The people of Gaza don't need the sympathy of the international community, they need to be treated like human beings. By Abeer Ayyoub I’m a Palestinian from Gaza, not simply "a Gazan." I’m not exactly what you see in the mainstream media: I’m no expert in firing rockets, I don’t live under rubble and I don’t rely on humanitarian handouts. Actually, I was never aware of how people outside of Gaza saw us until I was given the chance to leave the isolated enclave for the first time. The first time I left Gaza was in 2012, when I traveled to…Read More... | 11 Comments
Sixty-five years after his family fled their beloved village, a Palestinian refugee gets to realize his dream and see what is left of his fantasy. By Assia Ladizhinskaya “It's good to see you've come back home,” sings the radio ever since Arik Einstein passed away, “Home – it says it all.” “What does it mean?” asked Waffa, as we sat on the balcony of his sister’s house, standing white and stony on the highest hill of Beit 'Anan in the West Bank. "Everything," I replied. Waffa and I have known each other for a decade. A tragedy brought us together,…Read More... | 10 Comments
This week: African asylum seekers hold a silent march for freedom in Tel Aviv, though immigration raids continue unabated; 26 Palestinian prisoners are freed after years in Israeli jails; Tel Aviv residents resist evictions, Filipino migrant workers celebrate New Year's Eve; and an 85-year-old Palestinian man dies after inhaling tear gas shot into his home by Israeli soldiers.Read More...
Witnesses, Israeli army offer contradictory stories about whether clashes were taking place, but neither suggest the boy took part in any violence. The teen, Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, is pronounced dead at a Ramallah hospital. Israeli forces reportedly shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy as he stood outside of a school in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp Saturday afternoon. Residents of the camp, which is located in between Ramallah and the Israeli settlement of Beit El, told Maan news agency that Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi was standing outside of the camp's school when he was shot in the back with live ammunition. According…Read More... | 3 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: A pattern of Israeli arrest raids resulting in the death of Palestinians continues, as do housing problems in Tel Aviv, resistance against the separation wall, and settlement construction in occupied Palestinian territory.Read More... | 3 Comments
Something so basic, so normal, so human — like going home late from work, visiting family or a loved one in another town — becomes an overwhelming and frightful task in the face of the occupation. Last night, when I was headed from Ramallah to Bethlehem, I went through a checkpoint. As the service taxi I was on slowed down and approached the checkpoint, I saw an unusually large number of soldiers. There were two armored jeeps and a police car. I counted more than 10 soldiers. They were searching a small car. A man, presumably the driver, was on…Read More... | 8 Comments
Palestinians flock to Jerusalem for Friday prayers during Ramadan, protests and prayers in the Bedouin village Al-Araqib; plus, Sudanese immigrants portray their experience in theater, and weekly West Bank demonstrations continue.Read More...
The sea is vast, which is probably why I seldom meet people I know when I go in to take a swim. Another reason is that the sea wets people's hair and I don't recognize them quite as easily. A few days ago two wet-haired people called my name. It happened among the Hawaiian-sized waves of Alma Beach, north of Jaffa's promenade. They turned out to be my two friends Orna and Loren. We chatted about what's new and I told them I have a new baby: "The Round Trip," my new book, and the first ebook to be published by…Read More... | 4 Comments
Photos by May Castelnuovo When Muhammad Assaf won the 'Arab Idol' singing competition last month, spontaneous celebrations took place throughout Gaza and the West Bank. Upon winning the pan-Arab competition, Assaf promised to hold three free concerts in cities in the West Bank - in Ramallah, Nablus and Hebron. As Abeer Ayyoub wrote for +972 last month, with his win, Assaf did what politicians haven't been able to: he united Palestinians. On Monday July 1, 2013, Assaf performed for tens of thousands of Palestinians at Al-Umam Square adjacent to the Muq'ata presidential compound in Ramallah, drawing fans and revelers from around the…Read More... | 6 Comments
When Israeli soldiers admit their past abuses of Palestinians, as they did again this week, the occupation's defenders often ask: Why didn't you report this to the army at the time? A personal illustration of why it is a disingenuous question. I was 37, a new immigrant three and half years in Israel, drafted into the IDF for a month of basic training, and I found myself dumping a truckload of garbage on the edge of a Palestinian woman's vegetable garden. She was screaming in Arabic at me and the other draftee doing the job, and the IDF driver…Read More... | 35 Comments
Adi Koll, a relatively unknown Knesset member from Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, posted this picture along with an uncharacteristically long and emotional status on Facebook, the day after she paid a visit to the home of a Palestinian friend in Ramallah. (Translated in full below) Warning! This post will be long, controversial and without color photos, even though I have plenty of photos. I made sure to take pictures throughout the day with the intention posting them to Facebook so I can show what we would all rather forget. But now it feels pointless. No picture can describe…Read More... | 44 Comments
By Lia Tarachansky and Max Blumenthal From street level in downtown Ramallah the economy seems to be thriving. Gleaming storefronts display an array of brand-name products, American fast food restaurants are sprouting up and the city is host to a bustling nightlife that could rival Tel Aviv. For years Israeli officials have pointed to economic growth in the West Bank, arguing the occupation is not as detrimental as many argue. Israeli Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein and Eitan Dogat, head of the branch of the Israeli government in charge of the occupation (COGAT), have quoted figures showing…Read More... | 31 Comments
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Israeli army installs new remote-controlled weapon atop separation wall http://t.co/IbuSwHy0RD, by @Ha_Matar http://t.co/BM09V3lxsm