Linking together for human rights

Another death at the checkpoint.


We are extremely sad to hear from Dr Abdullah from Abu Dis of the death of Monadil Jabareen from Aizarieh (neighbouring Abu Dis in the Jerusalem suburb). Yesterday, Monadil had a stroke and the emergency services decided he needed a hospital. But the Israelis have built the huge Separation Wall and  military checkpoints between Abu Dis/Aizariyeh and the nearby Mount of Olives where the local hospitals are.  You can see the … Read More →

No getting past the checkpoint today

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The Beyond the Checkpoints project got under way today in Palestine – a good day for some and a very bad day for others. The plan for today was to bring together groups of young people from the north and south of the West Bank and also from Jerusalem, meeting in Abu Dis for induction to the project and a visit to some parts of Abu Dis. The young people … Read More →

Hoping and praying that Yousef gets well.

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Terrible news yesterday in Abu Dis as a youth of 17, Yousef Rabiyeh, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers. Dangerously wounded, he was put by the soldiers in their military jeep and the paramedics from the Palestinian ambulance that came to his rescue were not allowed to approach – but his mother came running when she heard what had happened, and she held him and the door of … Read More →

Army violence at the Al Quds University


    Army violence isn’t new at Al Quds University in Abu Dis, where students and staff tell us every so often of invasions by the Israeli army. But in the last few days there have been demonstrations, clashes, army shooting across the West Bank following the death of a prisoner in Israeli jail, and so much army activity in and around the Al Quds University that it has had … Read More →

Snapshots from a women’s visit to Palestine

The CADFA women’s visit to Palestine in November brought together twelve women from all over Britain and took them for a week of activities with women in the University and town of Abu Dis, meetings with women (and others) in the centre and south of the West Bank. Lots of seeing, learning and discussion. It was lovely to meet women friends old and new but very difficult to see that the pressures … Read More →

Beyond the Checkpoints summer project starts in Palestine.

BTC Aida

Best wishes to all the young people from 5 Palestinian villages and towns who started the Beyond the Checkpoints project today. This is the summer project run by CADFA/Dar Assadaqa which will take them to show each other their own villages and join workshops on human rights and advocacy skills. Today’s outing took them to Aida Camp in Bethlehem where they were welcomed by ArRowwad Cultural Centre and taken on … Read More →