Saturday, September 23, 2017

In Pictures

  • Turning waste into everyday art | May 09, 2017
    ReSign for Recycling Design, an "upcycling" initiative, is committed to transforming trash into functional items with aesthetic appeal. The project is at the forefront of Palestine’s environmental movement. .....
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  • Ramallah dance festival explores the theme of exile | May 02, 2017
    The 2017 Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival opened on April 20 with a symbolic ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ dance. The festival spanned 10 days and consisted of a repertoire of fascinating and international shows from Indonesia to Norway and Palestine. .....
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  • Palestinian prisoners launch open-ended hunger strike | April 18, 2017
    Around 1,600 Palestinian political prisoners in Israel initiated an open-ended hunger strike on Prisoners Day. Their demands include increased visitation rights and that Israel comply with international law in its treatment of Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli government has so far refused to negotiate. .....
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  • Vibrant Food Train empowers Palestinian ex-prisoners | September 28, 2016
    The classic food carts are pretty boring and utilitarian, and they all look the same. At the hustle and bustle of modern Ramallah city center, an eye-catching rolling restaurant airbrushed with a riot of color thus immediately draws not only hungry foodie’s but every passerby‘s attention. .....
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  • Ramallah Fun Run Raises Awareness for Palestinian Children | September 24, 2016
    On September 23, the Palestine Medical Relief Society (PMRS) hosted a fun run for children as part of its Lost Childhood campaign, with the support of Right To Movement, Ramallah. About 400 children, aged 5-14, were bussed into Ramallah from all over the West Bank, including several refugee camps. .....
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  • First-ever professional skateboard tour hits Palestine | September 22, 2016
    ‘Radical Islam’, reads a graffiti tag in Nablus skate-park. Sketched below it is a bearded Imam, a broad grin on his face and a skateboard in his hand. On Saturday, September 10, he watched the park being put through its paces by the Isle skate team. Isle were in town for the first professional skateboarding tour in Palestinian history. .....
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  • Innocent Palestinians punished as lethal violence flares in Hebron | September 22, 2016
    Following a spate of lethal clashes between the Israeli Army and Palestinian youths, innocent civilians are being denied the right to work, leave their home villages or retrieve the bodies of their dead children. At least 230 Palestinians and 32 Israelis have died in internecine conflict since unrest began to rumble across the West Bank in October.....
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  • Inside the Palestinian refugee camp backed by Celtic football fans | September 16, 2016
    Glasgow Celtic Football Club played Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva on August 17. A section of the crowd waved Palestinian banners in an act of solidarity. UEFA are set to hit Celtics fans with a £15,000 fine for displaying “illicit banners”. Instead, Celtic set up an online fundraiser,appealing for donations for MAP and Aida Refugee Camp. .....
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  • Umm al-Hiran: Chronicle of a disappearance | March 14, 2016
    Located eight kilometers northeast of the recognized township of Hura, Umm al-Hiran is among the Bedouin villages in the Negev desert at the risk of being demolished. Named after the valley that passes by the village, Umm al-Hiran is home to about 500 residents of the Abu al-Qian tribe. .....
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  • From Aida to Shuafat, Part 3 | April 11, 2015
    This is the third segment in a series of articles to be published by the Palestine Monitor focused on the plight of Palestinian refugees throughout occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. Our correspondent, Ruairi Henchy, will be visiting a handful of camps in order to give voice to their grievances and to highlight the distinctly unique... .....
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  • From Aida to Shuafat, Part 2 | March 26, 2015
    This is the second segment in a series of articles to be published by the Palestine Monitor focused on the plight of Palestinian refugees throughout occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. Our correspondent, Ruairi Henchy, will be visiting a handful of camps in order to give voice to their grievances and to highlight the distinctly unique character .....
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  • The village of Al-Walaja commemorates Nakba day | May 17, 2014
    Men, women and children of all ages gathered on Thursday in the village of Al-Walaja, just outside of Bethlehem, to remember those from their homes and land during the 1948 Nakba. With the ever-recognizable sound of Israeli military vehicle horns, the familiar crack of tear gas canisters and the constantly present helmeted soldiers ... .....
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  • Nonviolent protest village "Ein Hijleh" brutally evicted | February 07, 2014
    After 1:15 AM, on Thursday 7 February, many hundreds of Israeli soldiers, with bulldozers and sound bombs, invaded the Palestinian protest village of Ein Hijleh. Hundreds of volunteers from across the West Bank were scattered across the area, with dozens severely beaten and detained, including activists, journalists, men, women, and children. .....
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  • Ein Hijleh in photos | February 04, 2014
    Hundreds of Palestinian and international activists erected a protest village on the ruins of Ein Hijleh in Jordan Valley on Friday 1 February 2014. Organized by Melh Al-Ard (Arabic for "Salt of the Earth"), a new direct action campaign, the move comes in response to Israel’s ongoing attempts to colonize and potentially annex the area. .....
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  • Elderly Palestinian killed on New Year’s Day | January 09, 2014
    On New Year’s Day, Said Jasir Nasar Ali, an icon of the village of Kafr Qaddum, suffocated when Israeli forces tear-gassed his home during a demonstration inside the Palestinian village. He was pronounced dead in a Nablus hospital later in the day, becoming the first fatality of the village’s two-and-a-half year popular struggle and the first ... .....
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  • Christmas Eve demolitions leave more than 60 homeless | December 31, 2013
    Early on Christmas Eve, Israeli wrecking crews flattened a Palestinian Bedouin community on a beautiful hilltop in the Ramallah Governorate of the occupied West Bank, demolishing more than a dozen homes and leaving 15 families in temporary tents. Days later, despite the hardship, the residents are proud, hospitable, and determined to hold ... .....
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  • Commemorations, new strategies, and clashes in West Bank resistance village | December 10, 2013
    On Saturday, 7 December, the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh hosted a special event commemorating several important milestones and a new beginning for the Popular Struggle against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Approximately three hundred people, including 70 or 80 Israeli activists and a dozen or more internationals, were in ........
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  • The struggle to remain in south Hebron hills | December 07, 2013
    A shepherd, an activist, and a father of seven, Mr Hafez Hreini serves as the coordinator for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the south Hebron hills. Last week, he welcomed the Palestine Monitor to his home in Al-Tuwani to talk about his family‘s history intertwined with that of the PSCC‘s work in the region, and about... .....
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  • Dozens made homeless amid latest Jordan Valley demolitions | December 05, 2013
    On Monday, 2 December, Israeli bulldozers accompanied by military vehicles knocked down four houses and numerous tents and livestock barracks, leaving at least 30 Palestinians homeless and causing the deaths of more than a dozen lambs, local residents of al-Auja told the Palestine Monitor during a visit on Wednesday afternoon. Four displaced ... .....
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  • Thousands Protest Prawer Plan in Global "Day of Rage" | December 04, 2013
    Protests were held throughout the Israeli and Palestinian territories, as well as 31 cities around the world, on Saturday 30 November, to protest the Prawer-Begin Bill for the Regulation of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev, a development plan currently being reviewed by the Israeli parliament which would displace some 40,000-70,000 Bedouin fr.....
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  • Political tourism challenges Palestinian tolerance | December 01, 2013
    "Hebron - the ultimate family experience in Israel: Isn‘t it about time you took your children to visit your great-grandparents in Hebron?" - Such is the concise, convenient way in which Jewish tourism companies advertise their tours of Hebron - one of the oldest continuously lived in cities in the world. Considering the fact that Hebron is of ... .....
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  • Government services collapse in East Jerusalem | November 27, 2013
    These photos were taken in and around the Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Shu’fat has seen overcrowding and a collapse of government services since the construction of the Separation Wall cut it off from most of East Jerusalem, and the nearby neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada currently face a wave of potential house demol .....
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  • The Jenin Freedom Theatre presents, "Lost Land" | November 26, 2013
    After two months of research, writing and rewriting, three weeks of pre-production with the designer, one month of travel within the West Bank, seven months living with a Palestinian family in a refugee camp, three months of Arabic lessons, two and a half months of rehearsals and thirty years ‘‘impassioned by the Palestinian plight‘‘ - a well... .....
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  • Friday at the Bil‘in International Conference | October 08, 2013
    Last week, the small village of Bil‘in hosted the 8th annual Bil‘in International Conference on the Palestinian popular struggle. The three-day conference, which coincided with International Peace Day, was held from Wednesday October 2 – 4, 2013. .....
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  • Lina Qadri, “Nostalgia” | October 01, 2013
    Lina Qadri started painting when she was a child in her hometown of Nablus. After studying Arts at al-Najah University, she held her first solo exhibition in the French Cultural Center of Nablus. Her third exhibition, “Nostalgia,” was displayed last week in the intimate atmosphere of the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Ramallah.  .....
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  • A week of house raids in Hebron after killing of soldier | September 27, 2013
    Tensions were especially high in Hebron after the mysterious shooting and death of an Israeli soldier on Sunday, 22 September. After the killing on Sunday night the IDF soldiers reportedly went around the neighborhoods surrounding the Abu-Arish checkpoint, close to where the soldier was killed, and rounded up all Palestinian males with an ID ... .....
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  • Israel‘s MAG closes investigation in 2009 death of Bassem Abu Rahmeh | September 15, 2013
    On Wednesday, 11 September, the Israeli Military Advocate General (MAG), Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, decided to close an Israeli military investigation into the death of Bassem Abu Rahmeh, a non-violent activist from the village of Bil’in. The case was closed due to an alleged lack of evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Israeli security forces... .....
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  • 3 Killed by live fire in Qalandiya Refugee Camp | August 27, 2013
    Early Monday morning, 26 August, Israeli military forces killed three young men inside the Qalandiya refugee camp, in the West Bank near the border with Israel. Witnesses reported that undercover Israeli forces entered the camp at around 5 AM to carry out an arrest. Residents in the camp were quickly alerted to the presences of the military and ... .....
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  • 13 displaced in Beit Hanina Demolition | June 01, 2013
    In the early hours of Wednesday 29 May, a swarm of Israeli police officers surrounded Badwan Al-Salaymeh’s home in the Bet Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Without prior warning or allowing the family to remove their belongings, two bulldozers transformed the two-story house into a disfigured mass of broken concrete blocks and mangled iron.  .....
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  • 65th Anniversary Nakba Commemorations in Ramallah | May 16, 2013
    On Wednesday 15 May Palestinians commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Nakba across the occupied Palestinian territories. Demonstrations ended up in clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli occupational forces in different parts of West Bank. Thousands of people gathered in Ramallah’s Yasser Arafat Square to mark the Nakba, Arabic for... .....
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  • Bethlehem Runs Rings Around the Wall | April 22, 2013
    On Sunday, roughly 500 people ran in the Right to Movement Marathon, the first marathon to take place in the West Bank. The marathon was held in Bethlehem, a city that bumps up against the Apartheid Wall, a fact which presented runners and race organizers with unique challenges.  Zuher Tmeza, the coordinator for Right to Movement‘s Information... .....
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  • "Suicide Note from Palestine" dramatizes the reality | April 09, 2013
    It is the year 2090. A violent Israeli shelling of the Gaza strip is projected on a folding screen. Amal, a student shows up in the middle of the stage lying down in a hospital bed. Her heartbeat has already stopped and she is being resurrected in a medical care center by strange medical staff wear in UN white coats. The Freedom Theatre starts........
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  • Hebron mourns the death of cancer stricken prisoner Abuhamdia | April 05, 2013
    On Thursday March 4, more than 1,000 people attended the funeral of the latest prisoner to die under Israeli custody, 64 year old Maysara Abuhamdia from Hebron. He died on April 2 at the Soroka hospital in Bir Sabe’, where he was transferred to there from Eshel prison last month despite his suffering from throat cancer since August 2012. .....
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  • Two killed in Tulkarem amid rising West Bank tensions | April 04, 2013
    Amer Nasser, 17, and Naji Belbisi, 18, were shot and killed by an Israeli sniper whilst throwing stones at an Israeli guard tower on Wednesday, April 3. The cousins were shot at Enav checkpoint near the town of Anabta, south of Tulkarem, where they were protesting in response to the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died in Israeli custody... .....
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  • More than one hundred settlers march through Hebron for Passover | March 28, 2013
    On March 27, almost 150 settlers took part in a march organized in the old city of Hebron due to the Passover celebration.  During the afternoon, at least three different groups of settlers walked from the checkpoint at the beginning of Shuhada Street until they reached a house belonging to a Jewish family in Shalaleh Street, which is... .....
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  • Palestinians erect new tent village ‘Ahfad Younis’ | March 22, 2013
    Over 400 Palestinian activists have erected a tent village, on a hillside overlooking the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adummin, on the eve of the United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Ramallah. The village, composed of three large structures, ten small tents, a playground, internet zone, and medical center, is located within... .....
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  • Palestinians tell Obama ‘You‘re not welcome here‘ | March 20, 2013
    On Tuesday, the night before President Obama‘s arrival in Israel, around 400 Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to send him a message: they don‘t want him here. Demonstrator Hazem Kawasmi carried a sign that said "Obama, you‘re not welcome here." He said the US‘ close ties with Israel mean they are complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian... .....
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  • Love in the time of Apartheid | March 11, 2013
    On March 9, the Israeli army prevented a symbolic wedding from taking place near Hizma checkpoint, a checkpoint separating Ramallah from Jerusalem. The groom from the West Bank attempted to make his way to the checkpoint to meet his bride, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, who was arriving from Nazareth, in the north of what is now called Israel. .....
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  • Israel moves to segregate buses | March 09, 2013
    This week Israel established a de facto racially segregated bus service on a route from the West Bank into Israel. Palestinians traveling to work from the Eyal checkpoint next to Qalqilya have been told to board the different buses, as they will not be allowed to ride on the buses that carry settlers from the West Bank to Israel. Previously... .....
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  • Bil‘in: Eight years fighting the Wall | March 04, 2013
    On March 1, roughly 400 Palestinians & international supporters gathered in Bil‘in to mark the eighth anniversary of the popular resistance movement that has taken hold in the village. The demonstrations are held in Bil‘in in opposition to Israel‘s theft of land from the village by means of settlement construction and the Apartheid Wall... .....
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  • Israel kills prisoner, sparking anger throughout Palestine | February 25, 2013
    After two weeks of growing protests in support of hunger striker Samer Issawi, Palestinians were given a new cause for anger when prisoner Arafat Jaradat died in Israeli custody inside Megiddo prison. The Palestinian Authority stated Jaradat was tortured to death which was verified by Saber Aloul, the doctor who was present at Jaradat‘s autopsy... .....
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  • Open Shuhada Street, end Apartheid | February 23, 2013
    On Friday February 22, hundreds marched in Hebron‘s old city to demand the opening of Shuhada Street, a major artery in the city connecting the center to the cemetery. The Israeli army closed Shuhada Street to Palestinians following Baruch Goldstein‘s massacre of 29 people inside the Ibrahimi mosque in 1994, and today most of the street is... .....
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  • Ofer protest breaks into violence again | February 21, 2013
    Over one thousand people demonstrated outside Ofer prison on Thursday, near the town of Beitunia in support of Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israeli jails. It is the third demonstration at Ofer this past week. The demonstration was met with countless volleys of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition from Israeli... .....
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  • Two shot at Ofer prison as hunger strike demonstrations grow | February 16, 2013
    Israeli security forces responded with extreme violence to demonstrations held across the West Bank in solidarity with hunger strikers held in Israeli prisons without charge. The largest demonstration took place outside Ofer prison in Beitunia where Israeli soldiers shot two people with high-velocity bullets. The use of live ammunition against... .....
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  • Israeli army violence towards peaceful protests | February 14, 2013
    The violent eviction of Bab al-Shams and al-Manatir tent villages in the E1 area and Burin respectively draws attention to the use of heavy-handed and brutish tactics used by the Israeli military against protesters and highlights their use in other demonstrations throughout the West Bank.  Peaceful demonstrators are all too often beaten and... .....
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  • Apartheid Wall threatens 2000 years of agriculture in Battir | February 11, 2013
    The unique system of terraced agriculture practiced in Battir has continued without stop throughout wars dating back from the eras of the Romans to the Mamluks to the Ottomans. It survived the devastation of Israel‘s 1948 land grab, the 1967 war and two intifadas.  But now Israel plans to build its Apartheid Wall directly through the terraces... .....
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  • Ramleh: demonstration in solidarity with hunger strikers | February 06, 2013
    Over 150 activists attended a demonstration outside the notorious Ramleh prison hospital in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners inside, including long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi. Coming from all over the 48 territories & Jerusalem, the activists chanted and sang in support of the prisoners in front of the prison gates........
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  • Palestinians forcibly evicted from new village “al-Manatir” | February 04, 2013
    On Saturday 2 February, Palestinian activists erected a tent village on a hilltop overlooking the village of Burin, about 7km south of Nablus, in protest at Israeli plans to expand the nearby extremist settlements of Yitzhar and Bracha. It was later evicted, following ferocious clashes between the army, settlers and activists, which resulted... .....
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  • Separation Barrier to sever Beit Iksa from its land | January 21, 2013
    Beit Iksa has become one of the latest villages affected by Israel’s on going construction of the separation Wall. The village has been issued with notices ordering the confiscation of 456 dunams, on which the proposed section of the Wall will be built. Such a construction would completely surround the village, geographically cutting it off from... .....
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  • Going back to Bab al-Shams | January 17, 2013
    Three days after being evicted form the newly created Bab al-Shams village, Palestinians tried to return but were violently stopped by the Israeli army. On Sunday morning, 500 Israeli security forces converged on the newly erected tent village of Bab al Shams and forcibly evicted the over 100 Palestinian activists who were staying there.... .....
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  • In photos: Bab al-Shams violently evicted | January 14, 2013
    At around 2:30 am early on Sunday morning, 500 Israeli security forces converged on the newly erected tent village of Bab al Shams and forcibly evicted the over 100 Palestinian activists who were staying there. Erected on Thursday, January 10th, Bab al Shams is located in the E1 territory which the Israeli government plans on constructing new ..... .....
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  • IDF displaces hundreds of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley | January 05, 2013
    Hundreds of Palestinians have been displaced in the northern Jordan Valley during Israeli military exercises in the area. The inhabitants from the villages of Wadi Al-Maleh, Ein Hilwah, Wadi al-Faw, al-Maita, al-Bur and several other communities in the surrounding area received temporary evacuation orders.The orders stated that they must leave..... .....
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  • Bil’in commemorates Jawaher Abu Rahmah’s death | January 05, 2013
    A demonstration was held on Friday 4th January 2013 in Bil’in in commemoration of Jawaher Abu Rahmah. It was the second anniversary since she was killed during the village’s weekly protest against the Apartheid Wall. Jawaher Abu Rahmah suffered asphyxiation after inhaling a large amount of tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers..... .....
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  • Al Mufaqara to rebuild mosque for the third time | January 01, 2013
    On December 22nd residents of Al Mufaqara village in the South Hebron Hills began to clear the remains of their mosque in preparation for its rebuild, which was destroyed by the Israeli military on December 4th. This will be the third time the mosque will be rebuilt after its second demolition in two years... .....
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  • A prosperous Christmas in Bethlehem | December 26, 2012
    Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and locals lined the streets of Bethlehem and gathered in the city’s Manger Square on Christmas Eve. Reigned as the most popular tourist destination in the West Bank, the city is to host around 115,000 internationals over the Christmas period, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. .....
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  • Firing Zone 918 – Khirbet Al-Fakhit | December 23, 2012
    Several miles from road 317 into the expanse of the South Hebron hills lays Khirbet Al-Fakhit, a village presently under danger of demolition due to Israel’s declared firing zone. Only plausibly accessible by tractor or a rugged off-road vehicle, the village is home to approximately 200 people.  These people live predominately in tents since... .....
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  • Cut off from water and electricity, Abu Farda stands alone | December 19, 2012
    Arab Abu Farda is a Bedouin village which for the past 60 years has received no basic amenities such as water and electricity, and little help from the outside community. It is situated South of Qalqiliya in what is known as the ‘seam zone’, which is the land between the green line and the Apartheid Wall. This land is classified as a closed... .....
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  • Bukra Ahla: “Tomorrow is Better” | December 13, 2012
    Last Wednesday the people of Jenin filed into Jenin cinema to watch the theatre’s second annual youth film festival entitled,”Bukra Ahla.” The festival was the culmination of the hard work of students from Jenin Creative Cultural Centre, the Ariad School and the University School of Academic Education, who, for a number of weeks had been attend... .....
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  • Jenin refugee camp – not an easy place to grow up in | December 11, 2012
    The Jenin refugee camp was established in 1953 on 0.42 square kilometers of land leased by the Jordanian government. The inhabitants mainly come from the Carmel region of Haifa. The camp’s residents still have close relationships with relatives on the other side of the Green Line due to the short distance between Jenin and what is now called ..... .....
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  • Tent school in Arab Ar Ramadin under threat of demolition | December 11, 2012
    The village school in the Bedouin village of Arab Ar Ramadin, which has recently been erected in the form of tents, has become under threat of demolition. Arab Ar Ramadin is located in an area designated by the IDF as a closed military zone. As a result of this they cannot obtain permission to construct any new structure within the village. .....
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  • Anniversary of Mustafa Tamimi’s murder | December 10, 2012
    On 9th December 2011, the second anniversary since the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh embarked on its popular resistance protests against the Israeli occupation in 2009, one village resident, Mustafa Tamimi, was shot in the face by a tear gas canister from a distance of less than 10 meters. One year later, Nabi Saleh is commemorating the death... .....
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  • The fight for the land: Al Mufaqara’s mosque destroyed again | December 07, 2012
    On Tuesday morning at 6.30 AM, Israeli soldiers closed the road leading to the small village of Al Mufaqara, situated in the South Hebron Hills, which lies within a proclaimed ‘firing Zone’ adjacent to the green line. By the end of the morning two bulldozers had demolished the small mosque, built with the villagers own hands and determination. .....
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  • Palestine’s UN Bid Success: To what ends? | December 01, 2012
    At midnight on Thursday a jubilant Palestine celebrated the overwhelming success of the United Nations General Assembly vote.  In the centre of Ramallah, crowds of hopeful Palestinians gathered around a projection screen as the result of the vote was televised live from New York. In the end 138 member states voted in support of Palestine’s bid... .....
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  • Rushdi Tamimi becomes second victim of Israeli army in Nabi Saleh | November 21, 2012
    On Tuesday November 21st, the body of 31 year old Rushdi Tamimi was laid to rest in the small cemetery in his village of Nabi Saleh. Rushdi was among a group of protesters from his village who demonstrated on Saturday against the Israeli military incursion on Gaza. He was shot at three times, twice by rubber bullets and once by live.... .....
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  • In Photos: Ramallah protesting in support of Gaza | November 18, 2012
    On the third day of Israel’s latest incursion on Gaza, which Israeli officials call “Operation Pillar of Defense”, the number of martyrs rose as air strikes continued to pound the coastal enclave. Protests were called all over the West Bank cities. In Jenin the protesters headed towards the Jalama checkpoints, where Israeli occupation forces res.. .....
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  • House Demolitions and Tear Gas in Hares | November 08, 2012
    On November 7, approximately 50 Israeli soldiers overran the West Bank village of Hares yesterday near the illegal settlement of Ariel, clashing with residents and demolishing two houses. Israeli soldiers evicted the two families of Hamam Yousef and Omar Jaber who had recently built their houses despite not being able to acquire building permit .....
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  • Jewish terrorism unit to protect Israelis | October 29, 2012
    Ramallah – On Wednesday October 10, the Israeli government appointed a newly formed unit with the sole responsibility of dealing with “Jewish terrorism,” countering the attacks carried out by extremist settlers.The inauguration of the new unit was attended by senior Israeli officials and held in the “Binyamin District” of the West Bank in which... .....
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  • Mukhmas: Let the harvest begin! | October 25, 2012
    Olive trees are everywhere in the West Bank, dotting the semi-arid hills with swaths of green for as far as the eye can see. The resilient and weathered olive tree is symbolic of the Palestinian people. They too are resolute and connected to the soil, willing to weather whatever may come their way. This fall, like every other year, the annual olive .....
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  • Local elections in the West Bank: the return of democracy? | October 22, 2012
    On Saturday October 20th, Palestinians in the West Bank had the opportunity to elect new local councils for the first time since 2006.Preliminary results indicate that the main political party Fateh had much to give up during Saturday’s elections; Fateh only won 40% of the candidate seats, despite the non-participation of Hamas who boycotted the .. .....
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  • The Freedom Bus Rides ends in style | October 08, 2012
    On Monday, 1 October 2012, the Freedom Bus made its final stop in the old city of Beit Sahour, on the outskirts of Bethlehem. An initiative of the Jenin Freedom Theater the Freedom Bus spent the last week traveling throughout the West Bank, stopping in 11 different communities to preform their self-styled Playback Theater, a mechanism through .....
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  • Taybeh Oktoberfest: “The flame of peace” | October 08, 2012
    The annual Taybeh Oktoberfest is evidence of this. Since 2005 the Oktoberfest has been a recurring annual event that kicks off at the beginning of October, which draws thousands of people both locals and internationals to the little village of Taybeh, northwest of Ramallah, where they enjoy the locally brewed beer and celebrate life despite of the .....
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  • Life in Nabi Saleh during Ramadan: part 3/3 | August 22, 2012
    This is the third part of a series of three stories in photos about life in Nabi Saleh during Ramadan. Click here to see the first part and here to see the second part. Photos taken during Bassem Tamimi’s family last two iftars of this Ramadan and at the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, when all the men of the village gather at the central square... .....
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  • Life in Nabi Saleh during Ramadan: part 2/3 | August 12, 2012
    As it has been the case for more than two years in Nabi Saleh, the weekly Friday demonstrations also took place during Ramadan. The villagers, accompanied by Israeli and foreign activists, protested against the expansion of the neighboring, and illegal according to the international law, Israeli settlement of Halamish and Israel’s occupation in .. .....
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  • Life in Nabi Saleh during Ramadan: part 1/3 | August 06, 2012
    The atmosphere was friendly and festive in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, which holds weekly Friday protests against the Israeli occupation. Warm July evenings ushered in the end of the village’s summer camp for youth, just before the month of Ramadan began. Wearing shirts emblazoned with the face of Mustafa Tamimi, a local who was shot in... .....
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  • Noor Aida: Cooking Classes as a Form of Empowerment | April 07, 2012
    Noor Aida started off as a simple mother’s club but quickly evolved to an income generating empowerment project. It was understood at an early stage that stable financing was key to ensure that progress made at the mother’s club could be sustainable. .....
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  • In Photos: “Welcome to Apartheid Street” — Hebron demonstration goes awry | September 18, 2011
    Palestinian activists staged a symbolic name changing of Shuhada Street to “Apartheid Street” last week in Hebron. The action was organized by the group Youth Against Settlements to highlight conditions faced by residents of Hebron, where approximately 500 Israeli settlers occupy the town’s center under the protection of the Israeli military.... .....
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  • In Photos: tortured Palestinian boy arrested for a second time in Nabi Saleh | September 15, 2011
    Islam Tamimi received international media attention in August when the British newspaper the Independent described footage of his interrogation by the Israeli army. The report included descriptions of sleep deprivation and physical assault prior to his being forced to make statements against other villagers’ alleged involvement in protests. The .. .....
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  • Young photographers in Nablus | August 25, 2011
    These photos were taken around the city of Nablus by young Palestinians between the ages of 11 and 15, all participants in the Triple Exposure project at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, Nablus. After some technical training, the participants were lent cameras for one week at a time, to take home and photograph their lives, surroundings, and ....... .....
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  • Water resources in Masafer-Yatta, the South Hebron Hills | July 19, 2011
    Starting on Friday 1 July, I stayed for one week in at-Tuwani (ﺍﻟﻃﻮﺍﻧﻲý ﺍﻟÊæÇäÉ), the small Palestinian village about 9 miles to the south of Hebron in the area known as Masafer-Yatta or the South Hebron Hills. At-Tuwani is in Area C under full Israeli control[1], and around 350 people live in the village. Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the..... .....
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  • Naksa in photos | June 06, 2011
    Lazar Simeonov captured these stills at the 2011 Naksa protest at Qalandiya, the checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. .....
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  • Protesters: Ras Al A’moud not Maale Zetim | May 26, 2011
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