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AIC Settler Violence Report: September - October 2009
Alternative Information Center (AIC) Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Hebron and South of West Bank
- On 2 September, the settlers from Bat Ayin settlement to the west of the Palestinian town of Beit Ommar burned around 60 dunam of land with grape vine and olive trees. The town Municipality told the AIC that the settlers burned the land at noon, the time that this land was announced since months as closed area and prevented the farmers to work or reach it. The land is located 300 meters away from the border of the settlement called Abu Elresh.
-On afternoon of 23 September, settlers entered the Moslem section of the Ibrahimi Mosque for prayer. The Department of Waqf in Hebron issued a statement condemning the action, saying this is the first time that the settlers entered the Mosque. The Hebron Municipality also issued a statement and called upon the Israeli side to stop this dangerous action, regarding use of the Mosque. The location entered by the settlers is called Ishaqeyya and is only for Moslems use, according to the division of use following the massacre in the mosque in February 1994. The Israeli Authority divided the mosque as a result of the investigation by the Israeli Shimqar committee.
- On 6 October, settlers from Kiryat Arba settlement to the east of Hebron renewed their attacks against the residents in the nearby Wadi el-Nasara side. The settlers attacked the houses with stones and empty bottles. The houses belongs to Kayed Sa’eed Da’na, Kamel el-Botee Jaber, Na’eem Da’na, Abed el-Mun’em Jaber. Tens of settlers were engaged in the attacks and some of them occupied the roofs of houses and threw stones on the residents . The roofs belong to Ahmed As’ad Jaber, Salah Idrees, Akram Jaber, and others. Mus’ab Basem el-Rajabee, 12 years old, was injured in the face when the settlers stoned him and was taken to ‘Alya Hospital.
- On 10 October, settlers from the Karmael settlement to the southeast of Yatta town brought more mobile homes and built to the south of the settlement on the land that was confiscated in past months. Land Defense Committee sources told the AIC that “those new houses were built on the land that was confiscated four months ago. The land belongs to Hadaleen family and it is around 50 dunam. In the last days, settlers brought 10 mobile homes and also started preparing the infrastructure, like building roads and water lines.”
-On 12 October, approximately 15 settlers, some armed, from Kiryat Arba stoned farmers and a group from a local committee (Youth Against the Settlements). The settlers attacked during the harvesting of olives on land located to the west of the settlement. The activist in the committee and field worker in the human rights organization al-Haq, Hishama Sharabati, reports to AIC that “we went to help the farmers from Jaber family harvest their trees, we worked until the afternoon when a group of settlers from Kiryat Arba came and called us to leave, then the settlers confiscated most of the crops and threw a portion on the ground and damaged it with their feet. The soldiers who were already near the place and witnessed the settlers’ actions didn’t stop them.”
- On 20 October the Israeli military began leveling and damaging tens of dunam of land in the Baq’a area to the northeast of Hebron city. The land, recently confiscated to be incorporated into the Givat Kharsina and Kiryat Arba’ settlements, is planted with grapes and belongs to Mohamed Mustafa Jabber, Badran Jaber,Ata Jaber, Badwan Badawee al-Rajabee, Samih Areef al-Rajabee and Fawwaz Badwan al-Rajabee. The work of the military also included damaging four collections of water wells. During this time, farmers and many internationals came to protest the actions of the military, but the soldiers informed them that the location is a closed military zone. Some physical clashes occurred between the farmers and the soldiers resulting in the injury of many farmers. The military prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from reaching the place and taking the injured. Nine farmers were beaten and injured when soldiers used sticks and the butt of guns. The injured were taken to public hospital in the city. The injured are: Fareeha Saleem Jaber 55,Najah Fadil jabber 47, Rodaina bader Jaber 48,Ibtesam Rashed Jaber 45, Amena Abed al-Jawwad Jabber 72, Izdehar Falah Jaber 50, Kawkab Jaber 40, Mir’ee Jaber 35, and the journalist Abed al-Hafeez Hashlamon from Europe Agency News.
-On 21 October, settlers from the Susiya settlement to the southeast of Yatta cut 20 olive trees from land belonging to residents Mohamed Khaleel Hushayya , Sameer Hushiyya and Jamal Hushiyya. The land is located to north and west of the settlement. According to the owners, the settlers did the cutting during the night. Sources from the Local Committee against the Settlement Project report that this is the fourth time settlers from Susiya and other settlements in the area have cut the trees there.
-On 22 October, settlers from the Bat Ayin settlement, to the west of Beit Ommar, with cooperation from Israeli soldiers, prevented families and Israeli peace activists from entering the fields here called Awdi Errish, near the settlement. The activists and the residents were prevented from harvesting the olive from trees there. Soldiers beat the participants with batons. Settlers who gathered threw stones and shouted profanity at the people. Mohammed Ayyad, chairman of the solidarity project in the town, reported to AIC that, “This is the third time during the week we faced the same policy. We used to come as farmers, internationals and Israeli activists to harvest the olive trees in the Wadi, but settlers and soldiers stop us and forced us to stop harvesting.”
- On 24 October, settlers and soldiers prevented farmers and internationals from cultivating land located near the Atnael settlement in the south of the district. The Israeli military arrested three farmers: 45 year old Kamal nayef Badareen, 40 year old Omar Mohammed Khalaila, and 38 year old Midhat Abu Karhs from Samou’ village, and five other internationals, when they came to work and cultivate the land, located 200 meters east of the settlement. This land has been targeted many times by settlers who claim this is part of the settlement. The farmers said they weren’t informed officially about any confiscation orders.
-On 28 October, settlers from Karmei Tzur, north of Hebron, in full cooperation with the soldiers, prevented farmers from working on their land (located closed to the settlement). The farmers from the nearby town of Beit Ommar, in cooperation with the Palestinian Solidarity Project, came to work on the land located 400 meters to the north of the settlement, but the settlers and the military forced them to leave it. An Army officer informed the farmers and the representatives of the project that the land is “state land” and they have no right to work on it. The land belongs to the Sabarna and Awad families and both families used to work it. This is the first time they have been told that it is state land. Beit Ommar Municipality sources said this new information means the Israeli side wants to confiscate the land to annex it to the settlement of Karmei Tzur. In the same frame, last week the military and settlers prevented the farmers and internationals activists from working on the land located east of the Atnaeal settlement in Yatta, southeast of the district.
-On 29 October, settlers from many outposts in downtown Hebron stoned fire engines and fire fighters from the Hebron Municipality and prevented them from doing their work in the area. Amjad al-Ewaiwee, the chairman of the fire brigade in the Municipality, reports that, “we went there to stop a fire that happened in the house of Ahmad Amer, located in al-Dar side, close to the outpost of Avraham Avino. When we reached the place and started our work, a group of settlers threw stones at us and at our cars, causing delay in the work. According to our experience, the settlers delay the work of the Municipality in the downtown often. Such aggressions continue despite of many appeals that we raise to the Israeli Army and officers.” It is important to mention here that the downtown of the city is under full Israeli control according to Hebron Protocol agreement between Palestinian Authority and Israel in 1996. The civil issues are under the Hebron Municipality.
Nablus and North West Bank
- On 9 September a group of settlers from Yitzhar settlement, in the south of the Nablus District, attacked a number of homes in the village of Oreef. The settlers came at noon and stoned the houses. The home of Monir al-Noree was stoned, resulting in damage to the windows. The residents gathered and a physical altercation took place between settlers and villagers. During the night, settlers from the same settlement came and burned a car belonging to Adel Muhtaseb from the nearby village of Asera al-Qebliyya.
-On 15 September, 36 years old Nader Hashem Allan from the ‘Ainabous village, in the south Nablus District, was injured in his chest when a settler from Yitzhar shot him. According to the local council in the village, he was injured when he went to help his brother who was attacked by the settlers in the mountains near the settlement. His brother was shepherding his goats when the settlers arrived and beat him. Nader reached the place and tried to rescue him but one of the settlers opened fire directly into his chest. Nader was taken to intensive care in Rafidya Hospital in Nablus.
- On 6 October, settlers from the settlements west of Ramallah cut down 250 olive trees belong to families from the Dair Ammar village. The farmer Abed Allah Awwad, 27 years old, said, “I was told by residents in the village that the settlers are cutting our trees that are located near the Dolev settlement. During the night we couldn’t go there because it is dangerous to go in the night. In the morning when we went, we discovered that 250 olive trees were cut from our land and other families from my village. We think that the settlers who did it are from Dolev and Talmon because both of them are close to the land. And it is not the first time that they cut trees on this land, they did it many times before.”
-On 14 October, approximately 20 settlers from Eli settlement in the southern part of Nablus District, some of them were armed, attacked farmers from the Qaryout village during their harvesting work on land close to the settlement. According to sources in the north of the West Bank, the settlers entered the fields while the farmers were harvesting the olive trees, and an altercation occurred between both sides which caused the injury of resident Mufeed Jaber, who was taken to a clinic in the village. The soldiers who came only after a half hour called on the settlers to leave the fields.
-On 14 October, settlers from Yitzhar attacked in the early hours of the morning, burning a car belonging to Isam Idrees Shihada from the Hawwara village while it was parked near the house. When the residents woke up and went to the car, the settlers ran away to the settlement.
- On 18 October, settlers from Shaked in the Jenin District burned almost 150 dunam of land of olive trees in the town of Ya’bod, south west of Jenin. The targeted land was located inside the Separation Wall. The military prevented the Palestinian fire brigade teams from reaching the place and stopping the fire, which caused this large burning of land. The land belongs to Mohammed Slaiman Barre, Yousef As’ad Abu Baker, Wasef As’ad Abu Baker, Wasfee As’ad Abu Baker , Mohammed Aref Barre and Nidal Dahi Barre. All of them are from the towns of Ya’bod and Nazlet Zaid.
-On 18 October, settlers from Itamar on the eastern side of the Nablus District, have been leveling and working on land around the settlement for the past two days. To the present, 13 dunam have been leveled and damaged by bulldozers. The land belongs to families from the nearby villages of Awarta and Beit Foreek.
-On 21 October, Zakariyya Husam Radwan, 24 years old, was seriously injured when a settler ran him over with a car on the main road of the village of Nabi al-Yas, east of Qalqeelya city. The settler fled without giving aid or taking him to the hospital. Later the Israeli military came, when residents told them about the event, and they took the injured to an Israeli Hospital.
- On 24 October, two shepherds from the Irak Boreen village, in the south of the Nablus District, were injured when settlers from the Bracha settlement stoned them while they were shepherding their goats on land near the settlement. The settlers stoned them as well as their goats and also forced them to leave the place. The shepherd, Amer Mustafa, was injured seriously in the head and was taken to the hospital in Nablus.
-On 30 October, settlers from Yitzhar and other settlements in the south of the Nablus District, attacked the village of Irak Boreen. Dozens of settlers arrived in the afternoon and closed the main road to the village. They threw stones at the houses. During this time, the residents and settlers faced off and clashes followed. Israeli soldiers arrived and threw tear-gas at the villagers and proceeded to invade the village. Resident Sa’d al-Faqeeh was injured on his left leg. After one hour, the settlers left the place. Ghassan Duglos, director of Settlement File in the northern districts said, “The settlers tried many times to enter the village but the residents faced them and the soldiers came later. But instead of stopping the settlers, they threw tear-gas and ran after the people inside the village.”
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