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Palestinian human rights group seeks investigation into violence from illegal Yitzhar settlement

The Palestinian human rights group Al Haq appealed to the United Nations Special Procedures to look into violence by settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement, including shooting at villagers with live ammunition and torching agricultural lands

Amid delay and denial of access by Israel, COVID-19 vaccination finally starts in Palestine

Israel’s deliberate denial of access to vaccines to the Palestinians, a violation of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, has been criticized by the WHO and other human rights groups with some calling it “vaccine apartheid”

Kosovo establishes diplomatic relations with Israel, will open embassy in Jerusalem

Kosovo is the latest in a line of countries which have decided to normalize their relations with Israel, while being only the third to open its embassy in Jerusalem

US to restore relations with Palestinians but will continue “steadfast support” to Israel

The Biden administration has also said it will support the two-state solution. However, it has already made clear it will not reverse its predecessor’s shifting of the US embassy to Jerusalem in violation of international law

Israel B’Tselem B’Tselem head defies ban, addresses students

Education minister had announced a ban on members of organizations that called “Israel false and derogatory names.” The ban came shortly after human rights group B’Tselem termed Israel an apartheid state

Sudan’s transitional government signs Abraham Accords normalizing ties with Israel

According to the deal Sudan will recognize Israel and will “normalize” relations with it. The UAE and Bahrain had signed the deal in September last year

Under the cover of the pandemic, states cracked down even harder

Despite promises to focus all efforts towards combating the pandemic, many states used the pretext of the lockdown to intensify repression of people’s movements and dissenting voices

Donald Trump’s final act: Snuffing out the promise of democracy in the Middle East

In the context of the 10-year anniversary of the “Arab Spring,” Vijay Prashad discusses Donald Trump’s efforts to crush the aspirations of the people in the Middle East

Palestinian women’s organization leader Khitam Saafin placed in administrative detention for 6 months

Saafin was sent to administrative detention by an Israeli military commander just days after her arrest during which several other activists and leftist figures were also abducted and detained

Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in night raid

The journalist was arrested during a raid of his home in the occupied West Bank conducted by Israeli soldiers at 2AM on Tuesday October 27

Israel government formation In a surprise U-turn, Benny Gantz partners with arch rival Netanyahu to form national government

Benny Gantz broke his Blue and White alliance and reached an agreement with Benjamin Netanyahu which will see the latter become the prime minister for the first three years in a national unity government

COVID threat in prison Incarcerated people among the most vulnerable to Coronavirus infection

There is a growing demand for releasing prisoners worldwide as prison facilities in most countries are overcrowded and lack basic hygienic conditions, jeopardizing the implementation of preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19

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