Sharing early spring from the Jerusalem office

[Original by Mai NAMIKI, Public Relations (February 28, 2019); Translated by M. Goto/S. Altman] Hello, this is Namiki, the former program officer of the Palestine project. I moved to the Public Relations department this January. I will start reporting what you want to know about our work overseas and the local people. I would be glad if you could feel closer with us. I went on a business trip to Jerusalem, Palestine, this February. From my previous experience, I thought it would be cold in Jerusalem. February is the rainy season in the Middle East and it usually rains a lot. However, this year, it was warm and full of…

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At a school in East Jerusalem: The students who are changing even in a difficult situation

[Original by Yoriko YAMAMURA, Palestine Project (December 20, 2018); Translated by M. Takahashi/S. Altman] Hello, everyone. It’s been cold in Jerusalem. There are many houses built on stones here. We feel colder inside of a house than outside. This time I am going to tell you about a school in East Jerusalem that we visited under our project. We visited the Hassan Al-Thani School located close to the old town in East Jerusalem. Together with our partner organization, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), we provide various kinds of training for the students of the school health committee. The students work with local residents in order to solve problems in…

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Muhammad in Gaza

A 10-year old boy undergoing periodic hospitalization for anticancer treatment in Jerusalem away from his family [Original by Yoriko YAMAMURA, Palestine Project (January 10, 2019); Translated by M. Kanai/S. Altman] Hello. My name is Yamamura and I’m serving as a representative at the JVC Jerusalem Office. Today, I would like to introduce an article written by Ms. Hiromoto who’s working as an assistant in our office. About half a year ago, we received an urgent message from a woman who’s a member of an organization collaborating with JVC in our operation in the Gaza Strip about her relative, Muhammad. He was to be admitted to a hospital in East Jerusalem…

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The life of Razan Al Najjar, a volunteer at a partner organization, has been taken

[Original in JVC Facebook written by Yoshie NIMODA (June 5, 2018); Translated by K. Iuchi] Volunteer medic Razan Al Najjar of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), a partner organization with whom JVC has been working for over 10 years, was killed on June 1st, 2018 upon being shot by a bullet to the chest at a protest in Gaza. With people being shot in succession around her, Razan, still 21-years-old, had been rushing to the aid of a wounded protestor when she was killed. Some of you may have seen this on the news. JVC attended Razan’s memorial held in Palestine (photo included). An attendee said, “Twice before, Razan…

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Request letter to MoFA regarding the US President’s announcement on Jerusalem

[Original (December 26, 2017); Translated by J. Hills/S. Igawa] Written request to the Japanese Government – “A request for the Japanese Government to express a position of opposition in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has not only caused outrage amongst the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation but has also caused a huge backlash throughout the international community. The Japanese government voted in support of condemning the United States’ announcement at the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly. However, by refraining from speaking out at the United Nations General…

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AIDA’s statement: INGOs are deeply concerned about the US announcement about Jerusalem

[Original (December 16, 2017); Translated by K. Takemura/A. Senkoff/S. Igawa] The announcement by US President Trump that “the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move the American embassy to Jerusalem” has caused a large uproar not only in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) but also throughout the international community. Israel continues to violently suppress Palestinians who protest against the US announcement, and carries out attacks and bombings in the Gaza Strip almost everyday. In this situation, AIDA (Association of International Development Agencies), a coalition of NGOs working in the oPt, of which JVC is a member, released the following statement. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INGOs are deeply…

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I met a boy who said “He did a good job of killing“

[Original by Mai NAMIKI, Palestine Project (October 17, 2016); Translated by K. Takemura/S. Igawa] It was Tuesday evening, 11th October 2016. When I got out of my home in East Jerusalem, three Palestinian boys talked to me. They were my neighbors and of age of junior high school. One of them, who had black eyes and looked friendly, told me. “You often come to my shop, don’t you? It is closed today.” “Which one is it?” “The shop in front of the Rockfeller park.” I often go to the shop, as it is open until late night. The manager and employees are so gentle that I love it. The boy…

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