Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV)



Happy holidays from Palestine Link


Merry Christmas form PalestineFrom all of us at Palestine Link: blessed holidays and a happy new year! We llok back on a turbulent 2012 in Palestine: the devastating bombings of the Gaza Strip, which cost the lives of many civilians and the UN bid are only two examples. We express our hope for a just and peaceful future in the region and will do our best to make our contribution.

Right to a place or birth


11geusvlaar-28.jpgPalestinians in the Netherlands may soon be allowed to register their place of birth as ‘Palestinian Territories’ in the municipal administration and on official documents, officals of the Dutch home office told the media. This is the result of an appeal filed by Dutch attorney Liesbeth Zegveld on behalf of a Palestinian-Dutch young man. The student, son of a Palestinian mother and a Dutch father, was born in East-Jerusalem but is registered as native of Jerusalem, Israel. Palestine Link supports this case, thinks this is a step in the right direction, but prefers ‘Palestine’ or at least ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’.

Book Launch: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories


bds-boek.jpgPalestine Link and gate48, critical Israeli's in the Netherlands will host the presentation of Yehuda Shaul's book Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000–2010. On Wednesday 24 October, 18:00 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.


Joint Open letter to Dutch Prime Minister concerning upgrade of bilateral relations between the Netherlands-Israel


Your Excellency,

As members of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations, we welcome the suspension of the convening of the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council scheduled for 7 June 2012. The convening of this Council would have indicated an intensification of bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Israel, thus effectively undermining the EU’s decision to freeze its upgrade in relations with Israel and continuing to ignore Israel’s ongoing violations of international law.


Bound, Blindfolded and Convicted: Children in military detention


child arrestTV host Diewertje Blok will host a public meeting on Tuesday May 29th in Amsterdam with human rights lawyer Gerard Horton from Defence for Children International will talk about solitary confinement of children in the Israeli military detention system. The evening is organised by Palestine Link, Gate 48 platform for critical Israelis in the Netherlands and A Different Jewish Voice in collaboration with United Civilians for Peace and de Balie.

Yesterday's demolitions are Israel's Easter gifts to Palestinian Christians


beit jala logoEarly yesterday, the Israeli occupation forces raided the Al Makhrour area in Beit Jala, demolishing two homes 53 utility poles, cutting electricity to 12 families, one water well, as well as destroying part of a paved road. Beit Jala municipality strongly condemns this new Israeli aggression and calls upon the international community to firmly act against the daily and ongoing Israeli violations all over the occupied Palestinian territory.

Land Day commemorated in Vlaardingen


Land dayAl Awda Network Palestine and Stichting Palestinian women's Foundation host the annual commemorationof Land Day on Friday 6 april 2012, in the municpal theatre in the Dutch town ofVlaardingen with a dance performance by dabkeh group Asayel, speakers from the Netherlands and abroad, Palestinian merchandise and food

International aid to Palestine, who benefits?


talkshiraidPer-capita aid to Palestinians has reached an all-time peak in 2009, and the Gaza Strip has been declared the most aid-dependent region in the world. However, the Palestinian economy remains stagnated, and the standard of living of Palestinians under Israeli occupation does not improve. Shir Hever, economist at the Alternative Information Center and Ramzy Kumsieh, board member of Palestine Link will discuss why aid money has failed to improve the standard of living in the occupied Palestinain territories and how Israel influences the decisions of donors. April 3rd in CREA in Amsterdam.

Palestine Link at Israeli Apartheidsweek


ghada-ramzyGhada Zeidan and Ramzy Kumsieh - chair and board member of Palestine Link -  will speak at two occasions during Israeli Apartheid week organised by the Students of Political Schiences in Leiden (SPIL), Utrecht for Palestine and the Palestine Committee Nijmegen.

URGENT APPEAL: Detainee on 52nd day of a hunger strike denied independent doctor


khader-adnan-moussa.jpgToday, February 6th Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR) appealed to the court and to the Ministry of Health to allow the immediate and urgent medical examination of Khader Adnan Mousa, A Palestinian Administrative Detainee, who is on his 52nd day of hunger strike. Israeli medics, united in PHR fear for Mr. Mousa's health and call upon all to urge Israeli authorities to grant them access to their patient.

Breaking the Silence - Video Testimonies of Israeli Soldiers


2012-2 BtS tentoontstelling Gate48This new, unique exhibition of the Israeli organization Breaking The Silence contains 15 video testimonies of Israeli veteran combatants about the time they served in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Unique is that all those giving testimony in this exhibition are recognizable and identified their full name. The exhibition in Groningen is a cooperation between Gate48 and the Groningen Forum.

Palestinian painter displays art in UN headquarters


Ibrahim Shalaby- artworkIbrahim Shalaby is the first Palestinian ever to have been invited to display his paintings in the United Nation headquarters in New York. The exhibition began from Nov the 29th, 2011 until the January the 13th, 2012. The statistics of the United Nations showed that about 70.000 visitors came within 46 days. 

Lecture: Peacefully resisting the occupation, a women's perspective


Peacful resistance in Nabi Saleh Photo: Kara NewhouseManal and Narriman Tamimi from the popular committee in Nabi Saleh and Dr. Anne de Jong, anthropologist specialized in non-violent resistance in the Palestinian territorieswill give a lecture at the Institute for Social Studies (ISS)in The Hague on Tuesday 14th. of February. Palestine Link and the ISS host this evening.

Donor opium, the impact of international aid to Palestine


Donor opiumDonor Opium, a documentary film, directed by Mariam Shahin and George Azar, and funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, features Palestinian criticism of this externally funded development.

Lecture by Dr. Sara Roy: The de-development of Gaza, policy or collateral damage?


a1325690658nfishing-boat-gaza-obi-anyadike-irin.jpgDr. Sara Roy of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, will talk about what she calls the economic de-development of Gaza. The lecture is organised by the Nederlands Instituut Palestina-Israel (NIPI) in collabroation with the foundation Groningen-Jabalya and Studium General Groningen.