The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs published a fact sheet detailing the ramifications of settler-colonialism in Hebron. 'The Humanitarian Impact of Israeli Settlements in Hebron City' report summarises the restrictions and challenges faced by Palestinians, including the absence of law enforcement against settler violence. While depicting the harrowing reality endured by Palestinians, Israel is only reminded that settlements are illegal under international law, ensuring a continuation of the cycle which deplores settlement activity but refrains from any action that would hold Israel accountable for its violations.
UN acknowledges and normalises of settler colonialism in Hebron
- Ramona Wadi
- 05 December 2013
EU pledges €90 million to Egypt despite continued human rights violations
- Shazia Arshad
- 28 November 2013
Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs, has confirmed that the European Union will be providing financial assistance to the Egyptian military government to the tune of €90 million. She confirmed that "in line with the EU's commitment at the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council on 21 August 2013, EU assistance to the socio-economic sector and to civil society will continue."
Photographing Gaza: Paul Hansen and the World Press Photo Award
- Amelia Smith
- 15 November 2013
In the winning image, a group of men carry the bodies of two young Palestinian children wrapped in funeral shrouds down an alley in Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip. Behind them their father's body is on a stretcher. They were killed in November 2012 when their house was hit and destroyed by an Israeli missile strike.
Israel and a Sports Boycott: Lessons from South Africa
- Middle East Monitor
- 03 May 2013
Sports events celebrating physical culture and competition have long had underpinnings in political and social motives. From the ancient Greek Olympics and Gladiator tournaments in Rome to the elitist polo fields and underground bare knuckle boxing rings of Victorian Britain. All realms have served to uphold a certain image of that society and its core values. With the dawn of international sports events within the last 150 years, there has been a new set of principles attached to the underlying political motives; one of ethnic, religious and political parity in an emerging global civil society. In order to engage in this civil society, the nation state must adhere to its rules of fair play and tolerance. This year Israel will be hosting the Under 21 Euro Championship. The decision of UEFA to award this to Israel comes 4 years after the state attempted to bomb the Gaza strip back to the Stone Age. Despite the evaluation of this attack as tantamount for war crimes, Israel has side stepped international condemnation and has since attempted to flatten Gaza again, amidst the rapturous applause of mainstream Israeli political activists. Meanwhile illegal settlement activity in the West Bank develops in earnest and Arabs living in Israel experience growing trends of racism and discrimination. But what happens if a state like Israel attempts to use these international spectacles like the Euro Championship to portray a sanitised version of themselves, in turn whitewashing their policies of racism and warlike belligerence? The international sports boycott of South Africa provides the reader with an interesting insight into the tactics and methods which can be used.
An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide
- 10 June 2010
MK Haneen Zoubi (BALAD) faces death threats as the Israeli Knesset House Committee votes to revoke her Parliamentary privileges for participating in the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid Flotilla and protesting against the blockade.
An Appeal to Parliamentarians Worldwide
June 9, 2010
On June 7, 2010, the Knesset House Committee of the Israeli parliament voted by a majority of seven-to-one to recommend that the parliamentary privileges of MK Haneen Zoubi (NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY-BALAD) be revoked. In accordance with the committee's decision, MK Zoubi will be stripped of three rights usually enjoyed by members of the Israeli parliament. First, her diplomatic passport will be rescinded. Second, her privileges regarding travel abroad will be curtailed. Third, her legal costs incurred while in service will no longer be covered by the Knesset. Before taking effect, the revocation of these privileges must be approved by the Knesset plenum. A vote on these matters may take place as early as next week.
The House Committee decision followed several stormy days in the Knesset, during which MK Zoubi was accused by fellow parliamentarians of being a "terrorist" and a "traitor," and subjected to racist and sexist remarks so offensive and abusive, that some were ordered stricken from the public record. In light of this hateful atmosphere, it is likely that the Knesset plenum will approve the House Committee's recommendations.
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