Stolen fruit, destroyed trees and harassment by the army and settlers wreak havoc with the yearly olive harvest, an essential source of subsistence for West Bank Palestinians. By Yossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din "The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up" (Deuteronomy 28:33) "I’ve been taking care of my trees for 31 years. These are my trees, I planted them, they’re like my children," says Ali Taher Ali Salah. He is standing in his toy shop in the village of A-Sawiya, watching the children coming and going, buying toys that…Read More... | 89 Comments
At the height of the olive harvest this year, the Palestinian residents of Jayyous were assisted by volunteers from Israel and abroad. The activists came to the West Bank to combine activism and spirituality. Beyond the contribution of their manual labor, however, their very presence also helps reduce and prevent friction with the Israeli army and settlers. Read more: Why can't Palestinians harvest olives in peace? WATCH: Jewish extremist tries to stab 'rabbi for human rights' Unsure of shelter, yet praying for rainRead More... | 42 Comments
Settlers in Hebron attack Activestills photographer Oren Ziv and Breaking the Silence activist Yehuda Shaul as they tour Hebron with famed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. By Yael Marom Video by David Shutkin/The Center for Jewish Nonviolence Israeli settlers attacked Activestills photographer Oren Ziv and Breaking the Silence activist Yehuda Shaul in Hebron on Tuesday, as they toured the city with famed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. [tmwinpost] The incident is the latest in a long and growing list of attacks by settlers and Israeli security forces against journalists in the occupied territories. The attack came after the three arrived in Hebron for a…Read More... | 3 Comments
An Israeli civilian admits to destroying a Palestinian’s fence, erected in order to prevent settlers from stealing wood for burning on the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’Omer. The police close the case anyway. By Yossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din On October 18, 2014, dozens of Israeli civilians coming from the direction of Hebron trespassed on land belonging to Muhammad Sadeq Muhammad Rashid Qanibi and began demolishing a fence he had built there. As in many other cases of assaults by Israeli civilians in the West Bank, the 18th was a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath and day of rest. This day, as…Read More... | 1 Comment
When A saw Israeli civilians approach, he did the sensible thing and fled. This is what quiet terrorism looks like. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz A. is a resident of the village Faratha in the West Bank. He declined to have his name published, as he has become a regular target for attacks by Israeli civilians. He owns two plots of land; the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad is built next to one of them. The establishment of the outpost led to the familiar pattern of dispossession in the West Bank: in order to protect the safety of the…Read More... | 9 Comments
Two Israeli settlers use a fake gun to threaten a bus full of Palestinian workers. The police make a quick arrest, yet the media totally ignores the story. Two acts of political violence committed by Jewish residents of the West Bank against Palestinians went almost completely unreported by the Israeli Hebrew media last week, even as the police responded with remarkable alacrity. [tmwinpost] According to Israeli police, last Wednesday two residents of Efrat, a settlement near Jerusalem, began circling a Palestinian vehicle on their motorcycles on a road near the settlement. One of the settlers then forced the vehicle to…Read More... | 2 Comments
IDF soldiers find Palestinians beaten by settlers yet do not ask the right questions. An incident that will, inevitably, go completely under the radar. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On November 21, 2015 B., a Palestinian youth, went with his friend H., from his village of A-Dik in the West Bank, to bring food to H.’s father, who was busy working the land. At about 14:00, they found H.’s father and gave him the food. Then they went to another part of the same plot of land to gather “white fragrant flowers named ‘Jargas,’” as B. would later…Read More... | 1 Comment
Avi Buskila, the new director general of Peace Now, may come as an outsider to the world of peace organizations but there's one unique item on his resume nobody else can lay claim to. Twenty years ago I was a deputy company commander in the West Bank city of Hebron. The first Netanyahu government was about to transfer control of three-quarters of the city to the Palestinian Authority. The settlers were furious — the tension in the occupied city was palpable. [tmwinpost] After Rabin’s assassination, the Hebron Agreement was seen as vital for demonstrating progress in the Oslo process under the…Read More... | 2 Comments
Israelis are right, there is dangerous incitement among Palestinians. Here's what they can do to fight it. The controversy over the Hebron shooter is the gift that keeps on giving. By Saturday, we have already stood to learn that the star of last week's show will not be charged with murder, that a large part of the Israeli public views him as a national hero, and that municipalities will not hesitate to spend taxpayer money on organizing events in support of anyone who shoots a wounded Arab in the head. Lately, we have also geared witnessed to Israelis explaining that…Read More... | 19 Comments
A story of assault in Hebron perfectly exemplifies how police investigations fail when the victim is Palestinian. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz More than five years ago, on July 16, 2010, a young Hebronite by the name of Muhammad Abd Al-Raouf Abdrazeq was attacked by two Israeli civilians without any reason. In his police statement, which was backed by the testimony of a Border Police officer as well as by security cameras, Abdrazeq described how a group of Israeli civilians came from the direction of the Cave of the Patriarchs, when suddenly two men split off from the…Read More...
Neither the army nor the police bat an eyelid when settlers set up shop in the front yard of a privately-owned Palestinian home for an entire weekend. By Michael Salisbury-Corech Dozens of settlers in Hebron took over the front yard of the home of well-known local Palestinian nonviolent activist Issa Amro over the weekend. Israeli soldiers remained with the settlers for over 24 hours, guarding them as they slept, prayed, and ate — all the while blocking the entrance to the house. [tmwinpost] Amro rents the house from its Palestinian owner, using it as the community center for the "Youth Against Settlements"…Read More... | 3 Comments
Nearly 50 years after the occupation of Hebron, Israel still hasn't figured out how to stop Palestinian violence. If you have been attuned to the internal Israeli conversation over the past few days, you'll have noticed that the drums of war are beating once again. In a piece published Friday, Haaretz's military and defense expert Amos Harel describes a growing rift among Israel's leadership surrounding the recent violence that has, for the most part, moved from Jerusalem to the West Bank — and specifically the area surrounding Hebron. [tmwinpost] Following a sharp increase in lethal attacks against Israeli soldiers and…Read More... | 4 Comments
The police request to postpone the demolition of a synagogue built on Palestinian land for fear of right-wing attacks is a clear surrender to threat of violence. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The case of the Givat Ze’ev synagogue combines almost all of the ills of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. Last week we witnessed a new low, when the High Court of Justice dealt with a request that has sadly become all-too-common: to rescind, through postponement, its own verdict. This was a cowardly and audacious request by the police, to which the court acceded. How…Read More...
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