Articles tagged with: Israeli

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

Direct Action »

4 May 2011
Palestinian Women Smuggled into Israel for 6th Time

Earlier this week, a group of 12 Israeli women smuggled 8 Palestinian women and 4 children into Israel, in defiance of Israeli law. The trip was an act of civil disobedience intended to spark debate about Israel’s system of segregation that denies Palestinians access to most of historic Palestine. This was the 6th trip the group has organized in the past year.

The group assembled in the West Bank, split into several cars, and drove to Jaffa. All vehicles passed through the Israeli checkpoints unhindered. The group enjoyed a pleasant afternoon along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and in a nearby park … 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 »

25 Apr 2011
Settlement Sewage Floods Beit Ommar Land, Again

On the night of Sunday, April 24th, settlers from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc opened a valve at a wastewater facility, flooding nearby Palestinian fields with untreated sewage. 10 acres of Palestinian farmland belonging to the Sabarneh family were flooded, soaking hundreds of grape vines and fruit trees in human waste and effectively destroying the crops. A field awaiting cultivation was similarly poisoned. Sewage water soaked into the ground, leaving thick mud that precluded any opportunity to dredge the sludge out with tractors or other heavy machinery.

This is not the first time that settlers from Gush Etzion have released raw sewage onto Beit Ommar land. Seventy-five dunams of land … Continue reading

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

Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

13 Apr 2011
6 Arrested in Beit Ommar Night Raid

On the night of Monday, April 11th, military forces entered the village of Beit Ommar and arrested the following six residents:

Sofian Fathi Awwad, 21
Hisham Fathi Sabarnh, 18
Ahmed Abd-Allah Abu Ayyash, 16
Mershed Khadr Zidan Sabarnh, 41
Oda Mahmoud Awwad, 21
Mahmoud Khader Sabarnh, 17

No reason was given for their arrests. Each of the six has been arrested and jailed prior to this incident.

At around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 12th, Israel Defense Forces stationed at the checkpoint into Beit Ommar detained Khalil Abu Maria without cause. Abu Maria, 26, was handcuffed and held for an hour before being released.

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

11 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Farmers Continue Planting in the Saffa Valley

On the morning of Monday, April 11th, volunteers from the Palestine Solidarity Project joined with the National Committee of Beit Ommar to complete planting in the Saffa region of the village. Seven village residents and five internationals met in the fields across from Bat Ayn settlement at 8:00 am. Upon their arrival, they discovered arrival that olive saplings in a field planted on Saturday had been uprooted, presumably by settlers or Israeli military forces.

The farmers and volunteers quickly planted the forty remaining olive trees set aside for the region. Once the new trees were in the ground, the group returned to the previous planting site and … Continue reading

Saffa »

9 Apr 2011
200 Trees Planted in Saffa Despite Military Harrasment

On Saturday, April 9th, around forty Beit Ommar farmers and international solidarity activists planted over 200 olive trees in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar. The planting began around 7:00 am, and was half-finished when Israeli Defense Force soldiers arrived at 8:30. The soldiers said that the area was a Closed Military Zone, but lacked the paperwork legally required to enforce the designation. As the collected farmers and activists continued to plant trees, the soldiers attempted to deter them by kicking dirt into holes and confiscating their tools. A young boy’s jacket was also taken.

Several members of the planting crew began arguing with … Continue reading