For most kids at summer camp, playing 'capture the flag' is about as serious as the games get. But for these Palestinian
Each year around 700 Palestinian children are held by Israel. Unlike Israeli children, they are subject to military, not civil jurisdiction. Widespread concerns about their treatment have been catalogued by DCI and a range of other Israeli and international human rights organisations. Children are frequently taken from their homes in the middle of the night, without telling their parents why they are being arrested or where they are being taken. Painful hand ties and blindfolds are used for extended periods of time. Rarely are they even allowed to speak to their parents.
The 18th of October was a big day in Israel. A young man, imprisoned against his will was released and flew home to be reunited with friends and family. I'm not talking about Gilad Shalit, I am in fact referring to myself.
If Obama wants his Nobel piece prize to become more than a million dollar mantelpiece ornament, he should show leadership like the Kennedys, and become a transformative leader rather than simply a reactionary one. Forget the last two years, it is time to start thinking about where we want to be two years from now.
If it is important for people like me to understand the significance of one Israeli soldier's captivity to Israeli families, so too is it important for Israel's friends abroad to understand the personal significance of Palestinian prisoners for Palestinian families across the Occupied Territories.
How can one channel fully and accurately report an event like that of yesterday? In the case of Israel - Palestine (and now Hamas), it probably can't. The Israel - Palestine conflict is so imbued with emotion that it is almost impossible to find anyone to comment on it impartially.
Israel is buzzing with overwhelming excitement at the imminent return of Gilad shalit. There are joyous dances in the streets
Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas five years ago, has been greeted by cheering, flag-waving crowds after
Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Hamas five years ago, has given his first interview after being released by
Gilad Shalit returns to his home to Mitzpe Hila in the northern Galilee today and only the most hardened observer could fail to be moved by the pictures of a young man reunited with his family after 1941 days in captivity.