Articles tagged with: Military

Beit Ommar »

14 May 2011
Demonstration before Karmei Tsur, May 14, 2011

Thirty demonstrators gathered in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar this week to commemorate the “Nakba,” a word which literally translates to “catastrophe” and which is used to refer to Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948. Demonstrators marched toward the Israeli Karmei Tsur settlement waving flags which read “No Change Without Return” and chanting against the occupation and settlements. Several members of the Beit Ommar National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements gave speeches commemorating the Nakba, calling on onlookers to remember the massacres at Deir Yassin and throughout historical Palestine. Demonstrators also called for the right of all Palestinian refugees … 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

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

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

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

8 Apr 2011
20 Farmers, Family Members Detained While Working Their Land in Saffa

On the evening of Friday, April 8th, Israel Defense Forces detained about twenty members of the Aady family of Beit Ommar. The family had planted three olive trees on their land in the Safa Valley (near Bat Ayn settlement) when members of the IDF arrived and informed them that the entire valley was a Closed Military Zone. At 5:30 pm, soldiers forced the planting to end, and refused to allow the family to leave.

The entire Aady family was held in Safa for roughly an hour before more members of the IDF and Civil Administration arrived in two jeeps. The newly arrived military personnel began arguing with the farmers. Several members … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

4 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Farmer Remains Steadfast on His Land Despite Army, Settler, Harassment

Mohammed Abd Alhamid Soleibi has lost land before.

Four years ago, twelve dunams of farmland near Karmei Tsur—land for which he had all the appropriate deeds and documentations of ownership—was surrounded by a fence, essentially annexed by the settlement. This left the seventy-year-old farmer with eighty-eight dunams about a kilometer and a half from the settlement of Bat Ayn in the Saffa Valley. He shares this land with his extended family—in all, around one hundred and fifty people make use of it.

Around eight thirty on the morning of Saturday, April 2nd, Mohammed went out to his remaining land with his brother, sons, and grandson. He and his grandson took a donkey and began plowing one field while the others worked … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

2 Apr 2011
26 Israeli Activists Arrested as Beit Ommar Residents Demonstrate Against Closures

On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, around two dozen Israeli and international solidarity activists joined with an equal number of Palestinian residents of Beit Ommar to protest the prolonged road closures in the village. While the main gate was opened by security forces late on Friday evening, other roads leading into the village remain blocked by cement barriers.

Waving Palestinian flags, the protesters marched down the main street towards the front gate of Beit Ommar. They were stopped before the gate by large numbers of Israeli Forces. The soldiers produced paperwork to show that the area around Beit Ommar remained a closed military zone, and threatened … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

28 Mar 2011

On the evening of Sunday, March 27th, Israeli Defense Forces from Karmei Tsur and Gush Etzion settlements entered the village of Beit Ommar. The soldiers arrested fifteen young men, then left the village.

Jameel Ahmad Za’aqeeq, 14, Allam Yousif Awad, 14, Hasan Majed Solieby, 14, Mahamad Yasir Za’aqeek, 19, Ahmad Yasir Za’aqeek , 19, Ahmad Mohamed Ehklail, 16, Ahmad Yousif Sabarnah, 18, Mohamad Yousif Sabarnah, 16, Mohamad Azzam Za’aqeek, 16, Montasir Mohamed Ehklail, 16, Ameer Alkam, 17, Mohamad Jadallah Solieby, 19, Malik Naif Solieby, 16, Shareef Fathy Abu Ayyash, 18, and Yousef Ayesh Sabarneh, 14, were all taken in the operation. No reason was given for their arrest.

The next morning, around 7:00 am, another group of IDF soldiers took … Continue reading