Palestinians in the occupied West Bank City of Bethlehem gathered on Tuesday outside the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus, to hold a vigil in honor of George Floyd and Eyad al-Halaq. Mahmoud Zawahreh, a local activist, told Mondoweiss that “it is important for Palestinians to stand with all the oppressed people in the world, of all nationalities, who are the victims of racism and persecution.”
It’s been two days since Ranad al-Halaq’s only son, 32-year-old Eyad al-Halaq, was gunned down by Israeli police in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he was enrolled at a center for Palestinian adults and children with disabilities. “He was the light of my heart, the light of my eyes, my soul, my angel.”
Eyad al-Halaq was on his way to a school for children and adults with disabilities where he was a student when Israeli police spotted a “suspicious object that looked like a pistol” and shot him. After killing him, officers found that al-Halaq was unarmed.
The firing of a veteran Associated Press cameraman is causing a stir in Palestine after allegations that the Palestinian Authority had a hand in the matter.
Since the beginning of April, Israeli forces have been documented shooting holes into the water tanks on the rooftops of people’s homes in Kafr Qaddum. B’Tselem has concluded that “the shooting is deliberate”, and described the damage to the tanks as “sheer abuse” and “an illegal act of collective punishment.”
The Palestinian Authority officially declared an end to the coronavirus lockdown in the occupied West Bank on Monday, nearly three months after the first state of emergency was declared.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to “all agreements and understandings” with Israel and the United States in response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank with U.S. support. But many are doubtful he will follow through.
It’s been nine months since Laith Abu Zeyad, an Amnesty International staff member based in the occupied West Bank, was banned from traveling outside of the country and from entering Israel. After months of rejected petitions, unanswered questions, and painstaking delays, Abu Zeyad is finally getting his day in court — even if he is not allowed to be there.