Articles tagged with: IDF

Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

21 May 2011
Soldiers Threaten Mass Arrests of Beit Ommar Students


In the early morning of Saturday, May 21st, Israeli soldiers approached Beit Ommar residences near the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, delivering a message that village university students would be arrested en masse unless demonstrations against Karmei Tsur were halted. University students are now entering a week of final exams, and cannot afford to miss school. At the behest of the students, the Popular Committee agreed to temporarily suspend demonstrations until the end of exams next week.

During the final exams period of 2010, Israeli soldiers conducted unprompted, mass arrests of village university students. Hundreds of students were held without charge through … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

16 May 2011
Army Fired Tear Gas into Elementary School, Now Closed


During the May 15th incursion into Beit Ommar, Israeli military forces fired at least four canisters of tear gas into an elementary school, smashing windows and filling the building with noxious fumes. The school was not in session at the time. When teachers and students arrived for class this morning, they found that the gas had not yet fully dissipated. Class has been canceled to allow further time for the building to air out.

The Israeli military reaction to “Nakba Day” demonstrations throughout the West Bank, Gaza … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

15 May 2011
Fire and soldiers in Aroub Camp, Nakba Day, May 15 2011

At least 11 people were killed and hundreds injured following demonstrations throughout the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan commemorating the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine, or “Nakba.” In Beit Ommar, one resident was shot in the leg by Israeli soldiers, and another hospitalized due to tear gas inhalation.

On the morning of May 15th, Israeli soldiers gathered near the checkpoint leading out of Beit Ommar, locking the main gate. One group of Israeli soldiers also moved into the terraces south of the main road. At 11:00 am, around forty school girls between the ages of 9 and 15 … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

14 May 2011

Soldiers from the settlement of Karmei Tsur detained two members of the Popular Committee on Friday, May 13. Ali Ayad Awad and his family had been on their land, some of which lies very close to the Karmei Tsur fence. A group of settlers arrived, yelling at them and throwing stones from within the settlement.

Popular Committee members Mohamed Ayad Awad and Ahmed Abu Hashem were informed of the harassment, and came out to the land where the farmers were trying to work. By the time they arrived, the settlers had gone, and instead, a group of soldiers from Karmei Tsur was waiting.

The soldiers detained both Ahmed Abu Hashem and Mohamed Ayad Awad. A half hour later, Popular Committee member Mousa … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

7 May 2011
Three Injured in Beit Ommar Demonstration

Three members of the Beit Ommar National Committee against the Wall and Settlements were injured this afternoon in a demonstration near the Israeli Karmei Tsur settlement. Yousef Abu Marya, age 36, had his wrist broken in two places by Israeli soldiers, while Ahmed Abu Hashem, age 42, and Mousa Abu Marya, 33, sustained leg injuries.

The demonstration was organized by the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements to celebrate the unity agreement made between Hamas and Fatah this past week in Cairo. Demonstrators held signs proclaiming “Unity is Our Strength” and “Unity = Liberty.” This weeks demonstration … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

6 May 2011
Al Ma'asara Protest March, May 6, 2011

On Friday, May 6th, Al Ma’asara Popular Committee member Mahmoud Zwahre was arrested during a peaceful demonstration organized by the village’s popular committee. Around twenty international and Israeli solidarity activists joined with about thirty Al Ma’asara residents in a march towards the proposed site of the Annexation Barrier. Many carried signs decrying Israel’s recent withholding of almost 90 million dollars of Palestinian tax revenue and promising that the nonviolent struggle for a unified Palestinian state could not be bought. Four carried a prop coffin draped in Palestinian flags as a reminder of the true costs of occupation.

As the demonstration approached the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

2 May 2011

On Monday, May 2nd, soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces served demolition orders to two Beit Ommar residents. A car parts shop and stone factory belonging to Sabir Zamil Abu Maria, and a tool shed belonging to Ahmad Hmeid Abu Maria, are both under threat of demolition. According to the orders, the structures are too close to the main road that runs between Bethlehem and Hebron. The two property owners have one week to appeal the decision before demolition crews may legally destroy their buildings under Israeli law.

In a similar event in July of 2010, the IDF razed fruit and vegetable stands, as well as private greenhouses, along route 60, the main North-South highway in the West Bank.

Beit Ommar »

24 Apr 2011
Activists Demonstrate, Work Land Despite Israeli Military Harrasment

On Saturday, April 23, eight Israeli activists and 24 international volunteers joined residents of Beit Ommar for an action near Karmei Tsur organized by the Beit Ommar National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. The international contingent included volunteers from the Palestine Solidarity Project and International Solidarity Movement, as well as the Belgian group Checkpoint Singers. The demonstrators gathered in the lands near Karmei Tsur, and marched towards the settlement carrying flags and signs and chanting against the occupation.

As the protest neared the settlement, soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces lined the path. The protest continued beside the military for several hundred feet, before the soldiers stepped out and blocked … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

18 Apr 2011

On Sunday, April 17th, 2011, Israel Forces invaded the village of Beit Ommar. Soldiers forcefully entered and searched several homes, including those belonging to Yousef Ahmad Rashed Sabarna, Jamal Mahmoud A’lqam, and the Mayor of Beit Ommar, Nasri Sabarna.

Yousef Ahmad Rashed Sabarna had been released only twenty-five days earlier, following a five-year prison term. Jamal Mahmoud A’lqam’s house was searched twice within thirty minutes, and the 19-year-old son of Nasri Sabarana was given summons to appear before Israeli intelligence officials. No cause for the summons was given.

The searches went on for several hours, during which time many residents were afraid to leave their houses. While soldiers moved through the village, those stationed at the entrance to … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

15 Apr 2011
Two Arrested at Al Ma'asara Demonstration

One Israeli and one international solidarity activist were arrested in the village of Al Ma’asara during the village’s weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and annexation barrier. About 40 demonstrators marched from the center of the village to the main road, holding flags and banners and chanting against the occupation and for freedom for Palestine. The demonstration then marched away from the village, down the main road toward the Efrat settlement. Soldiers flanked the demonstrators, pushing them off the road onto the shoulder. About 15 minutes down the road the soldiers halted the procession and forced the demonstrators up onto a hill next to the road. One Israeli solidarity … Continue reading