Posted 4 days ago

flstyny:

منع المواطنين والحجاج من الوصول للقيامة والزفات الشعبية والكشافة الخاصة بشعائر سبت النور تصدح بالقدس القديمة

Palestinian pilgrims scuffle with Israeli forces who prevent them from reaching their destination.

Posted 4 days ago

flstyny:

  1. A young man brushes dirt and dust off of homegrown peaches and prepares them for sale. A sweet, peachy aroma filled the air in his section of Gaza’s busy city-center market.
  2. A horse rears up on the beach in Gaza City as families begin to arrive with packed dinners to break their fasts on the shore.
  3. Gaza City’s modest skyline contrasts with the vibrant blue sky.
  4. Four shopkeepers take a break and discuss religion in a Gaza market.
  5. The sun sets on the Gaza Strip, behind the low waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

© SAMI KISHAWI 

Posted 5 days ago
Posted 1 week ago

vicemag:

Israel Is Forcing Palestinians in East Jerusalem to Demolish Their Own Homes 

In the Shu’Fat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinian Iyad Al-Shaer stood inside the gutted interior of a modest breeze block structure. The building, an addition to Iyad’s own home, was set to be a new residence for his brother Baser and his fiancé. But the fully furnished home, complete with a heart-covered bedroom that Baser had designed for his future child, now had three gaping holes punctured in its roof.

Just days after completing construction, the Israeli-controlled municipality issued Iyad a demolition order for his “illegally” constructed home, built without one of the expensive permits issued by the same set of authorities. Unable to afford the protracted and costly legal battle, he chose to destroy the structure himself.

Self-demolitions like this began a few years ago and have continued—albeit somewhat under the mainstream media’s radar—ever since, with Palestinians compelled to destroy their own homes in order to avoid the steadily increasing fines leveled by the municipality.

The demolished roof of Iyad’s brother’s home

While the Palestinian population in the city has quadrupled to over 300,000 since 1967, municipal authorities have only zoned nine percent of East Jerusalem land for Palestinian construction. Even with this space being set aside, permits are rarely granted, and the result is widespread “illegal” Palestinian construction—which, of course, Israeli authorities can then order to be demolished.

Tens of thousands of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents now live under the constant threat of having their homes demolished by Israeli authorities, part of a policy of displacement that has been taking place in Jerusalem with a startling degree of public support for more than four decades.

“We know that there are some 20,000 ‘illegal’ Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem,” Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) told us. “[That’s] about a third of the Palestinian housing stock.”

“They don’t consider us citizens, so they push. It’s not a personal thing—I am one of many,” says Iyad. “They push us to go outside of Jerusalem. I call it a soft transfer.”

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Posted 1 week ago

fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian Bedouin girl sits next the rubble of tents and sheds destroyed by the Israeli army near the West Bank town of Tubas in the Jordan valley on April 1, 2014. (Mohammed Ballas/AP)

Posted 1 week ago

israelwc:

{Israel is a War Criminal} FB.com/Israelwc

Posted 1 week ago

momo33me:

Hebron today, 11 April 2014.

I resist, therefor I exist 

Posted 1 week ago

Free palestine. ✌️

(Source: mspandrew)

Posted 1 week ago

A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah. April 11, 2014. [Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]

(Source: massconflict)

Posted 1 week ago

d3imonds:

momo33me:

Tom Hurndall was a peace activist and an aspiring photojournalist. His photographs, alongside his journals, bear witness to the often terrible, sometimes uplifting, events he saw and experienced while living among families in Iraq, in a refugee camp in Jordan, and in the Gaza Strip. It was there on 11 April 2003 that he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier while attempting to rescue a child who had been pinned down by gunfire. He died nine months later in hospital in London.RIP

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