Sunday, November 15 2020 This week – November 8-14, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories

The settler-colonists intensify their looting and robbery activities: 20 sheep stolen from Palestinian shepherds near the Tayibe junction were delivered to the settler-colony ‘Rimonim’ on the West Bank hill range – settler-colonists stole equipment worth tens of thousands of NIS from Turmus Aya and left the graffiti “The People of Israel lives!” – and at Tel Rumeida in Hebron settler-colonists were documented stealing the Palestinian inhabitants’ harvest of olives; more demolitions by the Israeli occupation forces in East Jerusalem; volunteers worked during the weekend to repair demolition damages in Humsa, in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; activists helped a Safa inhabitant harvest his groves bordering on ‘Bat Ayin’, under threats of the Israeli army and the settler-colony’s security official

photo: live harvest with a Palestinian landowner near the settler-colony ‘Bat Ayin’, November 11, 2020

South Hebron Hills
This week settler-colonists began preparing new access roads to the outpost ‘Avigail’ and the settler-colony ‘Shim’a’. Following a complaint lodged by the Palestinian landowners, police came on Thursday to the work site near ‘Avigail’. The heavy equipment immediately stopped working and escaped into the outpost itself.
On Wednesday, November 11, activists were asked to help farmers harvest their olives in their groves near Saffa, below the settler-colony ‘Bat Ayin’. The owners, suffering for years from vandalism and attacks by settler-colonists, attempted to access their groves by themselves, but the Israeli army chased them away with teargas. The olive harvest on Wedensday went unhampered. The next day, again they tried to come by themselves and were chased away again by a military force that attacked the landowner and threated him at gunpoint. On Saturday activists came back to help there, finished their work unhampered, but then an army force arrived, led by the ‘Bat Ayin’ security official, and demanded the harvesters to leave claiming an order that forbids their accessing their groves. The inhabitants and activists demanded to see the order. No order was presented, but since the harvest had already ended anyway, the owner decided to leave.
On Saturday, November 14, settler-colonists from the new outpost at Umm Zaitouna came to homes of Palestinians in Th’ala and threatened them not to access their grazing grounds. Activists accompanied shepherds of Umm Al Amad on Saturday, and grazing went unhampered.

The Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank hill range
On Friday, November 13, settler-colonists in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley celebrated the founding of a new outpost west of the ‘Umm Zuka’ outpost. The ground at the site is already being prepared, and a water pipe has been paid.
Palestinian farmers from nearby Samra who tried to plow their fields that day close to the Israeli army base were demanded to stop their work. Only after they showed the soldiers documents proving their ownership of the land, were they permitted to continue plowing. The next day, Saturday, November 14, the exact same proceedings took place: once again Samra farmers came to continue plowing, soldiers forbade them to do so, and enabled the work after being shown ownership documents.
During the weekend Palestinian, Israeli and international activists carried out work days at Humsa, re-establishing dwellings and sheep pens.
Close to Tayibe junction on the West Bank hill range, Palestinian shepherds reported on Wednesday, November 11, that settler-colonists stole 20 sheep from them and led them into the settler-colony ‘Rimonim’. A complaint was lodged with the Israeli police.
At Turmus Aya nearby, on Tuesday settler-colonists stole equipment worth tens of thousands of shekels, including a generator, a water pump and electrical tools, sabotaged water pipes and a fence, and left behind a graffiti saying “The People of Israel lives!”

Throughout the Occupied Territories and in Jerusalem
In Tel Rumeida, Hebron, on Thursday, November 12, settler-colonists were documented stealing the olive harvest of local Palestinians.
The Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 structures at Deir Dibwan east of Ramallah this week, another 2 structures in Hebron and one in Wadi A-Nis south of Bethlehem.
East Jerusalem saw a massive wave of demolitions this week: On Tuesday, November 10, the occupation authorities demolished 5 structures in Anata, and another 4 in A-Ram. The next day, they demolished two structures at Sur Bahr, and one in A-Tour, and on Thursday they demolished a home in Walaja.