An Easter like no other

By EA Lesley

The coronavirus pandemic means that many people in the UK and Ireland are experiencing new restrictions on their everyday lives. But for people in occupied Palestine, living with restrictions is a part of daily life, and human rights violations are common. Annexation of Palestinian lands, threatened by the Israeli government from 1 July, would make this situation permanent. Here EA Lesley learns about life in a Bedouin community under threat of annexation and tells the story of a peaceful protest against night-time stone throwing by their neighbours. Read to on learn more and find out how you can join us to say #NoToAnnexation.

“It was a Palm Sunday like no other in the Holy City. The streets that are usually thronged with pilgrims on the day marking the eve of Holy Week were empty.” So reported my friend, a Jewish peace activist based in Jerusalem, when I talked to her in Holy Week.

No palm-waving Christians, no donkey. All was still. No pilgrims in the holy places. No city has escaped the Covid-19 pandemic. It was an Easter like no other as the threats and rumblings of annexation continued and the inhabitants of the West Bank in occupied Palestine brace themselves for the possibility of further displacement.

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