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24 Mar 2014
Israeli troops use journalists as human shields  Monday, 24 March 2014

A Palestinian journalist says Israeli troops have used him and his two colleagues as human shields during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Press TV reports.

Palestinian journalist Moussa al-Shaer said Israeli soldiers held them for hours to protect themselves during clashes following their invasion of the Aida refugee camp on Saturday.

Shaer said Israeli forces also took their press cards and prevented them from covering the clashes that broke out during the pro-Palestinian protest in the city.

The incident is the latest in Israeli aggressions against Palestinian journalists, which have been on the rise in the past months.

Palestinian journalist Naser al-Shuyukhi, who has been frequently attacked by Israeli troops, … Continue reading

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24 Mar 2014
Italians slam Israel over stealing water \Sunday, 24 March 2014


Italian activists have gathered in Rome to demonstrate against what they call Israel’s stealing water from Palestinians. Some Palestinian nationals also attended the event on Saturday, which marked the World Water Day.

The activists say Israel continues to steal water reserves from Palestinian lands in order to attract more migrants and expand agricultural fields.

They called on the Italian government to scrap an accord that Rome’s water company ACEA signed last December with the Israeli water company Mekorot.

Last month, a group of Italian activists launched an online petition to raise awareness against the accord.

The petition launched by the Italian movements for public water, pro-Palestine groups and associations promoting peace and inter-religious dialog, … Continue reading

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22 Mar 2014
UK institute joins boycott of Israel Saturday, 22 March 2014

UK institute joins boycott of Israel
Saturday, 22 March 2014
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has joined an international campaign to boycott Israel over its quote aggressive policies against Palestinians.

RIBA has passed a motion calling on the International Union of Architects to boycott the Israeli Association of United Architects. The motion was passed by 23 votes to 16 with 10 abstentions.

RIBA says it is against expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Angela Brady, the former head of RIBA, told members of the institute that failure to back the motion “would send a clear message to the world that we as an institution turn a blind eye or by … Continue reading

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21 Mar 2014
 Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014

Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014 \The Israeli army stormed the Palestinian Civil Defence headquarters in the Salfit governorate in the northern part of central West Bank early on Friday morning and arrested three of its employees, The Civil Defence Public Relations office revealed in a statement that: “Dozens of Israeli soldiers stormed the civil defence headquarters in Salfit at around 2:30 am and sabotaged the office’s equipment, wireless devices and landlines. The soldiers then arrested three Palestinian employees who were working the night shift: Rida Tayseer Madi, Nabeel Mahmoud Bani Nemra and Ahmed Abdullah Bani Nemreh.” The statement added that, “The Israeli army stayed … Continue reading

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21 Mar 2014
Israel 'destroyed' Islamic archaeological sites in Silwan dig Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Israel Antiquities Authority has destroyed several ancient archeological sites and antiquities as a result of a controversial dig in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said Tuesday. The authority recently began the final stage of archaeological excavations at the site, which is located in the Wadi Silweh area only 20 meters from the walls of the Old City, the foundation said in a statement on Tuesday. As a result of the excavations, several ancient Islamic archeological sites and antiquities have been destroyed, including a cemetery that dated back to the Abbasid caliphate. Additionally, the dig has damaged relics that date back … Continue reading