Sunday, July 28 2019 This week in East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and South Mount Hebron

–About 500 soldiers and police broke into Wadi Hummus neighborhood of Sur Baher on the
night of July 22, destroying 11 houses, two of them inhabited, all in Area A or B, exercising
severe brutality against residents and activists, some of whom needed hospital treatment;
–In Issawiya, police brutality against residents has aggravated, with violent daily raids
throughout the village and savage use of fire, stun grenades, pepper gas and tasers, arrests,
distribution of punitive fines, tickets, and even breaking into the village school – there are so
many detainees, we can no longer track their number, but a high percentage of them are
minors. Activists' watches continue regularly and are urgently necessary;
–More destruction of water cisterns in the uprooted nature reserve near Umm al-Hir;
— settlers vandalized over 40 olive trees Kawwawis area

– South Mt. Hebron
Occupation forces continue to vandalize the nature reserve near Umm al-Hir. After uprooting
the Acacia trees planted there earlier this month, this time, on Wednesday, July 24, they
destroyed water cisterns. On the same day, settlers vandalized close to 40 olive trees in the
area of Kawawis, adjacent to the plot they had sabotaged two weeks ago. They left written
testimony on the rocks around: "The Land of Judah Is Awakened" and "Revenge." On
Saturday, July 27, after the regular grazing ended, Ta'ayush activists documented the damage,
collected some of the torn olive branches, and carried them at a vigil against agricultural
terrorism at the entrance to Susiya settlement. The watch passed quietly, and in the end, we
left the olive branches for the settlers.

– Jordan Valley
The settlers are strengthening their hold on the ground through the new outpost west of Alon
Road and the water supply points they built. Herds from the new outposts continue to graze
in the Palestinian fields as a routine, and this week the plundering technique has expanded to
new territories. There is currently no active escort for pasture because there is no need (the
situation should change in September). Meanwhile, activity in the area is focused on trying to
prevent the phenomenon of settlers' herds invading Palestinian fields. In Al Hadidya, again
(for the third time), the occupation forces confiscated the four tents set up by Palestinian
residents. The family is currently staying in the area with an improvised sack-tent sewn by
the mother of the family. They have hardly any equipment since most of it was confiscated,
and they continue to graze the herd of 300 sheep. The situation in Auja has improved slightly:
after a period of frequent expulsions utilizing a closed military order, the army refrained from
interrupting the grazing, which this season of the year takes place very early in the morning.
In the mountain range of the Jordan Valley, the new outpost settlers established last week
near Rimonim are already threatening the shepherds in their vicinity, and activists have
begun escorting the shepherds. On Thursday, July 25, residents of this new outpost also
began grazing their flocks on cultivated fields of Palestinian residents. In Rashash, the
residents report relative quiet, the settlers are disturbing them, but the grazing continues
nevertheless.

– East Jerusalem
This week, the violence of Israeli forces and the systematic damage to the Palestinian
neighborhoods in Jerusalem has grown even worse. On Monday night, July 22, about 500
police officers and military corps arrived in Wadi Hummus neighborhood of Sur Baher,
accompanied by demolition heavy machinery and members of Diamond Unit who specialize in explosion of buildings, and destroyed 11 houses, two of them inhabited, all in Area A or B, most of them on the "Jerusalem" side of the separation wall, and one house on the other side.
Activists stayed with the residents and documented the evacuation and demolition. During
the evacuation, the forces exerted severe violence on the residents and activists and some
needed hospital treatment.
In Issawiya, too, the police escalated its bullying of residents. Almost every day, ample,
armored and armed forces invaded, distributed traffic tickets, carried out store income tax
audits, fined for throwing cigarette butts (in the dirty streets), or for keeping an ice-cream
refrigerator outside stores. Besides, the forces are engaged in removal of flags from homes
and lighting poles, and for this purpose also broke into a school in the village. Many residents
were arrested, including an unusually high percentage of minors. Almost all detainees were
released after a few hours. Some of them were ordered to stay away from their village. The
raids are characterized by great violence, stun grenades, tear gas, extensive use of pepper gas
and tasers, and in several cases use of live ammunition. No one knows the numbers of the
detainees and injured. A large portion of the wounded avoids going to hospitals for fear of
being arrested while receiving medical care. The activists' watches, which take place almost
daily, began to regularly enter the neighborhood, escorting, and documenting the occupation
forces. The escort has a restraining effect on the violence of the troops, and residents are
requesting that we come as often as possible.