Archive for the 'October 2007 Delegation' Category

Campaign launched to free Al Masra’ villagers.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

A complaint is being made against Israeli police after the lives of three British women were threatened by armed Israeli settlers.

One of the settlers was identified by Israeli police at the scene as a security guard for the illegal settlement of Talmon B. No action has been taken against this man. The three members of the Brighton-Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group were subsequently arrested, held for 33 hours in an Israeli gaol and released without charge. (more…)


Monday, November 5th, 2007

All of the ten people who have just returned from a delegation to Palestine from the Brighton-Tubas Solidarity Group, have their own unique stories to tell. In their two week visit they’ve been shot at, arrested, and discovered that produce grown on stolen Palestinian land and using child labour, is being sold in British supermarkets including Tesco’s.  One delegate said, “Although it was often shocking, these events are part of daily life in Palestine and the people we met were full of friendship despite their situation.”   (more…)

Nine more Palestinians in Al Mazra’ah ‘arrested’ on Thursday 1st November

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Ma’an news agency posted the following report on 1/11/07:

“Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians, including 3 minors Israeli forces detained nine Palestinian citizens including three minors on Thursday morning in the central West Bank village of Al-Mazra’ah Al-Qibliyya west of Ramallah.

Local residents told Ma’an Israeli forces carried out another campaign in the village last Sunday and apprehended 13 people. They said those arrested took part in the demonstration last Friday protesting against the separation wall.”

Sarah’s Olive Grove

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

The village of Taybe lies about 10 kilometres inside the West Bank. Stand at the Boys’ School at the edge of the village and look towards the border and what do you see?


Palestinian farmers under the Occupation

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

How do you make a living as a farmer when your land and water has been stolen from you by the Israeli invaders? The answer is that you don’t. You join the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in refugee camps in Jordan, or you work for a pittance in the illegal Israeli settlements spreading like a cancer over the once fertile land of Palestine. (more…)


Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Three British women, arrested at a demonstration at Al Masra’a al Qibliya on Friday 26th were released late last night after being detained for over thirty hours.

The women, Sarah Cobham, Caroline Bailey and Kate Harrison, were arrested after participating in a demonstration about the seizure of land in Al Masra’a. Protesters were fired at with live ammunition by settlers, soldiers also fired off live rounds. The women were ‘detained’ by an armed settler while trying to leave the demonstration.The settler shot at the women, ran after them, pushed them up against a wall, pointed a gun at them and threatened to kill them.When Israeli soldiers arrived by they did nothing to stop the assault by the settler. The women were kept in the ‘punishment block’ of Ramla women’s prison close to Tel Aviv and released after a closed hearing at the Ministry of the Interior in Jerusalem.


Settler violence, army collusion and justice

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Yesterday I found myself with two friends, on a Palestinian hillside, being pursued by an Israeli settler shouting and shooting indiscrimiately. This wasn’t what I had expected when I decided to attend a demonstration against the Isreali settler theft of land from the palestinian villagers of Al Misra’ar. (more…)

Settlement Slavery

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Waking up before dawn in the small village of Fasayil, deep in the heart of the Jordan Valley, we did not know what to expect. We were hoping to see, and maybe speak to some Palestinians that work in the nearby Israeli settlement farm: Tomer. (more…)

Life, Birth and Death in the Jordan Valley

Sunday, October 28th, 2007
I have come to Palestine with a particular focus on women and women’s health. I am a midwife who has lived in Brighton for ten years. I work at the Royal Sussex County hospital. I joined the delegation to find out first hand the effect of the Israeli occupation on the women and their choices in childbirth. The quiet grinding everyday stress of living under occupation is a story not always told. The big incursions, the land seizures the dead children, shot for throwing stones make the headlines, the everyday problems of living under a power that wants to destroy you is not so newsworthy. I was expecting to find many stress related health conditions as well as the conditions of poverty and poor access to services.  (more…)

A Tale of Two Worlds

Sunday, October 28th, 2007
Edward Said used to say that Western support for the Palestinian cause could only be built through the creation of a national narrative strong enough to challenge Israel’s, and to do this the same story would have to be re-told over and over again until the world starts listening. Writing about a first visit to Palestine feels a bit like becoming a part of that essential retelling. Although I have read hundreds of accounts of everything I am now experiencing, nothing had quite prepared me for the reality behind the words. (more…)