Palestine News

Palestine News (2020) – Paris. BDS activists along with members of the collective: “Les Désobeissants” (the disobedient) staged a non-violent protest action against the Israeli company Elbit Systems on Saturday 24, June, during the Paris Air Show.

The action took place by the Elbit Systems stall. The company is regarded as being the first Israeli drones manufacturer. They supplied the Israeli army during the assault on the Gaza Strip in 2014.

This action in solidarity with the Palestinian people had been well-supported; many people who attended the show sympathised with the protesters.

BDS France renewed its call for an immediate military embargo on Israel until it ends it illegal occupation of Palestinian land and complies with the international laws.The movement said it held Elbit Systems responsible for war crimes and called for its officials to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court.


Source: – USA. There has been a 30 per cent reduction in the number of Jewish students who support Israel in America, a new survey has revealed.

Commissioned by the pro-Israel marketing group, Brand Israel Group (BIG), the report showed that support dropped from 84 per cent in 2010 to 54 per cent last year.

The group, whose mission is to improve Israel’s image among the American public, described the results as “devastating”.

According to the student, support for Palestine is on the increase, but only marginally. With 13 per cent of respondents expressing support for Palestine last year, compared to ten per cent six years ago.

According to BIG, support for Israel has a solid base among Jews, evangelicals, conservatives, political right and the older generation in general. However, Israel is losing support among the youth and next generation, Jewish university students in particular.


Source: – Palestine. On the anniversary of World Refugee Day, and one month after the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” it is estimated that 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN agency responsible for providing services to millions of Palestinian refugees, estimates that the number of registered Palestinian refugees in 2016 amounted to about 5.9 million, PCBS noted, highlighting that this figure was representative of a minimum number.

As of 2016, Palestinian refugees in the West Bank registered with UNRWA accounted for 17 percent of the total refugees registered with the organization, while refugees in Gaza accounted for 24.5 percent.

Touting one of the world’s highest unemployment rates at 44 percent, an estimated 80 percent of Gaza’s population is dependent on humanitarian assistance.

While UNRWA has been the target of Palestinian criticism on a number of occasions, Palestinian refugees, notably in the occupied Palestinian territory, see the preservation of their status as refugees as maintaining their claim to their right of return to the villages in historic Palestine from which their ancestors fled during the creation of the state of Israel.


Source: – New York. Having succeeded in blocking a recent UN report that accused Israel of maintaining a system of apartheid, Israeli officials are now attempting to remove another UN report, which has charged Tel Aviv with carrying out extrajudicial executions along with a list of other human rights violations.

The report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which previously accused Israel of apartheid, has come under fire from Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, because it states that in the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 Israeli security forces killed 63 Palestinians, including 19 children, and wounded an additional 2,276 Palestinians including 562 children.

The previous ESCWA report, which had accused Israel of apartheid, was removed by the UN following protests by Danon and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who this week described the UN report of “reeking with anti-Israel bias”.

Israeli sources have reported that Danon will work to have this report removed. “This is yet another blood libel against the State of Israel,” Arutz Sheva reported Israel’s envoy to the UN saying. “Just as we succeeded in having the previous preposterous report removed, we will fight relentlessly against this blatantly false distortion of the truth as well.”


Source: - Al-Quds. The UN’s top human rights official has marked the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories by calling for its quick end, insisting that such an outcome would benefit both sides.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the Jordanian prince and UN high commissioner for human rights, echoed the strong language of the UN secretary general, António Guterres, who earlier this week condemned the occupation’s “heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people”, which he said had “fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution”.

The remarks follow a series of critical reports by humanitarian and rights organisations that reveal the impact of the 50-year occupation, and come as Israeli politicians celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 six-day war, in which Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City.

Zeid’s comments, also on Tuesday, were made in a speech marking the opening of the three-week session of the UN’s human rights council. He described the anniversary for the Palestinian people as marking “a half-century of deep suffering under an occupation imposed by military force”.


Source: - Syria. A total of 3,506 Palestinians have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the country’s civil war in 2011, according to a London-based NGO.

In a statement released Sunday, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) said 462 women were among the victims.

The group said more than 1,603 Palestinian refugees, including 99 women, remain in detention by the Syrian regime authorities.

According to the NGO, some 196 Palestinian refugees died due to lack of nutrition and medical care.

More than 85,000 Palestinian refugees had fled Syria to Europe by the end of 2016, the group said.

According to UN estimates, around 450,000 Palestinian refugees still live in war-torn Syria.

Established in 2012, AGPS is a human rights watchdog that monitors the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.