Violations against journalists increase in Israel and Palestine
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Hanna Nasir, head of the Palestinian Central Election Commission, at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, 16 January 2021, after president Mahmud Abbas announced dates for the first elections in more than 15 years. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images

With the announcement of the first general Palestinian elections in 15 years, MADA Center underscores the need to protect press freedom, freedom of expression, and the right to access information throughout the electoral process and beyond.

Complaints submitted to the United Nations by the International Federation of Journalists and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate allege that under a shroud of impunity, Israel has used lethal force in its systematic targeting of journalists working in Palestine, and failed to investigate killings of media workers.

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies says recent efforts by the US State Department to label the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-semitic threatens to silence the work of Palestinian human rights defenders and organizations that monitor, document, and criticize Israel’s systematic human rights violations.