Settlements

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. 

5 \ 2 \ 2014, a group of "Itamar" settlement settlers, uprooted more than 200 olive trees, purported to be150 years old or older, which cover an area of 50 acres, and belongs to the citizen Ezat Moawia from Yanoun town, Aqarba municipality, south of Nablus. As the settlement explanation in the occupied territories continues, the occupation municipality agreed on a plan to build 558 settlement units in east Jerusalem.

Update to the Urgent Appeal issued in April 2013 by the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

Friday 31 of January, in coordination with the international Stop the JNF Campaign the Union of Palestinian Farmers and the anti-apartheid Wall Campaign planted olive seedlings in the village of Sebastia in Nablus, a continuation of the activities of anti-113anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish National Fund. 
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Today the 26th of January, Israeli forces arrested Hassan Briggah, the coordinator of the National Committee Against the Wall and settlements in Bethlehem, and the two children Obada and Harith Briggah 13 years old, after a confrontation with the settlers of "Khilt Nahla" outpost. 
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 20 \ 1 \ 2014, a group of activists of  the Popular Resistance in Bethlehem removed flags from the Israeli bypass roads and the flags in front of the settlements, "Tekoa" and "Daniel."

19\1\2014 - In a joint effort with the Stop the JNF campaign, the anti-apartheid Wall Campaign and the Union of Palestinian Farmers planted 113 trees in Al Hamma and Ain Al Beida areas and in the northern Jordan Valley, coinciding with the 113 anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish National Fund.

13/1/2014, A group of Palestinian resistance activists closed Eli Azar settlement Gate this morning, which is one of the Gosh Atzion settlments compound, built on Bethlehem land.

 

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.

Recently, the people of “Sarta” village (located to the southwest of Nablus) had no other choice but to stand up against the settlers of the nearby colony known as “Brokheen”. This occured when the villagers realized that the sounds they could hear from the bulldozers were not coming from inside the colony but were in fact coming from the road leading to their village and which they until now used frequently.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) has met with the Brazilian consul in Ramallah Paulo França to call on Brazil to abandon a $35m development collaboration project with Israel. The delegation urged Brazil to at least ensure that money from the project will not be diverted to Israeli companies that are implicated in human rights abuses and violations of international law.  
 

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.

On Monday, 15/7/2013, a wave of demonstrations swept across occupied Palestine in anger and condemnation of the Prawer Plan. The Prawer Plan, named after Ehud Prawer the former deputy chair of national security, aims to confiscate about 800,000 dunums of land in the Negev, displacing about 50,000 Palestinians and demolishing 35 Palestinian villages. A general Anger Strike was also called throughout many parts of the occupied Palestinian territories

  The Popular Resistance Campaign launched a series of events against the wall and settlements from the village of Betien, east of Ramallah. More than 150 people participated in the demonstration to reclaim land confiscated by the "Bethel" settlement

 

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.

Haaretz: “Israeli settlements in the West Bank legally expanded by nearly 8,000 dunams (1,977 acres) in 2012 - land equalling [an area]… twice as big as Manhattan's Central Park.”

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".

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