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 grazing around Auja for most of this week;

East Jerusalem
Allotting large police forces to suppress the protest demonstrations in west Jerusalem against Israel’s Prime Minister did not make the local police reduce its harassment of the Palestinian inhabitants of east Jerusalem. On Wednesday, July 22, the police raided two Palestinian culture institutions in the city – the Yabus Cultural Center and the Edward Said Music Center – confiscating equipment and documents and arresting their directors for questioning. On the same day, the occupation forces demolished two structures in Anata, and two in Jabal Mukabar. The next day, another structure was demolished at Sur
Bahr.
In Issawiya, on Thursday, a demolition order was issued for the home of the Khalil family, which had
already been demolished in late 2019. The father is disabled and bound to a wheelchair, and as the four-person family has no other dwelling solution, he dared rebuild a home accessible for him and his family. Activists present at the previous demolition and having met this miserable family, wrote a letter to the Jerusalem municipality requesting to cancel this draconian measure.
On Thursday, in one of its daily incursions, the police once again arrested a minor under the age of criminal accountability, led him outside his residential area, and released him there, all in obvious violation of the law regarding the treatment of minors.
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

South Hebron Hills
On Tuesday, July 21, the occupation forces demolished a cinder-bloc structure in Birin, north of Zif. At Umm Al Kheir, a final demolition order was handed for a dwelling structure, and at Shaab al Harat north of Dakaika, a demolition order was issued for a compound that contains three buildings and an outhouse. The next day, Wednesday, cessation of work orders were issued for a structure and a water hole at Tawane.
In contrast, the new outpost founded by settler-colonists at Umm Zaytuna is being developed unhampered, and on Wednesday a caravan was placed there. Activists visiting there on Saturday saw that this caravan is already inhabited by a family, the place has been connected to the water grid, and works have begun to prepare foundations for larger buildings. The fear that the new outpost would lead to removing Palestinian shepherds from the region was already materializing on Tuesday, when shepherds from Tuba who were grazing as usual at Umm Zaytuna were scared away by settler-colonists. At Asael, too, heavy equipment was documented, used for creating infrastructure for construction at the shepherd ranch founded several months ago near the outpost, and has already caused the closure of vast grazing grounds to Palestinian shepherds of the entire area.
On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds at Umm Al Imad and Atariya, in both cases without any special incident.
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.

Palestinian Jordan Valley
At Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied shepherds on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, usually without incident. On Tuesday, while the activists were with a flock south of Auja, a settler-colonist approached another unaccompanied flock, attacked with stones and threatened the Palestinian shepherd. The activists proceeded to accompany that flock and the rest of its grazing proceeded unhampered. On Thursday, the Israeli army arrived, apparently meaning to chase off the shepherds, but the activists accompanying them spoke with the soldiers, described the situation on the ground to them, and the grazing proceeded successfully until the usual closing time. On the other hand, last Saturday, July 25, when shepherds from Nu’eima were unaccompanied around the settler-colony of Mevo’ot Yericho, they were chased off by settler-colonists and the army. Obviously, then, on days and at sites where Israeli activists accompany the shepherds, chances for the Palestinians to graze in peace are much greater.
In order to ensure accompaniment of as many as possible flocks on as many as possible days, we are trying to enlarge the number of activists who join them. If you can, please join. Contact Arik: 050-5607034