Articles tagged with: Beit Ommar

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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, Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
Demolition Orders - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On September 24th, the Center for Freedom and Justice received a demolition order from the Israeli military for one of its project sites, which lies at the edge of Beit Ommar in Area C. As a matter of fact, saying that we “received” the order does not do the deed justice. In reality, we found the piece of paper by chance, as it was stuck between two bricks of a low wall on the site itself. Had we not noticed this small, inconspicuous slip of paper, we would not have any information or knowledge about this planned demolition and would not have been able to make any appeal in … 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

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

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

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Settler Attack, Settler Violence, Soldier Violence, South Betlehem »

30 Sep 2016
The Israeli Settlements: a Nest of Violence and Hate

Since its invasion of the West Bank in 1967, the state of Israel has launched a vast campaign of colonization throughout the territories. According to the last statistics, in 2015, the occupier state has established 196 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Moreover, by adding the 232 settler outposts, this colonization policy has captured 45% of the West Bank area. The expansionist ambition of the settlers has no limit and it follows a systematic master plan, which is orchestrated behind the curtain by the Israel government, which put in place various legal policies to confiscate the land from the Palestinians…. 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

Beit Ommar, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, settlement expansion »

30 Sep 2016
Water Shortages in the West Bank: Another Form of Apartheid 

Water is a precious commodity and is essential to the life of every human beings. Water is so sacred in the daily life and in the environment of all people that the United Nations General Assembly recognized it as a fundamental right in 2010. However, the Right of Water for Palestinians is constantly violate by the Israeli policies and laws.

In the Occupied Territories, the scarcity of water is a recurent issue, which put hundreds of thousand people at risk, especially during the summer heatwaves. Although the shortages of water is not new for Palestinians, they are representative of the discrimitative polices of the Israeli government towards them. It … Continue reading

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

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