Palestine

Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan started last night, and the way people present their wishes, Ramadan Kareem, means generous Ramadan. The way I experienced this time of the year in Palestine, I would compare it to Christmas time in our part of the world. The streets in Al-Quds were all decorated with lights and colourful coffee stalls had sprouted everywhere. After Iftar, the fast breaking, people would gather with friends and family to spend a good time together. The ambiance was generally cheerful and festive.

Shebab dancing Dabke


Shebab at As-Sawyia secondary school dancing the traditional Palestinian Dabke. (As-Sawyia, April 2014, image credit: C. Neves)


Karim

December 2014. It's been three months I came back to Switzerland from Palestine, but it still feels like three days. I miss Palestine and keep it present wearing my Kuffyiah and Falastinyia t-shirt all the time. Even if a new assignment stays before, in another part of the world. Everything is ready.

The sun rises every day


The sun rises every day, even in Palestine. (Yanoun 07/04/2014)

Life Story

For a workshop about youth in Palestine in a Swiss secondary school, I asked a few Palestinian Teenagers to introduce themselves to the Swiss teenagers in a short self-portrait. This is one of the texts I received from Palestine:

Israeli Armed Forces and Children’s Rights

A Context of Increasing Violence

In these days, Israel is carpet bombing a land strip in which the average age is 17 years, killing children by dozens and asserting their deaths are unintended. Israel provoked a humanitarian crisis under the guise of self-defence, of its fight against terrorism. But let us turn back time a couple of weeks and remember what has happened in the eastern part of Palestine, in the occupied West Bank.

Proud Palestinian Boys


Proud Palestinian Boys. (Qusra 01/06/2014)

The Jordan Valley – The Strategy behind Demolitions and Displacements

Fadia is angry. Today, she came from Fasayel to Ramallah with many other villagers from the Jordan Valley to protest in front of the UN OCHA building. The Jordan Valley needs international attention. The Jordan Valley needs international support.

 Fadia is angry


Fadia adresses the protesters and medias to tell her story of displacement. (Ramallah 28/05/2014)

Today in Palestine: Bad News from At-Twayel again

Today, in Palestine, after having demolished the rebuilt houses and confiscated the tents last Monday, the Israeli authorities showed up in At-Twayel again.

rebuilt house demolished


Follow-up At-Twayel

Since the demolition of At-Twayel on the 29. April, we visited the families several times. Some sort of a friendship began to develop. Every time we came, they welcomed us with tea, coffee and invitations for a meal. We loved to see how every day life had come back to the village. The families had settled in the tents, reconstruction of the houses went on quickly. The citizens of Aqraba came down to At-Twayel for Friday prayer, which took place in a shelter put up next to the ruins of the mosque.

Friday Prayer


Today, in Palestine: House Demolitions in At-Twayel

Today, in Palestine, 300 troops and four bulldozers were mobilised to demolish homes and a place of prayer. Today, in Palestine, 27 people, 19 of them children, were made homeless. Today, in Palestine, the village of At-Twayelwas almost completely wiped out. But today, in Palestine, people stay sumood. All we can do to help, is tell their story.

Today, early in the morning, in At-Twayel, Palestine...

Early Morning in Tawayel


"A revolutionary without education is nothing"

In contact with Palestinians, it did not take much to realise how much education is worth for them. “Education is the only resource we have”, they say. One of our friends the students of Burin school know well told us, he said to them “Guys, the occupier want you to be uneducated, because it is easier to control you if you don’t understand what is happening around you”; while a former student of the same school, who is now very engaged for the young in the village explained to me “We need to be educated in order to fight the occupation. A revolutionary without education is nothing”.