Dilemma for Palestinian Settlement Builders

They work in the Jewish settlements to keep their lives.

Palestinian construction workers

Ask Khalil Muhammad Rabbaya how his feeling to build his enemy’s houses. “I feel like a slave. But I have no alternative,” says the 21 year-old young man yesterday when he waits in front of the entrance gate of Jewish settlement in Maali Adumim, East Jerusalem.

He works there as a builder that caused his emotional reaction. He takes the job to fund his study. He wants to be a journalist. “Everyone in my village works in the settlements,” he says. Continue reading

Respect Your Fasting Enemy

Palestinian children will be allowed to play with toy guns and fireworks in Eid Fitri.

Israeli checkpoint.

Ramadan is likely can change Israeli repressive policies against Palestinians. In this fasting month, Israeli Defense Force (IDF) issued an order that prohibits their soldiers to eat, drink, and smoke in public.

If no Palestinians at the checkpoints, Israeli troops are allowed to eat, drink, or smoke. “This rule to show a high stage of respect and understand,” say an anonymous IDF spokesperson. Continue reading

Suicide Bombing After Second Intifada

About 22 suicide bombings were useless because no enemy was killed except the bomber.

Suicide bombing was popular in Palestine since broke second intifada in September 2000. The peak season in 2002 while happened 44 suicide bombings.

Until the present, there were 120 suicide bombings committed by Palestinians. Around 652 have been killed and 2,267 injured. These figures not included suicide bombers must be died. Continue reading

Ramadan in the Occupied Land

Palestinians in Gaza fast in a very hard situation caused by Israeli blockade.

Live is suffering. For around 1.5 million people in Gaza Strip it’s not only a slogan. They have been living in suffer at least for the last fourteen months.

Israel blockaded in area of 380 square meters since mid of June last year because that region was controlled by Hamas, an Islamist movement which anti-Israel. All borders in sea, air, and ground have been closed, included the crossings of Erez and Sofia (Gaza-Israel), Rafah (Gaza-Egypt), and Karen Shalom (Gaza-Egypt-Israel). The passages of people, goods, and services have been so limited. Continue reading

Son of Hamas in Jesus’ Embrace

A son of Hamas leader changed into Christian.

A night in a restaurant in California, the United States. Two men started to pray before enjoying their dinner already served. Whispering, they said a few of sacred words: “Thanks God and Jesus for food on the plate.”

Actually, what they’re doing isn’t strange for Christians. But surprisingly, one of those men was Masab, the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in West Bank. He didn’t seem doubted, only looked at his friend analogously before praying. “Now, called me Joseph,” he said. Continue reading