Articles tagged with: occupation

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20 Oct 2016
The Fifth in Less Than a Year...

Khaled Bahar Ahmad Bahar is only 16 years old from my town Beit Ommar, he is very cool polite teen, very respectful, very peaceful, very much loved by all who know him, his father’s pride, he has done nothing except coming uptown from the town’s main entrance, home, thats all, he constituted absolutely no threat to the fascist Zionist occupiers, he had nothing in hand, and had no intentions of doing anything, yet he was executed from very close range, he was shot in the chest and his body was arrested, Khaled is the fifth to be killed this years from my town, four of them are young teens and the fifth was 53 years … Continue reading

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30 Sep 2016
Beit Ommar: a Palestinian Town Constantly Fighting the Israeli Occupation

Beit Ommar is a small town (population 18,000) located in the Hebron District of the occupied West Bank, approximately 11kms north of the city of Hebron. Israeli forces occupied the town in 1967, and since then, residents have suffered from the pressures of the occupation. The main road leading into the village has a permanent watchtower guarded by the Israeli military.

Despite the oppressive presence of an occupying army, Beit Ommar villagers have a strong history of popular resistance, with active participation from the area during both the first and second intifadas. Today, Beit Ommar is famous for its regular demonstrations and its ongoing resistance.

The settlements surrounding Beit Ommar
Settlement expansion … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
27 September 2016: Ongoing Blockade as the Source of Grievance in Beit Ommar

The Israeli occupation forces have closed off the main entrance of Beit Ommar. Deploying soldiers, army jeeps, roadblocks, barbed wire, and tire spikes, they are now seemingly reinforcing the existing military tower and building a new construction, the purpose of which is currently unknown. They do not allow anyone to come close to the obstruction, and threaten anyone who dares to do so.

The effects of this blockade are significant. The inhabitants of Beit Ommar must now take alternative, longer roads to leave or enter the town. Palestinians and internationals looking to visit or do business in Beit Ommar are scared away by the big army … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
Demolition Orders - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On September 24th, the Center for Freedom and Justice received a demolition order from the Israeli military for one of its project sites, which lies at the edge of Beit Ommar in Area C. As a matter of fact, saying that we “received” the order does not do the deed justice. In reality, we found the piece of paper by chance, as it was stuck between two bricks of a low wall on the site itself. Had we not noticed this small, inconspicuous slip of paper, we would not have any information or knowledge about this planned demolition and would not have been able to make any appeal in … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
22 September 2016: the Army Re-Opens the Main Entrance of Beit Ommar

On the 22nd of September, after a 5-day long close, the Israeli occupation forces re-opened the main entrance of Beit Ommar. In this period, they constructed a wall around the existing tower and expanded their presence there by building two extra interrogation and holding cells. The construction of these structures has, in turn, narrowed the street by 1,5 metres, drastically hindering traffic in the main entrance of the town.

In other, unrelated happenings, on Sept the 21st, four ‘Apache’ helicopters flew southwards over Beit Ommar. This is not a new occurrence. However, what is novel is that they flew unusually low over civilian houses. When Apache … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, checkpoints, Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Soldier Violence »

30 Sep 2016
20 September 2016: The Closing of Beit Ommar

For the past five days, the Israeli occupation forces have closed off the main entrance of Beit Ommar. Deploying soldiers, army jeeps, roadblocks, barbed wire, and tire spikes, they are now seemingly reinforcing the existing military tower and building a new construction, the purpose of which is currently unknown. They do not allow anyone to come close to the obstruction, and threaten anyone who dares to do so.

The effects of this blockade are significant. The inhabitants of Beit Ommar must now take alternative, longer roads to leave or enter the town. Palestinians and internationals looking to visit or do business in Beit Ommar are … Continue reading

Direct Action, Farming, Features, Hebron District, Other, Politics »

30 Sep 2016
Continued Water Shortages in the West Bank: Another Form of Apartheid

“Water is central to the wellbeing of people and the planet” - Ban Ki Moon – UN Secretary General

Water is a precious and essential commodity in daily life, indeed our very existence depends upon it; this was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 who stated that access is a fundamental right. However; this right is ignored by the Israeli State as it continues to exert its control over the water supply in the West Bank, restricting access to water in areas during the summer period to just once a week; making life unbearable for the inhabitants and impacting local farmer’s ability to irrigate their crops, thus resulting in difficult decisions being made regarding … Continue reading

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30 Sep 2016
7 September 2016: the Felt Presence of the IDF in Beit Ommar

Since a couple of weeks now, the IDF has started a new campaign of harassment in Beit Ommar. As usual, to make in presence felt vis-à-vis the habitants of the town, the IDF set up temporary checkpoints are important crossroads, but mostly at the entrance of the town, where since the past two weeks, the IDF has increased its control of IDs for Palestinians go in and out of town. In addition, these last three days, the new “hobby” of the IDF seems to be to arrest cars and seized them, leaving the owner without means of transportation. Of course, the army keeps for itself the … Continue reading

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30 Sep 2016
The Palestinian People Intends to Sue the British Government Over the Balfour Declaration – but What’s the End Goal of it?

At the end of July, representatives of the Palestinian Authority announced their intentions to sue the British government over the Balfour Declaration. Although there is legitimacy in the PA’s claim, there is much to wonder about the seriousness of Mahmoud Abbas and its followers to pursue the threat vis-à-vis the British government. The statement of suing the British government has been done at the last annual Arab League’ s summit in Nouakchott (Mauritanian) by the PA’s foreign minister Riyad Al-Makyi, who asked “the secretariat-general of the Arab League to help us bring a case against the British government for issuing the Balfour Declaration, which resulted in the Palestinian Nakba”. The responsibility of the British regarding the demise of the … Continue reading

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30 Sep 2016
29 August 2016: When Keeping Unity is the Core of the Struggle

Few days ago, an important conference took place in Hebron and should have deserved to be more in the spotlight due to its important message. This conference was organized by the association “Patriots to end the split and restore the National Unity” and its purpose was to send a strong message of unity to revitalize the Palestinian activism and to support the formation of new popular committees. This call is addressed to all Palestinians regardless of their location, their political affiliation, gender or age.

It is important to notice that the “Patriots to end the split and restore the National Unity” does not consider itself as a new … Continue reading