Sunday, August 9 2020 This week – August 2-9, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories

A new settler-colonist outpost has been erected in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, alongside incursions and expansions of existing outposts inside ‘nature reserves’ and military firing zones in the northern and southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, and home demolitions and the uprooting of dozens of palm trees in Jiftlik village by the occupation forces; Jewish settler-colonists stole and vandalized equipment, water systems and solar electricity systems and uprooted trees in Sarura, in the South Hebron Hills; daily expulsion and harassment of Palestinian communities by the settler-colonists of the new outpost at Umm Zaitouna; Palestinians managed to prevent the confiscation of vehicles by Israeli police and army near Tawane and at the entrance to Umm Al Kheir, and even works to prepare a road leading to settler-colony Negohot on their lands; in Hares (Salfit district) and in Turmus Aia (Ramallah district) activists joined local protest demonstrations against the incursions of settler-colonists and the uprooting of 200 olive trees – an activist was arrested in Hares and was released, and in Turmus Aia the army dispersed the demonstrators with teargas and stun grenades; nine arrested in protest action at the JNF (KKL) building in Jerusalem against evicting the Somarin family from its home in Silwan; the occupation administration continues to demolish homes in Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

photo: Protest prayer of Hares inhabitants vis a vis the army checkpoint that denies them access to the 200-tree olive tree grove which ‘anonymous persons’ had uprooted

South Hebron Hills
The violent riots by settler-colonists in the South Hebron Hills have escalated since the erection of the new outpost at Umm Zaitouna. This week, they expelled Palestinian shepherds from their grazing grounds on Tuesday morning, and again in the afternoon, on Thursday morning, and on Saturday afternoon. On Wednesday, an armed settler-colonist came from the outpost into the encampment of the Taghla community and demanded that a search be conducted there. The Palestinian inhabitants called the police, and until a military force arrived, the settler-colonist had left. On Saturday morning, activists accompanied the shepherds, and there the outpost settler-colonists summoned the army to do the job for them. The army officers and DCO representatives present would not show maps and documents that prevent the Palestinian shepherds from grazing there, and instead showed a ‘closed military zone’ order which they, naturally, imposed on the shepherds only, not on the settler-colonists. The new outpost evidently has begun to erect vast sheep pens, and apparently the settler-colonists to bring a large herd to the site.
On Saturday afternoon, settler-colonists broke into Sarura, near Tawane, while the inhabitants accompanied shepherds in the Harouba area. According to the report we received, the settler-colonists destroyed the solar power system and stole parts of it, vandalized water pipes, uprooted trees, and vandalized equipment stored in the caves and outside them.
About vandalism by settler-colonists since the beginning of the present year, see the new report published by OCHA:
https://www.ochaopt.org/he/content/unprotected-settler-attacks-against-palestinians-rise-amidst-outbreak-covid-19

To join Ta’ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168
On Thursday the occupation forces demolished a dwelling at Wadi Jheish near Susya, and cut water pipes near Tawane. On Saturday activists visited Wadi Jheish, documented the destruction, and coordinated work to remove the rubble next Saturday.
On Tuesday, August 4, opposite the entrance to Tawane, Israeli army and police forces attempted to confiscate a vehicle (mashtub). The soldiers and policemen exerted harsh violence against the passengers, one of the soldiers threatened them with a weapon, and a policeman – with a taser. The forces also threw equipment and products which the vehicle’s passengers were carrying. An elderly woman sitting inside the vehicle refused to disembark, and many inhabitants arrived to protest this action. Finally the forces gave up, and did not confiscate the vehicle.
On Friday, August 8, a police van chased a vehicle driving towards Umm Al Kheir. The vehicle managed to escape, and the frustrated policemen decided, instead, to confiscate two vehicles parked in Umm Al Kheir that were not connected to the event. As a response, inhabitants came out, blocked the police van, the army and the tow-truck, and made them release the two vehicles and leave.
Around the settler-colony of Negohot, too, a protest by Palestinians succeeded on Wednesday in stopping the work of settler-colonists’ heavy equipment trying to prepare a new track on the Palestinians’ land.

The Palestinian Jordan Valley
In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, on Wednesday activists documented the beginning of an erection of a new settler-colonist outpost south of the older one called Giv’at Sal’it. Invasions and fencing work were also documented, ascribed to a settler-colonist from the Maskiyot area, deep inside a nature reserve and a firing zone.
In the Jiftlik, Israeli occupation forces demolished three structures this week, and uprooted dozens of palm trees.
In Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds several times this week, and usually grazing went unhampered.
At Rashash, on the West Bank hill range, activists documented continued work at the outpost erected in Wadi Rashash, inside a nature reserve and firing zone. In addition to structures, tree planting is also taking place there now.
To join activity in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, please contact Arik: 050-5607034

Ramallah and Salfit districts
At Turmus Aia (Ramallah district), activists joined a protest action of inhabitants on Friday, against the invasion of settler-colonists into their lands, and the army’s refraining form preventing it. The army chose not to enable such protest and prevented the protestors from exiting the village in the direction of their own fields. Confrontations ensued in which the army used teargas and stun grenades.
In Hares too (Salfit district), in past weeks activists have been joining the inhabitants’ weekly protest, ever since “anonymous” persons uprooted a grove of 200 fully-grown olive trees during the recent Eid al Adha holiday. Although the vandalized grove is adjacent to the JEwih settler-colony of Revava, the Israeli occupation authorities claim they have no idea who committed the act. Ever since, for the past two and a half months the villagers have been holding a protest prayer every Friday noon. Lately the Israeli army has begun to block the exit of protestors from the village in order to prevent their accessing the ruined grove. Therefore the protest takes place in front of the army blockage. Usually it takes place without incident. Last Friday the protestors managed to exit the village towards the grove, but then came army troops and forced them back into the village. An Israeli activist was arrested, and released a few hours later.
For joining the weekly protests in Hares, please contact Aviv: avivsky@gmail.com

Jerusalem
In Jerusalem, on Sunday August 2, a protest action took place inside the KKL-JNF building, against the JNF intention to dispossess the Somarin family of its home in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem and pass it on to the settler-colonist association Elad. The protestors blocked the stairs inside the building and tied themselves to the railing. Police summoned to the site removed the protestors without exerting violence, and arresting 9 activists who were released later on that day, under conditions limiting their presence around the JNF building.
Even during the massive protests around the Israeli Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem, the occupation forces found time to demolish in East Jerusalem. This week three buildings were demolished in Issawiya, two in Silwan, one in Beit Hanina and one in Jabal Mukabar.
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