Sunday, July 26 2020 This week – July 29-25, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories Alongside suppressing the protest demonstrations in west (Jewish) Jerusalem, the district police this week was busy with home demolitions in east (Palestinian) Jerusalem and incursions into culture institutions, confiscating equipment and documents there, and arresting their directors; incursions are still ongoing in the Issawiya neighborhood, where policemen arrested a minor under the age of criminal accountability; Palestinian homes are being demolished as well in the Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills, while development work on new settler-colonist outposts in the area are ongoing unhampered; accompanying Palestinian shepherds enabled peaceful […]
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Sunday, July 19 2020 This week – July 11-18, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories Demolition orders were issued for a structure designated for Corona-virus tests and treatment at the entrance to Hebron, where 70% of all Covid-19 cases in the Palestinian Occupied Territories are concentrated – construction materials were confiscated in situ by the Israeli army; as arrests and violent suppression of demonstrations continue in West Jerusalem, the police continues to attack the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, where arrests and injuries were reported this week; home demolitions are ongoing in Beit Hanina, A-Ram and Jabal Mukabar – neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; eviction orders […]
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Sunday, July 12 2020 This week – July 5-11, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories Expulsion of Palestinian shepherds, Jewish settler-colonist incursions in Palestinian farm and grazing lands, confiscation of water pipes in the midst of summer, and Palestinian home demolitions by the occupation forces in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, in the South Hebron Hills, in Jerusalem and in Khan Al Ahmar Palestinian Jordan Valley Shepherds around Auja no longer dare reach their grazing grounds unaccompanied by Israeli activists. Only when the latter show up do they manage – at times – to graze in peace. This week activists accompanied them on five days: on […]
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Sunday, July 5 2020 This week – June 28 – July 4, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories In the midst of the exacerbated Corona-virus crisis and the lockdown renewed in the South Hebron Hills area, the Israeli army issued demolition orders for a water hole and structures in several Palestinian communities in the area, including a tin-sheet outhouse; in East Jerusalem the occupation forces demolished buildings in Jabal Mukabar and also in Issawiya, contrary to the agreement reached with the municipality about placing a moratorium on demolitions there for half a year, pending a process of ratification of a masterplan; at Auja, a commanding officer of a […]
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Friday, July 3 2020 June 26 2020. Al-‘Auja. Text by David Shulman, with photographs by Margaret Olin Four months in quarantine; the virus now raging again in Israel-Palestine; and I’m back where I belong. The hardest part of the lock-down was not seeing our grandchildren face to face; second hardest, not coming to be with the shepherds. At first they would call me almost every day: “Da’ud, where are you? When are you coming? We need you, all of you. The settlers are driving us crazy. Omer drives his tractor through the herd. The soldiers chase us off […]
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Sunday, June 28 2020 This week – June 21-27, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories This week the occupation forces were demolishing and confiscating Palestinian property in the South Hebron Hills; About 200 Palestinians and Israelis demonstrated together at the Jericho entrance junction on Saturday, protesting the annexation – an additional protest demonstration in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley was thwarted by the Israeli army; In the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem about 200 Israelies and Palestinians demonstrated in protest on the anniversary of the killing of a Palestinian local resident by the Israeli police, and against police brutality exerted on Issawiya for over a […]
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Sunday, June 21 2020 Taayush this week – June 14-20, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories A soldier armed with a knife attacked a flock and threatened a Palestinian shepherd in Faresiya, in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; Jewish settlers from the multiplying outposts in the Jordan Valley continue to expel Palestinian shepherds, invade tended fields and dwellings of Palestinians, with the active help of Israeli soldiers who even chased a shepherd boy into Area A and attempted to detain him there; an extantion of Havat Maon outpost in the South Hebron Hills was dismantled this week, but at the same time – for the sake of […]
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Sunday, June 14 2020 This week – June 7-13, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories 50 Jewish settler-colonists invaded the Palestinian village of Susya, aided and escorted by Israeli army; a new branch of the settler-colonist outpost Havat Maon bullies the Palestinian village of Tawane and nearby Palestinian communities – an Israeli army force positioned on the spot to ‘protect’ the settlers declared the area a closed military zone for Palestinians; settler-colonists vandalized a cave and 40 sacks of grain at Khirbet Tawamin; the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Jordan Valley escalates: settler-colonist invasions of grazing grounds, vandalizing crops and expelling Palestinian shepherds have led […]
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