AFOPA's 3 Things Digest

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

Israel Denies All Gaza Christians Travel Permits to Jerusalem for Easter

"While some practice the Latin faith and mark Easter on the 21st of April this year, many others are Eastern Orthodox, and celebrate Easter on the 28th. Their traditional ceremonies involve a commemoration of Palm Sunday in Bethlehem, then a procession from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Christians believe Jesus was resurrected after death."

To Listen to Palestinian News Every Morning Is Torture

To Listen to Palestinian News Every Morning Is Torture

"Fatma Sleiman, a teacher from the village of Tuqu in the southern West Bank, was killed Thursday in a car accident. Witnesses said an Israeli truck hit her car. This wasn’t reported in Israel and certainly will never be investigated as a suspected car ramming. Even Palestinian media coverage was skimpy, and reports of events following her death were found only on Facebook and local news sites. More on that below."

For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’

For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’

"Dina Teeti, 23, tries to tune out politics. But a few weeks ago, around the time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he planned to begin annexing parts of the West Bank, she turned to her father with a heartfelt question: “What will happen to us?” Hasan Teeti had always been a big believer that a Palestinian state would become a reality. But now, even he has given up."

Palestinians fear nothing will stop Israel’s annexation of West Bank

 Palestinians fear nothing will stop Israel’s annexation of West Bank

"Three days before the Israeli elections were held on April 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Channel 12 that he would start extending Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and annex West Bank settlements if he was reelected. The settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this. For many Palestinians, however, this has been a fait accompli for many years now."