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Palestine: critics of Hamas and Palestinian Authority arrested during COVID-19 pandemic

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority © Getty Images

Those arrested include former MP, writer and cartoonist ‘Such actions by the authorities during a pandemic puts these individuals at an increased risk’ - Saleh Higazi The Palestinian authorities must release those who have been detained for peacefully expressing their views during the coronavirus pandemic, said Amnesty International, as it published a report showing a pattern of arbitrary arrests of those who had criticised the authorities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Amnesty has documented five cases of individuals arrested by Palestinian security forces in either the Gaza Strip or the West

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Maxine Peake cancels play to highlight plight of Palestinian actors

Maxine Peake explained her decision in a video message

Dinnerladies star and Palestinian playwright Ahmed Masoud pull forthcoming play to focus attention on destruction of Gaza’s last functioning theatre ‘Our play is cancelled because art should not be targeted by soldiers’ - Maxine Peake The actor Maxine Peake has cancelled a play due to have been performed in London next week as a protest to highlight the plight of Palestinian playwrights and other artists targeted by the Israeli authorities. The one-person piece, Obliterated, by the acclaimed UK-based Palestinian playwright Ahmed Masoud, was due to have been performed at Amnesty International

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ISRAEL / OPT: Amnesty fears violent crackdown at Saturday's protests

Amnesty International today issued an urgent call to the Israeli forces to show restraint when faced with mass demonstrations on Saturday. Thousands or people are expected to take to the streets to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the violent crackdown by Israeli forces last year on protestors taking part in the Great March of Return in Gaza. At least 195 Palestinians were killed, including 41 children and 28,939 injured by Israeli forces in the context of the protests between 30 March 2018 and 22 March 2019, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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Gaza: Hamas crackdown on peaceful cost-of-living protests is most severe for a decade

Amnesty research consultant Hind Khoudary was held and subjected to an abusive three-hour interrogation © Amnesty International

Amnesty consultant Hind Khoudary interrogated and ill-treated by security forces earlier today ‘The crackdown on freedom of expression and the use of torture in Gaza has reached alarming new levels’ - Saleh Higazi Amnesty International is calling on the Hamas security forces to halt their crackdown against peaceful Palestinian protesters and to investigate reports that numerous people have been physically assaulted before being detained and tortured. The week-long crackdown (see timeline below), the most severe for more than a decade, has been targeted at those protesting against the cost of

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Gaza: 'damning' UN report on protest killings must lead to action against perpetrators

Israeli security forces repeatedly used excessive force against unarmed Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border last year © MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

Call for information to be passed to international justice mechanisms ‘Those responsible for these deplorable crimes must not go unpunished’ - Saleh Higazi Responding to the findings of a report published by the UN Commission of Inquiry today which states that Israeli forces may have committed war crimes during protests in Gaza last year, including by deliberately firing on Palestinian civilians, Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: “The findings of this report echo Amnesty International’s own conclusions - that many killings of Palestinian

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Gaza: new armed conflict risks accelerating territory's 'full collapse'

The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV building was one of the targets hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza yesterday © Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

‘If the situation escalates into a fully-fledged armed conflict it would have a disastrous impact’ - Saleh Hegazi Responding to an escalation of hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza overnight - with two Palestinian civilians killed and 20 wounded in Israeli airstrikes, and one Palestinian civilian from the West Bank killed in Israel and 70 others wounded by rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups - Saleh Hegazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director, said: “If the situation escalates into a fully-fledged armed conflict it would have a disastrous

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Israel must end 'horrifying' use of excessive force against Gaza protesters

Israeli soldiers firing tear gas grenades on Palestinian protesters during Land Day protests on 30 March © JACK GUEZ/Getty Images

After 26 Palestinians killed and thousands injured, Israel must stop using live ammunition against unarmed protesters and properly investigate the military response At least four people have had legs amputated after sustaining serious injuries ‘For the past two weeks, the world has watched in horror as Israeli forces unleashed excessive, deadly force against protesters’ - Magdalena Mughrabi The Israeli authorities must put an immediate end to the excessive and lethal force being used to suppress Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza, Amnesty International said as fresh protests began today. There

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Gaza: slashed power supply to Gaza risks a humanitarian catastrophe

Latest round of power cuts to Gaza is putting thousands of lives in danger, Amnesty warns A public health disaster looms and vital infrastructure is under severe threat “It is immoral that they make us live like this”- Mohammad Abu Rahma, a Gaza City resident The Israeli authorities’ decision to further slash the electricity supply to the Gaza Strip could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences, Amnesty International has warned. The latest round of power cuts, announced by Israel on Sunday (11 June), restrict the electricity supply to between two and three hours a day. This will have a

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Gaza: Hamas set to execute three men tomorrow after unfair trial

The three men had only a short, four-session trial © Amnesty International

‘These cruel executions will constitute an appalling breach of international human rights law’ - Magdalena Mughrabi Responding to reports that the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip will tomorrow execute three men accused of killing senior Hamas commander Mazen Faqha earlier this year, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Magdalena Mughrabi, said: “If carried out, these cruel executions will constitute an appalling breach of international human rights law. “The three men scheduled to be hanged or shot in Gaza tomorrow were tried in a court that utterly

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Jul 7 2016 10:07AM
Time for justice in Israel and Gaza

It has been two years since Israel’s 50-day military offensive in Gaza brought unprecedented death and destruction to the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014. 1,462 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including 551 children, and six civilians...

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