JAI Eye on Palestine: March 3, 2016

JAI Eye on Palestine: March 3, 2016

The Palestinian YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.

Al-Qeeq Suspends His Strike After Reaching An Agreement For His Release

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that hunger striking journalist Mohammad al-Qeeq, who is held by Israel without charges or trial, has suspended his strike that lasted for 94 days, after reaching an agreement for his release, in May.  Read more

The youngest female prisoner in the world … Dima Wawi in Israeli jails

Dima Wawi a young Palestinian girl was frequently described in the Israeli media as a “terrorist” after she tried, according to the Israeli media, to kill Israeli settlers and soldiers while the fact is that Dima is only a twelve years old girl living happily in her family’s house in the town of Halhul, north of al-Khalil city.

The Israeli occupation had arrested Dima near the settlement of Karam Tzur, which is established on the lands of al-Khalil, and accused her of trying to carry out a stabbing attack, although her young age and physique tell that it is impossible for her to be able to do such things.  Read more

Tveit highlights unjust water resources for Palestinians

A water crisis for Palestinian people was highlighted by the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, at the launch of the Seven Weeks for Water campaign in Jerusalem.

The WCC’s Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) invited its member churches and supporters to reflect on water during Lent which began on Ash Wednesday, 10 February.

Tveit, who was visiting the Holy Land, said, “We heard today the voices from Palestine with regard to the water crisis, that, the most vulnerable communities have available as little as 20 liters of water a day per person.”

Speaking in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, Tveit noted that the 20 liters is just one-fifth of the minimum required by the World Health Organization (WHO) which recommends 100 liters a day per person.  Read more