Saturday, June 1 2019 This Week in South Mount Hebron and the Jordan Valley 25.5-1.6

This Week in South Mount Hebron

Military and civil administration forces detained Palestinians who were laying a water pipe for their village; the neighboring new illegal outpost of Israeli settlers proceeded undisturbed in laying a water pipe from Susiya’s nursery and an electric line from the settlement’s cemetery, as well as installing a plunge pool in the nearby wood.

On Saturday, June 1st 2019, Ta’ayush activists noticed Israeli military and civil administration forces who were holding a group of Palestinians and their tractor by the side of road 317. The Palestinians were trying to lay a water pipe from the council of A-Samu’ to the village Khirbet al Kharaba. The forces confiscated the I.D. of the tractor driver and the keys of the tractor, and promised to deal with the water line later according to directions.

The activists went on from there to the new illegal outpost, built between Mitzpe Yair outpost and Susiya settlement, and intercepted water and electric lines connecting to the outpost. The water line originated in Sfar haMidbar Nursery of Susiya (60% owned by Hishtil Nursery), effectively providing water supply that is subsidized for agriculture. The electric line was attached to the settlement cemetery’s main, paid by the regional council, i.e. public funds. In addition, the activists documented a plunge pool filled with water, placed in a wood near the illegal outpost, as well as a new toilet and shower facility. Also, the activists noticed an agricultural invasion into the lands of the Palestinian Hushiya family. Empty beer bottles were piled by the central construction, and Palestinian shepherds reported loud music during the nights. The civil administration was called in, their workers came, and documented these extensions.
Our activists documented the illegal cattle pen operating in a new illegal outpost near the settlement Asa’el, as well as a new extension of the old outpost – a row of houses and a newly broken road leading towards them.

In Um-al-Ammed and in Wadi Sweid, Taayush activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds to their pastures undisturbed.

This Week in the Jordan Valley

A shepherd was held handcuffed and blindfolded at the “Barvaz” (duck) military post, was beaten and released after 24 hours. Activists who came to wait for his release were handcuffed and blindfolded.

On Sunday, May 25, 2019, a shepherd was arrested near Ein Sukkot.  According to him, he was held in the “duck” military post handcuffed and blindfolded all the while, was not even allowed to go to the bathroom, and was beaten during his arrest.  On Monday, activists arrived at the military post to find out details of the detainee, and they were also arrested, even though a lawyer had confirmed that they had a right to be there.  Two of them were held in the base handcuffed and blindfolded while the third (a woman activist) was left near the guard, under watch. Three hours later they were released without a police investigation.  In the meantime,the shepherd was also released.  On Thursday the army again arrested two shepherds near Ein Sukut, claiming they had picked watermelons in a field (where settlers had already picked all the fruit).

After the violent events in El Hama, activists accompanied the shepherds almost daily during the past week, and the herding went uninterrupted.  The accompaniment of the shepherds in Rashash was also conducted without any special events.

In the northern Jordan Valley, on Thursday, May 29, during Ramadan and towards Eid al-Fiter, the army carried out demlitions, the scope of which is still unknown.

In Ein el Hilweh, settlers set troughs west of the road and began to graze cows in this area, which they had not previously reached.