Saturday, April 24 2010 Escorting shepherds, Planting and Demonstrating in Hebron Escorting shepherds in the area of Mufakkara, and on the land of Abu Kbita in the area of Yatir was successful.  Other groups of activists escorted farmers in a number of places around Susya.  We returned to plant on the land of the Moor family, where settlers plowed a while ago, and where settlers had uprooted the trees we planted last week (April 17). Three other groups assisted in the harvest work near the Susya junction, where there are neighboring settlements and the road that serves the “Mitzpeh Yair” outpost. […]
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Thursday, March 11 2010 Price Tag In Safa In the evening we had a message from Safa In accordance with the “price tag” policy of the people in Bat Ayin, where the army had demolished illegal buildings, the settlers had started fires in the area of Wadi Rish and the army denied access to the Palestinians who wanted to put them out. Local and international activists who tried to reach the area of the fires were met with tear gas and forced to turn back. Activists from “Ta’aush” and “Rabbis for Human Rights” went out and managed to […]
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Saturday, January 23 2010 Escorting shepherds and settler violence at Hill 18 In the morning we left to escort shepherds in South Mount Hebron.  One group escorted shepherds from Mufkarah to graze near Avigail (a settler outpost).  The escort passed without any special incident,  apart from an army patrol that issued several warnings and then left the area. A second group escorted shepherds from Tuba and Metala in the area of Um-Zeituna next to the settlement of Maoz. Soldiers – called to the area by our “old friend” Gedalia – tried to detain several shepherds.  But thanks to interference by one of […]
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Saturday, January 2 2010 Planting olive trees in Safa In the morning a group of 20 people, Ta’ayush activists and Anarchists Against the Wall, went to plant olive trees in Safa, an activity which in many cases the Palestinians are prevented from carrying out because of settler violence or army orders. After we had been working for a short time soldiers arrived in order to remove us, maintaining that there is a valid order declaring the area a closed military zone. They refused to let us photograph the order or to study it. The Palestinian stated that one of […]
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Saturday, August 15 2009 Cultivating Land at Halhul Taayush and international activists joined Palestinians from the Halhul area in an attempt to work their lands close to the entrance of Karmei Tzur colony. Although the land owners are repeatedly reassured that they are entitled to work there any time they wish, they are chased away every time they try to approach the area. Colonists recently took advantage of the fact that the owners are prevented from approaching their land and began to take over and use them for their own purposes. Some moments after we arrived and began […]
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Saturday, June 27 2009 Accompanying farmers in Khirbet Safa After the destruction of the plot of fruit trees and grapevines this week, about fifty Israeli and international activists gathered in Safa to join the farmers who set out in the direction of their fields. Today, instead of meeting us in the valley, like in the previous months, large army and police forces were waiting for us at the exit from the village on our way to the fields. No explanation or struggle succeeded – once again our entrance to the fields was denied through the use of an arbitrary […]
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Monday, June 22 2009 Settlers destroy over 120 fruit trees belonging to farmers from Khirbet Safa Thanks to a broadcast on the Arabic version of “Kol Israel” radio at 5 am, the farmers of Khirbet Safa discovered that an entire plot of more than 120 fruit trees adjacent to the settlement of Bat Ayin were destroyed. Some of the trees were cut and the rest were burned down. An army investigation found that during the previous night, the battalion commander had identified a fire and extinguished it. He did not report anything to the farmers. Farmers and activists who arrived in the morning to the plot […]
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Saturday, June 20 2009 Accompanying farmers in Khirbet Safa We arrived in Safa a bit after 7 am and were informed that many settlers were waiting for our arrival in the valley. Indeed, as we descended towards the plots of the farmers we saw about 10 settler youths on the opposite hill, most with their faces covered. They began throwing large stones, some with slingshots. An army jeep stood further away up the hill and didn’t intervene. We informed the army about the situation and descended in a small group into the valley to begin working, rocks landing all […]
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