Archive for the ‘Al Aqaba’ Category

Our Teacher starts her U.S. Speaking Tour!

  Morgan Bach, our 2nd visiting teacher in Al Aqaba Village, is now in Michigan starting her U.S. speaking tour!   We sent her there to attend the Students for Justice in Palestine conference.  Today she is speaking at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, standing-in

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Rebuilding to Remain in Such a Critical Time

Dear Friends, I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!   You’ll be happy to know that construction of the first 3 homes in our Rebuilding to Remain program has reached beyond the halfway point. Everyone, especially the families, are eager to finish these homes and move in!

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New books for Library, Kindergarten to have 2 new Teachers!

Hello Friend, I am writing to update you on the project, Teaching in a Village under Demolition Orders, which you have supported with your generous contributions. During the GlobalGiving Matching grant competition, this project received donations of $1041 which generated a match of $561!  Very exciting.  The

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Amazing video: Combatants For Peace in Action

Dear Friends, I hope you are wonderfully proud of both the Abir’s Garden Playgrounds now completed in memory of Abir Aramin.  These wonderful play areas and family meeting spaces are realizing our dreams, so carefully developed in Abir’s memory: “a safe place to grow. A place where

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It Stopped Because the World Responded

Dear Friends, The immediate crisis in Al Aqaba Village has been averted, thanks to the intervention of so many people at all levels:  Al Aqaba’s Mayor and villagers, Governor Marwan Toubassi, activists on site, grassroots advocates, Congressmen and Congresswomen and their staff, the U.S. State Department, the UN, and many

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Will Israel’s high court respect Palestinian family’s human rights?

Will Israel’s high court respect Palestinian family’s human rights?

Quoted from Mondoweiss article: “On the Fourth of July, when their American friends are on holiday, Israeli High Court Justice Esther Hayut will decide whether or not to demolish a Palestinian family’s home, their goat barns, and three other small businesses owned by other villagers. The plaintiffs,

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Five houses, and another five, and a bulldozer, and a prison cell

Quoted from the article: “There had been this week very much media attention for five other houses in a very different part of the West Bank – the five houses evacuated by settlers at the Ulpana Hill in the settlement of Beit El. The five houses in

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IDF takes over Palestinian village for live-fire training exercises

Quoted from the Mondoweiss article: “This is one of the few times since 2001 that the IDF has conducted live-fire training exercises in al-Aqaba, but incidents involving the army entering the village have occurred more recently. On February 22, 2012, over 250 Israeli troops entered the village to camp

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Israeli Troops Move into Al Aqaba Village

Israeli Troops Move into Al Aqaba Village

Another development now underway in the village of Al Aqaba:  Several Israel military jeeps and personnel carriers, 11 vehicles total, moved into the village this evening at dusk. Israeli soldiers with sleeping bags seem to be preparing to conduct a training exercise and stay the night in

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Our Greatest Fear

Our greatest fear is that as Al Aqaba Villagers construct new homes in the center of Al Aqaba, the Israeli Army will cynically demolish neighboring homes at the edge of the village. On Saturday, June 23rd 2012, the the Israeli Civil Administration (part of the Israeli Army) sent

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