Articles tagged with: Palestine

Beit Ommar »

28 Mar 2011
Israeli Forces Tighten Closures in Beit Ommar, Consider Permanent Blockade

On Sunday, March 27, Israeli police and military forces began stricter enforcement of the recently-declared Closed Military Zone surrounding Beit Ommar. While some villagers are still allowed through, many now are regularly turned away from the roadblocks, effectively imprisoning them within the village. It remains to be seen whether emergency vehicles would be allowed to pass through.

Israeli forces are also considering a more permanent blockade. In current plans, the main gate would be moved further into the village, while cement barriers and chain-link fences would be replaced with permanent walls. The Palestine Solidarity Project has also heard of plans to encircle … Continue reading

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, 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

Hebron District »

16 Mar 2011
Hundreds of Hebron Residents Demonstrate for National Unity

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, hundreds of students and faculty from Hebron University marched from the campus to a rally before the City Center in a demonstration aimed to encourage a unity Palestinian party. Demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and carried signs decrying both internal political jockeying and the divisive struggle between rival Fatah and Hamas groups, as well as calling for an end to the Israeli occupation.

The conflict between Fatah and Hamas has been at times violent and, more recently, a political battle to lay claim to the voice of Palestine. Many Palestinians blame the continued occupation by Israel on this fractured infighting; with a single, powerful voice, … Continue reading


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, Hebron District »

13 Mar 2011
Hundreds Attend Women's Day Organizing Conference in Beit Ommar

On Saturday, March 12th, 2011, over three hundred women gathered together in the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar for conference organized by the Center for Freedom and Justice, with the support of the Palestine Solidarity Project. Among the participants were approximately 100 Israeli women solidarity activists and about 20 internationals. The 200 Palestinian women attendees came from Beit Ommar and from surrounding villages such as Surif, Al-Arroub Refugee Camp, Al-Jab’a, and Halhoul.

The conference was a new step in a long-standing political cooperation between a group of Israeli women anti-occupation activists and Palestinian women from Beit Ommar area, which began last year with a highly-publicized campaign of Israeli women bringing Palestinian women to the sea and … 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 »

10 Mar 2011
Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Building in Beit Ommar

On the morning of Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, Israeli Forces demolished a barn belong to Mohammed Yunis Geiab Al-Alami in the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank. The Al-Alami residence is comprised of ten members of the family. The demolished structure was built 20 years ago. An Israeli military bulldozer had demolished the structure by mid-day, leaving the family stripped of an important element of their means of living.

The only explanation given to the family was that the building was too close to Route 60, the main road connecting the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron. Route 60 is … 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

Hebron District »

26 Feb 2011
Over 1000 Demonstrate in Hebron to Open Shuhada Street Despite Army Repression

On Friday, February 25th, 2011 at around 1pm, more than 1000 Palestinians, supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, rallied in the city of Hebron to demand the opening of Shuhada street. Shuhada street was once one of the main economic and transportation hubs in Hebron, but now the street is completely closed to Palestinians and only Israeli settlers are allowed to use it.

This demonstration was particularly important as Israel, with the support of the United States, has increased settler expansion in the West Bank. The date chosen was also significant because it coincided with the anniversary of the massacre of 29 Palestinians inside the Hebron Ibrahimi … Continue reading