Articles tagged with: Israel

Beit Ommar »

16 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Attempt to Reclaim Road Near Settlement

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011, about fifty villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by many international and Israeli solidarity activists, attempted to clean a road near the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur as part of the weekly demonstration organized by the National Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Project. Israeli Forces shot tear gas at the demonstrators, and forced the group to return to the village after a short time.

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The road the demonstrators were attempting to clean historically connected Beit Ommar to Halhoul and to other areas to the south in the Hebron district. However, after Karmei Tsur was built, the Israeli military does not let anyone maintain this road, let alone use it for travel to other areas. … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

12 Jan 2011
Army Jeeps Enter Beit Ommar Firing Tear Gas

On January 9th, 2010, at about 4pm, three Israeli army jeeps entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur. For the last several weeks, Israeli Forces have periodically raided the village at different times of the day. The reasons behind these incursions are unclear, as the soldiers make no arrests and seem to have no obvious purpose other than to harass residents of Beit Ommar.

During this particular incident, the jeeps drove through an area of the village called Al-Daher. The soldiers shot many tear gas canisters towards several houses and at nearby greenhouses … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

11 Jan 2011
Delegation of Australian Photographers Visits Beit Ommar

On Wednesday, January 5, the Center for Freedom and Justice welcomed a group of Australian photographers to the village of Beit Ommar. The group was taken to the Beit Ommar municipality, where they met the mayor of Beit Ommar and learned about Beit Ommar history and culture. The group was then taken to the area where the Freedom Flotilla summer camp was held.

The group visited the home of National Committee Member Mousa Abu Marya, where they discuss previous and upcoming projects of the Center about for Freedom and Justice. They then visited some nearby greenhouses, and learned about the Center’s plans to build … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

9 Jan 2011
14-Year-Old Beit Ommar Resident Released From Israeli Prison

On January 7th, 2011, Mohammad Awad, age 14, was released after being held for more than a month and a half in an Israeli prison. Mohammad was arrested on November 20th, 2010, during one of the weekly Saturday unarmed demonstrations in Beit Ommar.

The Israeli military wrongfully charged Mohammad with throwing stones. However, numerous eye-witnesses, including international and Israeli solidarity activists, claim that Mohammad was not throwing stones but merely participating in an unarmed demonstration in his own village against the neighboring Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Five solidarity activists, all adults, were also arrested along with Mohammad but were released late in the evening of November 20th.

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Hebron District »

8 Jan 2011
Ma'an News: Hebron Man Executed During Israeli Raid

During an arrest raid in Hebron which appeared to target Hamas men released from PA custody the day before, Israeli forces shot and killed a 66-year-old man in his bed, in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.

Arrested in Hebron overnight were Wael Al-Bitar, Majdi E’beid, Ahmad E’wewy, Muhand Neirukh, and Wisam Al-Qawasmi , all released from PA custody the day before, following intense lobby efforts from the detainees, who had been on hunger strike for weeks.

A sixth man released, Mohammad Suqieyah, returned home to Jenin and was not detained during the raid.

The execution came during the arrest of Wael Al-Bitar, who was released to … Continue reading

Betlehem District, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

8 Jan 2011
Palestinian Activist Attacked by Settlers in the South Hebron Hills

On Friday, January 7th, at 10am, Israeli settlers attacked Azmi Shoyokhi, a general member of all National Committees in the West Bank, while he was supporting Palestinian farmers in Om Al-Arrays, in the South Hebron Hills. About a dozen settlers surrounded Azmi, striking him in his head. Israeli military along with police were in the area and witnessed the attack, but they did nothing to intervene.

Palestinian organizers with the Palestine Solidarity Project were also present in Om Al-Arrays at the time of the attack to show solidarity with Kamal Nawajeaa, a farmers who owns 1500 dunums of land close to an Israeli settlement. Settlers plant … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

1 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Met with Sound Bombs, Tear Gas

On Saturday, January 1st, 40 Palestinian villagers from Beit Ommar supported by several international solidarity activists, held their weekly demonstration against the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. As usual, Israeli Forces attempted to disperse the protesters using tear gas and sound bombs. Mousa Abu Maria, a member of the National Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Project, was injured after a sound bomb exploded on his leg, causing a bleeding gash.

At around 1pm as the activists were gathering, approximately ten soldiers occupied a Palestinian residence on the southern edge of the village, forcing the family to stay in one room while the soldiers took up position … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

9 Dec 2010

Originally Published on Electronic Intifada
By Mousa Abu Maria

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar are returning to older models of organizing against the Israeli occupation. These organizers are employing strategies of resistance made famous during the first intifada in order to overcome stagnation and division within Palestinian society. Despite numerous obstacles from Israeli repression and the increasingly heavy-handed policies of the Palestinian Authority, a new National Committee in Beit Ommar is making headway in building a grassroots initiative to expand on the foundations of popular struggle.

Building the popular struggle

Beit Ommar is a large village in the southern West Bank with a population of approximately 17,000 persons, most of whom make their living as farmers. Five Israeli … Continue reading