Articles Archive for Year 2013
Betlehem District »
[caption id="attachment_7469" align="alignnone" width="300"] Mousa Abu Maria and Riziq Ali Salah[/caption]PSP co-founder Mousa Abu Maria interviewed his friend from prison, Riziq Ali Saeed Salah, who was released in the previous batch of Pre-Oslo prisoners. To date, 26 prisoners arrested by Israeli forces before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1995 have been released as part of a deal with Israel and the Palestinian Authority. We asked Riziq his thoughts on the prisoner release, the current state of Palestinian politics, the ongoing “negotiations”, and the future of Palestinian resistance.
Torture in Prison
Riziq, from Al Khader village just outside of Betlehem, was arrested in 1993 as … Continue reading
Beit Ommar »
PSP, through its community organizing arm The Center for Freedom and Justice has two major tracks for community organizing and development for 2014. Here’s some more about them. We of course will be continuing our work with Palestinian prisoners, popular resistance, and everything else we’ve always done.
1) Empowerment Training for Local Palestinian Leaders
A key part of our work is developing and strengthening the knowledge and skills of local leaders (leaders of nonviolent popular resistance) and, through them, to educate, influence, and unify the larger Palestinian society.
Our focus will be on the values and processes of real democracy, the importance of human rights, the power of mass mobilization, and the possibilities and advantages … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Farming »
While the historical snow storm that hit the central parts of Palestine as well as Syria and Jordan made for some epic snowmen, the storm, which we know caused a humanitarian crisis for Syrian refugees throughout the area as well as a catastrophe for Gazans left in flooded refugee camps without electricity or potable water, has also created an economic crisis for farmers in the Southern West Bank. Over 1 meter (3 feet) of snow fell in higher elevations, including Halhoul and Beit Ommar. These areas, home to fruit trees more fragile than the olive trees of their northern compatriots, were devastated by the storm. Farmers in Beit Ommar estimate $30,000-$35,0000 in destruction of trees and greenhouses, … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Soldier Violence »
This is Btselem’s press release about an incident in Beit Ommar last week:
Direct aiming of tear gas canisters continues to put lives at risk, despite military’s denials
Last Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013, Muhmmad ‘Awad (Abu Ahmad), a B’Tselem volunteer videographer, and a resident of Beit Ummar, documented clashes between Palestinian youth and soldiers near the entrance to the town. The first video he shot depicts the soldiers standing by a jeep, and a stone landing near them. An officer is then seen firing several tear gas canisters from a “Ringo” type launcher, to the area of the stone throwers, in a position behind and to the right of the cameraman. The soldier then reloads the launcher and when another stone … Continue reading
Betlehem District »
Dear friends and supporters of Palestinian organizing,
It has been quite a year for the Center for Freedom and Justice and Palestine Solidarity Project. Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself: I haven’t heard as much from PSP this year, I wonder what’s been going on? The truth is, this year PSP, through its Center, made a determined shift in work and organizing. As op-ed after op-ed, conference after conference on the subject of Palestine have all suggested, Palestine is in need of a grassroots movement and leadership. So PSP decided to do something about it.
For the last year, PSP Palestinian activists have been meeting and organizing with average Palestinians, focusing on youth, women, and former prisoners to develop … Continue reading
ramallah district, Soldier Violence »
From Ma’an News Agency:
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners turned out on Sunday for the burial of Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces near al-Jalazun refugee camp while he was walking home from school on Saturday.
Al-Ramahi was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper from a watchtower in the nearby settlement of Bet El.
Following an autopsy on his body at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Al-Quds University in nearby Abu Dis, his corpse arrived in al-Jalazun refugee camp, where al-Ramahi lived before his life was cut short.
At the refugee camp, his body was met by thousands of mourners. The young boy’s body was carried on … Continue reading
Hebron District, Soldier Violence, Yatta »
From Ma’an News Agency:
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.
Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said a security operation was ongoing in the Hebron area.
The Palestinians “were members of a Salafi Jihad terrorist cell that was planning an attack in the coming days. At the moment operations are continuing in that area,” Rosenfeld said.
Locals identified the killed Palestinians as Moussa … Continue reading
Apartheid Wall, Direct Action, ramallah district »
PHOTOS: Palestinians destroy separation barrier in two West Bank villages
During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in two Palestinian villages took part in a direct action to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of Route 443, Palestinians used hammers to break open a hole in the wall, while Palestinians in Rafat (near the Ofer Military Prison) cut through 20 meters of the security fence bordering their village.
Hebron District, Soldier Violence »
From Christian Peacemaker Team:
BREAKING: Palestine, Al Khalil/Hebron October 22nd 2013
Today CPT talked with 15 year old Mohammed (not his real name) in the Alya Hospital Al Khalil/Hebron. Mohammed had been beaten by Israeli Military for not having an ID.
Palestinians are not issued ID’s until they reach 16. Mohamed had been beaten in the back of his head and body by the soldiers who had also used the butts of their guns. Mohammed subsequently fainted.
The Military then covered his body and left him where he had fallen. After a crowd had gathered and news had spread, Mohammed’s family arrived on the scene and were able to get him to the hospital.
Mohammed was severely shaken by the experience, was awaiting the results … Continue reading
Late at night on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Israeli Forces arrested two brothers on the main street adjacent to the village of Beit Ommar in the Hebron district of the southern West Bank. The brothers, Bader, age 17, and Mohammed age 13, Ali Abu Maria are residents of the village. Israeli Forces in jeeps entered an area near the entrance of the village off of Route 60, the main Jerusalem-Hebron road and arrested the younger brother.
Soldiers then arrested Bader when he attempted to intervene to protest the detention of his younger brother. When the boys’ family and concerned village residents arrived try to stop the arrest, the Israeli Forces threw tear gas and sound bombs. The … Continue reading