Situation in Al-Jaba’a

17 November 2006

Al-Jaba’a will be the focus of our Olive Harvest activities beginning this week!

The road between the village of Al-Jaba’a and the town of Surif has been closed by the Israeli occupation forces for four years now. This road connects the two areas and its closure makes it very difficult for residents to travel in the area. The Palestine Solidarity Project, in cooperation with Al-Jaba’a residents, succeeded in opening the road by removing the roadblocks, in spite of the violence of the Israeli soldiers against Palestinians, internationals, and members of the Israeli activist group Ta’ayush. The Israeli government considers Al-Jaba’a a “closed area” and will soon begin building the Apartheid Wall around the village, so that there will be one entrance to the village controlled by the Israeli forces. Al-Jaba’a is an agricultural village famous for its olives, but the village lacks basic services and has no secondary school or clinic. The Wall will take all the village’s agricultural lands, leaving the village’s 700 residents in an Israeli-controlled prison and permanently denying them their freedom and their livelihood.

A group of Israeli settlers from the Beit ‘Ain settlement again damaged about 25 large olive trees belonging to the Al-Tous family in Al-Jaba’a. They were the same group of settlers who had previously burned 25 other olive trees belonging to the Al-Tous family, and shot at members of the family while they were working on their land. The Al-Tous family filed a report about the most recent damage with the Israeli military police, who promised to help the family and investigate the matter. However the Israeli military police did nothing and no settlers were questioned or arrested, proving that the Israeli police only aid the settlers in their destruction of Palestinian property. In fact it appears that the Israeli army is afraid of the extremist settlers from Beit ‘Ain, and would not dare to question them–they take orders from the settlers, not vice versa.