Israel imposes taxes on church, UN properties in Jerusalem

Israel has begun to tax churches and UN properties in occupied East Jerusalem – reversing a policy that has been in place since 1967. (This will not apply to buildings used for worship.) The government imposed restrictions on the bank accounts of evangelical, Armenian and Roman churches on the grounds of non-payment of property taxes. Trump‚Äôs decision last month to¬†recognize¬†Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has encouraged the Israeli government to annex large swathes of the city and force its laws on it…

PayPal freezes out Palestine Activists in France & in Palestine itself

Association France Palestine Solidarit√©, one of 20 orgs banned from Israel, has just found its PayPal account for accepting donations abruptly shut down with no explanation. Meanwhile, Paypal denies its service to Palestinians ‚Äď though not Israeli settlers ‚Äď in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Two articles…

Year In Review: Worst Abuses Against Palestinian Children

Defense for Children International ‚Äď Palestine‚Äôs 2017 report: Israeli forces caused 14 child deaths & at least 961 child injuries, used excessive force, there was little to no accountability, an average of over 300 Palestinian children were in the prison system each month, 75% are abused, many face solitary confinement‚Ķ In the US some positive legislation has been introduced…