Kairos News

Outrage over new Israeli law allowing Palestinians in Jerusalem to be stripped of residency

New ‘breach of loyalty’ legislation administered at discretion of interior ministry challenged by activists as illegal under international law


Bethan McKernan writes in The Independent on 8th March 2018


Prince William to make British royal family’s first ever official visit to Israel and Palestinian territories

Region has long been seen unofficially as a diplomatic minefield for state visits, leaving many curious as to the timing and purpose of such a trip


Bethan McKernan writes in The Independent on 1st March 2018.


Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre Closes in Protest Amid Row With Israel

After rare move by heads of churches in Jerusalem in protest of legislation to expropriate church lands, ministers postpone debate on bill


In a rare move, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was closed on Sunday until further notice in protest of Israeli government legislation and new city tax policy. The decision was announced on Sunday by the churches sharing the management of the property, the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Armenian Apostolic.


Jonathan Lis & Nir Hasson write in Haaretz on 25th February 2018


Laws Targeting Israel Boycotts Fail First Legal Test

Issuing the first decision of its kind, a federal judge today blocked enforcement of a Kansas law targeting boycotts of Israel, ruling in an ACLU lawsuit that the First Amendment protects the right to engage in political boycotts.


Vera Eidelman writes for ACLU on Tuesday 30th January 2018



Israeli rights group sue activists who convinced pop star Lorde to boycott Tel Aviv concert

Shurat HaDin plans to use contentious 2011 law to launch civil suit against two New Zealanders they blame for convincing singer to abandon gig on political grounds


Tia Goldenberg writes in The Independent on Tuesday 30th January 2018


In Landslide Vote, Denmark Excludes Settlements From Agreements With Israel

Denmark strengthens government guidelines against investing in projects over the Green Line, thereby adopting a UN resolution defining West Bank settlements as a violation of international law


Noa Landau writes in Haaretz on 26th January 2018


Israel rejects U.N. report on companies linked to settlements

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday it had identified 206 companies doing business linked to unlawful Israeli settlements in the West Bank and it urged them to avoid any complicity in “pervasive” violations against Palestinians.


Stephanie Nebehay writes for Reuters on Wednesday 31st January 2018



Israel’s BDS blacklist is straight out of apartheid. The UK can’t condone it

Banning groups, such as War on Want, that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is a desperate attempt to silence human rights defenders


Asad Rehman writes in The Guardian on Tuesday 9th January 2018 (more…)

United Nations Position on Jerusalem Unchanged Special Coordinator Stresses, as Security Council Debates United States Recognition of City

UN Press Release: 8/12/17 

Permanent Representative Defends Decision, as Delegations Endorse Two-State Solution, Determination of Final Status Issues (more…)

Special Newsletter: Update and Action on Jerusalem

Please read our latest newsletter, a special edition on Jerusalem with actions you can take to stand against Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  (more…)

BDS National committee responds to Jerusalem decision

The Trump administration’s anti-Palestinian and illegal act reverses decades of official U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem and contradicts the international consensus. Trump’s policies on Palestine underscore that it is long past time for the world to apply concrete pressure on Israel to respect Palestinian rights through support for our struggle for rights and dignity.  (more…)

Donald Trump is ‘declaring war’ by naming Jerusalem Israel’s capital

Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian writes in the Independent (6 Dec) how Trump’s move signals death to the two state solution and declares war on Muslims and Christians across the Middle East.  (more…)

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