News from the West Bank is often ignored by the main stream media. FSRN's long-time correspondent from the region is Ghassan Bannourra, who hopes to bring you the news from his homeland again soon.
During the months since FSRN went offline, Israeli settlers have escalated their campaign against Palestinian farmers. During the October-November olive season, settlers uprooted nearly 500 olive trees. The olive harvest makes up 30% of farmers income in the Palestinian areas. Army attacks also escalated, in the past months with three children among those gunned down by Israeli army fire.
In December, many Palestinians mark Christmas. This year, as in years before, Israeli walls and policies that block tourists from visiting Bethlehem continue to lower incomes for local businesses who would otherwise welcome holiday tourists, resulting in another sluggish season.
Sending you Season's Greetings and wishing you a happy New Year.
Ghassan Bannoura, Bethlehem, Palestine.