Sunday, March 21 2021 This week – March 14-21, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories

Settlers from ‘Havat Talya’ attacked and beat up a boy picking gundelia herbs, stabbed his donkey and stole the herbs; many Palestinians and activists came to Umm Al Ara’is to protest the criminal attack by settlers from ‘Mitzpe Yair’ outpost against the Palestinian landowner; activists were attacked again and again this week by settlers from the West bank Hill Range outposts, but they continued accompanying Palestinian shepherds and farmers there every day; soldiers and the “Green Patrol” confiscated a Palestinian flock near the village of Jinba and arrested the shepherd while shooting in the air; a massive protest demonstration in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah against evicting Palestinian inhabitants in order to settler colonists there instead; the occupation forces killed a Palestinian demonstrator protesting the founding of a new outpost near Beit Dajan;

photo: Protest in Umm Al Ara’is following the attack against the landowner’s family (in front, the family car, vandalized while the children were inside it; ‘Mitzpe Yair’ outpost seen in the back) Saturday, March 20,2021

Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank Hill Range
Settler-colonists continue to drive their flocks intentionally into privately owned and tended Palestinian fields around the Tayibe Junction and Deir Jarayer. This week, activists came there every day and chased the flocks away, with considerable success. An officer of the Civil Administration instructed the police a week ago that its duty is to prevent these unlawful incursions, and indeed on Sunday March 14, policemen instructed the settler-colonists to leave the fields – but later on this week the police again refused to reply to summons to do so. This week settler-colonists attacked activists and threatened them on three different occasions, but the activists presence continues daily.
On Sunday, March 21, again settler-colonists attacked an activist who was hospitalized in Afula and needed stitches. He returned to his activism at the same place the next day.
At Auja in the southern Palestinian Jordan Valley activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds this week on Sunday through Thursday, and grazing went unhampered. On Wednesday, the occupation forces demolished 11 structures in nearby Nueime village.
In the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley activists accompanied shepherds at Humra on Tuesday and Thursday, and grazing went unhampered.
In Farisiya, on Tuesday, a settler-colonist from the nearby outpost approached Palestinian shepherds trying to chase them away and threaten them and the activists accompanying them. However, grazing continued unhampered. On Thursday again activists accompanied shepherds, and this time with no interference.
Near En Al Hilwa on Monday, purposeful vandalizing of a wheat field by Israeli soldiers and their vehicles was noted. Close to the spring itself, settler-colonists have begun illegal works towards creating a pool at the site. Army and police were summoned and refused to come.

South Hebron Hills
On Sunday, March 14, in anticipation of Netanyahu’s visit at the archeological site of Susya, the occupation forces dispersed a protest vigil of Palestinian Susya villagers and activists with stun grenades and closed on the village. The forces also tried to prevent Meretz Knesset Members from reaching the village and supporting its people. On Friday, March 19, inhabitants of the area held a protest vigil near the settler-colony ‘Maon’ where settler-colonists have begun to work on construction preparations over Palestinian lands. On this occasion, too, the occupation forces dispersed the demonstration.
On Saturday, March 20, many Palestinians came with activists to the lands of Umm Al Ara’is, where last week a Palestinian family was brutally attacked by settler-colonists from the outpost ‘Mitzpe Yair’. The attacked family members and their children held a picnic there, showing their determination to hold on to their land despite the settlers violence and the occupation forces’ looking the other way – while the gang of vandals openly watched them from the outpost fence. The activists also visited the landowner, who was severely wounded in his head by the settlers, and is bed-bound after having undergone jaw surgery.
On Sunday, settler-colonists from the outpost ‘Havat Yaacov Talya’ attacked a boy who had gone out to pick gundelia herbs between Bir Al Eid and Jinba – they beat him up, stole the herbs he had picked, and stabbed his donkey with a knife.
On Monday, officials of the “Green Patrol” and soldiers confiscated a flock near Jinba and arrested the shepherd. During the incident the soldiers fired live ammunition in the air. By order to the court, the shepherd was arrested until the end of proceedings, and his family was fined.
On Wednesday the occupation forces confiscated Palestinians’ seasonal dwelling tent at Khalat A-Dhaba.
On Saturday activists accompanied shepherds near Susya and Zanouta – on both occasions things went smoothly. A shepherd that grazed his flock in Wadi Swayd reported he had been chased away from the grazing grounds by settler-colonists.

Jerusalem and throughout the Occupied Territories
On Thursday activists held a presence vigil in the Issawiya neighborhood of Jerusalem because of the police’s harassment of the residents. The vigil was peaceful. On Friday a large demonstration was held in Sheikh Jarrah protesting Israel’s intention to evict many Palestinian residents and pass their homes on to Jewish settler-colonists. Police forces used stun grenades against the demonstrators, but still the demonstration continued, with many residents and activists taking part.
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 .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

On Sunday and Monday this week, the occupation forces demolished a house in Jabal Mukabar and another in Silwan.
In En Nakuba, close to Abu Ghosh (both within Israel-proper), an attempt was made on Monday to set a house on fire with its dwellers inside. On the house walls hate graffiti was smeared saying “Stop assimilation!”
On Friday, settler-colonists set fire to 2 vehicles in Beit Iksa, near Jerusalem, and smeared graffiti saying “Hello from Ahuviya”.
In the gang demonstration of settler-colonist youth taking place in Jerusalem on Thursday, demonstrators attacked a Palestinian truck driver who happened to drive by.
The occupation forces uprooted over 20 olive trees close to the village of Ras Karkar (Ramallah district) in lands that were stolen from the villagers in order to pass them on to settler-colonists. The occupation forces also demolished 2 structures in Za’ayin east of Jerusalem, and another in Halhul (Hebron district).
On Friday, the occupation forces killed a demonstrator while violently dispersing the weekly protest over confiscating lands at the village of Beit Dajan (Nablus district). Eye witnesses said that the victim, ‘Atef Hanaysheh’, was shot with live ammunition at close range.