Monday, October 24 2022 Take our picture! Umm Al-‘Ara’is, October, 2022 “Why are these children so wild?” the soldier asked me. “Could it be because their father has just been arrested?” I answer. “And do you know why he was arrested? Because he was in a closed military zone.” “But he was on his own land.” “You are making me laugh.” “So who’s land is it?” “Have you never heard of Abraham? When he was here thousands of years ago, there weren’t any … Palestinians.” The pause before the word “Palestinian” seemed to express a certain distaste. I am with the […]
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Friday, October 14 2022 Photographic Empowerment. Umm Al-‘Ara’is, spring and summer, 2022 Remember Sa’id and his many children who accompany him every week to the fields? I hadn’t seen them for nearly three years, but I could recognize them at a distance from Jibrin’s pastures (if you can call a rocky patch with a few scrubby thorns a “pasture”) as they arrived for their weekly visit on the ridge far above us. Then they descended into the next wadi and disappeared. * Read more by Margaret Olin: https://touchingphotographs.com/2022/10/04/photographic-empowerment-umm-al-arais-spring-and-summer-2022/
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Monday, August 1 2022 This week – July 24-30, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories * photo: Demonstration of ‘Jewish Power’ at the entrance to ‘Maon’ colony, South Hebron Hills, July 29, 2022 South Hebron Hills The occupation forces are now systematically harassing the Palestinian inhabitants of the ‘firing zone’ that has been declared throughout Masafer Yatta, meaning to cause their transfer from this area, with the backing of the Israeli Supreme Court. Thus, this week too, community members here were detained at the army’s roadblocks, their vehicles confiscated, and houses and farming structures demolished. This takes place alongside military and police backing up of […]
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Saturday, July 30 2022 This week – July 10-16, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories All families in the Ras A-Tin community abandoned their village, harassed by Jewish terrorists who assaulted them with violence, arson, and damages to their property; Another Palestinian family deserted its home near Tayibe Junction due to colonists’ violence; Explosions in Masafer Yatta in the course of military maneuvers there – the court has instructed the State to detail ‘safety measures’ taken to prevent injury to local inhabitants; Dozens of colonists took over lands near Bani Na’im, while the Israeli army prevented access of protesting Palestinian inhabitants by firing teargas and […]
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Saturday, July 23 2022 This week – July 17-23, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories Colonists erected new outposts opposite Kiryat Arba, on Hill 26 and near the Palestinian village of Umm Al Kheir in the South Hebron Hills; New construction and earth works by colonists have also taken place near Susya and Tawane; Soldiers stood watch to protect colonists from the terrorist outpost ‘Havat Maon’ while the latter held a noisy night picnic near a Palestinian home in Tawane; 90 residents of the Silwan neighborhood (east Jerusalem), among them elderly people and babies, were hurt by teargas fired into homes during a raid by […]
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Sunday, July 10 2022 This week – July 3-9, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories A colonist gang escorted by the Israeli army set fire around the community of Ras A-Tin (Palestinian Jordan Valley), then destroyed tents and shacks – several terrified families prepared to leave immediately, but, supported by activists, they remain on site; Bullets hit a Palestinian home in Khalat A-Dab’a during the army’s maneuvers in Masafer Yatta; Soldiers shackled, beat up and kidnapped a sick Palestinian near a clinic in the South Hebron Hills; Right-wing thug Rami Ben Yehuda violently attacked a Sheikh Jarrah inhabitant on crutches, causing him severe injury; A […]
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Sunday, July 3 2022 This week – June 26-July 2, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories Without prior notice to Masafer Yatta’s Palestinian inhabitants, the army conducted maneuvers which included live fire close to the villages, tanks moving across tended fields, blocking access roads to villages and confiscation of Palestinian vehicles, whereas cars belonging to colonists were allowed through the various checkpoints; Soldiers shackled a 70-years-old man in the South Hebron Hills and held him hostage in order to force his son to turn in a ‘mashtuba’ (jalopy) car; 4 activists were arrested while attempting to protest landgrab of En Al Beda lands, and a disabled […]
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Sunday, June 26 2022 This week – June 19-25, 2022 – in the Occupied Territories * * * South Hebron Hills On Monday, June 20, the Israeli high court rejected the petition presented by Masafer Yatta’s communities for an interim injunction against army maneuvers in the area of their villages. The next day, Tuesday, soldiers placed targets between houses in Majaz (on a water tank, among others) and instructed the villagers to shut themselves inside the houses in the afternoon, when traffic of military vehicles, tanks and soldiers began, and a tank shell exploded near the village. Tanks trampled tended fields and came as close […]
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