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Clashes broke out across the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, yesterday as Palestinians marked the 65th anniversary of the Nakba. Allison Deger reports from Ofer prison where protesters faced off with Israeli soldiers.
For the second time in two years, students at Tel Aviv University (TAU) commemorating the 1947-49 Palestinian expulsion and the destruction of villages were met with a counter-protest. At last year’s event over 1,000 amassed on campus, ending in clashes incited by members of Knesset. Again this year, the youth-based “new Zionist” group Im Tirtzu bottom-lined the demonstration, distributing a counter analysis pamphlet titled “Nakba Harta” or “Nakba-Bullshit”.
Allison Deger reports from Jerusalem Day, a celebration of Israel’s 1967 conquest of the holy city, as religious-nationalists parade through the Palestinian sections of the Old City. Above, Israeli girls sing and dance in front of the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.
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Allison Deger writes from Jerusalem about a racist encounter she had on Yom Haatzmaut, and the tension that is seen everyday in interpersonal interactions across the city.
Miko Peled describes entering Gaza by tunnel.
The Tel Aviv neighborhoods of Shapira and Neve Sha’anan are the parts of town where cracks in the concrete do not get fixed and they’re never featured in guidebooks for the White City. Crumbling between the 1960s era homes and recently fabricated tin structures is a ghost of Israel’s past: a Palestinian mansion only a five-minute walk from the center of the city’s transport system. Dubbed the “Red House,” this structure serves as a reminder that Israel’s first city was not built from empty sand dunes.
The contradiction between the presentation of force and a policy against it was no clearer than last week at the Hebron funeral of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian prisoner who died of cancer while in Israeli detention.
Balad’s Secretary General Awad Abdel Fattah recounts a heated exchange he had with a Shin Bet agent as he attempted to return to Israel/Palestine from Amman, Jordan.
Palestinian prisoner’s death sparks West Bank demonstrations, but protests likely to end without leadership
The death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a prisoner who succumbed to cancer, has sparked demonstrations and clashes in occupied Palestine. Palestinians launched a two-day general strike, closing shops in East Jerusalem with light clashes breaking out by the Qalandia checkpoint. But while Hamdiyeh’s death has sparked new unrest within Israeli jails and on the streets, it remains unlikely the protests will grow into anything larger. Above, shops closed in East Jerusalem as part of a general strike in response to Hamdiyeh’s death.
On the 18th January at 3:20 pm fifteen year old Saleh Elamareen was shot in the head and killed by a suspected dumdum bullet shot by Israeli soldiers. Elamareen had been standing with his friends outside Lajee refugee centre in the Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem watching Israeli soldiers by the wall. Although Elamareen was practically dead when he arrived at the hospital, it took five days for his death to be announced by the Israeli hospital treating him, and his funeral had to take place under the cover of darkness with little notice given to the community. His death not only illuminates life under occupation, but also the role of the PA in today’s Palestine.
‘Do you know any Arabs in London?’ Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
Mark Kerrison was detained at Ben Gurion airport and then deported earlier this month for reasons that were never explained, though border officials seemed very concerned that he might talk to Palestinians. Here he relates his ordeal, including one comfort he had in jail: “My eyes were most drawn, though, to some words in small, inconspicuous lettering immediately above my head: ‘I don’t pretend to know night-time from day, but if I were your God I’d have something to say.’”
Land Day is an annual commemoration of six killed during a 1976 march against land expropriations in the Galilee. Last year Palestinians protested in thousands to mark Land Day. This year’s protests, at Qalandia, Damascus Gate and the southwest Jerusalem village of Beit Safafa, failed to capture the same momentum– and may signal a change in Palestinian attitudes about demonstrations.
Hundreds of Israelis traveled over the Green Line to observe Passover this week at a carnival-like event as Israeli officials closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinians in the West Bank’s largest city. The contrast between the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish areas was stark. While most Palestinians closed up shop in Hebron’s Old City due to the threat of settler harassment, Israeli Jews marked Passover by dancing in the streets, surrounded by high-flying Israeli flags and armed soldiers.
US President Obama’s hurried appearances in two West Bank towns provided the desired imagery for his ‘listening’ trip to the Middle East. In both Ramallah and Bethlehem, he was well-insulated from the Palestinians themselves. His arrival in Bethlehem was like a surreal wake following some natural calamity or apocalypse. Above, Obama’s fleet exits through the locked-down streets of Bethlehem.
Obama-mania is not contagious in Palestine. As Israeli authorities are occupied trying to make Barack Obama’s visit a big success, Palestinian activists have quietly rebuilt a protest encampment that was raided and demolished three months ago, on E-1, Palestinian lands on the east side of Jerusalem, that Israel has targeted to build more Jewish settlements.
B’Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army’s Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria, demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron.
Malaka Mohammed writes about her first time leaving Gaza.
Day One of Obama in Israel/Palestine — ‘It’s good to be back in the land of Israel,’ Obama says in Hebrew
A live blog of the first day of President Obama’s trip to Israel/Palestine.
In photos: On eve of Obama visit, Rafah children remember Rachel Corrie and protest US aid to Israel
On Saturday, Palestinian children held a vigil in Rafah to commemorate the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip border town a decade ago. Twelve-year old Heba Saqir read a letter to US President Barack Obama, due in Tel Aviv, asking that the president “sincerely speak out against military occupation, demand an end to the siege, don’t send more guns to Israel, and don’t oppose our unity. Please don’t empower those who have tormented my family and me for so long.”
Despite some fanfare over President Barack Obama’s upcoming three-hour visit to Ramallah during his trip to Israel, Palestinians in the de facto capital of the West Bank are for the most part disappointed with the diplomatic tour. Allison Deger talks with several Ramallah residents who doubt Obama has any interest in the well being of the Palestinian people and believe his policies already indicate Israel is the U.S.’s ally in the region. Above, a Palestinian coffee shop makes light of the short visit.
Palestinian human rights orgs to Abbas: Meet Obama in Jerusalem to challenge Israeli ‘facts on the ground’
A letter from the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council to President Mahmoud Abbas in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region. The letter calls on President Abbas to invite President Obama to meet with him in the Orient House in occupied East Jerusalem, in order to refute Israel’s attempts to create “facts on the ground” through its settlement policy.
Mohammed Asfour’s burial earlier this month in the village of Aboud near Ramallah was not a national event. The 23 year-old Bethlehem University student and sports lover may not be memorialized outside his small village, yet Asfour’s March 8th funeral was a turning point. Protests in the wake of his death are indicative of a wave of confrontations with the Israeli military across the West Bank. The prisoners’ hunger strike has pushed into small villages and re-invigorated popular dissent. As President Barack Obama’s makes his much lauded arrival in the region this week, a nascent uprising is forming.
On Wednesday, March 13th Ziad Jilani’s wife, Moira, and their three children were given a glimmer of hope from the inside of the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. In June, 2010 Ziad Jilani was shot and killed by border police after a road collision involving his car and Magav officers on the main road into Wadi Joz, in occupied East Jerusalem. On Wednesday, Israeli Supreme Court judges decided to personally review all the evidence from the case. “It is unprecedented that the court asks to look at the evidence by themselves,” said the family’s lawyer speaking from outside the courtroom.
Palestinian identity in Israel underwent many evolutionary transformations since 1948. Palestinian citizens of Israel had to adapt to a political system that aimed to erase them: an inherent and an integral component in Zionist thought. Palestinian citizens of Israel have dealt with their erasure in a variety of ways over the years and this article presents example of Palestinian un-erasure and identity since the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987.