Nikki Ray, from London, has been serving as a human rights monitor in the West Bank for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. She has been writing about her first hand experiences and how Palestinians are affected every day by the Israeli occupation Palestine. Freedom is glad to be collaborating with Nikki to bring her accounts of life in Palestine to our site.
Recently the British Parliament made a historic vote, with the majority of 274 votes to 12, to recognise a Palestinian state. The vote was a symbolic one but affirmed the need for a Palestinian state whilst Israel is still occupying Palestine in the West Bank and blockading Gaza.
Whilst serving as a human rights monitor in the West Bank with EAPPI I have seen first hand the oppressive polices of the Israeli occupation which are present in ever aspect of daily life for Palestinians, including the road network.
My team based in Yanoun recently visited Beitin, a village of 2,500 people located about 2 kilometres east of the edge of Ramallah. Like many other villages we have visited in the West Bank Beitin experiences similar problems of settler violence from neighbouring illegal Israeli settlements and incursions into the village by the Israeli army. However unlike many of the other villages we cover Beitin highlights the inequalities present in the road network through the West Bank. Continue reading