Sunday, January 10 2021 This week – January 3-9, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories

Ezra Nawi, 1952-2021

The Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
Combined forces of settler-colonists, Israeli army and police are persistently expelling Palestinian shepherds from their grazing grounds in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley, arresting shepherds, and detaining Israeli activists accompanying them. On Thursday (January 7), settler-colonists of ‘Hemdat’ summoned the army to chase away shepherds of their grazing grounds. The soldiers arrested a shepherd and an activist accompanying him, and took them to their army base, where police was waiting. The shepherd was arrested and taken to the police station, whereas the activist received a ‘Corona fine’ and a summons for questioning by the police. The same day, not far from there, near the settler-colony ‘Maskiyot’, settler-colonist dispersed a Palestinian flock from En Al Hilwa by means of a drone, and sent army and police personnel to chase them away from the grazing ground.
At Hamam Al Malih a demolition order was issued for the school, with a 96-hour warning. On Monday, as demolition hour approached, activists styed in the schoolhouse for fear of the immediate demolition. Activists accompanying shepherds that day around Hamra heard from them that settler-colonists of two new outposts there are harassing them and chasing them away from their grazing grounds. At Makhoul activists accompanied shepherds that day unhampered.
At Auja, in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley, this week activists accompanied shepherds on Tuesday and Wednesday, both times unhampered.

South Hebron Hills
At the Palestinian village Rakeez on Sunday and Friday demonstrations were held protesting the shooting of a local inhabitant during the confiscation of a generator last week. On Friday’s demonstration, held by dozens of Palestinians and about 70 Israeli activists, the occupation forces used teargas and stun grenades to disperse the protest, and during the night between Friday and Saturday, they broke into a home in nearby A-Tawane village and arrested one of the demonstrators. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Tuesday,
January 12.
On Monday, January 4, once again settler-colonists of ‘Mitzpe Yair’ outpost blocked the only access track to Bir Al Eid, that also serves people driving to the village of Jinba. This time the road was blocked by metal rods. Teachers on their way to school in Jinba managed to dismantle part of this blockage and enable passage. Repeated reports to the army about road blocking during the past 3 weeks have so far not resulted in any kind of response. On Wednesday, settler-colonists of the ‘Yaacov Taliya’ ranch chased away shepherds from their grazing grounds near Bir Al Eid.
On Friday a Palestinian youth was wounded by an Israeli army grenade on the ground close to Markaz, near Jinba, and lost his hand. On Saturday activists accompanied shepherds at Umm Al Imad, and helped plant trees at Rakeez.

During the night between Sunday and Monday this week, settler-colonists entered Sarta village (Salfit district), threw stones and smashed windows in several houses, and threw two Israeli army stun grenades into a Palestinian home while the family members, children among them, were asleep. One person was wounded by the stun grenades and evacuated for medical care.
On Wednesday, January 6, large forces of Israeli army and Civil Administration uprooted a huge number of olive trees at Deir Balout, west of Salfit. According to Palestinian reports, 3,000 olive trees were uprooted. In the past few weeks several cases were documented where the occupation forces were seen uprooting old olive trees in various areas of the occupied Palestinian territory.
On Friday, several demonstrations took place in the Salfit district: at Deir Balout, Hares (where the army uprooted an entire olive tree grove the previous week), Bidiya, and Al Ras (adjacent to Salfit).

At Deir Jarayar close to Tayibe (Ramallah district) another demonstration took place protesting the erection of a new outpost that prevents the villagers from accessing their lands. Large army forces prevented the protestors from approaching the outpost and forced them violently away. On Saturday, protestors from the village of Thult (Qalqiliya district) managed to dismantle a part of the separation fence that prevents their access to their own farmlands.
During the entire week, and especially last Saturday, settler-colonists held demonstrations throughout the Occupied Territories, and in several cases, they blocked roads and threw stones at Palestinian vehicles. Several cars were damaged.
The occupation forces focused their efforts this week particularly in the area between Jerusalem and Ramallah. On Monday they demolished 8 structures in Anata, the next day 4 structures were demolished at Nabi Samauil, and on Thursday 10 houses in Beit Iksa, of these 6 that served as dwellings. 4 houses were demolished this week in Al Khader near Bethlehem, and one at Farasin, in the Jenin district.
The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah takes place every Friday. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah 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 3 p.m