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2000-year-old 'lost' street built by Pontius Pilate uncovered in Jerusalem
Researchers date ancient walkway at around 31AD based on age of coins found beneath
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6 days ago

Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust

This morning, around ten settlers from the Yitzhar settlement arrived at an olive grove outside the Palestinian village of Burin, near Nablus, armed with stones and metal bars, and proceeded to attack the owners of the grove as well as volunteers who came to help them harvest their olives. One of those injured was 80-year-old Rabbi Moshe Yehudai, a board member of Rabbis for Human Rights, who was taken to a nearby hospital. The settlers also set the field on fire.

Settler violence is the very reason why volunteers accompany Palestinian farmers as they harvest their olives in the first place. The presence of Jewish and international volunteers typically reduces the risk of settlers using violence to disrupt the harvest. But as today’s attack shows - that can never be guaranteed.

“At first you don’t understand what’s going on, you think it’s a Palestinian beating up a leftist – and then you unlock them from the grip and you realize it’s a settler beating [a left wing activist] to the ground, shaking the ground.” (For the full testimony: bit.ly/2oMyo7Z)

It’s easy to see what these attacks are all about: instilling fear into the Palestinians in the hope that it will scare them away from their own land, while at the same time scaring the volunteers to deter them from coming back. These thugs know that the soldiers won’t touch them, because the soldiers think that they aren’t allowed to. Those were the orders we were given when we served. And from the testimonies we’ve collected it’s clear that nothing has changed. This is what happens when the authorities turn a blind eye to violence.

We wish those who were hurt today a speedy recovery, and send strength and support to our friends at Rabbis for Human Rights.
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2 weeks ago

Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust

A new Way of the Cross for Jerusalem ...

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