Articles tagged with: Military

Beit Ommar, Roadblock Removal »

26 Mar 2011
Beit Ommar Residents Protest as Road Closures Enter Third Day

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, international and Israeli activists joined with Beit Ommar villagers to protest the road closures of the area, now in their third day. Around fifty participants and twenty journalists gathered near the village cemetery, where Israeli Defense Forces had closed off the road with large blocks of cement. The strongest members of the group began pushing one of the blocks, attempting to roll it aside to allow the passage of cars. Israeli military forces arrived and looked on until the group began to lever the block with a long steel pole. At this point, a soldier approached and confiscated the pole. An Israeli activist was arrested, but was released after an … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Nabi Saleh »

25 Mar 2011
Three Beit Ommar Residents Arrested As Israeli Forces Close Village Streets

On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Israeli Defense Forces closed the main entrance to Beit Ommar, following the the injury of two settlers in a confrontation between them and several villagers. Israeli military and police lined Route 60, checking vehicles and papers, and arresting 32-year-old Saddam Hussein Za’aqeeq, who is a local taxi driver. No explanation was given for his arrest.

Around 5:00 pm later that evening, a special unit of armed soldiers in civilian clothes entered the village in a white van with Palestinian license plates, and began firing tear gas and rubber-coated ammunition. They were followed by seven IDF vehicles (jeeps … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

21 Mar 2011
Two Palestinians Injured as Settler Opens Fire on Funeral Procession in Beit Ommar

Around 12pm on Monday, March 21st, 2011, two Palestinian residents from the village of Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank were shot with live ammunition by an Israeli settler. The settler stopped his car on Route 60 as a funeral procession was moving towards the village cemetery and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd of mourners.

59-year-old Mohammad Ali Abu Safiyya was hit in the chest and is in critical condition in a Hebron hospital. 32-year-old Eyad Bassem Za’qiq was shot in his right thigh. The settler who shot the two men was not arrested.

Israeli Forces arrived on … Continue reading

BDS »

16 Mar 2011

A motion to boycott Israel was overwhelmingly passed at the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) General Meeting on Monday 14th March. In what was described as a ‘landslide’, the motion, ‘Boycott Israeli Goods in EUSA shops and supply chains’ received around 270 votes in favour, with only 20 students voting against.

Despite the meeting requiring over 300 students to attend for it to be quorate and for decisions taken to be binding, the huge level of student support for the motion means that EUSA will be under severe student pressure to adopt it as official policy.

Proposed by students from Edinburgh University Students for Justice in Palestine, the motion noted that Israel is an apartheid state and resolved to affiliate EUSA to … Continue reading

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 »

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

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