Palestine (Tasnim) – Israeli forces have indiscriminately fired at a group of Palestinians protesting against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, killing a teenager and injuring several others. Palestinian media reported on Monday that 17-year-old Qusay Hasna al-Umour was killed Read More
Turkey (Sputnik) – Turkey has agreed to send fuel to alleviate the ongoing electricity crisis in Gaza, a Hamas leader announced January 14. According to the Energy Authority in Gaza, Turkey will send around 15 million liters of diesel fuel. The announcement came days after a Read More
Syria (GPA) – The Syrian government has appealed to the United Nations to punish Israel for an alleged rocket attack on a major military airbase yesterday about two hours after a suicide bombing in Damascus. Last night Damascus was hit by Read More
Israel (GV) – The Israeli Knesset passed last week a first reading of a controversial new bill that would allow Israeli courts to order social media companies to remove online content it deems “inciting”. The “removal of criminally offensive content from the Read More
Israel (GPA) – The leading cause of death among the IDF in 2016 was suicide– accounting for over a third of all deaths. The trend has remained stable since 2013. 41 soldiers died while enrolled in military service last year– 15 Read More
Syria (Sputnik) – A Mezzah military air facility was struck by several explosions near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Israeli missiles directed fire at an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion, according to Syrian state TV. “Rockets strike at Mezzeh Military airport Read More
Palestine (NI) – A father and his two daughters were three of the first Palestinians to suffer injuries related to Gaza’s electricity crisis this year. They have been left with moderate burns after a candle the girls lit to do their Read More
Israel/Palestine (OpenDemocracy) – A two-state solution has international legitimacy, while a deeply integrated polity seems the only realistic option on-the-ground. Does Two States One Homeland square the circle while giving dignity and human rights a chance The UN’s extraordinary resolution 2334 of December Read More
Middle East (NI) – At the beginning of this year, former prime minister of Portugal, António Guterres, became the new United Nations Secretary-General. He arrives at a time when the role of international institutions and the so-called established order are Read More
Israel (TMV) – The case of Sgt. Elor Azaria is roiling the Israeli public today. This 19 year old IDF Medic was convicted yesterday of manslaughter in the extra-judicial killing of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, age 21. How did these two young Read More
Israel (Tasnim) – Israel says it is cutting a substantial amount in its annual dues to the United Nations this year in protest of last month’s Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity on occupied Palestinian territories. The announcement made by Read More
Israeli forces have killed more Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds in 2016 than any other year in the last decade, rights group Defense for Children International (DCI) said.
The organization’s chapter in the occupied Palestinian territories recorded the killings of 32 Palestinian children (under 18), making 2016 “the deadliest year of the past decade” for them, the group said in a recent report.
Many of those killings happened during Israeli military raids on Palestinian towns in the occupied West Bank, confrontations with the Israeli army or during unarmed protests.
Calls for Extrajudicial Killings of Palestinian Suspects Proliferate
Some senior Israeli officials have been encouraging Israeli soldiers and police to kill Palestinians they suspect of attacking Israelis even when they are no longer a threat, Human Rights Watch said today in an analysis of those statements. Other Israeli officials have failed to repudiate the calls for excessive use of force.
Human Rights Watch has documented numerous statements since October 2015, by senior Israeli politicians, including the police minister and defense minister, calling on police and soldiers to shoot to kill suspected attackers, irrespective of whether lethal force is actually strictly necessary to protect life.
Israeli police arrived at the home of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today for an initial round of questioning over allegations that the PM took lavish gifts from wealthy contacts in the private sector.
A large black screen was erected in front of the Prime Minister’s house today to shield Benjamin Netanyahu’s home from the gaze of onlookers and reporters this morning in apparent preparation for the arrival of Israeli police investigators. Although the police did not speak to journalists outside, the Israeli media says they are there to question Netanyahu in an ongoing investigation that accuses the PM of using his position to take bribes, illegal campaign donations and lavish gifts.
This has been a big week in world events and we here at Geopolitics Alert have covered a few major stories. Here are your key takeaways for the week of December 25th:
Israel Reacts to the UNSC Settlement Decision.
After the United Nations Security Council bite last week calling for a halt to Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory, Israeli officials have been, in the words of some commentators, “throwing a tantrum.”