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Category Archives: On the ground reports
Last Sunday over 300,000 protesters shut down central Jerusalem to protest a Knesset bill to draft Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community into the military. Allison Deger talks to some of the protesters who compare Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the main backer of the compulsorily conscription legislation, to the assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, suggesting he would meet a similar fate.
‘It was clear to me as a black person just what I was seeing around me’: Report from an African-American delegation to Israel/Palestine
Last week two members of a delegation of African American journalists and artists who traveled to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in January spoke of their experiences at a public forum held at the historic Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (PCUCC) in Northeast Washington, D.C.
Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel ‘Open Shuhada Street’ and protest twentieth anniversary of Ibrahimi mosque massacre
On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen Shuhada Street.
What is a Jewish dog? Allison Deger visits a pet cemetery (above) and ranch run by an Israeli couple that enjoys water, electricity and waste removal as a result of government plans to make life attractive for Israeli Jews in the Negev desert. Yet about two kilometers away is an unrecognized Bedouin encampment with 24 residents from the Abu Alkin clan who are not allowed to access municipal services, and are forced to live off the grid. “Martin Luther King, 2014: My dream is to be a dead Jewish dog. For then I will have equal rights,” quips Khalil Alamour of the legal rights group Adalah.
Do these teens remind you of the dizzy teens awaiting the Beatles? Change the scene: Days before John Kerry will arrive in the Middle East for more negotiations, thousands of Israelis marched in the occupied Jerusalem hills to claim land that would be essential to a two-state solution
The Palestinians of Gaza fear another Israeli military offensive is imminent. Israel is flexing its military muscle and Egypt has joined the band, beating the drums of war.
Israeli restrictions on the Gaza Strip have caused severe losses for strawberry growers, whose produce goes to European markets. But the current growing season is even worse. Growers’ losses have been doubled, as a heavy winter storm hit the region in December, damaging their fields and ripe crops.
The late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was eulogized in a service at the Knesset in Jerusalem earlier today and the turnout was low. There was no scramble for foreign dignitaries to board planes like they did for Nelson Mandela weeks ago. Even the Israeli public, who came out by the hundreds of thousands last October for the passing of chief Sephardic rabbi Ovadia Yosef, mostly stayed away. Above, the coffin of Ariel Sharon leaving the Knesset.
Filman Abraham, 24, says he’s marching in Jerusalem to demand a fair and transparent process for asylum in Israel and an end to deportations and mass arrests.
During a third day of strikes African asylum seekers in Israel have announced plans to march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to demand refugee status. Over 20,000 have already demonstrated in front of foreign embassies, and United Nations and European Commission offices.
Today, tens of thousands of African asylum seekers gathered in Tel Aviv to protest in front of eight embassies, UN and EU offices as part of a three-day strike against Israel’s policy of imprisoning for those requesting refugee status. The protests brought out record numbers and caused the U.S. Embassy to shut down. Israeli onlookers jeered at the marches, shouting “Go home!” and “back to Africa!” as the protesters met for a second day of actions.
John Kerry’s peace process may be stalled, but a Disney-like bible park in occupied East Jerusalem is devouring a Palestinian village, bringing paintball and a surround-sound media center. “Hear the Babylonian forces laying siege to the city?” asks “Amos,” a 3-D Israeli-accented talking head in a cowboy hat. Something jumped out at us from the screen. Maybe a sword? I dropped my glasses on the ancient floor. This historical adventure was too extreme for me.
In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the U.S.-backed direct negotiations. Families of the released prisoners still gathered to welcome loved ones home, but perhaps reflecting the malaise towards the ongoing negotiations the crowd was noticeably smaller than past releases.
As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life. In what was billed as a “day of rage” last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands inside Israel, in the Negev (Naqab). The stakes are high, not least because Israel views this battle as a continuation of the 1948 war that established a Jewish state on the ruins of Palestine.
Residents of two neighborhoods in East Jerusalem are bracing for the largest wave of home demolitions ever proposed by Israel. On October 31, Jerusalem municipal officials affixed legal documents to residential buildings in the Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada neighborhoods. The exact number of homes that would be affected is unclear, but Jeff Halper, the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, estimates that 15,000 homes could be demolished.
Once and Future Bride of the Sea: A historian discusses the history of Jaffa from the Nakba until today
Tel Aviv – Jaffa City Councillor Sami Abou Shehadeh discusses the history of Jaffa, pre- and post-Nakba.
It’s barely 100 meters, but a fence Israel plans to build through four villages in the heart of the iconic hills of the West Bank shows how deep the occupation reaches into Palestinian life. Earlier this month, the Israeli military ordered the construction of a separation fence in the north central West Bank on agricultural land belonging to four Palestinian villages. This fence is not an extension of the famous separation barrier. Rather it will be a free-floating chain linked plank in the heart of the West Bank. A miniature version of the wall, it separates nothing and can easily be bypassed on foot. Still this fence is part of a patchwork of barriers in the Nablus district that trace the highway system. Allison Deger reports an exclusive.
Imagine that you have to spend your night in utter darkness, to arrange your plan for each day according to a power-cut plan, or to force yourself into bed as there is nothing you can do other than to sit in the dark. If you find it hard to imagine, just ask a Palestinian from Gaza. No one could explain it better. Sarah Salibi writes from Gaza on how she is surviving on 6 hours of electricity a day.
Jovita Sandaite lives five minutes away from the Qalandia checkpoint. She crosses it every day, twice a day–and took notes on her experience. “People were denied entry. Children pulled their parents to go further even if denied; to go to Jerusalem, where a new toy gun or a doll is waiting to be bought on their expenses of patience,” she writes. “Who talks about money? Babies’ diapers were changed on the checkpoint floor.” Here’s her whole diary of crossing Qalandia.
The Palestinian Forum for Innovation and Technology was held in Gaza City in late October. The forum opened their doors to more than 100 creative enterprises to show and market what Gaza’s youth have done.
Esraa Yaseen was supposed to be in Egypt on Sunday October 27 to start a trip to Doha along with a distinctive group of Palestinian students. They were planning to attend the WISE conference. But the Rafah closing was closed, and they were stuck in Gaza.
Allison Deger was in Ramallah earlier today as prisoners released to the West Bank by the Israeli government were greeted at the Palestinian Authority headquarters. The crowd represented a cross-section of Palestinian society, and amid the euphoria, family members held up photographs of others behind bars
Allison Deger reports from the a-Zeitim crossing, one of the newer Israeli divisions created inside of Jerusalem. Although hailed as an undivided capital, Jewish-Israelis can move from neighborhood to neighborhood in Jerusalem while intractable metal gates create Palestinian ghettos throughout the city. Deger also talks to the young activists protesting the strangulation of their communities. Above, A-Zeitim checkpoint in East Jerusalem, between the neighborhoods of Abu Dis and At-Tur.
A recent World Bank report highlights how Israel is gradually whittling away the foundations on which the Palestinians can build an independent economic life and a viable state. The report’s focus is on the nearly two-thirds of the West Bank, known as Area C, that is exclusively under Israeli control–and which contains almost all the resources a Palestinian state will need to exploit.
The Desert of Israeli Democracy: A trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel’s national nightmare
While Benjamin Netanyahu ranted against Iran in New York City and in a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral Negev Desert communities that promised to “concentrate” them in state-run, reservation-style townships. The Prawer Plan is only one element of the government’s emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the river (the Jordan) and the sea (the Mediterranean).