Articles tagged with: Beit Ummar

Beit Ommar »

20 Apr 2007

On Monday, April 16, 3 Israeli Occupation Force jeeps drove into Beit Ommar from the Karmi Tsur settlement. The IOF enters the village from this area nearly every other day as a show of force, antagonizing the local residents and young boys. On this day, the jeeps entered the village and picked out ‘Az Mahmoud Migbal, 15, from a group of young boys, and forced him into a jeep. His mother came out to the jeep and pleaded with the soldiers to let him go. When she asked why her son was being arrested the soldiers said he was throwing stones. They then pushed her away and took ‘Az … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Betlehem District »

15 Apr 2007

Last night at approximately 10pm the Israeli Occupation Forces invaded the home of Mohammed Mahmoud Abu Ayyesh, near the entrance to Beit Ommar. They forced the family outside and ‘checked’ the house. They also ‘checked’ the family, and hit two of the women who did not want to be patted down by the soldiers. The only reason the soldiers gave them was that it was for “security”. This morning at approximately 9:30am an IOF bulldozer was brought to the land of the same family and bulldozed one dunum of land, including fruit trees. The military also closed the entrance to the village and again said it was in the name of “security”. The land … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

14 Apr 2007

Today, over 30 activists cut about 15 meters of the illegal fence around Karme Tzur, next to Beit Ommar. Two groups used cutters, ropes and hammers to tear down parts of the fence that was built this last summer. The Palestinians wanted to demonstrate not only that the fence was illegitimate, but that they would no longer be intimidated by the settlers, who often harass the farmers whose land is near the settlement.

The activists wore reflective vests and carried banners in Hebrew to try to ensure that the settlers, who are … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

9 Apr 2007

Last night Palestinians from Beit Ommar were joined by members of the Palestine Solidarity Project and Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall as they reopened a road that had recently been closed, after being successfully opened by PSP and Israeli activists twice before.

On March 26, 2007 Palestinians from Beit Ommar and members of PSP were accompanied by Israeli and international activists as they removed an important roadblock in Beit Ommar. The roadblock was preventing traffic from the large vegetable market in Beit Ommar directly to Route 60, the main highway linking Beit Ommar and other villages to both Hebron to the south and Betlehem to the north. The road … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

5 Apr 2007

Today, at approximately 3:30 pm at least two communities in the Hebron region, Al-Aroub refugee camp and Beit Ommar, were completely locked down. Gates to the entrances of the villages were closed and the Israeli army would not let anyone in cars or on foot leave. In addition, traffic running north on Route 60 (the main highway from southern Palestine up through Jerusalem) was shut down outside Gush Etzion settlement bloc, completely cutting off traffic from the Hebron region to the rest of Palestine.

The Israeli army has blocked all roads out of Al-Aroub and Beit Ommar except the ones controlled by the Israeli gates. For over 2 hours the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

30 Mar 2007

Today at approximately 4:30 pm four army jeeps entered the edge of Beit Ommar and occupied one home. from the rooftop of the home, they shot rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas into the fields and onto the roofs of nearby houses. There was no planned demonstration in Beit Ommar and the Israeli Army entered with no obvious goal other than to antagonize the local people. After shooting at no clear targets from that location, the jeeps moved and entered the main street in the town, occupying the balcony of another home and shooting rubber-coated steel bullets indiscriminately between the houses and tear … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

26 Mar 2007

Today, members of PSP attempted to accompany farmers from Beit Ommar to their land near the Karme Zur settlement to prune their grapevines. Last summer, the Israeli Occupation Forces built a fence through the farmers’ land, for “security reasons”. However, after an Israeli Supreme Court decision, the farmers were granted access to their land on the other side of the fence if coordinated with the DCO (the district representative of the Israeli Army who is the ‘liason’ to the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories).

When the farmers arrived at the gate at a time pre-arranged with the DCO, an IOF Humvee and an … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

26 Mar 2007

Nearly a month ago an illegal roadblock, that PSP, Palestinian, and Israeli activists had removed in October, was put back into place. As promised, last night the Beit Ommar Popular Committee, PSP, international and Israeli activists removed the roadblock, again. The roadblock was prohibiting traffic from the main vegetable market in Beit Ommar to Route 60, the main thoroughfare to Betlehem and Hebron. Because of this roadblock, it was very difficult for vegetable trucks to carry produce from Beit Ommar to surrounding areas.

The right to freedom of movement is recognized under international law and therefore all roadblocks put in Palestine by Israeli Occupation Forces are illegal. These roadblocks … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

25 Mar 2007

Today approximately 30 girls from the Gush Etzion settlement, accompanied by an armed guard, trespassed on Palestinian land in Beit Ommar. When an international activist questioned the armed man, he said that the girls were on a “field trip” because they believed that this land (the land they were trespassing on) was theirs. The youth were from a girls zionist youth organization.

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

24 Mar 2007

Today, International and Israeli activists from Ta’ayush movement joined Abu Jabber Soleiby and the Beit Ommar Popular Committee as Soleiby, his brother and his nephew pruned their grapevines near the Israeli settlement Beit ‘Ain. Abu Jabber and his brother have been forced to rely on accompaniment by international and Israeli activists to work their land in the Saffa area of Beit Ommar after repeated violent attacks from the settlers. The Soleiby family is determined to continue to go to their land in defiance of the settlers’ attempts to terrorize them and force them to give up the land that they have owned for decades.
Abu Jabber spoke about the repeated … Continue reading