palestinian west bank

لَمْ أعِش يوماً بفلسطين ، لَمْ أعِش بالقُدس ، لَمْ أعِش حرباً كأهل غزّة ، لَمْ أشْهَد وَقْع المُواجَهات كأَهالي الضّفة المُحتلة ، جيراني ليسوا يهودياً.
لكن . . يَبقى اسمي فلسطيني رُغم المَفنى ! 💙✨

anonymous asked:

so I know you've mentioned that you can't go back to Palestine, but I have a close Palestinian friend who goes there every summer and stays in Jerusalem and Ramallah?? her parents were born there and they go back every summer.... so why can they go but not you ??

It’s really a complicated topic, but anyways I will explain. 

Israel doesn’t know immediately know off the bat at the border who’s Palestinian and who’s not, unless you carry a Palestinian passport or your birthplace is Palestine and/or your name sounds Palestinian.

And Israel divides Palestinians into categories and they don’t get treated the same/enjoy the same rights, and Israel categorizes them and determines which is which with different IDs that it issues. 

Anyways, Israel divides Palestinians to mainly 5 categories (4 of these 5 get their own different ID that’s issued by Israel): 

  • Palestinians of Gaza 
  • Palestinians of the West Bank 
  • Palestinians of Jerusalem
  • Palestinians of ~Israel~
  • Exiled Palestinians (Don’t have IDs issued by Israel)

Each of these 5 have different travel restrictions and different living restrictions:

Let me break it down:

  • For Palestinians of Gaza (like me):
    • We are not allowed to live in ~Israel~ (this one is obvious), or the West Bank, or Jerusalem
    • We are not allowed to travel to ~Israel~, the West Bank, or Jerusalem (Unless we apply for a temporary travel permit that Israel issues, which is not easy to obtain)
  • For Palestinians of the WB (I’m not entirely aware of their restrictions but I will list what I know):
    • They are not allowed to live in ~Israel~, Jerusalem, or Gaza (They technically can live in Gaza if they someway how managed to sneak in but they will face difficulties with anything document related) 
    • They can’t travel to ~Israel~, or Jerusalem (For Jerusalem it depends on the mood of the Israeli soldier at the checkpoint and how naive they’re, sometimes they would let them, sometimes they won’t.), or Gaza (during Morsi’s time, they were able to go to Gaza via Egypt but after he’s gone, now it became almost impossible for even Palestinians of Gaza to go in and out of Gaza)
  • For Palestinians of Jerusalem:
    • They’re only allowed to live in Jerusalem, but if they live outside of Jerusalem (let’s say the WB) for more than 7 years they cannot go back and live there anymore. (I’m not sure if they can live in ~Israel~)
    • They can’t travel to Gaza
  • For Palestinians of ~Israel~:
    • They are not allowed to live in Gaza or the West Bank. 
    • They are prohibited to travel to Gaza, and if they did they would be tried in court.
  • For Palestinians in Exile: 
    • Not allowed to live in any part of Palestine (They also technically can live in Gaza if they someway how managed to sneak in but they will face difficulties with anything document related)
    • Can visit Palestine if they have Western passports (Australian, British, Canadian, American, etc.) and if the Israeli officer at the border/checkpoint was in a good mood that day. 

Also here’s an infographic that might help:

So yeah, it’s not black and white. 

At the end it all depends on what you look like, whether your name sounds Palestinian or not, your birthplace, whether you carry a Palestinian ID or not (and the type of that ID), what kind of passport you carry, and also the mood of the Israeli officer at the border that day. 

Even with my Canadian passport, I can’t easily go to the WB or Jerusalem, once I step at the border they will see that my birthplace says Gaza (Canada lists the name of Palestinian cities as the place of birth instead of listing Palestine) and they will cross-check my name with the Israeli population registry for Palestinians, and find out I’ve a Palestinian ID. 

Once they found out they will interrogate me for hours and ask me a series of questions, and depending on how I answered those questions and on their mood they will either:

  • Turn me back.
  • Tell me to go to Gaza and apply for a travel permit from there.
  • Offer me to denounce my Palestinian ID (i.e. give away my right to live in and travel to Gaza) and then let me in.
  • Let me in (Which rarely happens, only 10%-20% of the Gazans I know here (who carry Palestinian IDs and Canadian passports) were allowed in.)

Every year since 1976, on March 30, Palestinians around the world have commemorated Land Day. Though it may sound like an environmental celebration, Land Day marks a bloody day in Israel when security forces gunned down six Palestinians, as they protested Israeli expropriation of Arab-owned land in the country’s north to build Jewish-only settlements.

The Land Day victims were not Palestinians from the occupied territories, but citizens of the state, a group that now numbers over 1.6 million people, or 20.5 percent of the population. They are inferior citizens in a state that defines itself as Jewish and democratic, but in reality is neither.

On that dreadful day, in response to Israel’s announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of acres of Palestinian land for “security and settlement purposes,” a general strike and marches were organized in Palestinian towns within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev. The night before, in a last-ditch attempt to block the planned protests, the government imposed a curfew on the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin, Arraba, Deir Hanna, Tur'an, Tamra and Kabul, in the Western Galilee. The curfew failed; citizens took to the streets. Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as those in the refugee communities across the Middle East, joined in solidarity demonstrations.

In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed, about 100 wounded, and hundreds arrested. The day lives on, fresh in the Palestinian memory, as in 1976, the conflict is not limited to Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but is ever-present in the country’s treatment of its own Palestinian Arab citizens.

The month following the killings, an internal government paper, written by senior Interior Ministry official Yisrael Koenig, was leaked to the press. The document, which became known as the Koenig Memorandum, offered recommendations intended to “ensure the [country’s] long-term Jewish national interests.” These included “the possibility of diluting existing Arab population concentrations.”

Israel has been attempting to “dilute” its Palestinian population - both Muslims and Christians - ever since.

the situation is as dire as ever. Racism and discrimination, in their rawest forms, are rampant in Israel, and are often more insidious than physical violence. Legislation aimed at ethnically cleansing Palestinians from Israel is part of public discourse. Israeli ministers do not shy away from promoting “population transfers” of Palestinian citizens - code for forced displacement.


Once thriving Palestinian valley destroyed by waste water from Israeli settlements

Releasing sewage water onto Palestinian land exposes settler’s disgusting attitude who have no respect for Palestinian people and nature.


What does it feel like to be “occupied” in 2017? 

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip began 50 years ago in June.

His name is Tarek Al Taweel. He is 30 years old.

He is a Palestinian construction worker, not without skills. He builds modern high-rise apartments in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, where a five-bedroom penthouse sells for $600,000.

It’s not the work. It’s the Israeli checkpoint. “I hate it,” Taweel told us. The daily crossing drains him. It makes him feel that life is desperate and ugly.

“Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I don’t want to go to the checkpoint. Sometimes I put my head back on the pillow. My wife will say to me, ‘You have to feed our child. Get up. Get up!’ And I get up and go.”

READ MORE:  A Palestinian’s daily commute through an Israeli checkpoint

anarchyinblack  asked:

Wait, explain to me this mechanic where you have to give up your Palestinian ID if you want to go to Palestine?

It’s a really complex system and I cannot explain it all in one post, but I will try to summarize it. 

Every Palestinian residing in the Palestinian Territories has an ID that’s issued by Israel via the PNA

And you need the ID to get a passport, open a bank account, get married, own property, have the right to live there, have the right to enter/exit the part of the Palestinian Territories you’re living in, etc. 

And there are three type of IDs issued to Palestinians living in the Palestinian Territories, one for Palestinian residents in Gaza (like mine), one for the West Bank, and one for Palestinians in East Jerusalem. (the one for East Jerusalem is issued by Israel directly)

They slightly differ from each other, so for example, since I’m from Gaza and I carry an I.D. from Gaza, I can’t enter/live in the West Bank or East Jerusalem, though these areas are considered a Palestinian territory. 

And if a Palestinian from the West Bank someway how managed to visit Gaza and went back home to the West Bank, they will face consequences. (I’m not sure what are the consequences, but I heard there are consequences)  

And if I remember correctly, a Palestinian with an East Jerusalem I.D. cannot marry a Palestinian with a West Bank or Gaza I.D. and if they do, they won’t be able to grant their spouse a permit to live in Jerusalem. 

And if a Palestinian with an East Jerusalem I.D. lives outside Jerusalem for about 7 years their I.D. will be revoked, making them lose their right to live their even if they were born there and their family lived there for centuries.

So basically it’s not the PNA or Hamas that decides who’s a resident of Gaza and who’s not. It’s Israel that decides that, though Israel claims it ~completely separated itself~ from Gaza. Same goes for the West Bank and East Jerusalem.