Beit Ommar: The Road WILL Remain Open!

9 April 2007

Last night Palestinians from Beit Ommar were joined by members of the Palestine Solidarity Project and Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall as they reopened a road that had recently been closed, after being successfully opened by PSP and Israeli activists twice before.

On March 26, 2007 Palestinians from Beit Ommar and members of PSP were accompanied by Israeli and international activists as they removed an important roadblock in Beit Ommar. The roadblock was preventing traffic from the large vegetable market in Beit Ommar directly to Route 60, the main highway linking Beit Ommar and other villages to both Hebron to the south and Betlehem to the north. The road remained open and was an important outlet when the Israeli Occupation Forces locked down Beit Ommar on April 5th. The day after the lockdown, the road was again blocked. Palestine Solidarity Project and people of Beit Ommar were insistent that the road remain open and that the IOF would NOT have control over the movements of the Palestinians of Beit Ommar. As PSP and the Israeli activists began removing the roadblock for the third time, local Palestinians joined and in less than 20 minutes the road was opened. They then moved on to a second roadblock restricting movement from an outlying neighborhood onto Route 60. At that point an IOF humvee with 3 soldiers approached the activists who decided that they had accomplished the night’s goal and left.

There are 4 major roadblocks throughout Beit Ommar preventing vehicular traffic from several neighborhoods to the main highway. They are part of a larger ‘matrix of control’ designed by the Israeli Army to maintain complete control over the movements of Palestinians. The people of Beit Ommar and PSP are committed to maintaining freedom of movement to and from their village and others. The Israeli Army will NOT be allowed to make the people of Beit Ommar prisoners in their own village.