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P/R: Ongoing expansion works in Havat Ma’on illegal Israeli outpost, South Hebron Hills

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On November 23 Israeli settlers hammered in the ground three meters high iron pylons at the edge of the wood inside of which the illegal Israeli outpost is located.

At-Tuwani, November 23, 2014
On November 23 Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on hammered in the ground three meters high iron pylons at the edge of the wood inside of which the illegal Israeli outpost is located, keeping on the ongoing expansion.Have not taken any measure.
Some days before on November 13 the same settlers (equipped with a white jeep carrying an electricity generator, a drill and cement) had already dug 10 cm diameter holes  in the  surrounding boundary.

In both occasions South Hebron Hills Popular Committee members and B’tselem operators called the DCO to denounce the illegal works, but Israeli forces didn’t show up.

During the last month in the South Hebron Hills area, Israeli forces carried out several demolitions  in the Palestinian village of Um Al Kher and seized materials in the Palestinian village of Susiya. In the meanwhile they have not taken any measure to stop an illegal expansion of an illegal Israeli outpost.

Nevertheless the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills area are still strongly committed to nonviolent popular resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the incident: http://goo.gl/iTnWri
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

P/R: New water tanks were needed to provide Palestinian inhabitants drinkable water

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At Tuwani – On November 20, the Israeli forces seized a tractor, its truck, four water tanks and three tanks’ bases from the Palestinian village of Susiya. In the early morning DCO officers approached the Palestinian village to take pictures of the ongoing works to install four new water tanks. In the early afternoon DCO officers returned with Israeli army, police, two trucks, one of which with a mechanical arm.

The tractor and its truck, that carried water cisterns and their bases, were seized with the accuse of being used for illegal works, since Palestinians didn’t have permissions to install new water tanks. Tanks and bases were seized without any previous issued demolition order under the pretext that they were not yet installed on the ground.

Water tanks were geared of filters to provide drinkable water and were donated to the Palestinian village because of the lack of drinkable water that effects all the South Hebron Hills area.

The Palestinian village of Susiya is located in area C, under Israeli military and civil administration, and it is surrounded by the Israeli settlement of Suseya, the outpost of Suseya’s Ancient Synagogue and the military base of Suseya North. Around the settlement and the military base there are 26 wells and water cisterns that Palestinians are forbidden to use even if they are on Palestinian private proprieties. Even more, DCO doesn’t allow Palestinian residents of Susiya to connect to Israeli Makorot Company’s water pipes that run right through the Palestinian village and bring water from the settlement of Suseya to the outpost of Ancient Synagogue.

Palestinian residents of Susiya pay 35 NIS per cubic meter of tanked water, six times more than the nearby settlement, which is served by the network, and Palestinian residents spend up to 1/3 of their income on water. Water consumption of Palestinians in Susiya is 28 liters/capita/day, significantly less than the 70 l/c/d consumed by an average Palestinian and well below the World Health Organization standard of 100 l/c/d. (source OCHA OPT)

The Palestinian inhabitants of Susiya are struggling through the nonviolent popular resistance in order to gain the right to access their own lands and to live a dignified life.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the incident: http://goo.gl/9IuTq2

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

P/R: The Israeli forces violently assaulted the inhabitants of Um Al Kher village

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At-Tuwani – On October 29 Israeli forces demolished a total of four structures in the Beduin village of Um ad Daraj and a traditional oven in Um Al Kher beduin village. Men and women from Um Al Kher were assaulted by Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers, while they were peacefully trying to prevent the demolition.

At 7:40 am Israeli military forces broke into Um ad Daraj with two bulldozers. The IDF demolished a toilet, a shelter for the sheep, a cave used as home and a tinplated house, in which were living eight people.
At 9:00 am the Israeli forces arrived at Um Al Kher village and declared a “close military area” for internationals and Israeli civilians, subsequently pushed the international volunteers present to monitor the human rights violations far from the village, threatening them to be arrested. After that a bulldozer, escorted by Israeli army and Border Police went inside the village damaging a fence and an olive tree.
Palestinians inhabitants of Um Al Kher gathered in front of the traditional oven and tried to peacefully prevent the demolition. Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers attacked them, pushing violently away the women and shoving down a boy. After the aggressions the bulldozer destroyed the oven.

The traditional oven was already demolished, without any demolition order issued for it, on October 27 together with other six structures. On October 28, the oven was rebuilt by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee together with the inhabitants of Um al Kher. (For more informations about the demolitions on October 27 you can see here).
The traditional oven was rebuilt for the second time by Palestinians before the end of the morning.

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and defend human rights.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the demolitions: http://goo.gl/VD2etW

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

 

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

P/R: IDF demolishes in the Bedouin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills

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An Israeli activist and an international volunteer arrested.

At-Tuwani – On October 27 Israeli forces demolished a total of seven structures in the Bedouin village of Um al Kher. The structures demolished are: three houses made of concrete, a caravan donated by the United Nations (United Nations Human Rights Response Fund with the support of Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) to be used as a home, a tinplated house, a tinplated kitchen, a traditional oven. The structures belonged to five families, for a total of thirty people affected. An Israeli activist and an international volunteer were brought and detained in Kiryat Arba Israeli police station.

At 9:20 am a convoy of eleven Israeli army vehicles and two bulldozers reached the Bedouin village of Umm Al Kheer. At 9:34 the bulldozers started the demolitions while Israeli soldiers, Border policemen and DCO officers kept Internationals and Israeli activists away from the village, declaring “closed military area”. Around 10 am the Israeli police arrested an international volunteer and an Israeli activist with the accuse of remaining inside the area. Both were released during the same day.

Um Al Kher is a Bedouin village in area C, under Israeli civil and military administration. It’s located very close to the Israeli settlement of Karmel, established during the beginning of the ’80s and expanded in the recent years, especially in 2013. The village routinely experiences harassment from Israeli settlers and army.

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and defend human rights. The South Hebron Hills Popular Committee together with international volunteers and Israeli activists will soon gather to re-build the demolished structures in Um Al Kher.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the demolitions: http://goo.gl/EmtJqE

 
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

P/R: Arrests and violence against Palestinians resisting settlers’ expansion in the South Hebron Hills

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Israeli forces arrest two Palestinians and four Israeli activists near Mitzpe Yair illegal outpost

At Tuwani – Saturday October 18, two nonviolent actions organized by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee took place in the South Hebron Hills area, claiming the right of Palestinians to access their own lands. The first in the area of Umm Al Arayes, located near the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair; the second in the area of the Palestinian village of Susiya, located close to the Israeli settlement of Suseya. Both Palestinian-owned lands are under threat of dispossession because of the illegal settlements’ expansion.

In Umm Al Arayes, at 9 a.m. Palestinian owners of the land accompanied by Israeli activists and international volunteers gathered to claim the right to access their land. The Israeli forces already present on the place immediately stopped the participants and declared the area as “military closed”, preventing anyone to access it. Israeli police arrested two Palestinians and four Israeli activists with the charge to have been in the forbidden area. Last Saturday, during a similar nonviolent action, Israeli activists were brutally attacked by settlers from Mitzpe Yair (video of the incident: http://goo.gl/qFE3fX).

Since 2001 the Palestinians have faced restricted access to these lands. In the past weeks, in response to a legal petition filed by Palestinians’ lawyer, the Israeli Court forced the settlers to dismantle several greenhouses they illegally built on that same land.

In Susiya, at 10 a.m. Palestinian owners, accompanied by Israeli activists and international volunteers, marched on their land to make pressure against the settlement’s illegal expansion. For the third saturday in a row Palestinians dismantled the tent built illegally by the settlers where they used to gather every afternoon preventing the owners to graze on the land and use the well. At 11:10 a.m. Israeli army declared the area as “military closed” and started to violently push away Palestinians and activists, as they were peacefully resisting the evacuation of the area while Israeli settlers were standing there.

In both nonviolent actions Israeli forces prevented the Palestinian owners to access their lands allowing Israeli settlers to grab those lands and illegally build structures on them.

Nevertheless, Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and to stop the ongoing appropriation of Palestinian land.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the actions: http://goo.gl/dPcT2u

For further information:

Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]