As the non-violent demonstrators, children among them, reached the top of the hill, Israeli soldiers approached and immediately began shooting tear gas.
IWPS and ISM went to ‘Asira for a work day to clean an empty house that is to become a community center. Ten locals directed the work and labored alongside internationals.
The gas seemed to be particularly strong that day. The soldiers had a machine so they could shoot many canisters at a time…
Over 100 people gathered at An-Nabi Saleh for their weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation. The community of An-Nabi Saleh was present with people from all ages alongside national, international activists and media.
IWPS visits Salem Military court, where Palestinians attend their ‘hearings’. After each court case, the family members are allowed one minute to talk to their sons. They do this from behind the guard-rail set at a right angle to where their sons stood.
Several IWPS team mates attended the World Social Forum-Free Palestine. Held November 28-December 1 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, this year’s Forum was historic in nature as it focused solely on Palestine.
“The olive harvest began, almost like clockwork, 2 weekends ago,” writes an IWPSer. “I arrived back from my days off in Bil’in to an empty house as everyone had miraculously disappeared into the olive groves…”
In the 2012 olive harvest season, IWPS accompanied land owners in 15 villages. See the full list, together with their neighbouring illegal Israeli settlements, here.
Denial of access, principal stand to refuse to ask the occupiers for permission to access one’s land, transportation… IWPS Team reflects on the main challenges regarding our work with Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season.