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Newsletter Spring 2019

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

 
 

Photo: Anthya Sadeh

The women of MachsomWatch extend holiday greetings
to our friends and supporters,
with wishes for joy, unity and hope.

 

 

 

Destined for Oblivion?
 

As the Israeli occupation of the West Bank continues, Palestinian sacred, cultural, heritage and ritual sites  (Makamat) are closed to Palestinians one by one, and instead – Jewish heritage sites grow and flourish. A special two-year survey carried out by MachsomWatch volunteers reviews 38 Palestinian heritage sites – and examines the practices of their expropriation and possession.

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Where Shall We Go?

 

Harassment of the Palestinian inhabitants of the Jordan Valley by the Israeli army, Civil Administration and Jewish settler-colonists is on the rise. In the past several years, this has been manifested in the rise of demolition of structures, temporary evictions, and harassment of shepherds, all attesting to an official policy intended to distance the indigenous population from the region for good.

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SEEING IS BELIEVING: TOUR WITH US!

 

 

Photo: Reuters

  A Photojournalist's Ordeal

The bureaucratic wall, the barrier of paperwork and permits, is at times no less effective than concrete and metal in restricting the movement of Palestinians living under occupation. Here is the story of photojournalist Nidal Eshtayeh who is trying to attend court proceedings set up for him in Jerusalem.

 

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We mourn the loss of our long-time member
Esther Bar-Lev z"l
 

Esther was a founding member of the MachsomWatch Southern Team in 2004. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Esther immigrated to Israel in 1950, and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Kissufim in the north-western Negev. Later she lived with her husband and four children in Kibbutz Be’eri. Her many roles in the kibbutz included production manager of the kibbutz printing press, a kindergarten teacher, and the coordinator of the Pre-School Program. A winning combination of modesty, integrity, wisdom and generosity.  
Esther always believed that we have no right to live here if we don’t live in peace with our neighbours. Her life in the line of fire in a kibbutz located on the border with Gaza only strengthened her motivation to protect human rights of all people at all times.

Her memory is a blessing. We miss her already.

 

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