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Israeli settler-colonialism continues its brutal attacks against the Palestinian people and their right to exist. On November 23, Israeli bulldozers demolished al-Sfai School, Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.  

In a chilling scene, students from al-Sfai school, steadfast in their school, were confronting the Israeli military forces and bulldozers for hours, refusing to leave the school. Children were standing behind the windows watching the Israeli soldiers brutally attacking their teachers. 

Raed Hudaib, principal of the nearby elementary school in Khallet Ad-Dabe’, commented: “Even though they are still young, they are aware of what is happening around them. Students say if the occupation forces demolish our school, they won’t stop coming to learn. We can set a tent up or use a cave.”

The Israeli demolition of al-Sfai School is part of a systematic colonial plan to replace the indigenous population and control the land for the expansion of settlements.

Israeli apartheid is trying to destroy all vital infrastructure of the Palestinian people in the region, whether schools, health centers, homes, or water networks.

The Israeli apartheid was established on the rubble of ethnically cleansed villages, and now it is trying to continue the ethnic cleansing policy, by attempting to force the Palestinian people to leave their homes and communities and to make space for the expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements.

Israel is a colonial regime that terrorizes children and threatens their right to education and to exist. It violates international norms and international law. The school of al-Sfai was built in al-Sfai al-Fauqa village to serve 22 school children from three surrounding communities, al- Sfai al-Fauqa, al-Sfai al-Tihta, and Tuba. These students have long had faced serious difficulties to reach a school. 

Despite the fact that international institutions appealed against the demolition verdict, the Israel’s apartheid courts have ruled against the appeal. 

Yet, Palestinian students continue to struggle against Israel’s brutal decisions and attacks, upholding their right to education and to exist. Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are steadfast on their land, despite all criminal ethnic cleansing policies carried out against them. 

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November 9: Global Day of InterAction for a World without Walls 

The 27th session of the conference of the parties (COP27) to the UNFCCC will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 06-18 2022. Like previous conferences, the conference will start with a plethora of declarations and end with a dearth of action to stop the climate catastrophes befalling people, especially populations in the Global South. 

Businesses and states that put profits before people will once again embrace false solutions to the increasing emissions, rising sea levels, flood and the mounting harms on the human and the non-human. The voices of people who bear the brunt of the climate crisis and grassroots movements demanding an immediate and just agricultural and energy transition to a fossil-fuel free future will be shut out. 

Social movements and human rights organizations have denounced Egypt’s systematic human rights violations, reflected in the exclusionary nature of the COP held in Egypt. The Egyptian government, known for the suppression of free speech and assembly, is expected to control and limit any meaningful participation of activists and grassroots groups. 

The exclusion of oppressed and colonized peoples from the shaping of policies aimed at addressing the climate crisis, is not unique to the COP27. It is intrinsic to all COP conferences and climate politics. 

The call for a World without Walls unites with activists across the globe to demand an end to Walls of Climate Colonialism.

World without Wall was initiated in 2017 by Palestinian and Mexican organizations with the intention of bringing together movements across the globe that fight walls of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation. At the COP27, the true builders of Walls of Climate Colonialism will be meeting. They mount false solutions in front of us and bar the path towards climate justice.

We know that the future of our people and our planet are connected. 

We cannot liberate our planet from the destructive yoke of extractivism, fossil fuels and unsustainable development, if we don’t free our people from oppression, exploitation, wars and militarization. We have to end climate colonialism, the racist systems that consider some of us dispensable or an obstacle to their greed of conquest and profits.

Apartheid Israel and its corporations that enable and profit from the theft of Palestinian land and resources are among the builders and exporters of the Walls of Climate Colonialism. 

As Palestinians, we witness Israeli environmental apartheid everywhere. We fight it in the occupied Jordan Valley, where Mekorot plays a key role in stealing Palestinian water to re-direct it to its illegal settlement enterprise; in Gaza, where Israel’s gas pipeline runs without permission through Palestinian territorial waters and has given rise to a marittime siege and ongoing attacks on Palestinian fisherfolk; and in Masafer Yatta and al-Naqab, where the Jewish National Fund is responsible for the theft of Palestinian land in order to facilitate Israel’s plan to ethnically cleanse Palestinian villages in these areas. 

Israeli apartheid sells models and technologies developed to dispossess Palestinians as false solutions across the globe, exporting climate apartheid.  

This technology allows the same elites that have brought us to the brink of extinction to preserve their privilege, continue to make profits and to continue to displace communities around the world. Israel’s water management company Mekorot has been exposed attempting to export water apartheid to Argentina and in India Israel’s Netafim produced a farming model where “farmers are enslaved to corporate farm managers“. African movements are uniting to fight Israel’s water apartheid. Now, Israel wants to join the fossil fuel bonanza and, with the help of Chevron and Siemens, aims to export gas and electricity to Europe.

Israeli agri-apartheid, water apartheid technology and its fossil fuel industry are siphoning off public money from across the world to maintain and further develop their colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people. 

We will join the global mobilizations against the COP27 and call on Palestine solidarity and climate justice groups and social movements across the globe to come together to fight Walls of Climate Colonialism. Join us in building action on and around November 9 – Global Day of Action for a World Without Walls – in order to:

  • Denounce the false climate solutions and apartheid Israel’s role in promoting them. 
  • Denounce how apartheid Israel’s propaganda machine sells false solutions to whitewash its crimes against the Palestinian people. 
  • Raise awareness and build campaigns against Mekorot
  • Raise awareness and build campaigns against Israel’s role in the agri-business. including Netafim
  • Raise awareness and build campaigns to Stop the Jewish National Fund from dispossessing Palestinians under the banner of “environmental” action. 

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On October 14, the Stop the Wall Campaign will start this year’s “You Are Not Alone” olive harvesting campaign in cooperation with the local grassroots organizations, Allbd Cultural Center, Palestinian Farmers Union, Volunteer Work Association, Land Defense Coalition, Hebron Defense Committee and Jadayel Association for Culture and Arts.   

Activists will be supporting farmers in the villages of Deir Istiya, Baqa al-Sharqiah, Shweika, Kafa, Jbara, Jarushiya, Saffarin, Aboud, Kafr Malik, Senjel, Deir Jarir, Qalqilya, Jayyous, Azzoun, al-Tawani and Susiya. 

This campaign aims to promote people’s steadfastness on the ground as they are subjected to brutal attacks by illegal settlers and the Israeli army. The targeted villages are resisting a fierce assault by the apartheid Israel aimed at confiscating the lands of the Palestinian inhabitants for illegal settlement expansion. The campaign will provide assistance to Palestinian families to help them overcome obstacles and restrictions they face during the harvesting season.

The olive tree is not only a means of subsistence but a symbol of Palestinian steadfastness in their lands. Its roots are deeply entangled with  the ground on which the trees give its fruit. Despite the frequent attacks and systematic aggressions, olive trees in Palestine remain strong and green for generations, referring to the pride and dignity of the Palestinian people.

After the construction of the apartheid Wall, the Stop the Wall campaign launched the “You Are Not Alone” initiative in 2004 to enhance the steadfastness of the Palestinian people near the wall and the threatened areas. It covered 55 locations in the occupied West Bank at that time. The campaign continues throughout the years to stand up to Israel’s colonial project.

The existence of the volunteers and people on the ground will lead the occupation to the conclusion that those people are not alone, it will promote the idea of popular resistance and steadfastness. 

Parts of these areas are located next to the bypass road as well as settlements and outposts. The Israeli occupation constructed these roads to promote its colonial apartheid policy to confiscate as many lands as possible and prevent Palestinians from accessing them. 

On the other hand, Israeli settlers in these areas terrorize people, farmers, livestock breeders, and shepherds, assault them, steal their crops, ruin their trees,  and destroy residents’ priorities. Palestinian people are fighting against apartheid walls, humiliating checkpoints, raids, and bypass roads that devoured a large part of their lands. 

Image of Israeli bulldozer uprooting olive trees in Bardala

Through these policies, the Israeli apartheid regime seeks to create an invisible wall between Palestinians and their lands, it wants them to feel the risk of being on the land in preparation to expel them by force to serve settlement expansion.

However, Palestinians are rooted in their lands challenging with their determination and steadfastness the Israeli apartheid plans. 

This campaign also shows the interconnectedness of Palestinian social relationships, it depends on voluntary work and the willingness to offer help and assistance to people. The Idea of O’nah of Faza’a [ assistance in the harvest season] existed for decades in  Palestinian society, people were raised on helping each other. O’nah is a sign of social collaboration and community solidarity. 

The campaign activities will be concluded in Masafer Yatta, to support people’s steadfastness there and highlight their struggle to live under the threat of demolition, land confiscation, and expulsion as well as settler and army aggression.

UN OCHA statistics indicated that violations increased by 40 and 50 % in the years of 2019 and 2020 respectively.  Between 2017 and 2020, 63 instances of settler violence in Masafer Yatta were documented. Nearly 500 assaults resulting in the murder of four Palestinians, 175 injuries, and severely damaged property were in 2021. 

Stop the wall in cooperation with voluntary groups seek to defend Palestinians’ right to land as well as the right to exist, letting them know that they are not left alone to face the apartheid systematic plans. 

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The verdict to ethnically cleanse Khallet Ad-Dabe’ came into effect on September 29. This means the demolition of the entire infrastructure and homes is about to happen at any time.

Residents of Khallet Ad-Dabe’ are living in anxiety and fear of losing their homes. However, they are strong enough to face all illegal practices implemented against them. 

Children are among the most affected. Students in Khallet Ad-Dabe’ leave their homes every day resisting Israeli obstructions and checkpoints. These children now take a good-bye look at homes every day for fear that they will not find them when they are back from school. They also do the same when they leave school. They are in a state of fear of loss.

The Israeli occupation is an apartheid regime that since its inception ethnically cleanses Palestinians from their lands. The establishment of Israel was a result of the ethnic cleansing of over 500 Palestinian villages in 1948. Palestinians call it the Nakba [arabic ‘catastrophe’]. This Nakba of 1948 has never stopped. Today, the Israeli colonial system continues its brutal practices against Palestinians in Masafer Yatta.

Residents have been petitioning against the demolition of their homes in Masafer Yatta for twenty years, and now the illegitimate Israeli Supreme Court issued a decision to ethnically cleanse the area from Palestinians under the pretext that these villages are located in the so-called Firing Zone 918. In the meanwhile, parts of the illegal Israeli settlements of Mitzpe Yair, Avigayil, and Havat Ma’on outposts are actually located inside Firing Zone 918.  Havat Ma’on expanded as recently as last spring. 

If no action is taken to thwart this decision, an entire village with over 90 residents is to be demolished at any time. Other 8 villages are to follow. 

According to UN OCHA, more than 1000 Palestinians including 560 children are threatened to be ethnically cleansed in Masafer Yatta. 

It is the role of the international community to hold the occupation state accountable for its violations of international law, including the crime against humanity of apartheid.  Israel’s inhumane practices against the indigenous people of Masafer Yatta are war crimes and a brutal expression of apartheid. 

Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are steadfast in their lands, as they believe that their presence on the land is the only way to defend their right to exist. They are struggling to live on their ancestral land against all systematic ethnic cleansing policies. 

ACT Now and join our campaign to #DefendMasaferYatta from ethnic cleansing. Intensify your efforts and help to put pressure to stop the New Nakba of Masafer Yatta.

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A whole village with over 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed. The Israeli Supreme Court set September 29 as the date the demolition of Khallet Ad- Dabe’ can begin. The demolition orders include all homes and most livelihood structures in the village. 

If no action is taken to thwart Israeli demolition plans, a whole village will be ethnically cleansed.  Your action is crucial now!

Khallet ad-Dabe’ is one of the eight Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta that apartheid Israel has classfied as a firing zone for its occupation forces. 20 Palestinian villages in the area have been struggling against ethnic cleansing policies for more than 40 years. 

The demolition of Khallet ad-Dabe’ village is part of a huge and systematic effort to deprive Palestinians of their lands in order to cement Jewish dominance over Masafer Yatta. If implemented, it would be Israel’s largest ethnic cleansing since 1968. 

In order to expel the indigenous Palestinian population, Israel destroys homes and schools, confiscates the land and steals natural resources as it expands illegal settlements and persecutes human rights defenders and residents.

Palestinians in Khallet Ad-Dabe’ are armed with hope, popular resistance, and local and international support. Their steadfastness on the ground is the fundamental element to protect their existence on their ancestral land. 

People struggle every day to reach their lands, jobs or schools. They are subjected to attacks by settlers and the military, beatings, abuse and murder. Families are fighting to defend their right to exist. 

What is happening in Masafer Yatta is the result of the failure of world powers to act to end Israel’s impunity, hold those responsible for Israeli apartheid, occupation and settler-colonialism accountable and ensure respect of International Law and Palestinian human rights.

Here is what you can do to defend Khallet ad-Dabe’:
  1. Join us on Wednesday September 28 on social media! On our website, twitter, facebook and instagram you will find graphics, info and messaging to share and raise awareness on the imminent destruction of Khallet ad-Dabe’ on social media. Use the hashtag #DefendMasaferYatta and #UNinvestigateApartheid.
  2. Write to your government’s foreign ministry and diplomatic missions and ask them to urgently take all actions at their disposal to stop the ethnic cleansing of Khallet ad-Dabe’ and Masafer Yatta. Find a model letter below.
  3. Mobilize support from human rights organizations, political parties, members of parliament, trade unions, church, and other civil society groups, asking them to help you put pressure on your government to stop the demolition of Khallet ad-Dabe’, #DefendMasaferYatta and impose sanctions on Israel to #DismantleApartheid.
  4. Build BDS campaigns to pressure the bulldozer companies to stop profiting from and enabling Israeli demolitions. 
Model letter to your government or diplomatic mission:

To: [….]

Subject: A request for urgent action to defend the Palestinian village Khallet ad-Dabe’ from Israeli demolition

A whole village with over 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed by Israel. On September 9, the Israeli Supreme Court set September 29 as the date the demolition of Khallet Ad- Dabe’ , occupied West Bank, can begin. The demolition orders include all homes and most livelihood structures in the village. 

If no action is taken to thwart Israeli demolition plans, a whole village will be ethnically cleansed. 

Khallet ad-Dabe’ is one of the eight Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta that apartheid Israel has classfied as a firing zone for its occupation forces. 20 Palestinian villages in the area have been struggling against ethnic cleansing policies for more than 40 years. 

The demolition of Khallet ad-Dabe’ village is part of a huge and systematic effort to deprive Palestinians of their lands in order to cement Jewish dominance over Masafer Yatta. If implemented, it would be Israel’s largest ethnic cleansing since 1968. 

In order to expel the indigenous Palestinian population, Israel destroys homes and schools, confiscates the land and steals natural resources as it expands illegal settlements and persecutes human rights defenders and residents.

What is happening in Masafer Yatta is the result of the failure of world powers to live up to their obligations under international law and to act to end Israel’s impunity, hold those responsible for Israeli apartheid, occupation and settler-colonialism accountable and ensure respect of international law and Palestinian human rights.

I urge you to: 

  1. Urgently take all actions at your disposal to stop the ethnic cleansing of Khallet ad-Dabe’ and Masafer Yatta.
  2. Publicly condemn Israel for its policy of persecution and its policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing as implemented currently in Khallet ad-Dabe’ and Masafer Yatta. 
  3. In view of the flagrant and systematic violations of human rights by Israel, suspend arms trade and military security cooperation with Israel, ban all trade with Israeli illegal settlements and ensure that companies refrain from or end their business with Israel’s illegal settlement industry in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and ensure that individuals and corporate agents responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid regime are brought to justice.

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Hafez Huraini, his family, and friends can celebrate his temporary release from Israeli jails – yet, his trial and persecution continue. We want to thank all those that have joined the campaign #FreeHafezHuraini and helped put pressure on the Israeli occupation courts. Our battle is far from over and we ask you to intensify your efforts. We need further pressure until Hafez is truly free.  

After being detained for 10 days under investigation, Hafez Huraini has been temporarily released with a bail of 10,000 Shekels to guarantee his appearance in court for further hearings. The apartheid courts set also a condition that Hafez has to stay from his land, where he was attacked, for 30 days.

In occupied Palestine, being released from Israeli jail’s does not mean one received justice. Huraini was assaulted, injured, detained, punished, had to pay bail, and is now forced to stay away from his land. The settlers, who attacked him, instead, are free to enjoy their illegal existence on his ancestral land, attacking the residents, and stealing and damaging Palestinian resources. The Israeli apartheid regime’s court did not even attempt to interrogate or detain the brutal settlers, despite the unquestionable evidence of the aggression which had taken place on Huraini’s land.

Such unfair proceedings, ensuring full impunity for the settlers, legalizes these practices and gives the green light to criminal settlers to attack Palestinians and encourages them to continue their ethnic cleansing strategy. The Israeli occupation is utilizing its illegal settlers to serve their war crime of ethnic cleansing.

Sami Huraini, a Palestinian Human rights defender and grassroots organizer, stated in response to the assault and arrest of his father Hafez: “ What happened to my father, happens to the entire Palestinian population. We have been subjected to ethnic cleansing policies and systematic human rights abuse for 74 years. We Palestinians believe that we have a fundamentally just cause. What is happening is a war crime and the international community has the responsibility to stop these practices and hold Israel accountable for its brutal crimes against our Palestinian people”. 

Within the structure of the Israeli military occupation,  illegal settlers support the state’s ethnic cleansing policy in order to impose Jewish dominance. Eight villages in Masafer Yatta are to be forcibly displaced and the land to be taken over by the state and its illegal settlers. . According to UN OCHA, 63 incidents of settler violence were documented in Masaffer Yatta between 2017 and 2020. In 2021 OCHA documented nearly 500 attacks resulting in the murder of 4 Palestinians and 175 injuries in addition to the extreme damage of properties. These statistics indicate that violations increased by 40 and 50 % in the years 2019 and 2020 respectively. 

Since the beginning of 2022, the Israeli Occupation authorities have been launching large-scale and brutal attacks against Palestinians and human rights activists in Masafer Yatta. As the colonizing power believes that attacking activists will weaken popular resistance, it also considers this a core element in its strategic plan to displace Palestinians by putting pressure on them for the purpose of ethnic cleansing.

Yet the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in their land will lead the occupation to the conclusion that Palestinians are rooted in the land and the uprooting will never happen as long as they are alive.

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While the first day of school is a great day and a step towards new beginnings for students all over the world. It is the opposite in Masafer Yatta. Around 100 students in Al- Fakheet School and 50 students in Jinba school are under the threat of losing their right to education after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected an appeal regarding the demolition of these schools. 

 Jinba and Al- Fakheet are two of the 8 villages of  Masafer Yatta that the Israeli occupation regime classified as a firing zone ‘918’ in the 1980s. Schools in this area are subjected to various Israeli apartheid practices and policies as well as settlers and army violence.

Every day, The Israeli occupation forces disrupt classes for hours by detaining Students of Jinba and Al- Fakheet and preventing them from accessing their schools. On September 8 the Israeli occupation soldiers denied teachers and students’ access to their schools in the village of Jinba and Al- Fakhiet. They arrested a teacher and confiscated his vehicle. On September 4th, Sinamar Jalal Al-Omour, 7, fainted due to a sunstroke after the Israeli occupation soldiers detained him for hours in the sun, along with other students and teachers on their way to the School of Jinba, The army did not provide any medical aid to Sinamar.  

Haitham Abu Sabha, Principal of Masafer Yatta Secondary School in Al-Fakhiet, warns “Even though families send their children to schools, they fear losing their children’s lives. Students are also in a continuous state of fear, anxiety, and tension. However, we count on the steadfastness of our people along with the local and international support and solidarity”


Israeli Apartheid regime deprives Palestinian students of accessing the right to education by imposing its colonial policies in order to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their ancestral land.  These policies are represented in the frequent demolition of existing schools in Area C as well as preventing the construction of new schools in addition to prohibiting students’ and teachers’ access to these schools through continuous army and settlers’ harassment. 

Education is particularly targeted by Israeli forces within the framework of their larger apartheid and ethnic cleansing strategy because an educated and conscious people has ore tools to resist oppression and to fight for their human rights. The Israeli Apartheid regime believes that the presence of schools in the targeted areas strengthens the steadfastness and hope of the Palestinian people in Masafer Yatta and hence prevents  Israeli settlements’ expansion and annexation. 

What is happening to Masafer Yatta’s schools is part of Israel’s systematic plan to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from the area. It is a core element of a long-standing and all-encompassing strategy to serve colonization and annexation. 

In 2020, Stop the Wall launched the Right to Education Campaign which focuses on supporting the Palestinian right to education in Area ‘C’ on the ground and internationally.   

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On ٍSeptember 9th, 2022 Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the demolition orders for the entire infrastructure and homes in  Khallet Ad- Dabe’, a village in Masafer Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank. The demolitions include all homes and most livelihood structures in the village including, agricultural buildings, a school, which was previously demolished and now rebuilt-, and sheep pens. 

In the same verdict, the court has not just dismissed the last possibility for appeal but also set a date for the demolition order for the village of in Khallet Ad-Dabe’ to take effect:  September 29th, 2022.  

A whole community comprising more than 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed. 

Only decisive international pressure to support the struggle and steadfastness of the people on the ground can thwart the criminal decision by apartheid Israel.  

Khallet Ad- Dabe’ was subjected to ethnic cleansing practices several times, it is one of the 8 villages of Masafer Yatta that the Israeli occupation authorities have classified as a firing zone ‘918’ in the 1980s. 

 On May 4, 2022, Israel’s Supreme Court issued a decision to evict more than 1000 Palestinians living in 8 villages in Masafer Yatta from their ancestral land in favor of Israeli illegal existence.

Since the beginning of 2022, Israel has escalated its apartheid policy against Palestinians in Masafer Yatta. Occupation authorities have issued and carried out dozens of demolition orders and the Israeli military has engaged in months of military trainings inside Palestinian villages. The Israeli military has confiscated cars and properties and arbitrarily detained Palestinian residents. Illegal Israeli settlers have assaulted Palestinian residents, invaded villages, and uprooted trees.

This policy is a fundamental part of the huge ethnic cleansing campaign led by the Israeli government and different settler organizations to impose Jewish dominance over the area by forcibly displacing Palestinian people of their lands. After decades of harassment and apartheid policies, the occupation has come to the conclusion that Palestinians would never leave their lands,  thus it pursues now a strategic plan to demolish homes and entire villages in order to displace them by force.

Despite all the brutal practices against the Palestinian residents of Khallet Ad- Dabe’,  18 families are steadfastly confronting brutal Israeli attacks and struggling against all criminal ethnic cleansing policies. They are armed with hope and local support as well as international solidarity and pressure. As they believe in their right to live on their ancestors’ land. One of the residents in Khallet Ad- Dabe’ declared: “The occupation can demolish my home or arrest me, but it will never be able to uproot me from my homeland. Another one added, “We will stay here until we die, we will struggle against all these brutal decisions.”

These days, Stop the Wall is calling for a global mobilization in solidarity with the Palestinians in Masafer Yatta to support their steadfastness and resistance against the Israeli massive ethnic cleansing.

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Instead of punishing the aggressors, the courts of Israeli apartheid have extended Hafez Huraini’s detention for another 3 days.  Even though he is unable to use any of his arms, which were broken after illegal settlers attacked him, the military courts continue to keep Hafez in custody, deprived of the necessary care and support. 

Hafez Huraini has been imprisoned since September 13th, 5 illegal Israeli settlers attacked him and his son while he was toiling in his land. When Israeli military arrived on the scene, supported the brutal gang of settlers and arrested Hafez, even though he had been gravely injured in the attack. Read more here.

The next court hearing is to be held on Wednesday, September 21st.

Please help us to mount global support to #FreeHafezHuraini! Click here to learn how. [link to the STW action page]

During today’s court hearing, the prosecution demanded a 9-day extension of Huraini’s detention, claiming that his release may ‘disrupt the investigations’. The fact that Huraini was taken to an interrogation session only once, on Tuesday 13 of September, exposes that there is no ‘investigation’ happening. He is being detained for the sole purpose of repression. 

The entire process of ‘hearings’ and procedures where the military prosecution and the military judge are both on one side of Israel’s system of oppression, is a tragic farce in Israel’s apartheid playbook. Only in such a system, the victim of a brutal assault can be treated as the perpetrator.

Persecution and imprisonment of persons for the simple fact that they oppose apartheid is a core element of this crime of humanity, perpetrated by Israel in all its facets. 

 His lawyer further argued that Hafez must not be detained while, once again, there is no attempt to even interrogate the illegal settlers, which brutally attacked Hafez. The courts are extending complete impunity to the settlers even though it has been proven and even the court had to acknowledge that the aggression had taken place on Hafez Huraini’s own property, which the settlers had invaded. Finally, the court extended his detention for 3 days so that they could continue their ‘investigations’. 

Today as a result of the pressure Palestinian and global movements are mounting on the EU, the US, and the international community to stand up against the unjust detention of Hurieni and the persecution of Palestinians, diplomats from the European Union and the United States attended the court hearing. Press was also present at the hearing. 

It is crucial that we mount further pressure, bring more diplomatic presence to the courtrooms of Israel’s system of injustice, and build public pressure to #FreeHafezHuraini.

Please send a message to your government now 

Hafez Huraini’s arrest is part of a long-standing Israeli plan to ethnically cleanse Masafer Yatta and to colonize the area with illegal settlers. Israeli occupation continues its attacks on Palestinian activists in Masafer Yatta as a way to defeat the popular resistance which prevents the implementation of its colonial plans of the area.

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On Monday, September 12, Hafez, 52, and his 18-year-old son Mohammed were doing their daily routine work of toiling their land in at-Tuwani, Masafer Yatta, occupied West Bank, when five illegal Israeli settlers, some holding metal pipes while others armed with guns and an M16 rifle, invaded their land, brutally attacking him and his son. 

First, the settlers broke both his arms. Then, Israeli military came to the scene and arrested Hafez Huraini. 

We need your urgent help to #FreeHafezHuraini – A victim of settler violence imprisoned

Hafez Huraini is yet another Palestinian human rights defenders, who faces an apartheid system administrated by Israel’s military courts, where no fair trial and due process is possible. He is imprisoned because he stood up against apartheid and in a desperate attempt to stop Palestinian steadfastness in Masafer Yatta.

In an cruel twist of reality, Israel’s apartheid authorities hope to convict Hafez, the victim, of wrongdoing. Yet, in another surprising twist, days after, even Israeli media had to admit that it was the settlers who assaulted Hafez. 

Hafez is currently in Ofer, Military Detention Center, Ramallah district, under interrogation. On Thursday, September 15, the Israeli Ofer Military Court extended his detention for five more days in interrogation.

We need your urgent help to free Hafez, to let apartheid Israel know that people across the world had enough of its impunity and that its persecution and ethnic cleansing of the people in Masafer Yatta will not pass. 

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Write to your government’s foreign office/ministry and ask them to urgently act to ensure Hafez Huraini’s release. 
  2. Mobilize support from human rights organisations, political parties, members of parliament, trade unions, church, and other civil society groups, asking them to help you put pressure on your government.
  3. Raise awareness on social media, use the hashtag #FreeHafezHuraini.
  4. Participate in the Global Days of Action, September 16-19, to #DefendMasaferYatta and for #UNinvestigateApartheid. Click here for social media graphics and messaging.
Here is what you should ask your governments to do:

Israel’s arrests of human rights defenders, like Hafez Huraini, is to a large extent a result of the failure of world powers to apply the effective accountability measures they have at their disposal to end Israel’s impunity and ensure its respect of International Law and Palestinian human rights.

Please, urge diplomatic missions and Ministries of Foreign Affairs to:

  1. To take all actions at their disposal to ensure Israel’s immediate and unconditional release of Palestinian human rights defender Hafez Huraini.
  2. Take part as observer at the hearings of Hafez Huraini’s trial by the military courts. 
  3. Publicly condemn Israel for its policy of persecution and arbitrary arrest of human rights defenders, like Hafez Huraini, and the wider policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing as implemented currently in Masafer Yatta. 

Likewise, in view of the flagrant and systematic violations of human rights by Israel, please, insist your Foreign Ministry:

  • Suspend arms trade and military security cooperation with Israel.
  • Ban all trade with Israeli illegal settlements and ensure that companies refrain from or end their business with Israel’s illegal settlement industry in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
  • Ensure that individuals and corporate agents responsible for war crimes / crimes against humanity in the context of Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid regime are brought to justice.
Background The context of Hafez’ arrest

The attack on Hafez Huraini and his arrest are:

  • A direct, targeted attack on a prominent Human Rights Defender: Israeli settlers know Hafez Huraini as a long-standing and leading nonviolent Palestinian human rights defender. He has been leading nonviolent organizing in the area, which effectively stopped apartheid Israel’s attempt to expel the communities in 1999 and the construction of its apartheid Wall in the area. He further succeeded in protecting the land, on which he was attacked, against the settlers long-standing efforts to confiscate it, by constantly cultivating it. 
  • An act of collective punishment: Hafez Huraini’s children and other family members are leading in the nonviolent efforts to stop Israel’s current illegal plan of ethnic cleansing, and this is clearly an effort to pressure them and threaten them.
  • Rising persecution of Palestinians through state-backed settler violence in Masafer Yatta: State-backed settler violence has been increasing dramatically across the West Bank over recent years. In Masafer Yatta in particular, even before May 4, 2022 , when the Israeli Supreme Court gave the green light for the ethnic cleansing of over 1000 Palestinians in Masafer Yatta, settler violence has been on the rise in terms of numbers of attacks and in brutality. In one of the most violent attacks, less than a year ago, settlers crushed the skull of a toddler in Khirbet al Mufaraqah.
  • Part of the Israeli ethnic cleansing policy of Masafer Yatta: Especially since May 4, Israeli military, state authorities and state-backed settlers have increased persecution of Palestinians at all levels, including demolitions, night raids, military checkpoints, destruction of crops and confiscation of cattle in order to force them to leave the area and to ethnically cleanse the area of what Israel defined as Firing Zone 918. Arbitrary arrests are part of this strategy of ethnic cleansing..

Who is Hafez Huraini?

Hafez, a father of eight children, is a long-standing human rights defender and community leader in Masafer Yatta. 

In 2000, Hafez took part in reviving  the non-violent resistance movement in Masafer Yatta. The movement was formed to resist increasing Israeli displacement of Palestinians, especially after the forcible expulsion of more than 700 Palestinians from their homes located in the so-called Firing Zone 918 in Masafer Yatta. 

In 2004, the Israeli occupation started constructing an 82-meters high and 41-long wall, which is part of the Apartheid Wall built across the West Bank, along the bypass road of 317 in Masafer Yatta. Hafez played a key role in organizing and leading protests against its construction.  

Thanks to two years of relentless non-violent protest, the Israeli authorities had to demolish the Wall, which aimed to isolate Masafer Yatta from the rest of the West Bank in 2006. 

Hafez Huraini’s fields are located on the outskirts of Al-Tuwani, adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Havat Ma’oun. Ensuring that his land is constantly cultivated has proven an effective way to protect it from confiscation. Yet, his non-violent acts of resistance have always been met with repeated and systemic settler violence. Settlers have numerous times invaded his land and uprooted the trees he and his family cultivate.  

As a result of defending his land and his people’s human rights, Hafez was arrested and violently assaulted several times in the past few decades. Once, the Israeli army arrested Hafez simply because he defied a military order preventing him from entering his own land.

On August 2, 2022, UN experts released a report in which they warned against Israeli increased harassment of human rights defenders in Masafer Yatta. The experts particularly expressed concern about Hafez’ son. Israeli persecution of his son, the UN experts stated, “shows an aggravating trend of Israel’s criminalisation and harassment of human rights defenders, aimed at silencing them and rooting out human rights work in the region.” 

Hafez Huraini’s arrest

Monday, September 12:

Hafez and his 18-year-old son Mohammed were doing their daily routine of toiling their land, when five illegal Israeli settlers, some were holding metal pipes while others were armed with guns and an M16 rifle, invaded their land and brutally attacked him and his son. Aware of the brutal violence meted out by the settlers from Havat Ma’on and other illegal settlements in the area, Hafez feared for his and his sons life and tried to defend himself but the settlers broke his left arm with a metal baton, after which he fell to the ground. The settlers kept hitting Hafez until they broke his other arm. Then, one of the armed settlers started firing in the air. 

Shortly after, tens of Israeli soldiers joined the settlers and prevented the ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society that had arrived to bring medical aid to Hafez from loading him into the ambulance. According to Sami, the elder son of Hafez and co-founder of the non-violent grassroots group of Youth of Sumud, “the settlers pulled out a knife and stabbed the tires of the ambulance so it couldn’t move,” before the soldiers arrested him.

Right after the attack, Israeli media published inaccurate news that supported the false claims of settlers blaming Hafez for being the aggressor. However, on September 14, in a rare admission of reality, Israeli media had to partially retract first reports following the spread of a video by Palestinians on social media showing how armed settlers stormed Hafez’s land and started assaulting him. 

Thursday, 15 September, 2022:

Israeli Ofer Military Court extended the detention of Palestinian human rights defender Hafez Huraini for five more days of interrogation. 

Currently, Hafez is held with two broken arms in Ofer Prison and Detention Center near Ramallah, undergoing interrogation and enduring ill-treatment. The lawyer of Hafez could only speak to him for a few minutes twice: On the day of his arrest and during today’s court hearing. 

The ethnic cleansing of Masafer Yatta

On May 4, the Israeli High Court ruled in favour of the ethnic cleansing of some 1,300 Palestinians living in eight villages in the area of Masafer Yatta.

Masafar Yatta, in the south of Hebron, is home to 20 Palestinian communities, which have been living and herding their livestock in the area since generations. They have been struggling against displacement for over 40 years.

In 1981, Israel declared 3000 ha of the 3600 ha that make up Masafar Yatta as military Firing Zone 918. 

In 1999, 700 residents of Firing Zone 918 were evicted but the struggle of the people in Masafer Yatta achieved an interim injunction of the eviction so that the residents could return to live in and rebuild their homes.

After over 20 years of court procedures, the May ruling by the Supreme Court, has given a green light for the implementation of the largest expulsions carried out by the Israeli apartheid regime since the 1967.

Settler violence in Masafer Yatta

What happened on September 12, is part of a series of systemic settler and army violence against the Huraini family to force them from their land. For decades, Hafez and his family, like many in Masafer Yatta, have been struggling to protect their land from Israeli confiscation to expand the illegal settlement of Ma’on and Havat Ma’on. 

Since the beginning of the year, settlers have attacked entire villages, farmers and shepherds dozens of times in Masafer Yatta. 

Since the May 4 court ruling, Israeli violence has escalated against Palestinians in Masafer Yatta at large and in the eight villages in particular. Although Al-Tuwani is not one of the affected villages by the court ruling, its location as a gateway to the rest of Masafer Yatta; as well as the role of the non-violence movement of resistance in it has made human rights defenders a subject of increased Israeli violence and persecution.

In one of the most violent attacks, on September 28, settlers from Havat Ma’on, the same settlement from where Hafez Huraini’s assailants came from, crushed the skull of a 3-year- old toddler in Khirbet al Mufaraqah. His cousin, Usayed Hamamdeh (3), was injured in the shoulder, and another cousin, Sawsan Hamamdeh (3), was hit in the face and arm. Another 9 Palestinians were injured. 

The last time, settlers attacked Al-Tuwani was on August 8, when Israeli settlers stormed Al-Tuwani in large numbers under the protection of the Israeli army. 

It is common that settlers “hunt horses, kill sheep, poison animals, cut trees, burn pastures, while on the other hand the Army destroys homes, storages, wells and water supplies,” according to locals from Masafer Yatta.In 2021 OCHA documented nearly 500 attacks by Israeli settlers resulting in four Palestinian fatalities, 175 injuries and extensive property damage. This is the highest level since OCHA started recording settler-related violence in 2005, and represents a 40 and 50 per cent increase in the number of incidents compared with 2020 and 2019, respectively.

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We call for a global mobilization on September 16 – 19 in solidarity with Palestinians in Masafer Yatta to support their steadfastness and resistance to apartheid Israel’s intensified ethnic cleansing.

We start our mobilization on September 16, the 40th anniversary of the massacre in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, committed in 1982 by a fascist Christian Phalange militia in Lebanon under direct supervision of the occupying Israeli army at the time. From our refugees still struggling for their right to return to their homes to those of us threatened by expulsion today, Indigenous Palestinians everywhere demand an end to Israeli impunity.

The Global Days of Action will culminate ahead of the UN General Assembly debates starting on September 20. From Masafer Yatta, we join the rest of Palestinian civil society inurging the UN to investigate Israeli apartheid.

Israel’s settler-colonial project has installed a brutal apartheid regime to expel us and take our land.

The forcible expulsion of more than 1,000 of us living in eight villages in Masafer Yatta, approved by the Israeli Supreme Court in May this year, would be the largest mass ethnic cleansing carried out by Israeli apartheid since 1967.

Already decades ago, Israeli military occupation classified eight Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta as a military Firing Zone. Israeli military jeeps, tanks, helicopters, guns and soldiers are free to shoot live ammunition among Palestinian homes, terrorizing familes, especially children. Since June 21, the villages of Jinba, Al-Markez and Al-Majaz have been under permanent siege and the threat of Israeli bullets. This is not to mention the daily acts of terror and violence perpetrated against Palestinians of all ages by fanatic Jewish-Israeli settler groups.

As with other racist, colonial and apartheid societies, denying the oppressed and Indigenous communities their right to education is a central pillar in the oppressors’ attempt to maintain supremacy.

Students and teachers in Masafer Yatta are particularly threatened and are sounding the alarm. On August 18, as students prepared to return to class, the schools of Jinba and Al-Fakheet, two major schools in Masafer Yatta, received demolition orders from the Israeli occupation authorities. They have also prevented both students and teachers from reaching their schools. They’ve confiscated cars transporting teachers to school, violently intimidated students and teachers, and stopped classes for hours every day.

This adds to other apartheid practices and policies, including home demolitions, water apartheid, and ongoing land theft.

Let’s stand together to #DefendMasaferYatta.

Join the growing demand that the UN take action to dismantle Israeli apartheid.

On the Global Days of Action, let the UN know that it is time to hold Israel accountable, re-activate its anti-apartheid mechanisms and impose lawful and targeted sanctions, as it did to end apartheid in South Africa.

On September 16-19, let’s take the lead from Palestinians protesting in Masafer Yatta, organize and reach out to all on students and teachers unions to defend the schools and education in Masafer Yatta and demand an end to Israeli apartheid, settler-colonialism and military occupation:

  • Organize/join protests, vigils and rallies across the world and shout #UNinvestigateApartheid.
  • Be inspired by Masafer Yatta and build a solidarity tent in your towns and cities.
  • Join the social media storms and use the hashtags #DefendMasaferYatta and #UNinvestigateApartheid.
  • Pressure governments and parliaments to take action, including lawful and targeted sanctions and military-security embargos, and hold those who are complicit with apartheid Israel to account.

Strengthen and build BDS campaigns to hold corporations and institutions enabling Israeli apartheid accountable for their complicity. Check out how to build BDS campaigns in support of Masafer Yatta here.

Be inspired by the sumud [steadfastness] of the residents of Al-Fakheet, Al-Markez and Al-Tuwani, who have rebuilt their homes after Israeli bulldozers reduced them to rubble several times since the start of 2022, and the students and teachers who defy repression, determined to build a future of freedom, justice and equality.

Please communicate to us any enquiries and actions you plan to organize at endethniccleansing@riseup.net

Signed by:

Youth of Sumud

Defend Masafer Yatta committee

Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)

Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC)

BDS National committee (BNC)

Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions

The Land Defense Coalition

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While  students around the world are waiting for the opening of their schools, Palestinian students in Ein Samiya are anxiously expecting  an imminent Israeli demolition of their school. If no action is taken to thwart Israeli demolition plans, the dreams of the students of Ein Samiya about a better future forged through accessing school might be buried in what will become the rubble of their school if Israeli bulldozer demolish it.

At the request of the Civil Administration of the Israeli occupation army, the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem issued a demolition order against Ein Samiya School earlier this month. The school was built on a private land donated by a Palestinian man from the town of Kafr Malik, in January 2022.

According to Montaser Al- Malki, a grassroots organizer in Ein Samiya, “students from Ein Samiya Bedouin Community used to walk along unsecured, and muddy roads, especially in winter to distanced schools in the nearby village of Kufr Malik. They used to be subject to settlers’ attacks, summer heat and winter cold. The construction of the school  protects children from all these ordeals”. “We believe that the presence of the school in the area would protect the land from confiscation as it one of the factors reinforcing the community’s steadfastness  against Israeli settlements’ expansion,” he added.

School demolition at the service of settlement expansion

The looming demolition of Ein Samiya School  is part of Israel’s systematic ethnic cleansing   of Palestinians in the area, especially Bedouin communities’. The Israeli apartheid system is using apartheid policies against  students in Area ‘C’. Denying Palestinians their human right to education creates a coercive environment to force Palestinians from their land and take over their land in favor of illegal settlers.  

Ras Al-Tin School in Ein Samiya is the perfect example of the Israeli ethnic cleansing policy through depriving Palestinians of their right to education. Built in 2020, the school of Ras Al-Tin could not serve its students for more than a month as Israeli bulldozers invaded the school and reduced it to rubble shortly after its construction. This coincided with and was followed with intensified home demolition and systemic army and settler violence until the community of Ras Al-Tin was forcibly displaced in 2022. For apartheid Israel, the 120 Palestinians who used to live in Ras Al-Tin  used to be an obstacle to Israel’s settlements’ expansion for decades.

The school of Ras Al-Tin before it was demolished in 2020.

The economic value of Ein Samiya  has made it vulnerable to Israel’s settlement expansion and Jewish-only bypass roads. Ein Samiya is an agrarian land reserve of 58, 000 dunams [1 dunam=1000 square-meters]. It is also plentiful in water resources as it contains six natural water springs that meet the water needs of thousands of Palestinians residing in the villages located to the north of the Ramallah district.

This is why, like several Palestinian Bedouin communities in Area ‘C,’ Ein Samiya community   is subjected tovarious Israeli apartheid practices and policies in water apartheid  practices. Moreover, the community of Ein Samiya constantly encounter shrinking of their land, especially grazing land, as well as systemic  settler attacks.

Schools at stake in Area ‘C’

The case of Ein Samiya School is not the only case of its kind.  Several schools in Area C are threatened by imminent Israeli demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities.  A total of 51 Palestinian schools are under a constant threat of demolition. As of 2019, 43 schools located in Area C and 8 schools in East Jerusalem received a partial or full demolition order.

For instance, in the Jordan Valley, five schools have received several demolition orders and might be razed to the ground at any moment. The destruction of  threatened Palestinian schools in the Jordan Valley is taking place and an awning from the grounds of school of Khirbet Al-Maleh. The overcrowded school of Khirbet Al-Maleh   consists of four classrooms  and serves over 40 students from Khirbet Al-Maleh and the surrounding two Bedouin communities of Ein Al-Helweh and Al-Farsiya until grade four.

Israeli bulldozers confiscating the property of the School of Khirbet Al-Maleh on October, 2021.

In 2020, Stop the Wall launched the Right to Education Campaign which focuses on supporting Palestinian right to education in Area ‘C’ on the ground and internationally.   As part of the Right to Education Campaign, throughout 2020, Stop the Wall worked on improving the education environment in the school and kindergarten of Arab Al-Ka’abneh to make the education process more comfortable to children. We also rehabilitated and built other schools and kindergartens in the Jordan Valley.  

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“On July 23, 2022 Israeli settlers brutally invaded my land, located in Ein Samiya and stole 22 beehives belonging to me through. These beehives were my only source of livelihood. Now, I only have four beehives,” narrated Amer Rustom, a farmer and beekeeper from the village of Kufr Malek, North-East Ramallah.  

Ein Samiya, classified as part of Area ‘C’ under full Israeli control, is an agrarian land reserve of 58, 000 dunams [1 dunam=1000 square-meters]. About 90% of the land of Ein Samiya is owned by the residents of Kufr Malek. The rest of the land is owned by villagers from Al-Mughayyer and Deir Jareer. The area is targeted by Israel’s settlement expansion and Jewish-only bypass roads.

Amer’s land is adjacent to one of Israel’s bypass roads connecting Jewish settlers to the illegal settlement of Kokhaf Hashaher [Arabic: Kawkab Al-Sabah].

Amer explained that he has been making a living through agriculture and beekeeping for years. “To make sure that I don’t cultivate my land, the settlers damaged the four water tanks I use for the cultivation of crops in my land,” Amer commented.  

Systemic settler violence against him and many other Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Ein Samiya and beyond is part of Palestinian daily life.  Settler violence, usually under the protection of the Israeli army, includes violently assaulting Palestinians, death threats, throwing stones at their cars, stealing Palestinian property, torching olive groves, farms, cars, and even homes; as well as blocking the access of farmers and shepherds to their land.

Water Apartheid

Ein Samiya is abundant in water resources. The area contains six natural water springs that meet the water needs of thousands of Palestinians residing in the villages located to the north of the Ramallah district. Thus, “it’s hardly surprising,” Abu Ali, a grassroots organizer from Sinjel, a neighboring village to Ein Samiya, “that Palestinians of Ein Samiya are facing intensified violence against them. Israelis want to take over the water resources Palestinians still have access to.”

Apartheid Israel is already controlling more than 85% of Palestinian water resources in the West Bank. While illegal Israeli settlers enjoy unlimited access to water, thousands of Palestinians are denied their basic human right to water.

Israel’s attempt to take over Palestinian water resources in Ein Samiya in favor of settlers is part of long-standing policies and practices of discrimination in the access to water along racial lines.

This is called water apartheid.

Through its water apartheid practices, Israel weaponizes water against Palestinians to force them from their land. Water apartheid has been used as an effective tool of ethnic cleansing.

Last year, Israel ethnically cleansed the entire community of Humsa Al-Fawqa in the Jordan Valley through intensifying its water apartheid practices. Denied connection to the water network of Israeli settlers in the area for decades, the residents of Humsa were forced to transfer water from Area ‘A’ and ‘B’ in water tanks. Yet, in February 2021, the Israeli occupation started confiscating the water tanks of the residents until they expelled them from their homes in July, 2021. Before displacing them, the Israeli occupation bulldozed Palestinian homes in Humsa and besieged them without water for days. Residents of neighboring villages had to smuggle some bottles of water to the besieged Palestinians in Humsa.

A Volvo bulldozer confiscating a water tank during an Israeli military raid into Humsa on Feb. 22nd, 2021. The community of Ras Al-Tin

The presence of Palestinians in Ein Samiya disrupts Israeli attempts to plunder their water resources. That is why Israel has been creating a coercive environment of settler and army violence, home demolition and restrictions on Palestinian movement to squeeze Palestinians out of Ein Samiya.

The Bedouin Community of Ras Al-Tin has been an obstacle to Israel’s settlement expansion in Ein Samiya for decades. After enduring decades of violence, home demolition and dehumanization, apartheid Israel forcibly expelled about 120 Palestinians living in Ras Al-Tin earlier this month.

Increased settler violence was the main reason that forced the residents of Ras Al-Tin to leave the area. In the months preceding their forcible displacement, the residents encountered escalated settler violence under the full protection of the Israeli army.

Before displacing the community, settlers used to invade the community on a daily basis to violently assault Palestinians. Settlers also torched the residents’ cars and cut their access to water several times.

Three weeks before expelling Palestinians from Ras Al-Tin, a group of fanatic Israeli settlers raided the home of one of the families inhabiting the community and aggressively harassed all of its members, including men, women and children. One of the women was seriously injured and was transferred to hospital due to the brutal attack.

Adding insult to injury, settlers, who live in shepherd settler outposts in the area have been clamping down on Palestinian shepherds in Ein Samiya.  As a herding community, the residents of Ras Al-Tin have lost their source of livelihood by being prevented from accessing their pastoral land.

What the community of Ras Al-Tin encountered before their displacement is a culmination of years of apartheid practices and Israeli brutality. on July 14, 2021, the Israeli army invaded Ras Al-Tin and bulldozed the homes of eighty-four people.

Children in Ras Al-Tin following the demolition of their homes on July 14, 2021.
Photo credit: UN OCHA

In an attempt to reinforce the steadfastness of Palestinians in Ras Al-Tin, civil society organizations built a school in the community in 2020. A month after students started attending it, Israeli bulldozers reduced the school to rubble.

Despite this, the community tried to continue living steadfastly on their land against all odds. Yet, the recent harassment by settlers and the army, particularly cutting the residents’ source of income by denying them access to their land has led to their forcible expulsion.

Israeli shepherd settler outposts, which are a recent, yet, increasing phenomenon is an onslaught on Palestinian pastoralism. Shepherds in Ein Samiya, Masafer Yatta and the Jordan Valley are struggling to graze their herds and continue to live a sufficiently pastoral lifestyle.  

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Today, August 15, 2022 the End Water Apartheid Campaign, launched by South African and Palestinian movements released a statement condemning South African officials for meeting with so-called Israeli water ‘experts to address the water crisis in South Africa. This is an act of blue-washing through which Israel seeks to deflect attention from its water apartheid practices against the Palestinian people:

The End Water Apartheid campaign strongly condemns Jewish National Fund (JNF) sponsored meetings last Thursday and Friday and arrangements between elected municipal officers, officials and an Israeli delegation of so-called ‘water experts.’  The DA Mayor of Tshwane, Randall Williams, MMC Sun of City of Joburg and their colleagues must be denounced for complicity with an apartheid state promulgating the myth that buying Israeli water technology will ‘solve’ our water crisis. 

Israel and its water corporations weaponise water in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Palestinians. As they battle for water on the ground, Palestinians have repeatedly called on the world to stop financing this water apartheid, to boycott Israel’s water companies and refuse to greenwash Israeli crimes.  Already in 2009, Amnesty International published a report that examined how Israel has stolen Palestinian water sources and restricts access to water for Palestinians while the JNF boasts of building dams and reservoirs that only serve Jewish Israelis, including their military bases.

Read full statement

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