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Israeli police beat up handcuffed protester in East Jerusalem


Videos have emerged showing a handcuffed and limp protester being beaten up by two Israeli police officers in an alley. The scene, shot from two different angles by people filming from their windows, took place Thursday evening in Shuafat, a neighbourhood in East Jerusalem that’s been under high tension since the murder of a Palestinian teenager. Read more...
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Police arrest hundreds of African migrants trying to flee Israel


Several hundred African asylum-seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, were brutally arrested by Israeli authorities on Sunday evening after attempting to cross the border into Egypt. These men had walked out of their detention facility in Israel’s Negev desert, hoping that if they made it across the border, the United Nations might come to their aid. Our Observer, who witnessed the arrests, was shocked by the violence of the authorities’ intervention. Read more...
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Videos appear to show Israeli soldiers shoot live bullets at protesters

 
Two young Palestinian protesters were killed and two more were wounded during clashes with the Israeli soldiers on May 15 in Beituna, a town near Ramallah. While the Israeli army denied having used lethal weapons, surveillance videos have emerged showing the protesters shot by what appears to be live bullets. Read more...

'Forced' to sleep outside at Israel detention centre, migrants claim

Photos and videos taken at the Holot detention centre, in the middle of Israel’s Negev desert, show hundreds of African migrants protesting in the yard on Tuesday night. They were angered that nine new arrivals were forced to sleep outside due to overcrowding, they said. Read more…

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Video: Israeli soldiers accused of 'collusion' in settler violence

 
Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank are being accused of complicity in an attack by settlers on a Palestinian village. In a video posted online, soldiers appear to stand idly by while masked settlers throw stones at the homes below. Read more...

African migrant in Israel: “I’m a refugee, and they want to lock me up”

 
For a second day in a row, tens of thousands of African migrants protested in Tel Aviv to ask the government to process their asylum requests rather than detain them without trial at controversial detention centres. As part of a new crackdown on migrants, more than one hundred have been arrested over the past few weeks, while many others have been summoned to report to a detention facility. Read our Observers’ stories…
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African migrants flee desert detention camp to march towards Jerusalem

 
About 150 undocumented African migrants have fled the camp where they were being detained in Israel’s Negev desert and are now marching toward Jerusalem, where they plan to ask the government to grant them asylum. Most of them had been locked up for over a year and a half, without trial. We spoke to one of them, who explained why they’re taking this risk. Read more...
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Israeli stages one-man protest to highlight migrants’ plight

 
He’s already been arrested five times in the past three months, and hopes to be arrested again. Ido Naveh is a young Israeli man who has made it his goal to attract attention to the African asylum seekers that are currently locked up in a detention centre in the Negev desert, where many of them have been held for years. Read more…
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