The IDF has installed a new crowd-dispersal weapon on top of the separation wall in Bethlehem. The new weapon, which is remote-controlled and shoots "skunk" water (putrid-smelling liquid), began operating over the last month. According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the weapon can also fire tear gas, among other crowd-dispersal means. [Update, 22.4: A separate response issued today by IDF to B'Tselem states that the device cannot fire tear gas but only water]. In the past month, Palestinian residents of Bethlehem began noticing the new weapon perched on top of the separation wall in an area near where most of the…Read More... | 25 Comments
Under the theme, 'Right to Movement,' some 3,200 runners criss-crossed the streets of the West Bank town of Bethlehem in the second annual Palestine Marathon. Text and photos: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Some 3,200 runners competed in the second annual Palestine Marathon in the streets of the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday. The race's theme, "Right to Movement," is based on Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter and highlights the many ways in which Palestinians' movements are restricted: by the separation wall, checkpoints, roadblocks, and other aspects of the Israeli occupation. As in last year's inaugural race, marathon runners…Read More... | 2 Comments
The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Shehada, Ras Khamis, Dahyat A'salam and the Shuafat refugee camp, which are cut off from the rest of the city by the separation wall, have gone without running water since March 4. Text: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Photos: Tali Mayer, Keren Manor, Shiraz Grinbaum / Activestills.org Locals say that Ras Shehada has had problems with water for more than two months, and Ras Khamis for more than 15 days, generally with low pressure and occasional cut-offs, and that this is the worst extended outage that these neighborhoods have ever experienced. With the rooftop reserve tanks now emptied, residents…Read More... | 4 Comments
Between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel is building the separation wall on land confiscated from residents and village of Al Walaja. The village’s farmers are not willing to give up on the little land they have left but the state is planning to build a national park on the site. Social TV joins a group of activists who went to work the land in solidarity with Al Walaja’s residents. Related: WATCH: Al Walaja - The story of a shrinking Palestinian village PHOTOS: In fight against the wall, does Cremisan have a prayer? A letter from al-Walaja: Wars, walls and now roadsRead More... | 3 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...
As 2013 comes to a close, +972 Magazine's editors and bloggers took time to look back at the year that was, and share the articles that most resonated with them - in no particular order. 'They're all named Mohammad nowadays' In one of the most heartfelt posts of the year, Mya Guarnieri describes the difficulties of confronting discrimination, identity politics and occupation while searching for an apartment in Bethlehem. Read the article here. 'I am pro-Israel too': Reflections on +972's use of the term When some +972 writers used ‘pro-Israel’ to negatively describe right-wing politicians and activists, Dahlia Scheindlin stood up,…Read More... | 1 Comment
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
In a short news piece (available so far only in Hebrew), Haaretz reported this morning of the damage caused by the recent storm to both settlers and Palestinian in the West Bank. The wording of the article gives us the opportunity to examine the difference in news coverage for Jews and Arabs living under the same regime in the same stretch of land. Reports of settler suffering take up five paragraphs, while Palestinians get one. More importantly, however, is the way in which the spaces the two peoples inhabit are described. The text (as well as the headline, at least in…Read More... | 9 Comments
A new Israeli-planned road, ostensibly meant to give the Cremisan Monastery access to Israel and Jerusalem, will cut off the Bethlehem-area village of al-Walaja from its lands. Its lands were taken and villagers displaced in first in 1948; in recent years Israel began completely surrounding it with the separation wall, taking even more land. Village resident Hisham Abu Ali is done being silent. Text by: Anne Paq and Hisham Abu Ali In September 2013, inhabitants of al-Walaja witnessed the start of the building of a new road on their lands. The road is said to ensure access to Jerusalem from the…Read More... | 5 Comments
This week: more holes in the separation wall, protests against the Prawer-Begin Plan, tear gas in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian passport for a Palestinian citizen, soldier protect settler activists, solidarity with Palestine at the UN, marching against violence against women, Greenpeace targets GMOs in Israeli supermarkets, and clashes after Israeli forces kill three Palestinian militants.Read More... | 2 Comments
A group of Palestinian activists used hammers and crowbars to break a square meter hole in the Israeli separation wall dividing lands belonging to the West Bank town of Al Khader in the late hours of Friday night. Although the activists hammered away at the wall for nearly an hour, with traffic passing by on Road 60 on the other side of the wall, no police or military forces arrived on the scene during the entire action. Read Haggai Matar's award-winning series: The Wall - 10 years on The action followed similar breaches in the towns of Bir Nabala and…Read More... | 1 Comment
This week: Palestinians destroy the separation barrier in three different villages across the West Bank, Bedouin protest the Prawer Plan in the Negev, Bethlehem residents receive demolition orders, animal rights activists pour fake blood all over an Israeli supermarket, and more.Read More...
During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in two Palestinian villages took part in a "direct action" to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of Route 443, Palestinians used hammers to break open a hole in the wall, while Palestinians in Rafat (near the Ofer Military Prison) cut through 20 meters of the security fence bordering their village. The army did not arrive during the action, and no mainstream media outlet was invited.Read More... | 17 Comments
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