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



Merry Christmas and a very happy 2016


(c) Freda HughesOn behalf of all of us at Palestine Link: Merry Christmas and a very happy 2016! 2015 Was a turbulent year: Palestine joined the ICC, Gaza is  still largely in ruins, more thanone year after the mass bombing. The Vatican announced it is to recognize Palestine as a state. In September reistance to the ongoing occupation and lawlessness in Jerusalem and the West Bank sparked. In the Netherlands oppose human rights activists succesfully opposed a twinning Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.
Palestine Link looks back on many successful activities: the photo exhibition 'This was my bedroom' depicting the situation of Palestinian children. The Palestinian MK Hanine  Zoabi gave a lecture at the University of Amsterdam. We also hosted a roundtable discussion on academia and activism at the University of Amsterdam and Iyal Sivan and Omar Barghouti gave a lecture about about the politics of cultural activism. This would have been impossible without your support - financial or otherwise - for which we thank you. We hope you willl continue to support our work in 2016 
(Illustration: Freda Mullin Hughes)

Travel to the real Palestine


151220-travel-to-palestine-bath-house-nablus.jpgPalestine Link (Netherlands) and the Arab Educational Institute (AEI, Bethlehem)) wish you an inspiring Christmas and a healthy New Year! Yet we want to add something to this wish – in case you plan to organize or accompany next year a traveling program to Israel, Palestine or the Holy Land. We wish to offer you first hand stories form real people in Palestine on a trip to the Holy Land.

Call to artists worldwide


banksy-dove-klein.jpgThe latest wave of repression in the occupied Palestinian territories once more underscores the unsustainability of the Israeli occupation. Yet this occupation is also the longest in modern times. In just a year’s time, in 2017, the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza will have lasted 50 years. To commemorate this symbolic year and to give momentum to the public challenge of occupation and the demand for the implementation of the legal rights of the Palestinian people, AEI and Palestine Link make an appeal to artists worldwide to prepare a performance or artistic product about the theme of “occupation”.

Ashrawi: Netanyahu exploits pain of victims Paris attacks


Hanan AshrawiIn response to media inquiries, PLO Executive Committee Member and Dr. Hanan Ashrawi commented: “In his recent statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cynically exploiting the pain of the innocent victims of Daesh terrorism in Paris in order to create a misleading linkage and to justify Israeli state terror against the Palestinian people, while presenting Israel as the victim. In fact, Israel is an occupying power, and the Israelis who are in Palestine are either soldiers of the occupation army or illegal settlers colonizing the land.

Video: Haneen Zoabi in Amsterdam - The Legal System in Israel: Legalization of Racism


In her lecture "The Legal System in Israel: Legalization of Racism" in Amtserdam, Palestinian-Israeli lawyer and member of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi analysed the political and legal situation of Palestinian citizens of the state of Israel, as a test case for Israeli apartheid.


Haneen Zoabi: "Central lesson from crystal night has not been learned"


151108-haneen-zoabi-kristallnacht-anja-meulenbelt.jpg"I wish to thank you for inviting me to this special ceremony, in this special location. I'm honored to speak in the memory of the victims of crystal night, and in the name of all victims of racism and prejudice and persecution. I'm honored to speak in the name of the Jewish resistance and in the name of all those who resist oppression, during their life time." Thus Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament Haneen Zoabi commenced her speech at the occasion the the Crystal Night commemoration, 8 November 2015. (Photo: Anja Meulenbelt)

Palestine Link and gate48 appalled at misreprensentation Haneen Zoabi


151025-haneen-zoabi.jpgAs organizers of the evening, we Palestine Link and Gate 48 are surprized to see the amount of negative attention and misrepresentation that Knesset member (MK) Haneen Zoabi has been receiving before her arrival to the Netherlands, without any possibility for her to react. We therefore would like to emphasise that MK Zoabi is not under criminal investigation, and that quotes from MK Zoabi that are brought forward in the media are untrue. 

Jerusalem women call for protection against Israeli violence


151027-issawiyeh-checkpoint-as-oren-ziv.jpgPalestinian women in Jerusalem are under constant attack by both Israeli state forces and at the hands of vigilantes, a coalition of groups stated Saturday. The Jerusalemite Women’s Coalition is calling “for the protection of our bodily safety and security when in our homes, walking in our neighborhood, reaching schools, clinics, work places and worship venues.” More than 60 Palestinians have been killed so far this month. While the majority are young men, women have also been targeted by Israeli occupation forces, says Sarah Irving in Electronic Intifada. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Active Stills)

Video: Gaza as a holiday desination


The video ‘What’s going on’ by Marsel Loermans and Ingrid Rollema shows Gaza as a fine holiday destination. This video is an invitation to meet the hospitable people of Gaza.


College Tour Salma Karmi-Ayyoub cancelled


150922-salma-karmi-ayyoub.jpgDue to illness of the speaker, the College Tour with Salma Karmi-Ayyoub has been cancelled. Karmi-Ayyoub was scheduled to speak today, October 5th, at CREA in Amsterdam and tomorrow, October 6th at the University of Groningen about the implications of Palestine’s recent membership of the ICC.

Open Bethlehem: Making Palestine Legible and Bethlehem Accessible


Towards the end of her new documentary Op150924-open-bethlehem-leila-sansour.jpgen Bethlehem (Palestine, 2014)filmmaker Leila Sansour discusses her aim to make Palestine “more important and palatable” to the White House and to US citizens. She stands outside the gated capitol of the United States, knowing that the future of her hometown of Bethlehem is directly connected with policies that are in some ways more significantly determined, not in Ramallah, but in Washington. Sansour’s ambition extends a long lineage of Palestinian documentaries that have appealed for broad international support since the Nakba of 1948. In December Palestine Link and Leila Sansour will host the launch of the film in the Netherlands.


Meet Gaza's female fixers


150915-walaa-al-ghussein.jpgBehind most of the news reports filed by a foreign correspondent from the Gaza Strip is a fixer: sometimes a local journalist, or simply someone with a good command of the English language, extensive contacts and knowledge. Walaa al-Ghussein (23, see photo), Ameera Ahmad Harouda (32) and Lara Aburamadan (23) are three of the many women who helped tell Gaza's story during the 52-day war in the summer of 2014.

Israel, Securocratic Warfare and the Pacification Industry


150915-halper-war-against-the-people-cover.jpgFor eighteen years Jeff Halper has been on the front lines of the Israel-Palestine conflict, helping to rebuild Palestinian homes in the occupied territories demolished by Israel. As he prepares to step down as head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), he is publishing a new book on Israel.Halper’s main conclusion is disturbing. Israel, he says, is globalising Palestine.

Artist Larissa Sansour on the similarities between sci-fi and Palestine


Visual artist Larissa Sansour tells of her use of video, photography and science fiction, underlining how her work addresses current political realities in Palestine. 


Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale


At the Venice Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious international biennial art exhibition in the world, Democrady Now!'s Amy Goodman speaks with one of the most celebrated Palestinian artists, Emily Jacir.

How Israel protects its settlers who burn Palestinian children alive


071107-ali-abunimah-am.jpgBefore dawn on Friday morning, Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler, was burned to death in an arson attack on two homes in the village of Duma in the northern occupied West Bank. The murder of Ali Dawabsha is not the first time Israeli settlers have burned Palestinians alive. Given the impunity Israel grants its settlers, what chance is there really that Ali’s killers will be brought to justice? Very little chance if any, Ali Abunimah argues in his piece in Electronic Intifada.

How is Gaza doing one year on? Not well


Gaza is still in ruins one year after the 51-day war Israel called “Operation Protective Edge.” The territory hasn't been allowed to rebuild, and the majority of Gaza's children are showing signs of extreme emotional distress. AJ+'s Dena Takruri explains.

Ilan Pappe on the western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine


150530-ilan-pappe.jpgIlan Pappe has lately published a new book of dialogues with Noam Chomsky, and edited by Frank Barat, called On Palestine. Pappe is the director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies and the author of many books, notably The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Born in Israel 60 years ago, he left the University of Haifa in 2007 to take up a position at the University of Exeter in England after he called for boycott of Israel and the school president pressed him to resign, while others threatened him personally. Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss blog interviewed Pappe by phone. (photo: Anja Meulenbelt)

In their own words: Israeli troops break ranks on Gaza campaign


150514-israeli-soldier-bts-foto-quique-kierszenbaum.jpgIsraeli soldiers tell how, from the outset of the Gaza campaign, commanding officers made it clear that the primary consideration was not the security of civilians but the protection of soldiers, the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence reports.

Vatican to sign State of Palestine accord


150517-flags-palestine.jpgThe Vatican has said it is preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, two years after officially recognising it as a state. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Vatican said that the “bilateral commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine” was putting the final touches to the treaty, the Britsic newspaper The Guardian reports

Killing in Gaza, saving in Nepal: Israel's moral hypocrisy


1412-gaza-guido-van-leemput.jpg"Israel doesn’t have to go all the way to Kathmandu to save lives", Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says in Haaretz, "it would be enough to lift the siege it imposes an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv and let Gaza be rebuilt."

International aid agencies call for sanctions on Israel over Gaza 'stalemate'


1409gazaanjameulenbelt.jpgDozens of aid agencies have called for international sanctions on Israel over its continued illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip and the fact that six months after its deadly and devastating assault, there has been virtually no reconstruction in the territory.

The report, “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the stalemate in Gaza,” signed by 46 international nongovernmental organizations working in Palestine, says that Israel must lift the blockade and allow free movement between the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip or face punitive consequences.

Palestinian playwright Dalia Taha: You want stories of suffering


150224-dalia-taha-guardian.jpgHer dramas deal with violence and the impossibility of life under occupation, but Dalia Taha insists there’s more to her plays than Palestinian politics. “Ask me about the play,” she says, and then just launches into a description. “It’s about children and parents – and what would you do as a parent to protect your child when the violence is unimaginable? It’s about the tension that comes from desperately trying to hold on to normalcy and ordinariness, which creates a situation where children and parents are constantly switching roles, with children being the parents and parents being children. It’s about modes of existence generated by impossibilities: the impossibility of childhood, the impossibility of parenthood.”

(Photo: Graham Turner/ The Guardian)

Photo story: Healing in post-war Gaza


150217-healing-in-post-war-gaza.jpgAmerican photographer Heidi Levine recorded how the injured men, women and children of Gaza pick up their lives after the bombings of summer 2014. How do they get married, go to school, make do with one or more fewer limbs and pick out shoes to go with their prostheses. A moving eyewitness account in images.

Happy New Year!