Hebron

On Friday, February 22, Palestinians organized a mass protest to remember the 25th anniversary of the Massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque and to protest the ongoing segregation, repression and dispossession of the Palestinian population in Hebron at the hands of the Israeli military and the illegal settlers in the city.

With the passing of World Refugee Day on June 20th, we remember the Palestinian refugees both within the occupied territories and those dispersed around the world. At the same time resistance against the ongoing Nakba - the destruction of our homes and villages to dispossess and exile us - continues. The Sumoud Freedom Camp in the South Hebron hills is just one of our expressions of steadfastness.

Twelve years ago the International Court of Justice in its verdict on the apartheid Wall, ruled the Wall and Israel’s settlement project illegal and reminded the international of its obligation to stop Israeli crimes. Today, in Palestine we are facing a full scale attack to try to subdue Palestinian rebellion flaring up over and over again while Israel rushes to close off the ghettos in which we are supposed to be herded. The last week has shown the shocking scale of repression.

It is 7:30 pm and the quiet has returned in the streets of Beit Ummar. The quiet, because today was a rough day and the inhabitants who left the city this morning to go to work had to go through much trouble to be able to get back. There were some tensions in Hebron. As usual.

Since a few months, the Israeli settlers are taking over more and more territory in the city. They already banned Palestinians from what they define as "their zone". 

While we remember Hashem as a pillar of Palestinian steadfastness in the Old City of Hebron and an inspiration to Palestinian activists and international solidarity from across the world, we know his spirit and determination will continue to animate the struggle of our people. We, the people that had the honour to know him and the people that share his struggle, will keep his legacy alive and continue on the path towards liberation.

May Hashem rest in peace.
May Hashem rest assured that we continue in the struggle. 

On May 5th 2015, the battle to save Susya was met with a fatal blow as Judge Noam Sohlberg of Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected a petition for an interim order that would freeze the implementation of demolition orders until the case is heard in court. As a result, Susya and its 340 residents face imminent demolition and expulsion to Area A. This unusual move, whereby no hearing and inquest was granted, alludes to the idea that Israel is looking to destroy the village totally in the near future.

21\2\2014 today, Israeli forces arrested five citizens including Badie Dweik, an activist in Youth Against  Settlements, and dozens were injured. A  Sky agency journalist injured in the head by a tear gas, after the occupation army suppressed the demonstration that Hebron Defense Committee, Stop the Wall campaign, Youth Against Settlements, and several national bodies have called for  on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of  Al Ibrahimi Mosque  massacre.

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”. 

 

The funeral of prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh in Hebron today was attended by thousands of mourners who lined the streets as the funeral procession set off from al-Ahli hospital towards al-Shuhada cemetery where the body will be buried.

This Friday, in Hebron Stop the Wall had joined the Hebron Defense Committee (HDC) and  national political parties to mark the Open Shuhada Street Action Day. Amidsts other activities, the Friday protest was the culmination of the mobilization. The protest started at Bab Izzawiya near “Checkpoint 56” and proceeded then to Hebron’s old city.

A steel and concrete barrier blocking off Shuhada Street along the path of the demonations was scaled by several youths who planted several Palestinian national and political flags on top.

As a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza protest demonstrations and solidarity marches was arranged all over the West Bank – From Jenin in the north to Hebron in the south. Once again the occupation forces of Israel suppressed the popular resistance of the Palestinians.

The Stop the wall campaign in cooperation with the Farkha International yearly camp organized a march in solidarity with farmers who are on their land in the valley Qana. Qana is located close to Deir Istiya in Salfit district and is one of the spots of the West Bank that was first ethnically cleansed from its Palestinian population and  its nature devastated by the Israeli settlement project. Today Wadi Qana is completely isolated by the Wall and is surrounding 9 settlements, with a total population of over ten thousand settlers.

Hebron – 22/6/12 The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) used tear gas and sound bombs to repress a large solidarity march to the village of Susia, in the hills to the southeast of Hebron. The village has experienced multiple cases of house, tent and cave demolitions, leading to the displacement of more than half of the village’s residents, as Settlement associations, who consider the village to be illegal, pressure the IOF to clear the area of Palestinians.

 

Tuesday 5th of June 2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the Naksa, the day that Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights. To mark this anniversary marches were arranged in various locations across the still occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

In the mass protest in Hebron this Friday, Palestinian member of Knesset Mohammed Baraka was injured in his right leg and dozens of other Palestinians suffered further injuries as the occupation forces were shooting tear gas and sound bombs into the crowd to disperse the demonstration. The protest was called by the political forces in the governorate of Hebron, the Stop the Wall Campaign and the Committee for the defense of Hebron in the eighteenth anniversary of the massacre in the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The occupation forces issued seven demolishing orders to demolish seven houses in Kherbet Alkher in Hebron after attacking the houses, giving the orders to the Palestinian families. Kherbet Alkher is located near “Karmael” settlement, which is built on Palestinian land. The seven houses host sixty people.
The houses are related to Muhammad Khalil, Ikhlas Ali, Adel Salman, Bilal Salman, Khairi Salman, Maliha Hamad and Salman Eid, all of them from Arab Alhathaleen. 
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