(28/05/14) Today, protesters gathered in front of the United Nations office in Ramallah in response to the latest wave of home demolitions that have displaced the Palestinian Bedouin community in Abu al Jaj. The demonstration aimed at breaking the silence of the United Nations and the international community as a whole as the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Jordan Valley continues.
22 \ 5 \ 2014, 'Avi Gal' and 'Mitzpe Yair' settlements‘ settlers burned wheat and barley farms, that belong to the citizen Khaled Moussa al-Najjar, in Aqoyues area east of Yatta, south of Hebron in the West Bank.
In Salfit, occupation forces bulldozed farm lands in Thahr Sobh area south of Kafr El Deik town in Salfit district.
Palestinian civil society has today welcomed reports that the EU will no longer allow poultry and eggs from illegal Israeli settlements to enter the EU, in what amounts to the first EU ban on any Israeli products.
The EU has informed Israel that it cannot accept the Israeli Agriculture Ministry’s authority to certify products in Israeli settlements, which are illegally built in the occupied Palestinian territory, and therefore cannot import poultry and eggs from settlements.
Today, 21 May 2014, the houses and animal barracks of 13 families (including 71 people) were demolished in Abu Al Jaj Refugee Camp which is located in the middle of the Jordan Valley “Area C” (Under complete control of Israel. The IOF arrived to the camp in the early morning closing all the roads leading to the area, cutting the electricity cables, and destroying their columns.
This morning, occupation forces began a series of demolitions in Abu Ajaj camp in Jeftlek east of Jericho, on the pretext of being very close to "Ntsuwah" settlement that was built on citizens' lands.
Jamal Juma, the coordinator of Stop the Wall campaign, said that demolitions targeted 6 houses, and 12 sheep barracks which has an area of more than 1,000 meters belonging to four brothers Adnan, Omran, Omar, and Ahd Daees.
In Brazil the 15th of May - ‘Nakba Day’, that commemorates the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands between 1947 to 1949 to make space for the founding of the State of Israel - was a day of active solidarity with Palestine and against Elbit Systems. Elbit is the Israeli military company that produces, among others, the Israeli drones used to kill and terrorize Palestinians in Gaza and the surveillance technology for the Apartheid Wall.
20 \ 5 \ 2014 Israeli occupation forces began to demolish commercial establishments in "Al Khalayleh neighborhood" near the village of Nabi Samuel, north-west of Jerusalem.
Ismail Abu Rabah, the representative of the neighborhood committee, said that occupation forces demolished three livestock barracks, part of a carpentry and a shop that sells construction materials; Hasan Al Bis, the owner of the demolished shop said that it had an area of 300 square meters, and was a source of living for ten families.
Khalil Tafakji, of the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Department of the Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem and expert in settlement affairs spoke about recent settlement plans. He confirmed that Israel is implementing a settlement project that was designed in 1979 and aims at housing a million settlers in the West Bank. As well as establishing another settlement project that was designed in 1994 involving the construction of 58 000 housing units in East Jerusalem by 2020, regardless of the outcome of the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
two young Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, in 15 \ 5 \ 2014 during the clashes that broke out in front of Ofer prison in conjunction with the 66 th anniversary of Al Nakba, and to support Palestinian prisoners who are on a strike
With all the world watching crimes of the Israeli occupation and settlers against the Palestinian people continue, April 2015 witnessed settlers' uprooting and cracking 729 fruit trees, and abusing Palestinians and their property in various forms.
12 \ 5 \ 2014 "The United Nations' Coordination office of Humanitarian Affairs" (OCHA) stated in a report that the occupation authorities demolished 237 Palestinian buildings since the beginning of this year, 27 in occupied East Jerusalem, and the rest in (c) region in the West Bank under complete control of the occupation, as well as 663 demolished buildings during the last year. Read more
A number of workers in the "Ariel" settlement, that is built by force on the territory of the city of Salfit in the northern West Bank, said that settlers there are working on a scheme to create a cemetery in the northern area of the city to bury the dead settlers.
30\4\2014 Salwa Zeidan, or as she is known by those around her: Umm Ahmad, is an old woman who lives in an amazing house by the old wall in the city of Akka. She has been living there for over 50 years together with her husband and her 10 children, 3 sons and 7 daughters. In 1990 her husband died, and Umm Ahmad became a widow. She proudly shows pictures of the good days the family have had in the house. Pictures of children who have been raised in the house, dinners they have had together in the garden.
TEL AVIV, April 29, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank recently seized 28 thousand dunums of land in the West Bank for expansion of Israeli settlements, reported the Israeli daily Haaretz.
22\4\2014 The area of Tulkarm has become synonymous for the number of recycling plants established within the occupied West Bank. The Nitzanei Shalom settlement industrial zone, which Israeli’s refer to as ‘Buds of Peace’, built upon the town of Tulkarm in the early eighties had previously been confiscated by military order, taking thousands of acres of land.
April 21, Washington, DC- On the eve of Earth Day, groups working for Palestinian rights globally are celebrating Earth Day Network’s decision to end its partnership with SodaStream, whose main production factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian human rights organisations have criticised Bill Gates after it emerged that his charitable foundation is heavily invested in G4S, a private security company that helps Israel run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture and provides equipment for the checkpoint system connected to the construction of the Wall.
20\4\2014 Although negotiations continue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, there has been no change on the daily practices Israeli government and settlers implement in the occupied territories. Reports indicate that, in March, the Israeli government approved the building of 2840 housing units in the city of Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.
Deir Istya is an old historic village with architecture and city walls from the Mamluk era, the Roman and Byzantine times and the Ottoman Empire. It is located in the West Bank C-area, meaning that Israel has full security and civil control over the area. It is one of the oldest villages in the West Bank. Approximately 3500 persons inhabit the village. There are currently ten settlements that encircle this area. Five of them are on the land of Deir Istya, while the others claim land from surrounding villages. The village faces many problems, particularly during the season of olive harvest.