Archive for the ‘Hebron’ Category

Beit Jala and Hebron:

justicewheels April 11, 2010 — Another day in this apartheid system ruling over the holy land. Representing the popular committee against the wall and settlements in Beit Sahour, we joined with our friends in Beit Jala, a town which lost nearly half its land to Israeli Jewish-only colonial settlements over the past four decades. Now town residents are prevented from getting to additional areas near the apartheid walls and bypass roads (all to serve illegal Jewish colonies on Palestinian land). The weekly Sunday demonstration proceeded as expected: soldiers stretching barbed wire across the road, activists speaking to those present (including soldiers) in Arabic, English, and Hebrew. There was a poignant moment when a young German girl tried to speak to a soldier who even refused to look her in the eye.

We then drove to Hebron to show a visiting teacher from Denverwhat it is like to have 400 racist settlers ruin life for 150,000 Palestinians. The settlers took over some buildings, built a few other sites and make life in this largest Palestinian city hell for its inhabitants (Hebron is largest now because cities like Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Jaffa have had much of their Palestinain population ethnically cleansed). I am trying to get a steadier hand and better editing for youtube videos of these things. Below is my latest attempt which I end by a more mundane segment showing poor children who we took to a park ( they have not been to a park for 2 years). We fed them Knaffa (Palestinian dessert) at that time but I did not have my camera then so I show what Knaffa looks like in Bethlehem with our small group that visited Hebron earlier.

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At-Tuwani – Tuba School Escort for 2008-2009 School Year:

“Children from Tuba and Maghaer Al-Abeed, villages located in the Palestinian territories’ South Hebron Hills, attend primary school in the village of At-Tuwani. The children walk on a road passing between the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the illegal settlement outpost of Havot Ma’on/Hill 833. Armed settlers have harassed and attacked the children on their journeys to and from school.

In 2004 the Israeli Knesset Committee for Childrens Rights affirmed the need for an Israeli military escort for the school children along the road from Tuba to At-Tuwani. Despite the escort the children have continued to be harassed and attacked by settlers.”

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Powerful Women:

“Women in Hebron and surrounding villages have started a business for empowerment and self-dependence.

Read more at: palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip .php?article884″

Women’s Co-op in Hebron
Source: Palestine Monitor
Date: 25 March 2009

The city of Hebron is one of the most aggressive cities in the West Bank in terms of the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israeli settlers living there. The settlers along with the Israeli military have taken over the Old City—and this has had a very big impact on the lives of the Palestinians because the market is in the Old City.

The soldiers have blocked roads and created checkpoints within the Old City to discourage commerce and tourism. Now, there are even settlers living in the apartments above Arab shops and Israeli soldiers stationed strategically around the area to “protect” the settlers. However, it is the Palestinians who need the protection in Hebron.

The violent, extremist settlers constantly antagonize the Palestinians in an attempt to scare them out of their shops by throwing garbage, stones, and sewage water from their apartments down on to the shops and people below. The shop owners have actually had to put up a chain link fence above the streets in front of their shops to catch the garbage and stones—protecting themselves, visitors, and their products.

Because of this situation, the Old City shops are slowly disappearing. One attempt to combat this distressing trend was initiated by the Palestinian Solidarity Project. They have helped to create a Women’s Co-op that produces traditional embroidered products hand-made by Palestinian women in Hebron.

Their shop in the Old City sells embroidered products made by over 100 women from villages around Hebron and is exclusively managed by women. This is a good opportunity for the women to create an income for their families and to contribute to revitalizing the market in the Old City.

Fatima, one of the women involved in the project says that “the women in this country usually marry and stay in the home…the situation is very difficult here—no money, no jobs.”

In addition to creating an income for these women and trying to revive the economy in Hebron, another goal of the project is to create a market for their products in other parts of the world while at the same time raising awareness about Palestine.

The women say they “hope people abroad will help us by buying our products. We want to support ourselves, we do not want charity.”

See the Article and Related Photos, click here / Palestine Monitor

Also see The Women’s Co-op Website for traditional Palestinian items made by these women and which you can purchase directly from the website.

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Palestinians in Hebron complain of racism – 24 Apr 09:

“In a controversial address at a recent UN conference on racism, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad, Iran’s president, denounced Israel as a ‘cruel and repressive racist regime’.

Al Jazeera’s Clayton Swisher visits the West Bank city of Hebron and a nearby Jewish settlement, where Palestinians say racism is a daily reality.”

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Collective Punishment in Saffa, Palestine April 3, 2009 Pt 1:

“Israeli Military declare a curfew on the area of Saffa, part of Beit Ommar in Hebron District, demanding that all women go into their homes and men gather in the mosque. They then construct a roadblock which is quickly dismantled by Palestinians and international supporters.”

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Settler Attack and military invasion in Saffa, West Bank April 8, 2009 Pt 1:

Zionist settlers attack Palestinian village Kherbat Safa

Related Reports:
PCHR condemns attack by Israeli settlers and soldiers on Kherbat Safa and warns of potential increase in attacks under new Israeli government

Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

Date: 09 Apr 2009

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns a combined attack perpetrated by Israeli settlers and Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), against Palestinian civilians in the Kherbat Safa area, northwest of Hebron. This pre-planned attack resulted in the injury of nine Palestinian civilians. Six civilians were injured by IOF, while three were injured by settlers.

PCHR’s investigations indicate that at 06:10 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 April 2009, approximately 50 settlers from the Gush Etzion and Beit Ayen settlements gathered on the outskirts of Kherbat Safa. They were accompanied by approximately 10 IOF soldiers.

At approximately 08:00 a.m., the settlers – armed with pistols and machine guns – opened fired directly at Palestinian civilians and houses. The settlers and soldiers then advanced towards the houses, firing their weapons and tear gas. The Palestinian civilians responded with stones, in an attempt to prevent the attackers from entering the houses. Soldiers and settlers shot directly at Palestinian civilians, at distances ranging from 2 to 20 metres. The attack lasted for approximately 90 minutes, without interruption.

As a result, nine civilians were wounded by live and rubber bullets. Local witnesses report that three of the wounded were injured by settlers while the others were wounded by IOF soldiers. 26 Palestinians also suffered suffocation due to gas inhalation. The wounded were transferred to Hebron Ahli Hospital and to Hebron Governmental Hospital. Medical sources described the wounds of one civilian as serious. The names of the wounded persons are included in PCHR’s Weakly Report published today, 8 April 2009.

PCHR reiterates its condemnation of this joint attack by Israeli settlers and IOF soldiers against Palestinian civilians in Kherbat Safa, and warns of the potential for increasing settler attacks against Palestinian civilians under the current Israeli government.

PCHR also:

– Demands that IOF cease the practice of protecting and granting immunity to settlers. This policy encourages crimes against Palestinian civilians;

– Demands the immediate confiscation of settlers’ weapons. As demonstrated, these weapons pose a serious risk to the lives of Palestinian civilians.

– Calls upon the international community to intervene immediately in order to ensure the State of Israel’s compliance with international law. All settlements are illegal. Settlement activities must be halted.

– Reminds the international community that settlements are considered war crimes. Accordingly, all High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions must, individually or collectively, fulfil their obligations under common Article 1 to the Conventions, and take the steps necessary to ensure Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law.

For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 – 2825893

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Hebron settlers throwing stones at Palestinians:

“On Wednesday the 11th of March, a number of Hebron Israeli settlers pelted Palestinian children (aged 4 to 8 years) and two international activists with stones. The event took place during a settler-organized dancing event close to Avraham Avinu Settlement, presumably as part of Purim festivities. The settlers became aware of the Palestinian children and internationals, who were watching from a near-by roof, and proceeded to hurl stones from the car-parking lot below, despite calls of ‘Stop’. The Israeli soldiers on guard at a military post within 30 meters surveyed the disturbance but provided no assistance.”

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