This is the latest edition of our special coverage newsletter on the COVID-19 crisis in…
Two months ago the first cases of the coronavirus were detected in Bethlehem, and a state of emergency was declared in Palestine. Today, police checkpoints are unmanned, and the so-called nightly curfew has barely been enforced. Yumna Patel writes, “People seem to have reached their breaking point.”
With the amount of movement and interaction increasing in Bethlehem, it seems like a ticking time bomb in the city, and inevitably the rest of the West Bank.
For the first time in seven weeks, it finally seems like people have something to look forward to, and something to get their minds off of the coronavirus.
Palestinians are being overwhelmed with joy and sadness as Easter holidays and the beginning of Ramadan, times of celebration and togetherness, are being spent under quarantine.
There is growing concern among Palestinian activists and ordinary citizens that, while they are being forced to stay at home, Israel is working harder than ever to steal their land, and enforce President Trump’s Deal of the Century.
When sharing fears about the pandemic with Palestinian friends, the following sentiment always comes up in one form or another: “we’ve survived a lot worse than this before.”