Saturday, August 30 2014 Wadi Simsim, Tequ’a by David Shulman 1978295_10152679866352138_8781112893773182976_o There is innocence, and there is the smug delusion of innocence. It’s not hard to tell them apart. I saw a lot of both today. Suhail was born in the tents of Wadi Simsim and has lived his whole life here, in the wadi, with the goats and the sheep. This is his world. He knows every rock. He never studied. He speaks only Arabic (the lush, musical dialect of the south). Yet he is a man of the world, and he knows right from wrong. He’s holding in a […]
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Saturday, August 2 2014 Tequ’a and Umm al-Ara’is by David Shulman   Dizzy from the dissonance. In the felafel shop off the main street in Tequ’a, the TV is perched high on the wall in the corner. News from Gaza in Arabic. A mother lies on a hospital cot, her face pocked with a hundred tiny, and some not-so-tiny, red wounds, probably from shrapnel. She cannot speak, keeps fading off into sleep (let us hope it’s not death). Beside her, a two-year-old child is crying, hopeless, holding her hand, looking at her face. The young owner of the shop scoops balls […]
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Saturday, July 12 2014 Umm al-Ara’is, Susya, Bi’r al-‘Id, Ma’asara by David Shulman   Business as usual in the South Hebron hills. There’s a war on in Gaza, but that too is business as usual, the meaningless biannual ritual in which both sides gleefully smash one another before reverting to the status quo ante. The Israeli media are drowning us in words, a vast and raucous flood, and the government is putting out its familiar, mendacious statements; perhaps in recent days only Abu Mazen has spoken the truth. The only solution, he said, is a political one, and Netanyahu is no partner. Meanwhile, […]
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Sunday, March 28 2010 Passover and Easter procession in Bethlehem Sunday 28.3.2010 During the afternoon some 300 Palestinians, Israelis and international activists held a procession on the eve of Easter and Passover during which they marched from Bethlehem to Jerusalem through the Rachel’s Tomb crossing in the separation wall. The demonstrators, among them the mayor of Bethlehem and members of the Palestinian parliament, wished to reach Jerusalem in order to realize their right to worship in the city which is holy to the three religions. Border policemen and the Jerusalem police blocked the marchers on the Jerusalem side of the […]
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Friday, January 8 2010 Demonstration against the building of the fence and requisition of land in Masrah Ta’ayush activists joined the weekly demonstration against the building of the fence and the requisition of land in Masrah, in the Bethlehem area. These weekly demonstrations have been taking place for 3 years with the participation of residents of the village and Israeli and International activists. During the last weeks the army increased its attempts to stop the demonstrations in Masrah as part of the attempt to suppress by force the non-violent demonstrations in Palestine. Over the last weeks members of the Popular Committee received threats by telephone from IDF […]
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Friday, March 6 2009 Planting in Wadi Humus Together with the residents of Beit Jala and Rabbis for Human Rights we went to plant in Wadi Humus, between Beit Jala and Gilo. However, access to the wadi is denied to all but a few of the Palestinians who have a special permit. Therefore most of our Palestinian partners remained outside the fence. The seedlings were passed under the fence into the restricted area, and only the Israeli activists and a handful of Palestinians with permits planted the seedlings for the group.
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Thursday, October 30 2008 Protest march against the separation fence in Beit Jala Palestinian, international and Israeli activists took part in an event organised by the Lutheran church in Beit Jala. After a communal prayer for peace, reconciliation and justice by Christians, Jews and Muslims, the participants marched to the separation wall demanding removal of the walls from Palestinian land and from the hearts of all those involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Sunday, October 8 2006 Lift the Siege on the Grapes – al-Khadr On Sunday October 8, 2006 Ta’ayush set out for an action protesting against the checkpoint policy and the bisection of the occupied territories into small territorial units, a policy which severely limits Palestinians’ freedom of movement. Among other hardships, this policy prevents Palestinians from bringing their crops to market, an especially devastating reality for the grape crop, the main product of the Bethlehem and Hebron regions. The closing of sales opportunities to the West Bank, Jordan and the Gaza Strip, along with the prohibition on importing agricultural products into the […]
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