Articles Archive for November 2012

Beit Ommar, Features, Gaza »

24 Nov 2012

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 »

18 Nov 2012
2 Critically Injured, 4 Arrested in Last 24 Hours in Beit Ommar

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 »

17 Nov 2012
Demonstration in Beit Ommar for 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

Gaza »

15 Nov 2012

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:

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/how-israel-shattered-gaza-truce-leading-escalating-death-and-tragedy-timeline

People tweeting from Gaza are:
@shahdabusalama
@annepaq
@gazanism
@myfreepal
@harryfear
@ranagaza

For information on solidarity actions in the West Bank and ’48, follow:
@linahalsaafin
@beesanram
@angrywhitekid
@abirkopty
@maathmusleh

For Israelis organizing protests, follow:
@leehee_r

Please note PSP does not necessarily endorse all of the tweets produced by these individuals.

Palestine Solidarity Project’s Co-Founder is … Continue reading

checkpoints, Direct Action »

14 Nov 2012
Beit Ommar Participates in West Bank-Wide Demonstrations Against the Occupation

On November 14, a series of coordinated direct actions took place across the West Bank, coordinated by a network of activists throughout the West Bank. Palestinians, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists blocked settler-only roads and checkpoints in Huwarra, Nablus; Ni’lin, Ramallah; Nabi Saleh, Ramallah; Bil’in, Ramallah; Nashash, Betlehem; and Beit Jala, Betlehem. Activists from Beit Ommar and Palestine Solidarity Project joined over 100 other activists at the tunnels checkpoint outside of Beit Jala. For nearly half an hour, activists blocked Israeli settler traffic into Jerusalem through the checkpoint, protesting the ongoing military occupation of the West Bank. While some activists in some areas chose to emphasize the Palestinian bid for an upgrade in status … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Night Raid, Other »

10 Nov 2012

On Wednesday 7th of November at 3 a.m. Israeli occupation forces raided the village of Beit Ommar. Approximately fifty soldiers arrived in five jeeps and one van to transport prisoners.

Two youth of Beit Ommar were arrested; Mutazem Ibrahim Ikhlayl (20) and Mohammed Nasser Ikhlayl (19). Both of them have been arrested before. The prisoners were taken to the military base in Gush Etzion.

In addition to these arrests, the soldiers went to the house of Emad Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (23). He lives together with his wife and two children. Emad was given an order to meet in Gush Eztion Monday 12th of November only ten days after … Continue reading

Betlehem District, Politics »

5 Nov 2012
Weekly Demonstration in Al Ma'sara: Blocking the Main Road

On Friday 2th of November Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered for a non-violent demonstration in the village of Al Ma’sara, Bethlehem district.

The popular committee of Al Ma’sara had decided to show resistance against the Israeli occupation by blocking the main road used by both colonists and Palestinians.

As the demonstrators marched in the direction of the main road heavily armed soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces blocked their path. The demonstrators brought out their message of resistance by chants, slogans and writing banners in the street in front of the soldiers.

Several activists managed to pass by the soldiers and they continued towards the main road. A group of … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District »

4 Nov 2012
Weekly demonstration; Karmei Tsur and Lord Balfour

Saturday 3rd November

On the anniversary of the signing of the infamous Balfour Declaration, in which Great Britain approved the establishment of a Jewish homeland on Palestinian land – thus beginning the process whereby the Palestinian people, the indigenous inhabitants of the region, have been progressively displaced and removed – inhabitants of Beit Ommar, together with Israeli and international supporters, demonstrated in front of the colony of Karmei Tsur which is built on stolen Beit Ommar lands.

A line of heavily-armed Israeli Occupation Force soldiers and border police prevented the demonstrators from entering village farmlands several hundred metres short of the barbed … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District »

4 Nov 2012

In the afternoon of Wednesday 30th October, at around 4.30 p.m., yet another resident of the village of Beit Ommar was hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler.

Hala Alif Abu Ayash, a thirteen year old schoolgirl was walking along the road verge near her home when she was struck by a car driven by a settler from the nearby Israeli colony of Karmei Tsur. The colony, built on stolen Beit Ommar land, has for years posed a violent threat to local residents, who have suffered from the aggressive tactics of the settlers.

Hala had left her home near Highway 60, the main route connecting Bethlehem to Al Khalil (Hebron) in the south, to buy chocolates for her younger siblings … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Night Raid, Soldier Violence »

2 Nov 2012
A Mother’s Story

Mohammed, Khatab and Raneem had been missing their father while he was away from home. Now that he was home they finally had a rare chance to play games together, talk about the celebration of Eid, what they did at school and to eat a family dinner together. The children could go to bed with smiles on their faces. Their nice dreams abruptly turned into a nightmare.

In the early hours of Tuesday 30th October a contingent of over 100 Israeli soldiers surrounded the house of Waheed Abu Maria in the small farming village of Beit Ommar, south of Bethlehem.

Waheed is an activist who has spent lengthy periods in … Continue reading