Ma'an News Agency, Dec. 21, 2016

JERUSALEM -- Israeli authorities plan to relocate a permanent Israeli military checkpoint between the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem and Jerusalem a few kilometers further into Palestinian territory, a move which would deprive Palestinian residents access to hundreds of acres of private Palestinian land, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Haaretz, Dec 16, 2016

People outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, December 2016. Alex Levac

Possibly the saddest place in town is the place where we stayed last weekend: the Jacir Palace Hotel, formerly the Intercontinental, the ostensible crown jewel of all of Bethlehem’s hotels. A stone compound with a fine, ornamental façade, this expansive hotel has a large swimming pool, plenty of public spaces, ballrooms and conference halls, suites and executive rooms, cafes, bars and restaurants – and it’s one big wasteland. Long, mute corridors that lead nowhere, spaces long unused. A five-star hotel with more than 200 rooms, deteriorating.

Haaretz, Nov. 3, 2016


A smiling soldier called Yuval approached and said the reason for the delay was security related. That’s what soldiers always say when they’re late to open a locked gate.

Haaretz, Nov. 14, 2016


Cohen pulls a kaffiyeh off her neck and throws it to the ground. One of the women says in English: “Let us go through.” Cohen repeats they cannot pass through [.....] Cohen insists they turn back.

Haaretz, Nov. 11, 2016


The only “crime” of the Palestinians, who were in the midst of harvesting their olives when the settlers swooped down on them, was that they were Palestinians who had the temerity to work their land.