Articles tagged with: Beit Ommar

Beit Ommar »

9 Jul 2009

Mohammed “Hamude” Abu Maria, long-time committee member of the Palestine Solidarity Project, was released from Qetziot prison after 8 months of Administrative Detention, where he was held without charge or trial. Hamude was welcomed home Wednesday afternoon by fireworks and dozens of friends and community members, as well as by his three children, 8 year-old Thikra, 5 year-old Qais and 3 year-old Shahed, as well as by his wife, Feryal.

Hamude was the last of three PSP committee members to be arrested and held in Administrative Detention, a tactic used to intimidate and attempt to quell PSP’s anti-occupation work. While PSP continued its struggle throughout the imprisonment of three of its key organizers in the last year, we are … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

8 Jul 2009

Yunis Al Alami, a 20 year old resident of Beit Ommar, was arrested by the Israeli army at 2 AM this morning in a military house raid. 3 jeeps carrying approximately 12 soldiers arrived at his home in the middle of the night, arresting him without warrant, charges or explanation. No one knows where he was taken, or when he will be released.

Yunis is a student at Hebron University, and life-long resident of Beit Ommar. He was arrested in front of his parents and siblings, including three children. His 22 year old brother, Ahmed Al Alami, was arrested a year ago under similar circumstances, and is still being held without charges in Administrative Detention.

The arrest is just one … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

8 Jul 2009

On July 7, 2009 at approximately 5pm, an Israeli military official called the mayor of Beit Ommar/ Saffa, Nasri Sabarneh, and informed him that settlers had set fire to some trees in the Abu Jabber Soleiby land in Saffa, just under the illegal Bat ‘Ayn settlement. A group of internationals, including one who also holds Israeli ID, went down into the valley to investigate and document the destruction. When they arrived, a group of Israeli soldiers was already present.

While the group of internationals quickly began surveying the area, one soldier, Phillip, crossed the valley to a group of 4 activists and told … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

4 Jul 2009

Another success! For the first Saturday since the beginning of April, the Soleiby family has worked their land in Saffa, Beit Ommar, without the accompaniment of Israeli or international activists. This temporary victory comes on the heels of 3 months of Israeli and international activists accompanying the farmers into the valley to protect them from settler attacks, a job which until now the Israeli military has failed to do.

The Abu Jabber, Abu Mohammed and Abu Fahed Soleiby families are farmers and long time residents of Beit Omar, a village half way between Hebron and Bethlehem. Their farmland is located in Saffa, directly
below the illegal Bat ‘Ayn Settlement. The settlement is one of the most violent in the West Bank, former … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

30 Jun 2009
Success!  Farmers Access Their Land Without Interference in Saffa

For the first time since the beginning of April, members of the Soleiby family have successfully cultivated their land in Saffa, Beit Omar, without the interference of soldiers or settlers. After a violent attack by the Israeli military Saturday morning that resulted in the arrest of 26 activists and the injury of dozens more, the army has agreed to provide protection for the Soleiby family as they cultivate their land near the Bat ‘Ayn settlement.

The Abu Jabber, Abu Mohammed, and Abu Fahed Soleiby families are of Palestinian farmers from Beit Ommar with land in Saffa. They are regularly attacked by settlers from the illegal Bat ‘Ayn settlement, who … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

28 Jun 2009
26 Activists Detained, Scores Beaten as Soldiers Prevent Farmers From Accessing Their Land in Saffa

June 27, 2009–As has been done since the beginning of April when the Israeli military began actively preventing members of the Soleiby family of Beit Ommar from accessing their agricultural land near Bat ‘Ayn settlement with a series of “Closed military zone” orders, Israeli and international activists joined the family in an attempt to pick fruit on their land. This week, however, the military went to extreme measures to prevent the activists and farmers from getting anywhere near their land.

In … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

23 Jun 2009
Overnight, Palestinian's Livelihood Destroyed by Israeli Settlers

In the early hours of Monday, June 22, 2009, settlers from the Bat ‘Ain settlement set fire and cut down more than 125 grapevines and fruit trees belonging to Hamad Soleiby. Israeli soldiers said they saw a fire in the Palestinian agricultural fields some time during the night and went to put it out, though they did nothing to collect the evidence; kerosene canisters and matches were still there the next morning when activists from the Palestine Solidarity Project accompanied the farmer’s family to survey the damage.

One week before, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

15 Nov 2008

On November 9th at approximately 10pm Israeli Occupation Forces along with members of the Israeli intelligence services (“Shabak”) invaded the home of Mohammed Abu Maria (known as Hamuda), a long-time member and coordinator of Palestine Solidarity Project. He was not at home though his wife and three small children were. The Shabak agenst informed Mohammed’s wife that they “knew” he was in Beit Ommar and that they would wait for him at his home. Fearing that they would damage the home, and also knowing that Mohammed’s wife has health problems that are greatly increased by stress, a fellow PSP member and neighbor called Mohammed and told him that Shabak was at his home. Shabak at the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

9 Nov 2008

After technical difficulties for the last month, our website is (finally!) back online. Please take a moment to read the following 5 reports from the month of October and beginning of November, particularly the report dated October 11 which recounts the two-day invasion of Beit Ommar. A video of those two days will be edited and on our youtube site shortly!

Beit Ommar »

11 Oct 2008

Day 1

At 4 am yesterday morning more than 50 Israeli soldiers entered Beit Ommar and took over two homes inside the village. Soldiers built sniper posts, filled one home’s windows with sandbags, and raised Israeli flags over both homes inside the village. They then erected a roadblock on the main road and have intermittently prevented foot and car traffic down the main road, cutting off more than 30,000 people from Beit Ommar and surrounding villages from accessing the highway to Betlehem or Hebron. Though the order they came with specified that the homes were to be occupied for one day, the permanent structures erected, including the roadblock, barbed wire fences surrounding the homes, and sniper posts, indicate … Continue reading