top
Palestine
Palestine
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Sun Jan 30 2011
Tea and Tear Gas in Occupied Palestine
Reports from the Occupied West Bank on the Struggle for Freedom and Justice
Dave Id writes: My traveling partner Tangle and I had the privilege of visiting Jerusalem and Palestine in December 2010. We met many kind and courageous people in the West Bank. We witnessed the hardships Palestinians face daily under the Israeli occupation. We saw how the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) react to those who dare to stand up, even peacefully, for the rights of their families and fellow villagers. We met Israeli and international solidarity activists willing to risk arrest and injury themselves. And we documented as much as we could during our relatively brief stay in the West Bank.

Everywhere we went, Palestinians were appreciative of our efforts to report out what's really happening in the West Bank, warmly welcoming us as supportive internationals. Everywhere we went, generous and gracious Palestinian families invited us into their homes and shared with us trays of hot tea, a social tradition in the region.

And everywhere we went in the West Bank that Palestinians and solidarity activists stood up for the rights of Palestinians to determine their own fate and to make use of their own lands, the IDF released an especially nasty form of tear gas to repel protesters. Sometimes the tear gas was fired into the middle of villages for no apparent reason at all.

Hence, from what I have now seen on a personal level, I've dubbed the occupied territories the Land of Tea and Tear Gas. The phrase captures both the extreme kindness of the Palestinians and the cruelty of the occupation.

video photo audio Read more, with links to nearly two dozen first-hand video, photo, and audio reports
12/04/19 Climate Actions Organized in at least 12 Bay Area Locations Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | North Bay / Marin | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/30/19 N30 and the Birth of Indymedia Commemorated with International Conferences Front Page | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Media Activism & Independent Media | U.S. | International | Americas11/23/19 Right-Wing Commentator Speaks to Small Group of Conservatives on Berkeley Campus Front Page | Racial Justice | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | Immigrant Rights11/21/19 Chilean People’s Movement for Economic Equality and Political Freedom Rises Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | International | Americas11/19/19 Reclaimed House in Oakland Owned by Real Estate Speculators Vacant for Over 18 Months Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Womyn | East Bay11/12/19 Neither Eshoo Nor Pelosi Represent Constituents When It Comes to Healthcare Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | San Francisco | South Bay | Peninsula | California | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/29/19 Utility Justice Campaign Demands Restructuring of Northern California’s Energy System Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/21/19 "Big Data" Allows Less Visible But More Intense Attacks on Immigrants Front Page | Police State & Prisons | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights10/11/19 Moratorium on Leasing Federal Public Land to Oil Companies in California Ends Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | California | U.S. | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/11/19 Janus Workers Endure Poverty Wages Under Contract Imposed by Management Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Drug War | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/07/19 After Protest at SF Whole Foods, Amazon Responds with Statewide Restraining Order Front Page | Police State & Prisons | San Francisco | California | Government & Elections | Animal Liberation
Related Categories: Palestine | International | Anti-War | Front Page

We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

donate now

$ 97.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network