Sunday, February 21 2021 This week – February 14-20, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories

Just as a snow storm approached, the occupation forces confiscated tents that had been donated to the Humsa community after the village was demolished; Palestinian shepherds are expelled from their grazing grounds by settler-colonists and soldiers in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, West Bank Hill Range, and the South Hebron Hills; this week activists managed to prevent settler-colonist flocks from invading Palestinian fields in the West Bank Hill Range; home demolitions in neighborhoods of East Jerusalem;

Palestinian Jordan Valley and the West Bank Hill Range
On Tuesday, February 16, when the weather forecasts predicted storms and snow on the morrow, the Israeli occupation forces returned to Humsa, in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, and confiscated 5 tents that had been donated by international bodies to shelter villagers and their livestock after 2 extensive demolition operations during the previous week, and the demolition of the entire village last November (that day was chosen to carry out yet another demolition of the Bedouin village of Al Arakib in the Negev inside Israel proper). The next day activists began checking needs on the ground for aid and re-erection.
At Humra, settler-colonists of the new outpost in the area intensified their harassment of Palestinian shepherds. At the end of an unhampered accompaniment of Sunday’s grazing, the activists themselves were attacked by the settler-colonists of the outpost and chased away. On Monday, the shepherds reported again that a settler-colonist from the outpost harassed them on their way home. Activists returned to accompany him on Tuesday, and towards noon soldiers arrived, spoke with the settler-colonists and tried to limit the grazing grounds of the Palestinians. After a while both the soldiers and settler-colonists left.
In Farisiya activists accompanied shepherds on Sunday and Monday, unhampered, but on Tuesday settler-colonists summoned the army whose forces arrived and warned the shepherds not to frequent the place any more for they scare the settler-colonists…
At Auja in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied shepherds on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Sunday went unhampered. On Tuesday soldiers arrived and began chasing the sheep, but eventually left, and grazing continued unhampered. On Friday, a settler-colonist tried to chase one of the flocks, and soldiers chased the rest under false claims.
Settler-colonists in the Tayibe Junction area have been leading their flocks intentionally into Palestinians’ tended fields every day, destroying the crops. Activists have been summoned there nearly every day this week, and tried to summon army and police to the site, but succeeded only in one case. The largely succeeded to chase out the flocks from the fields in the other cases, in spite of the settler-colonists’ aggression. Apparently, the determination of activists in this area is beginning to bear fruit – therefore, daily presence of activists is crucial in the following weeks.

South Hebron Hills
On Tuesday this week, settler-colonists and policemen chased Palestinian shepherds from Zanuta as they were grazing their flock near the settler-colony ‘Sham’a’. On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds in this area and at Umm Al Imad unhampered.

Throughout the Occupied Territories and Jerusalem
On Tuesday, settler-colonists were documented using stones to smash windows of 9 vehicles of Palestinian workers employed at ‘Shilo’ settler-colony.
In Jerusalem this week the occupation authorities demolished a house in Jabal Mukabar, another in Ras Al Amud, another in Silwan, and yet another in Sur Bahr.
The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah takes place every Friday. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah 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 3 p.m