Author Archives: Allison Deger

About Allison Deger

Allison Deger is the Assistant Editor of Follow her on twitter at @allissoncd.

Gaza– and ‘Guernica’

Allison Deger made a series of photographs in Gaza demonstrating not just the human cost of the Israeli onslaught, but the price paid by animals. The scenes of animal destruction are reminiscent of Guernica, Picasso’s iconic painting from the Spanish civil war memorializing the 1937 bombing by rightwing forces, killing hundreds of civilians.

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Breaking: Israel shelling hospital in Beit Hanoun, injured Palestinians and internationals trapped inside

Over the past seven hours the Israeli military has shelled a hospital in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip where an injured international and Palestinians are trapped inside. Allison Deger spoke to Swedish national Fred Ekblad briefly during a 15 minute lull in the fire. He said the hospital was struck continuously since 7:00 pm this evening.

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Israeli military destroyed el-Wafa hospital even though it knew there were no weapons inside

The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. The IDF confirmed to Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger that the military understood there were no weapons inside of el-Wafa hospital, but when asked how far a humanitarian site needs to be to ensure there is not direct fire, a spokesperson said, “It’s not a matter of science, the IDF is very precise and they usually target whet they intend to target.” Above, patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City.

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International activists risk lives to protect Gaza’s ambulances under fire

A team of international activists in Gaza acted as “human shields” this afternoon to secure medications for injured and disabled Palestinians by accompanying Red Crescent ambulances into a firing zone in Gaza City. The activists are all foreign nationals, hailing from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden.

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First night of Israeli ground operations kills 27 Palestinians; Ambulances come under fire attempting to retrieve the injured

Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza began last night at 10 pm with extensive blasts in the north of Gaza causing thousands to flee south. UNRWA has opened 26 shelters servicing more than 30,000 Palestinians rendered homeless. Since the ground invasion has begun, at least 27 Palestinians have been killed, bringing the total Palestinian casualties since “Operation Protective Edge” began ten days ago to 267 deaths and over 2,000 injuries. Overnight one Israeli soldier was killed, possibly by friendly fire. In the Shuja’iyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, Israeli forces fired on Red Crescent ambulances. Between 12 am and 3 am emergency responders were unable to retrieve the injured.

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Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patients

The Israeli military has destroyed el-Wafa orthopedic hospital in the Gaza Strip, after first targeting the facility with five missiles on July 11, 2014. The Israeli military began striking the building around 8:oo pm this evening and within two hours all hospital staff and patients had evacuated the only rehabilitation center in the Gaza Strip. As they departed what remained intact from the medical center burned to the ground. “It’s already destroyed,” said director of el-Wafa Basman Alashi, continuing, “I don’t know how much is left of it, but we have evacuated all of our patients.

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Tel Avivians brave sirens for clothes in NYT story about ‘Fashion during wartime’

The New York Times writer Vanessa Friedman covers the war in Gaza by way of a defiant fashion show in Tel Aviv. Regrettably, the champagne after-party was cancelled due to the sirens.

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Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.

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Tensions rise on West Bank, and 22-year-old dies after Israelis stop ambulance

Tensions haven’t been so high on the West Bank since the intifadahs. Fatah crowds celebrate Hamas rockets, and the Israeli army kills a 22-year-old man as it continues to search for those wanted in connection for killings of three Israeli teens.

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Gaza war spreads as rockets are launched into Israel from southern Lebanon

Overnight three rockets struck Israel from southern Lebanon, marking the second instance of crossfire between the Mediterranean states over the weekend and since the beginning of the military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge

Just before noon today Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American-Palestinian who was brutally beaten by Israeli police earlier in the week, walked into court wearing the same clothes he had on when arrested. After a brief closed deliberation, with media corralling in the narrow hallway of the Jerusalem District Court, he was released under the condition of nine days of home arrest and a $880 (3,000 NIS) fine, despite not being charged of any crime. During arraignment prosecutors for the police originally requested Abu Khdeir remain in Israel for 15 days, an additional six days past his scheduled flight, during which time an investigation against him will continue. Police have sealed the details of the on-going inquiry. Above, Abu Khdeir speaks moments after his release about his beating and arrest.

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In Shuafat, Palestinian family delays funeral of murdered teen to search for answers


Allison Deger reports from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat where an investigation is ongoing to find the culprits responsible for abducting, killing and burning Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 17, two days ago. Police are not stating if the crime was “nationalistic” or “criminal” — code for whether the perpetrator is Israeli or Palestinian — but the Abu Khdeir family says the police are focusing on relatives. Yet all of Shuafat is sure Israeli settlers conducted a retaliation murder for the deaths of the three kidnapped Israeli youths Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah. Above, Palestinian youth move a sign to construct barricade inside of Shuafat.

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The Aftermath: Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge

Allison Deger reports on the fallout since the bodies of the three abducted Israeli youth were found. She talks to Israeli settlers hitchhiking from the spot Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah were taken and the families of the kidnapping suspects whose home in Hebron was destroyed in a punitive Israeli demolition. Finally, she travels to the teens’ funeral where calls for revenge ring out. Above, the Abu Aisha family’s demolished house in Hebron.

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Hundreds of Israeli soldiers raid Hebron as West Bank crackdown enters second week

As the largest West Bank military operation in a decade enters its second week, Israel raided H2, the area of Hebron under Israeli security control, for the first time since the second Intifada. Overnight 200 soldiers were deployed to arrest eight Palestinians, including five from one family. Palestinian activist Badia Dwaik attempted to film the assault until he was attacked by Israeli soldiers.

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One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007

The de facto capital of the West Bank was laid under siege in the early morning hours as both the Israeli army and Palestinian Authority police attacked Palestinians on the streets of Ramallah in a coordinated effort, with one killed by Israeli live-fire. Not since 2007 had the Israeli military taken control of the city’s downtown, typically a nexus of commerce in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Although there has been longtime security coordination since the establishment of the Palestinian civil administration in 1994, this was the first instance of both Israeli and Palestinian forces working in armed conjunction to suppress Palestinian protesters.

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Nighttime Israeli raid on Bir Zeit University yields — truck full of Hamas flags

In the wake of the reported abduction of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last week, the Israeli army has been conducting nighttime raids in West Bank cities and arresting hundreds. But in the first raid on Bir Zeit University in nearly 20 years of Palestinian Authority control, witnessed by Allison Deger, the Israeli target seemed to be Hamas paraphernalia. Just as the focus of many of the army’s actions has been the political party the Israeli government sees as terrorist

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Israeli checkpoint reinstated outside Nablus stops Palestinian traffic for over two hours

During the Intifada, Zaatara was a checkpoint just south of Nablus and now it has been reinstated as the Israeli army is ramping up its presence inside and around major West Bank cities since three youths were abducted last Thursday in a settlement bloc near Bethlehem. Reports say the wait in the checkpoint line runs around two and a half hours. Passengers in shared taxis are made to exit the vehicle as the army searches and checks identification cards. Even ambulances have to wait in these long lines.

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Israeli army enacts curfew near Nablus and raids eight major West Bank cities

In a major escalation of force not seen since the Second Intifada, tonight Israeli military vehicles are inside cities across the West Bank, and the army has enacted a curfew in a Nablus area town. The only population center in the West Bank that does not have Israeli soldiers patrolling and carrying out arrests is Jericho. The raids come in the aftermath of the abduction of three Israeli youths last Thursday.

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Israeli army seals Hebron, saying Hamas is responsible for abducted teens

The manhunt for three Israeli teens abducted from a West Bank intersection in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc late Thursday evening continues with the Israeli army sealing Hebron and arresting 80 overnight in the largest operation in the Palestinian territory in years. The Palestinian Authority indicated that Hamas is not responsible, and says naming Hamas is an “escalation” tactic.

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‘Netanyahu won’t act without a cane to his ass’ — Erekat says, urging ICC on Abbas

In a leaked recording released this week, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for his “commitment” not to go to int’l bodies: ‘Palestine isn’t your daddy’s farm’

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Death comes to downtown Ramallah

Allison Deger offers a diary from Ramallah. Weeks after Nadime Nuwara and Mohammed Salame were killed during a Nakba day protest, Ramallah is still in gloom. This wasn’t a clash. It was an indiscriminate spray of bullets. And one took a boy from deep inside the Ramallah enclave: Nadime attended St. George Orthodox School in an upscale neighborhood with restaurants priced around twice that of any other West Bank city.

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Israeli police arrest three Palestinian youth who returned to the village of Iqrit

Sunday morning police and authorities with the Israeli Lands Administration arrested three youth in the village of Iqrit near the border with Lebanon. When 20 youth took up residence in the village’s church two years ago it marked the only example of descendants of Palestinians expelled during 1948 being able to return to their family’s original village.

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On Jerusalem Day, thousands of settlers celebrate ‘conquest’ of the city and say ‘Kahane was right’

Allison Deger reports from the annual Jerusalem Day march celebrating the Israeli occupation of the city during the 1967 war. She writes that many of the young revelers from West Bank settlements revered the controversial rabbi Meir Kahane. One young marcher who explains why Kahane’s brand of violent Jewish nationalism speaks to young people tells her, “Kahane said if someone wants to kill you, than you can kill him.”

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Destroyed Palestinian village outfitted with 1,000 JNF trees memorializing Denver couple’s dead dogs

American JNF board members travels to Israel to plant 1,000 trees honoring his dead dogs, on the land of a destroyed Palestinian village.

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Israel’s high court hears appeal of suit by family of Rachel Corrie

Last Wednesday the family of American peace activist Rachel Corrie appealed a civil suit against the Israeli army in Israel’s high court presenting evidence that the soldier who killed her ignored many warnings and that official video of the incident disappeared

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