For the past several years, Palestinian women from all walks of life have been taking part in a video project to document human rights violations under occupation. In honor of International Women's Day, one of them tells her story. By Manal Ja'bri My name is Manal Ja'bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One…Read More... | 15 Comments
After 20 years of a failed and fictitious peace process, there is no more room for 'processes' that serve as substitutes for peace. There is nothing left to clarify between the two sides. The only possible compromise for a peace agreement is well known. By Rona Moran and Hana Amouri (Translated from Hebrew by Itamar Haritan) The ongoing “peace” negotiations are headed for failure. Everyone knows it. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu know it, as do the leaders of the Palestinian Authority, who are participating in the negotiations under heavy American pressure. The U.S. knows it too…Read More... | 81 Comments
Dozens of Tel Aviv storeowners woke up Tuesday morning to find that anti-occupation activists had posted fake military orders on their storefronts. The pseudo army notices ordered the stores to shut down for the entire day, in commemoration of the 20 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in Hebron, and to give Tel Aviv residents a glimpse of the Palestinian reality of segregation in the city. +972's full coverage marking 20 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre Related: A city of devastation: Hebron 20 years after the massacre In Hebron, terror begets a reign of terror…Read More... | 1 Comment
Streets for Jews only, shuttered stores, spitting, throwing stones and daily harassment by soldiers and settlers alike. Since terrorist Baruch Goldstein committed a massacre at the Cave of the Patriarchs 20 years ago today, the situation of Palestinians in Hebron has only deteriorated. By Einat Fishbain / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this post in Hebrew here Nobody, not even Abraham himself could convince the Palestinians of Hebron that Baruch Goldstein -- many of them insist on calling him “the doctor” and sometimes even “professor” -- acted alone. Moaz Jaabari, who was an 11-year-old boy when his father was…Read More...
Something saddened the Jewish settlers of Hebron following the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre: the army canceled their Purim parade. By Yigal Mosko / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this post in Hebrew here Much to my surprise there was no lock on the door. "Does this look safe?" Orna asked. The truth is that it seemed like an irresponsible thing to do, entering Hebron without so much as a single contact while the blood was boiling. Just one day earlier, a doctor from Kiryat Arba by the name of Baruch Goldstein entered the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Dressed…Read More... | 11 Comments
In the middle of Hebron, volunteers and activists built a kindergarten. Even a kindergarten, an attempt to bring a small piece of normalcy to the area, has turned into a target for the army, police and settlers. Text and photos by Dana Direktor / 'The Hottest Place in Hell' Read this article in Hebrew The State of Israel offers compulsory education from the age of three. But for the residents of the H2 area of Hebron, under Israeli control, there are no educational institutions. Period. Thus, a Palestinian child has two options: pass a few checkpoints on the way to…Read More... | 19 Comments
In 1994, the Israeli military responded to a massacre by a Jewish settler by restricting the movement of Hebron's Palestinian residents. Two decades later, the restrictions are more severe and some of Israel's most extreme settlements continue to grow in the heart of the West Bank's largest city. Photos by: Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1994, American-born doctor and Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein walked into Hebron’s al-Ibrahimi Mosque and opened fire with his military issued rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125. Goldstein himself was eventually overcome…Read More... | 6 Comments
Who do you turn to for redress when your city is occupied by a military force that gives violent settlers almost complete impunity? The roots of segregation in Hebron and Baruch Goldstein's massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers. Read this post in Hebrew here. “How can you tell the difference between a Jew from Hebron and other Jews?” the white-bearded tour guide posed in American-accented English on my first visit to the city six years ago. “The Jew from Hebron doesn’t carry a gun,” he continued. “They made sure the Arabs know not to mess with them.” The guide’s animated narration…Read More... | 5 Comments
In a rare, united political front, Palestinian protesters try to reach Hebron's segregated Shuhada Street but are confronted by Israeli army and police. Five are arrested and a B'Tselem researcher is hit in the head with a rubber-coated bullet. [This post has been updated] About 1,000 Palestinians from all political parties, joined by Israeli and international activists, marched through the streets of Hebron Friday afternoon demanding to reopen the city's formerly central commercial street. Shuhada Street has been closed to Palestinians movement for the better part of 20 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre. The procession started at the central…Read More... | 45 Comments
Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1994, Israeli-American Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 people in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, the Muslim holy site at the Cave of the Patriarchs. Goldstein’s attack with an automatic assault rifle left 125 wounded. In the wake of the massacre, its victims, the Palestinian residents of Hebron, were the ones to suffer. Once one of the city's major thoroughfares and commercial centers, Shuhada Street was closed to Palestinian vehicle and foot traffic as part of the Israeli army’s attempt to create "sterile" buffer zones between Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents in the city.…Read More... | 18 Comments
This week: African asylum seekers continue their struggle in Israel, Afghan asylum seekers march in Brussels, Palestinians block traffic and plant trees, activists promote joint struggle while opposing normalization, visitors express solidarity in the Jordan Valley, and officials demolish homes in South Africa.Read More... | 1 Comment
Since the Middle East is normally a hot and dry place without much more than heat waves for meteorologists to report, it can be quite a big story when the weather turns stormy as it did this past weekend. The magnitude of snow, which spread across the region from Jerusalem to Cairo, Homs, Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Istanbul, Bethlehem and Hebron, was a rare sight to see. Times of extreme weather like this remind me that Israel is - at least geographically - an integral part of the Middle East. That there were once open roads and railways that connected Damascus to…Read More... | 1 Comment
This week: An arson attack in response to the killing of an Israeli soldier, the Wall encircles Al Walaja, Palestinians observe the anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, a Palestinian prisoner is released, activists protest the demolition of Bedouin villages, animal rights activists take action in supermarkets, checkpoints divide Hebron, and Susiya lives under threat of demolition.Read More... | 3 Comments
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