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Gaza’s private sector operating at 15% production capacity due to siege

Middle East Monitor  /  October 25, 2019 The head of the Palestinian Businessmen Association, Ali al-Hayek, said that the private sector in Gaza is operating at a production capacity of no less than 15% due to the continued division and siege. The bad conditions in Gaza are still affecting the economy,...

Americans overwhelmingly reject anti-BDS laws, poll finds

Ali Abunimah The Electronic Intifada  /  October 23, 2019 Americans overwhelmingly reject laws designed to penalize supporters of BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, according to a new poll. More than 70 percent of respondents oppose laws that target BDS activism as an infringement on the constitutional right...

Israeli leaks disrupt setting up naval force in Gulf

Middle East Monitor  /  October 24, 2019 The US administration has criticised leaks by Israeli officials about Tel Aviv’s partnership in a naval force being set up to protect vessels in the Gulf waters, Ma’an reported yesterday. Monitors said the leaks caused problems because many Gulf states do not want to disclose...

Hebrew sources: Tel Aviv getting ready for direct Iranian attack with cruise missiles or...

Middle East Monitor  /  October 24, 2019 Israeli Army radio station revealed that Tel Aviv is preparing for a direct Iranian attack by a cruise missile or a drone in response to the recent Israeli attacks on Iranian-backed armed groups in the region that were attributed to the occupying state. Unlike...

Increase in destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem

OCHA  /  October 23, 2019 The Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | September 2019 United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) Demolitions and the story of a West Bank family Aziz, is a 25 years old Palestinian from Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar, a small Bedouin community in the northern Jordan Valley. Over...

The War on Truth: How Israel’s social media trolls conquered Facebook

Ramzy Baroud Middle East Monitor  /  October 20, 2019 On October 9, the social media platform, Facebook, deleted the page of the popular Palestinian news website, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC). This act, which was carried out without even contacting the page administrators, confirms that Facebook’s war on pro-Palestine voices is continuing unabated. PIC had nearly...

Palestine workers forced to pay to work in Israel

Middle East Monitor  /  October 23, 2019 Some 20,000 Palestinian workers paid $140 million to brokers and employers in order to get permits allowing them to work in Israel, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday. The workers make up 33 per cent of all Palestinian labourers in Israel, the paper added. According to the report,...

Palestinian Authority blocks 59 news outlets

Tamara Nassar The Electronic Intifada  /  October 22, 2019 The Palestinian Authority has blocked 59 Palestinian and Arabic-language news websites and social media pages. The Ramallah magistrate’s court issued the order on 17 October at the request of the PA attorney general, Akram Ismail Khatib, but it was not reported until Monday. The...

Israeli sources: ‘Tel Aviv uses UAE to spy on Qatar, Iran and Hezbollah’

Wadih Awawdah Middle East Monitor  /  October 19, 2019 Sources in Israel have revealed that Israeli intelligence officers in the reserve army are working in private companies, some of which are linked to the UAE’s intelligence services, and pointed to the immigration of brains abroad. Dr. Ronen Bergman, intelligence editor for Yedioth Ahronoth,...

Like the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is also under threat

Kamel Hawwash Middle East Monitor  /  October 18, 2019 Not a day goes by without another Israeli attack on various aspects of Palestinian life, be it through home demolitions, land confiscations, the abduction of youngsters in the night or attacks on their holy places. A good source of factual information about...