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Palestinians Commemorate Land Day on ...
Wadi Fukin, Palestine, West Bank
By Rich Wiles
01 Apr 2015

Palestinians from across the West Bank and Israel gathered in confiscated Palestinian villages, on both side of the 1967 Greenline, to commemorate Land Day. Land Day is seen as a day of resistance action in defense of Palestinian land. Annual Land Day events are held by Palestinian communities within the State of Israel, in the occupied territories, and in the Palestinian diaspora.

 

Land Day events in 2015 included a 'return march' by the community-in-exile of Lifta, many of whom today remain only a kilometer or two from their original homes. Today there remains a small but very active community-in-exile of Lifta's refugees in East Jerusalem, and it was this group, under the banner of their community grassroots organisation 'Sons of Lifta' who spent Land Day inside their home village. Although many of the village's houses remain intact and the refugees live only a ten minute journey away, they are denied their rights to return to live in the vilage by the State of Israel.

 

Land day first started on March 30,1976, when mass demonstrations broke out among Palestinian communities in the State of Israel in protest at an Israeli state plan to confiscate 20,000 dunums (2,000 hectares) of land around the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin and Arraba in the Galilee. This was one of the first examples of mass coordinated action being carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel. Protests were held from the Galilee in the north all the way to the Negev (known as the 'Naqab' to Palestinians) in the south. Over the course of the day 6 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 100 were injured. Ever since these events, Palestinians have commemorated March 30th as 'Land Day', or 'Yom al-Ard' in Arabic.

 

In Another Land Day event, activists in the village of Wadi Fukin in the West Bank attempted to plant 350 olive tree saplings on land that is threatened with expropriation by the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. All Israeli settlements within the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are illegal under international law. Before more than a handful of trees could be planted in Wadi Fukin, Israeli soldiers rained clouds or tear gas on to the activists bringing the Land Day event to an abrupt halt. For Palestinians, Land Day is an important annual event which brings together many thousands of Palestinians across historic Palestine in the defence of Palestinian land.

 

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Trees of Protest in the West Bank
Beit Ummar, Palestine, West Bank
By Ibrahim Hamouz
02 Feb 2015

Palestinian villagers plant olive trees on land confiscated by Israeli settlers near the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank. The trees are a symbolic protest to ongoing Israeli policies of land confiscation and illegal Jewish settlement.

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Palestine: When a School is Illegal
Khan al-Ahmar
By Vinciane Jacquet
14 Nov 2014

November 16, 2014
Khan al Ahmar, West Bank, Palestine

The Khan al-Ahmar School serves the children of the Jahalin Bedouin community in the West Bank and has been declared illegal by Israeli authorities. It is now facing possible demolition. Built in 2009, the school was constructed with mud and tires due to a lack of funds and an Israeli law that bans Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank from building structures made of cement. The children now attend school in poorly equipped classrooms with no heating, leaking ceilings, and little electricity. However, it is possible that even this primitive learning environment could be snatched from them at a moment's notice. Over 140 students are currently enrolled in the school. The nearest alternative school is located about 45 minutes away by car. The school's imminent demolition is part of a plan by Israeli authorities to displace the Jahalin Bedouin living in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank. The Khan Al-Ahmar School and Bedouin community is located in the Jerusalem periphery, between the Israeli settlements of Ma'ale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. While the Jahalin Bedouin have a longstanding presence in this area (they settled in the area in 1948, after being evicted by Israel from their lands in the Negev desert), the community and school present an obstacle to Israel's planned settlement expansion and construction of the separation barrier. The community lives with the constant threat of displacement. Every year, the school administration goes to court in order to postpone the planned demolition of the school. This year they were lucky and the court sided with them. However, the order still stands and next year they may not be so lucky.

Tents and Tombstones: Bedouins in Isr...
Al-Araqib
By Vinciane Jacquet
10 Nov 2014

November 12, 2014
al-Araqib, Israel

Al Araqib is one of the 46 Bedouin villages in the Negev desert that the state of Israel refuses to recognize. The residents of the village, both past and present, inherited these lands from their fathers and grandfathers. Harassment from the Israeli Army and vigilanties has become commonplace for the Araqib Bedouin. The harassment dates back to 1948, when a gang of Zionist militants rounded up 14 Bedouin men working in a field in al-Araqib and summarily executed them. Since 1948, homes and properties in al-Araqib have been regularly destroyed and stolen. On July 27th, 2010, the village was totally demolished. Since then, the village has been re-built and destroyed 33 times. However, many residents were unable to stay and moved to the recognized village of Rahat. Those who did choose to stay are confined to the area of the Al-Turi cemetary and have been living under harsh conditions, always scared of an unexpected visit from the soldiers.

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"State Land"- Fresh Territory Seizure...
Bethlehem
By Vinciane Jacquet
20 Sep 2014

September 16-19, 2014
West Bank, Palestine

At the end of August, 2014 Israel seized nearly 1000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank in order to make room for new Jewish settlements. The residents of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, which is located on the seized land, were delivered eviction notices and had some of their farmlands destroyed, all with the purpose of having them abandon their village. The villagers have refused to leave and now face a lengthy struggle to stay on their land.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014. Wadi Fukin, Palestine.

View of Wadi Fukin. On the roof of a house, two Palestinian girls look at the Green Line separating Israel from the West Bank.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 18, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Ahmad Sokar, mayor of the village (center), and his assistant (left), are visiting Ibrahim (right), whose land is going to be seized.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Mohamed, 7, is playing next to his school (in the background). Israel refused authorization to renovate the school. This part of the village is also often targeted with teargas.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
17 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Mara, 13, is looking at a Palestinian coin for the first time of her life.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

The farmers produce their own olives, olive oil and vegetables. But their way of life is endangered by the building of settlements around them.

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"state land"- fresh land seizure thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Mohamed and his father Mustafa on their land. Israel cut down all of their olive trees, but they still find reason to love and laugh.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

This Israeli settlement just above the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin. The sewage water of the settlement discharges directly on land of the Palestinian farmers, ruining the harvest and natural springs.

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"State Land"- Fresh Land Seizure Thre...
By Vinciane Jacquet
16 Sep 2014

September 17, 2014.
Wadi Fukin, West Bank, Palestine

Hassan is 82 years old. In 1948, Israel took half of his land. He is now living in a cave with his wife. He says: "It is not enough to take our land, they also want our caves, they want everything. But it is our life". Israel actually wants the cave so it can build new settlements on the mountain.

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Ma'ale Adummim Construction Site
Ma'ale Adummim, Israel
By Andrew Beale
09 Dec 2012

A construction site in the settlement of Ma'ale Adummim, on the outskirts of the E1 area of proposed settlement construction.

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Settlement Interview Part 6
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Part 1 of interview with Palestinian Burhan Kashour concerning the 3,000 new settlements approved for construction in the West Bank.

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Settlement Interview Part 4
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Interview with Menashe Dovid, a British-Israeli commenting on Netanyahu's decision to approve 3,000 new building permits for West Bank settlement construction.

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Settlement Interview Part 5
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

Part two of interview with Australian-Israeli Menashe Dovid concerning the 3,000 new settlements approved to be built.

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B-Roll Entrance to Western Wall
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

B-Roll of an entrance tunnel to the Western Wall in Jerusalem

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B-Roll Separation Barrier Part 1
Ras al Amoud, East Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
07 Dec 2012

A section of the separation barrier in Ras al Amoud, East Jerusalem

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Settlement Interview Part 7
Jerusalem, Israel
By Andrew Beale
06 Dec 2012

Part 2 of interview with Burhan Kashour, a Palestinian, concerning the 3,000 new settlement buildings approved to be built in the West Bank.

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adumim
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

A Bedouin family living in front the settlement Ma'aleh Adumim arrive at home. as Israeli authorities recently approved plans to build more settlement units in an area known as E1, which links Jerusalem with Ma’aleh Adumim, these families are in danger of expulsion.

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Bedouin settlement in front of the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. You can see the contrast between the two communities and the closeness between them. Most of the men working in the Bedouin settlement of Bedouin settlements in front of the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim settlement

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Bedouin houses in the E-1 where the government of Israel announced new settlement construction the day after being accepted Palestine as a no member state in the UN.

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

The Bedouins derive their livelihood from raising goats and sheep, where they get meat and milk they use in their food.

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Bedouin House constructed of wood, metal and plastic. Contrary to what may seem the Bedouin house heated by a wood stove in its center and protects perfectly from the cold, wind and rain.

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Bedouin Settlement near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Bedouin woman at home in front of the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. The house inside is extremely broad, lacks mostly of furniture and heated with a wood stove that stays in the middle. Most women stay at home taking care of the children while their husbands are at work.

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Bedouin Settlement Near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Hands of a Bedouin woman with her son. Women tend to marry very young, it is quite normal even marry before age 18.

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Bedouin Settlement Near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

Mother with her daughter in front of fireplace at home in front of the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. Women tend to marry very young, it is quite normal even marry before age 18.

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Bedouin Settlement Near Israeli Housi...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By javiervidela
06 Dec 2012

A young Bedouin stands in the door of her house. She is responsible for doing household chores like preparing food, caring for animals and looking after children.

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BEDOUIN SETTLEMENT NEAR ISRAELI HOUSI...
Ma’aleh Adummim, West Bank
By Mais Istanbuli
06 Dec 2012

The night he was recognized Palestinian state in the General Assembly member UN, all were celebrations in the streets. But not even 24 hours had passed when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, everyone returned to the ground announcing the approval of 3000 new homes in the area called E1, a bloc of settlements from the West Bank threatens to half. Bedouin families living in this very area, expelled from the Negev desert in the 1948 war also saw Abbas's speech on TV last night. Shortly after they met with the threat of being expelled again with the announcement of Netanyahu. 257 families have already received demolition orders around qeu road going from Jerusalem to Jericho, and their way of life, and disturbed by settlers who attack their homes and livestock, could come to an end if Netanyahu holds plans.

Ten Palestinian Bedouin communities living in the West Bank E1 corridor connecting Ma'ale Adumim and Jerusalem are facing displacement as Israeli authorities recently approved the construction of thousands of new housing units. The community's traditional way of life has been under threat by Israeli authorities's plans to build more settlement units.

The E1 project has sparked a major diplomatic backlash. Experts say it could jeopardize the possibility of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state. Most of the Bedouins living in this area are refugees whose families were forced out of Israel’s Negev in 1948.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.

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Bahraini Politician Accuses Aluminum ...
Bahrain
By Media Made by Bahraini People
11 Oct 2012

Abd al-Jalil, head of the independent political bloc Al-Wefaq, announced his suspicion toward a confidential settlement which was announced by the aluminum company, Alba. In a case of known corruption, certain Bahraini officials were involved a settlement with another company, Al-Qawa, and the news was hidden by the Bahrain government.
He added that the settlement is a waste of public money.