Saturday, December 5 2009 Road clearing in Bir al’Id During the day we cleared a mountainous road to facilitate access for vehicles and tractors. At about 13:30 a single settler from Havat Ya’ir tried to expel the shepherds from one of their grazing zones. The Palestinian shepherds refused and we joined the altercation, as well as the army and The Civil Administration. When things calmed we returned to the road work, but some remained with the shepherds . At this stage a military patrol arrived and demanded that we leave the area. We explained that as long as there […]
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Saturday, November 28 2009 Shepherd accompaniment in Bir al-Eid A flock of sheep and goats led by the returning residents of Bir al-Eid with assistance of Ta’ayush activists angered the settlers of Mitzpe Yair who arrived within several minutes in an attempt to drive the flock away. The activists succeeded in preventing the sheep and goats’ eviction, but then a large army and police force arrived, accompanied by many more settlers. The army commander in the field, a captain by the name of Shai, decided to declare the area a ‘closed military zone’, and to drive away the settlers […]
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Friday, November 20 2009 Protest march against the settlements in Sheikh Jarrah Today a protest march was staged against the settlements in East Jerusalem in general and in Sheikh Jarrah in particular. The march began in West Jerusalem and arrived at the settlements in Sheikh Jarrah, where there was a demonstration. This is the second march of its kind. The march is meant to raise awareness among the residents of West Jerusalem to the injustice being done to their neighbors in East Jerusalem and to object to those settlements in East Jerusalem. The police did not prevent the march, but did follow […]
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Friday, November 13 2009 Settlers attack- Bir El-Id   Two settlers from Mitzpeh Yair attacked the residents of Bir El-Id around 9 in the morning on Friday. They threw stones at a herd of sheep, which scared them away The herd was pushed in the direction of one of the ruins beside the residents’ houses below which there is a drop (these Palestinians were expelled from the area in 2000 and were permitted to return just a few weeks ago). Some of the sheep rolled down the side of the wall (see picture) falling on top of each other. […]
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Saturday, November 7 2009 Planting, herding and settler violence in Umm al-Khir Today 13 Ta’ayush activists set out to the South Hebron Hills. One group accompanied shepherds in the area of the outpost of Avigail. The herding went quietly and upon completion the activists visited Umm al-Khir, where they helped in renovating a gravel road. Most of the activists went to Susia. The planting began quietly but was delayed by a technical problem with the tractor. At this point an army jeep arrived from the direction of the settlement. Four reserve soldiers exited their polite commander asked us what we were doing […]
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Saturday, October 3 2009 Activities in Tuwani & Susya On Saturday morning we went to work with the residents of Tuwani in south Mount Hebron. The settlers from neighboring Ma’on invaded the valley which lies between them and Tuwani and planted grape vines in the land owned by the Palestinians. After the settlers took over the land de facto, the military Civil Administration declared all the land which they planted as belonging to them and the remaining land as belonging to Tuwani (even though all of the land in the area is owned by Tuwani). However, when the Civil […]
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Friday, October 2 2009 Barrier Removal Near village of Qaryut The residents of Qaryut, a village of some 2,500 tucked in a hilly region between the settlements of Shiloh and Eli midway between Nablus and Ramallah, have destroyed the dirt mound blocking their access to the main road 104 times. Today they did so for the 105th time, with the assistance of 10 Israeli and 10 international activists. A mere two kilometers west of their village, along a dirt road, is an entrance to the central highway, Route 60, the residents’ connection to markets, shops and schools in Ramallah and […]
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Saturday, September 26 2009 Water Convoy to South Mt. Hebron Some 100 Israeli activists left Tel Aviv and Jerusalem today to bring water to several isolated villages in the South Hebron Mount. These villages suffer more than anywhere else from Israel’s racist water policy, as they lack connection to water pipes, and suffer from army attacks on what few water wells and deposits they have. Buses where harassed several times on the way, and stopped completely near the Carmel illegal settlement, where soldiers claimed the area was a closed military zone, though no warrant was shown. Activists got off the […]
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