Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thursday is House Demolition Day in the Jordan Valley – #3 Sulieman Families

Having concluded our interviews in Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar, we began our journey back to Yanoun.  We had a stop to make in Huwwara to pick up Ulrike, one of our colleagues from the Bethlehem placement.  She was joining … Continue reading

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Thursday is House Demolition Day in the Jordan Valley – #2 Beni Odeh Families

After we said our goodbyes to the two families whose homes were demolished in Mu’arrajat, we received another urgent call.  The military were demolishing four homes in Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar. We traveled north for 30 minutes along Route … Continue reading

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Thursday is House Demolition Day in the Jordan Valley – #1 Molehed Families

We start out each week with a carefully thought out plan.  And within the space of hours, the plan seems to change as urgent calls come in to support Palestinian villages under attack. Such was the case this Thursday, June … Continue reading

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Road Trip to the Northern West Bank – Historic Sabastiya

The three northern teams made a fourth and final visit to the historic town of Sabastiya. This village is located north of Nablus in the West Bank, and has over 4,000 residents. Six cultures have lived in this place for … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Northern West Bank – The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp

The road trip to northern West Bank continued on June 12.  Our third stop was at the Jenin Refugee Camp in Jenin. First, a small bit of history.  On April 1, 2002, as part of Operation Defensive Shield, the Israeli … Continue reading

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Road Trip to Northern West Bank – St. George’s Orthodox Church – 4th Oldest Church in the World

On our road trip to the northern West Bank, we drove to St. George’s Church, a 1,800 year-old church in Burqin, just west of Jenin. This church was built on the site where Jesus was said to have cured ten … Continue reading

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Road Trip in Northern Palestine – Canaan Fair Trade – A Commercial and Community Success

On June 12, the three northern EAPPI teams — Yanoun, Jayyous and Tulkarm — met in Burqin to visit a number of important places and to enrich our knowledge of this part of the West Bank. We visited Canaan Fair … Continue reading

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Mid-Term Meetings: Near Gaza – Netiv Ha’Asara and The Other Voice

For far too many years, the Gaza-Sderot region has faced war, rocket attacks and now isolation from each other. The latest conflict in October 2012 saw Hamas-launched rockets reaching further into Israel, targeting Tel Aviv, Beersheva, Ashdod and other communities … Continue reading

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Mid-Term Meetings: Bob Lang, spokesperson for Israeli Settlements

On June 4, 2013, the EAPPI teams traveled to an Israeli Settlement to learn more about how Israeli settlers view the occupation in Palestine. We met Mr. Bob Lang who lives in the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the Judean … Continue reading

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Hiking up Masada and Floating in the Dead Sea

It was May 28 and the temperature was already climbing, my colleague Ulrike and I hustled to catch a bus from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station to the Dead Sea.  We made it with 2 minutes to spare. Soon the bus … Continue reading

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