May 15th marks the 65th anniversary of the Nakba - when 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from the territory that became Israel. In 1948, more than 50% of the entire Palestinian population was ethnically cleansed. In commemoration of the Nakba, and the displacement that continues today, Visualizing Palestine released 'An Ongoing Displacement'. The new visual quantitatively catalogues the multiple dimensions of Palestinian displacement and loss of land.
Omsiyat used to love drawing landscapes, but today she only draws scenes of death and destruction. “I can see no beauty around me and I am no good at drawing anything but warplanes, tanks, and funerals. I used to love drawing landscapes. All I drew in my paintings were flowers, butterflies, and trees. Now, when I intend to draw a flower, I automatically draw a tank, a tent, or a destroyed house.”
Eight-year-old Ahmed Abu Rimaileh was not the youngest of the children, schoolbags on their backs, that Israel Defense Forces soldiers took into custody early on Wednesday, last week: His friend, Abdel Rahim, who was arrested with him, is only 7, and in first grade.
Cousins Maya, Marwa, and Maya are recent refugees from the war in Syria. They are Palestinian and grew up in a camp in Syria but have fled to another Palestinian camp, Shatila, in Beirut. Here they tell us how different life in the camps is and how Shatila lives up to its reputation of having 'horrible living conditions' according to the UN. They now live as 'double-refugees' in Lebanon. They are 11-13 years old.
Palestinian children in the South Hebron Hills wait each day for an Israeli military escort because the road to reach their school passes by Israeli settlements and often the settlers attack the children. The military escort is frequently late forcing the children to wait outside in the rain or hot sunshine. The local community decided to erect a tent for the school children, similar to the idea of a bus shelter in other parts of the world, but settlers' called out "Kill all the Arabs" as the local community erected the tent and the Israeli military demolished it almost immediately.
Before 1967, agriculture was the biggest employer of Palestinian labor by sector and Palestinian agricultural exports were comparable to that of Israel´s. Following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in 1967, land confscation and restrictions on access to land and to water resources imposed by the Government of Israel led to the decline of Palestinian agriculture.
In Jayyous village, “Many farmers abandoned their land because they were too poor to pay for the diesel for pumping water from the wells,” says Abu Azzam, referring to Israel´s refusal to allow farmers to use cheaper electric pumps.
Saleha Hamdeen, a 14 year old Bedouin from Palestine, won the International Hans Christian Andersen Award for her fairy tale, "Hantoush," which was chosen from among more than 1,200 fairy tale entries from all over the world.
This disturbing image shows the back of the head of a child or young man as seen in the crosshairs of a rifle. The photo was posted on the personal Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a 20-year old Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.
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