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Israel’s Supreme Court recently held an urgent hearing on a petition filed by the NGO “Gisha” – The Legal Center for the Freedom of Movement – on behalf of employees of the Gaza branch of “Right to Play,” an international humanitarian organization that promotes treatment and rehabilitation of children facing adversity through educational play.

The petition was filed following rejection of permit applications submitted by three staff members wanting to exit Gaza to participate in a short professional workshop in Ramallah, as they have done every year for the past five years. Israel made no claim of there being security preclusions against the three individuals involved.

At the hearing...

Israel is developing archaeological and tourism sites to legitimize illegal settlements in Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem, European Union diplomats in the city have warned.

A leaked report acquired by the British newspaper The Guardian cited projects in parts of East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since 1967 – that are being used “as a political tool to modify the...

The Israeli government has “regularized” the previously unrecognized Jewish outpost of Gilad in the occupied West Bank, and will be connecting it to the electrical and water grids, and paving an access road for “security and humanitarian reasons.”

The government and the Ministerial Committee for Legislation are also considering a bill that would allow the transfer of...

The far-right Minister of Culture, Miri Regev, has instructed Israel’s embassy in France to boycott the opening ceremony of the Israeli Film Festival in Paris in March, after organizers refused Jerusalem’s requests not to screen the film Foxtrot.

Foxtrot centers on parents’ grief for their fallen son, and includes a scene in which Israeli soldiers cover up the...

Israel’s air force has carried out more than 100 bombing incursions deep inside Syrian territory over the past few years, with little acknowledgement from the Israeli media and without suffering any military or diplomatic repercussions. Early Saturday morning, February 10, this changed.

Iranian forces in Syria launched a drone that penetrated Israeli air space. An Israeli combat...

The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and Hadash (the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) have called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately resign from his office following police recommendations to the state’s prosecution to indict him in connection with two corruption investigations.

An earthquake rocked the Israeli political establishment when the police endorsed...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, February 12, that he has been conducting talks with the White House on a “historic” initiative to annex Israeli settlement areas in occupied Palestinian West Bank. On Sunday, Netanyahu asked coalition party leaders to put off the vote on the “sovereignty bill.” The proposal by the chairmen of the influential, right-wing...

One hundred supporters joined two conscientious objectors as they headed to the induction base of the Israeli military in the center of the country on Sunday, February 11, to declare their refusal to be inducted into the army. Saar Yahalom, 18, from the moshav Be’erotayim, and Matan Helman, 20, from Kibbutz HaOgen, say that they will not enlist due to their opposition to the...

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Saturday night, February 10, calling on the far-right government to halt plans to deport nearly 40,000 African refugees and asylum-seekers. The protesters, both Israelis and refugees, held aloft signs reading: “No to forced deportations”; “Standing alongside south Tel Aviv”; “We are willing to accept...

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed early Saturday morning, February 10, in northern Israel after coming under “massive anti-aircraft fire” from Syrian forces, according to the Israeli army.

The incident came after an Israeli combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian drone that had been launched from Syria, an Israeli military spokesperson said.

Both pilots aboard...

Investigations conducted by B’Tselem ‒ The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories ‒ have found that, in the month of January, six Palestinians were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations that involved stone throwing, even though they were not endangering the lives of Israeli soldiers or anyone else.

 

According to the Israeli...

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