Articles tagged with: Tear Gas

Beit Ommar, Hebron District, Soldier Violence »

11 Oct 2012
Occupation Forces Attack Funeral Procession in Beit Ommar

On 10th of October a funeral procession burying the late Ihmid Abu Maria was attacked by Israeli soldiers. The cemetery in the village has been closed off by the Israelis for years. Large, heavy stones are partly blocking the entrance to the burial site.

As the mourners, this morning, tried to enter the cemetery occupation soldiers attacked the civilians with tear gas, sound grenades and rubber bullets. Some of the people were suffocating from inhaling gas.

These acts by the occupation forces are an attempt to limit the number of people participating in funerals. The Israelis partly succeed in this as people with heart diseases and people suffering from other kind of health problems no longer participate in funerals due … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features »

4 Oct 2012

This is a video from the night raid where the Israeli occupation forces arrested Hamza Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem(14). The video shows the violent nature of the Israeli night raids and child arrests.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAZ3VXV3OmA

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Politics »

3 Oct 2012
Children and Youth from Beit Ommar Arrested in a Night Raid

In the last nine days two sons of Ahmed Abu Hashem, a Popular Committee member in Beit Ommar, have been arrested by Israeli occupation forces. Both arrests happened during night raids.

Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) was arrested last week and he is still awaiting his court meeting in Ofer prison outside Ramallah, which has already been postponed two times. Last night Mohammed’s younger brother, Hamza Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (14), was arrested by the occupation forces.

On Wednesday 3th of October at 02.30 a.m. a big number of occupation soldiers approached the house of Ahmed Abu Hashem. The soldiers surrounded the family home by dividing into three groups. They had brought a hammer, so … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Features, Hebron District, Politics »

25 Sep 2012
Child and Youth Arrested During Night Raid

On Monday 24th of September two Beit Ommar residents, Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) and Tarik Abu Maria (18), were arrested in a night raid by the Israeli occupation forces.

Mohammed’s father, Ahmed Abu Hashem, got a call from a neighbour at 02.30 a.m. saying that about fifty soldiers were heading in the direction of Ahmed’s house. The force left the military vehicles in a close by street, possibly to make sure none of the family members got away. When the occupation forces came to Ahmed’s house they started cutting the fence.

Two high ranked officers supported by a group of soldiers approached the front of Abu Hashem’s family home, while the rest of the soldiers surrounded the house. The officers shouted at … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests, Direct Action, Hebron District, Politics »

25 Sep 2012
Night Raids in Beit Ommar

Most of the arrests in Beit Ommar take place at night as Israeli occupation forces storm civil Palestinian homes to search and arrest children and young men.

The soldiers usually enter the village in large numbers with several jeeps and a prisoner truck. Not only do they storm the Palestinian homes in a violent manner, they also use shock grenades, smoke grenades and tear gas, waking up the surrounding neighborhood, leaving no doubt in the minds of the future generations that they grow up under occupation.

The usage of for instance tear gas in urban areas targets each and everyone in the area, in their homes, working as a collective punishment of the entire local community. Young children are especially traumatized during … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Features, Hebron District, Other, Roadblock Removal »

12 Sep 2012
Palestinians Injured as Funeral Attacked by Soldiers


Further unrest took place in Beit Ommar yesterday, with occupation forces deploying riot control weaponry and injuring a number of Palestinians.
On the morning of September 11th 2012, local residents attempted to open the gates of Beit Ommar’s cemetery for the funeral of Maram Mohamed Mohsen Zaqiq, a twelve year old child who recently lost her battle against cancer. For a number of years, the Israelis have prevented access to the burial site, using large, heavy rocks to block the entrance and keeping the gate closed, but mourners who gathered in the morning attempted to haul the roadblock aside and reopen the gates. Israeli soldiers were dispatched to obstruct the funeral … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Direct Action, Farming, settlement expansion, Settler Violence »

12 Jun 2012
Popular Committee Member Mousa Abu Maria Arrested

On Monday 11th June 2012, farmers from Beit Ommar, alongside Popular Committee Members and two international activists, were cultivating land adjacent to the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement. After approximately half an hour of working their land, Israeli settlers began to harass the farmers, shouting abuse in English, calling those farming ‘dogs’ and ‘Nazis’, and throwing stones. The farmers continued to peacefully cultivate their land as Israeli Occupation Forces arrived at the scene. One soldier immediately grabbed Popular Committee Member Mousa Abu Maria (aged 35) by the arm. Mousa asked him to let go of his arm and to … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

11 Jun 2012
Two Children Arrested in Night Raid on Beit Ommar

Last night, at 2:30am (Monday, June 11th, 2012), Israeli Occupation Forces based in the illegal settlement of Karmei Tsur raided several houses in Beit Ommar, arresting two children.

Hamouda Jamal Abu Hashim, aged 13, and Malik Jawad Za’aqiq, aged 15, were arrested from their homes by Israeli soldiers, who fired live ammunition, tear gas, and sound bombs during the assault on the town.

Hamouda has since been released, after being subjected to intimidation and interrogated in the early hours of the morning, a tactic widely used by the Israeli military which has recently drawn the anger of several human rights groups. At the time of writing, Malik remains in detention.

Arresting and detaining minors – often without charge – … Continue reading

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15 May 2012
Beit Ommar Marks 64 Years of the Nakba

Today, May 15, 2012, Palestinians are remembering the 64th anniversary of the Nakba. In Arabic, “nakba” means “catastrophe,” and it refers to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, which was accompanied by the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes. Many Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes, while others fled when they heard the news of massacres in nearby villages, such as Deir Yassin and Tantura. More than 450 Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated by Zionist forces, and most of them were razed to the ground to prevent the return of the Palestinian refugees. Many refugee families still carry the keys to the homes that … Continue reading

ramallah district »

12 May 2012
PSP Activists Join Demonstration in Ofer

On Friday, May 11, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered outside Ofer prison in Ramallah to protest in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike. Over two hundred activists came and joined the demonstration. Israeli soldiers shot countless canisters of teargas at the demonstrators, as well as skunk water and rubber-coated and plastic-coated bullets. The activists set over a dozen tires on fire, creating a thick wall of smoke that made it difficult for the soldiers to see the demonstrators, so the soldiers shot into the crowd at random. Over 20 people were taken into the ambulances, and at least one was taken to the hospital.

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