Articles Archive for August 2015

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem, Betlehem District, Farming, Features, Other, Politics, settlement expansion »

18 Aug 2015
Building of the Apartheid Wall Continues: Israeli Destruction of Ancient Olive Trees

This morning the Israeli bulldozers, supported and protected by a big group of Israeli soldiers, destroyed and uprooted some 100 Roman Olive Trees in the area of Bir Owneh/ Wad Ahmad in the west of Bethlehem city. The attacked land, which belongs to 5 Palestinian families from Beit Jala town, is about 30 dunums planted with very ancient olive trees. The purpose of the attack is to continue the construction of the Apartheid wall in that area, and seize more land to be added to the Israeli colony (settlement) of ‘Gilo’.  Continue reading

Arrest, Features, Hunger Strikers, Other, Politics »

16 Aug 2015
Hunger Striker Muhammad Allan in Serious Condition

Muhammad Allan continues to struggle for his life and his freedom as pressure in Palestine and globally is mounting for his release after he fell into a coma and was placed on life support in the early morning of 14 August. When Allan’s mother exited her son’s hospital room on Friday, she told reporters that “my son is dying,” reported the Electronic Intifada. Allan’s worsening condition came following a rejection on Thursday of a request for his medical release. The Electronic Intifada noted that Ha’aretz had reported that the Israeli state “fears that such a move could encourage administrative detainees to follow Allan’s lead, especially after seven Palestinian … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Night Raid, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

16 Aug 2015
Another Night Raid in Beit Ommar

Israeli forces raided several homes and detained three young men in Beit Ommar on 13 August. 19-year-old Ammar Sadim Sleibi, 18-year-old Muhammad Shihdah Sleibi 17-year-old Muataz Muhammad Abu Maria were arrested. Muhammad is the nephew of Falah Abu Maria, who was killed on 23 July by Israeli soldiers when he ran to the aid of his son who had been shot while peacefully resisting arrest.

Following a funeral in Beit Ommar for Falah Abu Maria, at 3 am around 20 soldiers entered the village in jeeps, with police dogs and fired tear gas. During the raids, soldiers assaulted the detainees, … Continue reading

Features, Other, Politics, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

8 Aug 2015
Settler Attack South of Nablus

Extremist Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home with fire bombs and rocks in the village of Duma south of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Saturday morning, Palestinian officials told Ma’an. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that “a number of extremist settlers hurled two fire bombs at the home of Mahmoud Fazza al-Kaabna.” 

The fire bombs, Daghlas said, landed on the outer wall of the home near a window, but did not make it inside the house. The attackers also hurled stones at the house, with one of them hitting al-Kaabna in the abdomen. The settler attack took place a week … Continue reading

Features, Other, Politics, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

5 Aug 2015
Palestinian Toddler Killed by Israeli Settlers

The killing of a one and a half year old infant, Ali Sa’ed Dawabshe, and the serious injury of his mother Riham and toddler brother Ahmed, after a suspected arson attack by Israeli civilians burned their home, was only a matter of time. This, due to the authorities’ policy to avoid enforcing the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians and their property. This policy creates impunity for hate crimes, and encourages assailants to continue, leading to this morning’s horrific result.

In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases … Continue reading