At the beginning of last week, Israeli forces have once again targeted heavily Palestinian Bedouin communities throughout the territory they control. In Um al-Hiran, in the Naqab, the demolitions have lead to the killing of a local school teacher and many injuries. In the Jordan Valley, in Khirbet at-Tawil, Israel continued its almost daily attacks against the Bedouin communities and villages located in Area C. Both cases attest to the cruel ethnic cleansing policy Israel is pursuing against the Palestinian Bedouin on both sides of the Green Line.
Israeli policies of holding military trainings in the middle of populated areas is Israel continues and has once again cost farmers their livelihoods. Every year the military organizes large scale military training on the land of the Palestinian farmers in the northern part of Jordan Valley. Usually these trainings take place during the summer, when the farmers are about to harvest their crops, but this time they started training at the beginning of the winter, when the farmers prepare the land for cultivation and plant the seeds. This means planting can’t happen and people will have nothing to harvest in the coming season.
For the 13th year in a row, Stop the Wall and the Land Defense Coalition in collaboration with the Palestinian Farmers Union have conducted the “You Are Not Alone” campaign, the collective voluntary efforts to support Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest against Israeli aggression and land confiscation.
Israel continues its policies of ethnic cleansing and displacement in Qalandiya Village, outside of East Jerusalem with the destruction of eleven newly constructed buildings. On Monday evening around 500 soldiers entered the village with bulldozers to carry out the demolition orders. The buildings would have been home to some 250 people in the small village that has become increasingly isolated since the early 2000s with the construction of the Apartheid Wall. Seven Palestinians and one journalist were injured in clashes when the Israeli forces used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and force to subdue the villagers.
Newly built factory destroyed in Ni'lin. The road from Ramallah to Ni’ilin brings us deep into Area C, the 60% of the West Bank declared under the Oslo Accords as under full Israeli control and prime target for Israeli annexation policies, in disregard of IHL and its obligations under the Geneva Convention. The villages is witness to the complex interaction of Israeli policies of land grab, isolation, economic stranglehold and colonization - all aimed at displacing the Palestinian population and implanting illegal settlers in their place. Yet, the village continue to resist.
It is 7:30 pm and the quiet has returned in the streets of Beit Ummar. The quiet, because today was a rough day and the inhabitants who left the city this morning to go to work had to go through much trouble to be able to get back. There were some tensions in Hebron. As usual.
Since a few months, the Israeli settlers are taking over more and more territory in the city. They already banned Palestinians from what they define as "their zone".
After three weeks that the families of al Hadidiya have been sleeping out in the open, the resistance and campaigning has achieved a temporary respite: Israeli courts granted a freeze for the demolitions. Since Israeli military bulldozers entered the village on November 25 the families have been holding out without shelter on their land. Now they have been able to erect again at least temporary tents.
Abu Saqr, village elder of Al Hadidiya, is today in his sixties. He still remembers the times before Israel occupied the Jordan Valley in 1967 and has struggled with his community for decades to ensure their survival.
Following the house demolitions occurred in the village of al-Hadadiya, situated in the Jordan Valley, on the 26th November, two letters have been issued.
The letters are directed, respectively, to Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and to your local authorities in support of Palestine and Palestinian human rights.
You can find the letters attached below, help spread the news and if possible contact your local authorities to support the palestinian people against Israels' displacement policies.
Thursday, at 7:30 in the morning Israeli military entered the Jordan Valley community al Hadidiya for yet another wave of demolitions. The punitive operation targeted the family of the head of the community, Abu Saqer, and was a clear retaliation for the fact that the people of al Hadidiya had started to prepare the dirt road that links the village to the world for the rainy winter months placing gravel onto it. Abu Saqer’s pregnant daughter has been attacked by the soldiers and is currently in hospital risking to loose her baby.
At 6.30am on August 20th 2015, the Israeli army entered Khirbeit Samra in the north of the Jordan Valley with ten military jeeps and two bulldozers and destroyed Samra School. The school was built by Jordan Valley Solidarity and international volunteers, in co-operation with local Palestinians, in 2013/14 to provide Khirbeit Samra and the surrounding villages in the Beqaa area with a space where children could practice their right to education.
At 6am on Tuesday 18th of August the Israeli Army invaded and attacked Fasayal village in the Jordan Valley. Twenty Israeli military jeeps accompanied by six bulldozers demolished seven houses as well as cutting electricity cables, destroying water tanks and animal shelters belonging to Palestinian residents.
On Tuesday 11th August 2015 Jordan Valley Solidarity activists witnessed Israeli house demolitions in two villages of the Jordan Valley: Al Jiftlik and Khirbet Humsa. Israeli soldiers with two bulldozers and around fifteen Jeeps arrived in Al Jiftlik at 7am and demolished two houses. The owners of the houses, Mahmoud Mitaheb and his brother Abdallah Mitaheb, have families of ten and four members respectively.
This report gives a summary of growing colonization and ethnic cleansing during the month of May as well as the human rights violations enacted by the occupation authorities during this period in order to repress popular resistance and hinder journalists from reporting about the reality of Palestinian life under occupation and apartheid.
Today, May 4 2015, the Land Defense Coalition and the Jordan Valley Solidarity has submitted a letter to the EU Commission and diplomatic missions of member states asking for urgent action and denouncing the military exercises that Israel is holding to an unprecedented length and extent in the Jordan Valley occupied Palestinian territory. The organizations ask for clear actions, including the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement and the immediate exclusion of Israeli military and security companies from the EU funding cycle Horizon2020.
Since Sunday morning at 4 am Israeli military is operating in a large area around Twayyel, in Aqraba area in the Jordan Valley. Large swaths of agricultural land and a good part of the people's harvest has already been destroyed while the operations defined by Israel as 'military training' are still ongoing.
Israeli occupation forces yesterday attacked people of the community of Khirbet Makhoul and a group of consuls and diplomats from France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, Australia and the European Union's political office on a field visit. They confiscated a truck they had brought, loaded with tents and humanitarian aids for the residents of Khirbet Makhoul in the northern Jordan Valley. The materials were donated by some countries of the European Union. An Israeli soldier dragged the French diplomat Marion Castaing out of the truck, forced her on the ground and pointed a gun at her head.
When colonial supremacy and racial hatred are entering into a perverse spiral of folly, then not even cows are safe anymore. Yesterday in the night, Israeli settlers tried to poison the only cow of Palestinian farmer Khalid Draghmeh. It was not the first time they attacked his livestock. Already a year ago, his horse got poisoned by the same settlers.
Deir Ibzi, a village located north west of Ramallah, is a village of 13,860 dunams, with only 250 dunams built upon, and with a little over 2000 inhabitants. The village has been called by the name Deir 'Ibzi since the Roman era, and means "place of the well-spoken". It also has the Bubeen Spring that was established during the same Roman era. The spring is a public spring and its water is used by farmers to water lemon, pomegranate and other fruit trees, as well as to irrigate grape vineyards.
Around 80 volunteers attended a day of environmental and solidarity activities, organised by Stop the Wall, in the village of Dura al Qare’ in Ramallah district. The volunteers cleaned the water springs of the village and helped farmers irrigate their crops.
Hebron – 22/6/12 The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) used tear gas and sound bombs to repress a large solidarity march to the village of Susia, in the hills to the southeast of Hebron. The village has experienced multiple cases of house, tent and cave demolitions, leading to the displacement of more than half of the village’s residents, as Settlement associations, who consider the village to be illegal, pressure the IOF to clear the area of Palestinians.
Around 160 Palestinian youths attended a day of voluntary activities in Wadi Qana, a valley in the Salfit district. Stop the Wall called for this activity in order to carry out environmental and agricultural work for the benefit of the Palestinian citizens and the surrounding landscape.