Articles Archive for July 2012

Beit Ommar, Features »

30 Jul 2012
PSP Mourns the Loss of Beit Ommar Resident Issa Soleiby

This morning, Issa Soleiby, known as Abu Mohammed, died in Jordan after a battle with cancer. Issa was a member of several different Palestinian and international organizations such as Taayush, International Solidarity Movement, and including a short time with Palestine Solidarity Project. He participated in demonstrations and farmer activities in Beit Ommar for many years. His funeral will be held tomorrow. He has left behind several children, including Ahmed, who is currently being held in Israeli prison.

Beit Ommar, Features »

22 Jul 2012
Second Popular Resistance Conference

On July 9 and 10 the Second Popular Resistance Conference was held in two towns, Yatta, center of the South Hebron Hills, and Kufr Qaddoum, in Qalqilya District. The conference was a continuation of the process that was initiated in a simliar conference held the year before in three villages: Beit Ommar, Ni’lin, and Budrus.
This year’s conference focused on the situation of residents in area C, particularly those in the South Hebron Hills such as the community of Susiya which is facing complete demolition, and the new areas of popular resistance, such as Kufr Qaddoum. Additionally, panelists and workshops addressed the current state of the popular … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Hebron District »

13 Jul 2012
Three Youths Arrested During Night Raid

At 3am on the morning of July 10, 2012, Israeli soldiers entered Beit Ommar from Karmei Tsur settlement (South of Beit Ommar). They went to the area near where the weekly Beit Ommar demonstration is held, checked houses and made three arrests:

Ibrahim Yusuf Sabarna, 19
Mohab Ibrahim Bahar, 19
Jehad Halawe, 14

Arresting and detaining minors without charge is a regular occurrence used by the Israeli military to intimidate Palestinians in an attempt to stop them from trying to access their land & ultimately migrate.

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Hebron District »

9 Jul 2012

On July 7, 2012, international and Israeli activists joined Palestinian residents and members of the Popular Committee in the weekly Beit Ommar protest. This week, protestors chanted and carried signs calling for the release of Palestinian political prisoners as they made their way across Palestinian farmland. Once again, they were blocked the Israeli Occupation Forces who declared the farm a “closed military zone” and demanded that they leave. As the activists continued their walk, over 30 soldiers shoved them with their shields and pushed them into trees and rocks. Two Israeli activists were arrested during the demonstration, but both were released later that day.

Beit Ommar currently has the highest number of imprisoned residents of all Palestinian communities in the West … Continue reading

Arrest, Features, Hebron District, Hunger Strikers »

4 Jul 2012
Palestinian Hunger Striker Thaer Halahleh Speaks to PSP

On June 5th, 2012, Palestinian activist Thaer Halahleh was released from prison after completing his 77th day of a hunger strike. Thaer began his strike on March 9th, along with fellow inmate Bilal Thiab, to protest their imprisonment for almost three years without charge or trial under Israel’s administrative detention policy.

After 30 days of refusing food, Thaer was transferred to the Ramleh prison hospital in critical state, where his inhumane treatment did not end. He described the horrible medical care given to himself and other Palestinian prisoners, recalling how even those with severe illnesses such as cancer were just given water and painkillers. He contrasted these conditions with those of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas … Continue reading

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

1 Jul 2012
Child Arrested and Man Seriously Injured During Attack on Beit Ommar

On July 1st 2012, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested a child and his uncle at the entrance to Beit Ommar. The arrests of Mohammad Ali Sabar Abu-Ayash (12 years old) and Mohammad Ibrahim Sabar Abu-Ayash (25 years old) took place at around 7pm during an attack on the village by the Israeli military. The IOF also fired tear gas and were violent towards local residents. Israeli settlers at the scene also attacked Beit Ommar residents, pushing Mu’ayad Bahajat Abu-Sara to the ground. After suffering an injury to the head, an ambulance arrived to take him to Hebron where he is currently being treated in hospital.

Arresting and detaining minors – often … Continue reading