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30 Sep 2016
Beit Ommar: a Palestinian Town Constantly Fighting the Israeli Occupation

Beit Ommar is a small town (population 18,000) located in the Hebron District of the occupied West Bank, approximately 11kms north of the city of Hebron. Israeli forces occupied the town in 1967, and since then, residents have suffered from the pressures of the occupation. The main road leading into the village has a permanent watchtower guarded by the Israeli military.

Despite the oppressive presence of an occupying army, Beit Ommar villagers have a strong history of popular resistance, with active participation from the area during both the first and second intifadas. Today, Beit Ommar is famous for its regular demonstrations and its ongoing resistance.

The settlements surrounding Beit Ommar
Settlement expansion … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
27 September 2016: Ongoing Blockade as the Source of Grievance in Beit Ommar

The Israeli occupation forces have closed off the main entrance of Beit Ommar. Deploying soldiers, army jeeps, roadblocks, barbed wire, and tire spikes, they are now seemingly reinforcing the existing military tower and building a new construction, the purpose of which is currently unknown. They do not allow anyone to come close to the obstruction, and threaten anyone who dares to do so.

The effects of this blockade are significant. The inhabitants of Beit Ommar must now take alternative, longer roads to leave or enter the town. Palestinians and internationals looking to visit or do business in Beit Ommar are scared away by the big army … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
22 September 2016: the Army Re-Opens the Main Entrance of Beit Ommar

On the 22nd of September, after a 5-day long close, the Israeli occupation forces re-opened the main entrance of Beit Ommar. In this period, they constructed a wall around the existing tower and expanded their presence there by building two extra interrogation and holding cells. The construction of these structures has, in turn, narrowed the street by 1,5 metres, drastically hindering traffic in the main entrance of the town.

In other, unrelated happenings, on Sept the 21st, four ‘Apache’ helicopters flew southwards over Beit Ommar. This is not a new occurrence. However, what is novel is that they flew unusually low over civilian houses. When Apache … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
20 September 2016: The Closing of Beit Ommar

For the past five days, the Israeli occupation forces have closed off the main entrance of Beit Ommar. Deploying soldiers, army jeeps, roadblocks, barbed wire, and tire spikes, they are now seemingly reinforcing the existing military tower and building a new construction, the purpose of which is currently unknown. They do not allow anyone to come close to the obstruction, and threaten anyone who dares to do so.

The effects of this blockade are significant. The inhabitants of Beit Ommar must now take alternative, longer roads to leave or enter the town. Palestinians and internationals looking to visit or do business in Beit Ommar are … Continue reading

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30 Sep 2016
7 September 2016: the Felt Presence of the IDF in Beit Ommar

Since a couple of weeks now, the IDF has started a new campaign of harassment in Beit Ommar. As usual, to make in presence felt vis-à-vis the habitants of the town, the IDF set up temporary checkpoints are important crossroads, but mostly at the entrance of the town, where since the past two weeks, the IDF has increased its control of IDs for Palestinians go in and out of town. In addition, these last three days, the new “hobby” of the IDF seems to be to arrest cars and seized them, leaving the owner without means of transportation. Of course, the army keeps for itself the … Continue reading

Arrest, Bail, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, Night Raid, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
IDF ‘s Favorite Targets of Choice: Children and Young People

In the night of the 15th August to 16th August, the Israeli army has conducted a new operation in the center of Beit Ommar. The incursion of the IDF happened around two o’clock in the morning, during which it burst into several homes, terrorized families and arrested young people – Hmza Abo Hasham (18 years old) and Rashed Adel Salbey, student at the Hebron University (18 years old).

During this operation, the IDF had made it presence noticeable for the whole town by shooting tears gazes and stun grenades as well as rubber bullet. The operation lasted four hours and the army snatched the two … Continue reading

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29 Sep 2016
4 August 2016: Improvised IDF Checkpoint in Beit Ommar

Since the event in Surif of last week, the IDF has decided to conduct various aggressive operations in the town of Beit Ommar, such as the setting of checkpoints, house searches, which led to several arrests of people including minors.

This morning (August 4th), six army jeeps improvised a checkpoint in Beit Ommar at the crossroad leading to Surif and Safaha, a strategic place that the IDF likes to control. According to witnesses, the operation was limited to some house searches and control of IDs. Since the demolition of the house in Surif last week, the presence of the army in Beit Ommar has intensified … Continue reading

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29 Sep 2016
27 July 2016: Surif Woke up at the Sounds of Anti-Tanks Missiles

This morning, the villagers of Surif woke up at the sounds of IDF rockets, targeting a house, in which, an alleged enemy of the state of Israel was living. The confusion and sadness among the villagers was total and the pictures are just a pale description of the violence of the attack, which has pulverized the house and let 5 families without a roof.

According to sources, the attack perpetuated by the IDF started on Tuesday night around 22pm. In the first phase of the operation, IDF soldiers surrounded the house while snipers took position to insure that the alleged “terrorist”, Muhammad Faqih, living at … Continue reading

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4 Sep 2015
Beit Jala Protest Against the Apartheid Wall

For the second week running Beit Jala marched in protest at the building of Israel’s annexation wall through Palestinian land. Israeli soldiers responded with powerful tear gas and stun grenades.

The Israeli military was waiting as the 200-strong group of men, women and children gathered in the Christian village next to Bethlehem. While a Jerusalem member of the clergy was speaking to TV crews and cameras, soldiers were occupying the roof of a Palestinian home – opposite builders trying to work at the top of a nearby house.

Soldiers fired tear gas as soon as the march began. Several people were treated at the scene for breathing … Continue reading

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16 Aug 2015
Hunger Striker Muhammad Allan in Serious Condition

Muhammad Allan continues to struggle for his life and his freedom as pressure in Palestine and globally is mounting for his release after he fell into a coma and was placed on life support in the early morning of 14 August. When Allan’s mother exited her son’s hospital room on Friday, she told reporters that “my son is dying,” reported the Electronic Intifada. Allan’s worsening condition came following a rejection on Thursday of a request for his medical release. The Electronic Intifada noted that Ha’aretz had reported that the Israeli state “fears that such a move could encourage administrative detainees to follow Allan’s lead, especially after seven Palestinian … Continue reading