Articles tagged with: West Bank

Beit Ommar »

24 Apr 2011
Activists Demonstrate, Work Land Despite Israeli Military Harrasment

On Saturday, April 23, eight Israeli activists and 24 international volunteers joined residents of Beit Ommar for an action near Karmei Tsur organized by the Beit Ommar National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. The international contingent included volunteers from the Palestine Solidarity Project and International Solidarity Movement, as well as the Belgian group Checkpoint Singers. The demonstrators gathered in the lands near Karmei Tsur, and marched towards the settlement carrying flags and signs and chanting against the occupation.

As the protest neared the settlement, soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces lined the path. The protest continued beside the military for several hundred feet, before the soldiers stepped out and blocked … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

18 Apr 2011

On Sunday, April 17th, 2011, Israel Forces invaded the village of Beit Ommar. Soldiers forcefully entered and searched several homes, including those belonging to Yousef Ahmad Rashed Sabarna, Jamal Mahmoud A’lqam, and the Mayor of Beit Ommar, Nasri Sabarna.

Yousef Ahmad Rashed Sabarna had been released only twenty-five days earlier, following a five-year prison term. Jamal Mahmoud A’lqam’s house was searched twice within thirty minutes, and the 19-year-old son of Nasri Sabarana was given summons to appear before Israeli intelligence officials. No cause for the summons was given.

The searches went on for several hours, during which time many residents were afraid to leave their houses. While soldiers moved through the village, those stationed at the entrance to … Continue reading

Betlehem District »

15 Apr 2011
Two Arrested at Al Ma'asara Demonstration

One Israeli and one international solidarity activist were arrested in the village of Al Ma’asara during the village’s weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and annexation barrier. About 40 demonstrators marched from the center of the village to the main road, holding flags and banners and chanting against the occupation and for freedom for Palestine. The demonstration then marched away from the village, down the main road toward the Efrat settlement. Soldiers flanked the demonstrators, pushing them off the road onto the shoulder. About 15 minutes down the road the soldiers halted the procession and forced the demonstrators up onto a hill next to the road. One Israeli solidarity … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

13 Apr 2011
6 Arrested in Beit Ommar Night Raid

On the night of Monday, April 11th, military forces entered the village of Beit Ommar and arrested the following six residents:

Sofian Fathi Awwad, 21
Hisham Fathi Sabarnh, 18
Ahmed Abd-Allah Abu Ayyash, 16
Mershed Khadr Zidan Sabarnh, 41
Oda Mahmoud Awwad, 21
Mahmoud Khader Sabarnh, 17

No reason was given for their arrests. Each of the six has been arrested and jailed prior to this incident.

At around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 12th, Israel Defense Forces stationed at the checkpoint into Beit Ommar detained Khalil Abu Maria without cause. Abu Maria, 26, was handcuffed and held for an hour before being released.

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

11 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Farmers Continue Planting in the Saffa Valley

On the morning of Monday, April 11th, volunteers from the Palestine Solidarity Project joined with the National Committee of Beit Ommar to complete planting in the Saffa region of the village. Seven village residents and five internationals met in the fields across from Bat Ayn settlement at 8:00 am. Upon their arrival, they discovered arrival that olive saplings in a field planted on Saturday had been uprooted, presumably by settlers or Israeli military forces.

The farmers and volunteers quickly planted the forty remaining olive trees set aside for the region. Once the new trees were in the ground, the group returned to the previous planting site and … Continue reading

Saffa »

9 Apr 2011
200 Trees Planted in Saffa Despite Military Harrasment

On Saturday, April 9th, around forty Beit Ommar farmers and international solidarity activists planted over 200 olive trees in the Saffa region of Beit Ommar. The planting began around 7:00 am, and was half-finished when Israeli Defense Force soldiers arrived at 8:30. The soldiers said that the area was a Closed Military Zone, but lacked the paperwork legally required to enforce the designation. As the collected farmers and activists continued to plant trees, the soldiers attempted to deter them by kicking dirt into holes and confiscating their tools. A young boy’s jacket was also taken.

Several members of the planting crew began arguing with … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

4 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Farmer Remains Steadfast on His Land Despite Army, Settler, Harassment

Mohammed Abd Alhamid Soleibi has lost land before.

Four years ago, twelve dunams of farmland near Karmei Tsur—land for which he had all the appropriate deeds and documentations of ownership—was surrounded by a fence, essentially annexed by the settlement. This left the seventy-year-old farmer with eighty-eight dunams about a kilometer and a half from the settlement of Bat Ayn in the Saffa Valley. He shares this land with his extended family—in all, around one hundred and fifty people make use of it.

Around eight thirty on the morning of Saturday, April 2nd, Mohammed went out to his remaining land with his brother, sons, and grandson. He and his grandson took a donkey and began plowing one field while the others worked … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

4 Apr 2011
Beit Ommar Organizes Festival to Mark Land Day

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 2, 2011, the Beit Ommar Center for Freedom and Justice celebrated Land Day with a festival devoted to Palestinian political and cultural identity. Some two hundred and fifty people attended, including the mayor of Hebron and Mahmoud Al Alul, a member of the Central Committee for Fatah.

The mayors of Hebron and Beit Ommar, as well as Mahmoud Al Alul and several other special guests gave speeches about the arbitrary road closures in Beit Ommar, and possible paths to improve the situation. The work of the National Committee across the West Bank to ameliorate life for all Palestinians was also a popular topic. … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

2 Apr 2011
26 Israeli Activists Arrested as Beit Ommar Residents Demonstrate Against Closures

On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, around two dozen Israeli and international solidarity activists joined with an equal number of Palestinian residents of Beit Ommar to protest the prolonged road closures in the village. While the main gate was opened by security forces late on Friday evening, other roads leading into the village remain blocked by cement barriers.

Waving Palestinian flags, the protesters marched down the main street towards the front gate of Beit Ommar. They were stopped before the gate by large numbers of Israeli Forces. The soldiers produced paperwork to show that the area around Beit Ommar remained a closed military zone, and threatened … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar »

28 Mar 2011

On the evening of Sunday, March 27th, Israeli Defense Forces from Karmei Tsur and Gush Etzion settlements entered the village of Beit Ommar. The soldiers arrested fifteen young men, then left the village.

Jameel Ahmad Za’aqeeq, 14, Allam Yousif Awad, 14, Hasan Majed Solieby, 14, Mahamad Yasir Za’aqeek, 19, Ahmad Yasir Za’aqeek , 19, Ahmad Mohamed Ehklail, 16, Ahmad Yousif Sabarnah, 18, Mohamad Yousif Sabarnah, 16, Mohamad Azzam Za’aqeek, 16, Montasir Mohamed Ehklail, 16, Ameer Alkam, 17, Mohamad Jadallah Solieby, 19, Malik Naif Solieby, 16, Shareef Fathy Abu Ayyash, 18, and Yousef Ayesh Sabarneh, 14, were all taken in the operation. No reason was given for their arrest.

The next morning, around 7:00 am, another group of IDF soldiers took … Continue reading