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 “balance” – the occupation forces demolished a sheep pen in nearby Tawane village; villagers of Palestinian Susya demonstrated in protest of settler-colonists invading their village, and had the army prevent the settler-colonists from raising a new tent on the village’s lands;

photo: An Israeli army unit arrives to demolish a sheep pen in Tawane
Photographs: Palestinian Alliance for Human Rights

Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank hill range
Along with the return to activity in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, we learn of the reign of terror instilled by the Jewish settler-colonists with full backing from the Israeli army. At Faresiya, on Monday, June 15, a soldier armed with a knife attacked a flock and threatened its shepherd. The Israeli police was summoned but arrived after he had left. That night, a settler-colonist from the new outpost next to Maskiyot colony came to the Faresiya community and threatened the Palestinians he would return with friends to beat them up. This case too was reported to the police. Cries for help following a settler-colonist incursion into a dwelling compound and threats were also sounded at Al Hamma. Villagers of Samrah left early this year for their summer sojourn in Toubas following harassments by settler-colonists from the Umm Zuka outpost and the denial of access to grazing grounds and water sources.
This week activists accompanied shepherds to their grazing grounds on Monday in Faresiya, and on Thursday at Hamam Al Malih. In both cases, grazing proceeded quietly.
In Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley shepherds were accompanied by activists on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Grazing proceeded quietly except for Tuesday, June 16, when soldiers decided to take up action. The soldiers chased Palestinian shepherds from the entire area without authority and without a ‘closed military zone’ order, and even chased them into Area A and tried to detain a shepherd boy there. Activists arriving at the site tried to explain to the soldiers that according to international agreements to which Israel is signatory, its army has no authority to chase shepherds or detain them in this area, and helped the shepherd locate his flock and return home. Later the army detained the activists and accused them of entering Area A. They were questioned the next day at the police station and released under restrictions. On Monday, when Palestinian shepherds were unaccompanied, settler-colonists from Havat Omer arrived on their mini-tractor to harass the shepherds and their flocks.
Shepherd communities in the Tayibe junction area (West Bank hill range) too, constantly suffer from the nearby outpost settler-colonists’ harassment. On Monday settler-colonists came with their flocks to the encampment of one of these communities and grazed inside sown fields of the villagers.
Accompaniment of Palestinian shepherds to grazing grounds in both areas, West Bank Hill range and the Auja area, involves a great number of activists, and many more are needed during the next few weeks.
To join, please contact Arik: 050-5607034

South Hebron Hills
The new metastasis of Havat Maon settler-colonist outpost, located near the homes in Tawane village, was dismantled on Thursday, June 18. The same day, as proof of their commitment to balance things, the occupation forces demolished a tent that served as a sheep pen, exerting violence and firing stun grenades.
The same day, again, a settler-colonist with his flock invaded tended Palestinian fields around Atariya and finished off what was left of the crop.
On Friday, June 19, villagers of Palestinian Susya demonstrated in protest of the incursion by settler-colonists into their villager last week. The villagers came close to the settler-colony inside an area recognized as their own property. Settler-colonists from Susya colony arrived and attempted to erect a tent on Palestinian-owned land. The villagers made it very clear to the soldiers on site that they would not leave until the tent is dismantled, and so it was.
Activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds this week at Atariya on Tuesday, and at Umm Al Imad and Wadi Swed on Saturday. In all cases, no special events were noted.
To join Ta’ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168
Please make an effort to register no later than Thursday evening, so we can organize the transportation and the activity properly. Unfortunately, we will not be able to guarantee registration afterwards.
Please bring an ID/passport, a hat, water and food for the day.
It is advised to take into consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.

The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah continues to take place every Friday, adhering to emergency procedures. The residents of Sheikh are protesting their violent evictions from their homes, the taking over of the neighborhood by the settlers, and the Judaization of East Jerusalem. They call upon each and every person who supports their struggle to join them
We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St. at at 4 p.m