Articles for Palestine

On October 17, 2017, Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender, Shireen Issawi, was released from an Israeli prison after being arbitrarily detained for over three and a half years.

Issawi was arrested along with her brothers, Shadi and Medhat, in March 2014, and accused of “cooperating with actors working against Israel.” Her arrest came as part of a crackdown by the Israeli authorities on lawyers who had defended Palestinian prisoners.

After nearly two years in an Israeli prison without charge or trial, 26-year-old Palestinian circus performer Mohammed Abu Sakha was released on August 31, 2017.

Between 12 and 15 June 2017, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Public Prosecutor issued orders to block access within the West Bank to at least 12 news websites*. Since then, people in the West Bank have been unable to access them. All targeted news agencies websites are believed to convey voices critical to the Palestinian Authority, raising concerns that this measure aims at restricting free speech.

Based on solid documentation Palestinian’s human rights abuses collected along the past four years, on 29 June 2017, Alkarama submitted its report in view of Israel's third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the Human Rights Council (HRC), which will take place in

On 3 March 2017, Imad Abou Rizk was released from the premises of Palestinian Authority’s Military Intelligence prison in Aqabat Jaber, Jericho, after four months of arbitrary detention.

On 6 November 2016, Imad Abou Rizk, a 44-year-old sergeant in the Palestinian General Intelligence, was summoned to the investigation office of the General Intelligence in Ramallah and subsequently arrested and severely tortured.

On 6 December 2016, the two Palestinian brothers Saeed and Nasr Al Abbasi witnessed about 100 Israeli soldiers destroying their family house in Silwan neighbourhood, East Jerusalem, leaving them and their families homeless. Only few days before, the Central Court of Jerusalem had issued a demolition order alleging that their house had been constructed without the due licence as it was built on “green open space”. This occurred three years after Saeed, a 36-year-old taxi driver, and his brother Nasr, aged 29, started to build their family house.

On 17 July 2016, the Israeli Central Criminal Court issued a verdict sentencing Muawiya Alqam, a 15-year-old from Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, to six and a half years imprisonment and to pay a fine of 26,000 shekels (about 6,750$). Muawiya was violently arrested in 2015 and deprived of his basic fair trial rights, a discriminatory treatment applied to Palestinians only.

Two teenagers, Muawiya Alqam and Shadi Farrah, as young as 15 and 13 years old, are currently amongst the hundreds of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons. Both violently arrested and deprived of their basic fair trial rights, a discriminatory treatment applied to Palestinians only, they are now facing prosecution before the Israeli Central Criminal Court for "possessing knives."