Posts made in May, 2017

UN: Israeli rule ‘key cause’ of Palestinian hardship

Posted on May 31, 2017

Jerusalem (AFP) – Fifty years after Israel occupied the Palestinian territories, its policies in the West Bank and Gaza are at the root of Palestinian hardship, the United Nations said Wednesday.

“Occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report.

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“Don’t Jail This ‘Palestinian Gandhi'”

Posted on May 31, 2017

Just Foreign Policy

Issa Amro in 2015. Credit Hazem Bader/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

As Peter Beinart reports in the Forward [1], Hebron’s Issa Amro has been preaching nonviolent resistance in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr for almost two decades. Amro’s organization, Youth Against Settlements, frequently hosts Israeli activists. Amro has won awards from the UN and the EU. Amro doesn’t just oppose violence, he’s gone to extraordinary lengths to stop it.

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CPT: Occupation Captured

Posted on May 29, 2017


While recognizing that we are only able to record a fraction of the atrocities that occur, CPT Palestine is committed to documenting these human rights violations and intervening when appropriate and possible. By sharing these numbers, we strive to amplify the stories of those who are experiencing the most injustices and promote a narrative that calls for peace with justice.


Counter-Settler Tour Pictured above: CPT monitored its first counter-settler tour created in partnership with a local tour guide. The tour takes place at the same time as the weekly settler incursion in the Old City, offering a narrative of Palestinian history and culture in al-Khalil and explaining the impact of occupation on daily life, economy, and freedom. Members of our CPT delegation were the main participants last week. A future goal of the project is to draw more Palestinians into the space of the Old City to raise awareness about resistance to the occupation. (May 20, 2017)

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INTERVIEW: Israelis and Palestinians: ‘The Holy See Can Play a Unique Role for Reconciliation’

Posted on May 28, 2017

A Conversation With Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah

Anne Kurian | Zenit | May 26, 2017

“The Holy See can play a unique role for reconciliation in the Holy Land between Israelis and Palestinians. It is accepted by both sides. It is above parties . . . it is a unique entity which can offer mediation,” said Monsignor Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, in an interview with Zenit.

Monsignor Sabbah, head of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, commented on the question of “normalization,” stated in a press release of the Commission, published on May 22, 2017, as “some people, also here in the country, seem to be used to living with drama, with daily death and mutual hatred,” he said.

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Was Trump’s Middle East Visit a Win?

Posted on May 27, 2017

Analysis by APN Policy Consultant Gail Pressberg

APN
by Americans for Peace Now 05/23/17

At first glance it looks like there are a lot of winners from President Trump’s Middle East trip including:

– The Saudis, who got what they wanted. They heard Trump confirm that the US would be close to the Gulf Arab states and veer away from Iran. They also sealed an arms deal with the US for $110 billion. And they never heard the words human rights from Trump’s lips!

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Israelis rally for Palestinian state, end of occupation

Posted on May 27, 2017

Tel Aviv (AFP) – Thousands of Israelis rallied Saturday in Tel Aviv in support of a Palestinian state ahead of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

Banners bearing the slogan “Two states, One Hope” featured in the demonstration organised by supporters of a Palestinian state, including the Israeli NGO Peace Now.

NGO head Avi Buskila said the rally was a protest against “the lack of hope being offered by a government perpetuating occupation, violence and racism”.

“The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation and wants a two-state solution,” he added.

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Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem denounces bus attack on Copts in Egypt

Posted on May 27, 2017

Latin Patriarchate of Jersualem | May 26, 2017

MINYA/EGYPT – On Friday May 26, 2017, more than 20 Coptic Christians were killed and dozens wounded in a bus attack in the Minya Province in Egypt.

The Copts convoy, which was travelling to hold prayers at the St. Samuel monastery, around 140 miles south of Cairo, was stopped and came under fire by a group of gunmen.

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President Trump in the Holy Land: hope for the peace process

Posted on May 27, 2017

The second leg of the first trip of US President Donald Trump abroad concluded in Israel on May 23. On the agenda: meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem; with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and a visit to different holy places.

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CPT: Soccer, Hospitality, Apprehension

Posted on May 27, 2017

There is a group of boys from the Old City of Al Khalil/Hebron who congregate in the evenings at Bab al-Baladiyeh, the old municipality square, to kick around a soccer ball. There aren’t very many places to play in the Old City but this is one of them; a space only large enough to play a 3-touch game up against a wall, right opposite of the Israeli occupying forces military base.

I had seen the boys playing several times as I walked through the Old City, but the day I finally found the courage to join in the game would forever change me and my understanding of the reality of living under occupation in Palestine.

It happened quite suddenly as the news spread around town; soon every kid I passed on the street knew my name, a small crowd would gather in the square, and my non-existent Arabic vocabulary now included three words: she plays soccer. This new-found fame opened doors into homes where I was welcomed like family and my dust-covered pant legs and scuffed shoes – although initially to my embarrassment – became a testimony to the joyful new friendships.

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CPT Hebron: “Old City Jewelry Shop”

Posted on May 27, 2017

Mospah follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He has been making and selling jewelry in the same shop in the Old City souq for fifty years.

Why does he do what he does, where he does? Because it’s a family tradition, part of his heritage. He has a strong sense of rootedness, from both his father, whom he reveres, and his grandfather. Mospah has ten children, seven daughters and three sons, and thirty-seven grandchildren. The entire family continues to live in Hebron.

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