Articles in the Saffa Category
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
Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Other, Saffa, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »
On the morning 10th of April Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian land in Saffa, a part of Beit Ommar village. Saffa often experience attacks like this. The settlers in question lives in the close by settlement called Bayt Ayin which is a part of the bigger Gush Eztion bloc. The settlers living in Bayt Ayin are known to be very aggressive and violent.
This morning the settlers cut olive trees in the Palestinian fields. They managed to cut dozens of trees. The land owner came to the scene and ended up being beaten by the settlers.
This incident was unfortunately not an isolated one. Both Palestinian land and people are attacked daily by settlers, throughout the West Bank.
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Saffa »
Ibrahim is a farmer living in the Saffa area of Beit Ommar. Earlier that day he had been herding his sheep in Palestinian land, close to the Israeli colony of Bat Ayin. Thursday evening soldiers came to the house were Ibrahim and his family live and arrested him. PSP does not know the reason for the arrest.
This is Ibrahim’s second time in prison.
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Farming, Hebron District, Night Raid, Saffa, Settler Attack »
On Sunday morning, October 14th, 2012, at 7 a.m. a farmer, Mohammed Abd Alhamid Soleibi, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces as he was harvesting olives in his fields. His olive trees are located in Area C, in Saffa, close to Bayt Ain an Israeli colony and a part of the Gush Esion block.
Mohammed is one of many Palestinians that have to cultivate their land in fear of colonist attacks because their fields are located close to an Israeli colony. Last year he was harassed by extreme colonists together with the Israeli occupation forces.
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Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Night Raid, Saffa »
On Friday 12th of October at 4 a.m. the village of Beit Ommar in Hebron District was raided by Israeli occupation forces for the second time this week. The force went to the area of Saffa, north in Beit Ommar, which is close to the colony of Bat Ayin.
The Israeli occupation forces raided the home of Nemer Aedy and his family and searched their house. Bilal Hani Nemer Aedy (19) was arrested and taken to the military base in the colony of Gush Eztion without any explanation for the arrest.
Bilal is currently a student at the Hebron University and this is his first time in prison.
This week PSP began its annual farmer accompaniment program. Around dawn, international activists joined Beit Ommar farmers in harvesting grapes on land close to the illegal settlement of Kfar Etzion. In a busy but sucessful morning, volunteers assisted the famrers in picking and packing over fifty crates of grapes, which will be sold through the local farmers’ market.
Such accompaniments are neccessary as Beit Ommar farmers face the constant threat of harassment and violence from setllers and the Israeli military. Settlers regularly attack famrers trying to work in fields close to the five … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Saffa, settlement expansion »
This morning at around 7.30 am, Beit Ommar farmers Ali Thalji, aged 70, and his son Ahmed, 40, were harassed by a group of Israeli soldiers as they tended to their sheep on fields in Safa, Beit Ommar.
The group of soldiers approached from the direction of the illegal settlement of Bat Ayn, telling Ali and Ahmed that the land they were on – their own fields – had been appropriated by the Israeli State, and repeatedly told them to leave the area.
After approximately half an hour, the soldiers left without any major incidents, but it is a development of great … Continue reading
Direct Action, Saffa, settlement expansion »
Settlers from Bat Ayin settlement have attempted to seize more land belonging to the village of Saffa.
This week, it was discovered that settlers had begun construction of a building foundation on the land of local farmer Thelgy Addy. Stones have been piled on top of one another forming what appears to be the bases of walls, and one of the stones was marked with a green symbol. Around the stones, the settlers had posted stakes at a distance of 500 meters.
When this construction was discovered, the stakes were pulled up in order to combat the theft of more land. Settlers will often begin taking over more land by … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Saffa »
Two young Palestinian men are in Israeli custody today after the military raided homes this morning in Beit Ommar and Saffa.
At around 2 in the morning, five Israeli military jeeps entered the town of Beit Ommar. Upon entering the town, they fired tear gas and concussion grenades, waking residents and startling them. The jeeps stopped at the home of Fers Abu Maria. Soliders invaded the house, waking the family and forcing everyone into the street. Yelling at the family and questioning them for half an hour, they finally arrested 16 year old Mahmoud Hathym Solieby. The soldiers then moved to Saffa, where they invaded another home and arrested 16 … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Saffa »
On the evening of Wednesday, July 8th, a group of farmers attempting to harvest grape leaves in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar were halted by Israeli soldiers. Around thirty farmers were stopped by nine members of the Israeli army, who declared that the area was a closed military zone. The closed military zone paperwork required by Israeli law was never shown.
Members of the Popular Committee, PSP volunteers, and the mayor of Beit Ommar argued with the soldiers for some time, and the farmers continued to gather grape leaves. When the farmers finished their work, all parties left … Continue reading