Spent ammunition littering the classroom floors told of the ferocity of the battles waged from there...The shells found scattered in classrooms were for launchers that could fire 300 grenades per minute. The casings were from a machinegun that can cut through a house. The remains of what looked like a 155mm Howitzer artillery shell was left in the playground.
There was a man, 82 years old, who told me he spent all his life building a house and a family. He had a house with four storeys and 28 sons and daughters and grandchildren. He went to pray during Ramadaan, one evening. He came back. The house was completely destroyed, his wife was killed. All the 28 sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters were killed.
Samia is a teacher at the Cordoba School, a Palestinian school in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron (known as H2), Palestine. The Cordoba school is located on Shuhada Street, a road that is almost entirely closed to Palestinians because of nearby Israeli settlements. "The biggest challenge I face in getting to school is the checkpoint. If [the soldiers] do not let us through, then the teachers have to climb over rocks and our clothes got really dirty. This is not how a teacher should arrive at school. It takes away our dignity, and I think that’s what they want."
Israel to expropriate 988 acres of Palestinian land in occupied West Bank.
"Today's announcement clearly represents Israel's deliberate intent to wipe out any Palestinian presence on the land and to wilfully impose a de facto one-state solution," senior Palestine Liberation official Hanan Ashrawi said.
Gaza writer Refaat Alareer reminds us that as Palestinians in Gaza begin – hopefully – the arduous road to physical, emotional and mental recovery from the unspeakable horrors Israel has inflicted, the work of justice cannot take a break.
“I know, the children are dying in Gaza, and all the colors died in Gaza… Mama, if I die, will you ever have a home? …Don’t worry, I will draw you a home, and children, they will sing and bring all the colors back to us…but, why do they fear children and kill them Mama?”
Lama’s voice is one of the many young voices that present serious questions, not only to her parents in Palestine, but to the world, about our failed morality.
Ahmad was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. For five days, he was used as a human shield by the Israeli military and he was verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.
Thousands of people came to Oakland Port on Saturday, August 16, 2014 to stop an Israeli ship from docking and unloading. This action was the first of four days of actions that successfully blocked the ship from unloading in Oakland!
MECA's Dr. Mona El-Farra joins other civil society leaders in calling for four basic rights. Important read as negotiations continue in Cairo. "As academics, public figures and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years."
“I’m worried about this generation, what memories are in their mind, what will happen after a few years. No matter what you ask the children to draw, the drawings will come back with blood.” - MECA's Dr. Mona El-Farra speaking to the New York Times.
From bombing schools and universities, to restricting movement, to raiding and arresting students, Al-Shabaka says: "The long-term effects of these accumulated violations are manifold. Academic achievement at school level has plummeted in recent years due to the persistent insecurity and hardship caused by Israel’s protracted occupation and military attacks. The increasing isolation of Palestinian universities, due to movement restrictions, is also having a detrimental impact on the development of Palestinian higher education as a whole. And this, in turn, is leading to "brain drain," especially at the post-graduate level, as those students who are financially able to do so opt to study abroad.
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