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No drinking water left - the army confiscated all water tanks
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This week February 21-27, 2021 in the Occupied Territories
The Humsa community in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley was left
without drinking water as the Israeli army confiscated all water tanks, as
well as 18 structures donated after previous demolitions at the very same
time, the Regional Commander passed the time of day meeting settlers in
Maoz Esther, an illegal outpost; activists are urgently needed for
preventing settlers daily incursions with their flocks into tended
Palestinian fields near Tayibe Junction; the army violently dispersed
protest demonstrations in Salfit and Hebron; settlers celebrated Purim with
curses and death threats at Palestinians in Susya; during a house demolition
in Issawiya, a policeman shot a Palestinian activist and wounded his belly;

Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range

Around the Tayibe Junction on the West bank Hill Range, gangs of settlers
with their flocks are invading the tended fields of local Palestinians and
destroying their crops, fruit of their labor and source of livelihood on a
daily basis. This week, too, activists were present all days of the week for
many hours, passing from field to field and trying, with considerable
success, to chase away the settler flocks from the fields. In three cases
this week, settlers attacked activists, and in an additional case, stole
property. The occupation police, summoned every time, sweepingly refuses to
take any measures whatsoever against settlers breaking the law.

Activists in the area are under great pressure and ask for more volunteers
to join them. To join activity in the Jordan Valley, please contact Arik:

In Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied
Palestinian shepherds this week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On
Sunday settlers summoned the occupation forces to chase away the shepherds,
but the army confirmed that there was no reason to do so. On Monday, the
settlers tried to chase away the shepherds by themselves, but failed.
Grazing on Tuesday went unhampered, whereas on Thursday the settlers used a
drone to chase away the Palestinian flocks.

On Monday, February 22, the Israeli occupation forces returned to the
Palestinian shepherd community Humsa Al Baqiya in the northern Palestinian
Jordan Valley, and this time confiscated 18 structures serving as dwellings
and shelter for the livestock as well as packs of fodder, structures that
had not yet been installed, and all the water tanks. The inhabitants
remained without any water for drinking or for their livestock. Most of the
structures and equipment confiscated had been donated as a humanitarian
answer following the previous demolition surges there on February 3 and 8,
when 37 structures had been demolished or confiscated. On Wednesday
activists arrived with basic aid and inquired about needs to continue the
aid actions.

Activists accompanied shepherds in the area on Monday through Thursday.
Shepherd accompaniment in Farisiya and Makhoul went unhampered. In Humra,
however, settlers harassed shepherds and their flocks, trying to chase them
away, and on Monday a settler on horseback rode into a flock and wounded the
shepherd and two sheep. On Thursday the settlers sent Israeli army forces to
chase away the Palestinian shepherds. The soldiers tried to limit the area
allowed for Palestinian grazing so that it would not be seen from the
settlerment, but eventually left and the Palestinians continued grazing

South Hebron Hills

On Friday, February 26, settlers crowded near a military post in Susya where
the holiday of Purim was celebrated with curses and death threats to local
Palestinians. Policemen arriving there refused to accept a complaint lodged
by Palestinians about these threats, and sent them to lodge it at the police
station, where they were not allowed to enter for over 3 hours, until they
simply backed down.

That same Friday, the occupation forces chased away Palestinian shepherds
from their own grazing grounds at Umm Zaitouna and Zanuta. At Umm Zaitouna
the soldiers were also about to arrest the shepherd, but the arrival of
activists prevented the arrest. On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds
from Zanuta and the grazing went unhampered. Activists also accompanied
shepherds around Susya, but eventually occupation forces arrived and chased
away the shepherds and their accompanists with a closed military zone
order, which they had issued contrary to the regulations and ruling of the
Israeli Supreme Court about closing a privately-owned farmland so its owner
may not access it.

A Palestinian landowner arriving on Saturday to his land at Umm Al Arais
discovered that settlers of the outpost Mitzpe Yair had invaded it and
planted trees there.
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.

Throughout the Occupied Territories and Jerusalem

In Salfit, on Friday, the weekly demonstration took place protesting the
erection of an outpost west of the town. The occupation forces attacked the
demonstrators with stun and tear gas grenades, and several were wounded.

For joining activity in the Salfit area, please contact Aviv

On Monday, February 22, while the occupation forces under his command were
busy confiscating and robbing the shelters and means of livelihood of the
shepherd community at Humsa, the Regional Commander was busy visiting Maoz
Esther outpost and speaking with the lawless settlers who harass the
Palestinian communities in the West Bank Hill Range area. The same day,
around 14:30, settlers were documented descending from the settlement
Yitzhar to the fields of Bourin farmers (Nablus district), uprooted some
of the fence surrounding the field and returned with their booty to the

On Friday, activists took part in a demonstration by Palestinian Hebron
inhabitants marking 27 years since the massacre perpetrated by settler
Barcuh Goldstein, killing 27 Palestinians praying at Haram Al Ibrahimi
(Cave of the Fathers), and demanding to re-open Shuhada Street (the main
street of the Old City of Hebron) closed to Palestinian traffic following
the massacre. Occupation forces violently dispersed the demonstration.
In addition to the massive confiscation at Humsa, the Israeli occupation
forces on Monday and Tuesday this week demolished 4 structures at Al Hijra
south of Hebron, 3 in Al Khader near Bethlehem, and an added structure at
Khirbet A-Dir nearby.

In Jerusalem, on Monday the occupation forces demolished a dwelling in
Issawiya and another structure at Sur Bahr. During the demolition at
Issawiya an Israeli policeman attacked a known Palestinian activist from the
neighborhood and wounded him in the belly.

At Wallaje near Jerusalem, 30 young olive trees were discovered this week
sawn close to the base of their trunks. The planted area is located in the
western part of the village lands, where a plan for a new settlement is
being promoted (Gilo Mountain West). Several months ago, the Civil
Administration uprooted 200 olive trees in a nearby grove with the excuse
that this is state land. This time, it is not known who sawed the trees, and
the owners did not see an order issued by the Civil Administration.
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 at
3 p.m

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