|Ta`ayush report: This week – February 28-March 6, 2021 – in the Occupied |
A settler from ‘Maskiyot’ rode his car into a flock from En Hilwa, running
over 4 sheep and wounding another 15 – but was not arrested; violent attacks
against Palestinians by Jewish Purim celebrants in Jerusalem; house
demolitions and confiscations on a large scale continue throughout the
Occupied Territories; gangs of settler s with the active help of Israeli
army and police were busy this week too with incursions into tended
Palestinian fields, blocking roads, chasing away Palestinian shepherds from
their own grazing grounds, cutting down olive trees and attacking
Palestinians and their property; the Jerusalem District Court rejected an
appeal by Palestinian inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah to repeal their eviction
from their homes by Jewish settlers.
Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
While they accompanied Palestinian shepherds in Farisiya, in the northern
Palestinian Jordan Valley on Sunday, February 28, activists overheard a
conversation: a senior settler asks a junior one whether he beat up a
Palestinian shepherd. The latter apologizes: “No, because the lefties
arrived”. That night army came to Farisiya and threatened the shepherds not
to go grazing on their grounds any longer. Activists accompanied shepherds
from Farisiya on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and Saturday night
the army came again in the middle of the night and threatened the shepherds.
On Monday (March 1) a shepherd from En Hilwa reported a vehicle that came
out of ‘Maskiyot’ and broke into his flock, fatally running down 4 of his
sheep and wounding another 15. Israeli army and police were summoned,
arrived, and saw the settler and his vehicle, but did not arrest him. At
the same time, in the outpost of ‘Brosh Ha-Biq’a’ settler s threw stones at
Palestinian shepherds’ cattle.
On Wednesday, activists accompanied shepherds from Hamra, and there too the
army came for a nocturnal threatening visit. At Makhoul activists
accompanied shepherds on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and on Monday
held a visit to Humsa and brought basic gear to the community whose entire
property was demolished and confiscated time and again by the Israeli
Around Tayibe Junction and Deir Jarrar on the West Bank Hill Range, all week
activists were busy chasing away settler s’ flocks from tended Palestinian
fields and desperately trying to make the police act against the invaders
intentionally destroying the crops. In two cases this week settler s
attacked the activists, and on Friday a policeman came and threatened to
arrest the activists – rather than the settler s invading with their flocks.
An official of the Civil Administration, too, arrived on the scene, and in
the presence of the police confirmed that the fields were indeed privately
owned Palestinian land, and that settler s are forbidden to enter them and
destroy the crop. The policemen left, and the activists were forced to spend
the rest of the day chasing settler s’ flocks from the tended fields.
In Auja in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied
shepherds on Sunday, and the settler s once more used a drone to scare
Palestinian flocks away from their grazing grounds.
Accompaniment of Palestinian shepherds to grazing grounds in the area
involves a great number of activists, and many more are needed during the
next few weeks.
To join activity in the Jordan Valley, please contact Arik: 050-5607034
South Hebron Hills
On Sunday, February 28, settlers from the outpost ‘Mitzpe Yair’ blocked the
road to the Palestinians village of Bir Al Eid and the western villages
inside firing zone 918. The road is blocked by heavy boulders, and appeals
to the occupation authorities requesting removal have not been answered. On
the other hand, the occupation forces were busy on Monday confiscating heavy
equipment at the Palestinian village of Birin, where two villagers were also
arrested and several phones were confiscated with the claim that they
On Tuesday, the forces demolished 3 homes in Khalat A Daba as well as an
outhouse and a farming storehouse in A-Rakeez. On Saturday activists helped
remove rubble from the demolitions at Khalat A Daba, as well as accompanying
shepherds at Umm Al Imad, Zanouta, and near Susya. Israeli army forces
immediately reached the shepherds and their accompanists in the Susya area,
issued a closed military zone order, and prevented the grazing in spite of
the fact that the Palestinian ownership of the land is recognized by the
In Shweike shepherds grazing near the outpost ‘Mitzpe Eshtamo’a’ reported
that settler s and soldiers came, and one of the soldiers cocked his weapon,
attacked a shepherd and chased him away. Here too, grazing was conducted on
land that is officially Palestinian-owned, even out of bounds for Israelis
by command of the Regional General.
On Monday, March 1, activists held a protest vigil outside the Ofer
Detention Facility during the military court session there regarding a
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
On Sunday, February 28, the Jewish holiday of Purim was celebrated by
attacking Palestinian passersby. A young man of Issawiya was attacked with
alcohol bottles and wounded at French Hill; a Palestinian’s car was stoned
at Damascus Gate; and close to Meah She’arim (Jewish ultra-orthodox
neighborhood) a transport driver was attacked by a celebrating mob, tried to
escape and fatally ran over one of the people present.
On Tuesday, March 2, a protest vigil was held opposite the District Court
during its session over the appeal by Sheikh Jarrah residents to overturn
the ruling confirming their eviction and turning over their homes to Jewish
settler s. Later in the week the court naturally rejected the appeal, true
to the Israeli apartheid laws.
During the week, the occupation authorities demolished 3 structures in the
Beit Hanina neighborhood, 2 in the Shu’afat refugee camp, one in Ras Al
Amoud neighborhood, and another in Issawiya. The demolished home in Issawiya
was the dwelling of a disabled person and has already been demolished twice
in the past.
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
Throughout the Occupied Territories
This week, the occupation forces demolished 3 structures in Fasail in the
central Palestinian Jordan Valley, 3 structures in Al Khader, Batir, and
Beit Jalla in the Bethlehem district, and another structure in the town of
During the night between Monday and Tuesday, settler s threw stones at
houses and vehicles in the Palestinian village of Jaloud (Nablus district)
and damaged window panes and vehicles. On Wednesday night, a group of
settler s entered the Palestinian town of Huwwara, threw stones at homes and
damaged vehicles. It was also reported that settler s attacked a farmer on
his own land in the Palestinian village of Burkin (Salfit district) and
damaged his car.
In Artas (Bethlehem district) it was reported that settler s cut down 15
adult olive trees, and at nearby Kissan Palestinian farmers were attacked by
a gang of settler s. According to this report, the latter chased the farmers
away from their fields by armed threats and soldiers present defended the
assailant settler s. During the weekend. It was reported that settler s from
‘Yitzhar’ invaded the village of Bourin and threw stones at houses.