Articles in the Arrest Category
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
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Hebron District »
At 04:00AM on Tuesday, 28th August 2012, Israeli soldiers raided homes in Beit Ommar and arrested two Palestinian youths. The victims were Mohamed Awad, 13, and Moayad Al Teer, 19. Witnesses report that six military jeeps took part in the raids, in which the boys were taken to an unknown location. Both boys are students, one still in school and the other at university. Awad, despite his extremely young age, has already spent time in prison after an arrest earlier this year. He was jailed for one month and made to pay a fine of 2000 shekels ($500) before his release. Minors are commonly taken by … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Features »
On March 7, 2012, 15-year-old Zain Hisham Abu Maria was brutally arrested during a night raid, around 3.30 a.m. Soldiers grabbed him by his feet and hands while he was still in his bed, took him out, and blindfolded and arrested him. Now, nearly six months later, he is still in prison, accused of throwing stones. Zain has been told by the Judge that he is facing four years in prison. His next court meeting is scheduled to take place next week.
Zain is said to be a clever student. His fellow classmates keep a picture of him on his desk as a memory of their classmate who should be at … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District »
Ahmed Abu Hashem is an institution of political activism in Beit Ommar. For quarter of a century he has been a thorn in the side of the occupation and, in the dying days of the second intifada, was one of the early members of the embryonic organisation which would become the Popular Committee.
Ahmed was born in 1967, only months before the Six Day War and subsequent occupation of his homeland. As he grew up, so too did the settlements being established on Palestinian land; a development which took a destructive toll on Ahmed’s family. His father was shot and wounded by Israeli forces and his mother, tragically, was … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District »
In 2011, tens of children from the village of Beit Ommar were arrested and imprisoned by Israeli forces. These children, all under the age of eighteen, were usually snatched from their homes in midnight raids by the IDF in terrifying circumstances, intended to provoke fear in the children and their families. Here we will examine the cases of three such children who were taken in circumstances such as these.
Mohammed Yousef Awad was arrested on April 1st, 2011. Soldiers smashed the doors and windows of his family home and threw tear gas canisters in. Through loud-hailers they ordered the inhabitants out into the night and, when Mohammed emerged, they beat him, bound his hands and blindfolded him, before taking him away … Continue reading
Local resident Thaer Mohammed Awad was beaten by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, as he headed to Jerusalem to pray.
The 23 year old was walking to Temple Mount, on the holy Muslim holiday when he was attacked by the soldiers.
After being thrown from a two meter wall, breaking bones and severely cutting his feet, the man was continually beaten despite his screams to ‘stop’. Soldiers then continued to further humiliate the man by making him crawl a distance of fifty meters on his hands and feet. Witnesses to the attack called the ambulance, which transported the man to Hussein Hospital in Beit Jala, where he is now being treated for his fractures.
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Hebron District »
At 3am on the morning of July 10, 2012, Israeli soldiers entered Beit Ommar from Karmei Tsur settlement (South of Beit Ommar). They went to the area near where the weekly Beit Ommar demonstration is held, checked houses and made three arrests:
Ibrahim Yusuf Sabarna, 19
Mohab Ibrahim Bahar, 19
Jehad Halawe, 14
Arresting and detaining minors without charge is a regular occurrence used by the Israeli military to intimidate Palestinians in an attempt to stop them from trying to access their land & ultimately migrate.
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Hebron District »
On July 7, 2012, international and Israeli activists joined Palestinian residents and members of the Popular Committee in the weekly Beit Ommar protest. This week, protestors chanted and carried signs calling for the release of Palestinian political prisoners as they made their way across Palestinian farmland. Once again, they were blocked the Israeli Occupation Forces who declared the farm a “closed military zone” and demanded that they leave. As the activists continued their walk, over 30 soldiers shoved them with their shields and pushed them into trees and rocks. Two Israeli activists were arrested during the demonstration, but both were released later that day.
Beit Ommar currently has the highest number of imprisoned residents of all Palestinian communities in the West … Continue reading
Arrest, Features, Hebron District, Hunger Strikers »
On June 5th, 2012, Palestinian activist Thaer Halahleh was released from prison after completing his 77th day of a hunger strike. Thaer began his strike on March 9th, along with fellow inmate Bilal Thiab, to protest their imprisonment for almost three years without charge or trial under Israel’s administrative detention policy.
After 30 days of refusing food, Thaer was transferred to the Ramleh prison hospital in critical state, where his inhumane treatment did not end. He described the horrible medical care given to himself and other Palestinian prisoners, recalling how even those with severe illnesses such as cancer were just given water and painkillers. He contrasted these conditions with those of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Settler Violence »
On July 1st 2012, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested a child and his uncle at the entrance to Beit Ommar. The arrests of Mohammad Ali Sabar Abu-Ayash (12 years old) and Mohammad Ibrahim Sabar Abu-Ayash (25 years old) took place at around 7pm during an attack on the village by the Israeli military. The IOF also fired tear gas and were violent towards local residents. Israeli settlers at the scene also attacked Beit Ommar residents, pushing Mu’ayad Bahajat Abu-Sara to the ground. After suffering an injury to the head, an ambulance arrived to take him to Hebron where he is currently being treated in hospital.
Arresting and detaining minors – often … Continue reading