Thursday, June 11, 2009
West Bank Blogging
Making signs in the bus on the way to Jerusalem, finally leaving the Negev.
One of our first views of the city.
A metal wall around the construction site of the Museum of Tolerance, being built on a Muslim cemetery.
Yup, we're in the Jewish part.
I think the flowers really gives the checkpoint that homey touch.
Past the checkpoint.
Not much car traffic.
In Beit Sahour.
Yes, I asked permission.
Fungus getting to work.
As usual, the kids ate up the clown act.
These kids warmed up immediately.
Hmm...look like any other children to me. Even Jewish.
This little one was a bit shy.
Mom wants a pic of Fungus.
At the AIC offices.
An academic named Elise gave impassioned testimony about what it's like to be a woman under occupation.
Sat with Nassar at lunch after our briefing.
The illegal settlement of Har Homa, built on what was once a forested mountain where Nassar was born.
Heading back to Jerusalem.
Indeed, this is central to Nassar's point.
I understand Gazan children have "forgotten how to play." East Jerusalem and West Bank is a bit better off.
Beneath a car dealership in Jerusalem near Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood where Palestinians are being evicted.
Some of these folks were evicted from their home in March, where they'd lived since the 50s. It's a family that one of our leaders had been helping before expulsion--I need to check some details, but will report back. Their experience was similar to one reported last year.
This woman's family is one of 28 on a list of evictions--the Israelis tend to do them 1 or 2 at a time--she served as a translator during an impromptu meeting.
I need to get his name and that of the women below.
"But they're smiling, so must not be suffering!"
I got audio of our discussion. When asked what gives her strength to stay smiling in such conditions: "Allah."
"See, they have electricity, so why are they complaining?"
Their tent is in a lot just below their former home.
Don't know if this is one of the settlers who moved in.
Probably kicked out a Palestinian cat.
Nassar described the wall as "a snake around our necks."
Israelis blocked the sewers for "security reasons" so waste stays in the camp.
The only place to fly a kite, on top of a crumbling building.
More to come...
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Those settlements are ugly, both physically and morally.
Posted by: Buckeye ... | Jun 11, 2009 10:28:27 AM
Amazing how much those walls and guard towers make the "settlements" look like medium-security prisons...
Posted by: Xan | Jun 11, 2009 10:45:32 AM
Picture for "Not much car traffic":
Is that a unicorn?
Posted by: Dexter Methorphan | Jun 11, 2009 10:47:56 AM
A pootie pic from Palestine! Exceptional pics NTodd. Hope things go your way on your trip.
Posted by: karlpk montreal | Jun 11, 2009 11:04:33 AM
You always come up with fabulous pics. Please upload them to phonecasting.com too.
Posted by: Podcast Directory | Jun 11, 2009 11:43:01 AM
Good pictures. Certainly gives a sense of the place.
Posted by: P. Drano | Jun 11, 2009 12:59:41 PM
Depressing, compared to my memories of the West Bank in 1976-77.
Posted by: Karin | Jun 12, 2009 9:10:57 AM
ALL setllements are illegal settlements, according to international law, UN Resolutions 242 and 383, and "official" US government policy.
all of them.
Posted by: some guy: adjunct | Jun 12, 2009 10:34:14 AM