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Judeo-Nazis provoked Palestinians near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate every evening this week, and on Saturday night hurled stones, but the police responded with harsh violence – against the Palestinians; Israeli soldiers looke on as settlers from the outpost ‘Talya Ranch’ attacked Palestinian shepherds – and arrested the attacked shepherds; Vehicle confiscations, demolition orders, and notifications of archeological digs in Palestinian-owned lands in the South Hebron Hills; Settlers dismantled parts of their new outposts near ‘Avigail’ – and raised a water tower in Atrariya; Settlers, assisted by the Israeli army, continue to prevent Palestinian shepherds from reaching grazing grounds in the Palestinian Jordan Valley and the West Bank Hill Range; Six Palestinian ‘administrative’ detainees have been on a hunger strike now for many days, ignored by Israeli media; The olive harvest season has opened, with sabotage and cutting down of olive trees by settlers throughout the West bank;
South Hebron Hills
Following the assault against Abu Qbeita family last week, the family came to graze on their land near the violent outpost Lucifer (‘Talya Ranch) on Sunday, coordinated and escorted by the Israeli army. Nevertheless, the settlers scared the flock away with an electric saw and attacked the shepherds and accompanying activists while soldiers looked on. The family summoned police – and the policemen arrested two of the Palestinian family members. The attacking settlers were not even detained. The shepherds were released at night after being interrogated at the Kiryat Arba police station. On Tuesday, inspectors came to the Abu Qbeita family residence, and gave them a cessation of works order for a house under construction.
In Tawane, once again the army unit in charge of accompanying the Tuba children to their school was an hour late on Sunday. That day, inhabitants discovered the sabotage of about 20 trees that had been planted in a common garden, from which villagers and activists were kept out lately with ‘closed military zone’ orders. On Wednesday, a group of settlers escorted by Israeli army came to Saroura nearby and attempted to march into Tawane, but villagers showed up and upon their demand, soldiers prevented the continuation of this ‘tour’. On Saturday, too, the terrorists from ‘Havat Maon’ outpost tried to invade the village outskirts and were prevented by the presence of activists. More settlers, numbering about 15, then gathered on Humra lands, closed to Israelis by an official edict, but the villagers demanded their removal and the army complied.
Several tours by inspectors and archeologists were held this week in the South Hebron Hills. On Monday, they toured Rakeez, Mufaqwara, Khalat A Dhaba, and Fakhit, photographed structured and issued demolition orders for 4 water holes, and also confiscated a vehicle. The next day they came to the Susya playground, where a soldier tried to confiscate a Palestine flag but was obliged to return it; an inspector issued a demolition order for a structure. On Thursday, an inspector and archeologists toured Palestinian owned and tended fields, closed to Israelis by official edict, near the outpost of ‘Avigail’, and announced the start of archeological digs at the site. On Friday evening (!) they came to Ma’in and issued a damage order for the site, after having confiscated a caravan at the same place on Wednesday.
This week on Monday, part of the new terrorist outpost near ‘Avigail’ was dismantled, and on Wednesday, settlers dismantled part of the outpost in Mughayer Al Abeed.
Settlers erected a water tower near a water hole belonging to a Palestinian family in Atariya on the night between Thursday and Friday. On Friday, settlers invaded tended fields in Sheweike, attacked a shepherd with an army-issued weapon and dogs, and chased away the flock and the Palestinian shepherds.
On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds in Umm Al Amad and Atariya as well as the family of the landowner in Umm Al Arais, and joined the olive harvest in Manzal.
Occupation soldiers came to Huwwara on Saturday and confiscated a Palestinian mini-bulldozer doing farm work.
The Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
All days this week, activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds in the southern and northern parts of the Valley. At Auja, the grazing went unhampered all these days, but a shepherdess who went out on Thursday without accompaniment was chased away near ‘Mevo’ot Yericho’. At Khalat Makhoul on Monday, settlers chased away Palestinians’ flocks with a tractor and a drone, and pepper-sprayed a shepherd. The next day, a settler- terrorist broke into the flock with his vehicle, and when blocked, he summoned police who arrested an activist on false grounds – the activist refused to sign a document stating conditions, was brought before a judge the next day and released. On Wednesday, too, the Israeli army in service of the settlers chased away Makhoul shepherds from their grazing grounds; the next day, however, grazing went unhampered. In Hamra, a soldier joined the violent local settler on Monday and helped him launch a drone at the Palestinian flocks; on Thursday the settler and his army friends chased away the flocks, and on Friday they tried again with a drone. In Samara grazing went unhampered, except for Wednesday, when an officer came and chased away the shepherd on the false claim that the entire area was a ‘firing zone’.
Activists accompanied Palestinian farmers from Deir Jaghayer on the West Bank Hill Range on Thursday.
On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court presented a compromise on Sheikh Jarrah, under which the appealing Palestinian families will be recognized as protected tenants, and the ‘Nahalt Shim’on’ settlers’ NGO be considered the owner, without damaging the families’ claims to ownership in any future agreement. ‘Nahalat Shim’on’ will not be able to evict the families for the next 15 years, or until a final agreement is setlled. Furthermore, the Palestinians will pay the settlers’ expenses ‘at reduced rates’. The parties are required to let the court know if they except this compromise until November 2.
On the same day, Monday, settlers headed by Itamar Ben-Gvir held a celebration at the tomb of ‘Shim’on the Just’ in Sheikh Jarrah, speeding their cars through the neighborhood all night, while policemen prevented a Palestinian resident from going out in his car to bring his family home. During the weekly protest vigil held in Sheikh Jarrah on Friday, policemen again grabbed Palestine flags and violently attacked a demonstrator who was wounded, and needed medical attention.
This week, settlers showed up at Damascus Gate every evening and provoked Palestinian residents sitting there at leisure by shouts and raising Israeli flags – which Israeli Border Police and Jerusalem policemen do not consider a threat to public order, unlike the raising of Palestinain flags. On Saturday night, provocation escalated as the settlers threw stones and the police responded – by attacking the Palestinian youngsters. A woman was wounded by a stun grenade and a policeman was documented setting his attack dog at a Palestinian passerby.
Demolitions in Jerusalem
The occupation authorities demolished a structure in the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood on Sunday, and on Thursday, demolished a dwelling building at Aza’im.
Throughout the West Bank
The olive harvest season in the Salfit and Yabroud area opened with the documentation of settlers harvesting Palestinian olive groves, and villagers in Bourin (Nablus district) woke up on Monday to discover that their olive trees, over 70 years old, had been uprooted, cut down and sewn. In Qaryut (Nablus district), too, on Tuesday 12 ancient olive trees were discovered cut down by settler-colonists; in Tarqumiah (Hebron district) terrorist settlers cut down 100 olive trees this week, and on Friday their lackey soldiers chased away Palestinian olive harvesters in the districts of Qalqiliya and Jenin.
On the night between Thursday and Friday, 5 bulldozers were documented flattening the ground in Burqa lands, on the very same hill form which the outpost ‘Migron’ was dismantled, because it was recognized as privately-owned Palestinian land.
On Friday, at the weekly demonstrations in Beita village (Nablus district) and Qaddoum (Qalqiliya district) the occupation forces fired stun grenades, teargas and rubber-coated ammunition at Palestinian protesting the theft of their lands. 2 demonstrators, among them a journalist, were wounded from bullets, another 34 were hurt by inhaling teargas.
Six administrative detainees (no trial, no bill of indictment) are on a hunger strike for many days now: Ka’id Alfasfus – 82 days; Miqdad Al Qawasmi – 76 days; Alaa Al A’araj – 58 days; Hisham Abu Hawash – 50 days; Ra’ik Bsharat – 45 days; Shadi Abu Aker – 53 days. This week, Mohammad Al A’arda, sentenced for life, also began a hunger strike.