Articles Archive for April 2007

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District, South Betlehem »

28 Apr 2007

Yesterday, over a hundred Palestinians from the villages of Beit Fag’ar, Um Salamuna, Wadi An-Nis, Al- Masara, Al-Khadr, and Beit Ommar, accompanied by Israeli and international activists, united on land near the Efrat settlement and attempted to block Route 60, the main north-south highway from Hebron up through Jerusalem to the northern West Bank. Though the high-spirited demonstrators were prevented by an enormous show of force by the Israeli Occupation Forces from blocking the highway, their message was seen, and heard, loud and clear. Demonstrators held up banners and signs in Hebrew, Arabic and English protesting the theft of their land by the Israeli government for the construction of the Annexation … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

27 Apr 2007

The nearly 300 olive trees planted near Karmi Tsur by the people of Beit Ommar along with international and Israeli activists lasted 4 days before the Israeli army and settlers uprooted them. Though the land is considered by even the Israeli High Court to be Palestinian, and a commander on site when the trees were planted last saturday said the farmers were allowed to plant there, other soldiers promised that they would simply come later and uproot the trees, and they kept their word. When PSP went to check on the trees, we found only 7 remaining. Though we were prevented by settler security from checking the entire length … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

24 Apr 2007

On April 15, 2007 The Israeli Occupation Forces bulldozed a small area of land across the street from the Watchtower of Beit Ommar, giving no explanation and leaving shortly after PSP observers showed up. A few days later, it became clear why. The soldiers came again with a large crane and bulldozer and dismantled the current watchtower (using the bulldozed area where fruit trees once stood as a temporary resting place for the old watchtower), only to replace it with a watchtower nearly twice as tall. The soldiers closed the entrance to vehicular traffic into and out of Beit Ommar for two days as they completed the construction. No … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

22 Apr 2007

Yesterday, the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar invited international and Israeli activists to plant 300 olive trees in the land near the extremist settlement, Karmi Tsur. Karmi Tsur has been a focus of Palestine Solidarity Project’s work recently because of its aggressive policy of consficating land from Beit Ommar and harassing farmers working their land near the settlement. Yesterday, over 30 Palestinian farmers of Beit Ommar along with nearly 20 Israeli and international activists continued their defiance of the confisgation of their land by planting nearly 300 olive trees along settlement fence and in the fields just below.
When soldiers arrived they first were given the order that the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

21 Apr 2007

At 12 pm April 20, the Israeli Occupation Forces once again invaded Beit Ommar. This time, 4 soldiers came first on foot into a densely populated area near the center of town. They began to shoot dozens of tear gas canisters and hundreds of rubber-coated steel bullets around and into nearby houses. One older man from the Beit Ommar Popular Committee, who was standing on his porch at the time, was shot in the shoulder with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The army also shot live ammunition into the streets, though thankfully no one was injured.
During the three hour invasion which did not seem to serve any obvious … Continue reading

Betlehem District, South Betlehem »

20 Apr 2007

In an act of solidarity with the murdered students at Virginia Tech University in the United States, the people of the South Betlehem villages planted 30 olive trees along the path of destroyed land that is meant for the Annexation Barrier near Um Salamuna and Wadi an-Nis. The people of the South Betlehem villages marched to the path of the Annexation Barrier. Activists from the popular committee and Holy Land Trust read the names of the people who were killed in Virginia and wanted to express their solidarity with the families of those people killed. As they marched they carried signs saying, “from Palestine to Virginia, we support you!” and … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

20 Apr 2007

Our coordinator, Yousef Abu Maria, who was violently arrested at a demonstration on friday, April 13, was released on bail on Thursday, April 19. The army was given 10 days to bring charges against him, which they have so far not done. He has vowed to continue to go to non-violent demonstrations against the Occupation. We are still raising money to cover the legal fees, please consider donating via paypal on our website.

Beit Ommar »

20 Apr 2007

On Monday, April 16, 3 Israeli Occupation Force jeeps drove into Beit Ommar from the Karmi Tsur settlement. The IOF enters the village from this area nearly every other day as a show of force, antagonizing the local residents and young boys. On this day, the jeeps entered the village and picked out ‘Az Mahmoud Migbal, 15, from a group of young boys, and forced him into a jeep. His mother came out to the jeep and pleaded with the soldiers to let him go. When she asked why her son was being arrested the soldiers said he was throwing stones. They then pushed her away and took ‘Az … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District »

15 Apr 2007

On April 15 the village of Nahallin in the Betlehem district held a festival honoring prisoners day. They also commemorated the massacres by the Israeli Occupation Forces in their vllage in 1954 and 1989 when 12 people were killed. Nahallin is a village of 7000 people who will be particularly devastated by the construction of the Annexation Wall. It is surrounded by the settlements of Betar Illit, Etzion, Daniel, and Jaba, all within the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. When the Wall is completed, Nahallin, along with 4 other villages, will be cut off from the West Bank and in limbo, being west of the Wall, surrounded by the settlement … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District »

15 Apr 2007

Last night at approximately 10pm the Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the home of Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Ayyesh, near the entrance to Beit Ommar. They forced the family outside and ‘checked’ the house. They also ‘checked’ the family, and hit two of the women who did not want to be patted down by the soldiers. The only reason the soldiers gave them was that it was for “security”. This morning at approximately 9:30am an IOF bulldozer was brought to the land of the same family and bulldozed one dunum of land, including fruit trees. The military also closed the entrance to the village and again said it was in the name of “security”. The land … Continue reading