This week - November 29-December 5, 2020 - in the Occupied Territories
Israeli soldiers shot to death a boy from Mughayar village who participated in a demonstration protesting the building of a new settler outpost near his village; settlers from `Maskiyot` in the Palestinian Jordan Valley attacked Palestinian shepherds from En Al Hilwa and injured their flocks; invasions by settlers from outposts of Palestinian privately-owned land and Waqf ground in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, the West Bank hill range and South Hebron Hills are expanding, backed up by the Israeli army and the Civil Administration that - at the same time - continues to demolish Palestinian homes and damage their property, there and in Jerusalem. [End summary]
- On Friday, December 4, soldiers shot to death Ali Abu Alia, a 15-year old Palestinian from Mughayar village in the West Bank hill range., during a Palestinian demonstration protesting the closure of the village`s access road. The exit from the village was already blocked by the Israeli forces since morning, in order to prevent villagers from joining another protest, against the outpost being built near En Samiya, that was taking place a few kilometers away. The European Union has demanded that Israel investigate this horrific incident and prosecute the perpetrators.
On Wednesday settlers from the outposts near Tayibe junction plowed vast areas of privately-owned and tended Palestinian land in the area. Activists arriving there on Thursday in order to document the damage met soldiers who tried to chase them away and prevent them from documenting there.
In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, it was reported on Friday that settlers from `Maskiyot` attacked shepherds from the En Al Hilwa community and injured 2 cows. On Wednesday activists accompanied shepherds around nearby Makhoul.
At Auja in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and documented the continued settler construction on Palestinian Waqf land.
To join activity in the Jordan Valley, please contact Arik: 050-5607034
South Hebron Hills
On Monday November 30, the occupation forces destroyed a waterhole near Halhul, and on the next day demolished 3 structures near Zif and Bawab. On Wednesday they confiscated a backhoe loader busy with farm work at Birin village.
On Wednesday, during a plowing session coordinated with the Civil Administration on Palestinian Susya land near the settlement of `Susya`, soldiers prevented Palestinians from plowing several fields which the settlers have invaded and begun tending.
On Friday, it was reported that settlers prevented a landowner in Wadi Tawamin from approaching his own land.
On Saturday, activists accompanied Palestinian plowing near the outpost `Avigail`. Under orders by the outpost settler, an officer of the Civil Administration who arrived at the site forbade Palestinian plowing of the area near the outpost`s access road, even though the Israeli Supreme Court had approved the fact that these are privately-owned Palestinian lands and even committed itself to re-route the outpost access road that had been paved on these same privately-owned lands. The settler himself entered the Palestinian fields that are closed to Israelis by order of the regional commander, attacked Palestinian farmers plowing, and vandalized the seed they carried. Israeli army, police and Civil Administration personnel present at the site at the time did not do a thing.
On Saturday, activists also helped remove rubble at Khalat A-Dhabba.
At Umm Al Ara`is, a Palestinian landowner discovered that during the week, settlers from `Mitzpe Yair` outpost had prepared a route through his land. When he arrived there on Saturday, a settler from the outpost was there yet again, provoked the Palestinian landowner`s family and purposely entered areas closed to Israelis by order of the Israeli regional commander.
On Wednesday, December 3, Meretz party Members of Knesset held a tour of Palestinian communities inside Firing Zone 918 that are threatened by demolition and eviction.
To join Ta`ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168
Please make an effort to register no later than Thursday evening, so we can organize the transportation and the activity properly. Please bring an ID/passport, a hat, water and food for the day.
It is advised to take into consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.
On Thursday, December 4, the occupation forces dispersed a Palestinian demonstration of Salfit inhabitants protesting the appropriation of their land by the settlers of a new outpost in the area. On Saturday, it was reported that was dozens of mature olive trees had been cut in lands belonging to A-Dik village, nearby.
On Wednesday the Israeli occupation forces demolished 4 structures in Sebastia (Nablus district), uprooted trees and smashed beehives. In addition, this week the forces demolished 2 structures in Qalqiliya town, one in Burqa in the north (Nablus district), 3 structures at Deir Dibwan (Ramallah district) and one in Al Khader (Bethlehem district).
For joining activity in the Salfit area, please contact Aviv - firstname.lastname@example.org
In East Jerusalem, the authorities demolished a building at Sur Bahr, another in the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood, and another in Wadi Joz.
On Wednesday, December 3, activists in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv handed out flyers and pasted notices protesting the incursion of occupation soldiers into the homes of Palestinians. In Jerusalem municipality inspectors and policemen confiscated the posters, detained activists and handed out fine forms.
The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah takes place every Friday. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah are protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them.
We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St. at 15.00