Articles tagged with: Beit Ommar

Betlehem District »

25 Dec 2012
Help Keep PSP Organizing in 2013!

Palestine Solidarity Project has once again been at the center of some of the most important organizing and activism in Palestine and in Palestine solidarity World Wide. Some of our 2012 highlights:

*PSP Co-Founder Mousa Abu Maria, former political prisoner who was held in prison with Khader Adnan and Thaer Halahle was an incomparable resource on the epic hunger strikes that these men led while in Administrative Detention. After their releases, both Khader Adnan and Thaer Halahle met with PSP and joined in their weekly demonstrations in Beit Ommar

*PSP Co-Founder Bekah Wolf testified at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, which passed several resolutions boycotting Israeli Settlement Products and supporting Palestinian non-violent resistance in … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

22 Dec 2012
Israeli Forces Fire Live Ammunition at Funeral in Beit Ommar

Today Ahmed Aadi, 43, was found dead outside of Beit Ommar. Ahmed was well-known and popular around town. He had been missing for several weeks, and was mentally disabled. His funeral was held this afternoon in Beit Ommar and was attended by over 1,000 residents. Beit Ommar’s cemetery, which is hundreds of years old, is at the entrance to the village, which is now also permanently occupied by an Israeli military watch tower and IDF forces. Israeli soldiers often attack funeral processions, trying to force local residents to enter the cemetery by climbing over the side wall, claiming funeral processions are a danger to the settlers driving past the entrance of Beit Ommar.
Today … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

22 Dec 2012
Two Children Detained in Beit Ommar Demonstration

Today, dozens of Palestinians participated in the weekly demonstration organized by the Beit Ommar popular committee and Palestine Solidarity Project near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration was met by Israeli soldiers, who immediately ordered the area a closed military zone. Sound bombs were thrown towards the demonstrators including landowners and their children who were demanding the right to access their land. As the demonstrators proceeded forward, Israeli forces began pushing demonstrators.
Israeli forces then grabbed two young boys, 11 year old Mohammed Tasser and 12 year old Qusay Abu Hashem. Both boys were handcuffed and dragged into the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Gaza »

24 Nov 2012

Greetings from Occupied Palestine.

As many know, Israel was forced to agree to a ceasefire with the resistance in Gaza on Friday. Reports from Palestinian and international human rights organizations say that in the 8 day offensive, 173 Palestinians were killed, at least 67% of which were civilians. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers, 1 in Nabi saleh, Ramallah District and 1 in Hebron City, at unarmed demonstrations in the West Bank in support of Gaza. A baby also died as a result of the Israeli invasion of his village in Ramallah District.

Palestine Solidarity Project tried to keep people updated on Gaza news as it came out via twitter. We will be compiling those tweets into a … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Gaza »

18 Nov 2012
2 Critically Injured, 4 Arrested in Last 24 Hours in Beit Ommar

Residents of Beit Ommar have held ongoing spontaneous protests against Israel’s attack on Gaza, which many are calling a massacre. Yesterday, one man, Khaled Abu Ayyesh, 20, was arrested yesterday by Israeli forces. Another, Moyasir Abu Maria, was shot from less than 3 meters away with a tear gas canister in his torso. He is in serious condition in a hospital in Hebron. Overnight, Israeli forces invaded Beit Ommar, entering homes and arresting young men. Three men, Yousef Abu Maria, 19, son of Popular Committee member Ahmed Abu Maria, Mohammed Awad, and Yousef Alami were arrested from their homes.

When the Israeli military invaded the home of brothers Mohammed Awad and Hamada Awad, they … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Gaza »

17 Nov 2012
Demonstration in Beit Ommar for Gaza

Today, a coalition of activists in Beit Ommar including the Center for Freedom and Justice, Palestine Solidarity Project, members of the Popular Committee and a new youth group Youth Power of Palestine (find them on facebook) organized an emergency demonstration in Beit Ommar in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Over 100 people, all Palestinian, marched from the center of town to the Israeli military watch tower at the entrance to the town. They were met by a large Israeli military force which shot tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstration. For over 2 hours, the group stayed near the entrance to the village, protesting Israeli aggression and occupation. Israeli soldiers … Continue reading

checkpoints, Direct Action »

14 Nov 2012
Beit Ommar Participates in West Bank-Wide Demonstrations Against the Occupation

On November 14, a series of coordinated direct actions took place across the West Bank, coordinated by a network of activists throughout the West Bank. Palestinians, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists blocked settler-only roads and checkpoints in Huwarra, Nablus; Ni’lin, Ramallah; Nabi Saleh, Ramallah; Bil’in, Ramallah; Nashash, Betlehem; and Beit Jala, Betlehem. Activists from Beit Ommar and Palestine Solidarity Project joined over 100 other activists at the tunnels checkpoint outside of Beit Jala. For nearly half an hour, activists blocked Israeli settler traffic into Jerusalem through the checkpoint, protesting the ongoing military occupation of the West Bank. While some activists in some areas chose to emphasize the Palestinian bid for an upgrade in status … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Night Raid, Other »

10 Nov 2012

On Wednesday 7th of November at 3 a.m. Israeli occupation forces raided the village of Beit Ommar. Approximately fifty soldiers arrived in five jeeps and one van to transport prisoners.

Two youth of Beit Ommar were arrested; Mutazem Ibrahim Ikhlayl (20) and Mohammed Nasser Ikhlayl (19). Both of them have been arrested before. The prisoners were taken to the military base in Gush Etzion.

In addition to these arrests, the soldiers went to the house of Emad Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (23). He lives together with his wife and two children. Emad was given an order to meet in Gush Eztion Monday 12th of November only ten days after … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District »

4 Nov 2012
Weekly demonstration; Karmei Tsur and Lord Balfour

Saturday 3rd November

On the anniversary of the signing of the infamous Balfour Declaration, in which Great Britain approved the establishment of a Jewish homeland on Palestinian land – thus beginning the process whereby the Palestinian people, the indigenous inhabitants of the region, have been progressively displaced and removed – inhabitants of Beit Ommar, together with Israeli and international supporters, demonstrated in front of the colony of Karmei Tsur which is built on stolen Beit Ommar lands.

A line of heavily-armed Israeli Occupation Force soldiers and border police prevented the demonstrators from entering village farmlands several hundred metres short of the barbed … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District »

4 Nov 2012

In the afternoon of Wednesday 30th October, at around 4.30 p.m., yet another resident of the village of Beit Ommar was hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler.

Hala Alif Abu Ayash, a thirteen year old schoolgirl was walking along the road verge near her home when she was struck by a car driven by a settler from the nearby Israeli colony of Karmei Tsur. The colony, built on stolen Beit Ommar land, has for years posed a violent threat to local residents, who have suffered from the aggressive tactics of the settlers.

Hala had left her home near Highway 60, the main route connecting Bethlehem to Al Khalil (Hebron) in the south, to buy chocolates for her younger siblings … Continue reading