Articles Archive for April 2012

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29 Apr 2012
PSP Activists Join Demonstration In Nabi Saleh

On Friday April 27th, PSP activists from Beit Ommar traveled to Nabi Saleh to participate in their weekly demonstration.

The residents of Nabi Saleh – a town of 550 residents, located 20 kilometers north-west of Ramallah – host demonstrations every Friday to protest against the theft of their land by the Halamish settlement, a religious settlement which began stealing land in 1978. A Peace Now report stated in 2006 that one third of the settlement is built on private Palestinian land.

In 2009, in response to the theft of yet more land, the village began holding weekly demonstrations, which have become notorious for the levels of violence and repression … Continue reading

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29 Apr 2012
Israeli Activist Arrested During Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstration

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined together for the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar. The demonstration took place by the fence separating Beit Ommar from the illegal settlement Karmei Tsur. The settlement is illegal under international law according to the 4th Geneva Convention, and is built on stolen Palestinian land. The fence prevents farmers from entering and working on their land. The demonstration was in protest against the settlement, the Israeli occupation and imprisonment of Palestinians, and was also in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

In total around 50 soldiers appeared during the … Continue reading

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24 Apr 2012
Beit Ommar Resident Arrested On His Way To University

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Israeli soldiers arrested 21-year-old Nabil Mahmoud Salem Al-Alamy at about 9am at the entrance of Beit Ommar. Nabil is a student at Ahlia Univerisity in Bethlehem, and was on his way to the university when he was arrested.

Beit Ommar residents face daily harassment and arrests from the soldiers at the entrance of the town, disrupting their daily life and interfering with their ability to go to school, work, and other places.

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

23 Apr 2012
Four Beit Ommar Residents Arrested During Night Raid

On April 23, 2012, at about 3:00 am, Israeli soldiers broke into the house of Ahmad Abu Hashem, a member of the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar, for the second time in a week. This time they arrested his 15-year-old son Mohamad Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem. In total, four people were arrested during the raid last night. Three of them are under the age of 18. Those arrested were:

Mohamad Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem, 15 years old.
Tareq Jamal Khalil Abu Maria, 17 years old.
Badran Jalal Badran Abu Ayash, 15 years old.
Wahed Hamdi Abu Maria, 44 years old.

The soldiers broke into their houses at night and harassed the families and fired … Continue reading

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22 Apr 2012
Boy, 15, To Appear In Court For The 8th Time

Basel Abu Maria was arrested on March 6, 2012, when a total of sixty soldiers in ten military jeeps raided houses in Beit Ommar at 2 a.m. He was taken by the soldiers without getting time to put on more clothes in the cold night.

This was of course a frightening event for the whole family. Basel’s little sister was especially upset by the event, and is now scared at night, refusing to go to the toilet alone.

She and her other siblings talk about their big brother every day.

That same night, two other boys were arrested, with another three arrests taking place the following night. None of these boys … Continue reading

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22 Apr 2012
Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstration

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, Palestinian, Israel and international activists joined together for the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar. The demonstration took place by the fence between Beit Ommar and Karmei Tsur settlement. The settlement, which is illegal under the 4th Geneva Convention, was built on stolen Palestinian land, and the fence prevents many Beit Ommar farmers from accessing their land. The demonstration was in protest against the settlements, the fence, and the occupation.

During the demonstration, about 25 activists were stopped from reaching the fence by about 50 soldiers, while border police waited nearby. The Israeli soldiers pushed several demonstrators with their shields and their guns, knocking several people to the ground and into the bushes. Soldiers hit Hamza … Continue reading

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19 Apr 2012
Israeli Soldiers Shoot Teargas into Beit Ommar, Arrest Two Youths

Today, April 19, 2012, two 15-year-old boys, Fady Abu Fanoos and Hakeem Nasr, were arrested from Beit Ommar at about 2pm. Nasr was released after about 30 minutes. Israeli soldiers tried to arrest a third boy, but he escaped. A woman fainted when they tried to arrest her nephew, and an ambulance came to take her to the hospital. Soldiers shot teargas into the town and at people’s homes prior to the arrests.
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This makes 5 arrests out of 7 attempted arrests in Beit Ommar in the past 12 hours, including last night’s raid.

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19 Apr 2012
Three Arrested During Night Raid in Beit Ommar

Last night, at 3am on Thursday, April 19, 2012, yet another night raid occurred in Beit Ommar. Israeli soldiers broke into the house of Ahmad Abu Hashem, a member of the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar. The soldiers have a way of breaking a door lock without making any noise, so that the residents can’t hear them coming. Ahmad’s small children woke up and saw the soldiers, and began crying in fear. Yousef Abu Hashem, Ahmad’s 19-year-old son who was released from prison two weeks ago, began to argue with the soldiers, telling them to leave. They took him outside and pushed on the … Continue reading

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18 Apr 2012
Two Beit Ommar Residents Arrested on Palestinian Prisoners' Day

On Thursday, April 17th, 2012, Emad Ahmed Abu Hashem (age 22) and Mohamad Za’aqiq (age 19) were arrested at the entrance of Beit Ommar. Around 9am soldiers tried to arrest Emad, but did not succeed, and at 11am special forces arrived and took both men to an unknown destination. Charges are still unknown. These arrests are the 67th so far in Beit Ommar this year, and 24 of these are of children under 18. Emad (pictured below with his daughter) is a married man with two infants at home, and is the only source of income for his family.

The … Continue reading

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17 Apr 2012
Violent Soldiers And Arrests During Bil'in Conference In Hebron

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, on the second day of the Bil’in conference in Hebron, the international activists experienced first-hand the nature of the Israeli occupation.

After a nice and quiet lunch nearby the Mosque, two international volunteers from PSP were heading back, but three of the people from the popular committee in Bil’in, among them the the popular resistance coordinator, were held aside and told they were arrested.

The internationals gathered around demanding that the Palestinians be set free. The soldiers were too few to break through the crowd, so they called for backup.

When the border police came they violently broke through the crowd and arrested the … Continue reading