This week – December 5-11, 2021 – in the Occupied Territories
Eighth Palestinian killed in demonstrations protesting
the landgrab in Beita village: Israeli soldiers shot 31-year-old villager Jamil
Abu Ayash in the head on Friday; three Touba villagers were arrested in the
middle of the night during an army raid on their village, in response to their
attempt to resist settlers’ invasions of their fields; Jewish terrorists from
‘Havat Maon’ beat Touba children on their way from school in front of soldiers
escorting the children - the Palestinian activist who accompanied the children
was arrested; the Israeli Civil Administration approved 24 out of 2,550
applications for construction permits submitted by Palestinians living in Area
C during the past 5 years, as opposed to 8,356 permits issued to Jewish settlers
over the same period – 384 times more; a violent settler riding an ATV sped
into a Palestinian flock at Hamra – the Palestinian shepherd and an activist
who tried to block the ATV with his body were arrested
Armed soldiers try to prevent the documentation of their invasion
of a Palestinian family home in Touba at 3 a.m., December 7, 2021
South Hebron Hills
Settlers from ‘Carmel’ began expansion works this week on
privately-owned and tended Palestinian lands of the village of Umm Al Kheir.
On Sunday and Monday mornings, villagers and activists succeeded in making the
army put a halt to these pirate works. However, on Monday noon, the works were
continued into the night, backed up by the army, who chased away the landowners
with a ‘closed military zone’ order and stun grenades. That same day, Monday,
settlers chased away an Umm Al Kheir shepherd from his grazing grounds near
Army forces raided the Touba community at 3 a.m. Tuesday,
December 7, and arrested three Palestinian villagers following the accusations
of settlers who invaded the village last Saturday. The soldiers tried to
prevent activists sleeping there from filming the raid. The arrestees
disappeared for a long time, and only after 8 hours did they finally arrive at
the Kiryat Arba police station (half-an-hour’s drive from the village). They
were released on bail after 2 days, at the end of legal proceedings at ‘Ofer’
prison. At the same time, on Tuesday morning once again settlers with their
flock invaded and damaged fields that had just sprouted and belong to the
villagers. Activists staying there chased the settlers away and summoned the
The Israeli army continues to sabotage its own duty, ordained by
the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) committee, to accompany Touba children to
and from their school. This Tuesday, only one soldier reported on this duty,
without a vehicle. The next day, December 8 at noon, settlers waited for the
children at the meeting point and attacked them. They kicked and beat the
children in front of the soldiers – who arrested the children’s Palestinian
accompanier, and detained one settler. The children’s families filed a complaint
at the Hebron police station.
On Wednesday, settlers and their flock from ‘Mitzpe Yair’, escorted
by Israeli army, invaded privately owned Palestinian lands inside the firing
zone near Simra, but left when the landowners arrived. That same day,
Wednesday, the army tried to prevent a Palestinian family from plowing its land
in Wadi Swaid but retracted following the intervention of activists and
an attorney. On Thursday, a group of activists on patrol discovered an invasion
by settlers with saws of a field officially out of bounds to Israelis, in Susya.
The activists documented the settlers vandalizing olive trees and chased them
Activists accompanied the Palestinian landowner to Umm Al Arais
on Saturday, unhampered. They also accompanied surveyors in the area, and upon
seeing settlers setting out to attack them they summoned the police, who
enabled the surveyors to complete their work. In Wadi Swaid, activists
accompanied plowing on Saturday unhampered. In Humra, near Tawane,
settlers and their flock were discovered invading a Palestinian field
officially closed to Israelis, and activists managed to make the army remove
them. In nearby Hali, too, settlers and their flock invaded
privately-owned and tended Palestinian fields, and activists made the army remove
The occupation forces demolished two rooms in Zif village on
Monday, December 6, as well as 2 rooms and a water hole in Buyeb.
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. 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.
P alestinian Jordan Valley
Most days this week, activists accompanied Palestinian shepherds of
Khalat Makhoul, Samara, Hamra and Farisiya in the northern Palestinian
Jordan Valley, and around Auja in the south, unhampered.
However, on Sunday, December 5, the violent settler-colonist from
the ranch near Hamra again harassed a Palestinian shepherd and his
flock, set a drone on them and sped into the flock on his ATV. One of the
activists blocked the vehicle with his body, the settler summoned soldiers who
detained the shepherd and the activist. They were both released conditionally
after being questioned at the Binyamin police station, and the shepherd was
forbidden to graze near his home. On Thursday, settlers vandalized the vehicle
of activists accompanying shepherds near Samara.
In the Auja area, Jewish terrorists from the new outpost
near ‘Mevo’ot Jericho’ continue to harass Palestinian shepherds. On Wednesday,
a settler with his dog chased a Dyuk shepherd after he took leave of
activists who had accompanied him, and threatened him with a stone.
The occupation forces demolished a structure intended for dwelling
in Humsa on Sunday, December 5.
To join activity in the Jordan Valley,
please contact Arik: 050-5607034
Jewish terrorists attacked a Palestinian driver who was going
through Sheikh Jarrah in his car on Thursday, December 9, with stones
and pepper spray, and vandalized other cars belonging to Palestinians in the
neighborhood. The driver needed medical attention. The police arrested two
suspects in this attack, both 16-years-old.
Dozens of activists demonstrated along with A-Tour residents
on Friday in protest of the threathened demolition of a 5-story apartment
building in this neighborhood, inhabited by dozens of people, among them many children
as well as eldery and disabled. The weekly protest vigil at Sheikh Jarrah
also took place that day, this time without police interference.
During the night between Saturday and Sunday, December 12, about 20
masked Jewish terrorists were documented throwing stones and vandalizing cars
at the Bab A-Zahara neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
On Sunday the occupation forces demolished 3 buildings in Beit
protest in Sheikh Jarrah takes place every Friday. We will meet at the Sheikh Jarrah Garden, Nablus Road and Dahlmann St.
at 3 p.m
Throughout the West Bank
On Friday, December 10, during the weekly demonstration against the
theft of lands belonging to the Palestinian village Beita (Nablus
district), occupation soldiers shot 31-years-old Jamil Abu Ayash in the
head. He died of his wounds. The Red Crescent reported 68 people wounded and
cared for during this week’s demo. Jamil Abu Ayash is the eighth Palestinian killed
during the demonstrations protesting the criminal outpost erected on Beita
lands since May.
Demolitions throughout the West Bank
On Sunday, occupation forces demolished a structure at Al Has (Bethlehem
On Tuesday, they demolished 4 structures at Nahalin
During 2020, the Civil Administration issued 797 demolition
orders for Palestinian structures throughout Area C, the highest number in the past
five years. During the previous year, demolition orders were issued for 643
Between 2016 and 2020, 24 construction permits were issued out
of 2,550 applications, namely – 0.94%. During the same time, construction
permits for 8,356 apartments were approved to be built in the West Bank
settler-colonies – 384 times the number of permits issued to Palestinians.
These data were given out by the Civil Administration following a
request for the freedom of information filed by the ‘Bimkom’ ossociation.