Articles tagged with: West Bank

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

28 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Youth Killed by Israeli Settlers

Update: Late Friday night, Yousef Ikhlayl succumbed to his injuries. His funeral is being held in Beit Ommar Saturday, January 29, 2011.

For Immediate Release:

Friday, January 28th 2011, 9am: Around 100 settlers from Bat Ayn settlement descended upon the Palestinian villages of Saffa and nearby Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank, shooting 17-year-old Yousef Fakhri Ikhlayl in his head, leaving him critically injured. Doctors have announced that Yousef is currently brain-dead in a Hebron hospital.

Settlers also shot 16-year-old Bilal Mohammad Abed Al-Qador with live ammunition in his arm.

The large group of armed settlers began shooting towards Palestinian homes in Saffa at around 9am, leaving Bilal injured. At the same time, a second group of settlers attacked … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Saffa »

28 Jan 2011
Planting Begins in Saffa!

On Thursday January 27 at 10 am, a crowd of over 300 Palestinian farmers, activists and international supporters gathered in the Saffa and Ayen Al-Baid regions of Beit Ommar to begin planting olive trees on land marked for annexation by the neighboring Bat Ayn settlement. The crowd was joined by several prominent figures, including PA minister of the Wall and Settlements Maher Ghnemi, the mayors of the Hebron and Beit Ommar municipalities and US Department of State Foreign Service Officer Billy McFarland. The ceremonial planting marked the kickoff of a campaign to plant 3,000 trees in Saffa, on land that the … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Settler Violence »

28 Jan 2011

On Wednesday January 26 at 10 am, settlers from the militant Bat Ayn settlement destroyed several hundred olive trees in the Ayen Al-Baid region of Beit Ommar. The trees belonged to Hamad Soleiby, a 70 year-old farmer who has been repeatedly subject to violence and harassment at the hands of the Bat Ayn settlers. Hamad Soleiby was beaten by settlers in 2004, and his fruit trees and grape vines were cut down by settlers the same year. The olive trees that were destroyed this week were at least 30 years old.

Hamad Soleiby has continued to work his land despite settler violence and intimidation. He swears that he will continue to work his land, even if it means that … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

27 Jan 2011

Update: Hamza Abu Hashem has been released. !2 year-old Bilal is still being held by Israeli forces.

On Thursday, January 27th at 2pm, two army jeeps full of Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in the southern West Bank, and arrested two Palestinian boys, Bilal Mahmood Awad, age 12, and Hamza Ahmed Abu Hashem age 11. The boys were arrested while they were playing football not far from their homes.

Bilal and Hamza were taken to the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur and then transferred to the police station in Kiryat Arba settlement in Hebron. Hamza is the son of a member of the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ommar, a … Continue reading

Arrest, Beit Ommar, Child Arrests »

26 Jan 2011

On Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ommar in the afternoon and arrested 18-year-old Amar Abed Al-Hamid Abu Maria while he was eating in his home. Israeli Forces entered the outskirts of the village from the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur, at 4pm. Large amounts of tear gas and sound bombs were fired at buildings and people in this area of Beit Ommar.

Upon reaching the the home of Mohammad Abu Maria, brother of Popular Committee members Yousef and Mousa Abu Maria, the soldiers broke into the residence and arrested his son, Amar, who was taken back to Karmei Tsur. Amar’s family was given no reason for his arrest.

In June, 2010, Amar’s home was … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

25 Jan 2011
Israeli Repression of Beit Ommar Demonstrations Continues

On Saturday, January 22, 2011, Israeli Forces used sound bombs and tear gas to repress the weekly unarmed demonstration in the village of Beit Ommar against the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration is organized each week by the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the Palestine Solidarity Project.

This past Saturday at 1pm, as about fifty Palestinians supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, approached the settlement, Israeli Forces blocked their path and began throwing sound bombs and shooting tear gas. Several soldiers shot tear gas directly towards the heads of demonstrations, something that is against Israeli military protocol. Gas was … Continue reading

checkpoints, Hebron District »

23 Jan 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Soldiers at a flying checkpoint on Route 60 north of Hebron shot and critically wounded a Palestinian citizen of Israel on Thursday night.

The Israeli military said events around the shooting were unclear.

Security sources identified the man as 28-year-old Jalal Al-Masri, and said he sustained a bullet wound in his head.

Officials said the Israeli report was that Al-Masri disobeyed orders of checkpoint soldiers and was fired on.

According to reports by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, the military is investigating the possibilities that the driver either did not notice the flying checkpoint, or that he intended to harm soldiers and sped toward it.

Hours earlier in the northern West Bank, the Ya’bad Mevo Dotan checkpoint was closed and eyewitnesses said … Continue reading

Hebron District, Susiya »

20 Jan 2011

On January 17th, 2011, Israeli Authorities delivered home demolition notices to five Palestinian tent residences in Susiya, in the South Hebron Hills. The tents belong to the families of Ayssa Housena Al-Jobor, Omar Housen Al-Jobor, Ahmed Housen Al-Jobor, Ayssa Badr Al-Jobor and Omar Badr Al-Jobor.

The lawyer representing the families, Yasser Al-Jobor, confirmed that the occupation civilian administration had delivered the notices this week. It is not known when the tents will be destroyed and the families currently live in constant uncertainty.

Palestinian Bedouin villagers in Susiya and other communities in the South Hebron Hills face constant harassment from Israeli settlers as well as from the Israeli military. Residences and water wells are periodically demolished and these isolated … Continue reading

Arrest, Child Arrests, Hebron District »

20 Jan 2011
Israeli Forces Arrest Four Children South of Beit Ommar

At around 12pm on Wednesday, January 19th 2011, Israeli soldiers stopped four Palestinian children along Route 60, between Beit Ommar and the city of Hebron. The soldiers detained the youth, all of whom appeared under the age of 15, in an isolated area out of sight of the road. By chance, international observers with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) traveling in a car spotted the soldiers leading the children away and followed to advocate for their welfare.

Despite the presence of international human rights activists, at one point the youth were forced to sit on the ground in the stress position … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

16 Jan 2011
Beit Ommar Demonstrators Attempt to Reclaim Road Near Settlement

On Saturday, January 15th, 2011, about fifty villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by many international and Israeli solidarity activists, attempted to clean a road near the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur as part of the weekly demonstration organized by the National Committee and the Palestine Solidarity Project. Israeli Forces shot tear gas at the demonstrators, and forced the group to return to the village after a short time.

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The road the demonstrators were attempting to clean historically connected Beit Ommar to Halhoul and to other areas to the south in the Hebron district. However, after Karmei Tsur was built, the Israeli military does not let anyone maintain this road, let alone use it for travel to other areas. … Continue reading