Despite admitting that the young man was only looking for work, police decide to charge him with conspiracy to commit a crime — renting a rope and ladder. Israeli police prosecutors indicted a 26-year-old Palestinian man in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning for climbing over the separation wall in order to find work. According to the indictment, last Friday Muntaner Ben-Mahmoud Barakat went to the West Bank village of a-Ram, which is separated from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina by the concrete separation wall. He paid somebody NIS 50 ($13) to use a ladder and rope to…Read More...
With politicians from right to left putting their faith in higher walls, some Palestinians are putting their faith in higher powers. Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Just before his victory in the New Hampshire primary this past week, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump said: “We have to build a wall. Walls work. Just ask Israel. Walls work. They work.” The same week, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced the building of new barriers by saying: “In our neighborhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.” [tmwinpost] If you’re tempted to dismiss these statements as the ravings of…Read More... | 25 Comments
In rare move, Israeli Nature and Parks authority supported the petition against the wall; the court's decision largely hangs on Defense Ministry admitting the contested section of wall isn't a priority. Israel will not build a section of the separation barrier through the UNESCO recognized village of Battir in the West Bank anytime soon. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Sunday dismissed without prejudice a petition against construction of the section of the West Bank barrier’s route that would pass through the village’s ancient agricultural terraces. The decision was largely based on the Israeli Defense Ministry’s assertions that constructing the…Read More... | 3 Comments
Seeking the past in a land with an overwhelming present can be challenging, and ever more so in the extremely compact city of Bethlehem. Part seven of Yuval Ben-Ami’s journey. If you want the world to hate you, turn Bethlehem into a prison. I can't fully fathom why my government wants the world to hate it (and me), but this is exactly what it has been doing in a lengthy, gradual process that has only intensified over the past decade. The separation barrier runs along the northern edge of the city. A monstrous concrete wall hugs the urban core like the…Read More... | 2 Comments
Activists from the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee against the occupation broke a hole through the separation wall near Jerusalem on Saturday, marking 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The committee also sent out a press release which stated: "No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation." The press release also stated that the hole in the wall near Jerusalem serves as a reminder that the city is Palestinian, and that nothing will prevent Palestinians from reaching the Al-Aqsa…Read More... | 12 Comments
Whether as a result of the violence in Jerusalem or just because there’s a new commander in town, the Israeli army is once again increasing its oppressive measures in the West Bank village of Bil’in. By Roy Wagner There's nothing new under the sun in Bil'in. If you take a look at the Wikipedia page on Bil'in, you'll see that the last updates about the village's struggle against the separation wall refer to 2012. B'Tselem's page on Bil'in was last updated almost two years ago. One could easily be led to believe that the struggle is over. But Bil'in continues…Read More... | 11 Comments
After more than two years of vigils by Palestinian Christians that gained widespread international attention, the Israeli High Court issued a preliminary order questioning the path of the separation barrier that would further divide West Bank land, cutting off the Cremisan monastery and a valley of olive groves. Photos and text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org “What do we do? We pray,” said Father Ibrahim Shomali to the crowd assembled in an olive grove in the West Bank town of Beit Jala. “Because we believe in God and we believe that one day he will hear our prayer and he will…Read More... | 29 Comments
Joining Bil'in's weekly demonstration against the wall after not attending for a while exposes the little differences in the routine of occupation and resistance. It's been a couple of months since my last visit to Bil'in. Not too long, but long enough to suddenly notice those small changes that occur in every living environment, the changes that people can sometimes miss if you're watching from within. It started on the way from Tel Aviv. Passing by the settlement of Hashmonaim I was surprised to suddenly realize that there was one less fence in sight – and this in a region where…Read More... | 8 Comments
For being one of the leaders of Nil'in's popular struggle against the wall, Muhammad Amira has been marked by military authorities and is consistently denied a permit to work his own lands - for unexplained 'security reasons.' Text by Haggai Matar Photos by Keren Manor/Activestills.org (This article has been updated) Meet Muhammad Amira from the West Bank village of Ni'ilin. At 43, married with four children, a science teacher at the local school, for six years Israel has banned Amira from visiting the 30 dunams (7.5 acres) of agricultural land his family owns, which are trapped behind the wall Israel…Read More... | 3 Comments
In Bil'in, the army is adopting new tactics to get demonstrators away from wall, while in Qadum, it took the initiative with a preemptive strike on the local mosque during prayer. And yet, this past Friday, hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli and international solidarity activists protested against the occupation - and got their fair share of tear gas. It's been a while since my last visit to Bil'in. I've been busy with union work at Maariv, and besides – taking a Friday at home is always more tempting than marching up West Bank hilltops in the summer heat, and dodging…Read More... | 1 Comment
Survey finds that majority of Jewish Israelis think the country should unilaterally determine its borders along the route of the West Bank separation barrier. One-third support either annexing the West Bank without giving Palestinians civil rights, or perpetuating the status quo -- both of which are apartheid. According to a poll* released Sunday, a majority of Jewish Israelis (57 percent) believe Israel should determine its borders unilaterally according to the current route of the separation wall, which cuts deep into the West Bank, winding through Palestinian land well east of the 1949 Armistice Lines (Green Line). This confirms that 1) Israelis…Read More... | 31 Comments
This week: Palestinians protest for access to a segregated street in Hebron while Israeli settlers freely march on it during Purim; reactions to the death of prisoner Arafat Jaradat; a teen is shot by Israeli forces; and right-wingers mock hunger strikers at Ofer military prison.Read More...
Six months after the Ministry of Defense announced plans to resume construction of the fence in Gush Etzion, the IDF informed settler leaders that construction will not be resumed until the route is reevaluated by government. The Gush Etzion settlement bloc just south of Bethlehem is the location of one of the biggest gaps in the wall in Israel-Palestine. Dozens of miles of the planned route of this project, launched ten years ago following the rise in suicide attacks in Israeli cities, remain unbuilt with construction at a full halt for nearly five years. The lack of construction is due…Read More... | 17 Comments
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