The members of the mission met with representatives of the Palestine Workers’ Union, public and private sectors and the Social Welfare Fund. They listened to briefs about the situation of workers in Gaza from these representatives.
Qalandiya checkpoint from Ramallah to Jerusalem on 2 June, 2017
Israeli occupation forces have announced that no crossings or checkpoints will operate from today until Saturday leaving the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip cut off.
The decision comes as Israel prepares to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim tomorrow and Thursday.
The closure will last from midnight tonight until late on Saturday night. Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases but will require the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the occupation forces in charge of Palestinian affairs in the occupied territories.
An injured Palestinian is being carried away with health care members during a maritime protest against Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza on the strip’s northern coast, in Beit Lahia, Gaza on March 19, 2019
Three Palestinian protesters were injured on Tuesday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, according to Palestinian Health Ministry, Anadolu reports.
In a statement, the ministry said that the three — whose names were not provided — were wounded by live ammunition while they were participating in demonstrations in eastern Al-Bureij refugee camp and the northern part of the blockaded enclave.
Demonstrators demand the right to return to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.
A United Nations human rights investigator stressed that Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their lands of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage,” on Monday.
Michael Lynk, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that Israel “continues full-steam with settlement expansion” in the occupied West Bank.
Lynk added, according to Ma’an: “There are some 20-25,000 new settlers a year.”
According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, under Netanyahu’s government, intensive activity to restore the widespread phenomenon of illegal outposts deep inside the West Bank has increased.
Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
Screen capture from campaign ad by Hayamin Hehadash party.
A new Israeli election ad reportedly features Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in sultry poses, spraying herself with a perfume labeled ‘Fascism,’ according to Israeli media.
A new election ad for the far-right Hayamin Hehadash party, featuring Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in sultry poses, spraying herself with a perfume labeled “Fascism,” has the look and feel of a satiric sketch, echoing a 2017 “Saturday Night Live” send-up of Ivanka Trump in a mock commercial for the scent “Complicit.”
But, according to Israeli daily Haaretz, the Shaked ad was no send-up: The images are accompanied by the seductively whispered phrases (in Hebrew) “Judicial reform,” “Separation of powers” and “Restraining the Supreme Court” — all meant to highlight her efforts to weaken the activist courts and give more power to the legislative branch.