What Happens When Palestinians Pitch Some Tents on Their Own Land?

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Both +972 and the AIC have published my photo essays about the latest attempt by Palestinians to establish a new village on their own West Bank land. In case you’re wondering how that worked out, I’ll cut to the chase: The Israeli military soon arrived on the scene, and though they separated settlers from Palestinians, they proceeded to violently eject Palestinians from the newly created village – despite the fact that it was created on Palestinian land belonging to the inhabitants of Burin. Though soldiers stood idly by as settlers carried away several of Al Manatir’s shelters, the military attacked Palestinian activists with tear gas, sound grenades and pepper spray. . . .

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Israeli Settlers Use Outpost to Subvert Re-routing of Separation Barrier

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Check out my latest photo essay on how Israeli settlers are trying to subvert an Israeli court decision to move the separation barrier to make more land of the West Bank village of Jayyous accessible to its residents. An excerpt: In addition to activism on the ground, the people of Jayyous also fought in Israeli courts to have the wall moved to the Green Line—the internationally recognized border between Israel and the West Bank. In 2009, the court decided that the wall should at least be re-routed to return access to some 2,000 dunams of village land, though approximately 5,000 dunams would remain cut off by the wall. However, four years later, the decision has yet to be implemented and the wall remains as it was first built. … . . .

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Big Guns

Today, mostly just a photo. I didn’t have a photo of an armed Israeli settler until today. Taking a tour of Hebron’s old city led by EAPPI, a bunch of settlers were pointing fingers at a Palestinian attempting to fix his roof. Maybe they felt threatened. Then again, the Israelis had big guns. And were surrounded by soldiers, who also had big guns.

The main reason we like to bring visitors to Hebron is that the place pretty much speaks for itself. Click here to learn more about the insane microcosm of the Israeli occupation of Palestine that is . . .

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Hebron on My Mind

On Tuesday, on the anniversary of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, we visited Hebron—one of the most intense microcosms of the Israeli occupation. I’ve visited several times before, and saw similar sights: young men being harassed at checkpoints, settlers surrounded by platoons of soldiers, segregated pedestrians on Shuhada Street, military patrols through the old city, Palestinian shops with their doors welded shut. One new sight, pointed out by our EAPPI host: the recently repaired door of a Palestinian home that had been bashed in by Jewish tourists visiting the Israeli settlement of Beit Hadassa, which is embedded in the . . .

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Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Enters a New Season

On the last Friday of weekly demonstrations in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, activists confront Israeli settlers who have taken over part of a Palestinian home.

 

With all of the excitement about the J14 movement’s “March of the Million” (give or take a few 100K) in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities this weekend, a minor historic moment passed with little fanfare among activist media in the region. The Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement, which has organized weekly demonstrations against the takeover of Palestinian homes by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem for the past two years, announced . . .

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Things That Made Me Mad Today: ‘Christian Birthright’ and West Bank ‘Gated Communities’

Daher Nasser, a Palestinian Christian with a literal birthright to his family’s land in the West Bank—under constant threat from the Israeli government and nearby ‘gated communities,’ i.e. illegal Jewish settlements.

Maybe it’s because we got extra hassle at the checkpoint today, but two things I read just made me so mad I have to share. First, a Jerusalem Post article about “Christian Birthright” tours—”now in its eighth year, several of the program’s alumni have become advisers to top American and European officials”—tells the following lie-damned-lie that makes Baby Jesus cry:

… it was important for the group to . . .

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The ‘Good Samaritan’: Remixed and Real-life in Occupied Palestine

Olive branches cast shadows on the face of Darwish Darwish, a village mukhtar from the Al-Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Every now and then, one of Jesus’ parables comes to life. Reading a recent Jerusalem Post article, I was grabbed by a story that screamed “Good Samaritan.” By the way, there are still bona fide Samaritans living in Palestine. In the northern West Bank, they still worship on Mt. Gerizim and try to survive as an often misunderstood minority. But that’s another story. As for the parable, Christian Zionism expert—and critic—Stephen Sizer has blogged that,

“…if Jesus were telling . . .

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East Jerusalem Demolition for New Jewish Settlments

A building demolition in East Jerusalem has provoked international condemnation including statements by Secretary of State Clinton, and leaders of the UN, EU, and UK, due to plans to build a new Jewish settlement in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The settlement will become one more link in a chain of Jewish enclaves encircling the Old City of Jerusalem, effectively cutting it off from the rest of Palestinian East Jerusalem and the West Bank. A few key facts in this particular case:

The hotel was declared “absentee property” by Israel after it captured and annexed East Jerusalem. The title . . .

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Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents

In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in UN-administered camps that are essentially urban slums—overcrowded apartment blocks with high rates of poverty. But there are still some refugees that live in tents. Case in point—when I posted my favorite images from my recently posted Israel-Palestine gallery, I included this one of Fawzieh al-Kurd:

She has lived in a tent within sight of her home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem since November 2008 when Israeli settlers took over her home with the help of Israeli police. Her husband died of a heart . . .

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