Articles tagged with: South Hebron Hills

Features, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Susiya »

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

Direct Action, Features, Hebron District, House Demolitions, Other, Politics, settlement expansion, Settler Attack, Settler Violence, Soldier Violence, South Betlehem, Susiya »

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

Hebron District, Soldier Violence, Yatta »

29 Nov 2013
Three Palestinians Killed By Israeli Forces in Yatta

From Ma’an News Agency:

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.

Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said a security operation was ongoing in the Hebron area.

The Palestinians “were members of a Salafi Jihad terrorist cell that was planning an attack in the coming days. At the moment operations are continuing in that area,” Rosenfeld said.

Locals identified the killed Palestinians as Moussa … Continue reading

Hebron District, House Demolitions, Susiya »

29 Aug 2012
Occupation Destroys Tents and Wells, and Settlers Burn Vehicles, in Hebron

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On Tuesday morning (28/08/12), Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Znota and two tents in Susiya, south of Hebron. Settlers also burned 3 cars near the town of Seir, situated east of Hebron.

Local sources said that a force of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a bulldozer, demolished 5 tents and 3 wells in Khirbet Znota and, over the course of the demolition, beat a number of citizens who were protesting against this action.

According to sources, this property is owned by Oudah Abu Sharkh, Adeis Abu Sharkh, Nabil Smamrh and Mohammed Khaled Smamrh. In Susiya, two tents, which were home to Mohammed Moussa and … Continue reading

Hebron District, House Demolitions, Politics, settlement expansion »

29 Aug 2012
Um Elkhair: Hard Conditions Due to the Israeli Occupation

In Um Elkhair, a village in the South Hebron Hills, the people face a daily existential struggle caused by the Israeli occupation.

What strikes you the most when entering this area is the coexistence, separated by few meters, of two totally different worlds. The chain-link fence holds back leafy green trees and bushes, which give way to a rocky, dry and barren landscape. The discrepancy between water supplies for Palestinians and colonists is a nationwide problem but in few places is it as stark as Um Elkhair.

While the colonists have lush, green gardens the locals Palestinians have no other option then to travel over 2 km, daily, to get water for … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features »

22 Jul 2012
Second Popular Resistance Conference


On July 9 and 10 the Second Popular Resistance Conference was held in two towns, Yatta, center of the South Hebron Hills, and Kufr Qaddoum, in Qalqilya District. The conference was a continuation of the process that was initiated in a simliar conference held the year before in three villages: Beit Ommar, Ni’lin, and Budrus.
This year’s conference focused on the situation of residents in area C, particularly those in the South Hebron Hills such as the community of Susiya which is facing complete demolition, and the new areas of popular resistance, such as Kufr Qaddoum. Additionally, panelists and workshops addressed the current state of the popular … Continue reading

Arrest, Hebron District, Yatta »

27 May 2012
PSP Activists Join Building Project in Um Faqara

On Saturday, May 26th, 2012, locals together with more than 35 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists (from the USA, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, and Chile, amongst others) built a third single story prefabricated building in the village of Um Faqara (Al Mufaqara, South Hebron Hills). Most of the walls of the new house were finished. The event in Um Faqara has become a weekly occurrence following the erecting of a new mosque and a house in previous weeks. The construction of the three new structures was organized by the Popular Committee and activists with the aim of peacefully resisting the Israeli occupation by affirming the right to live of the … Continue reading

Direct Action, Hebron District, Other »

21 May 2012
PSP Activists Join Building Project in Um Fagara

On Saturday, May 19th, 2012, locals together with more than 30 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists (from Norway, the USA, Britain and Italy, amongst others) built a single story prefabricated house in the village of Um Fagara (South Hebron Hills). The event was organized by the Popular Committee and activists with the aim of peacefully resisting the Israeli occupation by affirming the right to live of the community of Um Fagara.

Um Fagara is in area C, under both Israeli military and administrative control. It has been subject to a range of evacuations, abuse and demolitions by the Israeli military in recent years. On 24 November, 2011, the … Continue reading

Farming, Features, Hebron District »

15 Mar 2012
PSP Activists Plant 50 Trees in South Hebron Hills

On Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, activists from Palestine Solidarity Project planted 50 olive and almond trees in Jabal Al-Sandab, in the south Hebron hills. The land belongs to Yusri Al-Jamal, and the planting of olive and almond trees allows him to protect his land from settlers and soldiers by laying claim to it. When land is not being cultivated, it is easier for Israeli occupation forces to confiscate it.

Jabal Al-Sandab is near the Hagai settlement. Some of the people who live in this settlement moved directly there from Gaza when the settlements there were dismantled in 2005. We fully expected our farming activity to be … Continue reading

Features, Hebron District, Yatta »

9 Mar 2012
Funeral for Zakariah Jamal Abu Aram

On Friday, March 9th, 2012, the funeral took place for the martyr Zakariah Jamal Abu Aram, who was killed on Thursday by Israeli soldiers in Yatta (South Hebron hills). The Popular Peaceful Resistance Committee participated in the funeral to offer emotional support to the family and to coordinate activities in solidarity with both the family and the town to protest the crime. Over 30,000 people attended the funeral, chanting slogans calling for the reinforcement of peaceful resistance in Palestine. The Popular Committee of Yatta arranged and supervised the funeral for the unjust killing of Zakariah, who was about 20 years old. More than a funeral, it was also a protest … Continue reading