Lifta is one of the few remaining Nakba villages, whose residents were deported or fled during and before the war of 1948. Israel has prevented the Palestinians who left their homes from returning to them and when the war ended, it confiscated their land and property. This week, Activestills documented Palestinian women visiting the site along with the usual religious Jewish-Israeli hikers and tourists. Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Almost all of the hundreds of empty Palestinian villages were destroyed after the war and in subsequent decades. In Lifta, 55 of more than 400 hundred homes survived, together with the original…Read More... | 8 Comments
Photos & text: Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv, Shiraz Grinbaum /Activestills.org Although it is hidden away from the view of most the city's residents by a separation barrier, the Shuafat refugee camp is officially part of Jerusalem. Therefore, like every other neighborhood in Jerusalem, Shuafat's residents (who pay municipal taxes) depend on the city for their infrastructure and sanitation services. So what happens when the municipality simply ignores its own residents? They take matters into their own hands. Three months ago, several young residents of Shuafat decided to take initiative and start an emergency response team (which they named "Taqam Taware' Assalam,"…Read More... | 3 Comments
Photos By: Keren Manor, Oren Ziv, Yotam Ronen, Tali Mayer / Activestills.org This last week, nearly 200 Sudanese asylum seekers refused to check in to their nightly roll call at the Holot 'open' prison in Israel' south, choosing instead to march to Jerusalem in protest of their imprisonment without trial and the state's failure to respond to their asylum claims. After spending a night sleeping on the floor of the Be'er Sheva central bus station and another night on a kibbutz, they completed their march to the Knesset where they were met by Israeli immigration officers who arrested them forced…Read More...
In a mass act of civil disobedience, over 150 Sudanese asylum seekers chose not to show up for the evening roll call Sunday night at an 'open prison' in Israel's south. Instead, they set out on a march to Be'er Sheva, more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, where they spent the night at the central bus station in freezing wintery conditions. According to law, the detainees must check in with prison authorities three times a day. On Monday morning they continued marching toward Jerusalem in order to protest their continued detention without trial and to demand recognition as refugees.…Read More...
'Manipulation,' an exhibit that opened this past Thursday as part of the annual Jerusalem Design Week, brings together the country's top graphic designers to examine whether the field of visual communications is itself nothing more than that - a manipulation. By Eitam Toubul and Shira Glick Designer Daniel Mouktel, who is known for his previous graphic work for the "Arisa" line, criticizes the fashion world using his work "Fashion Force" to show how the world is "dictated by trends that decide what is right and what is out of fashion." At the head of the pyramid sits Vogue, which serves…Read More...
How apt, and catchy, that the city was cut off from the rest of the country on the very anniversary of the Babylonian siege, over 2,000 years ago, which led to the destruction of the First Temple and basically the beginning of Jewish exile from Zion. By Michelle Bubis Last night, I finally opened my bedroom window. Gingerly at first, feeling very brave. After three days and nights without daring to open a single window in the house, this was a much-needed breath of fresh air, for my sanity as much as my lungs. Three days of a long weekend in…Read More...
By a 5-4 majority, a ministerial committee on Sunday approved a bill that proposes to require 80 Knesset members to approve any negotiations about the future of Jerusalem before the issue can even be discussed in peace talks, as reported by Israeli press. It sounds like a technicality: the bill is far from passing as law, as it still requires a Knesset vote. Although members of the prime minister’s Likud-Beitenu party and Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party drove support in the committee, Netanyahu himself opposes the bill, reports Times of Israel. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who has emerged as the…Read More... | 5 Comments
Between 1949-1967 there was a radio station that united West Bank Palestinians and Jerusalem Jews. It wasn't interested in propaganda or demagogy, only playing the most popular Western and Arabic music. A brief history of Radio Ramallah and the legacy it leaves behind. By Niros* Last Saturday night, while walking on Tel Aviv's Ha'aliya Street, a man from Ramallah turned toward me and my partner. He and three of his friends were a little drunk and in a good mood. It seemed that they had just returned from some Tel Aviv club. He spoke to us first in Arabic before…Read More... | 1 Comment
This week: African migrants arrive in Italy, mourn in Israel; neglected Tel Aviv neighborhoods demand attention; self-immolation and other dramatic protests against evictions in Israel; a Palestinian from Haifa is arrested for Facebook 'incitement'; and, the occupation as usual in Jerusalem's Old City.Read More...
During a recent interview with Charlie Rose in New York, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid tacitly reveals why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict endures and why Israel will only accept peace on its own terms. Over the past week or so, as the United Nations General Assembly brought leaders from around the world to New York, several of them made their way onto American political talk shows. Charlie Rose, one of America’s best and most watched interviewers, hosted a number of political leaders from the Middle East, including Bashar al-Assad of Syria (from Damascus) and Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Rose also interviewed…Read More... | 68 Comments
Palestinians, Israelis and internationals gathered in a Tel Aviv museum last week for a two-day conference dedicated to the Palestinian right of return. Tom Pessah on some of the conference highlights. By Tom Pessah I don’t normally cry during academic conferences, although perhaps "academic conference" would be the wrong way to characterize Zochrot's conference on the issue of the Nakba and the Palestinian right of return. This year's conference, titled “From Truth to Redress,” was held in Tel Aviv's Eretz Israel Museum (on the grounds of the former Palestinian village Al-Sheikh Muwannis) and featured two days of presentations by Palestinians, Israelis…Read More... | 6 Comments
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain recently traveled to Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza to spotlight Palestinian and Israeli food on his CNN show. However, once he arrived in the holy land, it was impossible for Bourdain to avoid things Israelis often prefer to forget about: the settlements, the wall, and Gaza. By Amer Zahr Something amazing happened on CNN last night. Palestinians were portrayed as human beings. In his show “Parts Unknown,” Anthony Bourdain travels to exotic and controversial locales to examine the intersection of food, politics, and everyday life. Last night, he visited Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.…Read More... | 24 Comments
NEW YORK-- Twelve years ago, David Harris-Gershon's young wife, Jamie, was having lunch at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Frank Sinatra cafeteria when a remote controlled bomb exploded near their table, killing two of their friends. All told, the bomb killed nine people and injured about 100. Harris-Gerson was at home when an acquaintance called to inform him that Jamie had been “lightly injured.” He should come to the hospital, the acquaintance said laconically. Panicked, the young American careened in a taxi to Hadassah Hospital, the initially recalcitrant driver circumventing roadblocks after he learns that his passenger's wife is amongst…Read More... | 11 Comments
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Palestinian and proud: Celebrating International Women's Day in #Gaza, by @Abeerayyoub http://t.co/PEEHETVGj1 http://t.co/TVeGqPH581