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Lives of Gaza's critically ill hanging in the balance

This week the UN  warned that conditions in the Gaza Strip  have passed the threshold of “unliveable”, 10 years since Israel’s brutal land, sea and air blockade was first imposed. With the electricity supply drastically slashed and unemployment skyrocketing to 60%, many aspects of life have rapidly deteriorated even faster than originally projected. Gaza’s health system in particular has been on the brink of collapse for years.

Date:
13 July 2017
  • News
  • India
  • Armed Conflict

India must ask Israel to end mass human rights violations against Palestinians

During his official visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Israel to immediately lift the illegal 10 year blockade of Gaza and raise the issue of 50 years of illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, Amnesty International India said today. This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister since establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. “Prime Minister Modi must tell his Israeli counterparts that the illegal settlements are a violation of international humanitarian law and cause of mass violations of human rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Further information: Circus performer detained for 554 days in Israel: Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha

On 12 June, Ofer Military Court, in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah, renewed the administrative detention order of Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha for three months. The Palestinian circus performer and teacher has been detained without charge or trial since 14 December 2015.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6498/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Detention

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Palestinian university professor in detention: Ahmad Qatamesh

An Israeli military judge confirmed a three-month administrative detention order against Ahmad Qatamesh on 13 June. The Palestinian academic was arbitrarily detained under an administrative order issued on 17 May. He has been held since 14 May without charge or trial in Ofer prison. Ahmad Qatamesh is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6485/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Gaza: Looming humanitarian catastrophe highlights need to lift Israel’s 10-year illegal blockade

The Israeli authorities’ latest decision to slash the electricity supply to the Gaza Strip could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences for residents who have already endured a decade of suffering under Israel’s brutal blockade, Amnesty International has warned. The latest round of power cuts announced by Israel on 11 June restricting the electricity supply to between two and three hours a day, will have a disastrous impact on Gaza’s battered infrastructure and cause a public health disaster.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israel's occupation: 50 years of Palestinian oppression

After 50 years of Israeli war crimes on Palestinian land, the world has to act and ban Israeli settlement goods. "Everyone has a right to live in his home and no one may uproot him. " These were the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Knesset event this week marking 50 years of Israel's military occupation of the Palestinian territories in which he vowed to strengthen Israel's "settlement enterprise".

Date:
8 June 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israel/OPT: A Call to States to Stop Sustaining Illegal Settlements

As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Golan Heights, the Israeli authorities are reinvigorating their relentless expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), with devastating consequences for the human rights of Palestinians. Amnesty International is therefore calling on states to take measures to stop the financial support and expansion of settlements by prohibiting settlement goods from entering their markets and by regulating and preventing corporations domiciled in their territory from operating in settlements or trading in settlement products.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6296/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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States must ban Israeli settlement products to help end half a century of violations

The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians, said Amnesty International today. To mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the organization is launching a new campaign calling on states across the world to prohibit settlement goods from their markets and to prevent their companies from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

Date:
7 June 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Prisoners of Conscience

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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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