- 17 oct 2010
Zionist settlers drench Palestinian grapevines with sewage water
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Zionist settlers flooded grapevines in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar, Al-Khalil city, on Sunday with sewage water damaging the crops over tens of dunums.
Local sources reported that the settlers in nearby Etzion settlement opened the gates of sewage ponds in their settlement at a late hour on Saturday, which flooded the grapevines north of Beit Ummar.
The sources noted that tens of Palestinian and foreign solidarity activists rushed to the area in an attempt to rescue the harvest, which, if ruined, would cause severe material losses to the farmers.
Israeli settler sewage water dumped on Beit Ommar land
(3:46) Israeli settler sewage water dumped on Beit Ommar land
On Sunday, Oct. 17th, 2010, Israeli settlers from Gush Etzion flooded Palestinian farmland in Beit Ommar with thousands of liters of raw sewage. The sewage flooded fruit trees and partially submerged a bulldozer, which had to be towed away. This is the fourth time this year that this particular farmland has been flooded by the settlers.
17 oct 2010
Israel razes Palestinian farm near Bethlehem
Ma'an - BETHLEHEM Israel's Civil Administration razed farmland and a barn owned by a resident of the Beit Fajjar village in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem on Monday.
Raed Taqatqa, the land owner, said Israeli forces sought to control the area near the village's main road and that of Al-Ma'sara, the site of demonstrations against Israel's separation wall.
Taqatqa said the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that he was the owner of the land in question and that he had a right to reclaim the area. He added that settlers often raided his land and have threatened him not to return.
Israel's Civil Administration did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
17 oct 2010
Havat Gilad settlers damage army vehicles
While soldiers inspect truck suspected of carrying construction material, West Bank Jews puncture tires of army vehicles.
Settlers from Havat Gilad punctured the tires of army vehicles and threw stones at soldiers on Sunday after a truck suspected of carrying construction material was delayed at the entrance to the West Bank outpost.
According to reports, while IDF soldiers inspected the truck, settlers punctured the tires of a number of army vehicles. The soldiers left the outpost after the inspection came up empty.
Havat Gilad founder Itay Zar said security forces confiscated another truck a few days ago "without any reason."
As for Sunday's incident, he said, "I ordered Styrofoam, not construction material or any other illegal material. The soldiers arrived without the accompaniment of police forces and without a court order. They were rude."
Police said no arrests were made.
17 oct 2010
Hebron: Settlers begin work on new road
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers began construction on a new road Sunday on Palestinian farmland in the Al-Buweira village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
Bulldozers were seen digging up land near the Kiryat Arba and Kharisna settlements in the district to make way for a road between the latter settlement and a nearby hill, Ma'an's correspondent said.
The hill was recently taken over by settlers and planted with trees following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to establish gardens near each settlement.
Israel began large-scale digging works on Saturday in preparation for the expansion of an illegal settlement in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.
Residents of the Ya'bad village, on which the Shaqed settlement is built, said bulldozers entered on Saturday and began razing village land to make way for several new housing units.
Settlers pump sewage onto Hebron grove
Meanwhile, Israeli residents of the illegal Gush Etzion settlement pumped sewage onto vineyards in the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Ummar in the Hebron district.
Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Muhammad Awad said several trees were drowned by the sewage and damage was sustained to a bulldozer, owned by Omar Salih Awad.
Awad added that the vineyard belongs to the Sabarna family from the village.
23 jun 2011, 13:20 , Respect
Zionist settlers install new mobile homes in settlement near Jericho
JERICHO, (PIC)-- Zionist settlers installed tens of mobile homes in a settlement near Jericho overnight Sunday, eyewitnesses from Jericho city reported.
The citizens said that the settlers put in 30 new caravans in the settlement of Fitsa'il near Jericho and drove 20 trucks believed to be carrying furniture.
They pointed out that dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers escorted the caravans and the trucks as those soldiers were mobilized in the vicinity of the settlement all night long.
The settlers have been adding more Palestinian land to their settlement, which has been built on Palestinian land in the first place.
28 jun 2011, 09:33 , Respect
Hundreds of settlers storm Nablus, Bethlehem to perform Talmudic rituals
NABLUS, (PIC)-- Hundreds of Zionist fanatic settlers stormed the cities of Nablus and Bethlehem at dawn Tuesday to perform Talmudic rituals under protection of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF).
Eyewitnesses in Nablus reported that more than 600 settlers mounting several buses stormed the city from the eastern sector and performed their rituals at the Nabi Yusuf tomb.
They noted that Palestinian youths threw stones at the settlers and the IOF soldiers but no casualties or arrests were made in lines of those young men despite the intensive firing on the part of IOF sodliers of live bullets and teargas canisters.
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is seeking to include Nabi Yusuf in its list of Jewish heritage despite being inside Nablus city that is run by the Palestinian Authority, according to the Oslo agreements.
Hundreds of other settlers, meanwhile, stormed the mosque of Bilal Bin Rabah north of Bethlehem city and performed special rites before leaving the place escorted by IOF troops.
The IOA had announced the inclusion of Bilal Bin Rabah mosque in the list of Jewish heritage in a step described by Palestinians as a downright robbery of history and geography and a clear intent to endorse the occupation of the entire historical land of Palestine.
19 oct 2010
Settler suspected in hit-and-run
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was injured Tuesday after he was struck down in the Bethlehem village of Tuqu' on the main road.
Locals said a settler is suspected of driving into Rafat Ibrahim Suleiman, 25, as he walked on the main road, then fleeing the scene.
A Palestinian car then pursued the settler's car, writing down its license to transfer the information to the Israeli police.
Suleiman was transferred to hospital in an Israeli ambulance.
Meanwhile, in the nearby Al-Khader village, relatives of a Palestinian rescued from a tractor accident said the vehicle collapsed after a settler's car collided with him on the main road near the Efrat settlement.
Relatives of Imad Ahmad, 26, said the tractor was split in two as a result of the collision, and said Israeli forces and police arrived at the scene, encouraging him to file a complaint with the Palestinian Authority police as well as Israeli police.
19 oct 2010
Settlers torch crops in Bethlehem village
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian crops on farmland in the Husan village in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, burning vast areas of olive groves before firefighters were able to control the blaze, locals said.
Locals said Israeli residents of the nearby illegal Betar Illit settlement obstructed Palestinian firefighters from accessing the site of the blaze, causing the fire to spread extensively.
A local village council source said grape and olive groves were damaged in the arson, largely in the Ein At-Taqa area, adding that bare-footed farmers were unable to extinguish the fire and that several sustained light burns as a result.
The local council also said the farmland in question belong to Ibrahim Lafi Hamara, Hilmi Abdul-Fattah Darweesh and Lafi Nimir Shawasha.
The fire follows the release of a report by Israeli rights group Yesh Din Tuesday, detailing that over 90 percent of investigations into offenses against Palestinians carried out by Israeli settlers in the West Bank fail, a statement read.
Yesh Din's statistic was part of a report that suggested Israeli authorities have failed to prosecute Israeli settlers suspected of vandalizing Palestinian crops.
The rights group said that while monitoring the progress of 97 complaints filed against Israeli settlers for damage caused to Palestinian-owned trees, all have been closed by police on the grounds of "unknown perpetrator" or insufficient evidence to prosecute, failing to secure indictments.
19 oct 2010
settlers' attack on olive harvest- hebron (no settlers arrest)
(2:31) settlers' attack on olive harvest- hebron
19 oct 2010
Hebron settlers and the olive harvest
(3:44) hebron settlers and the olive harvest
29 jun 2011, 21:48 , Respect
Israeli settlers set fire to more than 2,500 olive trees in Burin
BURIN, (PIC)-- A group of settlers from the Bracha settlement attacked noon Wednesday famers in the village of Burin, moderately injuring a Palestinian man and destroying a number of olive trees. Police arrested one of the farmers after a clash with settlers.
Locals reported that dozens of settlers stormed olive groves in the Burin vicinity and attacked famer Muneer Qadous with a sharp tool and seized a large amount of olives in his possession. He was later transferred to the Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment.
Residents said Israeli soldiers were closely watching the region and arrested one of Qadous's relatives when he attempted to confront the settlers. But authorities made no attempt to stop the settlers, who caper in the region daily, they said.
Khalid Qadous , one of the locals, told a PIC reporter that settlers have burnt down since last Thursday 2,500 olive trees in the Burin village, some of the trees aging hundreds of years.
Israeli soldiers deliberately in all of the cases put out the fire by Palestinian fire trucks so the fire would affect the greatest number of olive trees with waiting as an excuse, while coordinating with the Israeli army, who purposely give a late response, he explained.
In a separate incident, a group of settlers stormed Wednesday morning the town of Sawiya near the north West Bank city of Silfit and burned down a school storage room.
Local sources said Wednesday morning that settlers raided the Sawiya girls high school and wrote racist slogans against Arabs and threats to burn down the storage room used to store sports equipment.
Silfit and Nablus are the most targeted areas by Israeli settlers in their attempt to take control of the land and displace its citizens.
Hamas lawmakers in Nablus condemned the attack as a new crime added to Israel's crime record, adding that the act was only part of a broad scheme of destruction.
The officials said the targeting of schools and mosques is part of a war on religion and knowledge, and an effort to destroy the capabilities of the Palestinians and deprive Palestinian students of the right to a comfortable study environment.
They called on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to fulfill their duty to protect citizens and provide security and safety to the public, and to stop engaging in security coordination with Israel as it will only result in more settler attacks.
20 oct 2010
Settlers establish memorial to slain leader
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Wednesday commemorated the killing of a settler leader by Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades in 2009 in the northern West Bank.
Locals said soldiers accompanied the settlers during the event, which was marked by paratroopers dropping down at the site of a memorial at the junction where Meir Avshalom Hai was killed on 24 December 2009.
Israeli forces assassinated three retired Al-Aqsa operatives in retaliation for the shooting.
20 oct 2010
Settlers suspected of assaulting farmers
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A number of Palestinian farmers were "brutally beaten" as they harvested olives in the northern West Bank village of Burin in Nablus on Monday by extremist settlers, locals said.
Witnesses told Ma'an that one of the farmers, Munir Qadus, sustained several cuts and bruises in the assault and was transferred to hospital. They added that after beating the farmer, the suspects stole his harvested olives.
They also said Ismail Qadus was detained by Israeli forces. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she would look into the report.
Earlier on Wednesday, settlers were suspected of setting fire to a school in the same district.
20 oct 2010
Israeli settlers Invade The Town Of Ethna , Searched Many Houses In Hebron
The Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the town of Ethna, north-west of Hebron and surrounded a house under the pretext of detention.
Security sources reported that Israeli settlers invaded the town of Ethna, surrounded the house of Abed al-Qaisi, searched it and many other surrounding houses.
Furthermore, the Israeli military erected a blockade on the road between the towns of Doura and Dair Samet, conducted inspections of Palestinian's vehicles and checked the identites of passengers. Also, another blockade was established at the crossroad of Yatta, south of Hebron.
20 oct 2010
Israeli Settlers Attack Olive Pickers In Nablus
On Wednesday morning, a citizen from the village of Burin, south of Nablus, was wounded by Israeli settlers who attacked him with sharp objects while he was picking olives.
Local sources in Nablus reported that approximately 40 settlers entered the olive groves and coordinated an attack on the olive pickers.
A witness reported that Israeli soldiers beat Munir Kadus, a young man in his twenties, as he tried to prevent the soldiers from abusing a child who was picking olives with his famiy.
The witness added that an ambulance arrived at the scene and transferred Kadus to a hospital for treatment.
Palestinian official Ghassan Doughlas, who is in charge of monitoring Israeli settlement activity in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that since early morning, the Israeli army has been deployed in the hills and mounties near the village of Burin and is aware of the daily attacks by Israeli settlers on the olive pickers.
20 oct 2010
Settlers suspected of torching Nablus school
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school in the Nablus district village of As-Sawiya on Wednesday, setting fire to its storehouse containing furniture and unused sports equipment, the headmistress said.
Maysoon Sawalha said the school's cleaning woman arrived to find the lock on the main door broken as well as that of the storehouse, with all its contents torched.
The fire did not spread to the rest of school because the water main is located in the storehouse she said, adding that "otherwise the whole school would have been set on fire."
Settlers had also written racist slogans on the school's walls, including "regards from the hill tops"
"This is not the first attack on the school. Many attacks were carried out previously, the last of which was last year when settlers intercepted one of the classrooms and fired rounds of ammunition and gas canisters," Sawalha said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said a complaint had been filed with Israel's Civil Administration and that the body was now directly in touch with Palestinian Authority officials to "keep things quiet" in the area.
Israeli police, she added, are investigating the incident.
Sawalha called on international organizations to work on stopping such attacks "that put the life of the girls on risk causing them to suffer psychologically and panic out of such attacks."
The suspected arson follows a wave of reports from Palestinian farmers that settlers have been setting fire to agricultural land since the beginning of the traditional olive harvest in October.
On 4 October, Israeli settlers were suspected of setting fire to a Bethlehem village mosque, after ransacking it and setting fire to the carpets.
Director of PA Ministry of Religious Endowment in Bethlehem Muhammad Ayish at the time describing the arson as a "campaign against everything Palestinian."
On Tuesday, an Israeli rights group said that 90 percent of claims filed against settlers in the West Bank for assault to person or property fail to secure a conviction.
In New York, a 'Hebron Aid Flotilla' to raise money for Israeli settlements
The Hebron Fund, a US tax-exempt charity that supports Israeli settlers, is rallying Zionists of all stripes to join a 'Hebron Aid Flotilla' on the Hudson River next month.
The Hebron Fund, a Brooklyn-based tax exempt charity that supports Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of the same name, this week announced a unique twist to its annual fund-raising event next month: a cruise on the Hudson River dubbed the "Hebron Aid Flotilla."
The name marks an unabashed decision to strike out at those who criticized Israel's fatal attack on the so-called Gaza Aid Flotilla, an attempt to break the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip in May. Israeli commandos met unexpected force on board the flotilla's flagship boat shot and killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American, drawing international condemnation.
"WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT NOW!" proclaims Monday's announcement for the event. "The outpouring of hate against Israel and the Jews after the flotilla incident was absolutely unprecedented. Jews around the world and other Lovers of Israel suddenly felt just like the Jews of Hebron the Jews the media loves most to hate. We therefore decided to hold our annual fundraiser as a unique, united Zionist response to the situation."
The fundraiser is a reminder of one of the reasons why President Obama's efforts to spur Israeli-Palestinian peace talks forward is fast unraveling.
First, the Obama administration backed down from its earlier demands that Israel freeze all settlement expansion including in East Jerusalem as a goodwill gesture to the Palestinians, who see no point in peace talks as Israel continues to expand its footprint in occupied territory that's intended to make up a future Palestinian state.
Secondly, US citizens continue to finance settlements on that land through tax-free donations. In addition, their taxpayer dollars represented in the roughly $3 billion in US aid that Israel receives annually arguably give Israel enough financial breathing room that it can afford to facilitate settlement expansion.
Both examples illustrate the sway of the Jewish right, in the US as well as Israel, whose constituents have been largely unwilling to accept the Palestinians' precondition of a settlement freeze. In the US, that influence could gain more traction with a likely surge in Republicans' Congressional strength after November elections.
Though the UN and most world states, including the US, have declared the settlements to be illegal, the US tax code allows charitable giving to settlers so long as the money isn't intended for weapons or other security measures. Direct US military and economic aid for Israel, though expressly not for settlements, also frees up Israeli money to be spent as it sees fit elsewhere.
Why Hebron is especially thorny
Hebron is an especially thorny problem. It has a Palestinian population of about 163,000 and roughly 500 religious Israeli settlers, as well as more than 7,000 Israelis in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba, whose presence leads to a massive security presence by the Israeli Defense Forces.
The city is home to the Cave of the Patriarchs, the reputed burial place of Abraham, a prophet revered by Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
1 jul 2011, 07:56 , Respect
Settlers attack village and steal olives
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Settlers attacked residents of Kifl Haris village in Salfit and stole their olives, witnesses said.
Locals reported that residents of the illegal Ariel settlement attacked villagers as they harvested their olives.
Meanwhile, settlers supported by Israeli soldiers destroyed farmland in Al-Baq'a east of the West Bank city of Hebron, residents said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said she would look into the report.
Palestinian farmers have reported a wave of attacks by settlers since the olive harvest began in early October. On Tuesday, settlers set fire to Palestinian crops on farmland in the Husan village in the southern Bethlehem district, and on Friday fires started by settlers were reported in Qalqiliya and Nablus in the northern West Bank.
An Israeli rights group said Tuesday that over 90 percent of investigations into offenses against Palestinians carried out by Israeli settlers in the West Bank fail. Yesh Din's statistic was part of a report that suggested Israeli authorities have failed to prosecute Israeli settlers suspected of vandalizing Palestinian crops.
21 oct 2010
Peace Now: Settlers started building 600 housing units at end of freeze
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli anti settlement organization "Peace Now" announced that Israeli settlers had started to build more than 600 housing units in the West Bank since the end of the settlement freeze last September 26.
Hagit Ofran, the director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch, said that 600 to 700 housing units were being built since that date, which is four times the construction pace before the freeze.
She said that purchases of 2,000 houses were made out of the 13,000 houses that obtained construction permits.
The Israeli government refused to renew the ten-month construction freeze in the West Bank, despite Palestinian and international calls.
AP: Settlers building 544 new homes
After interviewing construction managers, mayors in effort to document new projects in West Bank since freeze was lifted, Associated Press says settlers building four times faster in recent months than past two years.
Israeli settlers have begun building new homes at an extraordinary pace since the government lifted its moratorium on West Bank housing starts almost 550 in three weeks, more than four times faster than the last two years.
In an extensive report Thursday morning, the Associated Press wrote that many of the homes are going up in areas that under practically any peace scenario would become part of a Palestinian state, a trend that could doom US-brokered peace talks.
According to the AP's count, ground has been broken on 544 new West Bank homes since Sept. 26, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a 10-month freeze on new settlement building.
The survey, while not comprehensive, marks the most extensive effort yet to quantify the construction. It was based on visits to 16 of the West Bank's more than 120 settlements as well as phone calls to more than four dozen settlements and interviews with construction workers and mayors.
"This figure is alarming and is another indicator that Israel is not serious about the peace process, which is supposed to be about ending the occupation," said Ghassan Khatib, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' self-rule government in the West Bank.
Netanyahu has played down the new construction, saying it "has no real effect on the map of a possible (peace) agreement."
However, the renewed settlement construction has jeopardized peace talks launched only last month, with the Palestinians threatening to walk away if the freeze is not extended. And it could make the daunting task of partitioning the land even more difficult.
The building spurt of the past three weeks compares to average annual housing starts of about 2,000 in recent years, including just under 1,900 in 2009 and just over 2,100 in 2008, according to government figures. That is a rate of about 115 in three weeks, making the current pace more than four times faster.
The actual number is likely higher. When officials provided a range, the AP used the lowest figure. And it did not include 133 apartments a contractor said he was building in three settlements, because he did not say how many were already started.
Peace Now estimates there have been more than 600 housing starts and plans to release its own detailed report next week.
Yesha Council: Numbers misleading
Much of the building activity witnessed by the AP involved leveling ground, and some settler leaders argue it is premature to define that as housing starts.
Asked about the AP count, a spokeswoman for the settler group Yesha Council said: "I prefer not to get into the numbers game because it's misleading."
About two-thirds of post-freeze work is preliminary and could be halted if the freeze is renewed, said the spokeswoman, Aliza Herbst.
Still, the scale of the construction is likely to harden Palestinian demands that a settlement freeze be re-imposed as a condition for proceeding with the talks. Efforts by the United States to coax Israel into another building slowdown have so far failed.
In crisscrossing the West Bank, an AP team saw bulldozers and jackhammers tearing into rocky slopes in a number of locations.
One of the new building sites is in Karmei Tzur, a settlement with about 135 families located on the "Palestinian side" of the planned route of Israel's West Bank separation barrier, seen by some in Israel as the basis for drawing Israel's future border.
On Monday, jackhammers pulverized rocks on a barren slope as trucks carted off debris and heavy machinery drilled holes in preparation for pouring foundations. A woman answering the phone at the settlement's main office said 56 new apartments were being built.
A drive through Kiryat Arba, home to more than 7,000 Israelis, revealed two construction sites, for a total of at least 22 apartments, according to Palestinian laborers. And in the settlement of Revava, bulldozers were seen leveling ground along a slope. A contractor at the site said his company is building 83 apartments there.
In Kiryat Arba, Revava and many other settlements visited by the AP, officials declined comment on construction. In two places, armed guards denied reporters entry.
Nearly 100 illegal outposts
Other settlement officials were more forthcoming.
Avi Roe, who heads the Binyamin regional council, which represents about one-third of the West Bank settlements, said he is aware of at least 200 housing starts in his area.
Another 344 housing starts were confirmed by AP visits to settlements and interviews with mayors, construction workers and other officials.
Netanyahu imposed the settlement curbs last November in a bid to draw the Palestinians to the negotiating table. Netanyahu, who leads a hard-line coalition dominated by pro-settler parties, has said the slowdown was a one-time gesture.
The Obama administration has been trying to persuade Israel to extend the freeze and is expected to step up the effort after next month's midterm elections. Washington has floated the idea of a one-time two-month extension, during which Israelis and Palestinians would be asked to reach agreement on the future borders of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 300,000 settlers now live in the West Bank, along with 2.2 million Palestinians. Settlers have covered the territory with an increasingly intricate web of established communities and nearly 100 unauthorized hilltop outposts.
Despite the recent building spate, settlement leaders complain that approval for the largest construction projects is being held up. Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported this week that construction of more than 3,700 apartments awaits the signature of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who has final say in the West Bank.
"I'm pessimistic about the near future," said Benny Kashriel, mayor of Maaleh Adumim, a settlement of 33,000 near Jerusalem. He said he hasn't been able to start new construction since the end of the moratorium.
21 oct 2010
PRESS RELEASE: Israeli Settlers Attack a Palestinian Boy and Two Internationals in South Hebron Hills
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma'on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]
October 21st, 2010
At-Tuwani On Thursday, 21st October, at around 9.20 am, two Operation Dove volunteers, coming back to the village of At-Tuwani after having visited some Palestinian families in the village of Tuba, were attacked by Israeli settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma%u2019on (Hill 833).
While walking, the internationals received a phone call by a Palestinian shepherd who was with his flock on a upper hill and warned them about some settlers who were quickly approaching. A few minutes after the phone call, two settlers, faces covered by t-shirts, appeared where the internationals were walking. They shot stones with slingshots at the internationals who quickly ran away.
Later on, a few minutes after 1 pm in the same area, there was a similar attack on a Palestinian boy walking back home through the path on Meshaha hill. Two Operation Dove volunteers were on the top of the close Kharrouba hill to monitor the afternoon military escort of the school children from Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed when they saw an Israeli settler quickly coming out from the outpost, covering his face and calling reinforcements.
Few minutes later, three more masked settlers appeared on the top of Meshaha hill and, together with the first settler, started to throw stones against the Palestinian. The boy, after running down in the valley, joined the internationals on Kharrouba hill and stayed with them until the settlers disappeared inside the outpost.
Israeli soldiers, who arrived after being called by the settlers, asked the internationals what had happened and if, according to them, the problems were in some way connected with the Palestinian olive picking activity. The commander then declared he was not proud of the settlers behavior and suggested the internationals call the police every time anything similar happens.
After the settlers attacked At-Tuwani village on June 12th 2010 (see press release at: http://snipurl.com/xluyo), internationals living in the area documented no other aggression during the summer. These latest events, preceded by the aggression of October 12th when two Israeli masked settlers chased two Palestinian young men and threw stones at them, appear to be a significant renewal of settler violence.
These kinds of incidents are frequent in the South Hebron Hills area, where national-religious settlers from settlements and outposts used to attack shepherds and farmers to intimidate and drive them to abandon their land. These illegal actions usually remain unpunished and, in many cases, happen with the complicity of Israeli army and police. The Palestinian community of this area choose to resist the continuous abuses of Israeli settlers and military with nonviolence.
Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.
22 oct 2010
Settlers rebuild outpost south of Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers rebuilt an outpost Friday near the Beit Ha'een settlement southwest of Bethlehem.
It was demolished last week on the grounds that it did not have backing from the state.
Israeli officials said the settlers were determined to rebuild any demolished structure.
22 oct 2010
Settlers attack Palestinian farmers in Deir Ibzi
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while they were picking olives on Friday, onlookers said.
Settlers from the Dolab outpost made the farmers leave as they threw stones before stealing their olives, according to Deir Ibzi locals.
One of the farmers said the settlers came by car to the area and as soon as they arrived they threw stones. The farmers were not able to take any of their belongings or olives with them, they said.
22 oct 2010
Settlers gather on hilltop overlooking village
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Locals said Friday that a number settlers amassed on a hilltop overlooking a village north of Qalqiliya.
Kafr Qaddum villagers, in a bid to protect property, also amassed in the area.
The settlers' intentions were not immediately clear, and there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
Settlers have damaged Palestinian property at increased rates in recent weeks, Israeli officials say.
22 oct 2010
Palestinian graveyard vandalized in settler 'price tag' operation
Witnesses report seeing three suspects at the graveyard in West Bank village of Kfar Kadum.
Extremist Jewish settlers spray-painted slogans on graves at a northern West Bank cemetery, Israeli media reported Friday.
The vandals also sprayed the name of the extremist late Rabbi Meir Kahane on one of the graves.
Palestinian security forces alerted the Israeli military and said witnesses reported seeing three suspects at the graveyard in the village of Kfar Kadum, near the West Bank city of Qalqiliya.
One of the slogans had the words "price tag," which radical settlers use to describe their revenge campaign against restrictions on Israeli construction in the occupied territory.
A 10-month partial freeze of Israeli construction at West Bank settlements expired last month, and new building starts have picked up.
Settlers Desecrate Graves Near Nablus
Israeli settlers desecrated a number of graves near Kufr Qaddoum village, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, and wrote graffiti on the walls of a number of Palestinian homes.
Local sources reported that the settlers wrote Revenge, from Hilltop Youth, Sell your homes and leave, and also drew David's start on some graves and walls.
The settlers also wrote Kahane was right and Kach Movement, referring to Mier Kahane the founder of Kach movement that was outlawed and considered a terrorist group by Israel itself.
Resident Ayman Abu Jom'a, stated that the settlers came from Qadumim settlement and wrote graffiti on gravestones and homes in the village, including his own home.
On October 2, a group of fundamentalist settlers attacked a mosque in Beit Fajjar, near Bethlehem, and wrote Price Tag and other slogans on its walls.
Price Tag is usually used by the settlers to express their intention to avenge a certain attack carried out by Palestinian gunmen, but mainly is used as an act of revenge against the Palestinians every time Israel slows or freezes settlement activities.
Mier Kahane was an American-Israeli rabbi and ordained Orthodox rabbi, he also served as a member of Knesset before his movement was outlawed and was regarding as a terrorist organization. Current Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was a member of the group.
Similar to Kahane, Lieberman repeatedly called for removing all Arabs and Palestinians out of the country, and considered them a strategic threat to the existence of Israel.
22 oct 2010
Settlers attack family picking olives
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers attacked a family who were picking olives in Yatta, in the West Bank district of Hebron, witnesses said.
Locals said settlers attacked Othman Abu Sabha and his family, damaged his car and stole their olives.
Meanwhile, settlers entered Kfir Qaddum village east of Qalqiliya, and wrote graffiti on the walls threatening revenge.
Palestinian farmers across the West Bank have reported frequent settler attacks since the olive harvest began in early October.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has recorded seven incidents of settler violence against Palestinians related to the olive harvest this week, in a report released Friday. The incidents included physical assaults, and arson attacks on land. In one recorded incident, 2,000 olive trees were burned.
UNOCHA noted that the violence continued despite the deployment of Israeli forces sent to protect Palestinian farmers.
22 oct 2010
(3:02) Silwan Children
22 oct 2010
Jewish settlers attack farmers, IOF troops arrest 8 people in al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- IOF troops arrested on Friday eight Palestinians in the southern West Bank district of al-Khalil, while dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers in the village of Yatta in the same district.
Local sources said that IOF troops arrested Tariq Ahmad from his home in al-Khalil after confiscating his computer and mobile phones.
IOF troops also arrested Ahmad Sabarneh and his brother Ibrahim Sabarneh from the village of Beit Ummar.
They also arrested Ibrahim Masalma and Abdel-Qader Masalma from the village of Beit Awwa.
Meanwhile, in the village of Yatta, dozens of extremist Jewish settlers attacked the family Othman Abu Sabha while they were harvesting their olive crop from their fields which lie close to the Susya Jewish settlement. The settlers punctured the tyres of a tractor and broke its windows.
IOF troops arrived at the scene and confiscated the olives harvested by the family and arrested Marwan Abu Sabha as well as the driver of the tractor. They also assaulted a foreign solidarity activist.
The IOF troops also handed Omar Abu Sabha and Othman Abu Sabha summonses to attend an interview with the Israeli occupation intelligence on Sunday.
- Maria 23 oct 2010
Extremists Settlers Assualt Arab Students In Safad
On Friday midnight, a group of extremist settlers hurled stones at students dorms, at the Academics College of Safad, in the Galilee.
The Arab students resisted the extremists until the arrival of the Israeli Police to the scene. The police made no arrests and no injuries were reported.
This is the tenth reported attack carried out by fundamentalist Jews who are trying to force the Arab student out of area.
Recently, Chief Rabbi of Safad asked Jews not to rent or sell apartments to Arabs.
Jewish clerics also held an emergency conference to discuss plans that reduce the "risk" of Arabs presence in the Galilee; the conference was proceeded by several meetings on the same topic.
During the conference which was held under the banner ''Quiet war: Combating Assimilation in the Holy City of Safad", Safad chief Rabbi, Shmuel Elyahu asked Jews not to rent apartments to Arab students "in order to 'keep Safad clean".
Elyahu added that Jews who sell or rent to an Arab, must distance themselves from other Jews, and that the Jewish community should refrain from doing business with them,deny him the right to read from the Torah and ostracize them until "they retract their harmful deed", according to Elyahu.
The rabbi attacked the Israeli government for its plan to build a "Nursing School'' in Safad, as he believes that the vast majority would be Arab students.
Arab member of Knesset, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, asked the legal adviser of the Israeli government to question Elyahu and prosecute him.
23 oct 2010
Settlers chop almond trees in Beit Ummar
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers chopped down almond trees in the Wad Al-Wahadin area of the Beit Ummar village in Hebron, marking the second act of vandalism on Saturday.
Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Mohammad Awad said settlers uprooted dozens of trees belonging to the Baher family near the Karmi Zur settlement and brought in bulldozers in what the spokesman said was an attempt to enlarge the settlement.
Five dunums of land were overturned in the process, Awad said, adding that several new settlement housing units were approved in the area.
Earlier Saturday, Israeli settlers cut down and damaged 40 olive trees in the northern West Bank village of Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiya, southwest of Nablus city, locals said.
Akram Jamil Uweis, whose family owns the trees, said his family headed to the field early Saturday morning to harvest olives, and found 40 trees had been chopped down, but their olives had not been harvested.
He said that his family believed residents of the nearby illegal settlements of Eli and Ma'ale Levona were responsible for the attack.
23 oct 2010
Palestinians: Settlers cut down dozens of olive trees
Owner of grove in Luban a-Sharkiya 'shocked' to see 40 uprooted trees; Palestinians say residents of Eli behind act.
Palestinians claimed that settlers from Eli cut down 40 olive trees overnight Saturday at the nearby village of Luban a-Sharkiya, which is located in the northern West Bank.
The owner of the grove, Raja Wazaus, said he was "shocked" to see that 40 of his trees had been completely destroyed. "The settlers uprooted them," he claimed Saturday morning.
According to the Palestinians, incidents in which settlers from Eli destroyed olive trees have repeated themselves a few times over the past month.
On Friday the slogan "Kahane was right" was spray-painted on several headstones in a Muslim cemetery in Kafr Qaddum, located some eight miles west of Nablus.
IDF forces launched an investigation and together with Civil Administration officers, erased the slogans.
Extreme right-wing activist Itamar Ben Gvir, a known supporter of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, denied any involvement in the act. "The spraying of slogans the likes of 'Kahane was right' is a popular phenomenon, especially as the anniversary of Rabbi Kahane's murder approaches," he said.
"We had nothing to do with the Kafr Qaddum incident. Personally, I think it's wrong to desecrate a cemetery, but I'm hardly moved by it. The Mount of Olives cemetery is desecrated daily, and I have yet to hear any condemnation from those shrieking now."
23 oct 2010
(2:02) Olive Harvest
5 jul 2011, 10:38 , Respect
Maria 24 oct 2010
Settlers Attack Dozens of Protestors, Spray Them With Wastewater
A group of fundamentalist Jewish settlers attacked on Saturday a group of nonviolent protestors who demanded Israel to reopen the Al Shuhada Street, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The settlers hurled stones at the protestors and sprayed them with waste-water.
The Youth Coalition Against settlements organizes weekly protests against the occupation and settlements while dozens of Israeli and international peace activists also participate in these protests.
On Saturday, the protestors, accompanied by delegates of a French solidarity group that includes mayors and officials, held their nonviolent protest and carried signs in English, French, Arabic and Hebrew, calling on Israel to open the Al Shuhada street and to remove the settlers.
They also demanded freedom of movement to all resident especially since Israel designates certain areas in Hebron as Jewish only.
As the protestors marched in the Old City of Hebron, settlers of the Avraham Avino illegal colony attacked the protestors by hurling stones at them and by spraying them with waste-water.
The settlement is located in the Vegetables Market that was taken over by the settlers and the army since 1994 and became a no entry zone to the Palestinians.
The protestors also marched towards a gate installed by the army to seal one of the roads that lead to Al Shuhada street, near Khan Shahin area, and demanded Israel to open all closed roads and to lift the illegal restrictions on the freedom of movement of the local Palestinians.
The head of the French organization stated that by touring in Hebron, he and his comrades, managed to observe the high price the Palestinians are paying due to the existence of settlements and the occupation.
7 jul 2011, 13:18 , Respect
Maria 26 oct 2010
Man and his pregnant wife injured in deliberate settler hit and run accident
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- An Israeli settler deliberately ran into a Palestinian car near Halhul village, Al-Khalil district, on Monday night injuring the driver and his pregnant wife, eyewitnesses reported.
They said that the Israeli settler was driving opposite the traffic and intentionally hit the Palestinian car.
The witnesses added that the car skidded into a nearby ditch and the man, Wael Awad, and his wife were carried to a hospital in Al-Khalil city while the settler sped away.
26 oct 2010
Rightist Settlers Paint Slogans Praising Kahane in Jaffa
On Tuesday morning, the slogan "Kahane Tzadak" (Kahane was right) was found written on the walls of restaurants, stores and on the walls of the Latin church in Jaffa City.
According to PNN (Palestine News Network), an eyewitness saw the settlers arriving in a car and spraying the slogan on the door of Al-Farir School that belongs to the Latin Church.
The same graffiti was later found on the walls of the church, the Islamic Club, and also near the Abu Al-Abed Restaurant and on the walls of Al-Ghazazwa Garden.
Local sources told the PNN that although they stopped a local police patrol and informed them about what happened, the police did not respond in a direct and forceful manner.
Recently, similar graffiti was also found in the village of Kufur Quddoum, east of Qalqilia, close to a Jewish settlement where Kahane grew up.
The words Kahane was right were sprayed on several tombstones in the Arab graveyard.
Meir Kahane was a well-known right-wing Israeli rabbi and the leader of the Jewish organization, Kach. The movement was later regarded byIsrael as a terrorist group.
He was known in the United States and Israel for advocating for massive Jewish immigration to Israel, and massive Arab expulsion, using the imminent threat of a "Second Holocaust," to justify the immigration.
He also promoted the idea a "Greater Israel," which supports a proposal for Israel to annex the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Kahane was shot in Manhattan in 1990, following a speech he had given.
- Maria 27 oct 2010
Farmer says settlers burned land near Ramallah
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Residents of the illegal Halmish settlement near Ramallah damaged farmland Wednesday, a farmer said.
Nidal Radwan, a farmer from Ramallah, told Ma'an that some of his vegetable crops were damaged by a fire set to the land.
27 oct 2010
Clashes erupt at Israel march
Violence between police and Palestinian-Israeli protesters angered by a march by a right-wing Jewish group.
Violent clashes have broken out between Palestinian-Israelis and Israeli police in response to a demonstration by members of a right-wing Jewish group in the town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.
Israeli police fired tear gas at a crowd of Palestinian-Israelis who had gathered to protest against the march by about 70 Our Land of Israel supporters through the mainly Arab town.
The Jewish protesters were calling for the Islamic Movement of Israel, led by Sheikh Raed Salah, to be made illegal.
Dozens of young Palestinians threw stones at police, who had been deployed to prevent a repeat of the violence that took place last year.
The police responded with tear gas and baton charges, Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reported.
Certainly police were expecting this kind of violence and it has manifested itself, she said.
Fifteen of the Palestinian demonstrators were injured, two of them members of the Knesset.
No Our Land of Israel protesters were arrested, but ten from the Palestinian side were.
Plainclothes Israeli police officers were seen amongst the Palestinian protesters with handguns firing shots.
Protesters have said that they believe live ammunition was used, a charge which Israeli police deny.
Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesperson for the Israeli police, told Al Jazeera their level of response did not involve live fire or rubber bullets.
Soft balls were used, which in fact only cause minimum amount of damage and no one was injured seriously, in terms of those causing the riots, he said.
Unfortunately five Israeli police officers were injured, they were on standby when they were attacked.
Hundreds of riot police were deployed in anticipation of violence on Tuesday. Other units are also on alert across northern Israel and helicopters were patrolling the skies.
But while police acted to separate the marchers from the town's population, the messages on their signs that Israel should be cleansed of its Palestinian inhabitants were still visible.
This is part of a long-term provocation that's been taking place, Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, said.
This is one of the multiple fault lines between the Palestinians and Israel.
This is a struggle that's been going on for a while now between the Palestinian minority and some on the fringe of Israeli society that in Europe you would certainly call a fascist movement.
One of its main goals is the expulsion of the Palestinians citizens in Israel.
The march roughly coincides with the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane, a right-wing religious leader who routinely referred to Palestinians as dogs and called for their expulsion from Israel.
Afu Agbaria, an Arab parliamentarian who joined other officials in protesting against the march, called it a provocation against the people of Umm al-Fahm and the Arab minority in the country.
They are attacking the legitimacy of the Arab presence in the country in co-ordination with the right-wing extremists in the government, he said.
Most Palestinian-Israelis live in the north of Israel. Umm al-Fahm is the second biggest Arab city in the county and the centre of the Islamic Movement.
Given the context, really of the timing of this march and the fact that the Arabs here, the Palestinians citizens of Israel, very much feel discriminated against both on a public level and in terms of Israeli government policy, Tadros reported.
In the past few weeks, far-right Jewish groups have spray painted Palestinian property with racist graffiti.
27 oct 2010
Settlers accuse Israel of imposing 'silent' West Bank freeze
Netanyahu has refused to extend the construction slowdown that expired in September, though officials say they are in talks with Washington on reaching a compromise.
Israeli settlers accused the government on Wednesday of holding up construction of more than 4,000 apartments in large West Bank enclaves, suggesting that Israel was quietly complying with U.S. demands to reinstate a building moratorium that expired in late September.
The settlers, releasing their first concrete figures on what projects are being blocked, said Defense Minister Ehud Barak was imposing a "silent" freeze by withholding his final approval of building plans.
Barak's office did not immediately comment and a spokesman for Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu referred questions to the Defense Ministry.
The issue of Israeli settlement construction has become a key sticking point in U.S.-backed peace talks, just weeks after their launch at a White House ceremony. Israel has been under heavy pressure to renew its moratorium, which constrained new construction in West Bank settlements.
Some 300,000 Israelis already live in West Bank settlements. Palestinians say there is no point in negotiating peace if Israel continues to build homes on land they claim for a future state.
Netanyahu has refused to extend the slowdown, though officials say they are in talks with Washington on reaching a compromise. The Palestinians, backed by the Arab world, have given the U.S. until early November to work out a deal.
Naftali Bennett, director of the Yesha Council settler umbrella group, told
The Associated Press that a silent moratorium was in fact under way in large, urban settlements.
Some 4,300 apartments have all the necessary construction permits, but Barak has not authorized the state to put these projects out to bid, in effect freezing them, Bennett said. He provided a documented list of projects that he said were being held up.
Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib said any drag on construction was irrelevant because construction continues elsewhere at a pace that outstrips that of recent years.
"That's why it doesn't make any sense to consider that there is any kind of freeze or any kind of slowdown. We can say the opposite," Khatib said.
As previously reported by The Associated Press, Israel has begun work on some
600 apartments across the West Bank since the 10-month moratorium expired - at least double the pace of the previous two years.
That work has begun because all necessary approvals had already been obtained before the slowdown went into effect last November. Many of those apartments are being built in outlying settlements expected to be evacuated under any peace deal with the Palestinians.
The overwhelming majority of the apartments that Bennett referred to lie in large settlement blocs that Israel expects to hold on to in any peace deal. These blocs are located close to Israel proper, and Israel would presumably swap an equivalent amount of territory with the Palestinians.
The biggest projects are 978 apartments in the ultra-Orthodox Betar Illit settlement and 507 in Givat Zeev, both outside Jerusalem, and 800 in Alfe Menashe, a bedroom settlement outside Tel Aviv.
"We're calling upon Netanyahu either to force Barak to approve these houses or to take away his authorization and approve it himself," Bennett said. "We won't accept a situation where the government is hiding behind Barak."
Roughly 80 percent of the 300,000 West Bank settlers live in the urban settlements where settlers say the silent freeze is in effect.
Bennett said an additional 4,000 apartments could receive all the necessary permits within six months if the government were inclined to do so.
13 jul 2011, 13:34 , Respect
Maria 28 oct 2010
Settlers Torch Hothouses Near Ramallah
A group of fundamentalist settlers torched on Wednesday several agricultural hothouses that belong to residents of Nabi Saleh and Dir Nitham villages, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
The armed settlers were accompanied by the security officer of Halmish settlement torched hothouses in Ein Al Zarqa area close to the Betillo village.
The fire causes excessive damage to several hothouses planted with vegetable and fruits while the settlers also damages the irrigation systems of several hothouses and uprooted the plants.
The attacked hothouses extend on a 2 Dunam stretch that belong to residents Nidal Mustafa Radwan and Mahmoud Radwan.
14 jul 2011, 19:02 , Respect
Maria 30 oct 2010
Israeli rights orgs demand action over settler vandalism
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Four human rights organizations collaborated on a project documenting settler vandalism during the 2010 olive harvest, reporting a total of 35 incidents of tree vandalism during the six-week season.
The organizations, all based in Israel, included The Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), B'Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights and Yesh Din. Following the documentation effort the group sent an urgent letter to senior Israeli military commanders, calling on the commanders to take all necessary steps to ensure that Palestinians and their properties were protected from violence and damage during the remainder of the season.
Signed by high-profile rights lawyers from each of the organizations and addressed to Israeli Central Command Chief, General Avi Mizrahi and commander of Israeli military forces in the West Bank Brigadier Nitzan Alon, the letter details the settler assaults of Palestinians harvesting olives, and outlines expectations for halting the abuses.
Most of the cases outlined in the letter, a statement from the group said, had been reported to Israeli authorities as official complaints, with little resulting from the initial documentation.
Nablus area settler violence hotspot
According to the groups, 83 percent of the incidents took place near the villages of Burin and Hawara. The vandalism in those cases was believed to have been perpetrated by settlers from the nearby Yitzhar colony, while other villages where vandalism was reported bordered the Havat Giladn settlement.
The most destructive act of vandalism the report cataloged occurred on 15 October, when hundreds of olive trees were set ablaze near Havat Giladn. Eyewitnesses were quoted in the letter to Israeli officials, saying the arson occurred in the presence of Israeli soldiers, who did nothing to prevent it.
The letter also notes the increasing prevalence of settler assaults and vandalism targeting Palestinians and their olive crops. A statement from the rights groups said organizations have called on the Israeli authorities many times before to take all necessary steps to "fulfill duties and obligations and protect the rights of residents who live in the occupied region," and adds that "the regrettable outcome of the incidents described herein proves once and again that the steps taken by the defense forces are insufficient, and the result is a blow to the livelihood of many Palestinian residents."