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UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlement of West Bank building
April 16, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arb....... [more]

UN receives letters of accession from Palestinian Authority
April 3, 2014
The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which resumed....... [more]

UN rights expert calls on ICJ to assess legality of Israel occupation of Palestine
March 24, 2014
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing and argues that....... [more]

Rights group accuses Syria government of war crimes
March 10, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus. The report, entitled "Squeezing the Life Out of Yarmouk: War Crimes Against Besieg....... [more]

Egypt court brands Hamas a terrorist group
March 4, 2014
A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday that the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is a terrorist organization and banned all activities by the group in Egypt. The ruling was based on connections between Hamas, the Islamist ruling party of Palestine, with the Muslim Brotherhood, a similar Egyptian organiz....... [more]

Israel urged to investigate use of excessive military force
February 27, 2014
Israeli soldiers have used excessive force in the West Bank since 2011, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report Thursday. AI's investigation was specifically focused on the evidence of the unlawful shootings of 22 Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers. The shootings arose from the Palestinia....... [more]

Israel high court upholds detention without trial for suspected al Qaeda operative
November 19, 2013
The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the detention of Samer al-Baraq without trial. Al-Baraq, a Palestinian citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda biological weapons expert, has been detained for over three years. Al-Baraq obtained military training in Afghanistan and was recruited by al Qaed....... [more]

Rights groups urge DOJ probe of 1985 bombing
October 15, 2013
Civil rights groups on Monday requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) renew its investigation into the 1985 bombing of a California office building that killed Palestinian-American civil rights leader Alex Odeh. An online petition, which now has approximately 10,000 signatures, was create....... [more]

UN expert calls on Israel to end Gaza blockade
June 15, 2013
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk on Friday called on Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade, which restricts the flow of goods and people into the region through heavily-guarded border-cro....... [more]

UN rights expert concerned over Palestinian rights violations
June 8, 2013
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, on Thursday emphasized in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that efforts to mask the human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory cannot disguise how Israe....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Israel to stop construction of highway through Palestinian territory
May 13, 2013
UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on Monday urged Israel to stop construction of a highway that would cut off the local roads of Palestinian community Beit Safafa. The residents of Beit Safafa were not consulted during during the planning of this six-lane highway, known as the "Begin Highway," and....... [more]



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