Sunday, July 19 2020 This week – July 11-18, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories

Demolition orders were issued for a structure designated for Corona-virus tests and treatment at the entrance to Hebron, where 70% of all Covid-19 cases in the Palestinian Occupied Territories are concentrated – construction materials were confiscated in situ by the Israeli army; as arrests and violent suppression of demonstrations continue in West Jerusalem, the police continues to attack the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, where arrests and injuries were reported this week; home demolitions are ongoing in Beit Hanina, A-Ram and Jabal Mukabar – neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; eviction orders have been issued to two families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in favor of a settler-colonist association.

photo: Computerized imaging of the Corona clinic structure ordered to be demolished at the entrance to Hebron (detailed report below)

Activists participating in protest demonstrations this week against the Israeli Prime Minsiter and his cabinet members saw the Jerusalem police chief Doron Yadid trying to keep his cool, but apparently, this commander – the person most responsible for the police violence exerted in Issawiya – is unable to rid himself of the methods he has instated towards residents of the Eastern (Palestinian) half of the city, so in the Western (Jewish) part of the city as well he initiated violent assaults and dozens of arrests of activists. During these demonstrations, cries like “Justice for Iyad” were prominent among the various messages heard. This, while – wonder of wonders – apparently neither the police nor the special department for the investigation of police personnel hold any video documentation of the horrifying killing by police of Iyad Al Halaq, even though the entire area where it took place is filled with official security cameras.
The protest demonstrations in the Western part of the city did not prevent the police from continuing their habitual harassment of the East Jerusalemites, especially in the neighborhood of Issawiya, where injured and arrested persons were reported. On Monday, July 13, the occupation forces demolished a building in Beit Hanina neighborhood, the next day 4 structures were demolished in A-Ram, and on Wednesday, another in Jabal Mokabar.
In the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, this week two families living there since the 1950s received official demands to evacuate their homes in favor of the settler-colonist associations.
The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah continues to take place every Friday, adhering to emergency procedures. The residents of Sheikh are protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them
We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St. at at 4 p.m

South Hebron Hills
On Monday, a final demolition order was issued for a dwelling in Birin (north of Zif), and on Thursday, July 16, demolition forces came to A-Sifer, residence of the Abu Qbeita family beyond the Beit Yatir Checkpoint, and demolished a dwelling of two families. This happened without any prior demolition order.
On Sunday, July 12, the occupation forces concentrated on an emergency facility that is now under construction near the northern entrance to the city of Hebron itself (the Ras A-Jura area), designated to serve as a Corona-virus clinic and testing site. An order was issued to remove the new structure, and construction material was confiscated, at the height of an escalation in the number of infections among Palestinians in the West Bank. According to the data provided by OCHA (UN agency for refugees and displaced persons), in Hebron 70% of the Corona cases in ares under Israeli occupation have been found.
On Saturday, July 18, activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds of Atariya, and documented the progress of illegal construction in the new outpost of the settler-colony Susya, in Wadi Sweyd. From there, they continued to Umm Zaytona to map and document the new track that settler-colonists have been preparing there lately. When they arrived, they found that the track has been completed and leads to a site where two huge terraces have been made ready for construction. They seem to prepare for a livestock ranch of the type popular among many illegal outposts lately. As in the case of the new outpost at Susya, in this case too no construction permits are known to have been issued for such a project.
To join Ta’ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168
Please make an effort to register no later than Thursday evening, so we can organize the transportation and the activity properly. Unfortunately, we will not be able to guarantee registration afterwards.
Please bring an ID/passport, a hat, water and food for the day.
It is advised to take into consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.