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Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Monday morning have shot dead Mohammed Abu Lateefa (18) during Israeli raid on Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah. Israeli police said the IOF broke into Qalandia camp near to arrest two Palestinians, raiding houses. The Israeli border police forces opened fire at Abu Lateefa as he was running away across a roof. The martyr’s body was detained for a full hour before IOF finally handed it to the family. 

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10 Apr 2015
Recently Released Beit Ommar Youth Mauled by IDF Dog Featured in Haaretz

From Haaretz:
Palestinian boy is free from jail, but not from nightmares
Hamzeh Abu Hashem, who was wounded by dogs from the IDF canine unit, is finally free from prison. We met a broken and shaken boy.
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This teenager needs psychological therapy. He stares at the floor, grimaces when asked to relate what happened to him a few months ago, and doesn’t sleep at night. His parents are aware of his situation. But there’s no one to help him, much less pay for any … Continue reading

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26 Nov 2014
“Protection” Training Takes Place at Center for Freedom

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, The Center for Freedom and Justice launched a series of trainings about Protection, Non-violence and Media. The first workshop was about “Protection” and included people from Popular Committees of Twana – south of Hebron hill, Bethlehem, Al-Ma’sara, Aida camp and Beit Ommar. In total, there were 15 participants taking part in the training.

The training was run by an experienced member of the Protection Organization for Human Rights. His experience was very useful and he spent every minute from the workshop giving productive and tangible information. In total the workshop lasted for 5 hours and thoroughly covered the topic of protection while participating in non-violent action. The atmosphere … Continue reading

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9 Oct 2014
Al Jaba'a Roadblock Continues To Cause Problems

Last weekend was the holiday weekend of Eid for Palestinian families all over the West Bank.  During Eid, it customary for Muslims to visit their relatives to celebrate.  Often families will travel hours to reunite with one another and to share meals. For one Palestinian village, this has been made much harder for almost 10 years.  In 2006, Israel constructed a roadblock at the entrance to the village of Al Jaba’a
, disconnecting it from the town of Surif, preventing Palestinians from having any access to the village by car.  Cars must drive to the roadblock, park, and then carry whatever gifts they have brought , which can be several kilometers … Continue reading

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9 Oct 2014
Israel Demolishes Beit Ommar Farmer's Dream

Mousa Abu Maria’s family has been the owner of their farmland for over 100 years. Mousa’s father received it from his grandfather and then gave a portion of it to Mousa. Mousa’s plot of land is a 1400 square meter parcel on the far northern border of his hometown, Beit Ommar. It is situated between the city of Beit Ommar and the settlement of Gosh Etzion. This region is an Area C zone, meaning that the Israeli army has complete control.

 

Mousa’s aspiration is simple; to be a farmer. In the last few years, he started taking the necessary steps towards turning the land his father gave him into a farm.  His hope was for the land to be a sheep farm that … Continue reading

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4 Oct 2014
Demonstrations Continue at Wadi Fukin

On 10/3 at around 1:30 PM, 50 people gathered for a demonstration at Wadi Fukin.  This is the 3rd consecutive Friday that the villagers have hosted an action.   The villagers of Wadi Fukin prepared large displays of balloons and were waving Palestinian flags along with their peace signs. Despite the peaceful nature of the groups actions, Israeli soldiers forcibly stopped the demonstrators from marching on their land.  And although the demonstrators were primarily women and children, after 30 minutes they were violently pushed back several times toward the center of the village.

Among the demonstrators were villagers from Wadi Fukin and neighboring West Bank villages, as well as several international activists.  Wadi … Continue reading