Category: Human Rights

Israel prevents Gazans from traveling for medical treatment, including children with cancer

Just 42% of Gazans were allowed to travel to Israel for medical treatment last December. Cancer rates among Palestinian children have increased by 40% since 2008, but their parents are sometimes told by Israel to become informants if they want their children to cross the border for treatment. Appointment delays for Palestinian patients are the highest they’ve ever been recorded.

Ha’aretz: Visiting West Bank, Richard Gere Compares Hebron to Segregated U.S. South

Ha’aretz reports: American actor Richard Gere, who visited Israel earlier this month to promote his new film, “Norman,” had one analogy to make after touring the West Bank city of Hebron… “It’s exactly what the Old South was in America. Blacks knew where they could go, they could drink from that fountain, they couldn’t go…

Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reports: On 19 March 2017, around midday, eight-year-old Sufian Abu Hitah was wandering barefoot outside his house in Hebron looking for a toy he had lost, when a group of at least 15 soldiers seized him. Two soldiers grabbed the boy by the arms and dragged him to the al-Harika…

Powerful resignation letter by UN’s Rima Khalaf about removal of UN apartheid report

Khalaf writes that the UN report on Israeli apartheid was removed due to pressure by states who violate the rights of people going through a period of suffering unparalleled in their modern history… the flood of catastrophes today is the result of a stream of injustices that were either ignored, plastered over, or openly endorsed by powerful governments…”