Settlements

Around 80 volunteers attended a day of environmental and solidarity activities, organised by Stop the Wall, in the village of Dura al Qare’ in Ramallah district. The volunteers cleaned the water springs of the village and helped farmers irrigate their crops.

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.

 

Bil’in: Ahmed Abdul Fattah Bernat (19 years) injured his foot and dozens of Palestinian and International activists suffered from temporary asphyxia due to tear gas during the weekly march against the apartheid wall and settlements on Friday. Protestors marched under the banner “Popular Resistance in Bil’in continues” and were met with a hail of tear gas, flash-bang grenades and rubber coated metal bullets as well as being sprayed with chemical imbued “skunk water”.

 

Around 160 Palestinian youths attended a day of voluntary activities in Wadi Qana, a valley in the Salfit district. Stop the Wall called for this activity in order to carry out environmental and agricultural work for the benefit of the Palestinian citizens and the surrounding landscape.

A group of more than 60 Palestinian youths participated in a trip to the village of al Walaja, to the west of Bethlehem, on Friday 15th June 2012 in order to reach out to the local community and to enhance the Palestinian presence in the area which has experienced much land confiscation, settler violence and repression by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) over the years.

"The only alternative that would be acceptable to me would be your complete withdrawal from all Palestinian land.” The case of Khalid Abdullah Yassin.

This morning Israeli troops forced homeowners in the Jordan Valley to demolish their homes, having issued 24 demolition notices to four families. The forces did not wait the 24 hours, but evicted the families, who live in the north of the Valley. The head of the local council in Wadi Al Maleh Aref Daraghmeh, a Bedouin, said that the four families lived in the Al Mayte area of the Al Maleh valley were added to a long list of families who have been displace or are under threat of displacement in the region.

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.

 

Nabi Saleh: The information office of the popular committee in Nabi Saleh reported that 3 children, Mahmoud Shaker al-Tamimi (14 years), and Islam al-Tamimi (16 years), and Muhammad Bilal al-Tamimi (11 years), were wounded by rubber coated bullets during the weekly demonstration against land theft.

Nabi Saleh: During the weekly protest at Nabi Saleh on Friday 18th March, against the wall and settlements, the Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and skunk water at protestors, injuring two Palestinians, Wa'ad Tamimi (15 years), and Walid al-Tamimi (16 years) and one international activist. A choir from Scotland attended the protest and sang songs of solidarity at the front of the procession.

Attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank continue apace, while the occupational forces provide the aggressors' with protection. The attacks, ranging from destruction of fruit trees to seizure of land, demonstrate Israel's continued commitment to policies of terrorism and ethnic cleansing as they continue to expand and build on stolen land.

 

Bil'in:  Around 100 protesters gathered to protest the colonial apartheid Wall in Bil’in and show support for the ongoing hunger strike in Israeli jails. In response dozens of tear gas canisters and flash-bang grenades were launched into the crowd, setting fire to many acres of land and more than 20 olive trees.

 

Sunday, April 29, a group of settlers bulldozed agricultural lands belonging to the village of Qusra, in Nablus district. In the morning hours, the settlers went to the piece of land, which is even located far from the settlements surrounding the village but had been targeted before by the settlers. Many times, the area was a location of clashes between the people from Qusra that were out there to protect their lands against the settlers’ usurpation.

On Thursday April 27, the occupation forces handed notices to some farmers in Wadi Qana [Valley of Qana] that informed them the military would cut more than 1000 trees.

Wadi Qana is located close to Deir Istiya in Salfit district and one of the spots of the West Bank that is first ethnically cleansed from its Palestinian population and then its nature devasted by the Israeli settlement project.

 

April 22 2012 the Israeli army bulldozers started leveling lands and announced the confiscation of 400 dunums from Qalandiya village lands in order to build a new route of the Wall. The Palestinian village, located 11km north of Jerusalem and covering a total area of 3948 dunums, is already surrounded by a maze of Walls from three sides, divided by these walls into two separate parts and will now loose more land to facilitate the construction of a new Israeli settlement industrial zone on the area of the Qalandiya airport.

 

 

Settlers attacks on the Palestinian people and their land and property have lately become daily violations of Palestinian rights. Settlers are protected by the occupation forces and the international community’s silence in their efforts to undercut Palestinian livelihoods and create conditions aimed to push the farmers to leave their homes and land. Only on March 8 and 9 three of such attacks occurred.

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.

Bilin

Dozens were suffocated and cased serve vomiting in the weekly protest in Bilin due to the suppression by the occupation forces who shot the protesters with tear gas bombs and metal bullets covered with rubber. They also sprayed them with sewage water mixed with chemicals.

The popular committee called to expand the popular resistance to open the checkpoints, open closed streets, and tear down the Apartheid Wall and settlements. It also highlighted the importance of Palestinian unity to end the occupation.

Nabi Saleh

Fighting against the ongoing suppression that the occupation practices against the weekly protests against the apartheid wall and settlements in the West Bank, Walid Barghouthi, a young man, was shot with a live bullet to his leg while participating in Al Nabi Saleh weekly protest, which heralded a large amount of blood before he was transferred to hospital for treatment.
Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers fired three live bullets towards him in order to assassinate him just as they did with Mustafa Tamimi two weeks ago.

Hebron district is located some 30 kilometers south to Jerusalem. The City of Hebron, the capital of the district is one of the biggest in the West Bank, as it has some 170,000 Palestinian inhabitants and some 400 settlers guarded by between 2,500 to 3,000 soldiers.

Hebron is fampuse, among other, for the quality of its kafyas. However, unfortunately it is also famouse for its Apartheid street.

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