Palestinian women from Susya who are threatened with forced evacuation (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Forced relocations from the West Bank fit decade-old plan

The National, August 28, 2012 South Africa has decided that anything produced in the West Bank must be labelled as coming from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, rather than Israel, as the labels now read. The ruling suggests that the global movement known as “Boycott Divestment and Sanctions” is picking up speed. But Israel is also …

Israeli settlement in the Jordan Valley (photo: flickr/Oxfam)

Israeli settlers lured by subsidies

Al Jazeera English, August 23, 2012 It is the stereotypical image of an Israeli settlement: a man with sidecurls and skullcap, and an assault rifle slung over his shoulder. A mob uproots olive trees and harasses Palestinian farmers. A mosque is set ablaze in a so-called “price tag attack”, retaliation for a slight – real …

Graffiti in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights reflects locals' feelings about the conflict in Syria (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Could a new regime in Syria be good for the Golan Heights?

IRIN, August 21, 2012 While conflict rages just kilometers away in Syria, the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights remains quiet. But there are signs that the 17-month old conflict has touched the areas’ Arab residents. In Majdal Shams, the area’s largest Arab village, blood-red graffiti reads: “Stop killing the Syrian people.” When the conflict in Syria …

Palestinian man waves Palestinian flag at protest in Susya (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Palestinians step again towards nationhood

Inter Press Service, August 18, 2012 A year after their bid for statehood flopped in the United Nations’ Security Council, the Palestine Liberation Organisation is again planning to seek an upgrade in UN status. On Sep. 27, the PLO will approach the UN General Assembly in hopes of becoming a non-member observer state. If their …

Market in Gaza (photo: IRIN/Suhair Karam)

Is greater food security in the OPT an illusion?

IRIN, August 2, 2012 At a glance, the latest data on post-assistance food security in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) last week – seems to warrant optimism. 2011 was the second straight year in …