Articles Archive for June 2008

Beit Ommar »

28 Jun 2008

The Israeli military has been slowly escalating its intimidation tactics in Beit Ommar in the last three days, often patrolling the streets at sundown, provoking youth by parking outside of the mosque and waiting for young boys to come and throw stones before shooting tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. The increasing terrorization of the village culminated last night at approximately 9:30 pm when a 17 year old boy, Mohammed Anwar Al-Alami, was shot in the heart and killed.

Soldiers first entered Beit Ommar yesterday at 4pm and began slowly circling the village, often stopping in the center of town, shooting a few tear gas canisters, but otherwise staying in their … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District »

27 Jun 2008

On Friday, June 27th, activists gathered in Al-Ma’asara, Betlehem District, for the weekly demonstration against the Annexation Barrier. This week, about 40 Palestinian activists were joined by about 20 Israelis and internationals.

At recent Al-Ma’asara demonstrations, activists have succeeded in partially opening the razor wire barrier. This week, a gap between the edge of the fence and the nearest permanent structure was blocked with pallets of stone tiles. The activists decided to attempt to go around the fence by climbing over the tiles.

After about 20 minutes, Israeli, international, and Palestinian protesters dashed toward the pallets and began climbing over the tiles. About a dozen soldiers and 2 police officers surrounded … Continue reading

Hebron District »

26 Jun 2008

The Israeli Military has used Administrative detention in the past 10 years as a tool to dispel political dissent and break up Palestinian resistance, both armed and non-violent. It is also used as a way to disrupt the fabric of Palestinian communities. According to B’tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, between 1999 and 2001 the average number of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention, that is, without charge or trial, was less than 20. This number significantly rose during the second intifada and was over 500 by 2003. Yet the use of administrative detention, which is ostensibly used to imprison immediate threats to Israeli security, has increased since the end of the second intifada, … Continue reading

Hebron District, Settler Violence, Susiya »

25 Jun 2008

From Christian Peacemaker Teams-Tuwani

On 24 June 2008, around 6:30, two Israeli settlers beat two unarmed Palestinian shepherds from Mantiquat Shi’bal Butum. The settlers came down from the nearby Israeli settlement outpost of Mitzpe Yair to an area where the shepherds, aged fifty-five and twenty, routinely graze their sheep. Armed with stones from the hillside, the settlers injured the ribs of the older shepherd and the eye of the younger. A Palestinian in the area called the Israeli police and ambulance, both of which arrived fifteen minutes after the beating.

The police spoke with the two settlers identified by the Palestinians as the attackers. They took the settlers’ ID numbers and issued … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

22 Jun 2008

On Friday, June 20th, about 50 Palestinian activists and 15 Israelis and internationals gathered in Al-Ma’asara for the weekly demonstration against the Annexation Barrier. The group marched up the road to the temporary razor wire fence, erected to prevent activists from approaching the construction site. Several young boys led the march, carrying Palestinian flags.

When the group reached the barrier, a few of the young Palestinians began to pull on the razor wire. About a dozen soldiers stationed on the opposite side of the fence pulled the fence back, threatening the young activists. After about 15 minutes of arguing with the soldiers and chanting slogans, the protesters decided to attempt … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

21 Jun 2008

At about midnight on Thursday, June 19th, Israeli soldiers invaded a Red Crescent Society building in Beit Ommar. The building is used as a temporary clinic and ambulance dispatch center on the main road between Hebron and Betlehem. When community members and PSP volunteers arrived at the site the following afternoon, they found the building had been trashed.
The Soldiers had broken the front door handle and shot bullets through the front door window. The metal grate was torn off the back window, the windows were ripped from their frames, and the glass panes were shattered. Inside, shards of glass were strewn across the floor of the back room. … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

15 Jun 2008

On April 11 Mousa Abu Maria, a dedicated peace with justice activist and co-founder of the Palestine Solidarity Project, an organization committed to challenging the Occupation using non-violent direct action and promoting Palestinian self-sufficiency, was arrested by Israeli forces. Like nearly 1000 other Palestinians in Administrative Detention, Mousa is being held without charge or trial in Israeli prison. His case has garnered support from around the world including hundreds of letters written on his behalf, generous donations to his legal defense fund and solidarity actions.

On May 29th Mousa’s lawyer Adv. Gaby Lasky appealed for his release to the military court but the appeal was rejected. In his decision the military … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

15 Jun 2008

A Journal Entry from Nora, Friend of PSP, Yesterday, June 14

On the table next to me as I write this are two steel bullets, one encased in hard black rubber, and the other a naked, dull silver. They were picked up from the street in Dheisheh this afternoon, fired from US-made and financed Israeli weapons.

At about 2pm, over two dozen Israeli armored jeeps and APCs and bulldozers and secret service rolled into the main street right outside of Ibdaa center, cut traffic off, and began firing sound grenades, tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition. Israeli snipers kicked people out of their homes on the other side of the street and used … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall »

15 Jun 2008

At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, a crowd of over 100 Palestinian, Israeli,
and international activists gathered in Ni’lin to demonstrate against the
construction of the Annexation Barrier. The Wall is slated to be built
through a narrow valley that separates the Ni’lin community from
Hashmonaim, an illegal Israeli settlement. If the Wall is built according to plan, Ni’lin residents will be separated from their olive groves, which will be effectively annexed by Israel.

In keeping with recent Ni’lin protests, the demonstrators marched to the edge of a hill overlooking the valley, armed with whistles, drums, and buckets. The demonstrators chanted and banged on drums, while a group of adolescent boys moved down into the valley and symbolically threw stones near … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District »

15 Jun 2008

At noon on Friday, June 13th, about 50 Palestinians and 15 Israelis and internationals gathered in Al-Ma’asara to demonstrate against the construction of the Annexation Barrier. The group approached the triple-layered razor wire fence (erected to prevent protesters from reaching the site of the Wall), carrying a 15′ x 45′ Palestinian flag. Community members lead chants (“The Wall fell in Berlin / It will fall in Palestine!”) and made speeches through a megaphone. Behind the razor wire barrier, a group of 15 soldiers and border police blocked the road.

After a few speeches were made, Israeli and international activists were asked to attempt to break open the corner of the razor wire fence. One of the Israelis … Continue reading