"I (Phil) traveled from Jerusalem to Ramallah and meet four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. On the return journey the check points were closed probably because of the street fighting around the El Aqsa Mosque after the occupation authorities closed the mosque and sent in the riot squad (or maybe just because they felt like doing it). We circled the city to find an open check point back to Jerusalem the 15 kilometer journey took about an hour.
"Nablus is just recovering from the 2002 invasion that destroyed much of the ancient old city. These buildings have slowly been restored. The old city has many monuments to the people that died in the 2002 invasion/reoccupation. The narrow streets of the old city were the centre of the resistance and to over come opposition the Israeli army bulldozed a path into the old town square to clear the way for the tanks. They do not give warnings and this monument commemorates seven members of one family that were killed in their home. 1000 people have died since 2000 and 80% of them have been civilians"
"…many people in the camp have seen thousands of delegations over the years and nothing has improved and their return to Palestine remains a distant dream."
— excerpts from Phil’s messages on Facebook.