Articles in the Settler Violence Category

Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Other, Saffa, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

13 Apr 2013

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.

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Other, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

13 Apr 2013

On the 9th of April 2013 a settler from the colony of Kiryat Arba in Hebron ran down Ala’ Alami, a 23 years old university student from Beit Ommar, and two young boys with his car. The settler ran over them just outside the entrance to Beit Ommar as he was driving towards Gush Etzion. After hitting the youths the driver drove off.

The wounded people were transported to Al Ahli hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance for treatment.

This incident was not an isolated one, Palestinian people are both injured and killed by cars driven by settlers. At the entrance of Beit Ommar there are car attacks a couple of times a month. The settlers … Continue reading

Al-Jab'a, Apartheid Wall, Arrest, Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Child Arrests, Farming, Hebron District, Night Raid, Roadblock Removal, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

18 Oct 2012
Olive Harvest Obstructed by Road Blocks and Checkpoints

Olive harvest is upon us. Many Palestinians, as well as internationals, have been looking forward to this season. All family members, including small children and grandparents, gather to pick olives in the beautiful fields throughout the West bank.

Every autumn PSP participate in the olive harvest in solidarity with Palestinian farmers that experience harassment and attacks from either colonists or the Israeli occupation forces. Presence of internationals are also sometimes helpful in preventing or documenting such harassment. PSP contributes to the olive harvest in area C, close to either the segregation wall or Israeli colonies and the purpose of this work is to support and encourage farmers to continue to cultivate their land. It is important not to give up cultivating … Continue reading

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

15 Oct 2012
Colonist Activity in Beit Ommar Land Supported by Soldiers

At 10 a.m. Friday, October 12th about 100 colonists, escorted by soldiers from the Israeli occupation forces, walked out of Karmei Tsur. They went in the direction of Jala at the west of Beit Ommar where several Palestinian residents have their olive trees.

Local families were harvesting their olives, but fled when they saw the group of colonists to avoid being victims of settler attacks that are common in this area. Last year a colonist killed a Palestinian boy in Saffa. The colonists were also intimidating to the people of Jala who stayed home instead of going to Beit Ommar, as they usually do on Fridays.

A local committee member, Ahmed Abu … Continue reading

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

15 Sep 2012
Weekly Demonstration in Beit Ommar

A weekly demonstration took place on Saturday 15th September at the entrance to the Gush Ezion compound, north of Beit Ommar. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, joined by a large media contingent, assembled on the roundabout on the Hebron-Jerusalem road which marks the turning to the bloc of nine Israeli settlements. A number of occupation soldiers and police were present at the demonstration, which was the first arranged by PSP in this location.

The demonstrators carried banners addressing three main grievances. Firstly, a message was directed at the anti-Islamic film which has sparked protests across the Arab world, refusing to resort to extremism, in spite of the deliberately provocative nature of the film. They added that the film reflects only … 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

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

1 Jul 2012
Child Arrested and Man Seriously Injured During Attack on Beit Ommar

On July 1st 2012, Israeli Occupation Forces arrested a child and his uncle at the entrance to Beit Ommar. The arrests of Mohammad Ali Sabar Abu-Ayash (12 years old) and Mohammad Ibrahim Sabar Abu-Ayash (25 years old) took place at around 7pm during an attack on the village by the Israeli military. The IOF also fired tear gas and were violent towards local residents. Israeli settlers at the scene also attacked Beit Ommar residents, pushing Mu’ayad Bahajat Abu-Sara to the ground. After suffering an injury to the head, an ambulance arrived to take him to Hebron where he is currently being treated in hospital.

Arresting and detaining minors – often … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Features, Hebron District, Politics, Settler Violence »

30 Jun 2012
This Week: Settlers Attack Beit Ommar Vegetable Seller, Soldiers Arrest Two Palestinians

On June 28th, Beit Ommar resident and vegetable vendor Yousef Nadi Sabarna was attacked by settlers on his way home from the nearby village of Jeba. In order to return to Beit Ommar, Yousef- who leaves Beit Ommar every day to sell his produce to nearby villages- took a road connecting Jeba to Gush Etzion, one that only Israeli settlers are permitted to use under the current apartheid system. As he neared Gush Etzion, Israelis from the nearby Beit Ayin settlement began throwing stones at his car, shattering his windshield and hitting him in the neck before running away.

After the settlers wounded him and damaged his car, Yousef called his family and asked them to tell the police about … 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, 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