Articles tagged with: settlement expansion

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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
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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

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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

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

30 Sep 2016
The Israeli Settlements: a Nest of Violence and Hate

Since its invasion of the West Bank in 1967, the state of Israel has launched a vast campaign of colonization throughout the territories. According to the last statistics, in 2015, the occupier state has established 196 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Moreover, by adding the 232 settler outposts, this colonization policy has captured 45% of the West Bank area. The expansionist ambition of the settlers has no limit and it follows a systematic master plan, which is orchestrated behind the curtain by the Israel government, which put in place various legal policies to confiscate the land from the Palestinians…. Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Soldier Violence, Susiya, Yatta »

30 Sep 2016
Israel’s Raging Pace of House Demolitions Throughout the West Bank

On August 9, the Palestinian village of Um Al Kheir in the South Hebron Hills have been targeting by the Israeli Civil Administration, which conducted the demolition of five homes. Early in the morning, the IDF invaded and surrounded the village and started the demolishing operation, which included 3 houses donated by the European Union. In total, the operation left 27 Palestinians homeless including 16 children. Moreover, according to witnesses, during the process of razing the homes, the IDF beat up and detained a Palestinian old man.

Unfortunately, it is not the first time that the village of Um Al Kheir has been targeted and attacked by the … Continue reading

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

Water is a precious commodity and is essential to the life of every human beings. Water is so sacred in the daily life and in the environment of all people that the United Nations General Assembly recognized it as a fundamental right in 2010. However, the Right of Water for Palestinians is constantly violate by the Israeli policies and laws.

In the Occupied Territories, the scarcity of water is a recurent issue, which put hundreds of thousand people at risk, especially during the summer heatwaves. Although the shortages of water is not new for Palestinians, they are representative of the discrimitative polices of the Israeli government towards them. It … Continue reading

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18 Aug 2015
Building of the Apartheid Wall Continues: Israeli Destruction of Ancient Olive Trees

This morning the Israeli bulldozers, supported and protected by a big group of Israeli soldiers, destroyed and uprooted some 100 Roman Olive Trees in the area of Bir Owneh/ Wad Ahmad in the west of Bethlehem city. The attacked land, which belongs to 5 Palestinian families from Beit Jala town, is about 30 dunums planted with very ancient olive trees. The purpose of the attack is to continue the construction of the Apartheid wall in that area, and seize more land to be added to the Israeli colony (settlement) of ‘Gilo’.  Continue reading

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17 Jul 2015
Israel Orders Palestinian Village to be Demolished After Ramadan

Israeli authorities ordered the demolition of homes in a village south of Hebron to be carried out after Ramadan, Israeli watchdogs said on Wednesday.
Rabbis for Human Rights and B’Tselem said in a statement that pressure from Israeli settlers had led to the decision to carry out demolition orders in the village of Khirbet Susiya after Ramadan, although a high court hearing regarding the case is currently scheduled for August 3.

The Israeli Civil Administration, the Israeli army, and the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) office announced the demolition order to the villagers in a meeting on Sunday.
Khirbet Susiya has … Continue reading

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25 May 2015
Israeli Settlers Attack and Threaten Palestinians

On Saturday May 23 settlers from Beit Ayen settlement guarded by Israeli Army attacked the Palestinian houses near what so called “Israeli Farm” north of Beit Ummar. The Israeli farm is planted with many fruits including peaches, and the settlers claimed that there are Palestinian kids steal from this farm. So every 15 minutes a gang of settlers come to the farm, and if they see any Palestinians near it they will start shooting on him / her on sight.

They also came to the Palestinians houses near the farm in argument that, these houses must prevent anyone from stealing from this farm. … Continue reading

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17 May 2015
The Story of Khirbet Susiya

The Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya has existed in the South Hebron Hills at least since the 1830s. Its residents have traditionally earned a living from shepherding and growing olive trees. In 1983, the Israeli settlement of Susiya was established near the village, on Palestinian land that had been declared state land by Israel. In 1986, about 25 families were living in Khirbet Susiya, in caves and structures. That year, the Civil Administration declared the village’s land an “archeological site”; the land was confiscated “for public purposes” and the Israeli military expelled its residents from their homes. Having no other option, the families relocated to other caves in the area and to flimsy wood frame shelters and tents … Continue reading