Articles tagged with: IDF

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

13 Mar 2011
Israeli Settlers Invade Beit Ommar Village

On Saturday, March 12, 2011 at around 8pm, three bus loads full of Israeli settlers entered the village of Beit Ommar, breaking into at least two residences and beating the Palestinian occupants. The attacks seemed to be coordinated as part of other settler violence across the West Bank. Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in villages near Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron.

In Beit Ommar, three buses of settlers from Bat Ayn and Kiryat Arba Settlements stopped on Route 60 near the entrance of the village. The settlers entered a residence close to the Israeli watchtower, breaking everything inside the house and smashing flower pots … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Other »

10 Mar 2011
Actions in Chicago, San Francisco, Remember Murdered Beit Ommar Youth

Thursday, March 10th, 2011, 7am: Responding to an international call to action, Palestinian solidarity activists in Chicago renamed street signs on downtown street corners commemorating a Palestinian youth killed two years ago by the Israeli military. The activists used ladders just as morning rush hour commuters were starting to arrive in Chicago’s loop, and replaced street signs that read “Honorary Ben Gurion Way” with “Honorary Mehdi Abu Ayyash Way.”

According to the activists, David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, was responsible for drafting policy which intentionally drove Palestinians from their homes and disallowed them from returning. The activists also gave out … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action »

9 Mar 2011
One Arrested as Palestinian Activists Block Route 60 Near Beit Ommar

On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, about 70 Palestinians, supported by international solidarity activists, blocked Route 60 (a road that is heavily trafficked by Israeli settlers) near the entrance of Beit Ommar village, between the cities of Hebron and Bethlehem. Traffic came to a halt for almost half an hour as activists waved Palestinian flags and chanted against the occupation. The demonstration was organized as a collective response to increasing settlement expansion in the West Bank and frequent attacks by Israeli Forces on the Palestinian people.

Israeli Forces arrived at the scene just as the demonstrators were returning home. Several of the soldiers … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

6 Mar 2011
Army, Settler Violence Mars Beit Ommar Demonstration

On Saturday, March 5th, 2011, dozens of Palestinian residents from Beit Ommar, supported by international and Israeli solidarity activists, rallied against the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. A sizable contingent of Palestinian activists from Hebron were also present to support the demonstrations in Beit Ommar. Though the weekly demonstration is almost always repressed, on this week, the army was even more violent than usual. Israeli soldiers pursued activists through the fields on the outskirts of the village, throwing tear gas, sound bombs, and beating at least one journalist.

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Additionally, six Israeli settlers began throwing stones at the demonstrators from behind the fence surrounding Karmei Tsur, in plain sight of the soldiers. Yousef Abu Maria, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

27 Feb 2011
Settlers Attempt to Harass Beit Ommar Demonstrators With Dogs

During this week’s unarmed demonstration, on February 26th, 2011, around 70 Palestinians from the village of Beit Ommar, supported by more than two dozen Israeli and international solidarity activists, protested the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Karmei Tsur is built on land illegally taken from Beit Ommar residents, and the settlement continues to expand.

This past Saturday, the demonstrators gathered at 1pm waving flags from different countries expressing international solidarity with Palestine. At one point, four settlers aggressively came out of the fence surrounding Karmei Tsur with large dogs and threatened violence. After some time, the settlers were told to leave the area by … Continue reading

Hebron District »

26 Feb 2011
Over 1000 Demonstrate in Hebron to Open Shuhada Street Despite Army Repression

On Friday, February 25th, 2011 at around 1pm, more than 1000 Palestinians, supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, rallied in the city of Hebron to demand the opening of Shuhada street. Shuhada street was once one of the main economic and transportation hubs in Hebron, but now the street is completely closed to Palestinians and only Israeli settlers are allowed to use it.

This demonstration was particularly important as Israel, with the support of the United States, has increased settler expansion in the West Bank. The date chosen was also significant because it coincided with the anniversary of the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside the Hebron Ibrahimi … Continue reading

Al-Jab'a »

23 Feb 2011
Army, Settlers, Destroy Palestinian Olive Trees in Al-Jab'a

On the morning of Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Israeli Forces, along with the Israeli Civil Administration and several settlers, used two bulldozers and chainsaws to destroy Palestinian olive trees in Al-Jab’a, a small village to the north of Beit Ommar. All of the trees on 200 dunums of land were cut down. Additionally, several irrigation walls on these lands were bulldozed.

The trees belong to several Palestinian farmers, including Mousa Hamdan Abu Loha, Azat Abu Latifa, Ibrahim Mahmoud Abu Loha, Ahmad Sobhia, and Mohammad Abed Al-Latif.

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The land where the trees were destroyed were located alongside the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayn. Settlers from Bat Ayn were seen felling trees with chainsaws while soldiers operated the … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

23 Feb 2011

On Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011, at 2am, Israeli Forces entered the area of Al-Dahr in Beit Ommar, near the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur and arrested three residents of the village. One of the arrested is only 14 years old.

About a dozen soldiers first went to the home of Jamal Abu Hashem, forced their way into the residence, and beat Jamal. For the next twenty minutes, soldiers ransacked the house before arrested Jamal’s son Mohammad, who is 14 years old.

The soldiers next invaded the home of Ali Mohammad Al-Za’aqiq, who is 18 years old and placed him under arrest. Nabeel Ahmad Awad was arrested at the final house the soldiers entered. All three of the arrested … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

19 Feb 2011
13 Boys Arrested From Playground after Army Represses Beit Ommar Demonstration

On Saturday the 19th of February at 1 pm, the Beit Ommar National Committee held a large demonstration to protest the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements, with support from the United States. They were joined by Palestinian Popular Committees from Hebron, Al-Ma’asara, Beit Ula, At-Tuwani, Surif, and Wadi Rahal, as well as members from the Beit Ommar municipality. The gathered Palestinian activists were also supported by a large number of Israeli and International solidarity activists.

The army arrived in several jeeps from Karmei Tsur settlement and immediately began shooting tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Israeli Forces also threw sound bombs at the … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

19 Feb 2011
Israeli Forces Arrest 9-Year-Old in Beit Ommar

On February 18, 2011, at 2pm, six military vehicles full of Israeli Forces entered the village of Beit Ommar and began shooting tear gas near the homes of residents. After entering the house of Ahmed Mahmoud al-Alami, soldiers began beating the occupants and arrested Ahmed’s 9-ear-old son Mahmoud.

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During the arrest, a soldier carried Mahmoud over his shoulder as he took him from his house towards an army jeep. Mahmoud’s mother ran out after him demanding that the soldiers release her son, but her protests fell on deaf ears. At the same time, soldiers blocked off the main street of the village, preventing residents from entering the area. After a while, the soldiers left, taking … Continue reading