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Liberal San Francisco Considers Murder Charges for Drug Dealers? What Has Happened? Reality Sets In as Death Toll Mounts

07 Mar 2024  |  AlbertMohler.com
San Francisco is considering murder charges for drug dealers in response to the opioid crisis, marking a significant shift from its traditionally liberal stance on drug crimes. This move is driven by the reality of increasing deaths and public disorder, challenging progressive prosecutors who have been reluctant to pursue such charges. Similarly, Oregon is reevaluating its liberal drug decriminalization laws as overdose deaths soar. The article also discusses the loneliness epidemic, highlighting a new app designed to help people in metropolitan areas connect and combat loneliness. The breakdown of family structures is identified as a major contributor to this issue.

Pushback and cuts prompt diversity strategy refresh

29 Feb 2024  |  www.ft.com
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are facing a reassessment due to political backlash and corporate cost-cutting, particularly in the US. UK consultants report a shift in demand towards more integrated and sophisticated DEI strategies rather than standalone departments or budgets. DDI's survey indicates a potential backslide in DEI progress, with a decrease in companies with diversity programs and leaders endorsing DEI efforts. Mercer's talent survey, however, ranks DEI high among global organizational priorities. The US sees some organizations cutting DEI investments, leading to a reduction in quick-fix attempts like unconscious bias training. Independent consultants like Lily Zheng, who view DEI as a long-term investment, have not seen a decrease in demand. EY's global head of DEI, Karyn Twaronite, emphasizes the importance of treating DEI as a multiyear business strategy and notes that many employers are expanding their initiatives. The article suggests that despite some companies downsizing their DEI efforts, there is a continued need for DEI consulting and a belief in the resilience of the industry.

Quiet hiring: Why bosses are recruiting workers from within their own companies

23 Feb 2024  |  thewhig.com
Employers are increasingly focusing on retraining their existing workforce to fill skills gaps rather than hiring externally, a trend known as 'quiet hiring.' London Business School's Lynda Gratton notes a shift from specific job roles to desired skills and traits. McKinsey & Co. predicts a significant occupational shift by 2030, with many roles becoming obsolete. Companies like Gartner Inc., Randstad NV, and Ogilvy UK are implementing strategies to develop internal talent. Accenture PLC and JLL have undertaken large-scale training initiatives, while others lag behind. The World Economic Forum emphasizes the importance of human traits and tech skills for future jobs. The article suggests that the ability to adapt and retrain quickly may become the most valuable skill in the evolving job market.

Quiet hiring: Why bosses are recruiting workers from within their own companies

23 Feb 2024  |  countymarket.ca
Employers are increasingly focusing on retraining their own workers to fill skills gaps rather than recruiting externally, a trend known as 'quiet hiring.' London Business School's Lynda Gratton observes a shift from specific job roles to desired skills and character traits. McKinsey & Co. predicts a significant occupational shift by 2030, with many executives acknowledging imminent skills shortages. Companies like Ogilvy UK, Accenture, and JLL are investing in employee training to adapt to new demands, particularly in areas like AI and sustainable practices. However, some firms lack a strategic approach to skills development, and overall investment in skills has declined. The World Economic Forum emphasizes the importance of human traits and tech abilities for future jobs, while experts recommend regular workforce planning exercises to prepare for changing labor market needs.

Your best new hire may already be on staff

16 Jan 2024  |  ft.com
The Working It podcast episode from the Financial Times, hosted by Isabel Berwick, discusses the benefits of internal hiring over external recruitment. Josh Bersin, an HR expert, argues that developing internal talent is crucial for a company's success and growth strategy. Bethan Staton, the FT’s deputy work and careers editor, adds that internal recruitment requires creative thinking and a better understanding of existing employees' skills. The episode highlights that while internal hiring can save money and improve employee engagement, it also has challenges such as potentially leaving another vacancy and missing out on new skills external hires might bring.

More people are scheduling emails to hide they're working strange hours

12 Jan 2024  |  financialpost.com
Workers are increasingly using email scheduling to manage their work hours flexibly, while maintaining the appearance of working during standard business hours. This trend, which has grown since the COVID-19 pandemic, allows individuals to work at unconventional times without imposing on others' free time. Experts like London Business School's Dan Cable note a shift from using scheduling to simulate longer hours to now respecting established work hours. Despite the benefits, some, like Bonnie Dilber from Zapier Inc., argue for normalizing flexible work hours without the need for disguising them. The Trades Union Congress suggests that employers should address workload issues and set reasonable expectations for after-hours communication.

Quiet hiring: Why bosses are recruiting workers from within their own companies

01 Jan 2024  |  leaderpost.com
Employers are increasingly focusing on retraining their existing workforce to meet new skill demands rather than hiring externally, a practice termed 'quiet hiring.' This shift is driven by the need for new skills and the challenges of a tight labor market. Companies like Accenture and JLL are investing heavily in training programs, while others, like Ogilvy UK, are leveraging peer learning. However, many firms still lack a strategic approach to skills development. Experts emphasize the importance of adaptability and continuous learning to navigate future job market changes.

Quiet hiring: Why bosses are recruiting workers from within their own companies

01 Jan 2024  |  financialpost
Employers are increasingly focusing on retraining their existing workforce to meet new skill demands rather than hiring externally, a practice termed 'quiet hiring.' This approach is driven by the need for new skills and the challenges of a tight labor market. Companies like Accenture and JLL are investing heavily in training programs, while others are criticized for not doing enough. The trend emphasizes the importance of adaptability and continuous learning in the workforce.

Yawning skills gaps pose ‘a real challenge’

03 Nov 2023  |  www.ft.com
The UK is facing significant challenges in filling workforce skills gaps across various sectors, including health, social care, and technology. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, in partnership with Hays, launched a training program to address these gaps, attracting a high number of applicants. The issue is exacerbated by the aftermath of Covid, Brexit, high inflation, and cuts to education spending. Skills shortages are particularly acute in construction, IT, manufacturing, and social work. Employers are adopting various strategies, including better pay and in-house retraining, to attract and retain skilled workers. The decline in support for lifelong learning and reduced investment in adult education further complicates the situation.

Israeli police violence in spotlight amid deaths and mass protests

10 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
The Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel has experienced significant unrest following the deaths of two residents during police operations. Protests have erupted across Israel and the West Bank, with Palestinian citizens decrying police brutality and systemic discrimination. The deaths of Sami al-Ja’ar and Sami al-Zayadna have intensified anger within Palestinian communities, leading to widespread demonstrations and a nationwide walk-out. The article underscores a history of violence and discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, with activists and community leaders expressing deep frustration and a lack of faith in the authorities. The Israeli police and government face criticism for their handling of the situation and broader policies perceived as disenfranchising the Palestinian minority.

Synagogue attack seen as 'reaction' to ongoing Israeli occupation

10 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
A deadly attack at a Jerusalem synagogue left four Israelis and two Palestinian attackers dead, prompting a strong response from Israeli authorities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed decisive action, blaming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The attack is seen by many Palestinians as a reaction to ongoing Israeli occupation and recent tensions, including right-wing moves to control the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the controversial death of a Palestinian bus driver. The article highlights the harsh living conditions and systemic issues faced by Palestinians in East Jerusalem, contributing to the cycle of violence and unrest.

Questions linger after shooting at US training camp in Jordan

09 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
The shooting at the US-funded Jordanian International Police Training Centre in Muwaqqar resulted in the deaths of five people, including two American trainers. The incident has sparked speculation and concern among Jordanians about its implications, with some fearing it may be linked to extremism. The training center, which has been operational since 2003, plays a significant role in US-Jordan military cooperation. Public sentiment in Jordan remains ambivalent towards the US presence, with some expressing support for the shooting. Authorities have not provided clear answers, and the incident has highlighted the complex dynamics of US-Jordan relations and the broader regional security context.

As Gaza grinds on, West Bank deaths mean frustration and grief

07 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Residents of the al Amari camp mourn the death of Mohammed al-Qatary, one of 18 Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the escalation in Gaza. The community expresses grief and frustration, linking the violence in Gaza to the unrest in the West Bank. The article highlights the emotional toll on Palestinians, the perceived imbalance in the conflict, and the growing anger and sense of powerlessness among the people. Calls for peace are juxtaposed with the fear of continued violence and the potential for a third Intifada if a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue is not achieved.

East Jerusalem family mourns teenage runaway killed by IS

06 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
The Musallam family in East Jerusalem mourns the death of their 19-year-old son Muhammed, who was killed by the Islamic State (IS). Muhammed, accused by IS of being a Mossad spy, was executed in a propaganda video. His family and Israeli security services deny these claims, stating he left on his own initiative and was manipulated by IS. The family recounts their horror and grief, urging other families to be vigilant about their children's interactions. The article highlights the broader issue of IS recruitment and the devastating impact on families.

Hundreds of Sudanese refugees deported from Jordan

06 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Hundreds of Sudanese refugees were deported from Jordan after a month-long protest outside the UNHCR offices in Amman. The deportation, which involved the use of force by Jordanian authorities, has been condemned by human rights groups. Refugees, many from Darfur, fear imprisonment or death upon return to Sudan. The Jordanian government claims these individuals do not qualify as refugees, as they initially entered the country for medical treatment.

Calls for 'day of rage' in Jerusalem as tensions, car attack death toll rise

06 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Protests are expected in Jerusalem following calls from Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a 'day of rage' in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque. Tensions have escalated after a car attack killed two pedestrians, including a 17-year-old. The attack followed clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police at the al-Aqsa Mosque complex. A rally by Jewish Israelis, including prominent right-wing figures, called for Jewish control over the al-Aqsa site. The protesters criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu and expressed extreme nationalist views, highlighting ongoing religious and political tensions in the city.

'Day of Rage' in Jerusalem met with riots, Molotov cocktails and bullets

06 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Jerusalem experienced a 'day of rage' marked by violent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces, particularly in Shuafat, Qalandia, and Issawiya. The unrest was fueled by recent tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where a large number of worshippers gathered for prayers under heavy police presence. Israeli authorities responded with force, leading to injuries and mass arrests. The situation remains tense, with differing opinions on how to handle the crisis, including calls for restraint from religious leaders and aggressive measures from government officials.

Palestinian citizens of Israel march against Independence Day

05 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel, along with some Jewish Israeli activists, gathered at the destroyed village of Hadathe to commemorate the 18th Annual March of Return. The event highlighted the grievances of Palestinian citizens, including discrimination and the right to return to their ancestral homes. Organized by the Association for the Defence of the Rights of the Displaced People (ADRID), the march emphasized the ongoing struggle for Palestinian self-determination and the right of return for refugees. The article features personal stories and statements from attendees, reflecting the enduring impact of the Nakba and the continued activism for Palestinian rights.

Netanyahu condemns Hamas after it praises ‘lone wolf’ attack

04 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
In response to a mass stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Hamas and the Palestinian Authority for inciting terrorism. The attack, praised by Hamas as a 'heroic operation,' has heightened tensions and security measures in Israel. The incident follows a series of violent events and protests, with Israeli politicians using the situation to criticize Palestinian leadership ahead of upcoming elections. The suspect, Hamza Matrouk, was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank, and the attack is considered a 'lone wolf' act.

Hundreds of Sudanese refugees in Jordan deported: Reports

04 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Jordanian authorities have deported 800 Sudanese refugees back to Sudan, claiming they were not recognized as refugees by the UNHCR and had entered Jordan for medical assistance. The deportation followed the dismantling of a Sudanese protest camp in Amman, where refugees were demonstrating against perceived UN discrimination in resettlement. Refugees reported the use of force by police and expressed fears for their safety upon return to Sudan, citing ongoing conflict and persecution. The situation raises concerns about violations of the 1951 Refugee Convention's non-refoulement principle.

After fatal Jerusalem crash, Palestinians reflect on growing hopelessness

03 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
The article discusses the aftermath of a fatal car crash in Jerusalem involving Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, which resulted in the death of a 3-month-old Israeli girl and injuries to several others. The incident, labeled a terrorist attack by Israeli authorities, has intensified the already tense situation in Jerusalem, particularly in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. The article highlights the growing hopelessness and frustration among Palestinians due to the ongoing occupation, settlement expansions, and frequent clashes with Israeli forces. It also touches on the broader context of violence and despair in East Jerusalem, where many young Palestinians feel marginalized and abandoned.

Property takeover causes deep concern for residents of Silwan

03 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Israeli settlers have taken over around twenty apartments in Silwan, a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem, under heavy security. This move has caused significant concern among Palestinian residents, who fear increased tension and insecurity. The takeover, facilitated by the right-wing settler group Elad and supported by the Israeli government, is seen as part of a broader strategy to establish a Jewish presence in the area. Residents and experts argue that these actions are not merely real estate transactions but are deeply tied to the occupation and have significant social and legal implications. The situation has led to a militarized environment, with fortified settler enclaves and a heavy police presence, fundamentally altering the community dynamics.

The women of al-Aqsa: the compound's self-appointed guardians

Jordan students protest against rising university fees

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Thabahtoona, a protest movement founded by activist Fakher Daas, targets rising fees and declining quality at Jordan's universities. The Muazi programme, allowing students to enter college with lower grades by paying more, has made education increasingly unaffordable. Students and graduates express dissatisfaction with the quality of teaching, and many graduates struggle to find jobs in a saturated labor market. The General Secretary of Education acknowledges some issues but defends the Muazi programme as necessary for income. Critics argue that little has been done to bridge the gap between education and labor market needs.

Gender roles for Syrian refugees are changing in Jordan's camps

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
In the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, traditional gender roles are shifting as women increasingly take on breadwinner roles through NGO programs like Cash for Work. While men still hold the majority of jobs, the perception of women being privileged in employment persists. This shift has led to changes in family dynamics, with some men feeling depressed and powerless. However, women's employment is also seen as reducing domestic violence and providing a sense of purpose. The evolving gender dynamics highlight the complex interplay between economic necessity and cultural expectations in refugee settings.

Commentary: Hi colleague, can I refer you to the Manual of Me?

01 Oct 2023  |  CNA
Personal user manuals are gaining traction in workplaces as tools to enhance team cohesion and communication. These documents detail individual work preferences, strengths, and quirks, facilitating better understanding among colleagues. Companies like AMA and Deloitte are adopting these manuals to improve team dynamics. Advocates argue that while these guides are not rigid instructions, they serve as conversation starters that help build stronger relationships and trust within teams. The concept, which dates back to the mid-2000s, is seen as a potential replacement for traditional CVs, focusing on how individuals work rather than just their achievements.

Suspected ‘price tag’ attack in Jerusalem leaves community shaken

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
A suspected 'price tag' attack by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem's Mount Zion has left the Christian community shaken. Masked men set fire to a Christian seminary, causing significant damage and fear among residents. This incident is part of a broader pattern of settler violence targeting Palestinian properties, including mosques and schools, with arson and graffiti. Despite strong condemnations from Israeli officials and ongoing investigations, the response to such attacks has been criticized as inadequate. The violence is seen as an attempt to intimidate Palestinian populations and deter actions against illegal settlements.

Sudanese refugees in Jordan pitch tent city to protest against 'discrimination'

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Sudanese refugees in Jordan have set up a protest camp outside the UNHCR office in Amman, demanding better support and resettlement opportunities. They allege discrimination by both the UN and Jordanian society, citing inadequate financial assistance, lack of legal work opportunities, and racism. The UNHCR denies discrimination, stating that aid is distributed based on vulnerability and available funds. The protest continues amid worsening winter conditions, with refugees pledging to stay until their demands are met.

Tales of indignity, total despair from East Jerusalem

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
In East Jerusalem, Palestinians face escalating violence and systemic discrimination, with Israeli settlers and authorities often acting with impunity. The neighborhood of Silwan epitomizes the chaos, marked by violent clashes and a deep sense of despair among residents. Recent incidents, including the deaths of Mohammed Abu Khdeir and Yusef al-Ramouni, have intensified tensions, leading to strikes and protests. The Israeli government's response, perceived as collective punishment, exacerbates the situation, leaving Palestinians feeling marginalized and hopeless. The lack of effective leadership and the rise of 'lone wolf' attacks further complicate the conflict, underscoring the urgent need for a resolution.

West Bank leaders pledge unity, resistance after Gaza

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
In the wake of a Gaza ceasefire, Palestinian leaders in the West Bank emphasize unity and resistance, with Hamas, Fatah, and other factions presenting a united front. Celebrations and calls for continued resistance mark the public mood, while leaders outline diplomatic strategies, including potential actions at the UN and ICC. The destruction in Gaza underscores the need for coordinated efforts to rebuild and resist Israeli occupation. The article highlights the challenges and optimism surrounding Palestinian unity and future negotiations.

Profession of the century: Why so many people are retraining as therapists

01 Oct 2023  |  NZ Herald
A growing number of professionals from various fields are retraining as therapists, driven by a desire for more meaningful careers and the increasing demand for mental health services. Membership in therapy organizations has surged, reflecting this trend. Despite the challenges of extensive training and financial costs, many find the career change rewarding. The article highlights the experiences of individuals who have made the switch, the growing popularity of psychotherapy, and the evolving landscape of mental health services.

US debt ceiling deadline looms

08 May 2023  |  www.ft.com
The US faces a potential economic disaster if Congress does not agree to raise the debt ceiling by June 1st, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warning of financial chaos. President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are set to negotiate, but deep partisan divides persist, with Republicans demanding spending cuts. Meanwhile, Russian oil and gas tax revenue has dropped significantly, and education companies like Chegg are struggling due to AI technologies like ChatGPT, which are changing the landscape of educational support and raising concerns about increased costs for students.

Education companies’ shares fall sharply after warning over ChatGPT

03 May 2023  |  Businessday NG
Shares in the education sector, including Chegg, Pearson, Duolingo, and Udemy, fell sharply following Chegg's admission that AI chatbot ChatGPT was impacting its sales. Chegg's CEO Dan Rosensweig reported a significant spike in student interest in ChatGPT, leading to a 7% annual fall in revenue and a 5% drop in subscriber numbers. Pearson's CEO Andy Bird views AI as an opportunity, not a threat. Chegg has launched CheggMate, a service built with ChatGPT-4, despite criticism that it enables cheating. Analyst Tom Singlehurst suggests that ChatGPT could replicate Chegg's study guide service but poses a more indirect threat to Pearson.

Educational companies' stocks fall sharply due to a warning about ChatGPT

03 May 2023  |  www.expansion.com
Educational sector stocks plummeted on Tuesday as investors speculated that artificial intelligence could drastically alter business models following a warning from educational technology company Chegg.

Palestinian Prisoners Day: 'My little brothers are missing my dad'

17 Apr 2023  |  Middle East Eye
In Beit Ummar, a village in the occupied West Bank, the impact of mass incarceration on Palestinian families is profound, with 44 percent of men having been imprisoned at some point. The article highlights the personal stories of families affected by the Israeli occupation, including the deaths of Jafar and Ziyyad Awad and the arrest of Ahmad and Qassam Abu Maria. The social and economic consequences of these incarcerations are severe, leading to high unemployment, social problems, and disrupted family structures. The article underscores the ongoing suffering and challenges faced by the Palestinian community due to the Israeli occupation and mass incarceration.

Israeli nationality bill confirms what Palestinians say they already know

23 Jul 2018  |  Middle East Eye
The Israeli Nation State Bill, which enshrines Israel as a Jewish state, has sparked controversy and condemnation. Palestinian citizens of Israel view the bill as a confirmation of longstanding discrimination. Activists argue that the bill exposes the inherent contradiction between Israel's identity as a Jewish state and its democratic claims. The bill has mobilized both the Israeli left and Palestinian citizens, highlighting issues of social justice, equality, and apartheid. The article features personal stories and perspectives from Palestinian citizens, illustrating the broader impact of the legislation on their lives and rights.

IRIN: Syrian refugees are trapped in n a desert no-man's land.

Young reformers want debate, not protest, to drive change in Jordan

31 Oct 2016  |  Middle East Eye
In Jordan, young activists are pushing for political reform through debate and accountability rather than protest. The movement Shaghaf, led by Odai Bisharat, aims to connect citizens with their representatives and monitor parliamentary performance. Despite systemic and cultural challenges, including limited parliamentary power and tribal affiliations, these activists are determined to foster a more engaged and informed political environment. The article also highlights similar youth dissatisfaction in Tunisia and Morocco, emphasizing the broader regional context of youth activism and the importance of empowering young people for long-term stability.

The killing of a journalist in Jordan uncovers extremism in an otherwise stable kingdom

26 Oct 2016  |  New Statesman
The article discusses the assassination of Jordanian journalist Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead on his way to trial for sharing a controversial cartoon on Facebook. The cartoon depicted a Jihadi in heaven, which led to Hattar's arrest for insulting the faith and inciting sectarian strife. The incident has highlighted the underlying extremism in Jordan and the government's struggle to maintain control. The government's response, including a gag order and arrests for hate speech, raises concerns about the freedom of expression. The article also touches on the broader issue of extremism in the region, noting the number of Jordanians fighting for Jihadist groups and the public's reaction to the textbook changes that reduced religious references. The assassination is seen as a warning of the growing extremism within a kingdom that has been relatively stable amidst regional turmoil.

Death of the Bedouin dream

04 Jun 2016  |  Quartz
The article discusses the decline of Egypt's tourism industry, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, following the 2011 revolution and subsequent political instability and terrorist attacks. It focuses on the Seashell resort, a halted construction project emblematic of the region's many 'ghost hotels.' The author highlights the local Bedouin community's struggles, as their land claims and desires for ecotourism development were overlooked in favor of large-scale hotel investments. The Bedouins were marginalized and their businesses, such as Msallam Faraj's 'Bedouin Dream,' were destroyed or overshadowed by these developments. The article also touches on the broader economic losses Egypt faces due to the tourism downturn and the hope of some locals, like Faraj and a guesthouse manager named Tito, for a revival of tourism that respects the natural beauty and culture of Sinai.

Amman’s urban planning challenges: The Jordan Gate Project and the quest for public space

11 May 2016  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the urban planning issues in Amman, Jordan, focusing on the lack of public spaces and the problems posed by the Jordan Gate Project's unfinished skyscrapers. Architect Hanna Salameh has proposed a plan to revamp the towers with sustainable features, which has garnered significant public interest and support. Despite the enthusiasm, there is skepticism about the feasibility of such a project due to potential corruption and the centralized decision-making process in the city. The article also touches on the public's desire for more involvement in urban planning and the government's efforts to address these concerns through a developing master plan. The response to Salameh's proposal highlights a desire for change and improvement in the city's public spaces.

SheFighter: Jordan's first self-defence academy for women

08 Mar 2016  |  Middle East Eye
SheFighter, Jordan's first self-defence academy for women, founded by Lina Khalifeh, empowers women through martial arts and self-defence training. The academy, which started in a small basement, has grown rapidly, training around 12,000 women and gaining international recognition, including praise from President Obama. Despite facing resistance and threats, SheFighter provides a supportive and empowering environment for women, challenging societal norms and promoting self-confidence and independence.

Fleeing death, Iraqi refugees in Jordan wait for a new life in the West

30 Sep 2015  |  Middle East Eye
Iraqi refugees in Jordan, such as Omar Abu Sitta and Iman al-Zaidi, face prolonged uncertainty and psychological distress as they await resettlement. The UNHCR's slow processing and recent suspension of Refugee Status Determination (RSD) interviews have exacerbated their plight. Despite registering as asylum seekers, many refugees struggle with limited financial assistance and the high cost of living in Amman. The resettlement process is labor-intensive and often results in long waits or rejections, leaving refugees in a state of limbo. The lack of legal routes to Europe further endangers their lives, as some consider perilous journeys due to dwindling hope.

East Jerusalem evictions: The Sub Laban family's story

07 Apr 2015  |  Middle East Eye
The Sub Laban family in Jerusalem's Old City faces eviction as Israeli organizations push to move Jewish families into the area. The family has lived in their home since 1953, but recent eviction orders have intensified their decades-long struggle. Activists, NGOs, and international delegations have rallied in support, while legal battles continue. The evictions are part of a broader issue in Jerusalem, where Israeli groups, often backed by American donors, seek to acquire Palestinian properties. Critics argue that these actions undermine peace efforts and exacerbate tensions. The Israeli government's role in these evictions is contentious, with some accusing it of enabling the process. The Sub Laban family remains determined to stay in their home, viewing it as central to their identity.

Life in limbo for Palestinian teens under house arrest

14 Mar 2015  |  Middle East Eye
Palestinian teens in East Jerusalem, like 16-year-old Mohammed Suyuri, face severe restrictions and psychological stress under house arrest, often in non-residential settings. The conditions, including financial burdens and family tensions, are exacerbated by the legal and bureaucratic complexities of their cases. Organizations like Addameer are working to monitor and address these issues, but the impact on the children and their families remains profound and long-lasting.

Israel's National Park growth hits Palestinian families hard

11 Mar 2015  |  Middle East Eye
The expansion of Israel's National Parks, particularly the proposed Mount Scopus Slopes National Park, is significantly impacting Palestinian families in East Jerusalem's Issawiya and al-Tur neighborhoods. The development, which involves demolitions and land seizures, is seen as a strategic move to limit Palestinian community growth and maintain Jewish-Israeli contiguity. Critics argue that this planning policy, rooted in demographic objectives, deprives Palestinian residents of space and resources, leading to cramped living conditions and frequent demolitions. NGOs like Bimkom are working with local residents to challenge these developments legally.

Palestinian students fear torture, abuse as PA, Israeli arrests spike

02 Mar 2015  |  Middle East Eye
Birzeit University students, particularly those affiliated with Hamas' Islamic Bloc, face increasing arrests and alleged torture by both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli security forces. The PA's actions are seen as politically motivated to curb Hamas' growing influence. Despite international human rights organizations' efforts, students continue to face brutal interrogations and detentions. The situation has fostered a sense of fear among students but has also strengthened the resolve and legitimacy of the Islamic Bloc. The article highlights the broader implications of these arrests on student politics and human rights in the West Bank.

Victims of Paris kosher market attack laid to rest in Jerusalem

13 Jan 2015  |  Middle East Eye
In Jerusalem, a state funeral was held for the four victims of the Paris kosher supermarket attack, attended by hundreds of mourners. The attack, carried out by Amedy Coulibaly, followed the Charlie Hebdo massacre. French President Francois Hollande and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the anti-Semitic nature of the attacks. Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasized the connection between diaspora Jews and Israel, encouraging Jewish emigration to Israel. However, this call for aliyah received mixed reactions from the Jewish community, with some expressing a desire to remain in France despite security concerns. The article highlights the broader issues of anti-Semitism, the need for solidarity among Jews, and the complex responses to calls for emigration.

Illegal at home: The story of Daoud al-Ghoul

01 Dec 2014  |  Middle East Eye
Daoud al-Ghoul, a 31-year-old activist from Jerusalem, was expelled from the city and the West Bank based on secretive and opaque evidence, leading to significant personal and social disruption. The expulsions, including those of three other Palestinians, have been condemned by lawyers and human rights groups as unjust and in violation of both Israeli and international law. The Israeli government justifies these actions as necessary for security, but critics argue they are punitive measures that violate human rights and serve as collective punishment. Historical context is provided with similar expulsions of Palestinian politicians in 2006, further highlighting the ongoing tension and conflict in the region.

No freedom of religion for Palestinians in the Holy City

31 Oct 2014  |  Middle East Eye
Jerusalem has experienced significant tension and violence, including the near-assassination of a right-wing activist and the killing of a Palestinian suspect. The closure of Al-Aqsa mosque, deemed a 'declaration of war' by Mahmoud Abbas, led to heavy police and military presence, restricting Palestinian access to the holy site. Despite the crackdown, Palestinians continued to protest by praying in the streets. The article highlights the ongoing suffering and exclusion of Palestinians, drawing parallels to the situation in Hebron. Local businesses are also affected by the violence and restrictions, contributing to a sense of despair among residents.

Hundreds defy police restrictions to attend Hijazi funeral in Jerusalem

31 Oct 2014  |  Middle East Eye
The funeral of Mu’taz Hijazi, suspected of attempting to assassinate right-wing Israeli activist Yehuda Glick, saw hundreds defy police restrictions in Jerusalem. Despite a controlled and limited attendance, many mourners managed to join the procession, leading to heightened tensions and clashes with Israeli forces. The article highlights the frustration and defiance of the Palestinian community against the restrictions imposed by Israeli authorities, with mourners expressing anger and predicting further unrest.

Jerusalem: the touch paper is lit

30 Oct 2014  |  Middle East Eye
In Jerusalem's Silwan and Abu Tor neighborhoods, tensions have escalated following the death of Mu'taz al-Hijazi, suspected of attempting to assassinate Jewish activist Yehuda Glick. The unrest has led to clashes between local Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, resulting in widespread shutdowns and heightened security measures. The conflict is deeply rooted in religious and territorial disputes, with both sides expressing frustration and anger. The situation remains volatile, with locals bracing for further violence.

Bold West Bank land grab may have been on drawing board for decades

15 Sep 2014  |  Middle East Eye
Israeli authorities have confiscated 4,000 dunums of West Bank land, likely paving the way for settlement expansion and stifling Palestinian development. This move, part of long-standing plans, aims to create continuity between Israeli settlements and the Green Line, effectively integrating parts of the West Bank into Israel. The settlement of Gvaot, initially an illegal outpost, is set to benefit significantly from this land grab, with plans for substantial expansion. The strategy behind these actions is to establish facts on the ground that favor Israeli claims, complicating future peace negotiations and the potential creation of a Palestinian state. Opinions on this move vary, with some Israeli officials opposing it, while others, including local settlers, support it as part of a broader vision for the region.

Reeling from Gaza losses, Palestinians in the West Bank organise boycott

14 Aug 2014  |  Middle East Eye
In response to the recent Gaza conflict, Palestinians in the West Bank have initiated a widespread boycott of Israeli products, marked by stickers indicating that 16% of the purchase price goes to the Israeli army. This grassroots movement, driven by frustration and a desire for resistance, has seen significant support from local businesses and organizations. Major supermarkets like Bravo have removed Israeli products from their shelves, and activists are promoting Palestinian alternatives. The boycott is seen as a strategic move to weaken the Israeli economy and assert Palestinian economic independence, despite criticisms that it may hinder dialogue and cooperation. Key figures in the movement argue that the boycott is a necessary response to decades of occupation and economic exploitation.
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