Articles Archive for May 2007
Al-Jab'a, Beit Ommar »
Today Palestinians from Sarif and Al-Jab’a’s PSP Committee were joined by members of the Palestine Solidarity Project and Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall in successfully removing a roadblock that blocked movement between the villages of Al-Jab’a and Sarif. During the removal, an IOF jeep arrived. The people continued on. Soon after, a hummer came and the group left temporarily. When the group returned to finish the removal, two more jeeps and ten more soldiers came. Despite the intended intimidation, the people successfully removed the roadblock.
Then the Palestine Solidarity Project and the Anarchists Against the Wall joined Beit Ommar’s Popular Committee … Continue reading
Betlehem District »
A Greek activist was arrested protesting the destruction of a Palestinian apricot orchard. The arrest followed a confrontation as soldiers blocked the road and prevented the 200 demonstrators from reaching the area where bulldozers destroyed apricot trees last Sunday.
At lunchtime yesterday, Palestinians from the village of Artas, near Bethlehem, gathered with international and Israeli activists. They were intending to protest against the destruction of their land to make way for a pipe that will pump sewage from the nearby Efrata settlement. Last Sunday, five Israelis were arrested trying to prevent the bulldozers from uprooting apricot trees owned by the Abu Swai family.
As demonstrators marched towards the Abu Swai’s land, soldiers formed lines on … Continue reading
Five people were hospitalized as Israeli Apache helicopters fired a missile at their car. The people injured included women and children from the same family. Many supermarkets in Al Waahidat Street were also hit by the strikes. In An Nasr, men, women, children and the elderly live in constant fear of attack with the regular sound of planes and rockets flying overhead.
Ten days ago, Israeli Occupation soldiers closed the Rafah terminal checkpoint between the border of Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Currently over 1000 people are waiting in the terminal to pass through the checkpoint. Many are ill or injured and are being prevented from accessing the healthcare that they urgently require. Among the 1000 there are also Palestinian students who are trying to return to Egypt to complete their program of study.
Betlehem District »
Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the village of Al Abediya, near Bethlehem, invading houses before attacking and questioning villagers. The three known arrestees are Mahmud Abdulah Al Asa, aged 53; Kaathem Radaidah, 22; and Faaez Sahood Abe Sarhan, 42.
Israeli Occupation Forces forces killed 30 year old fisherman Saeed Nade Alatar. An IOF ship fired rockets at Alatar as he was fishing off the shore of his hometown, the fishing village of Alwaha. Three months ago his mother was killed in a similar attack in Al Ferusya, North Gaza. This is only one episode in a series of criminal attacks by the Israeli Military on civilians in Gaza in the past 10 days.
Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District »
Israeli Occupation Forces forces brought eight jeeps and one bulldozer through the village of Al-Walajah, using extreme violence to destroy wells and farmland. They destroyed a well owned by Mohammad Saleh Abutiin, which provides the local community with essential water supplies for home use and for agriculture. The invasion has resulted in 10,000 litres of water being lost. In total the IOF destroyed two dunam of land which includes olive trees which are over 40 years old. Al-Walajah is a small village in the Betlehem district which will be completely surrounded by the Annexation Barrier if completed on its current path.
Beit Ommar, Direct Action »
Israeli and International activists, including members of PSP and Ta’ayush, joined Palestinians from Beit Ommar for two consecutive actions – replanting an olive tree grove and removing a roadblock placed on private property. Despite attempted intimidation by soldiers, the activists successfully planted 35 olive trees near the entrance to Beit Ommar, where on April 15th, 2007 the Israeli Army uprooted a grove of trees. The Israeli Occupation Forces informed the owners of the land that it was being bulldozed because kids had been throwing stones from the area. It was yet another act of collective punishment. Within an hour, the group of activists had replanted the trees without incident.
Direct Action, Hebron District »
This morning five Israeli and international activists were arrested at a roadblock removal action in Dhahariya.
At around 10.30am, Palestinians from the village of Dhahariya assembled at the roadblock preventing the villagers from accessing Route 60. Palestine Solidarity Project activists, Israeli anarchists and other international activists joined the villagers.
Border police and IOF soldiers were waiting at the roadblock when they arrived. However the group was determined to open the road and set to work immediately, wrapping a large rope around the first block and dragging it to the side of the road within minutes. The second block proved more difficult, as local kids cleared away the piles of earth around it, the rest struggled … Continue reading
Apartheid Wall, South Betlehem »
Though the bulldozing of land belonging to the residents of Um Salamuna was stopped for several weeks due to a court order, (recent demonstrations have been on land owned by the residents of Wadi an-Nis) the court has lifted the injunction and the uprooting of olive trees and grapevines has begun again on the land of Um Salamuna. At a demonstration on Friday, people from Um Salamuna and the surrounding villages went to the land of Mahmoud Takatka, the head of the Um Salamuna City Council, where they prayed and then spoke about the new court decision and its impact on the people of Um Salamuna.
They also spoke about Alan … Continue reading