Author Archives: Donna Baranski-Walker

About Donna Baranski-Walker

Donna Baranski-Walker is founder and executive director of Rebuilding Alliance, an American nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding war-torn communities and making them safe. In 2003, Rebuilding Alliance helped Al Aqaba build their kindergarten.

When a wedding party is a form of resistance

Imagine the difficulty of bringing a wedding party of 30 people through an Israeli checkpoint, from the bride’s village to the groom’s village, and you have an idea of Palestinian life in the occupied Jordan Valley

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Five eggplants and a bulldozer

Donna Baranski-Walker writes from Al Aqaba and describes the Israeli military’s presence in the life of the village.

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Here’s how Sadeq can get married

Why is the United States gov’t’s overseas investment corporation denying mortgages to Palestinians in Area C? Folks in Al Aqaba in the Jordan Valley are hanging on despite occupation, and obtaining building permits

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Courage in the face of intimidation: Rebuilding to remain

The Palestinian villagers of Al Aqaba, a little town in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank, are standing up as peacefully and courageously as they can, to build their homes on the land they own, knowing that Israeli Army bulldozers may come at any time. They are “rebuilding to remain.”

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Will Israel’s high court respect Palestinian family’s human rights?

On the Fourth of July, as Americans celebrate Independence Day, Israeli High Court Justice Esther Hayut will decide whether or not to freeze demolition orders for a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley

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IDF takes over Palestinian village for live-fire training exercises

Israeli troops entered al-Aqaba village in the Jordan Valley last night and conducted live-fire training exercises adjacent to the mosque, Al Aqaba Guesthouse, and the mayor’s home.

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