The Washington Post, July 10 2016

In the Palestinian village of al-Mughayr, in the West Bank, remnants of flash bombs and sound grenades residents say have been tossed by Israeli settlers have been thrown to hang over wires. (Anne-Marie O'Connor/For The Washington Post)


settler attacks are designed to make Palestinians afraid to farm their land so it will be abandoned, declared to be under state ownership and turned over to settlements.

Ma'an News Agency, Dec. 21, 2016

JERUSALEM -- Israeli authorities plan to relocate a permanent Israeli military checkpoint between the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem and Jerusalem a few kilometers further into Palestinian territory, a move which would deprive Palestinian residents access to hundreds of acres of private Palestinian land, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Haaretz, Nov. 14, 2016


Cohen pulls a kaffiyeh off her neck and throws it to the ground. One of the women says in English: “Let us go through.” Cohen repeats they cannot pass through [.....] Cohen insists they turn back.

Haaretz, Dec 16, 2016

People outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, December 2016. Alex Levac

Possibly the saddest place in town is the place where we stayed last weekend: the Jacir Palace Hotel, formerly the Intercontinental, the ostensible crown jewel of all of Bethlehem’s hotels. A stone compound with a fine, ornamental façade, this expansive hotel has a large swimming pool, plenty of public spaces, ballrooms and conference halls, suites and executive rooms, cafes, bars and restaurants – and it’s one big wasteland. Long, mute corridors that lead nowhere, spaces long unused. A five-star hotel with more than 200 rooms, deteriorating.

Haaretz, Nov. 3, 2016


A smiling soldier called Yuval approached and said the reason for the delay was security related. That’s what soldiers always say when they’re late to open a locked gate.