This video unravels Israel’s colonial policies and practices in occupied East Jerusalem, which aim to reduce the Palestinian presence in the city. At present, there are around 200,000 Israeli settlers and 300,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem. These include some 100,000 Palestinians who have already been isolated by the wall. On the other hand, if the wall is completed by Israel, some 100,00 additional Israeli settlers would be placed on the east Jerusalem side of the wall.
Sixty-eight years have passed since the Nakba of 1948, the year that marked the expulsion and exodus of the Palestinian people. The Nakba of yesterday is the ongoing reality of today. Palestinians are denied all basic human rights as Israel continues to adopt the policies of forcible transfer and apartheid to pave the way for the construction of more Israeli settlements and settlers in occupied Palestine.
Faris and Rita choose the place of Jesus birth as their Christmas destination for this year. The couple face two scenarios on their way to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem: one presents a hopeful look of a tourist journey to a free Palestine, and the other one represents the reality on the ground today with the continuation of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The two journeys are remarkably different and are only small parts of the big picture: occupation vs freedom, oppression vs liberation and injustice vs justice.
Ten years ago, the International Court of Justice issued its advisory opinion on the Wall in Occupied Palestine. Today, we remind the international community of states of their obligation not to "recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall and not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction". Time has come for the world to honour its long overdue obligations for the realization of freedom, justice and peace in occupied Palestine.
Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ. As Palestinians, we continue to yearn for justice and peace in the holy land and this year, our hope is renewed as we prepare to receive his H.H. Pope Francis I.