Articles Archive for Year 2014

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26 Nov 2014
“Protection” Training Takes Place at Center for Freedom

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, The Center for Freedom and Justice launched a series of trainings about Protection, Non-violence and Media. The first workshop was about “Protection” and included people from Popular Committees of Twana – south of Hebron hill, Bethlehem, Al-Ma’sara, Aida camp and Beit Ommar. In total, there were 15 participants taking part in the training.

The training was run by an experienced member of the Protection Organization for Human Rights. His experience was very useful and he spent every minute from the workshop giving productive and tangible information. In total the workshop lasted for 5 hours and thoroughly covered the topic of protection while participating in non-violent action. The atmosphere … Continue reading

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9 Oct 2014
Al Jaba'a Roadblock Continues To Cause Problems

Last weekend was the holiday weekend of Eid for Palestinian families all over the West Bank.  During Eid, it customary for Muslims to visit their relatives to celebrate.  Often families will travel hours to reunite with one another and to share meals. For one Palestinian village, this has been made much harder for almost 10 years.  In 2006, Israel constructed a roadblock at the entrance to the village of Al Jaba’a
, disconnecting it from the town of Surif, preventing Palestinians from having any access to the village by car.  Cars must drive to the roadblock, park, and then carry whatever gifts they have brought , which can be several kilometers … Continue reading

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9 Oct 2014
Israel Demolishes Beit Ommar Farmer's Dream

Mousa Abu Maria’s family has been the owner of their farmland for over 100 years. Mousa’s father received it from his grandfather and then gave a portion of it to Mousa. Mousa’s plot of land is a 1400 square meter parcel on the far northern border of his hometown, Beit Ommar. It is situated between the city of Beit Ommar and the settlement of Gosh Etzion. This region is an Area C zone, meaning that the Israeli army has complete control.

 

Mousa’s aspiration is simple; to be a farmer. In the last few years, he started taking the necessary steps towards turning the land his father gave him into a farm.  His hope was for the land to be a sheep farm that … Continue reading

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4 Oct 2014
Demonstrations Continue at Wadi Fukin

On 10/3 at around 1:30 PM, 50 people gathered for a demonstration at Wadi Fukin.  This is the 3rd consecutive Friday that the villagers have hosted an action.   The villagers of Wadi Fukin prepared large displays of balloons and were waving Palestinian flags along with their peace signs. Despite the peaceful nature of the groups actions, Israeli soldiers forcibly stopped the demonstrators from marching on their land.  And although the demonstrators were primarily women and children, after 30 minutes they were violently pushed back several times toward the center of the village.

Among the demonstrators were villagers from Wadi Fukin and neighboring West Bank villages, as well as several international activists.  Wadi … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features »

2 Oct 2014
Breaking New Ground on Land Reclamation Project

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 “Nonviolence and Agricultural Cooperation in Palestine.”  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.

Since 1984 Beit Ommar … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features »

2 Oct 2014
'This is our land!': West Bank Village Wadi Fukin Fights Largest Israeli Land Grab in Decades


At 09/26 at 1pm around 100 people gathered for a demonstration in Wadi Fukin. Wadi Fukin, a of approximately 1,250, may be the smallest of the five villages threatened by Israel’s recent mass land grab, but these days it’s certainly not the quietest. The village is located near the separation wall and is surrounded by the settlements of Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar in the north and Tsur Hadassah in the west. Recently the state of Israel annexed another 4000 dunams of land. Over a quarter of the confiscated land belongs to Wadi Fukin, which already lost most of its property after 1967. That’s why people of Wadi Fukin decided … Continue reading

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28 Jul 2014
Human rights defender among three Palestinians killed by live fire in West Bank village

From the Electronic Intifada, with an interview with PSP Co-founder Bekah Wolf

Three Palestinians were shot and killed today by invading Israeli forces in the village of Beit Ommar near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Seven Palestinians — including the three in Beit Ommar — were killed by Israeli occupation forces and civilians during protests across the West Bank in the last day.

In Beit Ommar, an Israeli sniper killed Hashem Abu Maria with live ammunition in the torso at around 3:15pm today.

Hashem Abu Maria “considered defending children’s rights as his purpose in life, not simply as a job,” says Defence for Children International-Palestine.

Abu Maria worked with … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Features, Gaza »

24 Jul 2014

Please note, because of the rapidly-developing situation in Palestine, our most up-to-date information is available via our twitter account: @PalestinePSP. Please follow us there for breaking news and updates. Below is a summary of the events thus far.

Maan News Agency reports that as of Thursday morning, July 24, 695 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, over 80% of which, according to the UN, are civilians. The Israeli military bombarded the Khuzaa area in Khan Younis, killing at least 73, with more bodies being pulled from the rubble, according to medics. This, just days after a massacre in Shajaiya, in Gaza district, in which survivors described running for their lives, at times stepping over … Continue reading

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17 Jul 2014

From the Electronic Intifada and Ali Abunimah

Eight children and a grandmother were among 23 persons killed in a tenth day of heavy Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, civilian homes and other infrastructure across the occupied Gaza Strip.

Wednesday’s carnage brought the toll since Israel began its assault to 220 Palestinians killed and 1,570 injured, the Gaza-based newspaper Filistin reported, citing the health ministry.

The latest deaths bring the number of children killed to at least forty-six.

Human Rights Watch said today that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective … Continue reading

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6 Jul 2014

From The Electronic Intifada: “The Electronic Intifada has obtained video images showing the faces of two of the suspected kidnappers and murderers of Muhammad Abu Khudair, the Palestinian teenager who was abducted on Wednesday morning, burned alive and dumped in a Jerusalem forest.

The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.

Muhammad was kidnapped from right outside the building in an apparent racially-motivated reprisal for the killings of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank last Monday.”

To watch the video and see Electronic Intifada’s excellent screenshots, click here