Articles Archive for November 2009

settlement expansion »

28 Nov 2009


Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday ordered the IDF to issue a temporary freeze order, but at the same time allowed the construction of 28 new public buildings in settlements.

Meanwhile, Haaretz has learned that the state is expected to ask the Supreme Court for more time to evacuate illegal outposts. The State Attorney’s Office is expected to update the Supreme Court by next week on three court rulings that have not been carried out, for the evacuation of outposts at Eli, Horsha, and Netiv Ha’avot, as well as six other locations in the West Bank.

Haaretz also learned that in discussions on the matter between security and law officials, the state intends to ask the court for … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

28 Nov 2009
Palestine Solidarity Project Reclaims Israeli-Built Electricity Towers

Thursday, November 26, residents of Beit Ommar, along with members of PSP and international volunteers sought to remind the Israeli military and settlers of the ownership of privately-owned Palestinian land on which an electricity line is being built. Led by Mousa Abu Maria, son of the land owner Abdelhamid Abu Maria, the group made their way to the electricity towers. They then hoisted a Palestinian flag between the towers, flying high above Route 60 for the settlers of Gush Etzion (for whom the new electricity line … Continue reading

East Jerusalem »

28 Nov 2009

This Friday, November 27, Palestinians and Jews gathered in the center of Jerusalem to demonstrate against the continued violence and illegal expansion of right-wing settlers in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarra in East Jerusalem. In the early hours of Thursday, November 26, settlers who had already taken over the home of Ghawi family invaded the home next door, attacking residents of the Al-Kurd family before the police were called and the settlers were forced to leave. Though the entire incident, which occured at around 1am, happened inside the Al-Kurd family’s home, one settler accused the Palestinians of attacking him, filing a complaint with the Israeli police. The Palestinian residents were turned away when they attempted to … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

19 Nov 2009
Home Occupied By Israeli Forces in Beit Ommar

Last night, November 17, at approximately 10pm soldiers occupied a home in Beit Ommar. The owner of the home, Khalid Sabarna is a doctor in Beit Ommar. Doctor Sabarna’s home, which is currently under construction, is approximately 1 kilometre from the main road. A group from Palestine Solidarity Project went to the house the next morning and observed the Israeli flag flying from house. Internationals and PSP members climbed the steps to the 2nd floor but were stopped by soldiers who refused to let them enter the house any further or take pictures. The soldier in charge said there was an officer coming to explain the situation, but the … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Direct Action »

15 Nov 2009

From Ma’an News Agency

At least six demonstrators were arrested in the northern West Bank after they breached a section of Israel’s wall on Saturday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

The protesters said they intended to march to lands that were left isolated behind the wall in Deir Al-Ghusun, northeast of Tulkarem, and managed to break open one of the barrier’s gates before Israeli soldiers invaded the village.

One demonstrator was lightly injured after being struck with a rubber-coated bullet in the leg, onlookers said.

“Today’s demonstration was the opening salvo for a public campaign by the Deir Al-Ghusun municipality and the affected farmers,” said Anarchists Against the Wall, an Israeli group, in a statement. “As the demonstration was coming to an end, … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Ni'lin »

15 Nov 2009
Live Ammunition Used in Ni'lin, Woman Breaches Soldier Line in Ma'asara

This Friday, demonstrations against the Annexation Barrier continued with more vigor after the successful dismantling of sections of the Wall in Ni’lin and Qalandia last week. In Ni’lin, the Israeli military forces seemed at first to be content with allowing the local demonstrators, accompanied by Israeli and international activists, to approach the concrete barrier, responding with a relatively small amount of tear gas. As the demonstration wore on, however, the soldiers seemed to have been waiting for the protesters to grow more bold. Suddenly, the army began opening fire with live ammunition, coming through the barrier and backing the demonstration back into the village. No … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Ni'lin »

9 Nov 2009

On Friday, the residents of Ni’lin once again dismantled a section of the concrete wall constructed on their land by the Israeli military. Though Erroneously reported by some organizations as the first time this has happened, the residents of Ni’lin had also torn down the wall in September.
This week’s demonstration and dismantling held special importance for Palestinians, as it coincided with the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Annexation Wall in Palestine, which is approximately 70% complete and is being built mostly on privately-owned Palestinian agricultural land throughout the West Bank by the Israeli military … Continue reading

Al-Jab'a, Beit Ommar »

9 Nov 2009
PSP Concludes Olive Harvest in Al-Jab'a

PSP activists, along with Israeli solidarity activists, joined the residents of the small town of Al-Jab’a in harvesting their olives near the Gush Etzion checkpoint. Al-Jab’a, a town of 800 people, is totally cut off from the rest of the Palestinian West Bank, including Beit Ommar and Sourif, its neighbors, by roadblocks. If the Annexation Barrier is completed as currently planned, Al-Jab’a will be in the “seam zone”, surrounded by Israeli settlements on the “Israeli side” of the Barrier, totally cut off from the Palestinian territories. It has had much of its agricultural land confiscated de facto because of its proximity to the large Etzion settlement bloc and … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

2 Nov 2009
Mayor of Beit Ommar Prohibited from Building on Land

Approximately 1 month ago Nasri Sabarneh, former mayor of Beit Ommar, began constructing a small building on his land near the Karmei Tsur settlement. His land was cut in half in 2006 by the construction of a secondary “security” fence around the settlement, but technically the farmers of the area retained their legal right to access their land on both sides of the fence. With this in mind, Sabarneh began to build a small structure on the Beit Ommar side of the fence on his land as a place to rest and retain some tools for working on his grave vines in the area. … Continue reading

settlement expansion, Susiya »

2 Nov 2009
After Settlers Destroy Olive Trees, Activists Join Farmers to Harvest

This week international and Israeli solidarity activists along with members of PSP, joined farmers near the Susiya settlement to harvest their remaining olives after several of their trees were cut down by settlers. The farmers arrived to their land one week ago to find trees across several dunums of land had been cut down and left to die on the arid ground. A few days later, the owners of the land returned to clear the area and harvest what they could from the felled trees and remaining groves. The settlers of the South Hebron Hills, where Susiya is located, are some of the most … Continue reading