Category Archives: Human interest

01 Nov

2017 – The Year of Prisoners’ Freedom: Challenges and Ideas for Action by Wael Jaghoub

The following article on the situation and struggle of Palestinian prisoners today was written inside Israeli prison by Palestinian prisoner Wael Jaghoub, a leader in the prisoners’ movement affiliated to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was originally published in Arabic by the Handala Center for Prisoners […]

22 Oct

Palestine’s Sweeter Fruit

The al-Natsheh family vineyard, run by one of its founder’s sons, faces an uncertain future… Palestine’s most famous crop is the olive, but not to be overlooked are its grapes. Best known for grape production is the Hebron area of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The al-Natsheh family vineyard in Hebron […]

21 Oct

Jericho: World’s Largest Floor Mosaic Opened for Public Display

The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has unveiled the world’s largest floor mosaic for public display, in the West Bank district of Jericho. The mosaic covers the floor of the reception hall and the large bath of Hisham’s Palace, an Islamic archaeological site in the north of Jericho, and […]

19 Oct

Red Cross Executive Director: “What I saw in Rafah’s crossing made me feel ill.”

The Executive Director of the  International Committee of the Red Cross  (ICRC) in Gaza  confirmed, on Wednesday, that the Rafah border crossing suffers from the lack of basic humanitarian conditions. It was stated, according to Al Ray, in a press conference following an inspection tour in the terminal, ” I came, […]

11 Oct

ISM Photo Story: Jewish Holidays Bring Harassment to Occupied Hebron

The 3rd and 4th of October marked the celebrations of the Jewish New Year. In the occupied West Bank, Jewish holidays, celebrated by the settlers from the illegal settlements. This usually translates to an increase in harassment, restrictions and the presence of heavily-armed military occupying forces and settlers, often not […]

06 Oct

By Blaming Facebook for Palestinian Resistance, Israel Finds a New Partner in Crime

Photo: Israeli politicians, citizens and organizations have been depoliticizing the Jerusalem Intifada by chalking it up to ‘incitement’ on Facebook since it began in October 2015. Now, Facebook has partnered with the Israeli government to censor Palestinian speech.  In October 2015, just as the Jerusalem Intifada erupted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

01 Oct

Remembering Muhammad al-Durrah and the Stolen Dreams of Palestine (VIDEO)

Mere days ago, on the 22nd of September, the city of occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) remembered and mourned the murder of 18 year old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun, another Palestinian youth executed in cold blood by Israeli forces outside the Shuhada Street checkpoint one year ago. Today, on the 30th of September, all […]

24 Sep

ISM: World Week of Peace 2016

Fire. That seemed to be the theme, yesterday, as we celebrated World Week for Peace, in Bethlehem. Fire, when tear gas canisters erupted into flames in the Aida refugee camp, showing the continued violence. Fire, as we lit candles in the shape of the West Bank, signifying hope. And, fire […]

19 Sep

‘I don’t identify:’ Palestinian-Israeli Fans of Israel’s National Football Team

The Zionist symbolism of Israel’s national football team creates a quagmire for its Palestinian Israeli fans. Support for Israel’s national football team indicates that while Palestinian citizens of Israel have an unusual opportunity to identify with an Israeli national symbol, this identification is, it goes without saying, far from being […]

19 Sep

Hebron: Palestinian Trees Resist Israeli Occupation

According to the PNN. the Center for Freedom and Justice in Beit Ummar village, to the north of Hebron, is facilitating a popular struggle, with grape trees and vegetable fields as key components. Beit Ummar has, for several years, been a hot spot for nonviolent popular struggle against the Israeli occupation. […]

09 Sep

Gaza’s Children Go to Work in Trash Pits (Part 1)

Two Palestinian boys lead a donkey cart carrying scrap metal collected from trash pits in Gaza. (Photo: DCIP) “I remember when a 14-year-old child was buried under a pile of garbage,” said Atef O., also 14, from Shuja’iyya, east of Gaza city. Each morning, Atef scavenges in the trash pits […]

08 Sep

Mengitsu Family: “Netanyahu Forgot Our Son”

The family of the missing  Ethiopian-Israeli soldier, Mengistu, demonstrated on Thursday, near the Gaza border, where he went missing. Israeli newspaper Maariv reported, according to Al Ray Palestinian Meida Agency, the message of the family which demanded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu work on their son’s release. The family said: “It seems […]

06 Sep

Nimir Family; “Our Son Was Executed In Cold Blood”

The family of the young Palestinian man, Mustafa Nimir, 27, who was shot dead on Monday at dawn by Israeli soldiers invading Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, said their son was executed by the soldiers in cold blood, and that he was heading home carrying food when he […]

01 Sep

Two Palestinian Children Tell Stories of Abuse in Israeli Jails

PNN file photo: Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian child Recently, two Palestinian child detainees, Mu’men Hamayel and Oday Bader, told attorneys from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs that they have been physically abused and severely beaten after their arrest in the West Bank. According to the Palestinian News Network (PNN), sixteen-year-old […]

27 Aug

Walk a path of history in Palestine (Video)

Walk a path of history; experience nature and hospitality in Palestine. Join us for a journey on the Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil, a new Palestinian hiking trail where kindness is a language spoken by all, and the storied wilderness is a constant companion. Discover a land full of life, and color […]

24 Aug

ISM Report: Control and ID-check of Palestinians

08/23/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team As a Palestinian, you have to have your ID on you at all times, otherwise you may get detained or arrested. In Palestine, they have 3 different kinds of ID: The green ID is for people who live in the West Bank. […]

23 Aug

Palestine Says #ThanksCelticFans

Author: Poppy Liuba-Carmichael, Alternative Information Center (AIC) An explosion of solidarity On Wednesday, the 15th of August, fans of Scottish football team the Glasgow Celtic Football Club showed Palestine that the world has not forgotten about its struggle under Israeli occupation. Hundreds of fans raised the Palestinian flag during a […]

20 Aug

“It’s not very quiet there.” – Invasion at Al Fawwar Refugee Camp (VIDEO)

08/20/16 | International Solidarity Movement  On Tuesday morning, at 8:30, we received a call from Badee Dwaik, one of the co-ordinators of Human Rights Defenders, a Palestinian human rights group, about the unfolding situation in Al Fawwar refugee camp. Around 2:00 that morning, hundreds of Israeli soldiers invaded the village. […]

17 Aug

What Happened to Ahmed ?!

by Fedaa al-Qedra/Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency “You would never let my baby die if someone could save him.” These were the words that the mother of three-month-old Ahmed Abu Nahal used to appeal for the opening of Gaza’s borders, so that her baby could go for treatment. Days later, the […]

12 Aug

In photos: Bethlehem Live!

12 August 2016, Poppy Liuba-Carmichael, Alternative Information Center (AIC) The Bethlehem Live Festival brings local and international artists to Palestine to revive historic Star Street and energize cultural resistance to Israeli occupation. This year, Bethlehem held its fourth annual Bethlehem Live Festival on Star Street from August 4th to 7th, 2016. […]

09 Aug

Occupation Captured: CPT Photo Story 08/09/16

Weekly photos of Palestinian life and Israeli occupation in the West Bank city of Hebron, courtesy of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and the Alternative Information Center (AIC).     Growing restrictions Pictured here: The Israeli occupation is fortifying the checkpoint at the Ibrahimi Mosque, which will further restrict Palestinians worship at the […]

08 Aug

BDS: Game Changer in Germany

photo: With Palestine solidarity activism in Germany gaining more visibility, the backlash against it has increased. (Anne Paq/ActiveStills) The Holocaust was the first historic event that touched my inner core as a human being. Perhaps this explains my early fascination with everything Jewish. In the 1990s, I lived for two years in […]

07 Aug

Protecting Palestinian Children: PMRS Camp Held as Part of Summer Campaign (VIDEO)

The Palestine Medical Relief society has continued its campaign to protect Palestinian children through different activities, including a summer camp called “I Want to Feel Safe.” The camp, held in Hizma town north of Jerusalem, opens the horizon for hundreds of youngsters who suffer from apartheid policies, constant closures and military raids, to enjoy […]

02 Aug

Ashrawi Meets with American Delegation from Ramallah Federation’s “Project Hope”

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with a visiting delegation of young Palestinians from the United States participating in the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine’s Project Hope program, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. After welcoming the delegation to Palestine, Dr. Ashrawi urged its members to stay engaged, […]

01 Aug

Football In Ireland for Gaza Youth

Children from the Al-Helal club, in the besieged Gaza Strip, are in Ireland and enjoying a 10-day visit of fun and football! The footballers, aged from 10 to 14 years old, are staying and playing in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, as well as in Maynooth, Dublin, Limerick, Kinvara and Wexford over […]

29 Jul

Triumphant UK Debut for Palestine Youth Orchestra

Palestine Youth Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 26 July 2016 Sarah Irving – Electronic Intifada: True to form, the rain is hammering down on Glasgow. In the foyer of the Royal Concert Hall, young men in sharp black, wearing scarves bearing the unmistakable checkered print of the Palestinian kuffiyeh, are […]

28 Jul

ISM Report: “They destroyed the houses, they destroyed our dreams”

27 July 2016 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team Late Monday evening, Israeli forces entered the village of Qalandia with 15 bulldozers and around 150 soldiers. In the village, the Israeli military destroyed 11 newly built houses, attacking the residents of the village with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber […]

27 Jul

Discover Palestine on Wheels

We’re preparing to welcome you to Palestine for our next Bike tour which runs between the 15th and 22nd of September. The weather at that time of year is warm and pleasant. It is not too hot and the evenings are delightful. Siraj Center will provide you with bikes, helmets […]

24 Jul

ISM Photo Story: Friday Prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque — Running the Gauntlet

22nd July 2016 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Every Friday, many Palestinian Muslims come to Ibrahimi Mosque for prayers. To get to their place of worship, and home afterwards, they must run a gauntlet of Israeli military checkpoints. The Israeli Border Police invest their time and effort into […]

22 Jul

Ahmad Dawabsha Returns Home to Douma

Nearly one year to the date that his mother, father, and 18-month-old brother were murdered, as Jewish extremists firebombed their family home, six-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha was released from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, on Friday, according to Israeli media. The young boy was severely injured in the high-profile attack […]

18 Jul

Gaza Band Gains Global Audience Despite Siege (VIDEO)

It’s taken a long time and demanded patience and perseverance. But slowly, and in spite of all the obstacles, Gaza’s Watar Band is gaining international recognition. The soft rock pop group recently completed a tour of France, organized by the French Institute of Jerusalem, a branch of France’s official international […]

18 Jul

ISM Video: “Willful Killing”

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles.   Founded in August 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by being immediately alongside Palestinians in […]

16 Jul

Dr. Ashrawi Delivers Closing Speech at 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi delivered a closing keynote address entitled, “Framing Current Issues in Palestine,” at the 5th Annual Palestinian Diaspora Conference, yesterday, which was sponsored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Know Thy Heritage (KTH) program; the Conference was held on July […]

16 Jul

Hijazi, Another Victim Of Israel’s ‘Security’ Obsession

Yahya Hisham Hijazi, 24, from Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem, who was injured by nine Israeli army bullets, became the latest victim of Israel’s security obsession and paranoia, under allegations that became known to the Palestinians, claims of “carrying a knife,” that continue to be used as a direction […]

15 Jul

Right to Play? Palestinian Children in Occupied al-Khalil

via the International Solidarity Movement. In occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), possibilities for Palestinian children to play are scarce. With the help of the Playgrounds for Palestine project, a brand-new playground was installed at Qurtuba school in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of al-Khalil. Right to play – can you imagine that as a […]

13 Jul

Occupation forces issue notice for Palestinian, dead for 22 years, to report for interrogation

July 13, 2016 1:39 PM admin Hebron, Human interest, Israeli attacks, West Bank 0

International Solidarity Movement – On July 9th at 4:00 in the morning, the Be’rat family awoke to find Israeli soldiers pounding on the door of their home in Kufr Malik, demanding that Jihad, the son of Mohammed Tawfik and Nadia Mustafa, report for interrogation. Jihad, however, passed away twenty-two years ago, […]

10 Jul

60 Palestinians from the Diaspora Visit the Homeland (VIDEO)

  As the majority of the 12 million Palestinians in the world are now living in exile outside of Palestine, 60 representative of exiled Palestinians have just arrived in Palestine to get to know their homeland and heritage. The delegates were welcomed by Palestinian officials and traditional scouts parades and mass […]

07 Jul

Sufism in Gaza: Healing the Soul

Nabhan al-Babili assembles his followers every night in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza. The 62-year-old is the head of Gaza’s al-Rifaiya order of Sufi Islam, a position that was held by his father, Abdullah, and his grandfather, Abdulqader, before him. It is at such nightly gatherings, in a space […]

07 Jul

Ramadan 2016: Harassment, Collective Punishment and Settlement Expansions in the Occupied West Bank

07/07/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Monday the 6th of June marked the beginning of the Ramadan; the holiest holiday in Islam. The Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar, where Muslims celebrate when the Qu’ran was revealed for the first time to the Prophet Muhammad. […]

07 Jul

BDS National Committee Expresses Solidarity on 2nd Anniversary of 2014 Attack on Gaza

A message from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broadest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Two years ago today, Israel began a brutal military attack on Palestinians in Gaza in which more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and […]

06 Jul

CPT: Occupation Captured!

via the Alternative Information Center, Beit Sahour.   Ramadan nights Pictured here: A cell phone company sponsored a celebration for the kids of the old city this evening. (25/06/2016) Jewish Israeli Settlers Protest Pictured here: A group of Jewish settlers protested in Al-Sahleh area near the Ibrahimi Mosque, during the Muslim noon […]

05 Jul

The Untold Story Of A Palestinian Physician Who Rushed To Rescue Family of Wounded Israeli Settlers

“I saw a car that crashed and flipped over; I instantly stopped my car and rushed towards it to provide aid to the wounded. I didn’t care that my life, and the lives of my family members who were with me, could be at risk. I am a doctor and […]

02 Jul

Remembering Muhammad Abu Khdeir Two Years After His Brutal Murder

7/2/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team Today marks the two year anniversary of the brutal kidnap, torture and eventual murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The teenager was kidnapped in the Shufat neighbourhood of occupied Jerusalem by Ben David of the illegal settlement Geva Binyamin and two […]

01 Jul

Palestine Youth Orchestra Embarks Upon First UK Tour!

The UK welcomes the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) for the first time, this summer. Under the baton of Sian Edwards, the young orchestra will perform at leading venues across the country, as part of their first UK tour, culminating at London’s Royal Festival Hall, to bring their message of inspiration […]

27 Jun

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Obama to Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Israeli authorities released Mohammad, 15, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, in April after he served six months in prison. (Photo: DCIP / Cody O’Rourke) New York, June 20, 2016—Twenty members of the United States Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, urging the appointment of […]

23 Jun

MADA Study: Women’s Press More Capable of Raising Rights Issues

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” has issued a study on women’s press and freedom of opinion and expression in Palestine. The study was intended to shed light on women’s press from competent institutions devoted to women’s issues and rights in Palestine, as well as their contributions in […]

23 Jun

Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza Presented at the European Parliament

The Women’s Boat to Gaza, a campaign of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition conducted its meetings, over the past weekend, to discuss and further plans to set sail towards Gaza in mid-September, with all women delegates and crew. In doing so, we raise the issue of the ongoing illegal blockade of […]

21 Jun

Qarawah Water Apartheid

21st June 2016 | IWPS | Deir Istiya, occupied Palestine When Aziz ‘Aasee, the mayor of Qarawah Bani Hassan village drives through the streets, we’re stopped every few meters by one of his constituents, all of whom are asking the same question: When will we have water again? For some, […]

19 Jun

CPT: Occupation in Photos 06/19/16

Photos of Israeli occupation and Palestinian life in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al Khalil), by Christian Peacemaker Teams. Checkpoint Expansion Pictured here:  Expansion of Israeli Checkpoint Located on a-Sahla Street south of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, close to the al-Ibrahimiya school and the Abu a-Rish Mosque. Local […]

18 Jun

Sympathy With Murdered British MP Jo Cox Must Not Cover Over Criminal Foreign Policy (VIDEO)

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The fatal shooting and stabbing of British MP Joe Cox on Thursday, outside Birstall library in North Yorkshire, shocked members of all parties in the UK. Jo Cox was as good at stirring up controversy as she was at creating cross-party consensus. Jo Cox during her […]

17 Jun

RIP Jo Cox

17th June 2016 | Jo Cox  Jo Cox, a devoted compassionate friend of Palestine, refugees and immigrants, an advocate for the plight of Syrian and Yeminite civilians, a genuine working class hero and a mother of two, was murdered today on her way to a constituency meeting. Jo Cox on […]

16 Jun

“Happiness is a Concrete House”

Ramallah, May 16, 2016—Thousands of Gazans took to the streets on May 15, to commemorate the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” which marks 68 years of Palestinian displacement and dispossession, at a time when “home” is a particularly heavy word. Since Israel’s 50-day strike on Gaza nearly two years ago, many Palestinian […]

14 Jun

Irish Support of Boycott Welcomed by Human Rights Campaigners

In an open letter, published in today’s Irish Times and Irish Independent, thirteen of Ireland’s best-known musicians, writers, artists and sports stars have called on the Irish government to join them in supporting the growing worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The statement has been welcomed by […]

14 Jun

Birzeit Remains 1st in Palestine, Enters Top 50 Arab Universities in QS Rankings

Birzeit University retains its title as Palestine’s best university, while rises eleven places to hurtle the 50th spot in the QS Quacquarelli Symonds’s rankings this year. The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world. This year’s rankings included 350 best universities […]

13 Jun

Guidebook to Gaza Wildflowers

A Palestinian from Gaza city has released a guide on wild flowers growing in the Gaza Strip. Researcher Ayman Dardounah says, according to Al Ray, that his guidebook includes photos of around 80 varieties of wild flowers growing in random places throughout Gaza. He has included the scientific name for each kind. […]

08 Jun

USS Liberty Remembered (VIDEO)

Official statement from ON JUNE 8, 1967, while patrolling in international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, USS Liberty(AGTR-5) was savagely attacked without warning or justification by air and naval forces of the state of Israel.  Of a crew of 294 officers and men (including three civilians), the ship suffered […]

06 Jun

VIDEO: Aqil Srour, In Memory of a Hero from Ni’lin

International Solidarity Movement, Al Khalil Team 7 years ago today, Aqil Srour was murdered by an Israeli sniper in the occupied West Bank village of Ni’lin, near Ramallah. He was shot straight in the heart when coming to the rescue of a 16-year old boy who was also shot with […]

01 May

Photos: Palestinian Orthodox Christians Mark Bright Saturday

Palestinian orthodox Christians celebrated today the Bright Saturday or know as Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza marking the start of Easter. IMEMC camera visited the town of Beit Sahour near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and captured some of the celebrations.

19 Apr

Five Year Anniversary of the Death of Vittorio Arrigoni

18th April 2016, International Solidarity Movement Last Thursday, 14th April, marked four years since the disappearance of Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza, under the Israeli blockade. According to subsequent statements and investigations carried out by Hamas, ISM activist Vittorio’s body was discovered the following day, having been kidnapped and executed by […]

17 Apr

Poetic Injustice: Free Dareen Tatour!

Dareen Tatour, 33, a Palestinian poet, photographer and activist was arrested at her home in Oct. 2015. They didn’t have a search order or a warrant. This article was originally published on Free Haifa At 3:00am before dawn, on October 10, 2015, patrol cars from Nazareth police, escorted by a unit […]

09 Apr

Deir Yassin Massacre

Today, Saturday, is the sixty-eighth anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre committed by the Ergun and Stern Zionist terrorist organizations against this village in 1948, killing 250-360 Palestinian in cold blood, after the two groups invaded the village of 750 inhabitants. By the time the villagers realized the intensity of the […]

06 Apr

Press Release: The 7th Annual Conference of “ Struggles for Freedom”

In the 7th Annual Conference of “ Struggles for Freedom”:A Comparative Approach Discusses Liberation Movements Resistance History Dimensions of the Palestinian, Indigenous and third world liberation struggles and resistance were marked in the 7th annual conference of “ Struggles for Freedom” organized by the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit […]

Yes Theatre
04 Apr

Yes Theatre: Resisting Occupation Through Theatre and Socially Engaged Art Practice

by: International Solidarity Movement The Yes Theatre, in Al-Khalil (Hebron), works with dedication, for a brighter future for the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank through a diverse set of cultural activities.

March for Autistic Kids (image from Al Ray)
04 Apr

Jerusalem Marches for Autistic Children

April 4, 2016 5:43 AM admin Human interest, Human rights, Jerusalem 0

Dozens of autistic children and their families in occupied Jerusalem participated, on Saturday, in a march organized by the Jerusalem Society for Autistic Children, with the support of the United Nations Development Project and Islamic Bank, on the International Day for Autistic Children.

30 Mar

Youth Against Apartheid

March 30, 2016 8:16 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Human interest, Human rights 0

On Sunday, the new team of Youth Against Apartheid was honored to meet with each other for the first time. 03/29/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil team The wonderful youth of al-Khalil city (Hebron) who have dedicated their time during the past few years doing voluntary work and activities […]

25 Mar

Lebanese Creativity Award Winner Donates Award to Birzeit University

Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury, winner of the prestigious Mahmoud Darwish Award for Creativity 2016, donated his $25,000 award to Birzeit University.Khoury was cited both for his large and diverse literary output and for his attention to Palestine, which has been a cornerstone of his writing and activism. University president Abdel […]

23 Mar

Jamal, Steadfastness and a Death

Jamal is younger than I am but he doesn’t look it. He is always there, as are all the storekeepers in the souk and he always greets us, as does nearly everybody (walking down the souk when it is open can be a slow business). We walk through the souk […]

23 Mar

From the Spring to the Valley, Ain Samia to Wadi Auja

March 23, 2016 3:37 PM Siraj Center Human interest, Miscellaneous, Palestine 0

Even for the more experienced trekker, a hike from Ain Samia to Wadi Auja, is long and challenging, yet will prove to be rewarding. Ain Samia, is located on the eastern plains of Kafr Malk of the Nablus region, and is one of the most beautiful areas of the West […]

17 Mar


This is the first time in which I could sit behind the computer and write about the tragic murder of Rachel. Since that happened many of us at the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) have lived through really hard times. What added to my sadness and grief is being the one […]

17 Mar

Wadi Qelt and St. George Monastery

Another breathtaking hike through nature, flora and fauna is that through Wadi Qelt. The hiker can only traverse Wadi Qelt from west to east, walking in its deep gorge. Since ancient times, this route has been used by people to travel from Jericho to Jerusalem. Today, it is being used […]

17 Mar

March 16th: Anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie

March 16th, 2016 marks 13 years since a young American peace activist stood in front of an Israeli armored bulldozer to try to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, and was crushed to death by the driver of the bulldozer.After Rachel Corrie was killed, her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, […]

13 Mar

The Anniversary of Tristan Anderson and the Ongoing Struggle (VIDEO)

On the 13th of March, 2009, at around 4:30pm, Tristan Anderson, an ISM volunteer from the US, was critically wounded by the occupying Israeli forces while peacefully demonstrating against the ongoing occupation of the West Bank village of Ni’lin. 03/13/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team The wounds he […]

13 Mar

Palestine Today TV Closed by Israel – Website Blocked

The Palestine Journalists’ Syndicate strongly condemned Israel’s closure of Palestine Today TV after a raid on Friday. The TV channel’s website appears, moreover, to have been subject to a cyber-attack as internet security software flags its website as dangerous. The head of the TV channel, one journalist and a broadcast […]

09 Mar

BZU is a Front Runner in the Quality of Publications in Palestine

Birzeit University’s position as one of Palestine’s leading research universities has been solidified by the results of a recent study produced by the university’s Graduate Studies Faculty. The university has the best reputation for research among Palestinian universities, in terms of the numbers of its scientific publications, records of citations, […]

05 Mar

A Moment That Changed Me: Carrying Out Kidney Transplants in Gaza

It is only a 20-minute walk, but crossing no-man’s-land at the Erez border control changes everything. Entering Gaza feels like gaining access to a state penitentiary; there are guards, automatic weapons, dogs, gates and the infamous wall, designed to keep the 1.85 million Gazans in, and everything else out. Israel […]

03 Mar

Apartheid Week: BDS Demonstration at Bethlehem Wall

On the occasion of Israeli Apartheid Week, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), on Wednesday, held a standing demonstration calling for the boycott of Israeli products, near the Israeli separation wall to the north of Bethlehem, also called the Apartheid Wall.The demonstration took place under the military tower situated in […]

02 Mar

Israel’s Silent War on the Children of Palestine

March 2, 2016 12:03 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Human interest, Human rights 0

Fortunately, much of the world is now fully aware of Israel’s apartheid wall and the zionist state’s grotesque, illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories that it represents. 02/29/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team But, few are aware of the endless number of other apartheid structures scattered throughout Palestine […]

01 Mar

Mar Saba – Saint Saba

A short drive from Bethlehem can take you to one of the most beautiful desert monasteries in the Holy Land. The Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Saba, Mar Saba in Arabic, was founded on the cliffs of the Kidron Valley by Saint Saba of Cappadocia in 483 AD. After that, […]

28 Feb

“Ave Maria” Nominated to the Oscars (Trailer)

Basil Khalil, a Palestinian-British filmmaker born to a Palestinian father and English mother, in Nazareth, cannot contain his enthusiasm about his first professional filmshort comedy being nominated for the 88th annual Oscar awards.The British-Palestinian is the director of short film ‘Ave Maria.’ In an interview with Reuters Arabic, Khalil considered […]

25 Feb

Bani Naim via the Jerusalem Wilderness

February 25, 2016 2:08 PM Siraj Center Human interest, Palestine, Visit Palestine 0

If you have never walked through a desert, this is a great time of the year to do so! Weather conditions are mild – perfect for a hike from the Jerusalem Wilderness to the mountainous region of Bani Naim.The Rashayda Desert is south of Bethlehem, where you will come across […]

24 Feb

Berlin Film Festival: Israeli Government is ‘Fascist’, Says Israeli Winner

February 24, 2016 2:59 PM IMEMC Agencies Diplomacy, Human interest, International 0

Israeli film-director Udi Aloni, who won the top audience at Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, has labelled the Israeli government “fascist”, and has urged Germany to cease its military support to Israel.At a Q&A session about his award-winning film Junction 48 hours before being presented with the Panorama Audience Award […]

19 Feb

VIDEO: Algeria Celebrates Palestinian Goal in Their Own Net

The Algerian and Palestinian football teams, on Wednesday, held a historical friendly match that made an exception to the rule, where Algerian fans cheered for the Palestinian team, and Palestinian fans cheered for the Algerian team.The match, held at the 5 July Stadium in Algeria city, ended with Palestine winning […]

19 Feb

11 Years of Peaceful Resistance in Bil’in

On Friday, February 19th, residents of the village of Bil’in will march to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the beginning of the weekly protest against occupation. 02/18/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team The small village of inhabitants has for over a decade united Palestinians and internationals to support […]

17 Feb

VIDEO: Palestinian Teacher One of World’s Top 10

February 17, 2016 11:11 PM IMEMC Agencies Human interest, Miscellaneous, Palestine 0

Hanan Al-Hroub, a primary class teacher who grew up in Deheishe refugee camp, Bethlehem, has been shortlisted to the top 10 international teachers nominated for the one million dollar 2016 Global Teacher Prize, organised by the Varkey Foundation.Hanan was named amongst nine other teachers from countries all over the world […]

16 Feb

Experience the Reshayda Desert Sunset!

February 16, 2016 1:20 PM Siraj Center Human interest, Palestine, Visit Palestine 0

Can you imagine watching the sun setting as you look over the Dead Sea and the Jordan mountains in the distance? The Reshayda Desert has a lot to offer the adventure traveler.It is a place in the middle of the Jerusalem wilderness, south of Bethlehem, where one can take jeep […]

16 Feb

ISM Calls for Internationals to Volunteer in Palestine

Today, Palestinians are facing an enormous amount of pressure in their lives due to the growing violence of Israeli forces. 02/15/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Occupied Palestine They face restrictions of movement, daily harassment, intimidation and attacks at hands of Israeli occupying forces and extremist settlers. ISM is a […]

14 Feb

Children in Closed Military Zone Enjoy Day of Fun Under the Shadow of Occupation

February 14, 2016 2:08 AM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Human interest, Miscellaneous 0

On February 13th, 2016, Youth Against Settlements in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) organised a children’s activity in front of Shuhada Street checkpoint.02/13/16 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team Around 50 children from the neighbourhoods located on the H2 (entirely Israeli military-controlled) side of the checkpoint – Tel Rumeida and the […]

13 Feb

Teen Detainee Used as Human Shield by Israeli Forces

February 13, 2016 4:01 PM IMEMC Agencies Human interest, Human rights, Nablus 0

According to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), Israeli soldiers took Ahmad Q., 17, from his home and compelled him, at gunpoint, to act as a human shield during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus, on January 12.DCIP reports that, at around 3:30 a.m., Palestinian youth threw stones at […]

13 Feb

The Deadly Logic of Palestinian Hunger Strikes

February 13, 2016 3:21 AM IMEMC Agencies Human interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

‘When you feel that all the doors are sealed, and you stand there humiliated and alone, knowing in advance that the court system is a charade, one is left with no other option but a hunger strike.” These are the words of Mohammad Allan, a former Palestinian hunger striker, during […]

11 Feb

Palestinian Refugees Fleeing Syria Seek Home in Gaza

Palestinian refugee Heesham Ahmed El Khoranin and his family have already survived two Israeli assaults against the Gaza Strip, since he returned after fleeing from Syria in 2011.02/11/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza Team Heesham grandparents were born in Masmiya, 42km north of Gaza, one of the many villages […]

09 Feb

HCEF: Bringing Together Hundreds of Palestinians from the Diaspora

February 9, 2016 1:29 AM IMEMC Agencies Diplomacy, Human interest, International 0

The Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is now prepping for the National Conference for the Palestinian youth in the Diaspora, as part of the Know Thy Heritage program that is taking place for the fifth consecutive year, now.CEO and Founder of HCEF, Sir Rateb Rabie, told PNN that this year’s […]

08 Feb

Webometrics Ranks Birzeit University as the Top Palestinian University & 31st across the Arab World

February 8, 2016 11:21 AM IMEMC Agencies Human interest, Miscellaneous, West Bank 0

Based on the volume of scientific material posted on the internet; the excellence of its content and the number of external links referencing the material, Birzeit University has climbed up the Webometrics Ranking and is now ranked 1st in Palestine and 31st in the Arab world, as of January 2016. […]

06 Feb

Retracing Abraham’s Footsteps in Southern Palestine Bani Naim to Hebron

February 6, 2016 4:19 PM Siraj Center Human interest, Palestine, Visit Palestine 0

Retrace the footsteps of Abraham from the desert of Reshayda to Bani Naim to Hebron. As tradition says Abraham witnessed the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah from the mountainous region of Bani Naim – approximately 1,000 m above sea level. According to historians, this is the place where Abraham’s nephew, […]

01 Feb

Daily Violence On the Way to School (VIDEO)

February 1, 2016 10:25 PM IMEMC Agencies Hebron, Human interest, Internal Unrest 0

On Sunday, 31st January 2016, Israeli forces fired large amounts of tear gas at school-children on their way to school in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron).In the early morning, as children were walking to their schools located past the Salaymeh checkpoint, three school-boys picked up some small stones and tossed them in […]

23 Jan

Rights Groups Petition Airbnb, Say No to Stolen Homes

Airbnb* is enabling anyone to rent rooms and vacation homes in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.The list of places to rent, some of them even luxurious cottages, make no mention of the fact that they are in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. The American Muslims for […]

23 Jan

Gazan Families Struggle to Survive in Wreckage Left by Israel’s 2014 Attack

During the latest massacre in Gaza 60-year-old Fatma was one of the many Gazans who lost her home.01/22/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza Team She was sheltering in an UNRWA school along with her husband and 4 daughters when the Israeli occupation forces bombed their home. Once the aggression […]

23 Jan

Gazan Families Struggle to Survive in Wreckage Left by Israel’s 2014 Attack

January 23, 2016 7:40 AM IMEMC Agencies Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, Human interest 0

During the latest massacre in Gaza 60-year-old Fatma was one of the many Gazans who lost her home.01/22/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza Team She was sheltering in an UNRWA school along with her husband and 4 daughters when the Israeli occupation forces bombed their home. Once the aggression […]

14 Jan

Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil and Women Empowerment

January 14, 2016 5:53 PM Siraj Center Human interest, Palestine, Visit Palestine 0

Women in rural communities along the Masar – the long distance walking path in Palestine, have been empowered by their new roles of catering and welcoming walkers into their homes, showing authentic Palestinian hospitality and offering homemade traditional meals.This segment of female participation in the Masar – the path, has […]

14 Jan

Palestinian Child Detainees Testify Of Abuse And Assaults By Soldiers And Interrogators

January 14, 2016 2:15 PM Saed Bannoura Human interest, Palestine, Prisoners 0

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that recent testimonies from child detainees, held by Israel, revealed they have been subject to torture and abuse during their abduction, and interrogation. The Committee said such ongoing Israeli violations aren’t new, but a systematic policy that violates International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention […]

13 Jan

Video: ‘Army Cameras, The Sharpshooters’ Aid For Wounding And Executing Palestinian Protesters’

January 13, 2016 5:41 PM IMEMC News Human interest, Israeli attacks, West Bank 0

An Israeli military video camera recently fell in the hands of Palestinian protesters, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah; its videos shot by a soldier, showed how he marks the protesters, and gives the order to shoot them.Palestinian activists said the camera accidentally fell from a soldier while […]