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26 Feb 2011
Over 1000 Demonstrate in Hebron to Open Shuhada Street Despite Army Repression

On Friday, February 25th, 2011 at around 1pm, more than 1000 Palestinians, supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, rallied in the city of Hebron to demand the opening of Shuhada street. Shuhada street was once one of the main economic and transportation hubs in Hebron, but now the street is completely closed to Palestinians and only Israeli settlers are allowed to use it.

This demonstration was particularly important as Israel, with the support of the United States, has increased settler expansion in the West Bank. The date chosen was also significant because it coincided with the anniversary of the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside the Hebron Ibrahimi … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

23 Feb 2011

On Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011, at 2am, Israeli Forces entered the area of Al-Dahr in Beit Ommar, near the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur and arrested three residents of the village. One of the arrested is only 14 years old.

About a dozen soldiers first went to the home of Jamal Abu Hashem, forced their way into the residence, and beat Jamal. For the next twenty minutes, soldiers ransacked the house before arrested Jamal’s son Mohammad, who is 14 years old.

The soldiers next invaded the home of Ali Mohammad Al-Za’aqiq, who is 18 years old and placed him under arrest. Nabeel Ahmad Awad was arrested at the final house the soldiers entered. All three of the arrested … Continue reading

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19 Feb 2011
13 Boys Arrested From Playground after Army Represses Beit Ommar Demonstration

On Saturday the 19th of February at 1 pm, the Beit Ommar National Committee held a large demonstration to protest the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements, with support from the United States. They were joined by Palestinian Popular Committees from Hebron, Al-Ma’asara, Beit Ula, At-Tuwani, Surif, and Wadi Rahal, as well as members from the Beit Ommar municipality. The gathered Palestinian activists were also supported by a large number of Israeli and International solidarity activists.

The army arrived in several jeeps from Karmei Tsur settlement and immediately began shooting tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Israeli Forces also threw sound bombs at the … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

19 Feb 2011
Israeli Forces Arrest 9-Year-Old in Beit Ommar

On February 18, 2011, at 2pm, six military vehicles full of Israeli Forces entered the village of Beit Ommar and began shooting tear gas near the homes of residents. After entering the house of Ahmed Mahmoud al-Alami, soldiers began beating the occupants and arrested Ahmed’s 9-ear-old son Mahmoud.


During the arrest, a soldier carried Mahmoud over his shoulder as he took him from his house towards an army jeep. Mahmoud’s mother ran out after him demanding that the soldiers release her son, but her protests fell on deaf ears. At the same time, soldiers blocked off the main street of the village, preventing residents from entering the area. After a while, the soldiers left, taking … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

27 Jan 2011

Update: Hamza Abu Hashem has been released. !2 year-old Bilal is still being held by Israeli forces.

On Thursday, January 27th at 2pm, two army jeeps full of Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank, and arrested two Palestinian boys, Bilal Mahmood Awad, age 12, and Hamza Ahmed Abu Hashem age 11. The boys were arrested while they were playing football not far from their homes.

Bilal and Hamza were taken to the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur and then transferred to the police station in Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron. Hamza is the son of a member of the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ommar, a … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

26 Jan 2011

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ommar in the afternoon and arrested 18-year-old Amar Abed Al-Hamid Abu Maria while he was eating in his home. Israeli Forces entered the outskirts of the village from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur, at 4pm. Large amounts of tear gas and sound bombs were fired at buildings and people in this area of Beit Ommar.

Upon reaching the the home of Mohammad Abu Maria, brother of Popular Committee members Yousef and Mousa Abu Maria, the soldiers broke into the residence and arrested his son, Amar, who was taken back to Karmei Tsur. Amar’s family was given no reason for his arrest.

In June, 2010, Amar’s home was … Continue reading

Arrest, Child Arrests, Hebron District »

20 Jan 2011
Israeli Forces Arrest Four Children South of Beit Ommar

At around 12pm on Wednesday, January 19th 2011, Israeli soldiers stopped four Palestinian children along Route 60, between Beit Ommar and the city of Hebron. The soldiers detained the youth, all of whom appeared under the age of 15, in an isolated area out of sight of the road. By chance, international observers with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) traveling in a car spotted the soldiers leading the children away and followed to advocate for their welfare.

Despite the presence of international human rights activists, at one point the youth were forced to sit on the ground in the stress position … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

9 Jan 2011
14-Year-Old Beit Ommar Resident Released From Israeli Prison

On January 7th, 2011, Mohammad Awad, age 14, was released after being held for more than a month and a half in an Israeli prison. Mohammad was arrested on November 20th, 2010, during one of the weekly Saturday unarmed demonstrations in Beit Ommar.

The Israeli military wrongfully charged Mohammad with throwing stones. However, numerous eye-witnesses, including international and Israeli solidarity activists, claim that Mohammad was not throwing stones but merely participating in an unarmed demonstration in his own village against the neighboring Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Five solidarity activists, all adults, were also arrested along with Mohammad but were released late in the evening of November 20th.

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Arrest, Child Arrests, Saffa, Settler Violence »

17 Nov 2010
Settlers Set Saffa Ablaze, 3 Palestinian Youth Arrested While Extinguishing the Fire

Last night settlers from the Bat Ayn settlement set fire to 70 olive trees in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar. The trees belonged to the Thalji Aady family, who have been subject to frequent settler violence and military harassment. The fire was lit around 9:30 pm, and burned for 3 hours before fire trucks from the village were able to extinguish the flames. At 11:00 pm 3 military jeeps arrived and attempted to prevent villagers from extinguishing the fire, arresting 3 Palestinian youth in the process.

Settlers from the Bat Ayn settlement frequently destroy trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in Saffa, and several farmers … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

2 Nov 2010

On Monday, November 1, 2010 Tha’er Abu Hashem, the son of Beit Ommar Popular Committee member Ahmed Abu Hashem, was released on a 2000 shekel bail after being held for more than 4 months without charge or trial in the Israeli military court system. His younger brother, 17 year-old Yousef Abu Hashem, is still awaiting final sentencing.

On Tuesday, November 2, ‘Amer Abu Maria, the nephew of committee members Mousa and Yousef Abu Maria, is set to be released, after a 5 month sentence in Israeli military court. His was part of a string of arrests of young boys in their final year of school during their final exams, preventing them from graduating from High School and … Continue reading