Articles in the Farming Category

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

8 Sep 2012
Agriculture in Beit Ommar

Palestinian citizens are currently struggling to withstand a severe economic crisis which is gripping the country. Excessive taxation on sales, as well as unfairly imposed conditions in favour of Israeli imports, mean that many Palestinian producers are struggling to survive. Low customs duties or import tariffs, the responsibility for which lies with Israel under the Paris Protocol (Oslo 1), contribute to the flooding of the market with foreign products, with the effect of significantly reducing the competitiveness of Palestinian goods.

Agriculture, which is a crucial sector in many villages such as Beit Ommar, is one industry which is massively threatened, not just by the broader economic climate, but by policies … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

8 Sep 2012
Farmers' Stalls Demolished near Beit Ommar

Three small Palestinian produce stalls were destroyed by Israeli forces on Thursday, 6th September. A lorry, equipped with a crane and claw, accompanied by several occupation police and military vehicles, was used to destroy the roadside stalls, as well as all of the fruit which was being sold. The stalls were located on Route 60, close to Beit Ommar.

The continual closure of local markets, as well as the harsh restrictions on movement which prevent the timely distribution of produce, mean that many farmers have struggled to sell their entire yield and small stalls are often established beside roads in an attempt to boost income and improve the profitability of their … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District, settlement expansion, Settler Violence »

4 Sep 2012
Beit Ommar Greenhouses Destroyed by Settlers

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 “The Greenhouse Project”.

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.

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The project … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

28 Jun 2012
Greenhouse Construction in Beit Ommar Supports Palestinian Resistance

Recently, farmers in Beit Ommar have been trying a new method to defend their land against Israeli colonization. Under the Oslo Accords of 1993, the Palestinian territories were classified into three areas: Area A was to be completely under the control of the Palestinian Authority, Area B was to be under Palestinian civilian control but remain under the military authority of the Israeli Occupation Forces, and Area C- which constituted 61% of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967- was to stay under full Israeli control. This arrangement was a temporary set up pending a final agreement to end the occupation, but it has been in place for almost 20 years. … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District »

14 Jun 2012
Israeli Occupation Forces Destroy Beit Ommar Fruit Stalls and Arrest Fruit Seller

On Thursday, June 14, 2012 around midday, Israeli soldiers, police, and settlers launched an attack on local fruit vendors along the Route 60 highway just outside of Beit Ommar. Local farmers use this road, which is the main highway between Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron, to sell their produce during harvest months, as the main produce market in Beit Ommar has been closed by the military since 2007. Several demolition trucks, accompanied by police and army vehicles, drove along the road, systematically confiscating the fruit of Palestinian farmers and destroying their stalls. No justification or reason was given by the soldiers for these attacks, which have occurred annually since local farmers were forced to move to the road to sell their … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Direct Action, Farming, settlement expansion, Settler Violence »

12 Jun 2012
Popular Committee Member Mousa Abu Maria Arrested

On Monday 11th June 2012, farmers from Beit Ommar, alongside Popular Committee Members and two international activists, were cultivating land adjacent to the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. After approximately half an hour of working their land, Israeli settlers began to harass the farmers, shouting abuse in English, calling those farming ‘dogs’ and ‘Nazis’, and throwing stones. The farmers continued to peacefully cultivate their land as Israeli Occupation Forces arrived at the scene. One soldier immediately grabbed Popular Committee Member Mousa Abu Maria (aged 35) by the arm. Mousa asked him to let go of his arm and to … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

14 May 2012
Settlers Attack Farmers In Beit Ommar

On Friday, May 11th, 2012, two Palestinian farmers were attacked in Beit Ommar by Israeli settlers from Karmei Tsur.

Walid Sabarna and Ibrahim Abu Maria were working on their land 150 meters from the settlement, when two security guards from the settlement accompanied by six soldiers approached them at 5 pm. The guards asked the farmers what they were doing here, and they gave the obvious answer: working on their land. The guards responded that this was not the case, but that the land belonged to them and that the farmers should go away.

They then attacked Walid, beating and kicking his right leg. He had an operation on this … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District »

3 Apr 2012
PSP Activists Join Farmers in Surif to Plant Olive Trees

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, PSP volunteers joined farmer Arsalon Abu Ikhdair in Surif to plant olive trees. Volunteers planted around twenty trees in an area called Al-Deir, which is close to the Darit settlement. An Israeli-only road and separation fence prevents Abu Ikhdair from accessing the land that used to belong to his family before 1948.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, activists from the Hebron district and Beit Ommar joined the municipality from Surif to assist farmer Yousef Hamad in planting olive trees on his land. Activists planted olive trees on six dunams of land in an area called Wad Assour. Wad Assour is very close to the Israeli settlements, and the separation fence is only 200 meters from … Continue reading

Farming, settlement expansion, Settler Violence »

27 Mar 2012
PSP Activists Visit Om Al Kheir

On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, PSP activists went to Om Al Kheir in the southern West Bank to meet with the Bedouin living there. They are surrounded by the Karmel settlement, and face daily attacks and injustices from the settlers and the court systems. At night, settlers throw molotov cocktails and stones at the Bedouin’s homes, or shoot into their village, trying to scare them off the land. One man explained that their small tents are their homes, and they have nowhere else to go. Settlers also throw chemicals onto the Palestinian land, which their sheep and goats eat, causing them to die and destroying another source of livelihood. Settlers … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Farming, Features, Hebron District »

24 Mar 2012
Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstration Against the Occupation

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists held a demonstration in Beit Ommar against the Karmei Tsur settlement. Karmei Tsur is built on stolen Palestinian land and makes it impossible for the farmers of Beit Ommar to access parts of their land. The settlement is highly secured by military forces and fences. Today’s demonstration was against the settlement, and against any further encroachments on Palestinian land. It also marked the 38th day of Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike in protest of her administrative detention. Additionally, demonstrators protested the recent arrests of 8 minors from Beit Ommar, to be followed up in Ofer … Continue reading