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World Leaders: Lift the Gaza Blockade

It’s time to increase our momentum – in the fall, world leaders are meeting to discuss next steps on Gaza. This is our chance to call on them to take action to ensure Gaza is completely rebuilt, and that the people of Gaza are treated with dignity. Two years after the conflict, the blockade on Gaza is still imposed, only 30 % of aid pledges have been delivered, 90 % of the homes that were completely destroyed have not been fully rebuilt, and over 75,000 people are still without a home. We can make a difference – the campaign began [...]

Thirsty Gaza

95 percent of Gaza's water isn't suitable for domestic use because of high levels of pollution and it being salinated. Pollution, salinity and rationing are threatening Gaza’s water supply By Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says she regularly uses the well to get her daily supply of drinking water from the well. “I have no children to help me and this is the main source [...]

Water shortages hit West Bank Palestinians, provoking war of words

By Sabreen Taha | HEBRON, WEST BANK At the peak of a searing summer, Palestinians living in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank are suffering from severe water shortages, prompting a war of words between Palestinian and Israeli officials over who is responsible. The Palestinians say Israel is preventing them from accessing adequate water at an affordable price, and point out that nearby Israeli settlements have plentiful water supplies. Israel says the Palestinians have been allocated double the amount they were due under an interim 1995 agreement, and have refused to discuss solutions to the current problem. For Palestinian Nidal Younis, the [...]

Our inspiration comes from the indomitable spirit of the women in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora.

Gaza has been under an illegal Israeli blockade for the past decade. During this time Israel has launched countless attacks against the besieged population, turning their lives into a continuous struggle for survival. This year internationally renowned women from all over the world will sail to Gaza to break the siege and to highlight the important role Palestinian women have played in resisting the occupation. The boats Amal-Hope and Zaytoona - Olive will set sail from Barcelona on 14 September 2016, and we are asking you to help us get our delegates and team members there! The Women's Boat to Gaza - South Africa [...]

US Slams Israel over Extrajudicial Killings, Torture and Racism

In a rare move by Washington, the 2016 U.S. report on human rights said Israel unlawfully killed over 70 Palestinians and tries minors in military courts. The United States accused Israeli Defense Forces of “excessive use of force” in the Palestinian territories, and “arbitrary arrest and associated torture and abuse, often with impunity,” as part of the U.S. State Department annual report. RELATED: 5 Acts of Latin American Solidarity with Palestine The report, released Wednesday, said of 149 Palestinians killed in 2015 by Israeli security forces in the West Bank only 77 were in the course of attacking Israelis. “There were numerous reports of [...]

Criticizing Israel Is the New Anti-Semitism – Justice Minister

The Israeli justice minister said in an interview that European leaders who criticize Israel are being anti-Semitic, just like their predecessors. Criticizing the state of Israel and its government in any form is the new anti-Semitism, Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told The Washington Post in an interview Wednesday, accusing European leaders of replacing old anti-Semitic tendencies with a new format. RELATED: US Slams Israel over Extrajudicial Killings, Torture and Racism “In the past, we saw European leaders speaking against the Jews. Now, we see them speaking against Israel. It is the same anti-Semitism of blood libels, spreading lies, distorting reality and brainwashing people into [...]

Up to 50 Airstrikes on Gaza in Worst Israeli Assault Since 2014

Israeli warplanes carried out the attacks after a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, causing no deaths or property damage. People in the Palestinian Gaza Strip said that up to 50 Israeli airstrikes took place in the territory on Sunday night after a rocket was fired earlier in the day from the embattled strip, landing on the border settlement of Sderot in an open area and injuring no one. The Israeli assault, carried out via air and artillery strikes, demolished multiple sites and injured two, including a 17-year-boy, according to a Palestinian Health Ministry official. RELATED: Criticizing Israel Is the New [...]


This morning activists and organisers have announced an end to the two year long #BoycottWoolworths campaign. The #BoycottWoolworths campaign was launched in August 2014 by the National Coalition 4 Palestine (NC4P), which includes, among others, the Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA), BDS South Africa, COSATU, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, MJC, Jamiat Ulama, Wits University PSC, Rustenburg PSF, Kimberley International Solidarity Forum, UJ PSF, Media Review Network, Open Shuhada Street (OSS), Palestine Solidarity Association (PSA), ANC YL, SACP, the YCL, SASCO, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and various other organisations. The #BoycottWoolworths campaign called for the complete boycott of Woolworths due [...]