Società civile palestinese

Soap, sweets and Fatah


Mondoweiss, 12 January 2012

Knafe in Nablus

Knafeh in Nablus

Last week I visited Nablus, in the company of my wife, our friend Sameer (not his real name) and his two children, aged 9 and 6. Sameer lives in East Jerusalem, beyond the wall, in a permitless high-rise, and is an expert at negotiating checkpoints of all kinds. Friends in Nablus kept him informed of the situation in the area, where ad hoc roadblocks are often erected. As Israelis, we risked not being allowed into the city, or getting stuck there. The coast was clear, and we entered Area A without a hitch. There was a lot of traffic, and a taxi driver suggested we park at the “kanyon i-kbir” (the big mall) – an interesting Hebrew-Arabic-consumerist hybrid. We pulled into our spot on the fourth parking level, and exchanged pleasantries with a self-appointed parking attendant who was happy to take some sesame-coated ka'ek (Palestinian bagels), falafel and za'atar we had brought with us from Al-Quds. He assured us that the Jerusalem ka'ek were the best, and that he hadn't tasted any since Ramadan. We heard music and had a perfect view of Martyr's Square, where celebrations were underway, marking the 47th anniversary of the founding of Fatah: flags, speeches, music, street vendors selling hot fava beans and corn, and a giant banner featuring Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat.

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This video taken outside Jericho as Israeli Soldiers Banned Palestinians to drive their cars in the west banks with National flags attached atop of the cars.

In West Bank, buying land isn't always what it seems

Haaretz, 10.01.12

The policeman informed him that all 45 dunams had been "sold" with forged documents. "According to the documents your father sold your plot of land in 2002 or 2003," he said.

Ahmed Barakat Abed Al Muni’m Me’atan - Michal Fattal - 10012012
Ahmed Barakat Abed Al Muni’m Me’atan - Michal Fattal - 10012012

Ahmed Barakat, left, and Abed Al Muni’m Me’atan, with the rooftops of Migron behind them.

Photo by: Michal Fattal

Hamed laughed: "If so, then he must have been resurrected, because he passed away in 1995."

West Bank theatre founder wanted by Israel after amnesty deal revoked

the Guardian, 1 January 2012

Former militant Zakaria Zubeidi co-founded Jenin's Freedom theatre with Juliano Mer Khamis, who was murdered in April


Zakaria Zubeidi, pictured in 2004, was previously a leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Jenin. Photograph: Saif Dahlah/AFP

A former Palestinian militant who renounced violence in favour of "cultural resistance" is in custody after Israel apparently revoked an amnesty deal, in a move seen by his associates as part of a campaign of harassment against a radical West Bank theatre.

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