EAPPI visit in the Cooperative

EAPPI visit in the Cooperative

Last Saturday (29/03/2014) a few friends from Ecumenical Accompaniers from The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) visited us in Idna!

They talked long with Nawal and some of our volunteers about the Women Cooperative, Idna and the problems that we are facing every day.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)  is an international observer programme run by the World Council of Churches. “Ecumenical Accompaniers” or “EAs” walk Palestinian children to school in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, accompanying them on the often perilous journey past settlements. They also get up at 3am to monitor checkpoints, and file reports to the United Nations and other organisations on human rights violations such as house demolitions or settler violence. They also monitor demonstrations by Israeli and Palestinian peace groups. (source: http://blog.eappi.org/about/)

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flood in the old city of Hebron

flood in the old city of Hebron

Dear Friends,

We at Women in Hebron wanted to check in with those of you closest to us and share some about the tragic events that have occurred recently in our community.
This week a rainstorm flooded the Old City souk of Hebron. This storm would not affect the infrastructure in your communities like it did here, but because the drainage channels have been closed by the Israeli settlers who have also forbidden the Hebron Municipality from improving the existing infrastructure, a meter of thick mud and 1.5 meters of dirty water overwhelmed our shops. More than half of our stock in the shops was affected. On our facebook page  are some photos of the damage taken by our volunteer.
The Hebron Municipality built the existing drainage channels in the Old City in 1998 when it was not under the severe closure it suffers today. But during the second Intifada in 2000, the Israeli military installed checkpoint 101, closing passages in the Old City including the main water drainage route. The IDF then blocked an exit from the souk with a metal gate which causes the water to back up behind the gate and flood the shops above.
Despite the efforts of local residents, shopkeepers and the municipality, they have been unable to open these passages or build a new drainage system because according to the Hebron Protocol, the Israelis control the Old City and the role of Palestinian authorities is secondary to them. This was not a “natural” disaster; it was yet another disaster of Occupation and Colonization.
Due to the trauma of seeing years of work destroyed in one night, the health of our shopkeeper, Laila, is suffering. Everyone here at Women in Hebron has been working diligently together to support each other and to recover from this disaster.
We would deeply appreciate any and all support from those outside the Hebron area during this difficult time, including product orders and donations. If you would like to place an order you may peruse the inventory on our website and respond to this email with your order specifications.
If you would like to donate through Paypal please send your billing information to walshmaureen26@yahoo.com
Best wishes,
Women in Hebron

Special items for fundraising!

Special items for fundraising!

Dear friends!

We are specially featuring some of our latest products as a fundraiser for four representatives from Women in Hebron to travel to Poland and attend the Jagiellonian Fair. This fair is a unique opportunity for Women in Hebron to gain access to new audiences and make connections in another part of the world at this renowned arts and crafts fair.

Please consider ordering some tablet cases and kuffiyehs to support Women in Hebron’s participation in the 2014 Jagiellonian Fair!

see the items here: Items for fundraising

Website update!

Website update!

Dear friends,

We are currently upgrading our website, please bear with us for the next few days (things not might look as they should!) Any order queries, please send us an email or facebook message.

Thank you in advance for being patient!

Nawal is coming to Italy

Nawal is coming to Italy

Seasons greetings to all from a snowy al Khaleel and a somewhat less frosted Idna.

Nawal is travelling to Italy today to be part of the Rovereto Christmas Market 20-25th December.

http://www.visitrovereto.it/en/News/ELE0003104/Christmas%20Market%20in%20Rovereto

She will be speaking about Women in Hebron at the GMI  il Festival dei Giovani Musulmani Italiani 26th-28th December in Sabbiadoro.  There will be WiH products for sale, embroidery demonstrations and workshops, as well as a chance to speak with Nawal about the Cooperative and the situation in Hebron.

Happy Christmas from our keffiyeh cats!

Happy Christmas from our keffiyeh cats!

Upcoming events

Upcoming events
  • 4th Annual Women’s Micro-Enterprise Bazaar: 5th December, Jerusalem

From the organisers: ‘the bazaar seeks to encourage and promote innovative business ideas and entrepreneurship among Palestinian women, as well as showcase a wide range of handicrafts produced by women from Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.’

Women in Hebron will be there, representing the tatreez talent of Idna and the Hebron area.  

 

  • Rovereto, Italy – Christmas Market : 20th – 25th December

We will be contributing to the Italian festivities with our jewellery, colourful keffiyehs, purses and other embroidered handicrafts – a spirit of Palestine in Italy this Christmas.

 

Just a glimpse of what is coming-up as we head towards 2014.   We will be confirming location details and timing in the next few days, so keep an eye-out on facebook and the website!