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Occupation diaries: on oppression and dispossession of Palestinians by Israeli authorities and settlers
by Ehud Krinis
emailing Sept. 1, 2007

I just return from a visit in south Mt. Hebron . The situation there is

Kawawis, small community about half kilometer from the settlement Susya, is on
the edge of extension, with only one small family left, after two rounds of
house demolitions this year only.

Now the Israeli authorities say that they are going to demolish all the houses
in this combine caves and houses community which is one of the most unique and
beautiful places in the area, possibly in the entire west bank. When this will
happen, and the last family in Kawawis will leave, it`s expected that settlers
from near by posts and settlements will invade to the site, a move they already
tried to achieve four years ago. If the takeover will succeed this time and
Kawawis will become a new settlers post, then the road for another small
Palestinians community Sha`b al-Butum, located only few hundreds meters further
east will be blocked. By then, Sha`b al-Butum inhabitants may found themselves
surrounded from three sides by the two existed posts- Avigail to their north,
Mezphe-Yair to their south, and this expected new post to their east.

Things are like that everywhere in south Mt. Hebron, and elsewhere in the West
Bank (for example in Elon Moreh, a settlement east to Nablus another area that
the small group I`m part of is also active): the settlers block agricultural
roads, takeover the local wells and springs, invade to Palestinians private
lands, and start cultivate the soil and plant trees and crops on it. In so
doing, these settlers get the full support of the occupation bureaucracy
machine, with most of its staff settlers by themselves; and the sometime
passive, sometime active support of the Israeli Army and police. In now days
reality in the West Bank the poor man`s lamb is keep on stolen every day, while
no one in the power positions here or abroad seems to care, doing something
efficient to stop this continuous uprooting of Palestinians farmers from their
most elementary sources of living.


General mailings from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Sept 3, 2007

Don`t say we did not know 68

Means used to push Palestinians out of the West Bank Jordan Valley include
either the delineation of closed military zones, or home demolitions, or
arrests, or deprivation of water supply.

For years Said, from the village Fasail in the Jordan Valley, has herded his
flocks on the village`s pasture. At about mid-day he would take the flocks to
the village spring, situated near the village. A few months ago the army
declared the spring (the village water source) and surrounding area as a closed
military zone, and entry of Palestinians was forbidden. Said continued to bring
his flocks daily to the spring. Mekorot - the Israeli government water carrier
- dug a well in the location and erected a fence around it. On 24th July, 2007
Said herded the flocks on the way to the spring, outside the fence of the well.
The guards of Mekorot arrested Said, and accused him of entry into the fenced
area. A military tracker brought to the scene found that Said did not enter the
fenced area. Nevertheless, policemen who were brought in arrested Said so that
he would tell them who entered the well... After four days he was released, having paid NIS 1500.

Questions & queries:


Don`t say we did not know 69

The war being waged by the Israeli army against Palestinian civilians continues.
On Wednesday, August 8, 2007, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) demolished four
houses and two water storage pools in Palestinian villages located in the West
Bank section of the Jordan Valley. The IDF demolished a pool in Bardala where
these pools are used for drinking and agriculture.

The army then headed for Sahel Libqeya, where they demolished two more homes.
From there, they went on to Frush Beit Dajan where they destroyed another water
storage pool. In Jiflik the army demolished a home and removed another one which
they transported by truck to an unknown destination.

On August 12, the IDF demolished four metal shacks near Humsa, southeast of
Israeli settlement Ro`i. Residents of El Hadidya had built these shacks after
demolition orders were received for their entire village.

Questions & queries:


Don`t say we did not know 70

Checkpoint arbitrariness isn`t always a matter of life and death.

On Friday, 17th August, 2007, Safa Fuqaa of the Palestinian village `Ein ElBida
(in the West Bank`s Jordan Valley) went to Tubas, to be dressed and made-up for
her wedding. On her way back to her village, she arrived at Tiyasir checkpoint
at 12:00 noon. All those waiting at the checkpoint made way for her as they
could see that she was a bride on her way to her wedding. The soldier told her
to get out of the car and go through the pedestrian pass, equipped with a

Alas, she could not have passed through as the width of the carousel is a mere
54 centimetres. Too narrow for her dress. Safa had to leave Tiyasir checkpoint
and drive 70 km further to Hamra checkpoint where she was permitted to pass
without going through the carousel there.

The carousel in Tel Aviv Central train station is 90 cm wide.


Don`t say we did not know 71

For many years, the farmers of Sinjil, a Palestinian village in the West Bank,
have suffered harassment at the hands of settlers who come from the settlements
of `Eli, and outposts in the vicinity.

Ibrahim`s family own a 20 dunam (dunam=1000 sq. m) vineyard. Every August for
the last four years,

settlers from the Givat HaRoeh outpost have shown up at the time of the harvest.
Sometimes they steal the grapes, and sometimes they simply throw them on the
ground. In either case, Ibrahim and his family don`t enjoy them. Two years
ago, the police caught settler girls who had arrived and destroyed all the
fruit. This did not serve as a deterrent. Two weeks ago, the settlers arrived
once again and ruined the harvest.

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