Articles Archive for September 2012

Child Arrests, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

29 Sep 2012
Peaceful Weekly Demonstration Against Israeili Colonies in Front of Karmei Tsur.

A group of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered to demonstrate peacefully in front of the colony Karmei Tsur Saturday, September 29. When they entered the fields in front of the settlement a large group of soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces were blocking the roads and the agricultural fields, claiming that it was a closed military zone. Even though they were more than a hundred meters from the fence and barb wire separating the protesters from the private Palestinian land stolen and annexed by Israel.

On the other side of the fence Israeli colonists gathered to witness the demonstration, further demonstrating to the Palestinians how the occupation treats Palestinians as second class citizens. Obstructed as they are from entering their … Continue reading

Features, Politics, ramallah district »

26 Sep 2012
Press Release: Popular Committees Organized a Protest in Front of Prime Minister’s Office

The Popular Resistance High Follow Up Commission in Palestine has called on the government to stop the negligence policy towards the popular resistance which have affected adversely the functioning, continuity and dissemination of the peaceful popular resistance in various locations in Palestine.

This call came during a protest organized this afternoon in front of the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Salam Fayad with the participation of dozens of coordinators and members of the Popular Committees against the apartheid wall and settlement throughout the West Bank.

The protesters expressed their resentment of the government’s policy towards the Popular Resistance, which led to decline, due to the conversion of some committees in the sites to non government organizations based on unclear resources of aid associated … Continue reading

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

25 Sep 2012
Child from Beit Ommar Imprisoned for the Second Time this Year

During the night raid Monday 24th of September the Israeli occupation forces also raided the house of the Ramzy Al Alamy family in Beit Ommar.

Their 15 year old son, Hossein Ramzy Al Alamy, was arrested on March 31st 2012 when he was attending a peaceful demonstration in Beit Ommar. When he was released the judge told Hossein that if he was seen at a demonstration the next four years he would be jailed for seven months.

Monday 24th of September the occupation force wanted to arrest Hossein again. They accused him of participating in peaceful demonstrations next to the colony Karmei Tsur. The occupation forces … Continue reading

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

25 Sep 2012
Child and Youth Arrested During Night Raid

On Monday 24th of September two Beit Ommar residents, Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) and Tarik Abu Maria (18), were arrested in a night raid by the Israeli occupation forces.

Mohammed’s father, Ahmed Abu Hashem, got a call from a neighbour at 02.30 a.m. saying that about fifty soldiers were heading in the direction of Ahmed’s house. The force left the military vehicles in a close by street, possibly to make sure none of the family members got away. When the occupation forces came to Ahmed’s house they started cutting the fence.

Two high ranked officers supported by a group of soldiers approached the front of Abu Hashem’s family home, while the rest of the soldiers surrounded the house. The officers shouted at … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Direct Action, Hebron District, Politics »

25 Sep 2012
Night Raids in Beit Ommar

Most of the arrests in Beit Ommar take place at night as Israeli occupation forces storm civil Palestinian homes to search and arrest children and young men.

The soldiers usually enter the village in large numbers with several jeeps and a prisoner truck. Not only do they storm the Palestinian homes in a violent manner, they also use shock grenades, smoke grenades and tear gas, waking up the surrounding neighborhood, leaving no doubt in the minds of the future generations that they grow up under occupation.

The usage of for instance tear gas in urban areas targets each and everyone in the area, in their homes, working as a collective punishment of the entire local community. Young children are especially traumatized during … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, House Demolitions »

21 Sep 2012
Fire at a House Threatened With Demolition

On Wednesday 19th of September at 5 a.m. the home of Mohamad Abdulmajid Arar, his wife Fatima and their six children caught fire. The house is located in the south of Beit Ommar close to the colony of Karmei Tsur. Palestinian fire trucks and police, both from the village and Hebron, came to extinguish. Luckily there were no Israeli occupation forces to stop the firefighters from doing their job considering the home is in area C.

None of the family members were home when the fire broke out but the fire department was alerted by a neighbour. Mohamad was at a hospital in Jordan with his sick daughter and returned to a ruined home Wednesday afternoon.

The fire caused severe … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District, settlement expansion, Settler Violence »

15 Sep 2012
Weekly Demonstration in Beit Ommar

A weekly demonstration took place on Saturday 15th September at the entrance to the Gush Ezion compound, north of Beit Ommar. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, joined by a large media contingent, assembled on the roundabout on the Hebron-Jerusalem road which marks the turning to the bloc of nine Israeli settlements. A number of occupation soldiers and police were present at the demonstration, which was the first arranged by PSP in this location.

The demonstrators carried banners addressing three main grievances. Firstly, a message was directed at the anti-Islamic film which has sparked protests across the Arab world, refusing to resort to extremism, in spite of the deliberately provocative nature of the film. They added that the film reflects only … Continue reading

Features, Hebron District, Politics, settlement expansion »

15 Sep 2012
Hebron's Ghost Town: Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street used to be an integral part of the vibrant centre of Hebron. The shops and markets, for which the city is renowned, lined the pavements. The street itself was a busy main road through the city and was considered the most important street in Hebron.

Since the Goldstein Massacre, the Israeli occupation forces chose to make restrictions on the Palestinians rather than on the Israeli settlers living inside Hebron and the Palestinian movement have been restricted intermittently. Vehicles were banned from using the Shuhada Street, but it remained a hub of activity in the old city.

During the Second Intifada, in September 2000, Israel placed even further restrictions by closing the street completely off to the Palestinians. The justification given … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District, Soldier Violence »

12 Sep 2012

Palestinian Minor Injured by Israeli Soldier in Demonstration

The weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation in Beit Ommar was held on Saturday, 8th of September in front of the Israeli colony Karmei Tzur. When the activists were about to leave the area a soldier kicked Hamza Abu Hashem (age 14). Hamza fell over and his leg was injured. He was taken to the hospital right after the demonstration.

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District, Other, Roadblock Removal »

12 Sep 2012
Palestinians Injured as Funeral Attacked by Soldiers


Further unrest took place in Beit Ommar yesterday, with occupation forces deploying riot control weaponry and injuring a number of Palestinians.
On the morning of September 11th 2012, local residents attempted to open the gates of Beit Ommar’s cemetery for the funeral of Maram Mohamed Mohsen Zaqiq, a twelve year old child who recently lost her battle against cancer. For a number of years, the Israelis have prevented access to the burial site, using large, heavy rocks to block the entrance and keeping the gate closed, but mourners who gathered in the morning attempted to haul the roadblock aside and reopen the gates. Israeli soldiers were dispatched to obstruct the funeral … Continue reading