On Thursday, the bodies recovered from the Mediterranean's worst-ever migrant disaster were buried in Malta. There were only 24 coffins, although an estimated 800 people died. None of the bodies were identified; some had numbers scrawled on them referring to a DNA sample from the corpse in case a relative comes searching for their loved ones in the years ahead. The dead were honoured with a memorial service that included both Christian and Muslim prayers and was attended by the president of Malta, Italy's interior minister and the EU's migration commissioner.
Mediterranean migrants are desperate; Europe can’t just turn them away
- Samira Shackle
- 24 April 2015
HRW report highlights mistreatment of children in Israeli settlement farms
- Jessica Purkiss
- 13 April 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a report entitled: "Ripe for Abuse: Palestinian Child Labour in Israeli Agricultural Settlements in the West Bank". The 74-page report is based upon interviews with 38 children and 12 adults in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. Of these children, 33 had dropped out of school and were working full-time on Israeli settlements.
Palestine in Print: Showcasing home-grown Palestinian talent
- Yasmina Allouche
- 20 March 2015
Tazim Hamid's story began with a dream, and a voice fuelled by a passion to help the Palestinian cause. Set up to provide a platform for Palestinian artists and writers to publish their own work free of charge, the Palestine in Print project has done exactly that. Shortly after visiting Palestine in February 2012 as a volunteer to plant olive trees, Hamid's first published photo book, Roots Run Deep: Life in Occupied Palestine by Hamde Abu Rahma, was born, thus paving the way for Palestine in Print. She came into contact with Abu Rahma, a photographer and activist who was featured in the Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras, and after a few conversations learnt of his dream of publishing a photo book illustrating the unjust and inhumane occupation. This aspiration, however, was stunted by the lack of finances at his disposal in being represented by a publisher, designer, or even in possessing basic resources such as a bank account.
Could FIFA Suspend Israel?
- Jonathan Kuttab & Mariabruna Jennings
- 20 June 2014
Now in the Washington, D.C. area, Kuttab is founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and also a co-founder of Nonviolence International, which just put out a 45-page report "Report: Israel Hinders Football in Occupied Palestine" with the Palestine Football Association. Kuttab edited the report.
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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