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The occupation authorities conducted dozens of house demolitions and confiscations: among others, 49 structures belonging to the shepherds at Ras A-Tin community (Ramallah district) were demolished, leaving 84 people shelterless and robbed of all their belongins in the summer heat; The destruction of the remnants of Humsa’s community in the Palestinian Jordan Valley was completed; A caravan inhabited by a clinic of Physicians Without Borders was confiscated in the Hebron area; A violent settler from an outpost near the colony of Hamra in the Palestinian Jordan Valley takes over the grazing grounds of Palestinians from Humra, helped actively and explicitly by the Israeli army; Soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian shepherd near Beita village; 45 students from Bir Zeit were violently arrested while performing a solidarity visit at Turmus Aya village; The occupation army and police violently dispersed protest demonstrations by Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills, in Jerusalem and in Salfit, as well as the summer camp of Orthodox Scouts from Beit Jalla – claiming they were disturbing the inhabitants of the nearby “illegal’ outpost.
South Hebron Hills
On Monday, July 12, the occupation forces demolished 9 structures and a farming terrace at Bani Naim; at Umm Qusa east of Hebron, they confiscated a caravan that had served as a clinic for the region’s inhabitants by Physicians Without Borders.
Terror incursions by settler-colonists from ‘Havat Maon’ into tended fields belonging to farmers from Tawane that are closed to Israelis by the regional commander continued this week. On Monday 8 settler-colonists with their flock invaded an olive grove at Humra. The next day they came back to wander around the field, and on Wednesday, a settler-colonist tried to harass surveyors working in Humra valley, but stopped when activists arrived. On Friday, international activists held a work day at the ‘Sumud Mothers’ Kindergarten’ at Tawane. On Saturday, the villagers there and activists held a demonstration protesting the harassment by settler-colonists and the army and the ongoing arrest of a local activist and his sons. The army declared the area a ‘closed military zone’ and with verbal and physical violence attacked demonstrators as well as journalists. Two journalists were arrested and released immediately, three activists were arrested and released after the demonstration ended.
Activists accompanied shepherds from Atariya on Saturday, as well as the landowner’s family at Umm Al Arais, unhampered.
Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
With the Israeli army’s active help, there is considerable escalation in the terrorist acts by a violent settler-colonist from an outpost close to ‘Hamra’ settler-colony against shepherds from Humra. On Wednesday, the settler-colonist arrived at the Palestinians’ grazing accompanied by a boy on horseback and a young donkey, played very loud rap music and managed to frighten off the Palestinian flock. Soldiers who arrived forbade the Palestinian shepherds access to the grazing grounds, falsely claiming some nonexistent agreements. On Thursday the settler-colonist sent a drone to scare off the Palestinian grazing and the soldiers declared a ‘closed military zone’ without showing a map and demarcation. Activists who protested were detained on site. On Friday the occupation soldiers already waited for activists at Hamra Checkpoint and prevented them from accessing the ground, claiming a ‘closed military zone’. The activists then made their way to the grazing grounds on foot. Soldiers summoned by the settler-colonist showed them a non-valid order and conducted a humiliating body-search on the two shepherds, and grazing was stopped. On Saturday, too, soldiers chased off the Palestinian shepherds from their grazing grounds that have served them for years and are diminishing because of the outpost terrorist’s takeover and the support of the army that does his bidding.
At Auja this week grazing was held accompanied by activists on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The presence of activists prevented harassment by settler-colonists from the nearby outpost.
On Monday the occupation forces demolished a water reservoir at Bardala, and another reservoir was destroyed at Furush Beit Djan on Thursday.
On July 15, the forces demolished a dwelling of a family of 8 persons (6 of them children) at Humsa, outside the ‘firing zone’. The previous home of this family was demolished last week during the destruction drive inside the Humsa ‘firing zone’. On Saturday activists visited the place and documented the ongoing destruction: the Civil Administration forces buried the remains of the encampments, sheep pens and water tanks in piles of dirt in order for them not to be re-used.
This week it was also reported that a tractor was confiscated at En Al Hilwaand Palestinian children were hurt by teargas. Some of them needed hospitalization.
On Friday, activists documented settler-colonist tree planting near ‘Mekhola’, probably inside a ‘nature reserve’.
The Palestinian Jordan Valley activists held a protest demonstration on Monday, July 12, against the Evyatar compromise, the killing at Beita, and the destruction at Humsa, opposite the home of the Minister of Defense. The Israeli police violently dispersed the demonstrators. On Thursday the activists held a protest vigil opposite the Joran Valley Brigade Headquarters and Regional Council. On Friday, activists held a work day at Samra.
The Sheikh Jarrah protest vigil was unhampered on Friday, but on Saturday the police used stun grenades and clubs to disperse the 100 Palestinians who came there, leaving two wounded.
On Saturday night the police ‘cleared’ the area of the Damascus Gate of Palestinians, in order to enable settler-colonists to hold their march there. The policemen beat up a Palestinian young man in full view of passersby.
Throughout the West Bank
The Occupation forces arrested 45 Palestinian students of Bir Zeit university who came to the village of Turmus Aya for a solidarity visit with Mohammad Shalabi, father of the terrorist whose home had been demolished. All the students were shackled and blindfolded before being led to custody claiming they belonged to a Hamas cell and some of whom had been involved in terrorist acts.
On July 14, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian shepherd grazing his flock at Beita village, claiming that he ‘refused to obey orders’.
The weekly protest demonstration by Beita villagers against the settler-colonist takeover of village land took place on Friday with Israeli activists. The same day, during Salfit inhabitants’ weekly protest march against the takeover of their lands, settler-colonists attacked the marchers, with the Israeli army helping them with stun grenades and teargas. An Israeli activist was arrested, taken before a judge on Saturday night and released without any restrictions.
On Saturday, soldiers of the occupation army came to the Beit Jalla Orthodox Scouts’ summer camp at Al Mahrour and instructed them to take down the Palestine flag they raised and get away from the site, claiming they wre disturbing the settler-colonists at the nearby outpost.
House demolitions in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank
In Jerusalem the occupation forces demolished a structure at Silwan on Monday, and 3 structures at Sur Bahr on Wednesday.
On July 14 the Civil Administration carried out an expansive demolition operation, this time at the shepherd community of Ras A Tin (Ramallah district). 49 structures, of them 20 homes, were demolished, leaving 84 persons (53 of them children) homeless. Solar power systems, water tanks, tractors and animal feed were confiscated and heavy damage was incurred. The inhabitants said they were told to leave Area C where they had been living, and move into Area B.
On Monday, the Civil Administration demolished 4 structures at Hares (Salfit district), and on Tuesday, 3 structures at Qusra (Nablus district).