Nothing about life here is 'normal.' How could it be? And neither will my birthing experience - and maybe that's for the best, so that things have a chance to actually change. Thursday was my "due date." I began my 40th week of pregnancy yesterday and am due to go into labor any day now. I've been mentally and physically preparing myself for this exciting and unpredictable moment for months, planning to have as natural, active and positive an experience as I can without any unnecessary interventions. Then came the huge intervention of reality this week as rockets began being…Read More... | 3 Comments
The news says, 'the IDF doesn't kill children in vain.' And everyone here nods with a serious 'moral gaze.' By Nir Baram While mourning the horrific murder of the three Israeli boys by despicable murderers, yet again we hear the familiar calls of, "in times like these there is no Left and Right. We are all together." While there is "no Left and Right," MK Yariv Levin calls to deal with Israeli Muslims and make them understand that "that which was – will no longer be"; Minister Israel Katz calls to shake the houses in Gaza; Bennett, as always, wants…Read More... | 2 Comments
This Father's Day, as the Israeli military is once again operating throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Samer Badawi reflects on loss, fatherhood and the last major Israeli assault on Gaza. I had intended today to write a reflection on what it means to be a father to three Palestinian children, how raising them has taught me to be humble about the limits of my own influence, and how heavy the weight of their inherited history. But that history, as it is forged, has a way of interrupting introspection, bringing the present into sharp -- and sharply real --…Read More... | 3 Comments
Youth from the village of Qaddum were shocked to find themselves featured on a threatening IDF poster. Will the army severely punish those responsible? By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz About two weeks ago, several youth from the village of Qaddum were shocked to discover their photos and names appear on a placard posted near the mosque, which presented the following threat: "We are the army, dir balaq, we'll catch you should we see you, or we’ll come to your house." The affair was exposed in the +972. The placard was written in bad Arabic. "Dir Balaq" is roughly…Read More... | 18 Comments
This past month, for the first time since 2007, Palestinian children under the age of eight granted permission to visit their parents in Israeli prisons. The decision to allow family visits to Palestinians in Israeli prisons was made last summer, following a six-week hunger strike by some 2,000 prisoners. Palestinian kids from Gaza above the age of eight are still prohibited from visiting their parents - the same goes for grandchildren and siblings. There are over 500 prisoners - among them 14 minors - from Gaza held in Israel. Over 400 of them are "security inmates" and approximately 100 prisoners are "criminal…Read More... | 8 Comments
We wrote in January [Hebrew] about Supreme Court Justice Yoram Denzinger permitting the deportation of an Israeli boy and his Polish mother. Yesterday at 5 a.m., the mother and her son were arrested ahead of their deportation. This time again, Justice Denzinger refused to get involved. The boy was born in Israel in 2005 to a Polish women and an Israeli man. The boy has no connection to his father, received Israeli citizenship, and grew up in Israel from birth. In August 2010, the mother submitted a request for status on the basis of a government decision stating that children…Read More... | 12 Comments
Hundreds of Palestinian minors were arrested for weeks and even months by Israel in the last five years. Those children - including 34 of them under the age of 14 - were tried in military courts. Only one was acquitted. A new report by human rights NGO B'tselem shed light on one of the occupation's most horrifying aspects As part of its annoying habit of shedding light on parts of the occupation most Israelis would prefer to know nothing about, B'tselem published yesterday morning a report about the arrest of minors in the West Bank. Most Israeli media preferred highlighting…Read More... | 19 Comments
This picture, taken an hour ago in Lod by Amnesty Israel, pretty much says it all: The bulldozers are not digging out people from under the rubble - they're burying people's lives under it. They're not clearing the wreckage of the storm - they're unleashing the storm onto the bare heads of 50 (fifty!!) children and 30 adults. Their original sin was to be born Arab - and thus to be destined to live outside the planning process in Israel, to be forced to build without permissions, even though they are full citizens in "the only democracy in the Middle East."…Read More... | 1 Comment
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