Sunday, August 2 2020 This week – July 26-August 1, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories

Destruction in farming areas, vandalism, confiscations, and army and settler-colonist patrols in South Hebron Hills communities alongside continued expansion of illegal settler-colonist outposts; At Zif village a Palestinian activists documenting the destruction of a terrace was kicked in the belly by a man bearing the title of “supervision coordinator of the Civil Administration; in the Palestinian Jordan Valley over 50 goats belonging to a Palestinian flock grazing next to Jewish settler-colony Naame died all of a sudden, and forensic examinations attest to poisoning; settler-colonists settled a cattle herd in a new outpost at the entrance to settler-colony Maskiyot; In Jerusalem, activists blocked the entrance to the JNF building, protesting the expulsion of the Somarin family from its home in Siwan (East Jerusalem) for settler-colonist purposes. Nine protestors were arrested; Home demolitions in the Issawiya neighborhood continue in spite of the agreement reached with the municipality and police about freezing such demolitions for half a year.

Photo: Supervision coordinator of the Civil Administration kicking a Palesitnian activists who documented the demolition of a terrace at Zif village. By Yuval Avraham

South Hebron Hills
Preparing for the Supreme Court Session next week on the fate of Palestinians living in an area defined by the Israeli army as “firing zone 918”, on Wednesday, July 29, Israeli occupation forces came there and toured the communities of Pahit, Khalat A Dhab’a and Mufaqara.
On Monday, July 27, the occupation forces destroyed an entry gate to a farmland in Zif village, and on the 29th, demolished a terrace serving the village farmers. During this demolition, a man identified by the Civil Administration’s spokesperson as “Coordinator of Supervision for the Civil Administration” kicked in the gut a Palestinian activist documenting the act.
On Tuesday, July 28, the occupation forces issued a ‘cessation of work’ order at Birin village, and confiscated a crane truck belonging to the Hebron Municipality, on suspicion that it “intended to set up an illegal electricity line”.
At the same time, settler-colonists continued works to prepare creating the new illegal outpost of Umm Zaituna, unhampered, and the Carmel settler-colony security official continued to guide delegations of Israeli soldiers on Monday and Friday this week, to observe the tin outhouse at Umm Al Kheir which he has been surveilling for weeks now.
On the night between Wednesday and Thursday this week, a fire broke out at the Susya archeological site managed by Jewish settler-colonists, and set up at the site from which the inhabitants of Palestinian Susya were expelled in the 1980s. Although according to the settler-colonists’ documentation the focus of the fire was inside the well-fenced archeological site, so that no Palestinian could have approached it, the settler-colonist media immediately accused their Palestinian neighbors of arson.
On Saturday, activists accompanied shepherds to their grazing grounds at Umm Al Imad and Atariya. On a visit to the Bir Al Eid community, it became evident that on two different recent occasions water pipes there had been vandalized, probably by settler-colonists from the Bnei Talya outpost nearby.
To join Ta’ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168

Palestinian Jordan Valley
At Auja in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, the Israeli army chased away Palestinian shepherds and activists accompanying them to their grazing grounds, while a settler-colonist of the illegal outpost nearby was planting trees on Palestinian-owned land.
On Tuesday, July 28, the sudden death of over 50 goats was reported from a flock grazing near the settler-colony Naame, and primary veterinary examinations raised suspicion of poisoning. The type of poison and its characteristics have not yet been identified, so one cannot yet establish whether this was intended poisoning, as happening in the past around the Havat Maon settler-colonist outpost in the South Hebron Hills, or a result of neglect and irresponsible management of toxic waste.
In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, work continue close to the illegal outpost on the entry road to settler-colony Masikiyot. On Thursday a tractor worked at the site, and after an are was fenced and a shed built, a cattle herd was brought there belonging to a settler-colonist of the outpost. Palestinian shepherds reported that the outpost inhabitants chased the Palestinians’ herds from the entire area.
On Tuesday the occupation forces demolished anther home at Khan Al Ahmar.
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

Jerusalem
On Tuesday, July 28, the occupation forces demolished another 4 buildings in the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in spite of the agreement reached with the authorities about freezing demolitions there for half a year. Protest actions continue against the eviction of the Sumarin family from Silwan and the takeover of their homes by settler-colonists under the sponsorship of the JNF. On Saturday, August 1, on the fringes of the great protest against Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, there was also a demonstration at the entrance to the JNF building in West Jerusalem, and on Sunday, August 2, activists entered the building sat down on the steps and refused to evacuate the place. 9 activists were arrested, and were later released under limiting conditions.
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