Articles Archive for Year 2012

Beit Ommar, Politics »

10 Sep 2012
Strikes and Protests in Beit Ommar

A number of strikes and protests took place in Beit Ommar on Monday, 10th September. Starting at 6:00AM, cars were parked in a number of squares in the town, blocking the roads to traffic. A demonstration took place at the entrance to the village, where the road was closed off, blocked with cars and burning tires. Demonstrators congregated to protest the hardship caused by recent price increases and continued non-payment of public sector workers, declaring that they “are not chickens who lay eggs every day”.
In other acts of protest,, the market in Beit Ommar was closed for three hours and students are not attending school today.
A further demonstration is planned this afternoon, targeted at the government representatives in the municipality … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, Politics, settlement expansion »

10 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. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined together and marched in the direction of Karmei Tsur, the colony which is the biggest threat to the local Palestinian village.

The activists passed by the Palestinian greenhouse demolished by Israeli colonists from Karmei Tsur last week. As the participants walked towards the fence, which sparates the colony from Palestinian land that has not been occupied yet, several military jeeps with soldiers approached the area.

Both soldiers and activists were armed as usual; activists with banners, flags, cameras and chants and the soldiers with riot shields, tear gas … Continue reading

Politics »

8 Sep 2012

Prices have skyrocketed in Palestine recently. Key articles like petrol, flour and milk have all increased by more than 25%. The price of a 50 kg sack of flour is now about 60% higher than it was just recently.

This has led to a mass strike throughout the West Bank, a strike that includes everybody from taxi drivers to the teachers at schools and universities. The strikers are demanding the resignation of Salam Fayyad, whom they claim has not done enough to solve the problems regarding the sudden price increase. The strikers also call for the PA to abolish the Paris Protocol, a part of the Oslo 1 agreement that enables Israel to dictate and collect the import taxes for products … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

8 Sep 2012
Agriculture in Beit Ommar

Palestinian citizens are currently struggling to withstand a severe economic crisis which is gripping the country. Excessive taxation on sales, as well as unfairly imposed conditions in favour of Israeli imports, mean that many Palestinian producers are struggling to survive. Low customs duties or import tariffs, the responsibility for which lies with Israel under the Paris Protocol (Oslo 1), contribute to the flooding of the market with foreign products, with the effect of significantly reducing the competitiveness of Palestinian goods.

Agriculture, which is a crucial sector in many villages such as Beit Ommar, is one industry which is massively threatened, not just by the broader economic climate, but by policies … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

8 Sep 2012
Farmers' Stalls Demolished near Beit Ommar

Three small Palestinian produce stalls were destroyed by Israeli forces on Thursday, 6th September. A lorry, equipped with a crane and claw, accompanied by several occupation police and military vehicles, was used to destroy the roadside stalls, as well as all of the fruit which was being sold. The stalls were located on Route 60, close to Beit Ommar.

The continual closure of local markets, as well as the harsh restrictions on movement which prevent the timely distribution of produce, mean that many farmers have struggled to sell their entire yield and small stalls are often established beside roads in an attempt to boost income and improve the profitability of their … Continue reading

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

4 Sep 2012
Beit Ommar Greenhouses Destroyed by Settlers

The Center for Freedom and Justice has been working with local farmers to develop Palestinian land in Area C. As part of our strategy we have started a land rehabilitation program called “The Greenhouse Project”.

The project aims to protect Palestinian land from further confiscation by encouraging local farmers to keep working in close proximity to nearby Israeli settlements, despite the daily harassment by settlers.
It also aims to generate substantial income for local farmers; growing crops in greenhouses allows them to produce more than one vegetable crop each year, helping to offset the economic burden placed on them by the occupation.

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The project … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Other »

3 Sep 2012
  Volunteers Visit Kindergarten and Beit Ommar Charity Organisation

People’s Committee secretary Ahmed Hashim Abu Mari, together with international volunteers, visited the kindergarten of the Beit Ommar Association on Monday, September 3rd, the first day of a new academic year. They were greeted by members of the Association committee, consisting of Mohammad Yousuf, Raed Chouh and Adel Abu Ayash.

Beit Ommar Association is a charitable organization which supports a number of social, medical and educational projects in Beit Ommar, including the development of local children, who often work in classrooms which do not reach the required educational standards. The staff of this school have not received a salary for three months and, because of the poor … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »

2 Sep 2012
Weekly non-violent demonstration in Beit Ommar

A weekly non-violent demonstration took place in Beit Ommar on Saturday, September 1st. Palestinian and international activist gathered to march towards the Karmei Tsur colony, south of Beit Ommar. The demonstration was blocked by approximately fifty Israeli solders, heavily armed with riot shields and rifles. The protesters carried flags and banners, and chanted anti-occuppation slogans.
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An activist also gave a speech, addressing the issues of IDF incursions into Beit Ommar and Hasan Alsafady, a Palestinian political prisoner. This week IDF raids resulted in the arrest of six youths, between the ages of 13 and 20, and they routinely cause damage to private property. Hasan Alsafady, imprisoned for ten years, has been on huger strike for 99 days, refusing food … Continue reading

Hebron District, House Demolitions, Susiya »

29 Aug 2012
Occupation Destroys Tents and Wells, and Settlers Burn Vehicles, in Hebron

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On Tuesday morning (28/08/12), Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Znota and two tents in Susiya, south of Hebron. Settlers also burned 3 cars near the town of Seir, situated east of Hebron.

Local sources said that a force of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a bulldozer, demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Khirbet Znota and, over the course of the demolition, beat a number of citizens who were protesting against this action.

According to sources, this property is owned by Oudah Abu Sharkh, Adeis Abu Sharkh, Nabil Smamrh and Mohammed Khaled Smamrh. In Susiya, two tents, which were home to Mohammed Moussa and … Continue reading

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

29 Aug 2012
Further Raids in Beit Ommar: Four Arrested.

Further arrests took place in Beit Ommar last night, following on from nighttime raids which saw two youths taken early on Tuesday morning. Four IDF jeeps and two vans, with a large force of occupation soldiers, entered Beit Ommar from the Gush Etzion colony at approximately 04:00AM on Wednesday, 29th August 2012. Four houses were raided, with four arrests being made. Yousif Mohamed Awad, who, despite being only seventeen years old, has previously served three-and-a-half years in an Israeli prison was again arrested, as was Shadi Ahmad Akhalil, who is eighteen years old. The home of Abdul Qader Mohammed Akhalil was also raided, and his two sons Khuwaylid … Continue reading