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The village of ‘Urif, with a population of some 3,600, is located southwest of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Due to its proximity to the settlement of Yitzhar and its satellite outposts, village residents have been suffering for years from repeated attacks by settlers.

Yitzhar was established in 1983, only about one kilometer from ‘Urif farmlands, and most of the settler attacks take place in farmland close to the village water tower, which is situated some 500 meters from its easternmost homes.

Over recent months, the NGO B’Tselem has documented three attacks by settlers in the area, some of which included the active participation of soldiers. In March, settlers assaulted residents of the village and the...

Seven Palestinians were killed Friday, September 28, by Israeli military gunfire along the border with the Gaza Strip during the weekly Great March of Return demonstrations near the fence, including two boys aged 12 and 14, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The victims were: Yousef Abu Zarifa, age 12, who was mortally wounded east of Khan Yunis, and 14-year-old Mohammed Na’if...

After Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, the Palestinian People's Party called to confront the pressure for ‘negotiations’ by underlining the urgent need to end Israeli occupation.

Bassam al-Salhi, secretary-general of the Palestinian People's Party (PPP) and member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that the Palestinian issue has...

unoNew York, 27 September 2018

In the name of God, the most merciful and beneficent
Excellency, Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Excellency, Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

In these days lastyear, I came before you appealing for freedom, independence and justice for my oppressed people...

The 2018 olive harvest season will last approximately from mid-September to mid-November. However, a pest that infects olive trees, particularly in the norther West Bank, and settler violence against Palestinian farmers are expected to significantly reduce this year’s yield compared with 2017.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in...

A 24-year-old Palestinian, Muhammad Zaghlul Rimawi, died of his injuries on Tuesday morning, September 18, after he had been brutally assaulted by Israeli forces in a predawn raid on his home in the village of Beit Rima in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah .

Muhammad’s brother, Bashir Rimawi, told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that some 40 Israeli soldiers...

Sky-high unemployment, declining per capita income, contracting agricultural productivity and worsening socioeconomic conditions characterize a bleak assessment of the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), according to the new annual report by UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) on its assistance to the Palestinian people.

The report warns that...

Three Palestinians were killed and dozens others sustained injuries during Friday’s 25th consecutive Great March of Return protests in the eastern sector of the besieged Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians gathered on Friday, September 14, along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip with Israel to take part in protests under the slogan “Resistance is our Choice.” A spokesperson...

wfdy 148The World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) condemns the decision of the US government to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for refugees in the Near East, the service that has been providing shelter, care and education to Palestinian #refugees in the occupied territories and in the neighboring countries for 70 years now.

The goal of the United States and Israel is to...

Dear colleagues,

The conditions of life and work for our colleagues workers in Palestine and for the Palestinian people are very difficult and they are constantly getting worse. The state of Israel limits the Palestinian people in a smaller and smaller part of the Palestinian ground.

The Israeli settlements and the military bases at the West Bank and at Jerusalem are constantly being...

Contrary to the illusion held by many that Israel’s presence in the Gaza Strip ended with the implementation of the Disengagement Plan in 2005, to this day Israel continues to exercise control over nearly every aspect of life in Gaza, including through its control over movement and access.

Importantly, it continues to enforce restrictions on access to areas deep inside the Strip and in...

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