Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

first published at Crescent International, Eva Bartlett [see Observations from Occupied Palestine, Part 1] Unusually heavy torrential rains last month inundated much of Gaza, which was already reeling from a tight Israeli-Egyptian siege since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with more than 5,000 evacuated from their homes. Power outages of 20-22… Read More Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

‘We Grow, They Bulldoze, We Re-Plant’: Palestinian Farmers Call for Israeli Agricultural Produce Boycott

Published at IPS – By Eva Bartlett Tawfiq Mandil, 45, stands amongst hundreds of Palestinian farmers, activists, and international supporters in the Gaza Strip’s eastern Zeitoun district, about half a kilometre from the border with Israel. They are renewing a call for the boycott of Israeli goods. “The Israeli army destroyed my house and my… Read More ‘We Grow, They Bulldoze, We Re-Plant’: Palestinian Farmers Call for Israeli Agricultural Produce Boycott

Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing on Palestinian Farmers

*Mahmoud Naim, 21, shot by an Israeli soldier while Naim walked on Palestinian border land in northern Gaza, Nov 28 first published at IPS, by Eva Bartlett (*blog version longer than published version) “It was the first day of the cease-fire. An Israeli soldier shot once in the air and within seconds shot me in… Read More Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing on Palestinian Farmers

stories from the border, where donkeys and carts are potential threats to Zionist security

The Israeli army killed a Palestinian civilian in the southern Gaza Strip and wounded 42 civilians, including 7 children along the border fence in the Gaza Strip from Nov 22-29 (source: PCHR) “The Israeli soldiers saw us. They were speaking at us, but they didn’t tell us to leave,” says Haithem Abu Dagga. “About eight… Read More stories from the border, where donkeys and carts are potential threats to Zionist security

Fridays

Fridays in Gaza are like Sundays in Canada in that it’s for some a holy day, most businesses are closed and people not at work, it’s a family day, a rest day.  There are those who work though, farmers and market vendors, small shop owners, taxi drivers… The day begins for many with an early… Read More Fridays

Gaza Farmers and Fishers Find Canadian Support

“This particular aspect of the siege is quite compelling because when a society is deprived of the ability to fish and to farm, it is deprived of its ability to sustain itself. It’s part of the ongoing Nakba, and part of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine,” says Charlotte Kates, a lawyer and one of the Day of Action coordinators.… Read More Gaza Farmers and Fishers Find Canadian Support

notes on Palestine’s preventable water and food crises

*Gaza City life issues graffiti “Gaza is an ancient centre of habitation that has survived for 4,000 years, at various times in the face of marginalisation and destruction. Today it represents an essentially urban economy, isolated and kept alive through external funding, the illegal tunnel economy, and the ingenuity and persistence of its people.” —UN… Read More notes on Palestine’s preventable water and food crises

Take Action: Free Palestinian farmers and agricultural workers targeted for imprisonment

Samidoun:  As they organize to defend their land and Palestinian farming against the onslaught of settlements and siege, Palestinian agricultural workers and organizers have been subject to an intensified arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. Click here to sign our petition at change.org or sign on below to demand an immediate end… Read More Take Action: Free Palestinian farmers and agricultural workers targeted for imprisonment