Mariam Barghouti


Mariam Barghouti reports from Nariman, Nour, and Ahed Tamimi’s latest hearing where the three women’s detention was extended even though no official charges have been brought against them. Nawal Tamimi, Ahed’s aunt, tells Mondoweiss, “in the end, this is an occupation. If they could they would officially charge us with the crime of being born Palestinian.”

Yesterday, an Israeli military court extended Ahed Tamimi’s detention and postponed her trial. Mariam Barghouti reports from Ofer military court, where on Christmas day Palestinian families, including the Tamimis, gathered to attend the trials of their imprisoned loved ones. Wafa Daud, who was waiting to attend a hearing for her 19 year old son tells Barghouti, “Behind the numbers, there are the family members and friends that are also being punished in this system.”

While Damascus Gate has been the central point of protest in light of US president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinians have also been confronting the declaration through other means. The residents of Jabal al-Baba used this year’s Christmas celebration to reaffirm the need to defy Israeli policy of forced displacement and the plans to take over the areas of E-1 northeast of the city.

The Palestinian Society for Care and Development in Amaari refugee camp was created in 1998 in response to the cries of the disabled people in Amaari camp. The organization struggles to survive in part because of a stigma against the refugee camp in Palestinian society. “There is an institutionalized discrimination towards the people of the camp and organizations from the camp, mainly perpetuated by the Palestinian Authority and extended to the rest of Palestinian society” explains Shaher, a member of the organization, in a weak voice, as though he has reiterated that sentiment one too many times.

On Nakba Day, Mariam Barghouti writes about her grandfather. She says even when his memory fails, sometimes mixing up his grandchildren, he can still tell you the stories of Palestine in perfect detail. She says such recollection acts as the burden and savior of Palestinians. She writes, “It is within that memory we find pain, and within that memory we implement our existence.”

The case of Palestinian refugees is a prevailing topic when discussing Palestine and liberation, but when Palestinian refugees are being besieged and slaughtered in Syria there is a piercing silence towards them. Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been under siege for nearly 550 days and counting. Over 1,020 Palestinians have died in the camp by torture in regime jails, execution, and bombing.