Articles tagged with: Beit Omar

Beit Ommar »

26 Sep 2007

For several days in a row, the Israeli Occupation Forces have been invading Beit Ommar, wreaking havoc and terrorizing the villagers. On Tuesday at approximately 4am soldiers in jeeps and Amoured Personnel Carriers entered Beit Ommar and immediately began shooting out the street lights in the main road, creating panic for people on their way to the mosque for morning prayers. The soldiers also shot several tear gas canisters into nearby homes and shot live ammunition at civilians. They then cut the power to entire center of the village, which remained off for several hours. Later tuesday evening, soldiers again entered the village, this time just before the villagers were set to break the daily Ramadan … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

4 Sep 2007

Sunday, September 2, Palestinian, international, and Israeli activists, including people from PSP and Anarchists Against the Wall blocked the entrance to the Karmi Tsur settlement. Karmi Tsur is an illegal Israeli settlement built on the land of Beit Ommar and Halhul, two Palestinian villages in the Hebron district. One year ago the settlement built a new fence around it, annexing more Palestinian land. In April, 2007 activists cut open this illegal fence and this Sunday part of their own dismantled fence was used to block the entrance to the settlement.

Activists chained the section of the fence across the entrance of the settlement. A … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

8 Jul 2007

On Wednesday, July 4 at 1 pm soldiers entered Beit Ommar with two jeeps. They stopped at a road near the PSP house and ordered a farmer, Nassir Ala’ame, to wait for one hour before working his land. With a map in hand, the soldier asked Nassir if he could tell him more information about a certain area called Wadi al Arab in Beit Ommar. After the hour, he was informed that he could not work his land at all that day.

A few days later the soldiers came again and detained the student Ahmad Moussa Awad for one hour to interrogate him for more information about the area. … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

25 Jun 2007

After being released from prison, Samir Abu Marya of Beit Ommar received a new paper ID and has been denied access to a real ID for the next three years. In February of 2007, Samir Abu Marya, 20 years old, was arrested at the Gush Etzion checkpoint. He sat in prison without a fair trial for three months under administrative detention. When he was released, he received a sheet of paper that listed the dates of his imprisonment instead of an ID. He went to the Palestinian Administration the next day in order to get a real ID, but was informed that Israel blocked his access to owning … Continue reading

Hebron District »

23 Jun 2007

The IOF shot and killed Shadi Rajih Al-Matoor, 25, at a military roadblock near the city of Halhul. Halhul is a village of 28,000 between Beit Ommar and Hebron. The IOF instituted a flying checkpoint between Halhoul and Hebron, stopping traveling Palestinians. When Al-Matoor’s service was stopped, the passengers were ordered to leave the vehicle. Shadi Rajih Al-Matoor was checked and then shot first in the head and then in the leg with rubber bullets. He was then rushed to the Al Ahli Palestinian hospital in Hebron where he died.

Al-Matoor was shopping for vegetables, and when he did not return his mother was worried. She called his … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Roadblock Removal »

17 Jun 2007

For the fourth time, the IOF reinstituted a roadblock to prevent traffic from the large vegetable market in Beit Ommar to Route 60, the main highway linking Beit Ommar and other villages to both Hebron to the south and Bethlehem to the north. The Palestine Solidarity Project along with other groups have already removed this roadblock four times. This particular roadblock directly affects and damages the economy of Beit Ommar and the farmers’ ability to make a living, which is why the PSP is so adamant about removing this roadblock. Several times it was removed at night for the activists’ security.

In the … Continue reading

Al-Jab'a, Beit Ommar »

31 May 2007

Today Palestinians from Sarif and Al-Jab’a’s PSP Committee were joined by members of the Palestine Solidarity Project and Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall in successfully removing a roadblock that blocked movement between the villages of Al-Jab’a and Sarif. During the removal, an IOF jeep arrived. The people continued on. Soon after, a hummer came and the group left temporarily. When the group returned to finish the removal, two more jeeps and ten more soldiers came. Despite the intended intimidation, the people successfully removed the roadblock.

Then the Palestine Solidarity Project and the Anarchists Against the Wall joined Beit Ommar’s Popular Committee … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

19 May 2007

Israeli and International activists, including members of PSP and Ta’ayush, joined Palestinians from Beit Ommar for two consecutive actions – replanting an olive tree grove and removing a roadblock placed on private property. Despite attempted intimidation by soldiers, the activists successfully planted 35 olive trees near the entrance to Beit Ommar, where on April 15th, 2007 the Israeli Army uprooted a grove of trees. The Israeli Occupation Forces informed the owners of the land that it was being bulldozed because kids had been throwing stones from the area. It was yet another act of collective punishment. Within an hour, the group of activists had replanted the trees without incident.

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Apartheid Wall, Betlehem District, South Betlehem »

28 Apr 2007

Yesterday, over a hundred Palestinians from the villages of Beit Fag’ar, Um Salamuna, Wadi An-Nis, Al- Masara, Al-Khadr, and Beit Ommar, accompanied by Israeli and international activists, united on land near the Efrat settlement and attempted to block Route 60, the main north-south highway from Hebron up through Jerusalem to the northern West Bank. Though the high-spirited demonstrators were prevented by an enormous show of force by the Israeli Occupation Forces from blocking the highway, their message was seen, and heard, loud and clear. Demonstrators held up banners and signs in Hebrew, Arabic and English protesting the theft of their land by the Israeli government for the construction of the Annexation … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

27 Apr 2007

The nearly 300 olive trees planted near Karmi Tsur by the people of Beit Ommar along with international and Israeli activists lasted 4 days before the Israeli army and settlers uprooted them. Though the land is considered by even the Israeli High Court to be Palestinian, and a commander on site when the trees were planted last saturday said the farmers were allowed to plant there, other soldiers promised that they would simply come later and uproot the trees, and they kept their word. When PSP went to check on the trees, we found only 7 remaining. Though we were prevented by settler security from checking the entire length … Continue reading