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 שיירת מים לדרום הר חברון כ-100 ישראלים יצאו היום (שבת) מת”א ומי-ם הבירות, על מנת להביא מים לאוסף כפרים קטנים בדרום הר חברון, שסובלים באופן קיצוני ממדיניות המים של ישראל, הגוזרת עליהם צמא והרס בורות מים פעם אחר פעם. האוטובוסים עוכבו והוטרדו מספר פעמים בדרך, עד שנעצרו סופית ליד התנחלות כרמל, שם נטען שהוכרז באזור צו שטח צבאי סגור. בנונשלנטיות בריאה ירדו הפעילים מהאוטובוסים, עקפו את החיילים והשוטרים הנדהמים ונטולי הצו, וצעדו לכיוון מעוז חפצם. מספר נסיונות מגומגמים לעצור את הצועדים נכשלו, ולבסוף נעלמו כוחות הבטחון כלא היו. הפעילים עלו על משאיות מים ועגלות טרקטורים […]
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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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Wednesday, September 9 2009 אלימות מתנחלים בסוסיא פעילי תעאיוש שליוו הבוקר חקלאים בספא, קיבלו הודעה על מתנחלים המתרכזים באזור סוסיא לקראת פינוי הצפוי להיום של מאחז “גבעת הדגל” שבסמוך. בשל החשש לפעולות נקם של המתנחלים כלפי הפלסטינים באזור, יצאו שני פעילים למקום. כבר בדרך הסתבר שחששותינו היו מוצדקים וקבוצה של כשנים-עשר מתנחלים הגיעו אל מאהלי משפחות הרני ונוואג’עה, זרקו אבנים, היכו נשים וגברים, ניתצו אחד מקולטי השמש ושברו את מצלמת הווידאו של פעיל פלסטיני. ארבעה חיילים הגיעו למקום התקיפה מעט לאחר שהחלה, אך לא הצליחו, או אולי לא ניסו במיוחד, למנוע אותה. רק הגעת כוחות רבים נוספים […]
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Wednesday, September 9 2009 Settlers violence in Susya This morning, Ta’ayush activists escorting Palestinian farmers in Khirbet Safa received a message about settlers concentrated in the area of Susya because of the expected evacuation today of the illegal outpost Givat HaDegel nearby. Due to the concern about acts of revenge by settlers toward local Palestinians, two Ta’ayush activists went to the area. One the way, it became evident that our worry was justified. A group of 12 settlers had come to the tents of the Harani and Nawajeh families. The settlers threw rocks, hit men and women, and […]
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Saturday, September 5 2009 Accompanying Bedouin shepherds in the South Hebron hills Over the last weeks there was an increase in settlers’ attacks on Bedouin shepherds near the outposts of Avigail, Mitzpeh Ya’ir, Havat Ya’acov, Talia and Asahel. Soldiers also started recently to participate in the effort to expel the shepherds from their grazing lands. Following an attack by a settler from the Avigail outpost on a Bedouin shepherd from Mufakara during the course of the week, and after the settlers’ attempt on Friday to persuade the army to expel the Bedouin from the area, we decided to accompany the shepherds on […]
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Saturday, August 22 2009 Escorting Shepherds and Improving Access Roads Condition At Umm al-Kheir After peacefully escorting shepherds early in the morning at Umm Zeituni (South Hebron Hills), we resumed our work to improve the inner access road in Umm al Kheir. Soldiers arrived shortly thereafter and ordered us to stop. As we did not comply with this strange demand, and insisted on proceeding with the work at least until the arrival of Israel Land Administrations officials with an explicit written order, they prepared a ‘closed military zone’ order on the spot and ordered us to leave. Since staying on would have subjected the […]
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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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