Visit historic Deir Istiya!

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…

This is Not Extraordinary

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…

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.