Category Archives: Research

First joint public conference

My experiences in Israel so far have shown me that the Israeli left (the anti-aparthied left, not the majority who are actually zionist), is larger in number than I previously thought, and also more organised and committed. However, the momement … Continue reading

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A Palestinian provocation?

On Friday I experienced a different type of clash between Palestinian civilians and the Israeli armed forces. It was not the peaceful demonstration that I see in the West Bank. It was intentionally provoked by about 20 youth in the … Continue reading

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Understanding the City of David

I am missing the warmth, honesty and joy of the West Bank. Jerusalem is a tense and uncomfortable place for me. But I think it’s important to understand a different context and the work I can do here may be … Continue reading

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A gate

Israel has confiscated most of the farm land surrounding the separation wall in the region of Qalqilya. The loss of the area between the wall and the green line has led to high unemployment and water shortages for the Palestinian … Continue reading

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The power of conversation

As a student at Bir Zeit university in 1987, Ibrheam heard that five Palestinians were killed by settlers. He and his friends felt compelled to throw stones at Israeli cars in response to this. He was sent to prison for … Continue reading

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Collective punishment; and for whose crime?

I wrote on March 14 about the terrorist attacks carried out by settlers on Palestinian villages in the West Bank, supposedly in response to the murder of a family in the settlement of Itamar. There is still no information to … Continue reading

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An Israeli soldier’s story

A couple of weeks ago, another volunteer and I took a day off to attend the Breaking the Silence tour in Hebron. Breaking the Silence is a group of 700 former soldiers who have decided to speak out against Israel’s occupation of … Continue reading

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The demolition of a family

I have thought about and talked about home demolitions for a long time now. But I don’t think I really grasped the reality before visiting East Jerusalem residents with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions on Wednesday. Although the Israeli settlements expand … Continue reading

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Soldiers fire indiscriminately at Demonstrators in Hebron on Friday

Friday’s Open Shuhada Street demonstration is described perfectly here. Please watch the short film. Those who know me may even catch a glimpse. Some information I received from a coaltion in Hebron about Shuhada Street: Shuhada Street is considered one of … Continue reading

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I exercise my rights as farmers lose the right to their land

On Thursday we received a call from the mayor as some local land was being destroyed by the military. Within ten minutes we were out of the house and in a taxi to the farmland. As we arrived close to … Continue reading

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