human rights

Palestinian farmers pick olives during a harvest season in the West Bank city of Salfit near the Ariel settlement on October 10, 2018. (Photo: Shadi Jarar’ah/APAImages)

Rada Daniell reports from an IWPS trip to Palestine during the last olive harvest, “Every year there is another line of catalog-style settlement buildings spilled over the hills, another patch of land cleared out.” International volunteers help Palestinians under occupation harvest olives, then go home to break a de facto information embargo on the reality in Palestine.

Brad Parker explains, “Everybody can understand the physical violence against a child. I think that’s a universal red line that exists for most people. And in that, I think was the overarching sort of consideration in shaping the campaign. We wanted to have something that was really basic, straightforward, accessible, relatable so that it expanded the movement and also complemented the other things that were happening.”

Earlier this month Yehya Karaja, a homeless Palestinian living in Gaza City who set himself on fire in September near a crowded public park in an apparent protest over dire living conditions, died from his wounds. He was 26. 

Palestinians inspect the damaged house destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 14, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

“On Monday night I told myself I needed to sleep early in order to get up the next day to head to work as usual. I sat the alarm for 5:00 a.m. However, it was not the phone alarm that woke me. It was an Israeli airstrike targeting the home of Islamic Jihad senior commander Bahaa Abu al-Ata,” Aya Al Ghazzawi writes.