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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