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The month of January 2017 saw the approval of a massive construction program of new settlement homes, in clear opposition of December’s UN security council resolution, which described settlement building as a “flagrant violation” of international law and an obstacle to peace. Israeli authorities announced the plan to build almost 600 new houses in occupied East Jerusalem and other 2,500 in the West Bank, the possibility of annexing Ma’ale Adumim settlement, and the willingness to give the Palestinians “not exactly a state with full authority, rather a state minus”.
In the South Hebron Hills area Operation Dove volunteers recorded a wide range of human rights violations against Palestinians carried out by both Israeli forces and Israeli settlers.
In the last three days Israeli military forces closed all the main entrances to the Palestinian cities of Yatta and Bani Na’im, including several secondary roads in the south-east Hebron area.
The presence of roadblocks, earthmounds, road gates and checkpoints, set up by Israeli Army, prevents Palestinian to use the roads, also to reach basic services as the hospitals, in violation of the right to freedom of movement (Art.13 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights). This is a clear collective punishment, which is banned under the International law, after the escalation of violence of this day.
Operation Dove condemns this collective punishment that the Israeli government is inflicting once again on the Palestinian population, especially during this days of Ramadan, the holy month for muslims.
MAPPA INTERATTIVA: Il blocco delle città di Yatta and Bani Na’im
Le forze militari israeliane, in seguito all’ondata di violenza di questi giorni, hanno bloccato tutti i principali accessi, incluse numerose strade secondarie, alle città palestinesi di Yatta e Bani Na’im, nell’area a sud est di Hebron.
La presenza di blocchi stradali (cumuli di macerie, blocchi di cemento, sbarre..) e checkpoint posizionati dall’esercito israeliano, impediscono ai palestinesi di potersi muovere liberamente, soprattutto per raggiungere servizi essenziali come gli ospedali, in violazione al diritto alla libertà di movimento (Art.13 della Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti dell’Uomo)
Operazione Colomba condanna queste punizioni collettive, vietate dal diritto internazionale, che il governo israeliano per l’ennesima volta infligge alla popolazione palestinese, in particolare durante questi giorni di Ramadan (mese sacro per la popolazione musulmani).
Amira Hass Feb 03, 2016 1:23 AM
The Civil Administration in the West Bank on Tuesday demolished 23 homes and three outhouses in the southern Hebron hills villages of Jinba and Halawa. According to Israeli activists who reached Jinba by midday, shortly after the demolitions, 78 people had been living in the newly-built homes, including 60 children.
These are two of the 12 villages in the area that have been waging a legal battle for 17 years in an attempt to prevent their evacuation and demolition so they can be used as army training areas. The European Union has been closely following the villagers’ campaign, and has repeatedly stated it would view their evacuation as a coerced uprooting of a protected population, a contravention of international law.
10th October, 2015 | Popular Struggle Coordination Committee | Ramallah, Occupied Palestine
The roads are not safe for Palestinians. The settlers are armed with guns, knives, stones, and the support of the occupation forces-one of the most heavily armed militaries in the world- ready to shoot and kill Palestinians on our own land.
Jerusalemites do not feel safe walking in the streets. In the last week alone Palestinian women were beaten and thrown on the ground by Israeli settlers in the old city of Jerusalem, and at least one instance of this was captured on video.
The Israeli occupation forces not only protect the settlers and their illegal attacks on Palestinians, they also use different kinds of rubber and live bullets to maim Palestinians. In the last several days of attacks against Palestinians in the West bank, the injuries seen at Ramallah Hospital’s Emergency Room are on the arms, chests, and heads of Palestinian journalists, frontline defenders, and youth- these injuries indicates that the barrel of Israeli guns are aiming to kill.
Undercover occupation agents, the “mustaribeen”, with kaffiyah’s covering their faces wearing t-shirts tucked out of their pants to hide their guns, infiltrated a march held by students from Birzeit University. The mustaribeen got close to the Palestinian protesters, kidnapped three of the young men, after shooting them from a point of zero distance. Till the moment no one knows the destiny of the three kidnapped young men, with and assumption of the death of at least one of them according to eye witnesses.
The Israeli settlers and the occupation forces should be held accountable for their actions against the Palestinian people, and since the settlers, the army that serves them , and the occupation they exist within, are all protected by international impunity, regardless to the fact that the existence of the Israeli settlers within the 67 borders is considered illegal according to International Law . We call for the international community to organize demonstrations, and to take serious actions to support the international BDS campaign against Israel, and to put pressure over their governments to take actions towards the Israeli government and settlers’ violations.
in the time that Palestinian children, men, youth and women are all united in resisting the occupation, risking their lives in face to face encounters with the occupation army, demonstrating in Gaza City, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Yaffa, and Hebron. United from all over Palestine.
As long as the occupation continues, we will keep resisting for a life of freedom and dignity.
We the people need to scream out for Muhanad Halabi’s family who are threatened to have their house demolished at any minute, after having their son murdered. And it is not only Muhanad’s family who are mourning, thousands of people across Palestine are grieving the loss of loved ones murdered by the occupation.
We the people have a voice, that neither the Israeli government, Zionist entities, nor members of the international community complicit with Israel’s