Articles in the Hebron District Category
Al-Jab'a, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Roadblock Removal »
Al Jab’a is a small village situated in central West Bank not far from the 1948 Green Line and is home to approximately 800 Palestinians. As the village is surrounded by multiple illegal Israeli settlements in the vicinity of Gush Etzion, the Palestinians of Al Jab’a must contend with an alarming amount of discrimination. This includes the confiscation of their land by the Israeli government, the destruction of their olive trees at the hands of Jewish settlers and more. Indeed, Israel’s policies towards the residents of Al Jaba are structured in such a way so as to encourage these Palestinians to give up and leave their homes and the surrounding area.
Israeli … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Saffa, settlement expansion, Settler Attack, Settler Violence, Soldier Violence »
On Saturday May 23 settlers from Beit Ayen settlement guarded by Israeli Army attacked the Palestinian houses near what so called “Israeli Farm” north of Beit Ummar. The Israeli farm is planted with many fruits including peaches, and the settlers claimed that there are Palestinian kids steal from this farm. So every 15 minutes a gang of settlers come to the farm, and if they see any Palestinians near it they will start shooting on him / her on sight.
They also came to the Palestinians houses near the farm in argument that, these houses must prevent anyone from stealing from this farm. … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Night Raid, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »
Time: Approximately 12:00 AM Sat May 23rd
Two jeeps and one large car and a large group of soldiers made an incursion into Beit Ummar tonight. In the beginning they were stopped near Mousa Maria’s house. He was sleeping when he started to hear shouts, noises. He woke up as he heard a soldier punch the door. Opening the window Mousa then heard the sound of the jeeps. He made his way to the roof of his home, where he saw soldiers positioned in front of the main door of his house. After that he called someone from … Continue reading
Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Settler Attack, Settler Violence, Soldier Violence, South Betlehem, Susiya »
The Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya has existed in the South Hebron Hills at least since the 1830s. Its residents have traditionally earned a living from shepherding and growing olive trees. In 1983, the Israeli settlement of Susiya was established near the village, on Palestinian land that had been declared state land by Israel. In 1986, about 25 families were living in Khirbet Susiya, in caves and structures. That year, the Civil Administration declared the village’s land an “archeological site”; the land was confiscated “for public purposes” and the Israeli military expelled its residents from their homes. Having no other option, the families relocated to other caves in the area and to flimsy wood frame shelters and tents … Continue reading
Arrest, Bail, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Night Raid, Soldier Violence »
Palestinian boy is free from jail, but not from nightmares
Hamzeh Abu Hashem, who was wounded by dogs from the IDF canine unit, is finally free from prison. We met a broken and shaken boy.
By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac
This teenager needs psychological therapy. He stares at the floor, grimaces when asked to relate what happened to him a few months ago, and doesn’t sleep at night. His parents are aware of his situation. But there’s no one to help him, much less pay for any … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »
From Ma’an News Agency:
HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday at the funeral for his cousin in the town of Beit Ummar near Hebron.
Ziyad Omar Musleh Awad, 27, was killed by Israeli forces and thirteen others injured when soldiers opened fire on mourners at the funeral of Jaafar Awad, 22, who died at 2:45 a.m. Friday morning from health complications that rapidly deteriorated while being held in Israeli prison.
Medical sources told Ma’an that Jaafar had succumbed to the illness at the al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.
Three Palestinians … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »
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
Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Soldier Violence »
This is Btselem’s press release about an incident in Beit Ommar last week:
Direct aiming of tear gas canisters continues to put lives at risk, despite military’s denials
Last Wednesday morning, November 27, 2013, Muhmmad ‘Awad (Abu Ahmad), a B’Tselem volunteer videographer, and a resident of Beit Ummar, documented clashes between Palestinian youth and soldiers near the entrance to the town. The first video he shot depicts the soldiers standing by a jeep, and a stone landing near them. An officer is then seen firing several tear gas canisters from a “Ringo” type launcher, to the area of the stone throwers, in a position behind and to the right of the cameraman. The soldier then reloads the launcher and when another stone … Continue reading
Hebron District, Soldier Violence, Yatta »
From Ma’an News Agency:
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.
Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said a security operation was ongoing in the Hebron area.
The Palestinians “were members of a Salafi Jihad terrorist cell that was planning an attack in the coming days. At the moment operations are continuing in that area,” Rosenfeld said.
Locals identified the killed Palestinians as Moussa … Continue reading
Hebron District, Soldier Violence »
From Christian Peacemaker Team:
BREAKING: Palestine, Al Khalil/Hebron October 22nd 2013
Today CPT talked with 15 year old Mohammed (not his real name) in the Alya Hospital Al Khalil/Hebron. Mohammed had been beaten by Israeli Military for not having an ID.
Palestinians are not issued ID’s until they reach 16. Mohamed had been beaten in the back of his head and body by the soldiers who had also used the butts of their guns. Mohammed subsequently fainted.
The Military then covered his body and left him where he had fallen. After a crowd had gathered and news had spread, Mohammed’s family arrived on the scene and were able to get him to the hospital.
Mohammed was severely shaken by the experience, was awaiting the results … Continue reading