Sunday, April 25 2021 This week – April 18-24, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories

Dozens of bullies from the ‘Havat Maon’ outpost attacked with stones, blows and live ammunition shots Palestinian farmers and Israeli activists in the South Hebron Hills, wounding several and causing severe damage to vehicles – Israeli army forces summoned to the site took their time, and when they arrived, joined the bullies and hurled stun grenades and teargasat the Palestinians; Jerusalem police managed to fire up the city in the Ramadan month with systematic and violent harassments of Palestinians, joined by gangs of Lehava activists (Hebrew for “flame”, name of the ultra-racist Jewish organization) who were out to hunt Arabs in the streets and lay siege to the Damascus Gate; during the weekend, demonstrations protesting the occupation, expulsion and racism took place in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Zion Square;

photo: The gang from ‘Havat Maon’ in action, Saturday, April 24, 2021

South Hebron Hills
Dozens of bullies armed with clubs and firearms from the settler-colonist outpost ‘Havat Maon’ attacked Palestinian farmers and activists close to Tawane village on Saturday, April 24. The bullies beat people up, threw stones, tried to force phones and cameras from their owners, and fired weapons they were holding. Consequently several villagers and activists were hurt, and two were taken away for medical treatment. The bullies also caused heavy damages to 6 vehicles. Army forces were summoned to the site as soon as the onslaught began but arrived much later – and as they arrived they joined the assailants and fired teargas and stun grenades at the attacked Palestinians. Throughout their presence, the soldiers stood behind the settler-colonists while the latter were throwing stones and hurting villagers and their property. Afterwards the soldiers joined the bullies who made their way to Palestinian villages of Rakeez, Sarura and Mufaqara. None of the assailants was held in custody or arrested.
During the week preceding this attack, the army openly acted by aiding and abetting the settler-colonists’ attacks. On Wednesday, April 21, when settler-colonists tried to chase away Palestinian flocks near Mughayer Al Abid and threw stones at the sheep, army and police were summoned, but upon arrival chased away the Palestinian shepherds and their flocks.
On Friday, again villagers and activists summoned the army when settler-colonists from the outpost of ‘Avigail’ began to carry out farm work on Palestinian-owned land near Mufaqara. Here too the forces stood by and did not prevent the works.
On Tuesday the occupation forces confiscated a container and a bus at Wadi Raheem, close to the schoolhouse in Susya.
Activists this week accompanied children on their way from Touba to their school at Tawane and back, as well as shepherds in Mughayer Al Abid almost every day, and at Atariya on Monday and Tuesday. They spent two nights in Simra, where villagers fear the settler-colonists of the ‘Mitzpe Yair’ outpost.
On Saturday activists accompanied shepherds at Zanouta, and documented the damages caused by incursions of settler-colonists and their flocks into grain fields belonging and tended by local Palestinian farmers.
On Wedensday, activists helped remove rubble from demolitions at Khalat a-Dhaba, and on Saturday at Rakeez.

Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley this week activists accompanied shepherds at Farisiya on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at Makhoul on Sunday, and at Hamra on Friday.
On Thursday, 25 Palestinians from Abzik were issued orders to vacate their homes for 4 days – April 26-29. These orders instruct them to leave the area at 8 p.m. every day, until 9 a.m. the next morning. In other words, spend all night outside, away from home.
In the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley activists accompanied shepherds at Auja on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. All these grazings went unhampered.
In the vicinity of Tayibe junction and Deir Jarayer settler-colonists continue to intentionally lead their flocks into the grain fields and olive groves of the local Palestinian farmers. Activists were there this week nearly every day, chasing the settler-colonists’ flocks out of the tended fields, and tried to summon police and army forces.

Jerusalem
The police bruttaly continue to harass Palestinian Jerusalemites and ignite confrontations during the Ramadan month, with intense use of beatings, stun grenades, stench-water cannons, teargas and arrests. Every day more and more documentation is accumulated of arbitrary police assaults against Palestinians.
During the entire week, reports came in of Jews attacking Palestinians in the city. Every evening this week dozens of young Jewish bullies wandered the city center calling out “Death to Arabs!” and attacking passersby with blows, stones, teargas or pepper spray. On Thursday night Jewish bullies were documented attacking a Palestinian home in the Old City. Palesinian attacks against Jews were also reported in neighborhoods in the Eastern part of the city. On Thursday the police enabled Judonazis of the terrorist movement Lehava and their supporters to march from the city center towards Damascus Gate, crying “Death to Arabs!” and “May your village burn!”. All evening Israeli human rights activists were out on the streets nearby in order to protect Palestinians who happened to be there. Several activists were attacked. On Saturday night, a protest demonstration took place in Zion Square against the riots that the Judonazis were perpetrating against Arab passersby in the city.
On Friday, another protest demonstration took place in Sheikh Jarrah against intentions to steal the Palestinian residents’ houses and turn them over to settler-colonists.
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 4 p.m

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This week in Hares, (Salfit district), 13 old olive trees in a grove close to settler-colony ‘Revava’ were cut down. This is the fifth time trees are being vandalized here this year. Since last Ramadan (2020), over 500 olive trees had been uprooted around ‘Revava’, over 200 of them by settler-colonists who have not been prosecuted, and over 300 by the civil administration, who clearly stands above the law.