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Heidi Levine wins 2015 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Freelance photographer Heidi Levine has been named as the first winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) created the award to honour the courage and dedication of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014.

The award recognized Levine’s work in Gaza. “Her courage and commitment to the story in Gaza is unwavering. She documents tragic events under dire circumstances while displaying a depth of compassion for the people she encounters,” the jury wrote in their selection statement.

While she has covered three wars in the last five years and is intimately familiar with both sides, she says she had never seen this level of violence or hatred. “To be honest, what I saw was hell,” she said of the last Gaza war in August 2014, when she stayed for 40 days documenting the effects of Israel’s bombardment. “Every day I went out to photograph I thought the next day could not possibly be worse but somehow it was. It was endless and shocking.”

“How do people get up the next day if you’ve lost four children or six family members — and yet they do.”

Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any in other year since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967:

Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries last year, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The conflict in Gaza in July and August was largely responsible for the dramatic increase in fatalities. It claimed the lives of 2,220 Gazans while more than 11,000 people were injured and about 500,000 Palestinians were internally displaced at height of the conflict.

All photographs by Heidi Levine (Gaza, 2014)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

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What makes this year’s Passover Seders unlike any others is that a majority of American Jews have been forced to face the fact that Palestinians today are asking Jews what Moses asked Pharaoh: “Let my people go.”  The Israeli elections, and subsequent support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state, is not playing well with many younger Jews, and they will be challenging their elders to rethink their blind support for Israeli policies.

“No better time than this Passover to challenge Netanyahu’s hard line on Palestine”

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هاي البنت عشقي 😍 هههههه صحيح انها مشاغبة و لسانها اطول منها 😂😂 و بتقعد تخربلي بغرفتي و دفاتري بس بموت عليها
هي نبض و حياة البيت بعتقد بدونها كان البيت رح يكون مش حلو ☺❤

I was born to well-to-do merchants, unable to return home; I had moved to Amman during Palestine [War] as I have no political motive to participate in the political struggle in the area except that which every Palestinian citizen has. Before 1948 I was so far from politics… I was a student in Lydda, the town where I was born. And I have seen with my own eyes the Israeli army entering the town and killing its inhabitants. I am not exaggerating…They have killed our people and expelled us from our homes, towns. On the way from Lydia to Ramallah I have seen children, young and old people dying. What can you do after you have seen all this? You cannot but become a revolutionary and fight for the cause. Your own cause as well as that of your own people
—  George Habash

When students engage in expression supporting Palestinian human rights, they’re unfairly labeled anti-Semitic, censored and punished by their administrations. Here we have an actual public threat to bomb an SJP event, and there has been little condemnation.

The real face of the pro-Israel mob shows itself

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How can we be so blind and not see that it’s happening again?

The fall of the Berlin wall was huge, thankfully the separation was destroyed.

But how did the UN and world leaders allow Israel to recreate 1961 in 2002?!

The Berlin wall separated people from the rest of Germany for 28 years!

Why is it now 2015 and Palestine’s wall has been up for 13 years in the 21st century. 

I can not believe this it is bloody shocking that the year Marty Mcfly travelled to was supposed to be a ‘developed future’ is still behaving the same way the world did 50 years ago!

The treatment that Palestinian’s receive is as if they are locked in a giant prison.

argh i friggin hate this world.

Like seriously assuming the whole country is a terrorist state, they don’t even take religion into account they just assume the whole country is full of terrorists, what kind of educational thinking is that?!

Palestine is full of Muslim’s and Christian’s, maybe even Jewish and there are probably people from all different religions, all different ages, different loves, even different cultures, not everyone is the same, there are probably gay and straight people there too, children who are learning in a world of war where there is no chance to leave. 

Everyone is different and not everyone is so violent.

How the hell can a baby be a terrorist?! ‘Lock the babies into a corner because they are dangerous.’ Are we living in a  movie where babies have destructive superpowers?! I could rant about this forever but seriously, children should not be prosecuted for being born in Palestine, they should not be prosecuted for being born anywhere.

My hope is that in my lifetime, there is at least a year of peace, no murder, no barriers, no hurt or pain, no poverty or famished people. A world where everyone takes pleasure in praying to whatever god it is they want, we teach each other and help one another grow. No pollution, no cars or planes that run on non-renewable fuel.

Everything is renewable, everything is recycled. I hope that love is given to everyone by everyone. 

No discrimination, no physical or verbal abuse, no hate. 

Just once in the world I live in I would love to see peace.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/gaza/11056976/The-children-killed-in-Gaza-during-50-days-of-conflict.html 

http://www.freedom4palestine.org/ 

We Remember…..

13 years ago, families gathered together to celebrate the Passover Seder in Netanya’s Park Hotel. During the meal, a Hamas terrorist infiltrated the hotel and blew himself up while surrounded by hotel guests.

The explosion killed 30, including two IDF soldiers, and injured 140.

Most of the victims were senior citizens. Hamas has not changed its central goal - to harm Israeli civilians wherever they may be.

Today, our thoughts are with the families of the victims. We will not rest until Hamas and other terrorist organizations no longer have the ability to attack our people.

Philistine

Philistine—a member of a non-Semitic people of ancient southern Palestine.

Philistia he land of the Philistines was made up of five city-states: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath.  The Bible portrays them asamong the Kingdom of Israel’s most dangerous enemies. 

Philistine soldiers captured and bound by Ramses III.  Goliath, the giant Philistine warrior defeated by David, probably looked much like a jumbo version of one of these soldiers.

Origin of the Philistines:  The Bronze age collapsed around 1200 BCE and was followed by a “Dark Age” of chaos in Greece and Anatolia.  During this time a marauding population known as the “Sea Peoples” repeatedly attacked Egypt.  The Philistines are thought to be one of the components of this invasion.  Their origin may have been from Mycenaean Greeks, Anatolians, Cretans or the autochthonous inhabitants of Greece known as the Pelagesians.  The Sea Peoples were defeated by Ramses III.  There is a suggestion from Egyptian inscriptions that Philistia may have been founded by the resettlement of these peoples on the Levantine coast

 Today, the Philistine city of Gaza is a part of ancient Philistia that has not been absorbed into Israel.  It is part of the Palestinian Territories.

For the pejorative use of the term“Philistine” see:  http://douglasbgibson.tumblr.com/post/84517781527/philistine

PCRF Honors the staff and mothers of patients in the Pediatric Cancer Dept.

In honor of Mother’s Day in Palestine, the PCRF distributed small gift baskets to the women staff who work long hours with little support to care for our children with cancer, and also for the mothers in the department, away from their families back home and caring for their sick children. The Huda Al Masri Pediatric Cancer Dept. was named after a brave and strong mother from Palestine, who inspires today with her legacy of humanity and courage.

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