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 military force was documented asking a “closed military zone” order and maps to be given by a Jewish settler-colonist from the “Omer Ranch” outpost.

photo: Two security officials – from Maon and Carmel settler-colonies – on an inspection tour of a tin-sheet outhouse in Palestinian Umm Al Kheir they demand to be demolished

The Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank hill range
For the past few years, activists have encountered shameful conduct by the Israeli army around the Auja area, obeying a settler-colonist (a reserves commander of an ‘elite unit’) of the outpost named Omer Ranch, and chasing Palestinian shepherds from their own grazing grounds in the entire area. On Sunday, June 28, after an army force demanded that the shepherds leave the area without presenting to them a “closed military zone” order, the women-officer in charge was recorded calling the same Omer and asking him for a “Closed military zone” order and maps. Within minutes, a settler-colonist of that outpost arrived and the order was shown to the activists who left the place. Activists accompanied shepherds successfully on Tuesday and Wednesday, unhampered. But on Monday and Saturday, when the shepherds were unaccompanied, a settler-colonist came to them on his mini-tractor and chased away the flocks.
On Friday, July 3, activists documented continued construction work at the new outpost being built near Rashash, on the West Bank hill range.
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
All week works continued at the site of the new outpost of Susya settler-colony, including heavy building equipment. Settler-colonists from the outpost chased away a Palestinian shepherd on Friday, who was grazing his flock in nearby Wadi Sweid.
Due to renewed outbreak of the Corona-virus around Hebron and Yatta, the Palestinian Authority has ordered lockdown in the entire South Hebron Hills region, but this did not prevent the occupation forces from issuing demolition orders this week for a water hole in the Umm Zeituna area, and 6 structures in A-Tawane and Rakiz. A tin-sheet outhouse at Umm Al Kheir received special attention: on Tuesday, after the soldiers were done issuing orders at A-Tawane, they proceeded to Umm Al Kheir, where the security official of nearby settler-colony – Carmel- led them to an outhouse claimed to be new. The Civil Administration inspector threatened the villagers that if the structure is not removed, a demolition order will be issued or it will be confiscated. That evening, the settler-colony’s security official once more summoned forces of the Civil Administration to the same outhouse, and the next day yet again, examining the measly tin structure that is still standing.
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.

East Jerusalem
On Wednesday the occupation authorities demolished two structures in the Issawiya neighborhood, and another two in the Jabal Mukabar neighborhood. As we know, a process of reviewing a masterplan for Issawiya is in the works, and the Jerusalem municipality promised the inhabitants that at this time, no demolitions will take place for half a year. This is the second time that demolitions there are taking place within the promised frame of time.
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