Articles tagged with: occupation
Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Other, Politics, Settler Violence »
More evidence has emerged this week that Israel and its settlers are preparing to use extreme violence in response to peaceful Palestinian protests this Septemeber.
The International Middle East Media Center reports that extreme right-wing settler groups have prepared plans to attack peaceful Palestinian protests following the UN vote on statehood in Septemeber (original article here). In a chilling echo of the Israeli rhetoric used before the Cast Lead attacks on Gaza in 2008, an eight-page document urges settlers to “transform September from a threat to a historic opportunity to change the rules of the game”.
In this document, the settlers themselves acknowledge that the demonstrations are likely … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District »
Today in Beit Ommar, around twenty-five demonstrators marched towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur in protest of the imprisonment of Beit Ommar school teacher Majde Za’aqiq. Demonstrators held signs protesting Majde’s imprisonment, advocating Palestinian membership of the UN, and ending the occupation.
Israeli soldiers followed both in front of the demonstrators, and behind in a jeep. The demonstrators continued to march peacefully, until thirty Israeli soldiers blocked the demonstrators’ from marching through their own fields. Younes, one of the popular committee organizers, then gave a powerful speech condemning the theft of … Continue reading
Apartheid Wall, Direct Action, Ni'lin, ramallah district »
Volunteers from PSP today joined residents of Ni’lin in their weekly demonstration against the apartheid wall. Around twenty protesters marched from the village to the illegal wall, and a short speech was given, denouncing the theft of Ni’lin’s land.
The Israeli military stationed in a guardtower behind the wall responded with several dozen volleys of teargas, which left some protesters suffering from teargas inhalation. One of the cannisters also set light to an area of the olive grove. Thankfully, protesters managed to extinguish the blaze.
This week’s demonstration is part of Ni’lin’s … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar »
Majde Za’aqiq, a 38-year-old teacher from Beit Ommar and member of the organizing committee for the Center for Freedom and Justice, was yesterday (Tuesday) denied bail by an Israeli military court in Ofar, West Bank.
In response to the lack of evidence presented by the prosecution, the judge ruled that the trial be delayed by up to 100 days in order to allow the prosecutor more time to gather evidence. The judge then refused Majde’s application for bail.
Following an unsuccessful appeal today (Wednesday), Majde now faces the possibility of spending several months in prison before any trial takes place.
On hearing of the military court’s decision, the popular committee of … Continue reading
Apartheid Wall, Arrest, Betlehem, Betlehem District, Direct Action »
This past Saturday, Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists peacefully demonstrated in Al Walaja protesting the Israeli High Court’s decision to allow the construction of the separation barrier that would annex half of Al Walaja’s land to Israel.
Al Walaja is an agricultural village and most of the families there depend on these fields for their income. The annexation of Al Walaja land will therefore be devastating to its residents.
The demonstrators marched peacefully holding signs condemning the occupation and the apartheid system. Israeli soldiers presented a closed military zone order to the activists, but the order was outdated. They then presented a closed military zone order for August … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Child Arrests »
The past year has seen a rapid increase in child arrests in Beit Ommar, as the Israeli army escalates this tactic of occupation. Last week, PSP visited the family home of one of these children.
Mohamad Ibrahim Abu Maria is a 16-year-old high school student from Beit Ommar. His case is one which sounds all too familiar in Palestine. Seven months ago, the Israeli army arrested him from the passenger’s seat of his father’s car. He is still in jail today, and has yet to be tried for any offence. Mohamad’s father, Ibrahim Abu Maria, told us more about his story.
Mohamad, who plans to study engineering at university after … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Politics »
This past Saturday, twenty-eight Israeli women visited Beit Ommar at the invitation of the Beit Ommar Women’s Committee. The event was organised to give the women a chance to eat together, mingle, and discuss the challenges that citizens of Beit Ommar face on a daily basis.
Iman Abu Maria started the discussion by illustrating the situation in Beit Ommar. She highlighted the problems caused by the five illegal settlements which surround Beit Ommar, including the regular settler assaults on Palestinian farmers cultivating their own land.
The issue of escalating violence from the Israeli military was also discussed, both in terms of the growing number of nighttime raids carried out in … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »
This week PSP visited with the family of Mahmoud, a 16 year old school student and local Community Centre volunteer from Beit Ommar. Two weeks ago Mahmoud was arrested whilst helping women and children to escape an Israeli military attack on a party to commemerate Palestinian prisoners at Beit Ommar’s public park. Mahmoud’s parents Yusuf and Sahir, along with his sisters Suhair and Hikmat, tell us of the trauma they have suffered since his arrest.
Mahmoud’s father, Yusuf, told us of his response to hearing that his son, who had been helping out at the commemoration, was arrested. He draws a breath and looks into the distance. “This has never happened to any of my children before” he … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Direct Action »
23 August: Beit Ommar resident Majde Za’aqiq – a 38 year old elementary school teacher – today remains imprisoned in an Israeli jail, after an Israeli military court yesterday took the decision to extend his detention without any charge or trial date.
Majde was arrested on Saturday, when Beit Ommar’s peaceful demonstration against the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur was attacked by the Israeli military (report here). He was taken by the military – along with an international activist who has since been released – from a car, as he was leaving the demonstration. An entirely fabricated accusation of throwing stones was given as the reason for … Continue reading
Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Gaza »
20th August – Residents of Beit Ommar, supported by Israeli and international activists, gathered for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Gaza, following the recent Israeli airstrikes there which killed 14 people, including 13 year old Mahmoud Abu Samara.
As the demonstration attempted to march through Beit Ommar fields towards the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur, the Israeli military responded with extreme violence. Live ammunition was fired at protestors, and concussion grenades were thrown, setting fire to the surrounding grass.
Soldiers arrested a total of five demonstrators, including Yousef Abu Maria, a member … Continue reading