Friends International Center in Ramallah May-June 2010 Newsletter

Friends International Center in Ramallah May-June 2010 Newsletter

The May-June 2010 Newsletter of the Friends International Center in Ramallah is now available online.  It begins with the following story:

From the Program Coordinator:

Israeli Military Orders #1650 and 1649 that came into effect on April 13 have occupied the minds and time of most people—Palestinian and International—living in the West Bank.  A press release on April 12 by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza states:  

Tomorrow, 13 April 2010, two new Israeli military orders will come into effect, potentially turning all West Bank residents into “infiltrators”

Order No. 1650 regarding Prevention of Infiltration and Order No. 1649 regarding Security Provisions were issued in October 2009 as amendments to an old military order (1969) which declared “infiltrators” coming from Jordan, Syria, Egypt or Lebanon (the so-called “enemy states” at the time of the issuance of the order) liable to imprisonment and deportation….  

Read the entire press release here

Read an analysis of the situation in the West Bank after the release of these Military Orders.

Read the QCEA (Quaker Council on European Affairs) briefing paper on the Military Order # 1650

The general situation in the Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem continues (oPt) to worsen.  Below is a 48-minute video about the situation of children in Gaza.  

This moving video first aired on Channel 4 (UK) Dispatches March 15.   BAFTA-winning filmmaker Jezza Neumann follows the lives of three children for over a year. The children are amazing: well-spoken, reflective, resilient, understandably vengeful and fearful, but very endearing. The toll this inhumanity has taken is also clear.  

To see the video: or

To read the full newsletter, click here.