My Name is Rachel Corrie

23-year-old Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by Israeli bulldozers in Gaza in 2003

Fourteen years have passed since 23-year-old Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by Israeli bulldozers in Gaza. The American activists, along with other members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), were taking part in nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition when the activist from Washington was killed.

Since her untimely death on the Rafah border crossing in 2003, Corrie’s free-spirited attitude to life has been the inspiration for international solidarity movements, non-violent resistance as well as plays and books celebrating her humanity and bravery.

My Name is Rachel Corrie, being showed at the Young Vic in London, is based on the emails and diary entries of the pro-Palestinian activist, which first premiered at London’s Royal Court in 2005. The play was originally put together by the late Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, now the editor of the Guardian.

Unsurprisingly the plays reproduction has come under strong criticism from Pro-Israeli groups. Fury at the revival of the play has stirred all kinds of controversy such that supporters of Israel in the UK are piling pressure on the Young Vic for staging the play. The Vic’s artistic director David Lan, who is Jewish, felt compelled to come to the theatre’s defence saying: “Gaza is a wound to the planet from which so many people are suffering.”

Read: Rachel Corrie’s parents: ‘Our concern is for the Palestinian people’

Pro-Israeli organisations have even threatened to leverage the £1.7 million pubic grant given to the Young Vic to ensure that it takes a more “balanced” position when it comes to Israel. Lan however has insisted that artistic expressions are useful to promote dialogue saying: “We welcome and hope to encourage as wide a discussion of this terrible situation as possible and anything that keeps Gaza at the front of our consciousness is to be valued.”

Aside from the nuisance of having Pro-Israeli activists shoving propaganda leaflets smearing the memory of Corrie towards you at the entrance of the theatre, the hour and half long immersion into Corrie’s mind is a memorable experience.

The play brilliantly darts through the diaries of Corrie from her early teens through to the period of her untimely death. Directed by an award winning director, Josh Roche, and wonderfully performed by British actor Erin Doherty, viewers are exposed to a visceral representation of the brutality of Israeli occupation seen through the eyes of an activist searching for her place in life.

Doherty’s astonishingly skilful performance of Corrie brings to life defining moments in the campaigner’s  personal journey as she grapples with her own sense of privilege in contrasted with the indignity and poverty she saw in Gaza. If nothing else, the play powerfully captures the inner tensions of Corrie who felt a deep sense of responsibility over her own country’s unquestioned support for Israel.

The play is emotionally rousing given the very nature of diary entries, which are intended by its author to be an honest representation of ones thoughts and feelings unpolluted by polemics. Corrie appeared deeply troubled by the constant dehumanisation of Muslims and Palestinians; her conversations with her father, which are including in the the play, shed light on America’s own troubling assumptions about the world in the post 9/11 world.

The added punch to the play and the performance of Doherty is made all the more incredible by the setting; a background made up from the barest material, empty colourless plywood panels on the floor and the wall. The centrepiece is a tall wooden stand that appears to stand as a representation of Israel’s Separation Wall. It required an exceptional actor playing an exceptional person to make the experience so emotionally jarring.

Rachel Corrie’s legacy will continue to inspire thousands in campaigns against political oppression and this play, like its predecessor, has certainly reached the level of being “the irrepressible political voice” of the young campaigner from Olympia.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

Army Abducts A Palestinian Patient At Erez Terminal, On His Way For Treatment In Jordan

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Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, a Palestinian patient at the Erez border terminal, in northern Gaza, although he obtained a permit from the Israeli side to cross the terminal, on his way receive medical treatment in Jordan.

The Palestinian, has been identified as Abdul-Rahman Sami Abu Lihya, 27, from al-Qarara town, north of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

He was heading to Jordan along with his father, who was accompanying him, but the soldiers disregarded the permit, and his health conditions, abducted him, and forced his father back.

His family voiced an appeal to the Red Cross and various legal and human rights groups, to intervene and secure his release, in addition to ensuring he receives the urgently needed medical treatment, in accordance with all related human rights treatments, and international laws.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

IOF raids al-Khalil

Raids al-Khalil

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed, Wednesday afternoon, al-Khalil city, restricting local residents’ movement.

IOF soldiers broke into the Ibn Rushd roundabout, in the center of the city, which led to the outbreak of limited clashes with Palestinian students who were leaving the schools at the time.

A severe traffic jam was caused in the city during the raid.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

IOA issues 22 administrative detention orders against Palestinians

22 adm detention

The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) issued, over the course of 10 days, 22 administrative detention orders against Palestinian prisoners, including one woman.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) affirmed that 22 orders were issued between October 15 and 25.

A mother of five, identified as 30-year-old Khadija Rabee from the Yatta town in the southern West Bank al-Khalil district, was sentenced to three months of administrative detention.

Four detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, while the rest had their administrative detentions renewed, PPS said.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer considers administrative detention, which allows Israeli authorities to imprison someone without disclosing any evidence against them, to be a form of “arbitrary detention” and “psychological torture.”

Over 500 Palestinian prisoners are currently held under administrative detention policy, Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial.

Rights groups and activists have long pointed out that Israel’s use of administrative detention has been used as a tool by Israel to detain Palestinians without justification. The policy is almost exclusively used against Palestinians.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

Palestinian home demolished, farmers attacked by Israelis in Nablus

Attack by settlers Kirbet Yanoun

The Israeli occupation forces at daybreak Thursday demolished a Palestinian house in Kirbet Yanoun, south of Nablus, at the same time as Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian olive pickers.

According to Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli activities in the north of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army has been holding military training in the area over the past few days and during this time has demolished the house that belonged to Udwan Bani Jaber.

It was not immediately known how the house was demolished, added Daghlas, stressing that the owner has never received demolition order against it.

Daghlas said Bani Jaber was forced to abandon his 100-square meter house in 2013 following repeated attacks against him and his family by Israeli settlers in the area.

At the same time, Israeli settlers attacked three Palestinian families while picking olives in Nablus’s eastern town of Deir al-Hatab town, near Elon Moreh illegal settlement.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

Al-Khalil: Young men ward off attacks by settlers and soldiers

Attack by settlers Kiryat Arba

A horde of Jewish settlers from Kiryat Arba settlement on Wednesday night attacked Palestinian homes and tried to set fire to a Mosque in al-Khalil city under military protection.

Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that a large number of settlers escorted by soldiers stormed the neighborhoods of Jabal Johar, al-Kassara, al-Harika, and Wadi al-Hasin, attacked homes and Palestinian citizens, and tried to carry out an arson attack on the Khaled Ibn al-Walid Mosque.

They added that local young men from the neighborhoods clashed with the settlers and soldiers, and defended the Mosque and their homes.

During the events, soldiers fired volleys of tear gas grenades at the angry young men and their homes, causing many of them to suffer from inhaling their fumes.

Citizens, including seven children, also suffered from inhaling tear gas as they were inside their homes. The children were rushed to a local hospital while others received on-site medical assistance.

A PIC reporter said that the clashes broke out before midnight and continued into an early morning hour on Thursday.

Later, an Israeli military force closed the area of clashes and set up makeshift checkpoints near Tareq Ibn Ziyad School and Khaled Ibn al-Walid Mosque in an attempt to arrest the young men who confronted the settlers and soldiers in al-Khalil overnight events.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

Mustafa: Putting Border Crossings Under Unified Management a ‘Positive Step Towards Building New Syria & Serving Syrian Citizens’

Abdel Rahman Mustafa, Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, said that putting the border crossings in the Shield of the Euphrates area under unified management by the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is a positive step towards building the new Syria and institutionalizing the state.

Mustafa pointed out that the revenues coming from the crossings would be collected in one treasury and put at SIG’s disposal. He described the move as especially important to the efforts to achieve greater unity among the opposition on other levels.

The revenues coming from the crossings will be distributed fairly and equitably to SIG, local councils and, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and will be used to develop service and development projects for the Syrian people.

The Syrian Coalition said that the agreement on putting the border crossings under a unified management and the merger of the Free Syrian Army groups, which was reached on Tuesday, October 24, represents an important and positive step towards building a new Syria and a state that is based on the rule of law and institutions.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that agreement had put forward a two-phase plan to merge the FSA groups into a national army comprising corps, divisions, and brigades. It stressed that agreement is an important and necessary step on the road to building a real national army.

The Coalition called upon all forces of the Syrian revolution and friends of the Syrian people to support this agreement and ensure that all its items re implemented according to the agreed upon plan.

The agreement came at the conclusion of important meetings that brought together Vive-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdulrahman Mustafa, representatives of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), officials of SIG’s Ministry of Defense, commanders of the Free Syrian Army groups, and representatives of the Turkish government.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 26.10.2017)

Israeli forces to knock down Abu Jamal family home in Jerusalem

Home Abu Jamal family

Israeli municipality crews on Wednesday evening threatened to demolish the home of the Abu Jamal family in Jabal al-Mukaber, south of Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Abu Jamal family, Israeli municipal crews and policemen broke into the house and handed them a demolition notice.

The notification was issued under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The family said the building was built a couple of years ago and is home to five members.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

IOF raids homes, kidnaps citizens in W. Bank

Citizens kidnapped

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday stormed different West Bank areas and kidnapped several Palestinian citizens, including an ex-detainee.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnapped an ex-detainee from his home in Beit Furik town, east of Nablus city. The detainee was identified as Mahmoud Hanani.

In Jenin, a Palestinian young citizen was taken prisoner following a violent IOF raid on his home in Qabatiya town.

Another young man was also kidnapped last night during his presence in Israel (the 1948 occupied lands). He was identified as Mohamed Zakarna from Qabatiya town.

The IOF also detained two young men called Ma’an al-Suwaiti and Mohamed al-Lidawi during overnight raids on homes in Jericho.

(Source / 26.10.2017)

New Jewish neighborhood to be built in Jerusalem

Jewish neighborhood Al-Quds

The Israeli government is planning to establish a new Jewish neighborhood consisting of 10,000 settlement units near the industrial area of Atarot settlement near Qalandiya checkpoint to the north of Jerusalem.

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, Kan, on Thursday revealed that Netanyahu’s government is working to speed up the coordination process between the ministries of Housing and Finance to allocate millions of shekels for this project.

Israel’s Construction Minister, Yoav Galant, said that this is going to be the first budget invested in the project that will be implemented in an “important settlement”.

Peace Now movement said that the plan is “insane both politically and strategically”, describing it as an attempt to place a wedge into the heart of an urban area where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live.

The Movement added that since the establishment of Har Homa neighborhood in the 1990s, no new Israeli neighborhood has been built beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem.

(Source / 26.10.2017)