UPDATE: Israeli army confiscate building material and a car in the Palestinian village of Tabban

dicembre 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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On December 9, Israeli forces entered the Palestinian village of Tabban in Massafer Yatta (so called Firing Zone 918) and confiscated some building materials. Other building materials and tools were confiscated in the same village three days before, on December 6. While they were leaving the area, Israeli army and DCO confiscated also a car with four Palestinians that were directed to Nablus, leaving them on foot.

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When Operation Dove volunteers tried to approach the Palestinians and ask for explanations, soldiers prevented them to get close and aggressively intimated them to leave the area. They also threatened to push them back forcefully.


People from Massafer Yatta are suffering from the lack of basic services (such as water-supply, electricity connections, building permissions) and because of continuous training of the Israeli forces among the villages.


UPDATE: L’esercito israeliano confisca materiale da costruzione e un’auto nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban


Il 9 dicembre, l’esercito israeliano è entrato nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban nella Massafer Yatta (cosiddetta Firing Zone 918) e ha confiscato alcuni materiali da costruzione. Altro materiale e alcuni strumenti di lavoro erano stati confiscati nello stesso villaggio tre giorni prima, il 6 dicembre. Mentre stavano lasciando l’area, la DCO e i soldati israeliani hanno confiscato anche un’auto su cui viaggiavano quattro palestinesi diretti a Nablus, lasciandoli a piedi. Quando i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno provato ad avvicinarsi ai palestinesi e a chiedere spiegazioni, i soldati glielo hanno impedito e con fare aggressivo gli hanno intimato di lasciare l’area, minacciandoli anche di usare la forza.


Gli abitanti della Massafer Yatta risentono della mancanza dei servizi di base (fornitura idrica, corrente elettrica, permessi di costruzione) e di continue esercitazioni dell’esercito israeliano tra i villaggi.

UPDATE: Demolition orders delivered in Al Mufaqarah village

dicembre 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

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On November 29, two demolition orders have been delivered to a Palestinian family living in Al Mufaqarah village. The demolition orders for one house and one storage follow two stop working orders delivered on July 16, 2012. The thirteen members of the targeted family have three days to appeal to the Court against the decision before the orders become effective, on December 2.


UPDATE: Ordini di demolizione consegnati nel villaggio di Al Mufaqarah

Il 29 novembre, due ordini di demolizione sono stati consegnati a una famiglia palestinese del villaggio di Al Mufaqarah. Gli ordini di demolizione sono relativi ad una abitazione ed un deposito  e seguono due ordini di stop ai lavori che erano stati consegnati il 16 luglio 2012. La famiglia, composta da tredici membri, ha tre giorni per fare ricorso contro la decisone prima che gli ordini diventino effettivi il 2 dicembre.

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UPDATE : Israeli army demolished a well and two cow shelters near Hebron.

novembre 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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Today, November 12th, Operation Dove volunteers reported demolitions in Al Kalil il Sharaboti. Israeli Army, DCO (District Coordination office) and Border Police demolished 3 structures: a well and two cow shelters.


These kind of demolitions badly affects the Palestinian economy, leaving farmers without any income and pushing their communities out of Area C.


UPDATE : Esercito israeliano demolisce un pozzo e due allevamenti per bovini vicino a Hebron.

Oggi, 12 novembre i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno documentato demolizioni in Al Kalil il Sharaboti. L’amministrazione israeliana dei Territori insieme all’esercito hanno demolito un pozzo e due allevamenti per bovini.


Queste demolizioni danneggiano gravemente l’economia palestinese, lasciando gli allevatori senza redditi e forzando le loro comunità a spostarsi fuori dall’area C.

Israel’s Defamation of Judaism: The Rape of the Palestinian People

ottobre 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

By Norman Pollack

October 19, 2015 

SJPIsrael has come a long way since 1967 in the construction of an apartheid state and society with respect to the Palestinians, in truth, the proto-Nazification of policy and conduct in which the gas chamber has been replaced by the more protracted denial of life to the victims of an ethnocentric/racial ideology achieved through the degradation of a whole people: a faucet of inhumanity left running, where genocide is administered in drips rather than in a torrent. But even the latter holds, as now, as the misery and hopelessness sinks into the consciousness of the oppressed, almost as a conscious strategy of still more acute humiliation in the hope that signs of resistance will give pretext and excuse for a show of force and further clamping down.

The bombardment of Gaza last summer, a replay of Guernica as a lengthier exercise in domination, artillery replacing the dive bomber, was merely an example of the stored-up hatred and contempt Israelis displayed toward the Palestinians, a twisted mindset crossing the line from punitiveness to outright psychosis as though squashing an ant hill. Israelis do not concede the humanity of their victims, and perhaps do not even see them as victims but mere objects to be pushed around and, as a useful object lesson to them, swept aside, their houses bulldozed, their land taken away, the science of humiliation raised to a fine art. I turn now to the New York Times article by Jodi Rudoren, “East Jerusalem, Bubbling Over With Despair,” Oct. 18, a more sympathetic account of the Palestinians’ plight than is the wont of The Times,

and therefore to be taken seriously given the usual partiality of the paper.

This, remember, is only now, and not a summary of the decades of oppression which provide context for the events of today. She writes: “East Jerusalem, long the emotional heart of Palestinian life, is now the fiery soul of its discontent.” The recent stabbing attacks—which in my heart I cannot condemn so much as recognize as the desperation of youth otherwise powerless, without dignity or opportunity, they and their parents denied an honorable identity, and hence striking out in any way they can—originated “from within the city’s borders,” an area which also finds, for example, “Fuad Hamed, a successful businessman who condemns the wave of violence but shares the frustration and alienation underlying this new uprising.” Well stated, and I guess what I meant above is that Israelis share in the crimes with equal blood on their hands. Youths do not take knife in hand unless under severest provocation, knowing they will be killed instantly and retaliation taken on their parents. To Israelis, however, they are animals, nothing more, as a way of shielding from the Israeli mind, as a gigantic defense mechanism, the barbarism practiced.

(The scene, not in Rudoren’s account: a knife-wielding teenager, shot multiple times, lying dead on the pavement; a crowd gathers, chanting, “Son of a whore,” “Son of a whore.”)

We see the situation through the eyes of Abu Hamed, hardly an extremist. At 44, he lectures at Hebrew University, “runs two clinics in Israel’s health system, and lives on a comfortable home among Sur Baher’s [a neighborhood of 18,000] tangle of crowded hills.” From his balcony he sees “sprawling Jewish enclaves that he said were ‘built on our lands,’ and the ugly barrier Israel erected that splits Sur Baher from the occupied West Bank.” (Rudoren has the grace to use the word “occupied.”) Hamed takes in more: “These days, he can also see the Israeli soldiers who have blocked two of the neighborhood’s exits and set up a checkpoint to search cars [and people, a photo showing a man raising his shirt before a soldier, rifle in hand] at the third, making the city’s psychic division all the more concrete.” This, a well-to-do section of Jerusalem, not like the poverty found in the Old City and elsewhere. Hamed: “’You have a lot of evidence that you are not a human being.’”

He continues: “’The problem is the policy, because all the time as a Palestinian here you feel that they want to take you out of the city, you have a lot of problems that do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city. IT’S KILLING FROM INSIDE ALL THE TIME.’” (emphasis added) This is a form of genocide practiced internally, and reminds me—“they do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city”—of the system of segregation I witnessed and was repulsed by, growing up in the American South. Rudoren, in highlighting the feelings on both sides, raises the point that Jerusalem’s Palestinians feel “like the neglected stepchildren of both City Hall and the Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in the West Bank and is barred from operating in Jerusalem. They do not feel wanted here, or part of what is happening there.” An enforced separation, yet frustration, one also surmises, because of Ramallah’s lackluster militancy and lack of leadership.

Rudoren explains further: “Civic and cultural institutions decamped years ago for the West Bank city of Ramallah. In Arab East Jerusalem, there are too few classrooms, and too many dropouts. It is difficult to get a permit to expand a home; 98 illegal structures were demolished last year. Three-quarters of the population lives below Israel’s poverty line.” This last is the clincher, and can be multiplied throughout the territories, from the squalor of living conditions to the blockade preventing medicines from reaching Gaza. City residency permits local travel for Palestinians, yet that only reveals to them the heightened contrast in lifestyle between themselves and Israelis. In the words of Sari Nusseibeh, a past president of Al Quds University: “’On the one hand, yes, you have open access to Israeli society—on the other hand you also have more knowledge about the discrimination that’s being practiced against you. Major issues that you identify with as a Palestinian and a Muslim, your dignity and self-respect, your position, your role, these are in total and constant conflict.’”

The upshot? Rudoren readily admits that the recent stabbings “that have killed seven Israeli Jews, five of them in Jerusalem, since Oct. 1,” as well as “at least 16 suspected assailants … shot dead by Israelis … along with more than 20 other Palestinians in clashes with security forces,” have a longer-term causation. At the very least, “East Jerusalem has been a hotbed since July 2014, when Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered [i.e., burned him alive] Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old from the Shufat neighborhood.” Following that, there were approximately 1,600 stone-throwing incidents over the next three months and 700 arrested. This year, Sept. 13-Oct 15, 380 were detained, “171 of them minors.” The account does not relate the armed response, including the use of live ammunition.

Some background: “Arab East Jerusalem is not a single place but a series of some two dozen disparate satellites.” Hamed’s neighborhood is better off; many are overcrowded, poverty-ridden, somewhat isolated. How did it get this way? Rudoren’s discussion is forthright: “Israel captured it all from Jordan in the 1967 war, and expanded Jerusalem’s boundaries to 27 square miles from 2.3. Israel’s annexation was rejected by the United Nations, and most of the world considers the territory occupied.” She adds, “Today, 200,000 Jews live beyond Israel’s original border, most in new developments—widely considered illegal settlements—like those Mr. Abu Hamed can see from his balcony, 2,000 scattered among the Palestinian enclaves.”

To all intents and purposes, Jerusalem personifies apartheid, Hamed’s own neighborhood each day having a “line of cars at the lone remaining exit … stretched for hundreds of yards,” and, as an example, “Moussa Dabash, 44, who runs a tour-bus company, said he was searched under his shirt and between his legs.” This is a microcosm of the imposed dependence and humiliation: “’If I say a word, they’ll accuse me of trying to stab them,’ he said. The soldier who searched me, I told him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Because you are terrorists.’” Hamed, also delayed, related that “a couple and their two children died in a fire last year …. because engines are dispatched to Sur Baher from another Palestinian neighborhood rather than from the closer Jewish ones.”

That is not the Judaism I grew up with and was raised in, inceptively small “d” democratic in every respect, particularly on issues of race and poverty. As Jews, we knew discrimination and could more readily empathize with those also discriminated against, blacks, those in poverty, other minorities, labor in general, all the while rising above the grubbiness and intolerance of an America, already in the 1940s from the standpoint of my personal experience, saturated in conspicuous consumption, xenophobia, antiradical, rising above—even if an escape—to beauty and excellence in everything from human intelligence to sports to aesthetics, participation in the universality of creativity in whatever form it took. This did not have to be an exclusively Jewish trait, and indeed it was the very spirit of cosmopolitanism that gave it energy and a certain sublimity, and freed it from chauvinistic dogmatism. Jews, whether observant or secular, identified with the common man, using the term unself-consciously, just as in the 1940s, and before my adolescence, in the 1930s, antifascist. That is the Judaism Israel has defamed, I might even say, desecrated, so that rape of the Palestinians, as in the title, refers not just to their bodies, but their identity of personhood, their being, that has been violated.

My New York Times Comment on the Rudoren article, same date, follows:

As a Jew, I am deeply ashamed of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Israel is a horrible corruption of Judaism, a world religion identified before the 1960s with a deeply penetrating HUMANISM that was reflected in knowledge, observance, music, the arts in general, scientific learning and mathematics, and liberal politics. Now, so much of that rich heritage is gone, insulted by the actions, condescension, ethos of contemporary Israel, and infecting all of world Jewry.

Israelis have shown themselves beyond cruelty, an internalization of the very darkness that resulted in the Holocaust, only now it is the Palestinians of today who are the Jews of yesterday and the Israelis of today who show the arrogance of those who formerly persecuted the Jews. Israelis gleefully show their muscle at every turn, delighting in the humiliation of the Palestinians and not realizing how this not only violates the teachings of Torah but reveals the inner evil and psychological rot of those who dominate.

How sticks and stones, even knives, can be taken as other than marks of desperation, as meanwhile Israeli security forces have the latest, most lethal weapons, and are prepared to use them as a reflex action, shows the gross imbalance of force. How did it come to this? As a youth growing up in the 1940s-50s I saw Israel as the paragon of democratic socialism (even then I was unaware of the the start of ethnic cleansing and contempt for the Palestinians). Far worse today.

Norman Pollack has written on Populism. His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism.

UPDATE : Clashes in Southern Hebron Hills, after the killing of Palestinian teenager.

ottobre 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm


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On October 7, after Israeli forces killed one Palestinian boy (from Yatta city, aged 17) who tried to stab a soldier in Kiryat Gat (according with Israeli Police sources) , clashes took place in many place of the Southern West Bank.


At Around 03:15 p.m. clashes erupted at the entrance of At Tuwani village. After demonstrators burned some tires, Israeli forces arrived in order to repress the gathering. Clashes continued up to the Palestinian village of Al Birkeh, where Israeli settlers had a trip last week. During the clashes an armed settler run towards Palestinian, in order to attack them. No persons wounded to report.


At around 5:00 p.m. Israeli forces tried to enter the city of Yatta (area A) in order to demolish the house of the boy killed as collective punishment, but they were prevented to reach the house by the Palestinian population. Inhabitants of Yatta blocked all the accesses to the city with roadblocks.



UPDATE : Scontri nel sud della Cisgiordania, dopo l’uccisione di un giovane palestinese di Yatta

Mercoledì 7 ottobre , dopo l’uccisione da parte delle forze israeliane di un palestinese ventunenne di Yatta a Kiryat Gat (che secondo fonti della polizia israeliana avrebbe tentato di accoltellare un soldato), diversi scontri tra palestinesi e esercito israeliano sono avvenuti nel sud della Cisgiordania.


Attorno alle 15:15 sono iniziati degli scontri all’entrata del villaggio di At Tuwani. In seguito all’incendio di alcune ruote da parte di manifestanti palestinesi, le forze israeliane sono arrivate per reprimere la protesta. Gli scontri sono poi continuati sino al villaggio palestinese di Al Birkeh, in cui, la scorsa settimana c’era stato un attacco da parte di coloni israeliani. Durante gli scontri anche un colono armato ha rincorso i dimostranti, con l’intento di attaccarli. Non sono stati riportati feriti.


Attorno alle 17:00 le forze israeliane hanno tentato di entrare a Yatta (area A) per demolire l’abitazione del ragazzo palestinese ucciso la mattina, come misura di “punizione collettiva”. I militari sono stati fermati dalla popolazione palestinese. Gli abitanti di Yatta infatti, hanno bloccato gli accessi alla città con dei roadblocks.

UPDATE: Stop work order delivered for school in South Hebron Hills

settembre 3, 2015 at 8:22 am


On September 2, in the morning, Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO) and soldiers broke into the school of Shaab al-Butum, a Palestinian village situated in the South Hebron Hills.
DCO and soldiers irrupted into the backyard of the school and delivered stop work order for all the structure, including the fences. Therefore, they intimidated the children and interrupted the lessons.
The school is a brand-new structure that was inaugurated just last week. It encompasses the first six classes and receives thirty-two children coming from Shaab al-Butum and the surrounding villages. Without this school, the children would have to go to the further village of At-Tuwani or to the cities of Al-Birkeh and Yatta to attend classes.

UPDATE: Ordine di fermo dei lavori consegnato ad una scuola nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Nella mattina del 2 settembre, ufficiali della Amministrazione civile israeliana (DCO) e soldati dell’esercito israeliano hanno fatto irruzione nella scuola di Shaab al-Butum, un villaggio palestinese situato nell’area delle colline a Sud di Hebron.
DCO e soldati sono entrati nel cortile della scuola e hanno consegnato ordini di fermo dei lavori per l’intera struttura, comprese le recinzioni esterne. Così facendo, hanno spaventato i bambini ed interrotto le lezioni.
La scuola è una struttura di recentissima costruzione, inaugurata soltanto la settimana scorsa. Comprende le classi dalla prima alla sesta ed accoglie trentadue bambini provenienti da Shaab al-Butum e dai villaggi limitrofi. Senza questa scuola, i bambini sarebbero costretti ad arrivare fino al villaggio di At-Tuwani o nelle città di Al-Birkeh e Yatta, molto più distanti, per frequentare le lezioni.


Camping in Susiya

agosto 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

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Camping in Susiya

On August 14th, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee called for action in Susiya village, in the South Hebron Hills. More than 60 people gathered between palestinians from all over the West Bank and some internationals. The event was part of the support campaign for Susiya population, who is living under demolition threat.

In the afternoon the group inaugurated a memorial for Ali Dawabsha at the entrance of the village, the baby killed in a settlers’ attack in Duma in the end of july. During the event, Israeli soldiers from Suseya settlement fired some shots to the sky while people from the village were flying kites.

Evening and night kept going with a dinner, followed by dabka dances, songs, testimonies and prayers.


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Camping in Susiya

Venerdì 14 agosto il Popular Struggle Coordination Committee ha organizzato un’azione nel villaggio palestinese di Susiya, nelle colline a Sud di Hebron, a cui hanno partecipato più di 60 persone, tra palestinesi provenienti da tutti i Territori Occupati e internazionali. L’evento è parte della campagna di supporto alla popolazione di Susiya, che continua a vivere sotto minaccia di demolizione.

Nel pomeriggio si è inaugurato all’entrata del villaggio un memoriale per Ali Dawabsha, il bambino ucciso in un attacco di coloni a Duma. Durante l’evento, mentre le persone del villaggio stavano facendo volare degli aquiloni, i soldati israeliani nella colonia di Susiya hanno sparato alcuni colpi di arma da fuoco verso il cielo.

La serata è continuata con la cena, le dabke (balli tradizionali palestinesi), canzoni, preghiere e testimonianze.

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UPDATE: Ongoing threats by Israeli settlers and authorities in the South Hebron Hills Palestinian communities

agosto 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

On August 10, in the morning, two israeli settlers coming from Avigayil illegal outpost, accompanied with a dog, entered the Palestinian village of At Tuwani with the excuse of doing jogging. Palestinian inhabitants and International volunteers tried to prevent them on their way in, but the settlers claimed their right to do jogging and passed through the village. Since Israeli settlers living in the area of the South Hebron Hills represent a serious threat for the people and their assets, Palestinians got immediately scared and nervous.

Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills are under continuos threat of eviction by the Israeli Administration of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In these days the policy of demolitions is targeting the Beduin village of Umm al Kheir, where Palestinians are frightened of remaining once again without a shelter as it happened last autumn. In the meanwhile the adjacent Israeli settlement of Karmel keeps expanding, reducing the living space of Palestininas who rebuilt  new structures in the same place of the demolished ones. This is what gives the DCO the excuse for demolish them once again.

According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, are considered illegal also under Israeli law.

Continue minacce da parte dei coloni e delle autorità israeliane alle comunità palestinesi nelle colline a Sud di Hebron

La mattina del 10 agosto, due coloni israeliani accompagnati da un cane, provenienti dall’avamposto illegale di Avigayil, sono entrati nel villaggio palestinese di At Tuwani con il pretesto di fare jogging. Gli abitanti palestinesi e i volontari internazionali hanno tentato di impedire loro l’ingresso ma i coloni hanno reclamato il loro diritto a fare jogging liberamente e hanno attraversato il villaggio. Poiché i coloni israeliani che vivono nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron rappresentano una forte minaccia per le persone e i loro beni, i palestinesi si sono subito spaventati ed innervositi.

Nelle colline a sud di Hebron le comunità palestinesi vivono sotto continua minaccia di espulsione da parte dell’amministrazione civile dei Territori Palestinesi Occupati. Negli ultimi giorni la politica israeliana di demolizioni sta colpendo il villaggio beduino di Umm al Kheir, dove i palestinesi rischiano di trovarsi nuovamente senza un riparo, come è già successo lo scorso autunno. Nel frattempo l’adiacente colonia israeliana di Karmel continua ad espandersi, riducendo lo spazio vitale dei palestinesi che hanno ricostruito nuove strutture sulle macerie di quelle demolite. Questo dà alla DCO (Disctrict Coordination Office) il pretesto per demolirle di nuovo.

Secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.

Umm al Kheir : One of the plated structeres, used as homes, built after the demolitions of last autumn.

Umm al Kheir : One of the plated structeres, used as homes, built after the demolitions of last autumn.

Ongoing expansion works in Karmel Israeli settlement.

Ongoing expansion works in Karmel Israeli settlement.

One of the new houses under construction in Karmel Israeli settlement.

One of the new houses under construction in Karmel Isareli settlement.

UPDATE: New demolitions in South Hebron Hills

agosto 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm

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UPDATE: New demolitions in South Hebron Hills

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While the entire international attention is focused on Susiya, allowing its Palestinian inhabitants to resist the forced eviction, the Israeli policy of destruction of Palestinian villages is still going on, far from the gaze of the main medias.

On August 4, three villages in the South Hebron Hills area have been subjected to demolitions. In Umm ad Daraj two sheep shelters have been flattened, right before in Umm Dirit a 900 square meters wide fence has been destroyed with the flock inside while only women and children were present in the village. The fence was standing on Palestinian land, a few meters from the Israeli illegal outpost of Avigayil. Finally, in Jawwaya the Israeli water company Mekorot destroyed the pipes that supplied water to the village, essential for the men’s and animal’s survival.

According to the UN, in West Bank and East Jerusalem, in the last three months 92 structures have been demolished, among houses, agricultural equipment and wash items, affecting a total of 674 people, most of them children.


UPDATE: Nuove demolizioni nelle colline a Sud di Hebron

Mentre tutta l’attenzione internazionale è concentrata su Susiya, permettendo ai suoi abitanti di resistere all’evacuazione forzata, la politica israeliana di distruzione dei villaggi palestinesi non si ferma, lontano dallo sguardo dei media.

Il 4 agosto tre villaggi nelle colline a sud di Hebron sono stati soggetti a demolizioni. Ad Umm ad Daraj sono stati rasi al suolo due ricoveri per pecore, mentre nel villaggio di Umm Dirit è stata distrutta una recinzione ampia 900 metri quadri mentre vi erano delle pecore all’interno e nel villaggio erano presenti solo donne e bambini. La recinzione si trovava su terra di proprietà palestinese, a pochi metri dall’avamposto israeliano illegale di Avigayil. Infine, a Jawwaya la compagnia idrica israeliana Mekorot ha distrutto le tubature che fornivano acqua al villaggio, essenziale per la sopravvivenza di uomini e animali.

Secondo l’ONU, in Cisgiordania e a Gerusalemme est, negli ultimi tre mesi 92 strutture sono state demolite, tra abitazioni, attrezzi agricoli e vasche per raccolta d’acqua, colpendo un totale di 674 persone, molte delle quali bambini.


UPDATE: Hundreds in Susiya against the demolition of the village

luglio 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm


UPDATE: Hundreds in Susiya against the demolition of the village

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On July 24 hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered in Susiya village to support the struggle of the Palestinian inhabitants against the Israel’s decision to demolish their village.

More than 600 people walked through Susiya village, recounting the stories of the families that daily are facing the threat of eviction. Activists and Palestinians claimed that the nonviolent popular resistance, sustained by the international solidarity and the pressure made by BDS campaigns, is the most effective way to face the Israeli occupation.

Despite the international diplomatic attention, above all U.S. State Department and the European foreign ministers, the Israeli Civil Administration informed the residents of Susiya that it intends to demolish nearly half of the buildings in the village before the pronouncement of the High Court on August 3.

The struggle of the 450 inhabitants of Susiya is the struggle of many Palestinian villages in South Hebron Hills and in the whole Area C of the West Bank, that suffer housing demolitions and forced transfer of the residents.


UPDATE: In centinaia a Susiya contro la demolizione del villaggio

Il 24 luglio centinaia tra palestinesi, israeliani e attivisti internazionali si sono riuniti nel villaggio di Susiya in sostegno alla lotta dei suoi abitanti contro la decisione dello Stato israeliano di demolire il villaggio.

Più di 600 persone hanno camminato attraverso il villaggio di Susiya, narrando le storie delle famiglie che ogni giorno vivono nella minaccia di essere trasferiti altrove. Attivisti e Palestinesi hanno ribadito come la resistenza popolare non violenta, supportata dalla solidarietà internazionale e dalle pressioni fatte dalle campagne BDS, sia la strada più efficace per affrontare l’occupazione israeliana.

Nonostante l’attenzione della diplomazia internazionale, su tutti il Dipartimento di Stato USA e i ministri degli esteri dell’Unione Europea, l’ Amministrazione Civile Israeliana ha comunicato agli abitanti di Susiya, che intende comunque demolire circa la metà degli edifici del villaggio prima della pronuncia della Corte Suprema israeliana il prossimo 3 agosto.

La lotta dei 450 abitanti di Susya è la lotta di tanti villaggi palestinesi nelle colline a sud di Hebron e in tutta l’Area C della Cisgiordania che soffrono le demolizioni delle proprie case e trasferimento forzato delle comunità residenti.