In response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Palestinian Authority is walking away from agreements with Israel and the U.S. Ahmad Al-Bazz interviews Abdul Sattar Kassem on what this move will amount to, and the future of the Palestinian struggle following Israeli annexation.
The entire experience of the coronavirus in the West Bank serves as a perfect example of how Israel rules over Palestinians. While the coronavirus doesn’t differentiate between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel sure does. Everything in this country is politicized and affected by the colonial structure. The epidemic is just another perspective to understand it from.
Ahmad Al-Bazz reports from the Eyal checkpoint in the West Bank where Palestinian workers are forced into dangerous, overcrowded conditions as they attempt to cross Israeli checkpoints.
Palestinian journalist Ahmad Al-Bazz interviews Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak following his release from prison. Pollak had been detained for nearly two months over charges related to his participation in the non-violent protests in the West Bank against the Israeli occupation.
“You can’t divide the concept of freedom. Fighting for women’s rights stems from the same concept as fighting Israeli colonization”, said Lema Nazeeh, one of the organizers of a protest against gender-based violence in Ramallah. The protest was one of twelve across Palestine/Israel and the diaspora.
Ahmad Al-Bazz writes Palestinians realize that the recent wave of protests by Ethiopian Jews over the killing of a 19 year-old Ethiopian-Israeli man by an off-duty police officer is a natural consequence of the racism against them by the Ashkenazi majority. But the hard question here is: how should a colonized people think about the oppression of a segment of their colonizers?
Every year during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Israeli authorities approve a package to “relax” the restrictions on movement for West Bank Palestinians to facilitate worshippers’ trips to Jerusalem. As a result, tens of thousands of Palestinians headed to Qalandiya checkpoint, Bethlehem 300 checkpoint, and Zaytoun checkpoint early on Friday mornings to take advantage of the unusual regulations. Ahmad Al-Bazz reports from Qalandiya and Bethlehem to show what life under Israel control looks like.
On the morning of Friday, May 3, Israeli forces suppressed a joint action organized by Palestinian, Israeli and International Jewish activists to rehabilitate historical roads that are used by Palestinian communities in South Hebron Hills in the West Bank. Around 17 were arrested, including two photojournalists, who were interrogated in Kiryat Arba police station before getting released after 8 hours of detention.
Sara Burback travels from Washington DC to the West Bank city of Bethlehem to participate in the 2019 Palestine Marathon. Burback says it is a “special opportunity to run through Bethlehem and join runners from all over the world in defense of the basic human right to movement.”