Articles in the Features Category

Beit Ommar, Features »

2 Oct 2014
Breaking New Ground on Land Reclamation Project

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 “Nonviolence and Agricultural Cooperation in Palestine.”  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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Beit Ommar, Features »

2 Oct 2014
'This is our land!': West Bank Village Wadi Fukin Fights Largest Israeli Land Grab in Decades


At 09/26 at 1pm around 100 people gathered for a demonstration in Wadi Fukin. Wadi Fukin, a of approximately 1,250, may be the smallest of the five villages threatened by Israel’s recent mass land grab, but these days it’s certainly not the quietest. The village is located near the separation wall and is surrounded by the settlements of Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar in the north and Tsur Hadassah in the west. Recently the state of Israel annexed another 4000 dunams of land. Over a quarter of the confiscated land belongs to Wadi Fukin, which already lost most of its property after 1967. That’s why people of Wadi Fukin decided … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features »

28 Jul 2014
Human rights defender among three Palestinians killed by live fire in West Bank village

From the Electronic Intifada, with an interview with PSP Co-founder Bekah Wolf

Three Palestinians were shot and killed today by invading Israeli forces in the village of Beit Ommar near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Seven Palestinians — including the three in Beit Ommar — were killed by Israeli occupation forces and civilians during protests across the West Bank in the last day.

In Beit Ommar, an Israeli sniper killed Hashem Abu Maria with live ammunition in the torso at around 3:15pm today.

Hashem Abu Maria “considered defending children’s rights as his purpose in life, not simply as a job,” says Defence for Children International-Palestine.

Abu Maria worked with … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Features, Gaza »

24 Jul 2014

Please note, because of the rapidly-developing situation in Palestine, our most up-to-date information is available via our twitter account: @PalestinePSP. Please follow us there for breaking news and updates. Below is a summary of the events thus far.

Maan News Agency reports that as of Thursday morning, July 24, 695 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, over 80% of which, according to the UN, are civilians. The Israeli military bombarded the Khuzaa area in Khan Younis, killing at least 73, with more bodies being pulled from the rubble, according to medics. This, just days after a massacre in Shajaiya, in Gaza district, in which survivors described running for their lives, at times stepping over … Continue reading

Features, Gaza »

17 Jul 2014

From the Electronic Intifada and Ali Abunimah

Eight children and a grandmother were among 23 persons killed in a tenth day of heavy Israeli bombardment targeting civilians, civilian homes and other infrastructure across the occupied Gaza Strip.

Wednesday’s carnage brought the toll since Israel began its assault to 220 Palestinians killed and 1,570 injured, the Gaza-based newspaper Filistin reported, citing the health ministry.

The latest deaths bring the number of children killed to at least forty-six.

Human Rights Watch said today that Israeli air attacks it investigated “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war.”

The group called on Israel to “end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective … Continue reading

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6 Jul 2014

From The Electronic Intifada: “The Electronic Intifada has obtained video images showing the faces of two of the suspected kidnappers and murderers of Muhammad Abu Khudair, the Palestinian teenager who was abducted on Wednesday morning, burned alive and dumped in a Jerusalem forest.

The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.

Muhammad was kidnapped from right outside the building in an apparent racially-motivated reprisal for the killings of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank last Monday.”

To watch the video and see Electronic Intifada’s excellent screenshots, click here

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6 Jul 2014
Demonstrations Around the World for Palestine

July 5 saw thousands of people demonstrating around the world in front of Israeli embassies and in public parks, protesting Israel’s brutal collective punishment of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank and in support of Palestinians protesting the heinous murder of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Shu’fat. For more photos, see Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Networks’ excellent round-up.

BDS, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Features, House Demolitions »

23 Jun 2014
5 Killed, Hundreds Detained, Universities, Media Centers and Community Organizations Raided as Israel Continues Brutal Assault on Occupied Palestine

Israel has been conducting a massive offensive on the West Bank and Gaza since June 13, when 3 Israeli settlers went missing from the Etzion settlement block overnight. While Israeli media and politicians continue to insist publicly that the offensive is directed at Hamas, who it claims is responsible for the disappearance, the actions of the Israeli Forces suggest a very different agenda.

Five Killed in Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus Districts
Israel has said that while the operation (dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper) is focused on searching for the missing settlers in the Hebron District, from the fist day of the offensive they have used massive … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »

14 Jun 2014

UPDATE 4/15/2014: More than 80 residents of northern Hebron and nearby villages have been arrested.

Early yesterday, June 13, Israeli and Palestinian news media began reporting that 3 young settler youth were ‘kidnapped’ from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc while hitchhiking overnight. Further reports suggested that the youth were taken from Allon Shavut, a religious settlement inside the Etzion bloc, which is adjacent to Beit Ommar. Israeli forces raided houses throughout the villages northwest of Hebron city throughout Friday and set up several flying checkpoints, but by Saturday morning, June 14th, they had largely withdrawn, while leaving a reportedly heavier-than-usual presence in the center of Hebron city, where tensions between settlers and the Palestinian residents are even higher than … Continue reading

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14 Jun 2014
Al Arakib Demolished By Israeli Military for 70th Time

From Maan News
Photos from ActiveStills

BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 70th time, witnesses told Ma’an.

Hundreds of Israeli police officers and special forces deployed in the area at dawn and closed all roads leading to the Negev village.

A large number of residents spent the night inside the village cemetery to try and prevent Israeli bulldozers from demolishing nearby structures.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri told Ma’an that the cemetery would not be destroyed, but several other “illegal” structures were demolished under the supervision of Negev deputy police chief Elan Peretz.

Bedouin MK Taleb Abu Arar, former MK Talab al-Sani and dozens of … Continue reading