on the road for human rights

At The Outer Border

Wednesday evening. I get an e-mail calling for people ready to travel in the next few days to the European outer border in Hungary and volunteer as peacekeepers at the crossing. It's an organisation I'm proud of having been working with for long years, well known for a very different kind of activities. But we are trained in non-violent intervention and know how to de-escalate tense situations. I don't need to finish reading the message to know I want to do that.

Juste un partage

C'est en français, ok. Et alors? Un billet puissant, que je ne peux pas ne pas partager.

Reblog du blog de Zep sur le site du Monde


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)

The “Rest of the World”

Last week has witnessed once more horrible terror attacks.

What happened in Paris is deeply shocking and saddening, and I want to express my condolence to the families and friends of the 17 victims.

Though, while the world's media still focus on polemics about freedom of speech vs. islamophobia vs. anti-Semitism, more than 2000 people perished under Boko Haram-fire in Nigeria. Why is there nobody to claim #JeSuisBaga and #JeSuisMaiduguri?

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