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Open Shuhada Street

  • Hundreds march in Hebron: 'Open segregated Shuhada Street'

    Israeli soldiers fire volleys of tear gas to break up the protest, prevent the march from reaching the street Israel has forbidden Palestinians but not Jews from walking or driving down. Around 400 people marched through the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday to mark 23 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) Massacre, and demanded the city’s Shuhada Street be re-opened to Palestinian residents, and to end the occupation. Shuhada Street has been segregated — closed to Palestinians but not Jews — for 16 years: Palestinian residents cannot walk out their front doors, and shops owned…

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  • Prisoners in our own homes: A look at life in occupied Hebron

    Twenty-one years have passed since Baruch Goldstein entered Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs and massacred dozens of Muslim worshippers. Since then, Palestinians in the city have been placed under a harsh regime of separation and movement restriction. Some of us can't even leave our own homes. By Zleikha Muhtaseb Imagine that you are in your home, sitting on your comfortable couch, making a cup of tea or perhaps looking at the view through your window. You are safe and calm — here no one can hurt you. Now imagine that the front door of your home has been locked by…

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  • PHOTOS: 20 years since Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre

    In 1994, the Israeli military responded to a massacre by a Jewish settler by restricting the movement of Hebron's Palestinian residents. Two decades later, the restrictions are more severe and some of Israel's most extreme settlements continue to grow in the heart of the West Bank's largest city. Photos by: Anne Paq, Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv/Activestills.org   Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1994, American-born doctor and Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein walked into Hebron’s al-Ibrahimi Mosque and opened fire with his military issued rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125. Goldstein himself was eventually overcome…

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  • Palestinians demand Shuhada St. reopened after 20 years

    In a rare, united political front, Palestinian protesters try to reach Hebron's segregated Shuhada Street but are confronted by Israeli army and police. Five are arrested and a B'Tselem researcher is hit in the head with a rubber-coated bullet. [This post has been updated] About 1,000 Palestinians from all political parties, joined by Israeli and international activists, marched through the streets of Hebron Friday afternoon demanding to reopen the city's formerly central commercial street. Shuhada Street has been closed to Palestinians movement for the better part of 20 years since the Cave of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre. The procession started at the central…

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  • WATCH: 20 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre in Hebron

    Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1994, Israeli-American Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 people in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, the Muslim holy site at the Cave of the Patriarchs. Goldstein’s attack with an automatic assault rifle left 125 wounded. In the wake of the massacre, its victims, the Palestinian residents of Hebron, were the ones to suffer. Once one of the city's major thoroughfares and commercial centers, Shuhada Street was closed to Palestinian vehicle and foot traffic as part of the Israeli army’s attempt to create "sterile" buffer zones between Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents in the city.…

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  • WATCH: Demonstration to open Shuhada Street in Hebron

    On Friday February 22, 2013, a demonstration took place in Hebron protesting the restrictions placed on Palestinians' freedom of movement on Shuhada Street in the city. Shuhada Street has been closed to Palestinians for over a decade (ever since the second Intifada began in October 2000 and seven years after Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein killed 19 Palestinians at the nearby Ibrahimi Mosque); Israeli settlers are free to use the street. More than anything, the closure of Shuhada Street is an expression of Israel's undeclared racial segregation policies, and their implications. Ever since it was closed to Palestinians, life in the…

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  • Deadly clashes erupt across occupied territories

    Across the West Bank, clashes took place between Palestinians and the Israeli military. Several people were arrested and injured and at least one Palestinian was killed. Clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli military erupted across the occupied territories over the weekend, from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to the old city of Hebron, with scenes reminiscent of the start of the second Intifada. It is not exactly clear what caused the clash at the Al-Aqsa Mosque because of differing reports, however, violence ensued between Israeli forces and Palestinians inside and around the compound, with teargas entering the mosque. As news…

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  • Palestinians, Israelis protest segregation, settlement in Hebron

    Army used tear gas, skunk and an American-made sound device against protesters. Dozens were injured, and at least two Palestinians and one Israeli were arrested. By Max Schindler Hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals descended upon Hebron on Friday to protest the 18-year closure of a main thoroughfare, Shuhada Street. Approximately 500 demonstrators—many hoisting Palestinian flags and chanting anti-occupation slogans— converged a few hundred meters from the closed street. As they attempted to approach Shuhada Street, Border Police forces dispersed the rally by throwing stun grenades, shooting tear gas, and spraying "skunk" liquid. Palestinian teenagers threw stones at the soldiers. Several Molotov cocktails were thrown…

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  • A rare instance of justice at the Ofer military court

    Nonviolent organizer Issa Amro was released from military prison this morning in a rare case of swift justice for Palestinians in the Israeli legal system.  Amro, the director of the Hebron based NGO Youth Against Settlements, was one of the organizers of Friday’s international day of action to open Shuhada street. On Monday, Israeli authorities summoned Amro for an interrogation in the Kiryat Arba police station. Authorities threaten to raid Amro house if he failed to appear for questions. Once he entered the station, Amro was arrested on suspicion of ‘sedition’ and ‘membership in an illegal organization,' both are serious charges which are…

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  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu attacked for his support of the Palestinians

    The South African Zionist Federation demands that Archbishop Tutu be removed or resign from his position as patron of the Cape Town Holocaust Centere and the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre due to his support for the Palestinians Archbishop Desmond Tutu is coming under attack for taking a stand against Israel’s occupation. Last October, the Archbishop Emeritus asked the Cape Town Opera not to travel to Israel. His argument was based on his firm belief in human rights and equality. He wrote, “Only the thickest-skinned South Africans would be comfortable performing before an audience that excluded residents living, for example, in an…

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