This article was originally published in The Tablet on 26 September 2018.
'When people lose hope, it destroys their human dignity'
In Gaza recently, I asked several Palestinian mothers what worried them most. They all replied that their main concern was for their sons more than their daughters. Why? Because as young men they would feel that they had to challenge Israel’s blockade on the territory. “They would get involved in clashes, and they would be killed,” the mothers told me.
Gerry Lee, Director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, joined a delegation of representatives of Catholic advocacy organizations to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory in April.
The Israeli Civil Administration has signalled advancements to forcibly transfer the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar, located in the central West Bank, east of Jerusalem. The forcible transfer of the village would constitute a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention and it would set a precedent to dozens of other Palestinian communities facing similar risks.
EuroMed Rights and CIDSE statement, 25 November 2016
All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children.
Seán Farrell, Trócaire’s Director of International Division, reports back on a recent trip he made to Israel and Palestine.
Where aid is destroyed, it might seem logical that donor countries would be eager to hold the responsible party to account – even if only to try to reclaim their taxpayers’ money (and ideally, reinvest it for its intended purpose).
One year after the start of 'Operation Protective Edge', which led to 51 days of devastating hostilities, the people of Gaza are struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives
CIDSE and APRODEV have issued a joint recommendation regarding forced displacement in the West Bank area C, where, between 1988 and 2013, the Israeli military issued 12,570 demolition orders, and where destruction of private Palestinian property and displacement of Palestinians have surged over the last five years.
The forced displacement of Palestinians has been and continues to be a central IHL/IHRL issue in the Palestine-Israel conflict, not only in the West Bank but in Gaza and Israel as well.