Thousands of Settlers from Near and Far in Occupied Al-Khalil

Thousands of Settlers from Near and Far in Occupied Al-Khalil

The weekend of 25th and 26th of November 2016 in Al-Khalil, which Israel calls Hebron, brought thousands of extremist Jews and settlers from all over Israel and abroad to celebrate the week’s Torah study on Chayei Sara  (Life of Sarah),…

 Nabi Saleh Conference: Family trauma under occupation

Nabi Saleh Conference: Family trauma under occupation

This is the last of our reports from the Nabi Saleh Conference 11-12 November 2016. The last day saw the presentation of portraits of  people who had been killed by Israeli Forces, or by settlers. They had been painted by…

Another House Demolition in Jordan Valley

Another House Demolition in Jordan Valley

At around 09:30 on October 31, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), consisting of eight jeeps with about 40 soldiers and two bulldozers, one large and one smaller, arrived at Ad Deir village in Jordan Valley, situated in the north eastern corner…

Volunteer voices: The olive harvest

Volunteer voices: The olive harvest

My daughter says “you are writing about the olive harvest again”. Firstly, for me that is what I am doing most days, but secondly it is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinian communities at this time of…

Home Invasions in Deir Istiya

Home Invasions in Deir Istiya

Whatever the orders were, there was no justification for a home invasion of this manner, against the quiet civilians in Deir Istiya. The Israeli military is there to remind Palestinians that they are not safe in their own homes.

West Bank Traffic Stops

West Bank Traffic Stops

Fadi was on his way home to Hares from a job interview in Jericho earlier this week, when he was pulled over by Israeli police for a minor traffic infraction – momentarily crossing the centre line of a highway shared by Palestinians and illegal settlers. While one may reasonably expect a verbal warning or small fine for such a minor violation, that wasn’t the case. Instead, Fadi was arrested and taken to a police station in Ari’el settlement, where he was detained for several hours. In addition, both his vehicle and his drivers permit were impounded, meaning that he has neither the right nor the means for transportation, until his possessions are released in a month’s time.

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.