Palestinians begin reusing well despite settler attacks

agosto 3, 2013 at 5:26 am

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills have begun to reuse a water well they were previously afraid to use due to reoccurring settler attacks in the very area.

The Palestinian-owned water well situated in Humra Valley is located very near to the Havat Ma’on outpost and has often been the subject of settler attacks. In particular, during the summer of 2012 graffiti stating “Death to Arabs” was written on it and several times settlers from the outpost came to bath in the well. This well is in fact the one of the few in the area containing a good level of water since the Palestinians were afraid of using it because of the settler violence.
This fear lasted until the past winter, when Palestinians started to occasionally use it to water their sheep. Since the beginning of the summer a family from the local Palestinian village of Al Mufaqarah, accompanied by Operation Dove volunteers, has been using the well daily to graze their sheep.

 

I palestinesi delle colline  a sud di Hebron hanno ricominciato ad utilizzare un pozzo che era da tempo in disuso vista la ricorrente violenza dei coloni nell’area circostante.

Il pozzo palestinese è situato nella valle di Humra, molto vicino all’avamposto di Havat Ma’on, ed è spesso stato lo scenario di attacchi da parte dei coloni israeliani. In particolare, durante l’estate del 2012 sono stati trovati su di esso graffiti con la scritta “Morte agli arabi” e in diverse occasioni i coloni sono scesi per fare il bagno nell’acqua del pozzo. Questo pozzo è infatti uno dei pochi nell’area con un alto livello d’acqua, dato che i palestinesi avevano paura ad usarlo vista la violenza dei coloni. Paura che è durata fino allo scorso inverno, quando i palestinesi hanno occasionalmente ricominciato ad usarlo per abbeverare le proprie pecore. Dall’inizio dell’estate una famiglia proveniente dal villaggio palestinese di Al Mufaqarah, accompagnata dai volontari di Operazione Colomba, sta usando il pozzo ogni giorno durante il pascolo delle pecore.

 

AIC: Settler action committee to work against Israeli, international activists

luglio 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Published on 25 July 2013

Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Israeli settlers from the South Hebron Hills area in the occupied West Bank are currently establishing an action committee to fight against the actions of “anarchists who incite Arab terror in the area”.

The settler-affiliated media outlet Arutz 7 reports that “anarchist actions”, i.e. the solidarity and direct actions conducted by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists in the West Bank to protest Israel’s occupation, involve “both a danger of consciousness and an existential danger”.

Yuval Avidan from the local settlement of Mitzphe Yair and who reportedly “personally suffers from the anarchist”, told Arutz 7 that “it is important to bring to the consciousness of area residents the extent of the problem, which threatens our very existence in this land”.

Settler Yochai Damri noted that the “anarchist actions” often “involve the taking over of land located with the settlement area or which represents the potential for…new settlements. The positioning of Har Hebron in the media (South Hebron Hills – AIC) as a conflict area further harms development and growth of the Har as a region which also wishes to attract tourists and export its products”.

The action committee has outlined initial steps to be taking, including a “mapping of the problem” and documentation of “every event, tour and penetration of settlements” by the activists. The action committee will track internet and social media sites while tours of the South Hebron Hills area will be conducted for opinion-makers so they “receive the full picture of the anarchists’ actions”. The action committee further plans to request that Israel’s Defence Ministry issue distancing orders to keep the regular protesters “who break the law and violate order” away from the area.

 

The full article by the settler-affiliated media Arutz 7: http://snipurl.com/27jiqxu

Harassment against Palestinian shepherds and Operation Dove volunteers in Umm Zeitouna valley continues

luglio 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm

On July 28 at about 8 a.m., one settler and three Israeli soldiers chased three Palestinian shepherds from Umm Zeitouna valley in the South Hebron Hills. The settler tried to catch the Palestinian shepherd, threatening him with death. The soldiers detained OD volunteers, who were accompanying the shepherd, for more than one hour, falsely charging them with entering Israeli private property when the area was Palestinian property. The soldiers prevented the volunteers from using mobile phones and cameras. While the settler threatened the volunteers with death and insulted them, the soldiers were present and did nothing.
This is the third time in three weeks that this settler has chased and verbally threatened Palestinian shepherds and OD volunteers in the Umm Zeitouna valley.

Il 28 luglio intorno alle 8.00, un colono e tre soldati israeliani hanno rincorso tre palestinesi che stavano pascolando le greggi nella valle di Umm Zeitouna. Il colono ha minacciato di morte uno dei palestinesi ed ha provato più volte a catturarlo. I soldati hanno detenuto per più di un’ora tre volontari di Operazione Colomba con la falsa accusa di essere entrati in una proprietà privata israeliana. Questi ultimi erano invece su una terra di proprietà palestinese. I militari, da una parte, hanno fisicamente impedito ai volontari di utilizzare telefoni cellulari e fotocamere, dall’altra non hanno agito in nessun modo nei confronti del colono, neanche quando ha ripetutamente insultato e minaccaiato di morte i volontari stessi.
Questa è la terza volta in tre settimane che il medesimo colono insegue e minaccia pastori palestinesi e volontari di Operazione Colomba nella valle di Umm Zeitouna.

 

The settler trying to catch a Palestinian shepherd
Il colono nel tentativo di catturare uno dei pastori palestinesi

 

Operation Dove volunteers while detained by Israeli soldiers. On the left: the settler
Volontari di Operazione Colomba durante la detenzione da parte dei soldati israeliani. Sulla sinistra: il colono

Settlers attack Palestinian shepherd near Mitzpe Yair outpost

luglio 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

On July 14 at about 7.30 p.m., Omar Ahmad Gebren Hosheia, age 28, was attacked by three masked settlers while grazing his sheep near the Mitzpe Yair outpost. The settlers stoned Omar on his head and face. Because of his serious injuries, Omar was taken by ambulance to Hebron’s Alia Hospital, where he remains hospitalised.

Il 14 luglio alle 19:30, Omar Ahmad Gebren Hoseia (28 anni) è stato attaccato a pietrate da tre coloni mascherati mentre stava pascolando le sue pecore vicino all’avamposto di Mitzpe Yair. A causa delle gravi lesioni che ha riportato alla testa e al volto, Omar è stato portato in ambulanza al Ali Hospital di Hebron, dov’è tutt’ora ricoverato.

 

Picture by B’Tselem

 

Picture by B’Tselem

Incursione notturna dei coloni nel villaggio palestinese di Al Mufaqarah

luglio 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

La notte tra il 9 e il 10 luglio 2013, tre coloni armati sono entrati nel villaggio di Al Mufaqarah creando panico tra la popolazione. Da testimonianze raccolte in loco, i coloni avrebbero tirato alcuni sassi contro le case del villaggio mentre gran parte dei palestinesi stava già dormendo. Sul posto sono arrivate due camionette dell’esercito israeliano. I soldati non hanno preso alcun provvedimento immediato contro l’unico colono rimasto sul luogo. In seguito la polizia israeliana ha raccolto due testimonianze tra i palestinesi presenti.

L’incursione è avvenuta la notte che sancisce l’inizio del mese di Ramadan.

 

Foto dell’incidente: http://snurl.com/27f3loj

Video: Two Palestinians and four Israeli activists arrested in Umm Al Kheer on July 6, 2013

luglio 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Ha’aretz: Israel seizes Bedouin man’s toilet in West Bank after deeming it illegal

giugno 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

The portable bathroom, which was installed for the use of a handicapped man, violated an order against illegal construction by settlers, the Civil Administration said.
Chaim Levinson – Ha’aretz – Jun.23, 2013

The Civil Administration last week confiscated a portable toilet that was serving a handicapped person in a Bedouin village in the West Bank, claiming that it violated the order forbidding the movement of mobile structures without a permit.
The incident occurred in Um al-Kheir in the South Hebron Hills, which is near the settlement of Carmel. Last month, one of the village residents decided to set up a toilet for his brother, who had suffered head trauma and until now has been urinating and defecating in a nearby stream bed. The man dug a cesspit and placed a tin structure with a toilet on top of it. The structure was donated by ACF International, a humanitarian organization that provides emergency food, water and sanitation aid.

Ha’aretz: E-1 protest marks change of tactics by Palestinian activists

gennaio 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

Ha’aretz, 14.01.2013, Amira Hass

The Palestinian Popular Committees are facing a contradiction: They won the attention of the world, but failed to spark a mass movement against the occupation.

The idea of setting up a protest tent village in E-1 gained momentum over the past few weeks among members of the Palestinian Popular Committees – the same committees that for 10 years have been organizing weekly demonstrations in the West Bank against the Israeli occupation in general, and against the separation fence and settlements in particular.

 

Ha’aretz: Netanyahu to ask High Court to allow eviction of Palestinian E1 tent camp

gennaio 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

Ha’aretz, 12.01.2013, Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday ordered Israel’s security forces to evacuate a tent camp set up by hundreds of Palestinians in the E1 area, east of Jerusalem.

Netanyahu’s decision contradicted a temporary injunction ordered by Israel’s High Court on Saturday preventing the state from evicting the Palestinians from the outpost.

The Prime Minister’s Bureau said in a statement released on Saturday that the state would submit a request to the High Court on Saturday night asking it to cancel the injunction.

According to the statement, Netanyahu has ordered that the site be declared a closed military zone and that all access roads leading to the site of the tent camp be closed by security forces until the High Court decides on the matter, in order to prevent additional people from gathering at the site.

Some 200 Palestinians and international peace activists set up the tent camp on Friday morning, giving it the name “Bab al-Shams.”

On Saturday, Israel Police kept additional activists from reaching the site. Police also prevented senior Palestinian officials Saeb Erakat and Hanan Ashrawi from visiting the area.

Ha’aretz: The settlers’ aim: Occupy Israel

gennaio 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Ha’aretz, 03.01.2013 – Ari Shavit

The old occupation was the occupation of Palestine. It started with the military occupation of the West Bank and continued with the settlement occupation of the West Bank, and has reached the point where some 360,000 Israelis live today in the West Bank. At the same time that the smaller occupation of the Gaza Strip failed, the large occupation of the West Bank has done quite well.

In the past it prevented a peace agreement with Jordan, interfered with the interim agreement with the Palestinians and prevented a unilateral withdrawal. The old occupation succeeded in causing a Palestinian state not to be founded, the Land of Israel not to be divided and a single governmental entity to sprawl from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Even though the old occupation was anachronistic and disadvantageous from the very beginning, it showed impressive vitality and achieved most of its goals. This surprising success allowed it to continue on and mount an attack on the democratic Jewish state next to the West Bank.