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Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign

Weekly Repression Update 11-18 October 2010


Stop the Wall

Repression Update

Period: Monday 11 October to Monday 18 October 2010


1) Arrests of HRDs

In the same week as the sentencing of Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, several more human rights defenders were arrested, including five from Al Nabi Saleh

2) Violence against HRDs

Palestinians taking part in the weekly protests and a farmer trying to defend his land during the olive harvest suffered serious injuries through actions of the Occupation Forces and settlers respectively

3) Collective punishment

Silwan in Jerusalem suffered from closures and incursions from the Israeli forces attempting to stop the non-violent actions of people calling for an end to the oppressive practices of the Occupation

1) Arrests of HRDs

New arrests

Place: At Tuwani (Hebron)

Date of arrests: Monday 11 October

Names: Mohammad Makharmeh, 20 years old

Circumstances: Occupation Forces beat three Palestinians during the night before detaining Mohammad

Place: Hebron

Date of arrests: Sunday 17 October

Names: Iyad Jamel Al Alami, 24 years old, local popular committee member

Circumstances: He was given 6 months detention due to involvement in demonstrations

Place: Beit Ummar (Hebron)

Date of arrests: Wednesday 13 October

Names: two Palestinian journalists (unnamed)

Circumstances: Palestine Solidarity Project reported that the journalists were arrested as they tried to cover the expansion of an illegal settlement in the area

Place: Al-Nabeh Saleh

Date of arrests: Friday 15 October

Names: Muhammad Atallah, 21 years old; Malek Talal, 22 years old; Mahdi Abdul Wahab, 19 years old; Palestinian journalist (unnamed) and international activist (unnamed)

Circumstances: Undercover Occupation Forces stormed the village and used electronic devices to initiate electric shocks on the human rights defenders so they were unable to escape before arresting them



Past court hearings: On Tuesday 12 October, the Israeli Court sentenced Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, the Bil’in Popular Committee Co-ordinator, to 1 year in prison followed by a six month suspended sentence for 3 years. He will be released next year and unable to take part in any protest activities until his sentence is completed in 3 years.

Upcoming court hearings: no information available


No information available


2) Violence against HRDs


No information available

Injuries with live rounds

No information available

Other serious injuries

Name: Hijazi al-Nawag’a, 18; Ra’fat Makharmeh, 18; Mohammad Makharmeh, 20

Place: At Tuwani (Hebron)

Date of injury: Monday 11 October

Circumstances: The Occupation Forces beat the three human rights defenders during the night, breaking Hijazi al-Nawag’a’s hand and arresting

Mohammad Makharmeh

Name: Ismael Lutfi, 55 years old

Place : Awarta, Nablus

Date of Injury: Friday 15 October

Circumstances: Lutfi suffered two broken legs and injuries to his thigh when a pig was let loose from one of the settlements, also damaging his crops.

Name: George, American activist, 24 years old

Place: al Ma’sara

Date of injury: Friday 15 October

Circumstances: The activist suffered injuries to the head after tear gas bombs were fired directly at him during the village’s weekly protest

Name: Fakhri Abu Dhiab, grassroots committee leader; Hatem Abdel Qader, former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs; Nader Paypars and Mays Abu-Ghazaleh, journalists

Date of injury: Friday 15 October

Circumstances: Israel forces stormed a protest tent and fired tear gas at worshippers, journalists, local committee members and children, injuring many. More information below.


3) Collective Punishment

Damage of property

No information available


Place: Wadi Hilweh, Silwan

Date of closure: Saturday 16 October

Time of closure: unknown

Circumstances: Barriers were erected to close off access to several roads around Wadi Hilweh, preventing villagers from entering, whilst the Israeli Public Security Minister and Right Wing Knesset members visited settlement outposts in the village. Families from the neighbourhood of Bir Ayyub called for the delegation to leave the area, waving Palestinian flags at the motorcade as it drove through the streets


Place: Silwan, Jerusalem

Date of incursion: Friday 15 October

Circumstances: Israeli forces attacked a protest tent where a number of people were holding Friday prayers. Tear gas was fired at the worshippers and the Israeli police ordered that the protest tent be dismantled but this was rejected by the organisers. The tent was protesting against the Judaization of the village, the settlements and the armed attacks against the inhabitants.



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