Palestinian territories

Photographer captures 'bizarre reality' of life in Palestinian Territories

 
Taking a ride on a motorcycle, going for a picnic, taking a dip in a pool… These simple pleasures could take place almost anywhere. However, photographer Tanya Habjouqa captured these moments in the ever-tense Palestinian territories. Though she brings positive moments to the foreground, the specter of the political situation looms large in her series “Occupied Pleasures”. Read more…
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Video: Israeli soldiers accused of 'collusion' in settler violence

 
Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank are being accused of complicity in an attack by settlers on a Palestinian village. In a video posted online, soldiers appear to stand idly by while masked settlers throw stones at the homes below. Read more...

Activist films Israeli forces shooting her with rubber bullet

 
An Israeli human rights activist has released a video showing the moment she was shot in the leg at close range by Israeli forces, while she was documenting a protest in the West Bank. According to her, this type of incident is quite common. Read more…
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Anger at video of Israeli soldiers detaining 5-year-old rock thrower

 
Incidents of Palestinian teenagers being arrested for throwing rocks are common in Hebron, where tensions with Israeli settlers are perpetually high. However, videos recently filmed by activists show the detention of an exceptionally young child – just five years old. Read more…
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Palestinian students chase British diplomat out of university: “His country is the cause of our pain”

 
Earlier this week, the British Consul-General in the Palestinian territories was due to deliver a speech at a West Bank university to discuss, among other issues, relations between Palestine and Great Britain. A group of Palestinian students called this a “provocation” and confronted the diplomat with hostile slogans, forcing him to make a hasty getaway. Read more and watch video…
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Palestinian workers 'not welcome' on Israeli buses?

 
Every day, thousands of Palestinians go to work in Israel by taking the same buses as Jewish settlers. The buses are mostly driven by Israelis. This forced co-existence is becoming increasingly tense, as we can see in a video filmed by a FRANCE 24 Observer. Read more...
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Alleged spies in Gaza are tortured to death, dragged through streets

 
Videos of a ghastly scene that took place in Gaza are making the rounds on social networks. The video shows six Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel being tortured to death in front of the son of one of the accused. Their corpses were then dragged down the street. A witness describes the killings. Read more...
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Gaza offensive: Palestinians react on social networking sites

 
It’s a sign of the times: never before had the start of a military operation been announced on Twitter, until the Israeli Army decided to do just that when it attacked Gaza on Wednesday. Ever since, the Army’s communications department has been tweeting and uploading videos onto YouTube non-stop. Hamas activists also have been reacting on the Internet, but to a far lesser degree. Just as with the armed conflict, it seems the two sides are not fighting on a level playing field. Read more...
 
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Israel puts pressure on Palestinian organisations to leave East Jerusalem

 
Palestinian cultural organisations in East Jerusalem are finding it increasingly hard to keep their doors open, resisting the pressure exterted upon them by Israeli authorities eager to see them leave the area. After being shut down more than three years ago, the Nidal Cultural Centre finally re-opened its doors this week. Our Observer, who works for the centre, describes the organisation's precarious position. Read more...
 
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