During the second Intifada (2000), the Old City of Nablus was one of the harshest flashpoints for the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) attacks in the West Bank. In the aftermath of the outbreaks, the city was put under endless periods of curfew. Until 2008 seven Israeli check-points blocked the main city gateways, making it almost impossible for people and goods to move in and out of the city. Today the cities economic status is equal to that of a refugee camp with an 80% unemployment rate and a large number of buildings that require rehabilitation. Women are certainly the invisible backbone of the community, striving for the survival of family and children in the midst of brutal occupation and a deeply conservative society.
November 17, 2023