Tagged: Freedom Of Movement

200,000 Palestinians From Across Occupied Territory Attend Prayers at Aqsa News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

200,000 Palestinians From Across Occupied Territory Attend Prayers at Aqsa

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Jerusalem, Israel, the occupied West Bank, and Gaza Strip attended prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, despite widespread measures taken by Israel against Palestinian freedom of movement across the occupied territory.

on June 17, 2016
Is Jordan Placing Travel Restrictions on Palestinians? News Roundup
Allison Deger, Al Jazeera

Is Jordan Placing Travel Restrictions on Palestinians?

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank - Last month, Mohamad Aref Hiles, 24, was supposed to travel from his home in the West Bank to Sweden to get married. Due to Israel's travel restrictions for Palestinians, however, Hiles, like most Palestinians who travel abroad via another country's airport, travelled through Jordan.

on May 24, 2016
Boycott Leader Accuses Israel of Imposing Travel Ban News Roundup
Josef Federman, Associated Press

Boycott Leader Accuses Israel of Imposing Travel Ban

A leader of the international boycott movement against Israel on Tuesday accused Israeli authorities of imposing a travel ban on him as retribution for his political activities. The travel restrictions come weeks after Israel's interior minister, who oversees immigration policy, was quoted as saying that he would consider revoking residency rights of Omar Barghouti.

on May 10, 2016
In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights News Roundup
Lena Odgaard, Play the Game

In Palestine, Women Run for Their Rights

When the sun rose over Bethlehem on April first, the streets were already buzzing with life. Families lined up along the sidewalks and police officers tried to direct a few confused drivers off the main roads. In the meantime, thousands of people in white t-shirts with ‘Right to Movement’ written over the chest flocked to the ancient Manger Square in front of one the world’s most famous Christian sites, the Church of Nativity.

on May 3, 2016
Israel Allows Taxis Into Gaza for the First Time in Nine Years News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israel Allows Taxis Into Gaza for the First Time in Nine Years

Israeli authorities allowed taxis to be imported into the Gaza Strip for the first time in nine years via the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday, Fouad Homeid, head of the vehicles, spare parts, and heavy machinery committee of Gaza said in a statement Thursday. Homeid said that six 2002 model Skoda brand taxis have entered the Gaza Strip, with 36 more approved for entry and waiting to cross.

on April 14, 2016
In West Bank, Israel Imposes Pop-Up Checkpoints and Road Closings News Roundup
Diaa Hadid, The New York Times

In West Bank, Israel Imposes Pop-Up Checkpoints and Road Closings

The freshly spray-painted signs in this hamlet outside Nablus are a symbol of the new normal in the West Bank, seven months into a scattershot wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis. With the Israeli military having shut down the main road, local teenagers put up signs to coax Palestinian drivers along circuitous routes to Ramallah, the seat of Palestinian government, and Huwara, a neighboring village.

on April 13, 2016
Christians in Palestine: Life Defined by Borders, Walls and Expropriation News Roundup
Victor Gaetan, National Catholic Register

Christians in Palestine: Life Defined by Borders, Walls and Expropriation

Good news for Christians in the Holy Land generally comes with a subtext of anguish. The only Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip — a 26-mile-long slice of territory on the Mediterranean squeezed between Israel and Egypt — managed to get permits for 857 Christians to travel to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. That’s about 66% of Gaza’s entire Christian population of 1,300, which includes some 130 Catholics.

on April 6, 2016
Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon Op-Eds & Analysis
Gill Bland, The Gaurdian

Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon

“It was amazing!” Anyone who knows a marathon runner has heard those words, or something similar, from an adrenaline-fuelled finisher on their post-race high. But this runner’s passion and excitement was fuelled by a very different reason. For my friend Miriam, the Palestine Marathon was not about time or even about being able to say she had run a marathon.

on April 5, 2016
More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon News Roundup
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon

Israel has effectively barred more than 100 Gaza runners from participating in a Palestinian marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday, by failing to issue permits for the athletes to leave the coastal territory. The Palestinian Athletics Union in Gaza and the Palestinian Olympic Committee in Ramallah compiled a list pf potential participants and reported they had submitted it two weeks ago to the Palestinian civil committee in charge of coordinating the permits with Israel.

on April 1, 2016
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