Articles Archive for April 2011

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9 Apr 2011
200 Trees Planted in Saffa Despite Military Harrasment

On Saturday, April 9th, around forty Beit Ommar farmers and international solidarity activists planted over 200 olive trees in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar. The planting began around 7:00 am, and was half-finished when Israeli Defense Force soldiers arrived at 8:30. The soldiers said that the area was a Closed Military Zone, but lacked the paperwork legally required to enforce the designation. As the collected farmers and activists continued to plant trees, the soldiers attempted to deter them by kicking dirt into holes and confiscating their tools. A young boy’s jacket was also taken.

Several members of the planting crew began arguing with … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

8 Apr 2011
20 Farmers, Family Members Detained While Working Their Land in Saffa

On the evening of Friday, April 8th, Israel Defense Forces detained about twenty members of the Aady family of Beit Ommar. The family had planted three olive trees on their land in the Safa Valley (near Bat Ayn settlement) when members of the IDF arrived and informed them that the entire valley was a Closed Military Zone. At 5:30 pm, soldiers forced the planting to end, and refused to allow the family to leave.

The entire Aady family was held in Safa for roughly an hour before more members of the IDF and Civil Administration arrived in two jeeps. The newly arrived military personnel began arguing with the farmers. Several members … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

4 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Farmer Remains Steadfast on His Land Despite Army, Settler, Harassment

Mohammed Abd Alhamid Soleibi has lost land before.

Four years ago, twelve dunams of farmland near Karmei Tsur—land for which he had all the appropriate deeds and documentations of ownership—was surrounded by a fence, essentially annexed by the settlement. This left the seventy-year-old farmer with eighty-eight dunams about a kilometer and a half from the settlement of Bat Ayn in the Saffa Valley. He shares this land with his extended family—in all, around one hundred and fifty people make use of it.

Around eight thirty on the morning of Saturday, April 2nd, Mohammed went out to his remaining land with his brother, sons, and grandson. He and his grandson took a donkey and began plowing one field while the others worked … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

4 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Organizes Festival to Mark Land Day

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 2, 2011, the Beit Ommar Center for Freedom and Justice celebrated Land Day with a festival devoted to Palestinian political and cultural identity. Some two hundred and fifty people attended, including the mayor of Hebron and Mahmoud Al Alul, a member of the Central Committee for Fatah.

The mayors of Hebron and Beit Ommar, as well as Mahmoud Al Alul and several other special guests gave speeches about the arbitrary road closures in Beit Ommar, and possible paths to improve the situation. The work of the National Committee across the West Bank to ameliorate life for all Palestinians was also a popular topic. … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

2 Apr 2011
26 Israeli Activists Arrested as Beit Ommar Residents Demonstrate Against Closures

On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, around two dozen Israeli and international solidarity activists joined with an equal number of Palestinian residents of Beit Ommar to protest the prolonged road closures in the village. While the main gate was opened by security forces late on Friday evening, other roads leading into the village remain blocked by cement barriers.

Waving Palestinian flags, the protesters marched down the main street towards the front gate of Beit Ommar. They were stopped before the gate by large numbers of Israeli Forces. The soldiers produced paperwork to show that the area around Beit Ommar remained a closed military zone, and threatened … Continue reading