Articles Archive for February 2012

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »

29 Feb 2012

Ten Israeli jeeps entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar at 2am in the early morning hours of February 29, 2012 and arrested five residents in the area. During the night raid, Israeli forces split up into groups in order to surround homes. At one of the residences, soldiers surrounded the home and ordered the family of Zain Khader al-Alami to go outside there home. The family was left outside in the cold while the soldiers proceeded to search the building.

Zain was then ordered to call his 38-year-old brother Naseem Khader al-Alami. When Naseem arrived, the soldiers stopped him in the middle of the street before beating and arresting him.and they arrested him and beat him. … Continue reading

Features, Hebron District, Other »

29 Feb 2012
Israeli Land Mines Still Pose Problems for Palestinian Communities

On the morning of February 28th, 2012 in the Palestinian village of Surif in the southern West Bank, two Israeli bulldozers and five jeeps of Israeli soldiers came unannounced to Abdel Hamid Abu Khader’s land. The soldiers placed erected concrete blocks with yellow warning signs, claiming that the land was mine-ridden and that the land was a closed military zone. The Palestinian owner of the land claims that the area was cleared of mines more than 20 years ago by the Palestinian Authority. The land mines were originally placed there by the Israeli army, as soldiers used Palestinian communities such as Surif (a very large town of about 15,000 people) for training operations. The total area of … Continue reading

Arrest, Features »

27 Feb 2012
Re-Arrested Female Prisoner on Hunger Strike for 11 Days

JENIN (Ma’an) — A 29-year-old woman, who was re-arrested by Israeli forces four months after her release from jail in a prisoner swap deal, has been on hunger strike for eleven days, relatives told Ma’an on Saturday.

Hana Shalabi, from the northern West Bank village Burqin, is being held without charge since her detention on Feb. 16.

Her father Yahya Shalabi said she is refusing food to protest her administrative detention, following in the footsteps of Khader Adnan who secured a deal on Tuesday that his detention order would not be renewed after 66 days on hunger strike.

Shalabi, whose brother was killed by Israeli forces in 2005, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features »

27 Feb 2012
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Continue to Demand an End to the Occupation

On Saturday, February 25th, 2012, Palestinian villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by international and Israeli solidarity activists, rallied against the Israeli occupation during the community’s weekly unarmed demonstration. As usual, the demonstrators headed towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tzur, which is built on Beit Ommar village farmland. Demonstrators could not get anywhere close to the settlement fence; instead they were met with scores of soldiers preventing them from going any farther by pushing them back. The activists chanted and called upon the soldiers to act more humanely. Farmers in Beit Ommar want to access the land that the new fence separates them from; this is why these demonstrations take place. The increasing amount of land … Continue reading

Features, ramallah district »

24 Feb 2012
Palestinian Protester Murdered By Israeli Forces Near Ramallah

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Medics say a Palestinian protester died Friday during surgery after being shot during clashes with the Israeli army near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Talat Ramia, 25, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and five others were injured, medics at the Palestine Medical Complex said. Ramia died during surgery, they said.

Israeli forces were firing tear gas and both live and rubber bullets at protesters gathering near the Qalandia checkpoint after hearing rumors of a raid on a holy site in Jerusalem.

An Israeli army spokesman said the incident was under investigation.

Hebron District »

24 Feb 2012
Hebron Demonstration to Open Shuhada Street Violently Repressed

On Friday, February 24, 2012, Palestinian activists in Hebron (or Al Khalil in Arabic) organized a protest to open Shuhada Street which is a main street in the old city of Hebron that has been closed by Israeli soldiers to Palestinians. Hundreds of Israeli settlers now illegally live off of Shuhada street and their movement is not impeded by Israeli Forces. Hundreds of people attended the demonstrations from Hebron, from Palestinian towns and cities including Beit Ommar, some Palestinians from 48, Israelis, as well as internationals. The demonstration started with marching and chanting down the street, but quickly ceased after the demonstrators were met with many soldiers perhaps twenty or so baring the road, and some soldiers … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

24 Feb 2012
Israeli Soldiers Arrest Three Beit Ommar Youth

On Tuesday February 21, 2012, Israeli Forces raided the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar and raided several homes, arresting three youth between the ages of 14 and 17. According to the Popular Committee in Beit Ommar, the occupation forces arrested three people; Mohammad Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (14 years old) Mohab Samir Mehanna (16 years old), and Mohammed Jamil Saadi (17 years old). The boys were taken to the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur which is built on land belonging to Beit Ommar residents. When one of the detainees was being taken from his home, his father Ahmad Abu Hashem, was beaten by soldiers as he tried to convince them to let his son Mohammad put on … Continue reading

Features, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

24 Feb 2012
Israeli Forces Destroy Hundreds of Olive Trees and Two Wells in Surif

In the early hours on February 23, 2012, a combined group of Israeli settlers and soldiers came to Surif, a Palestinian village near the Separation Barrier in the southern West Bank, and cut down 700 trees and destroyed two water wells. Surif, a large community of 17,000 Palestinian residents, routinely faces large scale acts of destruction and harassment from Israeli settlers and soldiers. In this attack, Israeli Forces entered the area between the hours of 2am and 6am and cut down 400 olive trees and 300 apricot trees belonging to Ishaq Abdel Fatah Al Qadi. Ishaq and his family are counting on the support of solidarity activists all over the world in order to buy and plant … Continue reading

Features, Hebron District »

21 Feb 2012
Demonstration in Hebron Shows Solidarity With Khader Adnan

On Monday, February 20th, 2012, Palestinian demonstrators in the city of Hebron gathered outside of Red Cross offices to express their solidarity with Khader Adnan, a Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli prison who has been hunger striking for 65 days. Khader has been held without charge or trial for over two months after he was arrested from his home by Israeli Forces from his village near Jenin in the northern West Bank. He has since become a symbol of Palestinian steadfastness and popular resistance to the Israeli occupation, and hundreds of vigils, demonstrations, and solidarity fasts have taken place in communities around Palestine, and the rest of the world as well.

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Today’s demonstration in Hebron was joined the Beit … Continue reading

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20 Feb 2012

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/02/201221715355300838.html

Friday is the 62nd day of the Palestinian prisoner’s protest against his detention by Israel.

Sixty-one days. That is how long it’s been since Khader Adnan has eaten.

The 33-year-old Palestinian was taken from his home in Arrabeh village near Jenin in the occupied West Bank at 3:30am on December 17. One day later he began his hunger strike to protest against the “humiliation and policy of administrative detention”. Adnan, like hundreds of other Palestinians, was arrested under a military order that Israel has named “administrative detention”, which allows prisoners to be held without charge or trial for periods of up to six months, spells that can be renewed indefinitely.

Sahar Francis is a lawyer with Addameer, a prisoner rights groups based … Continue reading