“. . . we are trying very hard to lead a normal life. . .” (Samia Nasir Khoury)

Runners pass the separation wall during the Right to Movement Marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on April 1, 2016 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Thousands of runners, both professional and amateur come from across the globe to participate in the Right to Movement Marathon. April 01, 2016| (Photo: Getty Images; Credit: Darrian Traynor)
Runners pass the separation wall during the Right to Movement Marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on April 1, 2016 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Thousands of runners, both professional and amateur come from across the globe to participate in the Right to Movement Marathon.
April 01, 2016| (Photo: Getty Images; Credit: Darrian Traynor)

❶ Thousands join Palestine marathon to affirm right to movement
❷ Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2016 (“Danstory” April 11–26)
❸ Palestinian rights group submits Israeli war crimes report to ICC
❹ Why Land Day Still Matters
. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) (VIDEOS) Thousands March on 40th Land Day to Protest Decades of Land Grabs
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ECONOMIC  POLICIES  ENTRENCH  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION
❻ From a letter by Samia Nasir Khoury
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THOUSANDS  JOIN  PALESTINE  MARATHON  TO  AFFIRM  RIGHT  TO  MOVEMENT
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
April 1, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians and foreigners took to the streets on Friday to take part in the fourth annual marathon hosted by the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, aimed at highlighting the severe movement restrictions Palestinians face under Israel’s military occupation.
___First conceived in 2013 under the theme “RIGHT TO MOVEMENT,” the marathon was applauded by the UN and other humanitarian bodies as a reminder of the “many barriers to freedom of movement faced by Palestinians every day,” although Israel condemned it as a “cynical” use of sport.      MORE . . .  

RAMALLAH  CONTEMPORARY  DANCE  FESTIVAL  2016  (“DANSTORY”  APRIL 11–26)
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
April, 2016
Courtesy of Sareyyet Ramallah
In confrontation with the death, destruction, and exile witnessed by the world today and in the midst of the Palestinian current popular uprising against the Israeli occupation, a military occupation that has been stripping Palestinians of the simplest of human rights for the last 68 years, the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2016 presents its 11th edition under the theme “Danstory,” underscoring the passion of Palestinians for joyfulness and their tight grip on hopefulness and life.      MORE . . .

1-Sareyyet-Ramallah-1-558x1024PALESTINIAN  RIGHTS  GROUP  SUBMITS  ISRAELI  WAR  CRIMES  REPORT  TO  ICC
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 31, 2016
In ongoing efforts to hold Israel accountable for gross violations of international law, Palestinian legal rights group Badil has published key findings on alleged war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war that the group submitted to the International Criminal Court earlier this month.
___The report documents in detail the accounts of Palestinian victims of Israel’s large-scale military offensive . . . .
___In the report, NO SAFE PLACE, Badil focused in particular on Israel’s mass forced displacement of some half-a-million Palestinians at the height of hostilities, around 28 percent of Gaza’s population.      MORE . . . 

WHY  LAND  DAY  STILL  MATTERS
HAARETZ NEWSPAPER IN ISRAEL
Sam Bahour and Fida Jiryis Mar 30, 2012
Today, with no resolution in sight to the historic injustices inflicted upon them, Palestinians in Israel and elsewhere use this day to remember and redouble their efforts for emancipation.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) (VIDEOS)  THOUSANDS  MARCH  ON  40TH  LAND  DAY  TO  PROTEST  DECADES  OF  LAND  GRABS
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
Mar 30 2016
Thousands of Palestinians across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory marched Wednesday to commemorate the 40th Land Day, protesting decades of Israeli land grabs.      MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:   ECONOMIC  POLICIES  ENTRENCH  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
Nassar Ibrahim
March 20, 2016
The Palestinian economy has not been independent in centuries. Like the economies of other Arab countries, the Palestinian economy was subject to foreign control and looting for four centuries under Ottoman rule. Next, British colonial rule lorded over Palestine, until the Nakba uprooted Palestinians from their land in 1948. Following Israel’s occupation of Palestine, Israeli colonial powers took control of the Palestinian economy. . . .  Israeli management of the Palestinian economy has created deep structural disparities in Palestinian society.  MORE . . .  

FROM  A  LETTER  TO  A  SWEDISH  FRIEND,  2001,  BY  SAMIA  NASIR  KHOURY.

Although we are trying very hard to lead a normal life, you can imagine how difficult this when everything around us is so abnormal. It is not easy for you, as a young person and in a country like Sweden, to envisage what occupation means. It does not only mean the deprivation of a nation’s freedom, but also the deprivation of one’s personal freedom. . . . I hope you will always be grateful for what you have and which many young people take for granted, never realizing how precious freedom, democracy, and water are. (July 31, 2001. Letter to a Swedish friend.)
[Note: the last sentence refers to a poignant description of the Israeli restriction on resources for Palestinians.]

Khoury, Samia Nasir. REFLECTIONS  FROM  PALESTINE:  A  JOURNEY  OF  HOPE.  A  MEMOIR.  Nicosia, Cyprus: Rimal Publications, 2014 (117).
About Samia Khoury.
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