Archive for March, 2010

Imagine if you rescued someone injured, and…

March 25, 2010

This award-winning short film, No Way Through, comes from Cntrl.Alt.Shift and imagines West Bank conditions transferred to the UK.


March 19, West Bank: Huwaida arrested while getting help for shot colleague

March 21, 2010

(this was originally posted to Talestotell.)

X-ray image of the large rubber bullet lodged into Ellen Stark's arm.

March 19: “Friday’s demonstration in An Nabi Saleh saw an increase in violence and collective punishment from the Israeli military, as twenty-five demonstrators were injured, windows of cars and homes were intentionally shattered, and three were arrested. ISM volunteer Ellen Stark was shot at point blank range (4 meters) with a rubber bullet as she stood with medics, Popular Committee members and other internationals.

ISM co-founder Huwaida Arraf was arrested while negotiating with the IOF to allow Ellen through the military line to get to the hospital. According to Ellen, “we were standing on Palestinian land, in support of the village who’s land has been confiscated but we weren’t even demonstrating yet. We were standing with medics who were also shot with tear gas.”…Read the rest of this report on the ISM webpage.

From Huwaida:

Dear friends,

Thanks so much for your concern, solidarity and support. I was released last night at around 6:45pm from Neve Tirtze prison in Ramle. Save for minor cuts and bruises, I am OK. I haven’t gotten a chance to see Ellen Stark (the ISM volunteer shot in the arm) yet. I hear she has a broken wrist but is doing OK.

I was arrested on Friday at around noon as I tried to get the Israeli soldiers to stop shooting at people in Nabi Saleh (a small village of about 400 people), especially after ISM volunteer Ellen Stark was shot in the arm. We were in Nabi Saleh for a weekly demonstration by the villagers against the theft of their land. Simultaneous demonstrations were taking place in Jerusalem and in a number of villages throughout the West Bank. In Nabi Saleh, the demonstration took the form of people walking down a hill towards the confiscated land. (more…)

March 11: Gaza marks 1000 days of Siege

March 16, 2010

We’ve put this Press TV clip up partly because it includes a brief interview with Adie Mormech, an international volunteer who arrived in Gaza a couple of weeks ago, who hopes to put together some profiles of Gaza rescuers for the Defend the Rescuers site, amongst his other work. Thanks Adie!

15/03/9: A Medic Writes from Gaza City

March 15, 2010


Gaza police forces and their bereaved families rebuild one year on

March 11, 2010

 Rami Abu al-Sheikh’s parents outside their home in the Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza.

Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, LIve from Palestine, 4 March 2010:

Rami Abu al-Sheikh’s parents and siblings still remember how caring and tender their son was before he was killed during Israel’s invasion of Gaza last winter. Rami was 27 years old and was one of hundreds of Gaza police personnel killed by Israeli air strikes during the 23-day assault. He was killed at the main Gaza Strip police station located on Salah al-din Street, the territory’s main road.

“He headed for his work in the morning of Saturday, 27 December 2009. At 11:20am, we heard sporadic explosions around. We got concerned about him, so I began calling his cellular but it was turned off. Right after the shelling stopped, I rushed to the police where my son was present, yet I was not able to make sure if he was alive,” recalled his father, Suleiman Abu al-Sheikh. (more…)

Join Health Care tour of West Bank, Nov 2010

March 8, 2010

Dr Ruchama Marton, Founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about health care in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Receive analysis from courageous Palestinians and Israelis who recognize the dignity of every human being and seek the end of the Occupation with a just and sustainable peace for people on both sides of the divide.

“I felt it an immense privilege to go on this trip which is meticulously organized and for me was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Dr Alison Payne, Coventry – November 09 (more…)