Roadblock Established on Beit Ommar Street

22 December 2010

On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010, at 3:00pm, Israeli soldiers arrived with a bulldozer and created a cement and dirt barrier at one of the three entrances to Beit Ommar village off of Route 60, the main road connecting the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron.

The main effect of this will be to funnel any traffic coming to and from Beit Ommar through the military checkpoint and past the Israeli watchtower at the main street of the village. Apart from creating extra congestion at the entrance to the town, this new roadblock has served to further isolate the houses of several families from the rest of the town.

Over the last several years, Israeli Forces have periodically blocked this road with concrete barriers or earth mounds. The Palestine Solidarity Project helped to organize several demonstrations in which Beit Ommar villagers, supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists removed the roadblocks to open the road.