Articles tagged with: IDF

Beit Ommar »

11 Jun 2011
Dozens Gather to Recognize World's Support for for Palestinian State, Two Arrested

On Saturday, June 11th, roughly 30 activists gathered for a demonstration against Karmei Tsur. The group, comprised of Palestinians, as well as Israeli and international solidarity activists, marched towards the settlement chanting against the occupation. The protesters held posters saying, “Awakening of Consciousness,” and, “No Sound Louder than People’s Sound,” as well as flags from countries around the world that have recognized Palestine’s right to statehood.

As the protest climbed up the hill, a line of soldiers blocked off the road. … Continue reading

Jordan Valley »

11 Jun 2011
2 Detained, Blindfolded by Israeli Military in Illegal Demolition Near Al Hadidya, Jordan Valley

At 3pm yesterday 2 army jeeps carrying 8 soldiers came to the home of the Oudeh family. They demanded that the family take down their tent house and their two animal shelters. The army did not present the family with a demolition order or any other documents requiring the family to leave their land.

The Oudeh family live near Al Hadidya, in the northern Jordan Valley. Al Hadidya is in the shadow of Roi’i settlement, and adjacent to an army training area. While the family is originally from Hebron, they have lived near Al Hadidya since before the Israeli … Continue reading

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10 Jun 2011
Regular Protests Begin in At-Twani, Three Injured

On Friday, June 10, about 40 people gathered for the first of what will become regular, weekly demonstrations in At-Twani, a small Palestinian community south of Hebron. Protesters marched through town towards the nearby settlement of Ma’on, often a source of settler violence and harassment. Before they could get there, they were stopped by a group of about twenty Israeli soldiers. The army refused to let the demonstration pass. Protesters and soldiers argued for about ten minutes. Then the military grabbed a member of At-Twani’s Popular committee and an Israeli activist and pushing the rest of the activists back. One soldier threw a sound … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

9 Jun 2011
Soldiers Attempt to Stop Farmers in Saffa

On the evening of Wednesday, July 8th, a group of farmers attempting to harvest grape leaves in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar were halted by Israeli soldiers. Around thirty farmers were stopped by nine members of the Israeli army, who declared that the area was a closed military zone. The closed military zone paperwork required by Israeli law was never shown.

Members of the Popular Committee, PSP volunteers, and the mayor of Beit Ommar argued with the soldiers for some time, and the farmers continued to gather grape leaves. When the farmers finished their work, all parties left … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

5 Jun 2011
Israeli Soldiers, Police, Take Positions at Entrance to Beit Ommar

At 11:00 on Sunday, June 5th, five military jeeps and one police car took up positions at the main entrance of Beit Ommar. Around 10 Israeli soldiers were circled the watchtower, taking pictures of the area.

The purpose of the operation is still unclear.

Beit Ommar »

5 Jun 2011
Fifty Gather to Commemorate 44 Years of Occupation

On Saturday, June 4th, a group of 50 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists met in Beit Ommar to commemorate Al Naksa Day (literally, the “day of the setback”,) which for the Palestinian people marks the displacement and occupation that accompanied Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. The purpose of the demonstration was to bury the settlements, the American injustice and the racism of the Israeli state. A coffin made out of paper with slogans on its sides was carried in the front, followed by the rest of the protesters. The group marched towards Karmei Tsur, chanting slogans against the occupation and waving Palestinian flags.

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Beit Ommar »

3 Jun 2011
Popular Committee Member Harassed, Served in Midnight Military Incursion

At 2:00 am on Friday, June 3rd, Israeli military forces entered Beit Ommar and made their way to the home of Popular Committee member and PSP coordinator Mousa Abu Maria. When they could not immediately find him, the soldiers woke Abu Maria’s neighbor to direct them. The man refused, but the soldiers took him along anyways until they found the correct door.

When Abu Maria opened the door, the soldiers demanded that he strip off his clothes. Abu Maria refused, but the soldiers insisted until he complied. After checking him, the soldiers pushed in and demanded to see his identification card. Abu Maria provided … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

1 Jun 2011
Israeli Forces Close Route 60 for Settler Bike Tour

At mid-day Wednesday June 1st, Israeli soldiers closed portions of Route 60, the north-south highway in the West Bank, to make way for about 400 Israeli settlers who were cycling to Jerusalem. For two hours, 15 military vehicles, including two APCs, were stationed near the entrance of the Beit Ommar and alongside the road. All traffic was stopped in both directions, and the soldiers forced everyone present to leave the area immediately. Vehicles and people attempting to exit the village via the main gate were also blocked.

After an hour and a half, three jeeps and an Israeli … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

31 May 2011

During the day of Wednesday, May 25, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Beit Ommar played music and audio from pornographic media over speakers at high volumes. The audio assault was intended to disturb and repulse Palestinian villagers.

It is not uncommon for the Israeli army to blast loud music and porn, making village residents uncomfortable in their own homes.

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

29 May 2011

In the evening hours of Saturday, May 28, Israeli soldiers stopped a group of farmers in the Safa region of Beit Ommar from proceeding to their lands to harvest grape leaves. Four members of the Israeli army detained about twenty Beit Ommar farmers for half an hour, claiming the area was a closed military zone. They showed no paperwork, and finally the farmers moved past them to complete their work. The farmers gathered leaves until their containers were full, and then moved to leave.

The soldiers allowed the women of the group to continue home, but detained the men. Eight men had their identification cards taken, and were made to sit and wait for another group of soldiers to arrive. The … Continue reading