Articles tagged with: Beit Umar

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District »

31 Jan 2013
Beit Ommar Protest in Solidarity with Lubna Hanash

This Saturday’s weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar, which was once again attended by residents and Israeli activists who have been protesting against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid since 2008, had a special message against the arbitrary and illegal killings of Palestinian civilians. In particular, residents carried signs in support of Lubna Hanash, who was killed by Israeli soldiers who opened fire on her while she stood in front of the Aroub Agricultural College, just down the road from Beit Ommar.

The demonstration, which was held near one of the Israeli settlements built on Beit Ommar land-Karmei Tsur. Israeli soldiers immediately attacked the protesters, attempting to … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

8 Jan 2013
Israel Refuses to Prosecute Settler as Attacks Continue in Beit Ommar Area

Two days ago, on January 6th, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the Jerusalem District Attorney had decided not to move forward with the prosecution of an Israeli settler who threw a firebomb into a Palestinian taxi north of Beit Ommar last August, which severely wounded 6 occupants, including children. They decided to close the case even though DNA evidence was found on a glove at the crime scene. It is yet one more example of the Israeli government’s unwillingness to prosecute settlers for their crimes, leading these right-wing settlers to attack and vandalize Palestinian property with increasing frequency.

On January 1, 2013, two elderly … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

28 Dec 2012
Israeli Forces Attack School, PSP Activists in Another Invasion Following Funeral

For the third time in 4 days, Israeli forces attacked residents of Beit Ommar after a funeral. On Wednesday, December 26, over 100 soldiers and the “skunk” truck were used in a prolonged attack on the residents of Beit Ommar that lasted over two hours. Soldiers began by firing on the the youth who had gathered near the entrance to the cemetery during the funeral of a man who died suddenly at the age of 37. Soldiers immediately began using rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition, as they had on December 22 when they wounded two young men with live ammunition.
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28 Dec 2012
Israeli Forces Invade Beit Ommar Again After Funeral, Settler Hit-and-Run

On December 24th a local resident of Beit Ommar died of natural causes. As we have reported before, funerals in Beit Ommar are often attacked by Israeli forces who are stationed at the entrance to the village, which is also the location of the town cemetery. On the same day, a settler bus hit and ran over a child from Beit Ommar, 13 year-old Mohammed Za’aqiq, who was taken to the hospital. The combination of the funeral and the settler hit-and-run were used by the Israeli military as a premise for entering the village and attacking its residents. Tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition were shot into the village. Several residents were … Continue reading

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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.
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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