Articles in the settlement expansion Category

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Politics, settlement expansion »

30 Jun 2012
Activists Protest Shaol Mofaz and Land Confiscation at Weekly Beit Ommar Demonstration

On June 30th, 25 international and Israeli activists joined Beit Ommar residents and members of the Popular Committee in today’s protest against the illegal confiscation of Palestinian farmland. The Popular Committee of Beit Ommar, leading the protest, called for the boycott of Shaul Mofaz following his invitation to visit Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah yesterday. The group of protestors met the Israeli Occupation Forces on a path leading to Palestinian land adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur.

During the protest, demonstrators carried signs calling for Shaol Mofaz to “get out of Palestine”. Shaol Mofaz, former Chief of the General Staff for the Israeli military, has led IOF … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions, settlement expansion »

21 Jun 2012
Beit Ommar Residents Receive Seven New Demolition Orders

On June 18th the Israeli Civil Administration issued a new round of demolition orders for structures built on privately-owned Palestinian land in Beit Ommar, including five homes and two wells. That evening, soldiers distributed notices demanding that residents evacuate their homes by July 3rd, giving residents- all of whom have documented proof of ownership that predates the establishment of the nearby Karmei Tzur settlement in 1982- less than three weeks to leave before their homes are destroyed.

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One of the condemned wells, owned by farmer Ibrahim Arar, was built just four months ago. The well, which cost him over $15,000 of his savings, enabled him to irrigate his fields and is … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, House Demolitions, settlement expansion »

21 Jun 2012
Existence is Resistance: Continued Settlement Expansion in Beit Ommar

The appropriation of land from Palestinians in Beit Ommar began in 1984, when the Israeli state authorized the creation of the settlement Karmei Tzur on over 250 dunams (over sixty acres) of Palestinian farmland. Palestinians had used this area to grow plums and grapes, and with the construction of the settlement, Beit Ommar farmers lost both their land and their source of income.

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Palestinians in Beit Ommar and throughout the West Bank lost even more land in 2006 with the construction of the so -called “Security Fence” which allowed settlers to annex a further 600 dunams … 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

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, settlement expansion »

10 Jun 2012
Popular Committee Member Arrested at Beit Ommar Demonstration

On Saturday, June 9th, 2012, protesters from Beit Ommar – alongside Israeli and international activists – held a demonstration against the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement, built on stolen Beit Ommar land.

Over 50 Israeli soldiers attempted to stop the demonstration from reaching Palestinian land near the settlement, declaring the area a ‘closed military zone’. Around 30 protesters were met with excessive violence, with one member of the Popular Committee being forced to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Two arrests were made: Yousef Abu Maria (age 38), the spokesperson of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee, and an Israeli activist. Both were taken to a police station … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, settlement expansion »

27 May 2012
Beit Ommar Demonstrates Against Illegal Settlements

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, about 30 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered together for the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar against the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. The demonstration took place close to the fence surrounding the settlement in front of an area where they are constructing new settler homes. Soldiers blocked the path of the demonstrators and quickly began beating them and pushing them with their shields. Some soldiers began kicking demonstrators, including children, in the legs while pushing them with their shields. Soldiers swore and insulted the demonstrators, trying to provoke them. At the end of the demonstration, a fire broke out near the olive and fruit trees, … 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

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

8 Feb 2012
Settlers Construct Two New Caravans on Beit Ommar Farmland

On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Israeli settlers from Karmei Tsur, escorted by Israeli Forces, constructed two mobile homes (caravans) on two dunums (2000 square meters) of land owned by Palestinian residents of Beit Ommar. The farmland is legally owned by Mohamed Motlak Za’aqik and is located within the so-called security fence surrounding the settlement of Karmei Tsur to the south of the village. This fence was constructed in 2006, and annexed more than hundreds of dunums of Beit Omar farmland. Since then, the farmers are prevented from entering the area and cultivating their land for almost six years, causing all of the plum and grapes trees to dry up. Karmei Tsur was illegally established in 1984 on … Continue reading

Direct Action, settlement expansion »

29 Jan 2012

from the Palestine Monitor
By Dylan Collins

In a hazy room, clouded with cigarette smoke and steam from hot syrup-sweat tea, residents of Kafr ad-Dik and its neighboring villages, along with Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists, excitedly gathered together waiting for the midday prayer to finish. The twenty-seventh of January marked the fourth Friday during which the village of Kafr ad-Dik has staged a nonviolent protest against the annexation of its agricultural land by the Israeli Occupation Authority (IOA).

The village of Kafr ad-Dik, and the greater Salfit District, is located on top of the largest water table in the West Bank, thus providing it with some of the most fertile land in the region. Home to generations upon generations of farmers, Kafr … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, settlement expansion »

25 Dec 2011
Beit Ommar Villagers Continue to Demonstrate Against Israeli Settlements

On December 23rd, 2011, residents of the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar, accompanied by Israeli and international solidarity activists. held a peaceful demonstration against the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, and the stealing of privately owned agricultural land.

Demonstrators approached the settlement fence and were able to remove a post and some barbed wire before many police arrived and forced them back. The demonstrators remained peaceful, even when the police shoved some of them roughly to the ground. After several speeches were given explaining the illegality of the settlement and the grievances of the Palestinians, the demonstrators ended the protest peacefully. There were no arrests.

The … Continue reading