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Israel: Release Palestinian prisoner of conscience detained without charge or trial

The Israeli authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ahmed Qatamesh, a 67-year-old Palestinian academic, writer and political analyst who has been arbitrarily detained under a three month administrative detention order, said Amnesty International. Ahmed Qatamesh was seized during a pre-dawn raid on his home on 14 May 2017. Three days later a military commander signed an administrative order to detain him for three months despite the fact that he has not been charged with a criminal offence.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • News
  • Saudi Arabia

Trump’s first international tour raises red flags for human rights in Middle East

As President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign tour this weekend, the irony of his decision to make his first stop in Saudi Arabia, home to some of Islam’s holiest sites, will not be lost on many. Within weeks of coming to power, President Trump provoked global outrage with his blatantly discriminatory ban on people from six majority-Muslim countries entering the USA. Yet this weekend he is joining a summit in Riyadh attended by dozens of leaders from across the Muslim world, where it is reported he will give a speech laying out his vision on how to tackle Islamic extremism.

Date:
19 May 2017
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Atalya Ben Abba refuses to serve in the Israeli military, gets sentenced to a further 30 days in military detention

On 6 February this year I refused to join the Israeli army in defiance of Israel’s policy of conscription. That day, as expected, I was sent to military prison. My objection to serving in the army is grounded in reasons of conscience; I believe that in order to bring security to all people in Israel and Palestine, government policy must change and the occupation must end. When I was a child I would often wander the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem with my mother.

Date:
11 May 2017
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners

Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza in prisons inside Israel and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike beginning next week to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day on 17 April. Testimonies gathered by the organization from family members and  Palestinian prisoners detained in the Israeli prison system shed light on the suffering endured by families who in some cases have been deprived from seeing their detained relatives for many years.

Date:
13 April 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Land Day 2017: Israel's relentless land grab continues

Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised a half century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first Land Day in 1976 Palestinian citizens of Israel protested against the Israeli government’s expropriation of 2,000 hectares of land surrounding Palestinian villages in the Galilee. Six Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were injured when Israeli forces crushed the protests.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • UN

Israel/OPT: UN Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council presents key opportunity to highlight Israel’s ongoing illegal settlement activity and its impact on Palestinians

On Friday 24 March the UN Security Council is due to receive the first Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016). The resolution, passed on 23 December 2016, calls on Israel to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), including East Jerusalem.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5952/2017
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  • Killings and Disappearances

“Human beings have no value here”: Fifteen years on still waiting for answers

It was 8. 45pm when the phone rang. “Ali is no longer at Salfit, he’s escaped to Israel,” the hoarse voice of a Palestinian security officer said on the other end of the line. That phone call on 12 March 2002 was the last piece of official information the Al-Khdair family ever received about their son and brother, Ali. Fifteen years later, they are still waiting to find out whether Ali Al-Khdair is dead or alive and what really happened to him.

Date:
16 March 2017
  • News
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel: Detention of Palestinian journalist on hunger strike without charge ‘unjust and cruel’

The Israeli authorities’ administrative detention of Muhammed al-Qiq, a Palestinian journalist is unjust and cruel, said Amnesty International after a military judge approved an order confirming his detention for three months, which can be renewed indefinitely. Muhammed al-Qiq, who was placed in solitary confinement following his arrest, has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest at his detention.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Human rights defenders signs plea bargain: Anas Barghouti

Human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience Anas Barghouti has agreed to a plea bargain to avoid prison. However, he remains subject to two suspended sentences should he be found to have violated the conditions of the plea deal by participating in protests in the next three years or being found to belong to the Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the next five years.

Date:
22 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5754/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Trump must push for end to illegal Israeli settlements during meeting with Netanyahu

President Donald Trump must use his upcoming meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make clear that the US government opposes the construction of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International in an open letter published today. The two men are due to meet at the White House tomorrow, Wednesday 15 February. Since President Trump’s inauguration last month, the Israeli authorities have announced plans to construct more than 6,200 new settlement homes, apparently emboldened by the prospect of a new ally in the White House.

Date:
14 February 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Israel/OPT: Trump must oppose all Israeli settlements in meeting with Netanyahu

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are due to meet in Washington D. C. on Wednesday 15 February. Amnesty International calls on President Donald Trump to make it clear in this meeting that he opposes all Israeli settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5693/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Flurry of settlement activity shows flagrant disregard for international law

The Israeli authorities’ authorization of the construction of 3,000 further illegal settlement homes in the occupied West Bank today - the fourth such announcement within weeks - highlights their shocking willingness to flout international law, said Amnesty International. In the weeks prior to this the Israeli authorities announced plans to build 3,219 more homes in the occupied West Bank including 719 homes in East Jerusalem.

Date:
1 February 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Unlawful Killings

Conviction of Israeli soldier must pave the way for justice for unlawful killings

The conviction of an Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian man involved in a knife attack in Hebron as he lay wounded on the ground offers a small glimmer of hope amid the rampant impunity for unlawful killings in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said Amnesty International today. The soldier, Elor Azaria, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, one of two Palestinians believed to have been involved in the stabbing of an Israeli soldier on 24 March 2016 in Hebron, after a military court ruled unanimously that his actions violated the Israeli army’s rules of engagement.

Date:
4 January 2017