The recent acquittal of four London-based activists for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) raises profound issues for traders in products which originate from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, says Simon Natas, a lawyer involved in the case.
What do Christians witness in the land of frequent pilgrimages but also of infrequent visions known popularly as 'the Holy Land', but riven with conflict? Harry Hagopian draws attention to the history and presence of indigenous Christian communities in the region through a personal exploration and pilgrimage.
Lack of access to water has been a problem for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley since the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, says Doris Rachel. As she and other volunteers delivered bottles of water in the searing heat, they could understand better the point of view of those being occupied.
Pictures of Israeli border police targetting tomatoes in several Palestinian fields in Al Beqa’a Valley just east of Hebron, and directly affecting the livelihood of more than one hundred Palestinians, are now being circulated to thousands around the world report Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).
Across the Middle East region, ill winds bring ever-decreasing circles of hope, despite the fact that most indigenous peoples want a decent peace along with their daily bread, says Harry Hagopian. People aspire and pray for peace, but they keep being thwarted by political power plays and vested interests.