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Settlers resort to open theft and robbery
This week – November 8-14, 2020 – in the Occupied Territories

By mail from taayush2000@yahoo.com

The settlers intensify their looting and robbery activities: 20 sheep stolen
from Palestinian shepherds near the Tayibe junction were delivered to the
settler-colony ‘Rimonim’ on the West Bank hill range – settlers stole
equipment worth tens of thousands of NIS from Turmus Aya and left the
graffiti “The People of Israel lives!” – and at Tel Rumeida in Hebron
settlers were documented stealing the Palestinian inhabitants’ harvest of
olives; more demolitions by the Israeli occupation forces in East Jerusalem;
volunteers worked during the weekend to repair demolition damages in Humsa,
in the Palestinian Jordan Valley; activists helped a Safa inhabitant harvest
his groves bordering on ‘Bat Ayin’, under threats of the Israeli army and
the settlement’s security official.


South Hebron Hills

This week settlers began preparing new access roads to the outpost ‘Avigail’
and the settlement ‘Shim’a’. Following a complaint lodged by the Palestinian
landowners, police came on Thursday to the work site near ‘Avigail’. The
heavy equipment immediately stopped working and escaped into the outpost
itself.

On Wednesday, November 11, activists were asked to help farmers harvest
their olives in their groves near Saffa, below the settlement ‘Bat Ayin’.
The owners, suffering for years from vandalism and attacks by settlers,
attempted to access their groves by themselves, but the Israeli army chased
them away with teargas. The olive harvest on Wedensday went unhampered. The
next day, again they tried to come by themselves and were chased away again
by a military force that attacked the landowner and threated him at
gunpoint. On Saturday activists came back to help there, finished their work
unhampered, but then an army force arrived, led by the ‘Bat Ayin’ security
official, and demanded the harvesters to leave claiming an order that
forbids their accessing their groves. The inhabitants and activists demanded
to see the order. No order was presented, but since the harvest had already
ended anyway, the owner decided to leave.

On Saturday, November 14, settlers from the new outpost at Umm Zaitouna came
to homes of Palestinians in Th’ala and threatened them not to access their
grazing grounds. Activists accompanied shepherds of Umm Al Amad on Saturday,
and grazing went unhampered.

To join Ta`ayush in The South Hebron Hills this Saturday call 055-2770168

Please make an effort to register no later than Thursday evening, so we can
organize the transportation and the activity properly. Please bring an
ID/passport, a hat, water and food for the day. It is advised to take into
consideration cultural differences in the choice of clothing.


The Palestinian Jordan Valley and West Bank hill range
On Friday, November 13, settlers in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley
celebrated the founding of a new outpost west of the ‘Umm Zuka’ outpost. The
ground at the site is already being prepared, and a water pipe has been
paid.

Palestinian farmers from nearby Samra who tried to plow their fields that
day close to the Israeli army base were demanded to stop their work. Only
after they showed the soldiers documents proving their ownership of the
land, were they permitted to continue plowing. The next day, Saturday,
November 14, the exact same proceedings took place: once again Samra farmers
came to continue plowing, soldiers forbade them to do so, and enabled the
work after being shown ownership documents.

During the weekend Palestinian, Israeli and international activists carried
out work days at Humsa, re-establishing dwellings and sheep pens.
Close to Tayibe junction on the West Bank hill range, Palestinian shepherds
reported on Wednesday, November 11, that settlers stole 20 sheep from them
and led them into the settlement ‘Rimonim’. A complaint was lodged with the
Israeli police (for all that such a complaint is worth...).

At Turmus Aya nearby, on Tuesday settlers stole equipment worth tens of
thousands of shekels, including a generator, a water pump and electrical
tools, sabotaged water pipes and a fence, and left behind a graffiti saying
“The People of Israel lives!”

To join activity in the Jordan Valley, please contact Arik: 050-5607034

Throughout the Occupied Territories and in Jerusalem
In Tel Rumeida, Hebron, on Thursday, November 12, settlers were documented
stealing the olive harvest of local Palestinians.

The Israeli occupation forces demolished 5 structures at Deir Dibwan east of
Ramallah this week, another 2 structures in Hebron and one in Wadi A-Nis
south of Bethlehem.

East Jerusalem saw a massive wave of demolitions this week: On Tuesday,
November 10, the occupation authorities demolished 5 structures in Anata,
and another 4 in A-Ram. The next day, they demolished two structures at Sur
Bahr, and one in A-Tour, and on Thursday they demolished a home in Walaja.
For joining activity in Walaja and in Dir Istiya areas, please contact Aviv
– avivsky@gmail.com

The weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrah continues to take place every Friday,
adhering to emergency procedures. 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



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