A Swing, a Slide, and a Soccer Field ~ Targets of the Occupation

Through this posting, my friend, Dawn, offers current insights about life amid the Israeli government’s military occupation of Palestine… (Note to our shared blog subscribers: Thank you for bearing with cross-postings.)


Children's Playground Wadi Fukin, Occupied Palestine Photo Credit: Dawn Children’s Playground
Wadi Fukin ~ Occupied Palestine
Photo Credit: Dawn

What do a swing, a slide, and a soccer field have in common? It would seem an obvious question ~ these are all things which provide children a safe place to play and simply be children. But in this Palestinian village, the swing, the slide, and the soccer field all share the same fate ~ They have received stop work orders and may well be demolished should anyone have the audacity to complete these playground projects without the required permits ~ permits which are impossible for Palestinians in this village to obtain under a cruel and inhumane military occupation.

It is a Saturday afternoon and I am invited to join a Methodist delegation to the village of Wadi Fukin (Foquin/Fuqeen) ~ one of the villages our Bethlehem EAPPI team monitored in the fall of 2012 (see earlier post, Between a…

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Tense days

Some moving insights about life in Palestine these days… Thank you, Jan, for posting them on your blog. Inspired by non-violence and peace…

A Mosaic For Peace

I have returned to Palestine and am once again working in Hebron with the Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN).

Things are tense these days in all of Palestine.  The 48 year Israeli occupation (illegal according to International Humanitarian Law) of Palestine, with even greater repression of human rights over the last several months, has led some young Palestinians to respond violently.  Frustrated and desperate, and prohibited from carrying guns, they have resorted to the use of knives as a tool to stab Israeli soldiers and citizens.  Israel has responded with what they call “increased security measures,” meaning a further clamp down on Palestinian human rights, a dramatic increase in checkpoints, and what appears to be a “shoot to kill” policy, all of which have served to heighten tensions further.  As well, there have been witnessed reports of unarmed Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers, with a knife later being placed beside…

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Daring to journey together – in the land bridge of Palestine and Israel

Amid the escalating violence, Open House in Ramle (a peace education centre in Ramle, Israel) offers this video from May 2015. The video offers the voices of Israeli and Palestinian youth and their instructors, from their shared time together, known as Masa Masar 2015 – The Journey.

Click here for the video.

Click here for information about Open House.