Mrs Abla Nasser, head of the YWCA in Palestine, talks about the difficulties of daily life under Israeli occupation. I think you will be impressed by Mrs Nasser; she is gentle, articulate, in a word, nice - yet when just a teenager she was deprived of her freedom through no fault of her own.
At the time this film was made the organisation she heads was engaged in a project called Keep Hope Alive which aims to plant thousands of olive trees to replace those vandalised by Jews.
The Judea and Samaria police say they have already seen an increase in Jewish violence, registering 73 attacks by Jews against Palestinians in the first four months of 2005. The "incidents" range from beatings to torching crops and destroying property to brazenly invading Palestinian villages as provocation.
Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2005, p. 13
The report said that Israeli settlers stepped up their attacks on Palestinians and their property and also on international activists. They destroyed and damaged trees owned by Palestinians and prevented Palestinian farmers from havesting their crops.
According to Amnesty International, neither soldiers involved in unlawful killings nor settlers were punished. "In the overwhelming majority of the thousands of cases of unlawful killings and other grave human rights violations committed by Israeli soldiers in the previous four years, no investigations were known to have been carried out," the report stated.
Excerpts from an Amnesty International report carried in the Jerusalem Post May 25, 2005 p. 3
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