Ann Wright is currently in Jerusalem, where she was sent by the Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) to participate in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). She is writing a journal of what she witnesses, there will be five in total which will be posted here as they come in.

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SilwanJournal One – 23 August 2009

Ann plays witness to the continued Israeli settlement and the subsequent evictions of Palestinian families, plus she describes the conditions at the Qalandya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem where 2500 Palestinians make their way through turnstiles and holding-pens each morning trying to get to work on time.

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journ2Journal Two – 22 September 2009

Ann just misses Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson’s visit to a street camp, witnesses more evictions and demolitions and monitors the chaos at a separation barrier as Palestinians try and make it to Al Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers during Ramadan.

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Journal Three – October 2009

Ann reports on visit to Sderot, the town in southern Israel that bore the brunt of the Hamas’ Qassam rocket attacks in the six months leading up to the recent Israeli assault on Gaza. She chats with Israeli solidier, makes a trip to Haifa, visits Nazareth and samples beer at the Taybeh brewery.S a conversation she has with a soldier at the vehicle only Wadi Nar checkpoint, as an almost-encounter with the secret visit of British Chief of Staff Sir David Richard, visits Israeli settlements, canvassing Israeli views, and takes a road tour, including a visit to Nazareth and Sderot, the town in southern Israel that bore the brunt of the Hamas’ Qassam rocket attacks in the six months leading up tothe recent Israeli assault on Gaza..

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Journal Four – October 2009

Ann travels to Yanoun for olive picking, a small farming community that was violently emptied of its inhabitants in October 2002. Back in Jerusalem she witnessess the bulldozing of a house and reports on the difficulties Palestinians face aquiring visas for foreign travel, illustrated by the refusal of her friend Abdul Karim Sa’adi’s visa for a series of talks in the UK. She also reports of being stripped searched at a checkpoint at Zaytoun as punishment for helping a group of Palestinians recover their confiscated documents.

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Ann Wright is an active human rights worker and lectures on the theory and practice of civilian protection. She has translated fourteen books from Spanish and French including Motorcycle Diaries, The Train of Ice and Fire and I, Rigoberta Menchu. Ann was previously in Palestine in 2005, to see her journals from that time visit – www.palestinejournals.co.uk