The August 2010 newsletter from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is now available.
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Here is a sample from the lead story:
Promoting a just peace in Israel and Palestine
Greetings from Jerusalem. The Middle East is experiencing an intense heat wave and as the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan begins, West Bankers are preparing for a tough period.
The heat adds an additional burden to Palestinian communities coping with the multiple impacts of the occupation. July saw a sharp rise in the frequency and scale of house demolitions by Israeli forces. Several families have also been evicted from their homes to make way for Israeli settlers, especially in Jerusalem
In one case, the army demolished 70 tents, making over 100 people homeless on a single day in a Bedouin village in the Jordan Valley. Soldiers later returned to demolish emergency tents donated by humanitarian agencies. Israel often demolishes Palestinian homes on the grounds that they are built "illegally," but makes it near impossible for Palestinians to obtain permits in Area C, the 60 percent or so of the West Bank in which the Oslo Accords granted Israel full military and civil control. It is also extremely difficult for Palestinians to obtain building permits in East Jerusalem.
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Another highlight is a photo report from events in Hebron - http://www.eappi.org/en/photos-videos/photos/103-closing-down-hebron.html
To support shopkeepers in Palestine's biggest city outside
Jerusalem, please visit http://www.openshuhadastreet.org/
In solidarity and peace,
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