Our land, our life

In addition to the usual demonstrations and tree plantings [click here for the AIC photo essay] this year, I had the honor of cooperating on a Land Day photo exhibition with Lajee Center and my friend Mohammad Al-Azza. It’s notable that…
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Mohammad Al Azraq stands outside his home in Aida Refugee Camp after being shot in the head with plastic-coated steel bullets by Israeli forces, Bethlehem, West Bank, January 21, 2014. Al Azraq was hit by the bullet while standing near a window on an upper floor of the youth center where he works as clashes took place outside. He was treated at a local hospital and released after receiving four stiches in his scalp.

A month before his arrest, a Palestinian refugee’s plea: ‘I want to live in freedom’

In late January, while looking out of a window on an upper floor of the Lajee Center where he works with youth in Aida Refugee Camp, Mohammad Al-Azraq was hit by a plastic-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli forces during clashes with local youth. He was treated at a local hospital and released after receiving four stitches in his scalp. About a month later, when I shot this video embedded below, Mohammad was speaking with a delegation of U.S. Mennonite Church leaders, who had a lot of questions about boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), and Mohammad’s hopes for an end to the occupation.

Amna (right) and Salman Mansour mourn their son Ibrahim who was shot and killed by Israeli forces while he was collecting gravel near the border with Israel.

Life and death on Gaza’s border

Amna’s son Ibrahim, age 35, was collecting gravel near Gaza’s eastern border with Israel when he was shot in the head and killed by the Israeli military on Thursday, February 13. He leaves behind a wife and seven children, ages 2 to 8. One of Mansour’s two companions was injured in the shooting. Both survivors say that no warning was given before they were fired upon.