Beit Jala

The initiative ‘Praying is Resisting’ of joint action between Stop The Wall and Kairos Palestine saw its first activities in occasion of the World Week of Prayer held from September 20 -26 under the theme “"God has broken down the dividing walls". The first two initiatives both took place in Bir ‘Ona, neighborhood of Beit Jala, the past weekend.

30 August 2015. Sunday protest in Beit Jala was violently repressed by the Israeli Occupation Forces with tear gas and sound bombs, dispersing the demonstrators and arresting two Palestinians.

Hundreds of people gathered for the mass mobilization Sunday morning. The protest tore down one of the gates of the Israeli apartheid infrastructure that segregates the Palestinian people from their lands and from each other. 

The Popular committee of Beit Jala together with the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Popular Struggle Coordinating Committee and the Palestinian National Forces call for a mass protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall, land grab and destruction of property in Cremisan Valley. The demonstration will take place on Sunday 23rd August at 11:00 a.m.

Early Monday morning, August 17, the Israeli military with its bulldozers stormed the area of Bir Uona archeological site, west of Beit Jala in Bethlehem governorate, and razed 25-30 dunums of land and uprooted about 45 olive trees, some of the hundreds of years old. Join the Solidarity Tent set up to challenge the land destruction is perpetrated in order to continue construction of the Apartheid Wall on the land of Cremisan Valley.

The Stop the Wall Campaign, the Palestinian Farmers Union, the Land Defense Coalition and Palestinian activists from inside the Green Line organized last Friday a volunteer activity to plant 300 olive trees in the area of Makhrour, in the town of Beit Jala (Bethlehem district). The event brought together some 400 people of the town, volunteers and participants from different provinces of the West Bank, a member of the Legislative Council, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, and the mayor of Beit Jala, Dr. Nael Anton Salman.

The Occupation's policy to transform Bethlehem into a ghetto where normal life is impossible makes popular resistance the only way forward. Protests against the Wall and the settlements are ongoing in al Ma'sara, al-Walaja, Jub ath-Thib, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Wadi Rahal.

Below a two videos chronicling the the popular resistance in Beit Jala and al-Walaja.

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