Articles tagged with: occupation

Betlehem District, Hebron District, Settler Violence »

8 Jan 2011
Palestinian Activist Attacked by Settlers in the South Hebron Hills

On Friday, January 7th, at 10am, Israeli settlers attacked Azmi Shoyokhi, a general member of all National Committees in the West Bank, while he was supporting Palestinian farmers in Om Al-Arrays, in the South Hebron Hills. About a dozen settlers surrounded Azmi, striking him in his head. Israeli military along with police were in the area and witnessed the attack, but they did nothing to intervene.

Palestinian organizers with the Palestine Solidarity Project were also present in Om Al-Arrays at the time of the attack to show solidarity with Kamal Nawajeaa, a farmers who owns 1500 dunums of land close to an Israeli settlement. Settlers plant … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

1 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Met with Sound Bombs, Tear Gas

On Saturday, January 1st, 40 Palestinian villagers from Beit Ommar supported by several international solidarity activists, held their weekly demonstration against the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. As usual, Israeli Forces attempted to disperse the protesters using tear gas and sound bombs. Mousa Abu Maria, a member of the National Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Project, was injured after a sound bomb exploded on his leg, causing a bleeding gash.

At around 1pm as the activists were gathering, approximately ten soldiers occupied a Palestinian residence on the southern edge of the village, forcing the family to stay in one room while the soldiers took up position … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

9 Dec 2010

Originally Published on Electronic Intifada
By Mousa Abu Maria

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar are returning to older models of organizing against the Israeli occupation. These organizers are employing strategies of resistance made famous during the first intifada in order to overcome stagnation and division within Palestinian society. Despite numerous obstacles from Israeli repression and the increasingly heavy-handed policies of the Palestinian Authority, a new National Committee in Beit Ommar is making headway in building a grassroots initiative to expand on the foundations of popular struggle.

Building the popular struggle

Beit Ommar is a large village in the southern West Bank with a population of approximately 17,000 persons, most of whom make their living as farmers. Five Israeli … Continue reading

Other »

2 Sep 2009

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the willful killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian child by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). The attack occurred Monday, 31 August 2009, near the entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

According to investigations conduced by PCHR, at approximately 21:30 on Monday, 31 August 2009, IOF troops stationed at a military observation tower inside “Beit Eil” settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at five Palestinian children who were near al-Jalazon UNRWA School, located near the southeastern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp. One of the children, 15-year-old Mohammed Riad Nayef ‘Elayan, was wounded by three bullets to the chest. An ambulance from Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Ramallah attempted to reach the … Continue reading

Hebron District »

8 Aug 2009

From Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove
For more information contact: 054 253 1323 and 054 731 5035 (respectively)

At noon on 5 August between the villages of Mfaggara and Jinba located in the South Hebron Hills an Israeli military bulldozer and a hummer with five soldiers created three earth mounds, blocking the road. In addition, the military damaged the road by digging it up to create the earth mounds.

The entire village of Kallet Adbea is now closed between the two of the earth mounds. In addition, the mounds affect villages south of Kallet Adbea. It is estimated that approximately 700 Palestinians living in villages in the area are affected by the mounds as they do not have access … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Betlehem, Betlehem District, Direct Action »

11 Jul 2009

On Tuesday July 7th, Palestinians, Israelis and internationals met at 5pm from both sides of the Annexation fence near Beit Jala and the illegal Israeli settlement of Gilo. The Barrier in this location cuts off residents of Beit Jala from significant portions of their agricultural land. They met with a message of peace, justice and inter-religious tolerance against the occupation. As a gesture of solidarity, each of the religious groups brought symbolic items to exchange with one another through the Barrier. On the Palestinian side of the Annexation Barrier, all participants, including a large German solidarity delegation of approximately 100 members, reached the meeting point next to the fence without any delays or obstacles; the situation on the other … Continue reading