Structural Injustice: How Trials of Palestinians in Israeli Military Courts Lead to Misperception

by Palestine Center Interns

Despite the fact that most Palestinians who are convicted have committed no crime and engaged in no violence, the military court system creates a notion that legal due process is happening in Palestine. While this is the opposite of the truth, it still affects global perceptions of Palestine and Palestinians. This can be seen especially in the United States, where major media organizations might play up the alleged charges against a Palestinian while neglecting to mention the circumstances of their situation. This essay will attempt to demonstrate the injustice of these structures and systems of the Israeli military court and prison system, which has negatively impacted the lives of Palestinians and created false perceptions of their lives, character, and actions.

Women and girls bear brunt of Israel’s crimes in Jordan Valley

This short documentary by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq focuses on the life of a family in al-Hadidiya, a Bedouin community in the northern Jordan Valley. Titled Sumoud – Arabic for steadfastness – it is named after the youngest daughter of the Bisharat family, which has resided in the same occupied West Bank community for generations.

Trump’s Palestine deal is a real estate transaction

In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to move the US embassy before the end of 2019, there has been a flurry of pieces heralding the imminent shift in a Palestinian strategy toward a one-state solution with equal rights. Both Palestinian negotiators closely involved in the moribund Oslo peace process and Palestinians who have long since despaired of Oslo declared that it is time to transform the struggle. Meanwhile, Israel continued to expand settlements, crack down on protests, and plan annexation of some or all of the West Bank.

To Achieve One State, Palestinians Must Also Work for Two

In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reinforced by Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to move the US embassy before the end of 2019, there has been a flurry of pieces heralding the imminent shift in a Palestinian strategy toward a one-state solution with equal rights. Both Palestinian negotiators closely involved in the moribund Oslo peace process and Palestinians who have long since despaired of Oslo declared that it is time to transform the struggle. Meanwhile, Israel continued to expand settlements, crack down on protests, and plan annexation of some or all of the West Bank.

Life in the Gaza Strip — a cauldron of deficit, despair and desperation

Deficit and desperation define life these days in the Gaza Strip. Residents make do with four hours of electricity a day. Most people don’t have access to clean water because the supply system is contaminated with sewage. Breakfast for some schoolchildren is a cup of hot water flavored with a dash of salt.”Despair isn’t even the right word to describe what’s going on here because things are getting worse and worse,” said Omar Ghraieb, 31, a journalist and digital media manager living in Gaza. “We wake up to a world of struggles each day.”

Presentation by Ambassador Husam S. Zomlot

In this presentation Ambassador Zomlot clarifies the positions of the PLO Delegation with regard to UN Resolutions 242 and 338, and comments on recent announcements made by the Trump administration regarding Jerusalem and the cut in funding to UNRWA. 

Josh Ruebner: Israel – Democracy or Apartheid State?

In light of the milestones of 2017 (100 years after the Balfour Declaration, 69 years since the 1948 nakba, 50 years since the 1967 naksa), Josh Ruebner draws on personal anecdotes and reflections, historical documents, and legal analyses to address the question: is Israel a democracy or does its separate and unequal treatment of the Palestinian people render it an apartheid state?

Modi’s Palestine visit is historic, but will not affect India-Israel ties

By Mohamed Mohamed

February 9, 2018

On February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ramallah, making him the first Indian premier to visit Palestine. Since there are no active airports on Palestinian territory — thanks to Israeli occupation and restrictions — he will fly to Jordan first, after which he will embark on a helicopter trip from Amman to Ramallah.

 

 

At least 206 companies have ties to illegal Israeli settlements: UN report

The United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday it has identified 206 companies doing business linked to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, where it said violations against Palestinians are “pervasive and devastating”. “Businesses play a central role in furthering the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report said.