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…

Support Palestine and oppose AIPAC in Washington DC, March 25-26! [Video]

AIPAC is having its national convention to flaunt its power. Three groups have organized events to demonstrate that we want our elected representatives to support justice, not oppression; human rights, not militarism; equality not racism! Join one or all three of these – or demonstrate independently – the main thing is to be there and show your support for justice, peace, and Palestine!

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…”

UN group takes down report finding Israel guilty of apartheid following Israeli & US complaints

Following Israeli & US pressure, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres forced a UN agency to remove a report that found “on the basis of scholarly inquiry and overwhelming evidence, that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid.” The chief of the agency that published the report resigned over the censorship…

Google to begin flagging “upsetting” or “offensive” content

Various news outlets are reporting that Google will begin flagging content that is “upsetting” or “offensive.” The question for people following the Israeli-Palestinian issue and efforts to define criticism of Zionism as anti-Semitism is whether Google’s editors will deem humanitarian criticism “offensive” or “upsetting” to those criticized.

Ha’aretz: Richard Gere calls settlements ‘absurd provocation,’ occupation ‘indefensible’

Ha’aretz interview with actor Richard Gere: “Obviously this occupation is destroying everyone,” he says. “There’s no defense of this occupation. Settlements are such an absurd provocation and, certainly in the international sense, completely illegal – and they are certainly not part of the program of someone who wants a genuine peace process.”