Destruction of Land

Under the surveillance of dozens of Israeli soldiers the opening event of the Olive Harvest program was in Wadi Fukin village. Activists from Palestine, Norway, Sweden, Spain, USA and Germany gathered in a field threatened by the nearby Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, to pick olives. A good amount of cameras covered the harvesting, among them Palestinian press. Wadi Fukin village is surrounded by three Israeli settlements Tsur Hadassah, Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar.

On Wednesday the 8 of October settlers torched 30 olive trees in the village of Nahalin, west off Bethlehem. Residents from the village say that it was a group of settlers from Beitar Illit. The residents say that this is not the first time, but one of several attempts to seize land for the settlements.

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The Olive Harvest program opening campaign in Wadi Fukin Friday, 10.10.14
 

Monday 6.10: Israeli settlers cut down around 100 olive trees nearby the village of Yassouf, which is located about 7 km north of the town of Salfit.  Farmers from this area have reported that settlers from Tuffah were behind. It has also been reported about vandalism in Burin and in Awarta.

Since the Israeli occupation of the West bank in 1967, more than 800 000 olive trees have been destroyed by Israeli forces or settlers, according to human rights organizations.

The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October 10 until October 25, 2014.

8 \ 6 \ 2014, a Palestinian activist in Jerusalem said that the Israeli occupation authorities continued to work day and night on the Judaization of occupied East Jerusalem since it was occupied 47 years ago, and did not stop even in the period of negotiations, which witnessed a halt on settlement construction. 
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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. 

January 2014 witnessed increase in the continues settlers' crimes against Palestinians and their property, as well as the reveal of further settlement expansion plans that the Israeli government agreed on. 

Only in November, Israeli govermental bodies, military and settlers together have been responsible for uprooting and destroying 786 olive trees, approving the establishment of 2680 settlement units and confiscating 5248 dunums.

Hundreds of people participated in the demonstration that the people of Khirbat Al Taweel, the grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and the Agraba municipality jointly held on the 29th of November after Friday prayer in Khirbat Al Taweel, south of Nablus.

Thousands of people all over Palestine have participated in the angry demonstration against the Israeli ‘Prawer plan’. The organizers estimated the number of protesters to be more than 10,000 participating in the Day of Anger. Stop the Wall had organized a protest in Ramallah in coordination with the anti-Prawer Plan Committee based inside the Green Line.  

 

The campaign “You are not alone" launched by Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall) and the Palestinian Farmers Union was carried out for the ninth consecutive year.

 

With the start of the olive harvest season for this year, the settler attacks have escalated throughout different areas of the West Bank. The attacks ranged from stealing the olive harvest, uprooting trees and attacking citizens and their properties. The violations and attacks carried out by the settlers usually occur all year round.

The Land Defense Coalition, a coordinating body of grassroots movements and organizations, announces the program of collective efforts to safeguard the annual olive harvest and are calling on volunteers to stand in solidarity with Palestinian communities and join in the harvest on October 3 until October 20, 2013. 

The occupation government is carrying out a process of ethnic cleansing in the Palestinian territories in full view of the rest of the world.  Settlement expansion is happening at a ferocious rate alongside land confiscation and daily attacks by the Israeli army and settlers against Palestinian citizens and their property.

Ramallah – 30/6/2013 - Monthly report issued by the Wall and Settlements Information Centre: 98 attacks carried out by the Israeli occupation forces and extremist settlers during June 2013

1 – Attacks by the Israeli occupation forces include:

Salfit - On Sunday 2nd June the occupation forces notified villagers from Bruqin in Salfit that they must evacuate more than 100 dunams of land. The mayor of Bruqin, Nafid Barakat and resident Salah Amer are the owners of the land and Mr Barakat had just replanted the land 4 months before receiving the evacuation notice.

A group of settlers have also attacked citizens in their cars in the village of Yasuf, Salfit and closed the main street of the village.

Israeli forces accompanied by officers from the Civil Administration surrounded Khan al-Laban on the 20th May and began digging under the pretext of "archeological excavations". Khalid Daraghmeh, also known as Abu-Jamal, said that this is the second time within a week that the occupation forces have stormed Khan and started drilling operations.

Over the past couple of weeks, Palestinians living in the West Bank have witnessed a series of demolitions settler attacks, and land confiscations.

On May 29th, settlers uprooted 300 mature olive trees in the village of Awarta, south of Nablus. In another incident, settlers from Gelad set fire to land belonging to the village of Jib, west of Nablus, burning an estimated 20 dunums planted with olive trees and wheat.

On Monday Israeli bulldozers demolished a car showroom in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the center of occupied Jerusalem. The owner of the car showroom told WAFA that the Israeli police informed him of the impending demolition at six in the morning, they then cordoned off the area and prevented anyone from approaching until the demolition was over. He also added that "the occupation said they demolished the showroom due to lack of a license".

On Wednesday morning (24/4/13) Israeli occupation forces, accompanied by bulldozers and the so-called Civil Administration, demolished 3 houses under construction in the Ganieh region, northwest of al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron. When Hazem Abdel Fattah Al Jabri returned to his home the occupation forces had demolished a room 35m square  and a concrete wall 120m long and 2m high – costing him about two hundred thousand shekels.

Settlers from the settlement of Beit Ayin, northwest of Beit Ummar in Hebron, cut and destroyed dozens of trees on the land of farmer Hamad Abdul Hamid Jaber, on Thursday morning. This sabotage left 55 grape vines, 1 quince tree and 45 olive trees destroyed. Two olive trees were more than 30 years old. The settlers also wrote slogans calling for a “price to be paid” and “death to the Arabs”. 

Beitillu Village:

Beitillu is a village located to the northwest of Ramallah, 19 km from the city. Beitillu is bordered to the east by Birzeit and the farm village, Almazra'a and to the west by the Green Line.  To the north it’s bordered by Nabi Saleh and to the south by Ras Karkar and Al-Janbeh.  Beitillu contains about 103 water springs.  

10\4\2013 قوات الاحتلال الاسرائيلي تهدم قرية العراقيب للمرة 49 

Last Friday, March 8th, Stop the Wall organized a demonstration in cooperation with the local organizations in Sabastiya and in Salfit district to protest against the Shafi Shomron settlement. Shafi Shomron has been making life impossible to the villagers in innumerous aspects. The protesters were repressed by the occupation forces, who shot tear gas and sounds bombs at the crowd.

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