Friday, September 15, 2017
On 13 Aug. 2017, Rania al-Muhtaseb documented Israeli security forces
coming to her home in central Hebron and welding shut a door to the
house, on the unfounded grounds that the entrance served “fleeing
suspects”. The forces used severe violence against her aunt, Zleikhah
al-Muhtaseb, 55, who tried to prevent the welding. This is yet another
example Israel’s policy of segregation and restriction on Palestinian
movement in central Hebron, which is coupled with abuse, violence and
daily harassment by security forces and settlers.
Under Israel’s segregation policy in Hebron, Palestinians depend on the
goodwill of security forces even for simple actions. On 7 July 2017, the
Hadads moved house within central Hebron. Police at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint did not let the truck carrying their furniture through and
sent them to Checkpoint 160. Two family members remained at the Pharmacy
Checkpoint to move lighter possessions by hand, and one got into an
altercation with the police that led to his arrest. Shuruq Hadad
documented the incident on video from the new apartment.
On 8 Sept. 2017, at about 3:00 P.M., a military force came with a
bulldozer to the dirt road that connects the town of Yatta with the
villages of Masafer Yatta, dug it up and blocked it off with rocks. The
destruction of the road, which had been renovated just a day earlier
with aid funding, forces villagers to now take a long detour. Masafer
Yatta, which extends southeast of Yatta in the South Hebron Hills, is
home to more than 1,000 people which Israel has been trying to expel for
many years, including by declaring the area Firing Zone 918.
On 5 Aug. 2017, a large group of young settlers physically and verbally
assaulted two Palestinian youths who were walking in the Jaber
neighborhood of Hebron. When the youths tried to defend themselves,
soldiers arrested one of them. He was released later that night.
Residents who witnessed the scene tried to convince the soldiers to
release the boy and asked that they stop the attack, but the settlers
continued to act violently, injuring three residents. B’Tselem volunteer
‘Aref Jaber captured parts of the incident on video.
Hundreds of protesters marched in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood on Friday, against the eviction of the Shamanseh family,
who forced from their home on Tuesday morning.
Among the detainees were two residents of the neighbourhood: a young
boy, reportedly detained for a short period of time, and another person
found waving the Palestinian flag.
The Shamansehs, a family of eight, had lived in the area for over 50
years. This was the first eviction in Sheikh Jarrah in eight years.
Lehava (Hebrew: למניעת התבוללות בארץ הקודש LeMeniat Hitbolelut B'eretz HaKodesh; "Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land") is a Jewish far-right organization based in Israel that strictly opposes Jewish assimilation, objecting to personal relationships between Jews and non-Jews. It is opposed to the Christian presence in Israel. It has an anti-miscegenation focus, denouncing marriages between Jewish women and non-Jewish, particularly Arab, men. Its actions have been denounced by President of Israel Reuven Rivlin as being like "rodents gnawing under the shared democratic and Jewish foundation of Israel".https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehava
Israeli bulldozers have reportedly demolished several Muslim graves in
addition to a wall at a cemetery in occupied Old City of Jerusalem
al-Quds as the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with its total disrespect for
human and religious values.
The head of the Committee for the Preservation of Islamic Cemeteries in
Jerusalem al-Quds, Mustafa Abu Zahra, told Arabic-language Wafa news
agency that Israeli bulldozers rolled into Martyrs’ Cemetery near the
Lions' Gate to the al-Aqsa Mosque, tearing down a wall and destroying a
number of graves there.
Abu Zahra noted that the cemetery contained the remains of 400
Palestinians, who were killed during the Six-Day War fought on June
5-10, 1967 between the Israeli regime, on the one side, and Egypt,
Jordan, and Syria, on the other.
segment of a slideshow by David Sheen about incitement to racist
violence by top Israeli leaders leading up to and during the assault on
Gaza in the summer of 2014. Presentation given at Palfest (Arts festival
demonstrating solidarity with the people of Palestine) in Dublin,
Ireland on 8 July 2015, exactly one year after the assault. Full
50-minute presentation: http://bit.ly/inflictedongaza
Friday, September 8, 2017
Demand that the Carmel settlement take responsibility and stop the stone-throwing on Umm al-Kheir!
September 1, 2017
The village of Umm al-Kheir in the south Hebron hills has been under
attack by stone-throwers from the adjacent settlement of Carmel for the
past four nights. With the sole aim of depriving the villagers of their
sleep – every hour throughout the night, a stone is lobbed over the
fence. A single stone, jerking an entire village out of sleep. Cowardly,
under cover of darkness, the perpetrator runs away.
Israeli forces detained a popular Palestinian wedding singer and his
band members during predawn raids in the central occupied West Bank
district of Ramallah today, reportedly over a video released by the
group applauding Omar Al-Abed, who has been indicted for carrying out a
deadly stabbing attack in July that left three Israeli settlers dead.
On 24 August 2017, settlers from Kiryat Arba verbally abused
Palestinians in the al-Hariqah neighborhood of Hebron on loudspeaker,
including insults to Islam. When they noticed a B’Tselem volunteer
filming them from her window, they directed racist and obscene language
at her, including threats of extreme sexual violence. Although the
threats were explicit and the swearing constituted severe sexual
harassment, Israeli security forces at the scene allowed the settlers to
continue undisturbed, as is usually the case.