East Jerusalem

Qalqilya and the wall

In the past week, Qalqilya has been under 120 hours of curfew, leaving residents only 28 hours to shop, work and visit with families. The people of Qalqilya have faced hardship for many years, quietly obeying the continual occupation that comes in waves on the town. For what? Susan Brannon reports. 

The Fourth of July

Watching the fireworks from afar off, I sat and remembered America. America is withdrawing a large amount of their funds to the international NGO humanitarian groups and causing a ripple effect within the donor communities. 

A sense of normalcy

Israel’s reoccupation, the lack of movement and being locked up inside of your own home without the knowledge of knowing how long has become normal. This is the sad thing. 

Feeling Frustrated

Israeli tanks are back in Ramallah, and the international media describes it as just another of the ‘almost daily incursions.’ The latest invasion of Jenin a few days ago was explained as a ‘routine patrol.’ 

The Occupation

Amjad, Mohmund, Asraf, Abeer, Ahmeed and Khaled left from the Tulkurim area yesterday to work in Ramallah. Normally, they walk for 10 minutes from the village to find a taxi off of the main road and go to Ramallah. This time the road was closed and they had to walk around the closures through the mountains. 

The right to exist

Living in Jerusalem is a different world than living in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm or Gaza; in fact I can say living in Jerusalem is different than living in any other West Bank town or village. 

What is justice?

“The Israeli police evacuates Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah”, I wrote on the website yesterday. It is a long complicated story. Imaan, a colleague, is willing to explain it to me. Last week she visited the families when they were still living in their homes.