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  • PHOTOS: How the state builds a road for West Bank settlers

    Israeli authorities continue to uproot Palestinian-owned olive trees in order to build a road for nearby settlers. Photos by Keren Manor / Activestills, text by Yael Marom Israeli authorities uprooted dozens of olive trees in order to build a settler road near the West Bank city of Qalqilya on Monday morning. The Israeli army declared the area a closed military zone after the landowners, along with a number of Israeli activists, arrived in the area to protest and try to nonviolently stop the uprooting. Three of the demonstrators were arrested. Israeli bulldozers accompanied by workers and private security personnel arrived at the…

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  • PHOTOS: Israeli authorities uproot olive trees to build settler-only road

    The Nabi Elias bypass road, which will serve Israeli settlers, requires the confiscation of 25 acres of Palestinian land. Photos and text by Keren Manor / Civil Administration contractors accompanied by Israeli soldiers uprooted around 250 Palestinian-owned olive trees Sunday near the West Bank city of Qalqilya, as part of a larger plan to build a settler bypass road in the area. The Nabi Elias bypass road will include the expropriation of 25 acres of Palestinian land — including a total 700 olive trees — belonging to the Palestinian villages of Izbat Tabib, Azzun, and Nabi Elias, just east of Ramallah. On…

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  • WATCH: Soldiers prevent Palestinians, Israelis from protesting together

    Israeli activists had hoped to join Palestinians to protest a new settler-only road that would uproot hundreds of olive trees. The Israeli army saw to that. By Ahmad al-Bazz and Haggai Matar, Photos by Ahmad al-Bazz and Keren Manor / The Israeli army prevented dozens of Palestinians and Israelis from protesting together against the expropriation of 25 acres of agricultural land near the West Bank city of Qalqilya on Saturday. At around noon on Saturday, 70 Palestinians left the village of Izbat a-Tabib and marched toward Route 55 in order to protest plans to pave a new settler-only road, which would…

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  • Between elegance and desolation: A short journey to Qalqilya

    Eight hundred words and three photos from one place. This time, the city from which the muezzins sing over the rooftops of the settlements of Kochav Yair and Nir David. Here is the closest thing that I will have to a Passover vacation: a hop for one morning to a city that is not especially attractive, though pleasant, smiley and delicious. The separation wall, hated by me as it is, split me from my obligations. So I submitted to sweet tea and pastries (sinning with hametz), to the atmosphere in the street, and to the interaction with this close, yet far away…

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  • Poisoned by tear gas in the comfort of their own home

    An IDF night raid on the West Bank village Qaddum left three family members in the hospital. Chances are we'll never hear about it in mainstream Israeli news outlets. By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) The security forces have a problem with the village of Qaddum - we're not quite sure why. Perhaps it is because the residents hold weekly demonstrations against the occupation. Whatever the reason, it is clear that the security forces have decided to teach the village a lesson. Recently, a mysterious officer, who according to testimonies of the residents calls himself Captain Sabri, walks around…

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  • Palestinian-only buses serve to incentivize segregation

    Neither Palestinians nor Israelis should be fooled into believing that separated bus lines are part of an overall policy that benefits Palestinian workers. The announcement that Israel’s Ministry of Transportation would begin a “Palestinian-only” bus service from the Eyal checkpoint in the West Bank might appear to be a harmless policy. Indeed, many Palestinians working in Israel may be inclined to use the new service. If the advertisements are correct, Palestinians might avoid overcrowded buses, save hundreds of shekels from cheaper tickets, and even avoid unnecessary scuffles with Jewish settlers on the bus. The catch is that these messages are…

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  • Collaboration between IDF, settlers reaching point of no return

    Israeli democracy is being severely compromised by the army's collaboration with the settlers, and the fact that more and more Israeli citizens now see the occupation as the natural order of things. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The following complaint was received from M., a resident of a village near Qalqiliya: "Last night, at about 7:30 p.m., we were all in the house. Suddenly I heard a noise outside, including the engine sound of a military vehicle. We didn't leave the house and I looked through the window. I saw a military jeep parked west of the house, some…

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  • The Wall, 10 years on / part 8: A working class under siege

     The wall was built to stop suicide bombers from entering Israel, so they say. But the people who do enter Israel on a daily basis are the tens of thousands of Palestinians who work here. Some go through hours of waiting at checkpoints, others climb the wall and risk injury or arrest – but all have experienced a dramatic change for the worse in their lives. Project photography: Oren Ziv / Activestills We arrive at Eyal checkpoint at 4:30 a.m. The sky is pitch black yet minivans packed with laborers are already passing us in the opposite direction on their…

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  • September journey part 15: A confidence problem

    Staying on the road in Israel and the Palestinian territories through a month of trial. And today from the Moshav's green glens to arid Castillia la Mancha. Two interesting invitations arrived over the past few days. One is to the police station in Hebron, where I am to be interrogated about the events described in chapters 9-11 of this travelogue. The phone call came as a bit of a shock, since I had thought we were through with the ordeal. Hebron police seem to think otherwise. Our date is set for the morning of Sunday, September 25th. I'll be sure…

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