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The Humsa community in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley was left without drinking water as the Israeli army confiscated all water tanks, as well as 18 structures donated after previous demolitions – at the very same time, the Regional Commander passed the time of day meeting settler-colonists in ‘Ma’oz Esther’, an illegal outpost; activists are urgently needed for preventing settler-colonists’ daily incursions with their flocks into tended Palestinian fields near Tayibe Junction; the army violently dispersed protest demonstrations in Salfit and Hebron; settler-colonists celebrated Purim with curses and death threats at Palestinians in Susya; during a house demolition in ‘Issawiya, a policeman shot a Palestinian activist and wounded his belly;
photo: Settler-colonists invade sown Palestinian fields near Tayibe junction with their cattle, Saturday, February 27, 2021
Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
Around the Tayibe Junction on the West bank Hill Range, gangs of settler-colonists with their flocks are invading the tended fields of local Palestinians and destroying their crops, fruit of their labor and source of livelihood – on a daily basis. This week, too, activists were present all days of the week for many hours, passing from field to field and trying, with considerable success, to chase away the settler-colonist flocks from the fields. In three cases this week, settler-colonists attacked activists, and in an additional case, stole property. The occupation police, summoned every time, sweepingly refuses to take any measures whatsoever against settler-colonists breaking the law.
In Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds this week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Sunday settler-colonists summoned the occupation forces to chase away the shepherds, but the army confirmed that there was no reason to do so. On Monday, the settler-colonists tried to chase away the shepherds by themselves, but failed. Grazing on Tuesday went unhampered, whereas on Thursday the settler-colonists used a drone to chase away the Palestinian flocks.
On Monday, February 22, the Israeli occupation forces returned to the Palestinian shepherd community Humsa Al Baq’iya in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, and this time confiscated 18 structures serving as dwellings and shelter for the livestock as well as packs of fodder, structures that had not yet been installed, and all the water tanks. The inhabitants remained without any water for drinking or for their livestock. Most of the structures and equipment confiscated had been donated as a humanitarian answer following the previous demolition surges there on February 3 and 8, when 37 structures had been demolished or confiscated. On Wednesday activists arrived with basic aid and inquired about needs to continue the aid actions.
Activists accompanied shepherds in the area on Monday through Thursday. Shepherd accompaniment in Farisiya and Makhoul went unhampered. In Humra, however, settler-colonists harassed shepherds and their flocks, trying to chase them away, and on Monday a settler-colonist a settler-colonist on horseback rode into a flock and wounded the shepherd and two sheep. On Thursday the settler-colonists sent Israeli army forces to chase away the Palestinian shepherds. The soldiers tried to limit the area allowed for Palestinian grazing so that it would not be seen from the settler-colony, but eventually left and the Palestinians continued grazing unhampered.
South Hebron Hills
On Friday, February 26, settler-colonists crowded near a military post in Susya where the holiday of Purim was celebrated with curses and death threats to local Palestinians. Policemen arriving there refused to accept a complaint lodged by Palestinians about these threats, and sent them to lodge it at the police station, where they were not allowed to enter for over 3 hours, until they simply backed down.
That same Friday, the occupation forces chased away Palestinian shepherds from their own grazing grounds at Umm Zaitouna and Zanuta. At Umm Zaitouna the soldiers were also about to arrest the shepherd, but the arrival of activists prevented the arrest. On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds from Zanuta and the grazing went unhampered. Activists also accompanied shepherds around Susya, but eventually occupation forces arrived and chased away the shepherds and their accompanists with a ‘closed military zone’ order, which they had issued contrary to the regulations and ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court about closing a privately-owned farmland so its owner may not access it.
A Palestinian landowner arriving on Saturday to his land at Umm Al Arais discovered that settler-colonists of the outpost ‘Mitzpe Yair’ had invaded it and planted trees there.
Throughout the Occupied Territories and Jerusalem
In Salfit, on Friday, the weekly demonstration took place protesting the erection of an outpost west of the town. The occupation forces attacked the demonstrators with stun and teargas grenades, and several were wounded.
On Monday, February 22, while the occupation forces under his command were busy confiscating and robbing the shelters and means of livelihood of the shepherd community at Humsa, the Regional Commander was busy visiting ‘Ma’oz Esther’ outpost and speaking with the lawless settler-colonists who harass the Palestinian communities in the West Bank Hill Range area. The same day, around 14:30, settler-colonists were documented descending from the settler-colony ‘Yitzhar’ to the fields of Bourin farmers (Nablus district), uprooted some of the fence surrounding the field and returned with their booty to the settler-colony.
On Friday, activists took part in a demonstration by Palestinian Hebron inhabitants marking 27 years since the massacre perpetrated by a Jewish settler-colonist of Palestinians praying at Haram Al Ibrahimi (Cave of the Fathers), and demanding to re-open Shuhada Street (the main street of the Old City of Hebron) closed to Palestinian traffic following the massacre. Occupation forces violently dispersed the demonstration.
In addition to the massive confiscation at Humsa, the Israeli occupation forces on Monday and Tuesday this week demolished 4 structures at Al Hijra south of Hebron, 3 in Al Khader near Bethlehem, and an added structure at Khirbet A-Dir nearby.
In Jerusalem, on Monday the occupation forces demolished a dwelling in Issawiya and another structure at Sur Bahr. During the demolition at Issawiya an Israeli policeman attacked a known Palestinian activist from the neighborhood and wounded him in the belly.
At Wallaje near Jerusalem, 30 young olive trees were discovered this week sawn close to the base of their trunks. The planted area is located in the western part of the village lands, where a plan for a new settler-colony is being promoted (Gilo Mountain West). Several months ago, the Civil Administration uprooted 200 olive trees in a nearby grove with the excuse that this is state land. This time, it is not known who sawed the trees, and the owners did not see an order issued by the Civil Administration.
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