Sunday, 20 November 2011

Nabi Saleh Demonstrations - Palestine 2011

Every Friday the village of Nabi Saleh organizes a march to protest the 2009 confiscation of an important water source by the Israelis.
I went to this demo three weeks in a row. The Israeli army start with deadly projectiles and this can carry on for 8 hours. They often use live ammo and shoot at head hight with tear gas and rubber bullets. The army use a variety of weapons including the disgusting skunk water canon and a tear gas machine that can fire 25 canisters at once. 
The people in the village are very kind and it is sad to see the whole village being collectively punished in this way.

To find out more about the Palestinian situation or the village of Nabi Saleh go here;
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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Palestinian Olive Harvest 2011

Every year the Palestinians harvest the olive trees which have been on their land for hundreds of years. The farmers are constantly attacked by Israeli soldiers and Zionist settlers whilst harvesting. These ancient trees are constantly burnt down all through the year, effectively an attempt to clear and take over the land for more settlements, they even release wild boar into the land to try to scare the Palestinians away.

The harvest was a very rewarding experience where I made some very good friends and did a bit of manual work for a change.

For a really good article about the 2011 olive harvest please read the article by my friend Ben Lorber. 

My pictures are of the harvest at the village of Burin and Qaryout where the Israeli army came and stopped them working due to "security reasons". I also visited Qaryout's olive press where they turn the olives into olive oil. It was such a great atmosphere as most of the village was there and everyone was really happy to see the work get finished.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

23/09/2011 Palestine Applies To the U.N for Statehood

The second day of trip number two to the West Bank of Palestine was the day thet Abbas made an official bid to make Palestine a recognised UN state. The USA has said that it will use its 'special powers' as a full time security council member to vito the bid so Palestine remains as an 'Ocuppied Territory'. Many other countries, however, have said that they are in support of Palestine and its struggle.

My day consisted of a quick demo at Burin, then straight to Qalandia check point for a demonstration against the apartheid wall. The Israeli army used extremely violent methods to try to end the demonstration and a lot of palestinians where badly hurt.

After, I went to Ramallah to join the celebrations of Abba's speech. This was one of the best times of my life, the atmosphere was amazing, everyone was in complete celebration and people where going nuts. I completely got swept up in it all.

If you would like to learn more about the Palestinian U.N bid have a look here:

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