Articles in the Direct Action Category

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2 Feb 2014
Palestinians Found Melih Al Ard, Al Awda Protest Camps Against Israeli Annexation in Jordan Valley

UPDATE: Israeli forces attempted to remove activists from Melih Al Ard last night, but were repulsed by the activists, according to Ma’an News.

On January 31, 2014, a group of over 300 Palestinians and their supporters reclaimed an ancient Canaanite village, Ein Hijleh, and renamed it “Melh Al Ard” or Salt of the Earth. These actions, coordinated with Popular Committees and activist groups from across the West Bank and ’48 territories, were founded as a protest against Israel’s ongoing confiscation and demolition of Palestinian homes and land in the Jordan Valley, and their position in the Kerry-led “negotiations” to retain the Jordan Valley in any future “peace agreement”. Today a second camp named “Al Awda” or “Return” was founded … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Direct Action, ramallah district »

16 Nov 2013
Palestinians Damage Separation Barrier in Two Locations

From Activestills:

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.

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Direct Action, House Demolitions, Naqab, Other, Prawer Plan »

5 Aug 2013
Thousands protest against Prawer Plan on August 1, 2013

Thousands gathered on the afternoon of August 1 to protest what is widely considered to be a continuation of the Nakba. Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals gathered everywhere from the West Bank, to Gaza, to within the Israeli border, and beyond at international solidarity demonstrations.

Demonstrations marked three years since the first demolition in the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Naqab desert. Because of the “unrecognized” status of the village, demolitions have continued. The Prawer Plan proposes to remove Bedouin citizens of Israel from their homes and push them into planned communities, which policy makers claim will improve their lives. However, Bedouin communities are protesting in an effort to protect their indigenous ways of life. They do not wish … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Hebron District, Other, Politics »

26 Apr 2013
Balloon Release During the Weekly Protest

Friday 26th of April the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar, PSP, members of the Women Committee together with international and Israeli activists organized their weekly demonstration near the settlement of Karmei Tzur.

The demonstrators had prepared one hundred balloons filled with helium. The activists made a parade, chanting slogans and carrying Palestinian flags and the balloons to the scene. Written messages with names of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails were attached to the balloons and released into the air.

The activists managed to get to the gate of Karmei Tzur. One of the settlers living there, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Nabi Saleh, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Soldier Violence »

16 Apr 2013
Non-violent Demonstrators March in Nabi Saleh

Member of PSP and Beit Ommar Popular Committee joined other non-violent demonstrators in the street on Friday April 12th, 2013 in the village of Nabi Saleh, located 20 kilometres North West of Ramallah in the West Bank. The village has organized weekly demonstrations in Nabi Saleh since December of 2009 in order to protest the confiscation of the village’s land and freshwater springs by Israeli settlers.

The demonstrators, which included village residents, international activists and Israeli peace activists, marched to a spring located on Palestinian land that was illegally confiscated by Israeli settlers from the Halamish settlement. Israeli soldiers surrounded the village and then shot tear gas and steel-coated rubber … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Farming, Hebron District, Other, Settler Violence »

15 Apr 2013
New Project: Women’s Honey Co-operative

The Center for Freedom and Justice, a non-profit organization in the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in Hebron District, is looking at new agricultural projects to support its inhabitants.

The Center for Freedom and Justice was established to address the lack of community development and has been organizing programs in rural Palestinian communities. Due to various problems concerning the Israeli occupation of the West Bank the Palestinian agricultural life is severely constrained. The organization aims to improve the lives of rural residents by supporting them to remain steadfast on their land so that confiscation of land and settlement expansion will be harder to accomplish.

The agricultural life of Palestinian communities … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

13 Apr 2013
Non-violent Activists Attacked by Soldiers Shooting Tear Gas

Today PSP, the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar and Youth Power of Palestine organised an action in the village of Beit Ommar. PSP and the Popular Committee have been organising weekly demonstrations for years.

The Palestinian, Israeli and International activists gathered outside of Karme Tzure settlement, south of the centre of Beit Ommar. The activists wanted to get as close to the fence to the settlement as possible, to demonstrate their right to walk on their own land.

As soon as the demonstrators had arrived in the area, the soldiers started shooting tear gas straight towards the non-violent … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Direct Action »

18 Jan 2013

Friday morning, as most of the Israeli military in the Occupied West Bank were focused on regular weekly demonstrations, residents from Beit Iksa, a small village northwest of Jerusalem, were quietly setting up another protest village, similar to Bab Al Shams which was built east of Jerusalem last week.
Beit Iksa has lost almost all of their agricultural and historic land, beginning in 1948 to the annexation of “greater Jerusalem”, to the construction of the Apartheid Wall as well as to settlements which almost completely surround them. On one of their last stretches of land, locals and supporters erected a mosque and tents in an area adjacent to the Apartheid Wall. Over 100 participants gathered, held Friday prayers in … Continue reading

Direct Action »

14 Jan 2013
PSP Activists Join New Village Bab Al Shams

In the early morning hours of Friday, January 11, a group of Palestinians, coordinated by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, gathered in an area east of Jerusalem referred to as the E-1 corridor, and quickly erected a tent village. E-1 is one of the most strategic areas in the West Bank. Several Israeli regimes have announced plans to build a settlement there, which would effectively cut the West Bank in half. On Friday, a few months after current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plans for building a Jewish-only community in E-1, Palestinians decided to take the matter into their own hands. Within hours, over 200 Palestinians were staying in the community, named Bab Al … Continue reading

checkpoints, Direct Action »

14 Nov 2012
Beit Ommar Participates in West Bank-Wide Demonstrations Against the Occupation

On November 14, a series of coordinated direct actions took place across the West Bank, coordinated by a network of activists throughout the West Bank. Palestinians, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists blocked settler-only roads and checkpoints in Huwarra, Nablus; Ni’lin, Ramallah; Nabi Saleh, Ramallah; Bil’in, Ramallah; Nashash, Betlehem; and Beit Jala, Betlehem. Activists from Beit Ommar and Palestine Solidarity Project joined over 100 other activists at the tunnels checkpoint outside of Beit Jala. For nearly half an hour, activists blocked Israeli settler traffic into Jerusalem through the checkpoint, protesting the ongoing military occupation of the West Bank. While some activists in some areas chose to emphasize the Palestinian bid for an upgrade in status … Continue reading