Day 4 – from the UN to Uri (via Bethlehem & Jerusalem)

By John Austin Monday 4th February It is another early start as we board the buses to Jerusalem for a briefing from Ray Dolphin of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.   UNOCHA holds that most of the separation wall is illegal. Ray Dolphin confirms that the International Court of Justice ruled that …

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Herbs and ceramics in an apartheid city

A guest post by John Austin  Early Palestinian breakfast – flat bread with olive oil, za’atar, olives, labneh, fresh cucumber, capsicums, tomatoes, cheese and hard-boiled eggs - a good start to the day! On the bus by 8am for the journey to Bethlehem.  The direct journey should take only half an hour but we were …

Time to reflect and a time to rage

Tuesday 5 February Sometimes there's a time to reflect, sometimes there's a time to rage. We have a breakfast briefing with Aied Abu Qutash and Bradley Barker from Defence for Children International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which documents abuse of child prisoners and raises awareness. Israel detains 500-700 children a year we're told; usually for …

‘By now we’re almost used to tremendous Palestinian defiance’ Day 4 by Cllr Martin Mitchell

Monday 4.2.13 A day of calm reflection in an atmosphere of tranquility. UN briefing picture:Labour2Palestine (creative comms licence) We meet Ray Dolphin, in charge of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs at his base in Jerusalem. Ray, a calm and realistic Irishman, tells us a lot of what we already know. As …

Labour2Palestine – now Palestine2Labour

A guest post from Alastair Osborne Who would have thought Rio could have matched London’s stunning opening ceremony but from the moment Rio 2016 got underway it was mardi gras time. As the athletes entered the Olympic stadium, the loudest cheer was reserved for the newly recognised State of Palestine, now wholly independent and self governing, …