Real Madrid coaches Palestinian children in West Bank

Around 2,200 Palestinian children, including more than 500 from Gaza, attended a football training session given by Spanish giants Real Madrid over three days in the West Bank last week, as part of a charitable project organised through the UN.

The Real Madrid Foundation sent professional coaches to the Palestinian territories for three days of training with children at schools run by the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

Can’t find much information on it, like really detailed information on the event and 3 days but I hope these links help:

http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/real-madrid-foundation-travels-occupied-palestinian-territory-start-new

http://www.earth-heal.com/videos/viewvideo/4794/real-madrid-coaches-palestinian-children-in-west-bank.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/video/?videoid=4129478944001

Tiberias - طبريا, ethnically cleansed 67 years ago today

Although April 18 is the official set date to mark the occupation of the Palestinian city of Tiberias, Zionist troops have attempted to take control and occupy the city months before, even before the end of the British mandate in Palestine.

There were 30 towns in Tiberias, all of which were ethnically cleansed and destroyed. Extensive operations took place between March and October of 1948. However, in some towns like al-Hamma and al-Samra, the ethnic cleansing carried on until 1956.

Through operation Dekel and operation Matat, the violent expulsion of the city’s inhabitants was led by terror gangs like the Haganah, Palmach and Sheva’ Brigades. The expulsion was either through intimidation, massacres or bombings of city centres. This ultimately had led the inhabitants to flee their homes and farms to Nazareth or Lebanon.

The city’s towns were completely obliterated and defaced and in some cases not even house rubble was left behind. There are now 34 illegal settlements on the ruins of Tiberias. A number of towns have been converted into tourist parks.

It should be noted that al-Manshiyya, one of the towns in Tiberias, was ethnically cleansed on March 3, 1948 by the orders of the National Jewish Fund official Yosef Weitz. al-Manshiyya was completely obliterated and now the Jewish National Funds owns the village.

Meet Gaza's 'wonder women' hoping for peace

Photographer Ovidiu Tataru has been in Gaza for nine months working with Doctors Without Borders, and has created a series of photos with women dressed in a superhero cape.

“I wanted to give a voice to all the women in Gaza, genuine heroes living in a very difficult context: high unemployment rates, war, limited women rights and dramatic gender inequalities,” he says. “I also wanted to get rid of stereotypical images of Gaza reality (destroyed buildings, poor people etc) and to take photos of women laughing, because despite all odds there is hope for peace and a better life.”

This photo shows Amal, who lives in Beit Lahia - one of the most affected areas of the war. She is proud to have three children studying at university.

Azhar, 22, has lived in Gaza since she was a child and works as a photographer.

She is lucky to have a job, as unemployment in Gaza is around 45-55% and low skilled labourers are paid as little as one euro per hour.

Heba, 30, is a mother of two. She studied English and French Literature at university and would like to travel in the world.

“We do everything like any other woman in the world,“ she says. "We follow fashion, but in our way.”

Leyan, 19, is studying oral medicine and is a trained professional Dabkah dancer - a traditional Palestinian dance.

Nema, 34, is a very gifted nurse working in one of the Doctors Without Borders clinics in the Gaza Strip. “Children adore her because she’s dancing and singing with them,” says Tataru.

Rawand, 29, a translator, says: “In a world of conflict, survival can be hard. To be strong is a must. Gaza is the place of all wonders and we choose to see the bright side.”

Safa, 29, is a physiotherapist for one of the Doctors Without Borders clinics, and is from Khan Younis.

Wafae, 28, a translator, says: "The actions of Gaza’s women speak for themselves. We don’t need words”.

Wafaz, 29, is a physiotherapist who lives in Gaza.

Zena, 27, is an administrator for the United Nations Development Programme. She says: "The world sees me as a daughter of a refugee, a wife of a prisoner, a mother of dead child, but for me I’m also a woman and I exist.”

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An old Palestinian man sitting near the Palestinian-lebanese borders, looking towards Palestine, towards the village from which he was expelled, thinking of the day on which he will be allowed to return to his home.
We will never forget the right of return, never.