Two Injured with Live Ammunition during the Fifth Anniversary of Protests in Kufr Qaddom

Two Injured with Live Ammunition during the Fifth Anniversary of Protests in Kufr Qaddom

Today, the last Friday in Ramadan, marked the fifth anniversary of Kufr Qaddom’s demonstrations. The Israeli military were present in the village and firing rubber coated bullets prior to the start of the demonstration. The soldiers continued to use full force against protestors, using high velocity barricade penetrating tear gas grenades, and live ammunition. Two young men were injured with live ammunition. One 15-year-old boy took a .22 Caliber bullet to the stomach. He entered surgery in Nablus at approximately 3 PM to remove the bullet. In addition a 19-year-old was hit in the lower leg. The injury is not serious, but still a cause for concern: the young man in question had been released from jail less than a month ago, after he was arrested for his participation in the weekly protests.

Deir Istiya: No Room to Move

Deir Istiya: No Room to Move

Deir Istiya continues to face restrictions on movement, and access to agricultural roads. Today, villagers reported continued construction on the settler road that surrounds the village, and the introduction of a flying checkpoint at the village entrance.

Ramadan Tov: Don't Eat Israeli Products for Iftar

Ramadan Tov: Don’t Eat Israeli Products for Iftar

“Ramadan Tov” read the posters, held by supporters of the Palestinian internal boycott, about forty of whom had gathered for a demonstration in the West Bank town of Salfit. The poster featured a picture of an Israeli soldier, in full combat gear, holding out a tray filled with household goods: Ein Gedi bottled water, Tnuva yogurt, Tapuzina juice. The use of the word “Tov”, Hebrew for “happy”, underscored the meaning of the posters: if you buy food for Ramadan from Israeli companies, the profits would go back into Israeli society, and tax coffers, and eventually benefit the occupying army.

IWPS returns to Deir Istiya

IWPS returns to Deir Istiya

An IWPS team is back on the ground in Deir Istiya. The jasmine trees are blooming, and the grapes are almost ready to eat! However not all is well. On our first night back, Rizziq abu Nasser, a local poet, activist, and friend of the IWPS laid out the three biggest challenges in Deir Istiya today.

Peaceful Land Day March in Huwara Explodes in Violence as Unprovoked Occupation Forces Attack

Peaceful Land Day March in Huwara Explodes in Violence as Unprovoked Occupation Forces Attack

In Huwara, nearly 200 gathered to plant olive tree saplings, hear speakers and to hold a peaceful Land Day march when suddenly, unprovoked Occupation Forces and Israeli Border Police began to rapid fire 45 stun grenades and numerous tear gas bombs indiscriminately into the gathered crowd which included children and the elderly.