The ruins of Deir Sam’an Castle and the spread of settlements

On 14 November 2019, the IWPS team picked olives in an amazing place under the magnificent and ancient Deir Sam’an Castle, which was a Roman Fortress and a Byzantine Monastery, with the owner of the land Fares al-Dik and his…

Widespread destruction of olive trees in Yasuf village and beyond

When the farmers of Palestinian villages Yasuf and As Sawiya came on Sunday 10th November 2019 to their beautiful olive fields covering the rolling hills of the West Bank’s Salfit region, they walked into their worst nightmare. Parts of more…

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Visit historic Deir Istiya!

IWPS met with Saed Zaiden, the Mayor of the town in occupied Palestine where we are based, Deir Istiya. We were shown around the recently renovated hotel in the old city, called the Palace of Abu Hijleh. Construction on the…

Women Fight On Two Fronts

When you first come as an activist to this country it can be hard to find the women among the very active, very welcoming Palestinian activist men. As you come more often, and as you dig a little, women appear,…

Martyr Elias Saleh: Bring Him Home

  Yesterday in Salfit, the family and friends of the martyr, Elias Saleh, held a vigil. They demanded that the Israeli Occupation Forces return his body, which they have held for over a month. Israeli actions constitute a direct violation…

Harvesting Olives, Resisting Violence

The olive harvest this year is poor. Maybe because it is one year good, next year not so good-like apples; maybe because there is not enough rain. But olives remain the core of the economy here around Salfit and Nablus. Around Al…

This is Not Extraordinary

UPDATE: THERE HAVE BEEN 3 MORE ATTACKS ON THE VILLAGE OF URIF IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS Today, November 8, we were interrupted on a quiet day of writing and researching by a call from our coordinator. A village near…

Agricultural Resistance: Hakoritna Organic Farm

On Tuesday 13th November 2018,  IWPS had the pleasure of visiting the Hakoritna organic farm in Tulkarem, Occupied Palestine. We met with the owner Fayez Taneeb. Hakoritna is trapped between several illegal Israeli industrial settlements and the Israeli apartheid wall.  The illegal…

Resistance at Khan Al-Ahmar

21 October 2018 Resistance at Khan Al-Ahmar is a gloriously organised thing: one hundred or so people are given food, water, coffee, tea, bed and shelter in what was the school playground and buildings. We lie shoulder to shoulder at…