Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused Saturday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis. Imad al-Haddad, Gaza head of a United Arab Emirates association providing these 50 mobile homes, told AFP that, in the town’s Khuzaa neighbourhood alone 500 families lost the rooves over their heads.
Source: AFP

Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg - a Brief Introduction

Marshall Rosenberg, PhD has been effectively mediating conflicts throughout the world for more than 40 years. His method, Nonviolent Communication, has brought together warring factions as diverse as Irish Catholics and Protestants, Rwandan Hutus and Tutsis, Israelis and Palestinians as well as families and communities in conflict.

His method is simply to enable both parties in conflict to listen with empathy to the authentic feelings and needs of the “other” without the need to blame and judge. Things can change when we feel heard as humans.

The film clips assembled in this brief introduction are taken from a much larger documentary film project on finding human-to-human, heart-to-heart common ground beyond the realm of fixed beliefs. Please visit:

Kamal Nasser (1925 –1973) , The martyred poet. 

Kamal Nasser was an admired Palestinian poet, writer, and political leader, who due to his renowned integrity was known as “The Conscience.”  Nasser was born in Bir Zeit in 1925 to a Palestinian Christian family. He was educated at Bir Zeit school (now Bir Zeit University). Then studied political science at the American University of Beirut and graduated in 1945. Expelled from West Bank by Israel in 1967, Nasser became editor of the PLO newspaper, Filastin al-Thawra. In addition, at that time he became a member of PLO Executive Committee from February 1969 to July 1971 serving as an official with the office of National Guidance. In 1970, he was also spokesman for the committee. In addition, he served as spokesman for the PLO. 

Nasser was assassinated in West Beirut by Israel Defense Forces in the 1973 Israeli raid on Lebanon (Operation Spring of Youth) on the night of 9 April 1973. Israeli forces also killed Kamal Adwan and Mohammed Yousef Najjar in the same attack. One of the soldiers involved was Ehud Barak, dressed up as a woman, who later became prime minister of Israel.


Zionists Attack Palestinian Family and Child (Hidden Footage)

So this one boy in my class was talking about palestine and how its horrible how israel is treating them and killing them (Palestinians) because his family was from their

These two white girls who sit by me honestly said “Who cares?”

“Who cares”!? Children and innocents are being killed and you don’t care!? what the hell is wrong with you!???

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[image: photo of Israeli man Rami Elhanan.  Below is written: “’This is a mission. This is something that I have to do.  This is the reason for me to get out of bed in the morning. This is the meaning of my life after the death of my daughter. We can change this endless cycle of violence. And the only way out is the ability to listen to the pain of the other.’ -Rami Elhanan #Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness]

After the death of his daughter, Rami became a peace activist through his experience with Parents’ Circle - Family Forum, a charity and support group for Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the conflict.  You can support Parents’ Circle or another wonderful charity simply by watching and sharing Beyond Right & Wrong at 

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With war leaving the Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza in ruins, Palestinian artist Iyah Sabbah has sought to symbolize these people’s pain with these sculptures depicting a clay family fleeing their home.

Meant to capture the moment as if it were a photo, the family appears to have been frozen in time. Old and young alike struggle to escape the area, appearing to not want to look back at what they are escaping.

Red marks cover the clay figures in symbolic splatters of blood. Still, the family has a sense of determination to them, a result of eyes both young and old that have seen far too many sights of war like these

How the BBC gives Israel free rein to tell breathtaking lies about Gaza

How the BBC gives Israel free rein to tell breathtaking lies about Gaza

By Allison

by Amena Saleem

Unchallenged by the BBC, Israel was allowed to lie at will as it pounded Gaza to rubble and wiped out entire Palestinian families.

BBC’s airwaves are always available for Israel’s propaganda chief Mark Regev to spin his lies unchallenged.

IN MARCH, the BBC’s flagship news program Today broadcast an interview with Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister.


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Palestine's youngest political prisoner welcomed back to Ramallah

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:32

Khaled al-Sheikh was the youngest Palestinian political prisoner when he was arrested in December at just 14 years old.


Amongst a host of events to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, families of political prisoners gathered outside the Ramallah offices of the International Red Cross to welcome 15 year old Khaled al-Sheikh back from prison.

Khaled al-Sheikh was the youngest Palestinian locked up in the Israeli prison system following his arrest from his family home in the village of Anan on December 25th 2014. Al-Sheikh was just 14 years old when he was arrested and was sentenced in an Israeli military court to 4 months imprisonment and a 2,000 shekel fine on the charge of throwing stones.

Following al-Sheikh’s arrest, Palestinian activists launched a campaign for his release amidst growing concerns from his family about his health. Al-Sheikh suffers from anaemia and his family say he received no medical attention whilst being held by Israel.

Last week, on April 16th, Khaled al-Sheikh was finally released after completing his sentence. More than 6,000 Palestinians remain locked up in Israeli prisons today including approximately 160 children.

April 20 2015,

I left Amman on the 19th towards Palestine, what is supposed to be an hour drive. But since I have to cross the border with a Canadian passport and an Arabic name, regardless that it is not mentioned anywhere that I am originally Palestinian, but I seem to carry a well-known Palestinian family name and a Jordanian passport like most Palestinians, it had to take me 6 hours to get there.

Five hours of waiting. interrogated 4 times with the same set of questions, and there you go, half my day was spent at the border staring at the ceiling. Worth it. At least for me. Palestine is worth a wait for days, months, and to many of us, years and generations.

I arrived to Ramalla, starving. So we went to have the best Shwerma in town “Abu Iskandar”. Seriously, it is the size of 3 shwerma sandwiches in Amman. Delicious and rich. The next day, I went to visit Kalandia Refugee Camp and met “Im Nimer” a woman who was thrown out of her own village Sar’a قرية صرع and is still waiting to go back. She has her house key saved around the house, although her house was demolished years ago. She said to me, “I want to go back, I don’t care where I will stay, I will sit on fabric under a tree for all I care, I just want to feel back home, back to where I belong, back to what was once taken away from me by force, where I met my husband, where I planned my wedding, and I want to just live my last 2 months before I die.”

After this heart breaking story, I went to visit Beirzeit, a Palestinian town very close to Ramalla. Very old, and very authentic. Met another old woman by coincidence as soon as we parked, she looked gorgeous and stylish, I couldn’t resist taking photos of her, and then she expressed so much love to me, I am someone that she doesn’t know, just a Palestinian stranger, but to most Palestinians, you are no longer a stranger if you meet randomly, you are always lucky to meet new faces to welcome and cherish.

I then headed back to Ramalla, had another shwerma from Iskandar, and walked around the old city of Ramalla Tahta and the city center.

Morning Diary: Visiting Ramalla – Palestine | اليوم الاول: زيارتي في رام الله April 20 2015, I left Amman on the 19th towards Palestine, what is supposed to be an hour drive.

It is kind of horrifying, isn’t it? I can’t say I didn’t expect it, but I also haven’t really seen it as terribly as I maybe should have.

I actually tried to cross over the land border, not the airport, but still - when I told them that I wanted to call my embassy, they laughed at me. (I tried, but my phone wouldn’t work.) And I know from the stories of others that calling the embassy is rarely useful, particularly if you are of Arab descent. And while maybe our special relationship should merit some semblance of courtesy, the fact is that you’re in “their” land and so under their laws. And as we’ve seen, Israel hasn’t cared what the US wants in the past, so…

But still: do it anyway. Every time an Arab crosses that border to visit a Palestinian friend or family member, it is a form of resistance. We are reminding them that wiping out the Palestinian people and their culture (and their claim to their land) is not as easy as building checkpoints and giant walls. Do it. Give ‘em hell.

(And hey, what if they do let you in? The odds that your family is as crazy as mine are low.)

Honestly, while I suspected that I would be denied entry, I could not not try to go. There are so many people whose biggest dream is to visit Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, and we have these American passports that (in theory) let us in and out at will. It’s wrong for us not to take advantage of it.

So, like I kept telling my mom - what’s the worst that could happen? You’d get turned away and have a great story about why Israeli cops suck? 

Do it.

Thank you so, so much, love - I hope that I can live up to your praise :) Good luck with all of your future endeavors!

Bereaved families try to block joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day event

More than 100 families send letter to defense minister asking him to deny entry to Palestinians and amend Memorial Day law.

By Haaretz | Apr. 19, 2015 | 5:59 PM

The joint Israeli-Palstinian Memorial Day ceremony in Tel Aviv, 2012.

More than 100 bereaved families sent a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday, asking him to prevent Palestinian families from entering Israel to take part in a joint Memorial Day ceremony.

“The ceremony is a provocation that demeans Memorial Day and the memory of the state’s fallen soldiers,” said the letter, according to Army Radio.

Prompted by the Samaria Settler Council, 107 families signed the letter, which asks Ya'alon to prevent Palestinian families from getting visas to enter Israel to take part in the event scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. The settler group is also planning a protest outside the event, according to Army Radio.

“We are horrified that the Israeli government allows a joint ceremony to take place that commemorates enemies who participated in the killing and harming of our children, who enlisted to protect our nation and land, and our children living in Israel who met their deaths just because they were Jewish,” the letter continued.

The letter added that it is “inconceivable” that the organizations Combatants for Peace and the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace, which organize the joint Memorial Day event, should be able to transform the day into one commemorating enemies of Israel.

The families also asked Ya'alon to amend the Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars Law in order to prevent ceremonies that equate Israeli and Palestinian bereavement from taking place in the future.

Combatants for Peace issued a statement in response to the letter, saying in part, “Precisely on this difficult day, we call on both sides to acknowledge the pain and the hope of those living on the other side of the fence, and to try to prevent the next war. Then, perhaps on Memorial Day next year, we will not have to tally additional victims.”

The city of Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and property, housing and Israeli settlements are burning issues.

The Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem has forced thousands of Palestinians from their homes and created a serious housing shortage. Since 1967, the Palestinian population has quadrupled, climbing to over 300,000 - nearly 40 percent of the population. Yet the Israeli municipal authorities in East Jerusalem deem that Palestinians can build property on only nine percent of the land.

For Palestinians, construction permits are prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic processes make them difficult to obtain. Many Palestinians have had no choice but to build their own homes without permits, even with the threat of demolition hanging over their heads.

Israel has now declared around 20,000 of these buildings to be illegal and has ordered their demolition.

Rather than paying the high costs of fighting demolition orders in court, or paying the fines for getting Israeli crews to pull down their homes, Palestinian families are making the difficult choice to bring them down themselves. Forced to demolish their own homes, many have been made homeless, or pushed away from the city centre. Others have chosen to remain in the ruins of the properties they themselves have pulled down.

Jerusalem: Hitting Home examines how these demolitions are not just changing the face of the city but also the lives of the people who live there.

The film follows three families who have been forced to take hammers to their own homes. It traces the events that led to the demolitions, where the families have gone afterwards, and the emotional and economic impact it has had on them. The filmmaker also charts how city planning and municipal policies have led to a set of building rules that many argue are pushing Palestinians towards the outskirts of the city, disrupting their lives and shifting the city’s demographics in favour of the Israeli majority.

anonymous asked:

where is your palestinian family from

Lived in Jericho but originally from Jerusalem