Call to Pope Francis for Passover Week: 'Palestine Wants Justice'
Palestinian Christians carried a bold message as part of the annual Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City in East Jerusalem, this year. The parishes of various Palestinian villages carried banners reading: "Pope Francis: Palestine Wants Justice."
Settlers Throw Stones on Palestinian Cars near Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, April 16, 2014 (WAFA) - Israeli settlers on Tuesday night attacked Palestinian vehicles while passing near the settlement of Gush Etzion to the south of Bethlehem, according to security sources.
American citizen, translator and student - Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank
To a journalist working in the West Bank, Mariam Barghouti, a 20 year-old university student and translator who was arrested last Friday in Nabi Saleh, is a familiar name. In spite of her age, Mariam is a polished resource. She's known for her professionalism, sweetness and infectious smile - she makes me smile and almost seems to have bounce in her step. But as I type this young woman is locked in an Israeli jail cell, missing her exams, for her studies in English and Psychology. Mariam and journalist Abir Kopty were arrested last week while translating for a foreign journalist. Abir has been released. Five days later Mariam is still lingering in a military prison.
The Palestinians and the "Jewish state"
For decades Israeli negotiators would sullenly say that the Palestinian parties refused to accept Israel's right to exist. Oslo invalided that call, but of course it did not bring from Israel its corollary - namely, the right to existence of Palestine. Not long after Oslo, the Israeli position morphed; no longer was it sufficient to demand that Palestinians recognize Israel, they also had to accept that Israel is a "Jewish state." It has become a demand of the current negotiations ongoing in fits and starts under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry. The Israeli demand is so outrageous that Kerry told US Congress on 13 March that this is a "mistake."
Israeli forces fire tear gas in Hebron prep school
Israeli forces on Wednesday raided a prep school in Hebron and fired tear gas on school grounds, witnesses told Ma'an. Israeli soldiers erected an encampment in the schoolyard of al-Mutanabby preparatory in southern Hebron and raised the Israeli flag on top of the school, locals said. Israeli troops also fired what witnesses called "excessive" amounts of tear gas on school grounds, lightly injuring several students.
Resisting the "cannibalization" of Palestine's heritage
The port city of Akka (also known as Acre) is one of the places where the conflict over ownership of Palestinian history and culture is most stark. The recent campaign to prevent the historic Khan al-Umdan being turned into a luxury hotel by Israeli developers highlighted the struggle by an economically and politically marginalized Palestinian community to resist gentrification and an insidious ethnic cleansing. Director Patrick Stewart does an admirable job in "It's Better to Jump" of conveying both the staggeringly long history of this beautiful port and the challenges which beset its people on a daily basis.
Medics: Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas
A Palestinian woman died in hospital after inhaling tear gas used by the Israeli army to disperse protesters near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, a medical official said Tuesday. Late on Monday the army "fired tear gas near the home of the woman, who was suffering from health problems," the medical official told AFP. The woman, in her 40s, "died after arriving at hospital," the official said.
Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in northern Gaza
Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there were 30 Palestinians gathered in the area.
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