NGO ACTION NEWS
Global
· In a press release issued on 13 April (“Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners”), Amnesty International reported a mass hunger strike beginning on 17 April by Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, calling inter alia for lifting restrictions on family visits and improved access to medical care.

Middle East
· On 21 April, Peace Now Settlement Watch reported the establishment of a new outpost East of Ramallah, the first to be set up since the Israeli government declared a new policy towards settlements construction, the group claimed.

· On 20 April, B’Tselem analysed data regarding the use of firearms by Israeli security forces, stating that 101 Palestinians including 31 minors had been killed in 2016. According to the organization, investigations hint to an “open-fire policy permitting shooting to kill in instances defined as ‘incidents of assault’ and a trigger-happy approach to demonstration or stone-throwing.”

· On 20 April, Badil called on the United Nations Security Council to put the question of Palestine at the centre of its quarterly open debate on the situation in the Middle East.

· To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on 17 April, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) called for international protection for Palestinian prisoners.

· On 17 April, Defence for Children International (DCI) - Palestine expressed concern that in 2016 increasing numbers of Palestinian minors had been held by Israeli authorities in solitary confinement for longer periods, for interrogation purposes.


North America
· On 23 April, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and Playwrights Canada Press are celebrating the recent publication of “Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diaspora” with a panel discussion followed by a book signing at Book Culture in New York. The panel will feature the book’s editors Samah Sabawi and Stephen Orlow, contributor Ismail Khalidi and writer Leila Buck as moderator.

· On 23 April, Promoting Enduring Peace (PEP) is hosting its Gandhi Peace Award ceremony at Yale University, honouring this year Ralph Nader and Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

· A new collection of essays (“On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice”) with a preface by Judith Butler and edited by Jewish Voice for Peace, has been launched.

United Nations
· On 21 April, an OCHA warned that the shutdown of Gaza’s power plant was jeopardizing the delivery of basic services.

· On 20 April, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov delivered a briefing to the United Nations Security Council at its quarterly open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.


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