Recent observations from our shifts
Summer 2022: Optimists say that Palestinian children will enjoy our beach days this summer! Notification will appear on Facebook and on our website.
There are checkpoints that have cost millions to construct, right next to breachs in the Separation Fence (about which e v e r y o n e knows). Surreal? Yes. But it was good for everyone. Even the army claims that all these years, the breaches have allowed tens of thousands of workers to earn a living, and contributed to stability in the West Bank.
Bourin and Beita – two Palestinian villages in the northern West Bank surrounded by violent settler outposts. . Most of the tree saplings that were planed two months ago in Bourin by 400 peace activists have already been vandalized by violent settlers – should the Israeli army have prevented this? Instead, the army is busy demolishing the protest tent put up by Beita villagers…
A day of sorrow and laughter at the Palestinian Jordan Valley. We have seen how Palestinians cope with demolitions, reduction of living space and fear of what’s ahead – and still at times, they manage to resume their daily routine and find moments of calmness.
A seriously ill woman is transferred from stretcher to stretcher between ambulances at Qalandiya Checkpoint, because her Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Akab has been separated from the city by a wall.
Only under Israeli occupation: Jews "steal" a water source! And peacocks too…
The secret bureaucratic framework overpowering the life of Palestinians - How many problems can you encounter in one hour, including disregard for the life/death condition of a child?
What we saw and what was absent this year on the first Friday of Ramadan (In the aftermath of the attack in Tel Aviv)
The atmosphere was subdued. We did not see many adults in the traditional white cloaks (galabiyeh) or dressed in festive suits. There were fewer families marching in the Old City in a festive gait. What was missing was a sense of joy and hope.
In all the checkpoints we observed, we saw groups of security forces in every corner, military cell phones were used to examine all men, women and children.
The checkpoint commander was the one who determined the mood at the crossing. There were differences between the conduct at the various checkpoints, these ranged from violent and harsh to relative efficient calm. Our volunteer at the Qalandiya checkpoint managed to observe the crowded queues of those heading for prayer. She concluded that: "Under the occupation, when human rights are not respected, there is not and cannot be freedom of worship."
Full reports are available on the MachsomWatch website