Articles Archive for Year 2012
Beit Ommar »
For the third time in 4 days, Israeli forces attacked residents of Beit Ommar after a funeral. On Wednesday, December 26, over 100 soldiers and the “skunk” truck were used in a prolonged attack on the residents of Beit Ommar that lasted over two hours. Soldiers began by firing on the the youth who had gathered near the entrance to the cemetery during the funeral of a man who died suddenly at the age of 37. Soldiers immediately began using rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, as they had on December 22 when they wounded two young men with live ammunition.
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Beit Ommar »
On December 24th a local resident of Beit Ommar died of natural causes. As we have reported before, funerals in Beit Ommar are often attacked by Israeli forces who are stationed at the entrance to the village, which is also the location of the town cemetery. On the same day, a settler bus hit and ran over a child from Beit Ommar, 13 year-old Mohammed Za’aqiq, who was taken to the hospital. The combination of the funeral and the settler hit-and-run were used by the Israeli military as a premise for entering the village and attacking its residents. Tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition were shot into the village. Several residents were … Continue reading
Betlehem District »
Palestine Solidarity Project has once again been at the center of some of the most important organizing and activism in Palestine and in Palestine solidarity World Wide. Some of our 2012 highlights:
*PSP Co-Founder Mousa Abu Maria, former political prisoner who was held in prison with Khader Adnan and Thaer Halahle was an incomparable resource on the epic hunger strikes that these men led while in Administrative Detention. After their releases, both Khader Adnan and Thaer Halahle met with PSP and joined in their weekly demonstrations in Beit Ommar
*PSP Co-Founder Bekah Wolf testified at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, which passed several resolutions boycotting Israeli Settlement Products and supporting Palestinian non-violent resistance in … Continue reading
Beit Ommar »
Today Ahmed Aadi, 43, was found dead outside of Beit Ommar. Ahmed was well-known and popular around town. He had been missing for several weeks, and was mentally disabled. His funeral was held this afternoon in Beit Ommar and was attended by over 1,000 residents. Beit Ommar’s cemetery, which is hundreds of years old, is at the entrance to the village, which is now also permanently occupied by an Israeli military watch tower and IDF forces. Israeli soldiers often attack funeral processions, trying to force local residents to enter the cemetery by climbing over the side wall, claiming funeral processions are a danger to the settlers driving past the entrance of Beit Ommar.
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Beit Ommar »
Today, dozens of Palestinians participated in the weekly demonstration organized by the Beit Ommar popular committee and Palestine Solidarity Project near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration was met by Israeli soldiers, who immediately ordered the area a closed military zone. Sound bombs were thrown towards the demonstrators including landowners and their children who were demanding the right to access their land. As the demonstrators proceeded forward, Israeli forces began pushing demonstrators.
Israeli forces then grabbed two young boys, 11 year old Mohammed Tasser and 12 year old Qusay Abu Hashem. Both boys were handcuffed and dragged into the … Continue reading
Betlehem District, Features »
PSP Co-Founder is starting a 3 week speaking tour of the UK. His schedule is below (we will be updating locations as we get them, so please keep checking back or check with your local university or PSC group):
Nov. 26: Southampton
Southampton University Nuffield Theatre Lecture Room C. 6 p.m.
Nov. 27: Portsmouth
Nov. 28: Lobbying Day at Parliament, London
Nov. 29: Cardiff, Wales
Meeting with Welsh Parliamentarians
Nov. 30: Wiltshire
Dec. 2: Travel
Dec. 3: Glasgow, Scotland
Monday, December 3, 2012
7:30pm in UTC
Dec. 4: Dundee, Scotland
Tayside for Justice in Palestine and Dundee University Action Palestine
Tuesday 4th December, 7.30pm
T9 Dundee University Tower Building
Dec. 5: Edinburgh, Scotland
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
7:00pm in … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Features, Gaza »
Greetings from Occupied Palestine.
As many know, Israel was forced to agree to a ceasefire with the resistance in Gaza on Friday. Reports from Palestinian and international human rights organizations say that in the 8 day offensive, 173 Palestinians were killed, at least 67% of which were civilians. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers, 1 in Nabi saleh, Ramallah District and 1 in Hebron City, at unarmed demonstrations in the West Bank in support of Gaza. A baby also died as a result of the Israeli invasion of his village in Ramallah District.
Palestine Solidarity Project tried to keep people updated on Gaza news as it came out via twitter. We will be compiling those tweets into a … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Gaza »
Residents of Beit Ommar have held ongoing spontaneous protests against Israel’s attack on Gaza, which many are calling a massacre. Yesterday, one man, Khaled Abu Ayyesh, 20, was arrested yesterday by Israeli forces. Another, Moyasir Abu Maria, was shot from less than 3 meters away with a tear gas canister in his torso. He is in serious condition in a hospital in Hebron. Overnight, Israeli forces invaded Beit Ommar, entering homes and arresting young men. Three men, Yousef Abu Maria, 19, son of Popular Committee member Ahmed Abu Maria, Mohammed Awad, and Yousef Alami were arrested from their homes.
When the Israeli military invaded the home of brothers Mohammed Awad and Hamada Awad, they … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Gaza »
Today, a coalition of activists in Beit Ommar including the Center for Freedom and Justice, Palestine Solidarity Project, members of the Popular Committee and a new youth group Youth Power of Palestine (find them on facebook) organized an emergency demonstration in Beit Ommar in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Over 100 people, all Palestinian, marched from the center of town to the Israeli military watch tower at the entrance to the town. They were met by a large Israeli military force which shot tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstration. For over 2 hours, the group stayed near the entrance to the village, protesting Israeli aggression and occupation. Israeli soldiers … Continue reading
Israel has been bombing Gaza from the air, sea, and ground since yesterday. This is an escalation from it’s usual sporadic attack on the fenced-in enclave. Since reports are being updated by the minute, we suggest you follow several people covering the issue from Gaza and outside on twitter for the most up-to-date information (see suggested people to follow below).
Pictures of several different areas, including from Gaza, are available at: flickr.com/photos/activestills
A timeline of the last week is available here:
People tweeting from Gaza are:
For information on solidarity actions in the West Bank and ’48, follow:
For Israelis organizing protests, follow:
Please note PSP does not necessarily endorse all of the tweets produced by these individuals.
Palestine Solidarity Project’s Co-Founder is … Continue reading