Articles Archive for 9 October 2014

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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

Beit Ommar »

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