Articles tagged with: Military

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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