Articles tagged with: settlers

BDS, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Features, House Demolitions »

23 Jun 2014
5 Killed, Hundreds Detained, Universities, Media Centers and Community Organizations Raided as Israel Continues Brutal Assault on Occupied Palestine

Israel has been conducting a massive offensive on the West Bank and Gaza since June 13, when 3 Israeli settlers went missing from the Etzion settlement block overnight. While Israeli media and politicians continue to insist publicly that the offensive is directed at Hamas, who it claims is responsible for the disappearance, the actions of the Israeli Forces suggest a very different agenda.

Five Killed in Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus Districts
Israel has said that while the operation (dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper) is focused on searching for the missing settlers in the Hebron District, from the fist day of the offensive they have used massive … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District »

14 Jun 2014

UPDATE 4/15/2014: More than 80 residents of northern Hebron and nearby villages have been arrested.

Early yesterday, June 13, Israeli and Palestinian news media began reporting that 3 young settler youth were ‘kidnapped’ from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc while hitchhiking overnight. Further reports suggested that the youth were taken from Allon Shavut, a religious settlement inside the Etzion bloc, which is adjacent to Beit Ommar. Israeli forces raided houses throughout the villages northwest of Hebron city throughout Friday and set up several flying checkpoints, but by Saturday morning, June 14th, they had largely withdrawn, while leaving a reportedly heavier-than-usual presence in the center of Hebron city, where tensions between settlers and the Palestinian residents are even higher than … Continue reading

Hebron District, Settler Violence »

30 Sep 2013
Palestinians Continue to Challenge the Occupation in Hebron

From Youth Against the Settlements in Hebron:

As Palestinians across Palestine took to the streets in a day for Al Quds (Jerusalem), the capital of Palestine, residents of Hebron stood firm against attacks by the Israeli rmy. A number of young Palestinians were injured as the army opened fire with live ammunition against unarmed protestors.

As in previous days, clashes between Palestinian youths and the army focussed in the middle of the city, as camp the refugee camp in the east of the city. A young child, Musab, was hit in the eye and was transferred for treatment in a hospital in Jerusalem.

The army used live ammunition, rubber coated … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Direct Action, Hebron District, Other, Politics »

26 Apr 2013
Balloon Release During the Weekly Protest

Friday 26th of April the Popular Committee of Beit Ommar, PSP, members of the Women Committee together with international and Israeli activists organized their weekly demonstration near the settlement of Karmei Tzur.

The demonstrators had prepared one hundred balloons filled with helium. The activists made a parade, chanting slogans and carrying Palestinian flags and the balloons to the scene. Written messages with names of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails were attached to the balloons and released into the air.

The activists managed to get to the gate of Karmei Tzur. One of the settlers living there, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Other, Politics, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

21 Apr 2013

On the 17th of April, settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron city attacked the car of Ibrahim Khader Alama (36) at the entrance of Beit Ommar. The settlers started to destroy his car and threatened him with violence. The group was made up of four armed settlers, who shot into the air several times with live ammunition. Ibrahim was able to escape to one of the nearby houses.

The Israeli Occupation Forces and the Israeli Police arrived at the scene. Upon their arrival, the settlers escaped in their cars. The IOF and Israeli Police did not actively pursue the settlers and the settlers were able to get away.

Unfortunately, this type of occurrence is not unusual, with … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Farming, Hebron District, Other, Saffa, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

13 Apr 2013

On the morning 10th of April Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian land in Saffa, a part of Beit Ommar village. Saffa often experience attacks like this. The settlers in question lives in the close by settlement called Bayt Ayin which is a part of the bigger Gush Eztion bloc. The settlers living in Bayt Ayin are known to be very aggressive and violent.

This morning the settlers cut olive trees in the Palestinian fields. They managed to cut dozens of trees. The land owner came to the scene and ended up being beaten by the settlers.

This incident was unfortunately not an isolated one. Both Palestinian land and people are attacked daily by settlers, throughout the West Bank.

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Other, Settler Attack, Settler Violence »

13 Apr 2013

On the 9th of April 2013 a settler from the colony of Kiryat Arba in Hebron ran down Ala’ Alami, a 23 years old university student from Beit Ommar, and two young boys with his car. The settler ran over them just outside the entrance to Beit Ommar as he was driving towards Gush Etzion. After hitting the youths the driver drove off.

The wounded people were transported to Al Ahli hospital by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance for treatment.

This incident was not an isolated one, Palestinian people are both injured and killed by cars driven by settlers. At the entrance of Beit Ommar there are car attacks a couple of times a month. The settlers … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Direct Action »

18 Jan 2013

Friday morning, as most of the Israeli military in the Occupied West Bank were focused on regular weekly demonstrations, residents from Beit Iksa, a small village northwest of Jerusalem, were quietly setting up another protest village, similar to Bab Al Shams which was built east of Jerusalem last week.
Beit Iksa has lost almost all of their agricultural and historic land, beginning in 1948 to the annexation of “greater Jerusalem”, to the construction of the Apartheid Wall as well as to settlements which almost completely surround them. On one of their last stretches of land, locals and supporters erected a mosque and tents in an area adjacent to the Apartheid Wall. Over 100 participants gathered, held Friday prayers in … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

8 Jan 2013
Israel Refuses to Prosecute Settler as Attacks Continue in Beit Ommar Area

Two days ago, on January 6th, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the Jerusalem District Attorney had decided not to move forward with the prosecution of an Israeli settler who threw a firebomb into a Palestinian taxi north of Beit Ommar last August, which severely wounded 6 occupants, including children. They decided to close the case even though DNA evidence was found on a glove at the crime scene. It is yet one more example of the Israeli government’s unwillingness to prosecute settlers for their crimes, leading these right-wing settlers to attack and vandalize Palestinian property with increasing frequency.

On January 1, 2013, two elderly … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Hebron District »

4 Nov 2012
Weekly demonstration; Karmei Tsur and Lord Balfour

Saturday 3rd November

On the anniversary of the signing of the infamous Balfour Declaration, in which Great Britain approved the establishment of a Jewish homeland on Palestinian land – thus beginning the process whereby the Palestinian people, the indigenous inhabitants of the region, have been progressively displaced and removed – inhabitants of Beit Ommar, together with Israeli and international supporters, demonstrated in front of the colony of Karmei Tsur which is built on stolen Beit Ommar lands.

A line of heavily-armed Israeli Occupation Force soldiers and border police prevented the demonstrators from entering village farmlands several hundred metres short of the barbed … Continue reading