After oral arguments for an appeal began several months ago, the Fifth Circuit Court decides to uphold the convictions of Muslim charity workers under the auspices of the draconian Patriot Act and invoking its “material support” clause to criminalize humanitarian aid to Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Rights and Accountability
Ahmad Attoun, a lawmaker from the Hamas party, was expelled from Jerusalem today after Israeli forces released him from prison and took him to Qalandia checkpoint between the city and Ramallah.
Volvo equipment was once again used by Israeli forces in home demolitions on 24 November. Volvo should follow the example of Japanese crane manufacturer Tadano. The company decided to end business with Iran because their cranes were used by the regime in the hanging of people.
On 24 November Israeli occupation forces demolished two homes, a mosque and a barn, killing livestock, and arrested two young women in the village of Umm Fagarah, in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank.
Ali, Palestinian political prisoner from Israel, has spent 23 years in Israeli jails. Following his release in the prisoner exchange deal, the Israeli internal security service ordered him not to leave the country for 17 years.
A video taken today by Palestinian photojournalist Fadi Arouri shows Israeli occupation forces demolishing the homes of Palestinians in the village of Beit Hanina north of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.
If you’re beaten up, harassed, or verbally attacked for no reason, know that you’re in an area under Israeli colonial control. Indeed, one must find this irrational. Physics suggest that “to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” This could apply to most life cases too. When you’re in the Occupied Palestinian Territories or Israel, however, you obviously “provoke” a reaction by simply being Palestinian.
Loai Odeh is a former prisoner who is forced to accept their fate to be deported far away from their land and families. It’s true that those former prisoners, including Loai, are now out of Israeli prisons, but still their freedom is conditional and incomplete.
A story of the amazing friendship of Chris Al-Bandak, the only Christian released in the prisoner swap, who was deported to Gaza. According to Chris, “Only one half of me is free, but the other half is still there, locked up behind Israeli bars.”
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine concludes that Israel imposes a system of systematic, institutional apartheid against the Palestinian people. It also finds that Israel is involved in persecution of the Palestinian people which is a separate crime against of humanity.