop the Expulsion” movement, “Standing Together” and the group “South...

The Jerusalem District Court has rejected an appeal made by the “Hebrew Labor” website after a lower court ruled that it was practicing discrimination, and ordered it to compensate Mossawa – The Advocacy Center For Arab Citizens In Israel – and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) – affiliated with the Jewish Reform Movement – the sum of NIS 40,000 plus...

Ahed Tamimi, the teenager from Nabi Saleh arrested after a video of her attempting to push two armed Israeli soldiers off of her family’s porch went viral, signed a plea bargain in Israeli military court on Wednesday, March 21, according to which she is to serve eight months in prison, minus the three months time she has already been incarcerated.

Her mother, Nariman, and cousin...

The “unrecognized” Arab-Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev is to be evacuated for demolition some time during the second half of April it was announced on Tuesday, March 20, by the Israel Lands Authority and the Authority for the Development and Settlement of the Bedouin.

On Wednesday, officials accompanied by armed Israeli police officers pinned eviction...

During January and February 2018, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 1,319 Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territories, including 274 children, 23 women and 4 journalists. These figures appear in a report released last week following its joint preparation by four Palestinian NGOs: the Prisoners and Liberties Affairs Association, the Palestinian Prisoner Club, the Addameer Prisoner...

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