Israel bans Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque from entering 

Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri [Twitter]
Israeli occupation authorities handed over a deportation order on Sunday to Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, banning him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for one week, Palestinian media reported. Speaking to journalists, Sabri announced that the Israeli occupation police detained him and investigated him at Al-Qashleh Police Station in the centre of occupied Jerusalem, over claims of “inciting violence during the Friday sermon.” Sabri added: “The Israeli police handed me a one-week deportation order and asked me to be present at the police station for investigation next Saturday.” He disclosed that they informed him the deportation order could be renewed. Early on Sunday, the Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Sabri and handed him an order to attend the police station for […]

Palestinian child in solitary confinement in Israel jail for 27 days

Palestinian child, Mus’ab Abu Ghazalah
PLO’s Committee of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners announced on Sunday that a Palestinian child, Mus’ab Abu Ghazalah, 15, from Jerusalem, has been in solitary confinement in an Israeli jail for 27 days. Abu Ghazalah was incarcerated in solitary confinement due to his rejection to be sent to the department for adult Israeli criminals. In a statement, the PLO committee revealed that Israeli forces had arrested Abu Ghazalah on 22 December, and sent him to the department for Israeli criminals. The Israeli authorities put several obstacles ahead of his lawyer and rejected his visit to the child, denying his request to move him to the department for political prisoners. READ: Israel soldiers beat Palestinian man for not carrying his ID card  […]

Peretz: ‘We will ostracise Hamas and negotiate with PA’

Former Israeli Defence Minister, Amir Peretz [File photo]
Amir Peretz, head of Israeli Labor-Gesher (now merged with the Meretz party), announced on Sunday that he will ostracise Hamas and only negotiate with the Palestinian Authority (PA), if his party wins the Knesset elections slated for 2 March, Quds Press reported. During a cultural event held in the settlement of Holon, Peretz declared: “Hamas will never get any money from Israel. We will isolate it and start political dialogue with the PA.” He added: “We will reform the policy of the coming government and head for peace talks at the same time, we will not ignore the issues of welfare and social justice.” READ: Israel concerned of Hamas victory if Abbas dies  Regarding the elections and Israeli prime minister, […]

One-third of Israeli youths do not enlist in army citing ‘mental’ issues

Israeli soldiers arrive to take measures around roads in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on November 13, 2019 [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]
The Israeli army has expressed its concerns that one-third of eligible Israeli youths have not enlisted so far this year for reasons related to “mental health”, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday. The data published by the Israeli newspaper showed that 32.9 per cent of young men will receive an exemption from compulsory national service in the Israel Defence Forces. The figure for young women stands at 44.3 per cent. Furthermore, an average of 15 per cent of young Israelis drop out during their military service. According to the Jerusalem Post, nearly half of male soldiers — 47.9 per cent — do not complete their military service. The manpower directorate in the Israeli defence ministry called for extra checks on mental […]

Israel to organise music festival in Sinai during Easter

South Sinai attracts loads of tourists [Twitter]
Israel is to host Hashmaliko, a musical festival in Sinai with the participation of musicians of the Arab world, during the upcoming Easter holiday. On Sunday Israeli website, Walla! News announced the festival in an article entitled “The Israeli festival to be held in Sinai.” According to Walla! News, the Hashmaliko festival is an electronic music festival aimed at bringing together musicians and artists from all over the Middle East. The festival will be held on the shores of the Red Sea in the resort of Dana Beach, 15 kilometres north of Nuweiba, Egypt, over four days between 10-14 April. READ: Israel starts gas exports through Egypt  Musicians from Egypt and Iran will also be performing, attracting tourists from around […]

Israel detains Finnish MP for trying to cross Gaza fence

Anna Kontula, Finnish Member of Parliament [Wikipedia]
Israeli police on Thursday detained five Finnish citizens, including a member of parliament, for allegedly attempting to cross the fence separating Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to local media, Anadolu reports. The police detained Anna Kontula, a member of the Finnish parliament, and four other humanitarian activists, allegedly for trying to cross the fence in protest over the humanitarian crisis in the enclave, said the daily Haaretz. “We expect those who visit Israel, and especially public servants, to respect Israeli law,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by the daily. READ: Human rights groups urge Israel to halt aerial herbicide spraying along Gaza fence  Meanwhile, the Finnish Embassy in Israel refused to comment on the incident, saying that Kontula […]

Israel to build anti-tunnel sensor network along Lebanon border

An Israeli soldier stands guard near the border with Lebanon, where the Israeli military are working to destroy alleged Hezbollah tunnels on 4 December 2018 in northern Israel, Israel. [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Israel’s military announced on Sunday the start of construction of an underground network of sensors along the Lebanese frontier to detect any cross-border tunnel building. The project is getting under way a year after the Israeli military said it had destroyed a series of infiltration tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah group. “All the drilling is being done on the Israeli side of the blue line,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, referring to the border demarcation with Lebanon, said in a conference call with journalists. He said the planned Israeli network “was not a wall” but seismic and acoustic sensors buried in the ground. Israel had informed UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon about the work “to make sure everybody knows what we are doing and that we are operating on the Israeli side” of the border, Conricus […]

Massive demonstrations in Jordan against Israel gas deal 

Jordanians stage a protest march to drop a gas purchasing agreement with Israel signed in 2016, in Amman, Jordan on January 10, 2020 [Laıth Al-jnaıdı/Anadolu Agency]
Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday, demonstrating against the gas deal signed between Jordan and Israel, Quds Press reported. Quds Press reported that demonstrators called for ousting the government, and holding the officials accountable for signing the “shameful” deal. Prominent national, youth and Islamic leaders took part in the demonstrations, where placards displaying anti-Israeli occupation slogans were raised. The slogan placards read: “Together against the gas deal with the occupation. The gas deal is an occupation. The gas of the enemy is occupation. Down with the attempts to wipe out the Palestinian cause.” READ: How the first Palestinian woman is disrupting the finance industry with her fintech start-up The gas deal has been widely condemned in […]

PA denies importing gas from Israel

Head of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) delegation to the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum in Cairo, Mohammed Mustafa, denied that the PA is to import natural gas from Israel, news agencies reported on Friday. Mustafa announced, according to news agency Wafa, that the news reports about this were “not precise”. His remarks came several hours after the announcement by the Israeli energy minister, Yuval Steinitz, that there were discussions with the PA to import gas from Israel. Mustafa, the director of the Palestinian Investment Fund, called for not missing the development of the Palestinian natural gas field off the Gaza shores, known as Gaza Marine, and the efforts being exerted to solve the electricity crisis in Gaza. Gaza Marine, is a natural gas […]

Leaked pictures show torture of Palestine prisoner in Israel prison

Israeli prison [File photo]
A number of pictures leaked to mass media show the grave effects of the severe torture of Palestinian prisoner, Walid Hanatsha, inside an Israeli prison, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday. The pictures demonstrated the effects of torture on different parts of the prisoner’s body, including his neck, thighs and legs. Bayan Hanatsha, the prisoner’s wife, revealed that her husband was subjected to three rounds of torture – the first lasting for 12 days – during which he was interrogated for 23 hours a day. According to Hanatsha’s lawyer, the Israeli occupation inflicted five methods of torture during the interrogations. Hanatsha was hung by his hands while they were tied behind his back, and was blindfolded. He remained hung until […]
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Hair Dye Has Been Linked To Breast Cancer: What You Need...

We all know someone who’s come home from the salon with a hairdo that wasn’t exactly a dream. But the real nightmare may not end there — a new study just came out linking permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners with a higher risk of breast cancer. Plus the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, noted that Black women who used these treatments were at an even more increased risk. 

The study followed 46,700 American women who were already enrolled in the National Institutes of Health’s “Sister Study,” which tracks breast-cancer-free women whose biological sisters were diagnosed with cancer. The women, age 35 to 74, answered lifestyle questions (for example, what hair products they used) and updated researchers over an average of eight years. In the end, the study found that women who’d used the dyes and chemical straighteners had a greater chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer. This was especially true if those women identified as Black. 

The researchers found that, compared to those who didn’t use dyes at all, women who did had a 9% higher risk of getting breast cancer — but when researchers looked specifically at Black women using dye, they were found to have a 45% higher risk of being diagnosed.

Researchers also discovered women who used chemical straighteners had 18% greater chances of being diagnosed. But a full 74% of the women who said they used this type of treatment were Black; just 3% were white.

This comes two months after the American Cancer Society released their annual breast cancer impact study. It showed that from 2013 to 2017, the breast cancer death rate was 40% higher in Black women than it was in white women, despite slightly fewer Black women actually being diagnosed with the disease.

Before you freak out, experts are saying that much more research needs to be done to confirm whether the link between these hair products and breast cancer is something to be concerned about.

“Like anything else, this is something that would need to be looked into,” says Elizabeth Arena, M.D., Fellow of the American College of Surgeons at the Surgical Group of Los Angeles at Cedar-Sinai, who specialises in caring for patients with both benign and malignant diseases of the breast. The study only proves that dye and straightening treatments are correlated to an elevated cancer risk, not that they cause it, she says. Other factors could be to blame for the increase.

However, she notes that the findings are “important because they affect so many women, especially in African American women.”

This isn’t the first time hair dyes have been linked to cancer, but most studies looking into the specific breast cancer connection have not found a link, the ACS points out.

Still… some preliminary research has linked hair dye to blood and bladder cancer. One study found that salon employees had small increased risk for bladder and other cancers.

The research on chemical straighteners and breast cancer is also inconclusive. One large study didn’t find any connection between the two. But it used data from the ‘90s. And as the new IJC study’s researchers point out, the keratin treatments that became popular after the 1990s contain or release carcinogen formaldehyde, which could add a new risk.

If anything, this is a reminder to buy and use all your products mindfully. Many cosmetic products don’t need the approval of the Food and Drug Administration to be sold — although they do regulate colour additives, Time Magazine reports. It might be worth looking into services that help you find cleaner beauty products.

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