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During last February, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished Humsa, a Bedouin community in Northern Jordan Valley, five times as part of the Israeli attempts to ethnically cleanse the community. Now they try to force people to leave by cutting off water supply.

The cruel policies to expel the people from their lands are implemented under the pretext that the community is located in a “closed military area”, which the Israeli army defined long after the community had been established there.

After the fifth destruction, and to avoid further demolitions and raids, the residents of Humsa had to move 600 meters away from area the Israeli occupation authorities classify as a ‘Firing Zone.’

nevertheless, the Israeli occupation does not allow the residents of Humsa to rebuild their homes.  Nor does the Israeli occupation allow the residents easy access to water.

The Israeli occupation denies the Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley access to piped water, refusing to connect them to the water grid mekorot has built for the illegal settlements.  The communities there, including Humsa, depend on water brought to them in big water tanks. The water, which the residents buy from Areas ‘A’ and ‘B’, is usually transported in their tractors as the Israeli occupation prohibits Palestinians there to pave their roads.

Since the beginning of March, the Israeli occupation has decided to restrict the access to water for the residents either by confiscating their water tanks or tractors transporting the water.

According to Abu Anas, a resident of Humsa,

“Since more than a month, the Israeli occupation has been suffocating us by preventing us to access tanked water. We only manage to get a few tanks that hardly suffice the needs of my family and livelihood. Every night, Israeli military jeeps surround the community in order to hamper our access to water during the night.

Every day, they also raid the community in search for water tanks and the tractors transporting them.

A few days ago, we built some tents. The following day, Monday, April, 5th, Israeli soldiers stormed the community and took pictures of the newly built tents.

 I do not know how we are going to survive the holy month of Ramadan, which starts in less than a week from now, without enough water. The temperature is getting very high in Humsa these days. This is going to add insult to injury during Ramadan while we are fasting.

On the one hand, the Israeli occupation confiscated the solar panels we used to depend on for power. After a long day of fasting, we will not be able to have cooled water, if there would be really some!

On the other, the tents that were provided to us as a humanitarian aid are small and, unlike the residential tents we used to have, they do not cool the place or protect us from the hot weather.”

Denying the residents of Humsa access to the core of life, to water is a coercive measure to ethnically cleanse them from their lands after the repetitive demolition of their property failed to do so. Water has been weaponized by the Israeli occupation authorities through water apartheid practices since decades to expel Palestinians and take over their lands.

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Today the UN Human Rights Council has discussed the situation in Palestine and has done so under pressure from hundreds of civil society organizations and people of conscience from across the globe. They have all appealed to #SaveHumsa, to recognize the attempts to destroy this and other Palestinian communities as policies of apartheid. They have further asked for effective steps to end Israeli apartheid.

Shahd Qaddouri from Al Haq has delivered the calls to the UN Human Rights Council in her Oral Intervention today.

Over 1550 people have already added their voice to the petition initiated by Stop the Wall and al Haq demanding the UN Human Rights Council and the international community to take effective action.

You can still add your voice here

Signatories representing amongst others over 550 human rights and social justice organizations, trade unions, faith congregations and indigenous movements have endorsed the Joint Statement to the UN Human Rights Council.

Over 550 Organisations call on UN Human Rights Council:
“Condemnation is Not Enough – Root Causes Must be Addressed, Israel’s Impunity Must be Brought to an End, Justice Must be Achieved”

Date: 18 March 2021

Rooted in institutionalised oppression, displacement, and dispossession of the Palestinian people since the start of the Nakba in 1948, Palestinians continue to experience an ongoing-Nakba – an ongoing reality of Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. Since 3 November 2020, Humsa al-Fawqa, a Palestinian community in the Jordan Valley, has been targeted, raided, and demolished six times by the Israeli occupying authorities.

Currently, 11 Palestinian families residing in Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa, which is located in what Israel has declared a ‘firing zone’ area, are subjected to Israel’s discriminatory urban planning and licensing permit system, which has made obtaining building permits for residential and commercial structures in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, nearly impossible. Notably, Israel has appropriated 18 percent of the West Bank as firing zones, leaving some 6,200 Palestinians living there under threat of forcible displacement.

Containing vital land reserves for the natural expansion of Palestinian towns and cities and constituting a hub of Palestinian natural resources, the Jordan Valley is critical for Israel’s settler-colonial enterprise. Subjected to frequent raids and attacks by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF), the Palestinian residents of Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa and their houses and other structures of Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa were demolished and confiscated in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020, and now in 2021. In November 2020, the Israeli occupying authorities conducted what was described as “the largest forced displacement incident in over four years,” leaving 72 protected Palestinians, 38 of which are children, homeless, amidst a global pandemic. In February 2021 alone, the Palestinian community was raided five times by the IOF who demolished and confiscated the houses of 11 Palestinian families.

By systematically designing and implementing policies of displacement and dispossession tailored to forcibly transfer Palestinians, replacing them with Israeli settlers, to maintain Israel’s settler-colonial enterprise and apartheid regime, Israel continues to violate Palestinian rights, including the Palestinian inalienable right to self-determination, and right of return; while continuing to enjoy an unlawful culture of impunity.

International community, including the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, current and former members of the Security Council, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom, has condemned the Israeli-conducted demolitions of Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa, highlighting the illegality of the such attacks, and addressing the dire humanitarian conditions caused by these demolitions. In acknowledging that the demolished structures have been funded by the international community, as part of their ‘humanitarian support to Palestinians at risk of forcible transfer in the West Bank,’ the undersigned organisations assert that the humanitarian aid should remain a short-term, temporary support, as the international community should not deviate away from its recognition of the root causes of the occupation: Israel’s colonial and apartheid regime, and its associated systematic policies and practices. 

Underscoring the need to put an end to Israel’s prevailing culture of impunity, Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, and Balakrishnan Rajagopal, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to Non-Discrimination, welcomed “the support given to the villagers of Humsa Al-Bqai’a by the diplomatic representatives in Palestine and Israel,” but stressed that “much more must be done by their governments to insist upon Israeli accountability, which is the missing key to ending this protracted occupation.”

Israel’s culture of impunity has further allowed business enterprises to benefit from the prolonged Israeli occupation and the perpetration of gross human rights violations. Al-Haq and Stop the Wall have identified c aiding the Israeli occupying authorities in their attacks against Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa. Notably, JCB has already been placed on the UN Database, amongst 112 Israeli and international companies, operating in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Further, JCB is currently being investigated by the United Kingdom National Contact Point for its involvement in human rights violations against Palestinians, but still continues to provide machinery to aid and abet war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The recent decisions of the Pre Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), affirming that the Court has full territorial jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territory i.e. the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC on the opening of a full criminal investigation into the Situation in Palestine represent a critically important step towards ending impunity and upholding the international rule of law, while ensuring the dignity of the Palestinian people who continue to be denied their right to self-determination and who are subjected to, inter alia, a criminal regime of apartheid, forced displacement, population transfer, extensive destruction and appropriation of property, and pillage, within the jurisdiction of the Court. 

The continued targeting of Humsa al-Fawqa represents Israel’s unwillingness to adhere to binding international legal obligations, as Occupying Power, and Third State’s failure to put an end to Israel’s impunity, further undermines the rule of international law.

Accordingly, we reiterate our calls on:

  • The Human Rights Council of the United Nations to recognise and denounce Israel’s policies against the entire Palestinian people, including the demolitions of Humsa al-Fawqa, as war crimes of an Occupying Power, violation of the Palestinian right to self-determination and constituting the crime of apartheid;
  • The Human Rights Council to establish an independent Human Rights Council fact-finding mission into Israel’s apartheid regime and associated obligations of states, international organizations and business enterprises;
  • The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to further develop in a transparent manner the UN database on business enterprises involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise;
  • The international community to resort to all available mechanisms to achieve international justice and accountability, and in particular, to intervene immediately to economically sanction Israel, and to hold individuals including corporate actors who may have committed war crimes in Humsa al-Fawqa criminally accountable, where they are present in their territory or nationals of the State Party; and
  • All States parties to the Rome Statute and Third States to publicly support and fully cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC as per the obligations set forth in Article 86 of the Rome Statue, and in line with Common Article 1 of the four Geneva Conventions and Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to ensure the arrest and transfer to the Hague of persons investigated and accused of international crimes, and to prevent the continued perpetration of international crimes against the Palestinian people.

Support the call and sign a public petition to #SaveHumsa.

Signatory organisations: Full list of signatories representing amongst others over 550 human rights and social justice organizations, trade unions, faith congregations and indigenous movements:

  1. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association’s, Palestine
  2. Africa Europa Faith & Justice Network (58 member congregations)
  3. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Palestine
  4. Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Mankind, Palestine
  5. A Planeta. Basque Country
  6. APDH Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos, Argentina
  7. Association Belgo-Palestinienne WB
  1. Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine (26 member organizations)
  2. Auckland Peace Action, New Zealand
  3. Australian Palestinian Professionals Association
  4. BACBI – Belgian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  5. BDS Berlin, Germany
  6. BDS Colombia
  7. BDS Malaysia
  8. Breed Platfom Palestina, Netherlands
  9. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  10. Canadian BDS Coalition
  11. Claremont Jewish Voice for Peace, USA
  12. CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium (90 member organizations)
  13. Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine, Australia
  14. CONAMINH, Honduras
  15. Cultura Libertà, Italy
  16. Defence for Children International – Palestine
  17. DOCP-BDS Netherlands
  18. European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) (40 member organizations)
  19. European Legal Support Center (ELSC)
  20. Eyewitness Palestine, USA
  21. Families of the Disappeared, Sri Lanka
  22. Federation of Italian Migrant Workers and their Families – FILEF Sydney, Australia
  23. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society
  24. Future in Our Hands Development Fund, Sri Lanka
  25. Good Shepherd Collective, USA 
  26. International Human Rights Council-Hong Kong
  27. Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC)
  28. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  29. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Finland
  30. Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, UK
  31. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, Palestine
  32. Jubileo Sur Américas, South America
  33. Jubileu Sul Brasil
  34. Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste, Canada
  35. Justiça Ambiental JA! – Friends of the Earth Mozambique
  36. Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, USA
  37. Liga Argentina por los Derechos Humanos, Argentina
  38. National Association Assopace Palestina, Italy
  39. NDN Collective, USA
  40. Netherlands Palestine Committee
  41. New Trade Union Initiative, India
  42. Niagara Movement for Justice in Palestine-Israel (NMJPI), USA
  43. NOVACT – International Institute for Nonviolent Action, Spanish State
  44. NWRG-onlus, Italy
  45. Oakville Palestinian Rights Association, USA
  46. Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos (30 member organizations)
  47. ‘Salaam – Ragazzi Dell”Olivo’, Comitato Di Trieste, Italy
  48. Palestine Solidarity Campaign – South Africa
  49. Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Cape Town), south Africa
  50. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
  51. Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa/New Zealand
  52. Palestinian and Jewish Unity, Canada
  53. Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  54. Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall)
  55. Palestinian Non Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) (133 member organizations)
  56. Pax Christi Flanders, Belgium
  57. RACDES, El Salvador
  58. Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies, PAlestine
  59. Sabir
  60. SALAM SHALOM Arbeitskreis Palأ¤stina-Israel e.V., Germany
  61. Società Civile per la Palestina (Civil Society for Palestine, Italy)
  62. SOC-SAT, Spanish State
  63. Solidarity with Palestine- Toronto, Canada
  64. Solidarity with Palestine- St. John’s, Canada
  65. South African BDS Coalition (14 members)
  66. South African Jews for a Free Palestine (SAJFP)
  67. Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, USA
  68. Sydney University Staff for Boycott, Australia
  69. The International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles (97 member unions and labour organizations)
  70. The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD)
  71. Transnational Institute, International
  72. Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe
  73. Trocaire, Ireland
  74. UDAPT (Union of those Affected by Texaco-Chevron), Ecuador
  75. Union Syndicale Solidaires, France

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In addition to the fierce Israeli attack on Humsa, Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Bustan neighborhoods in East Jerusalem face imminent Israeli ethnic cleansing actions. The looming expulsion of Palestinians from there is part of the Israeli coercive measures to empty Jerusalem from its Palestinian inhabitants and replace them with illegal Jewish settlers.

According to UN OCHA, so far in 2021, the Israeli occupation authorities have demolished 53 structures belonging to Palestinians in Jerusalem. These demolitions have resulted in the displacement of 69 people. Some of the demolitions were carried out in the village of Silwan, where Al-Bustan neighborhood is located.

Photo credit: @Silwanic1

The demolition of individual structures is but the beginning of mass demolition of the entire neighborhood of Al-Bustan.

Commenting on the imminent ethnic cleansing of thousands of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Bustan, Jamal Juma’, the general coordinator of Stop the Wall Campaign stated:

By destroying these two neighborhoods, the Israeli occupation authorities seek to expel Palestinians from the area surrounding the Old City of Jerusalem.

 This will serve Israel’s aims to Judaize Jerusalem in the area they call ‘sacred basin.’ By sacred, the Israelis mean that the area should be inhabited only by Jews.

By removing Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah and establishing an illegal settlement there, the Israeli government can tighten its control over the Old City of Jerusalem through the settlements punctuating the area. Without Palestinian presence in Sheikh Jarrah, they can connect the illegal settlement of Rafat Ashkoul, the French Hill and the Hotel of the Shepherd, which the settlers took over from Palestinians a few years ago, with each other.

This scheme is part of the bigger plan to Judaize the entire city of Jerusalem and reduce Palestinians there to a small minority group. 

Sheik Jarrah: To be Swallowed up by greedy settlers 

Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is located on the mountain of Al-Masharef to the north of the city of Jerusalem, outside the old city. Most of its inhabitants are Palestinians who were expelled from their homes, which are part of present-day Israel, by the Zionist gangs when Israel came into being in 1948.

In the 1950s, the Jordanian government, which was ruling the West Bank, including East Jerusalem at that time, granted parts of the lands of Sheikh Jarrah to Palestinian refugees. Before that, these refugees were for years homeless living in garages for buses in Jerusalem.

Through the financial support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNTRWA), the Jordanian government constructed houses for these refugees. Few years later, Jordan recognized the Palestinian refugees’ ownership of their houses there.

In 1972, the Sephardic Community Committee and the Knesset Yisrael Committee, two bigoted settler organizations, started waging a war against Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah. The two organizations, fully backed by the Israeli government, fabricated documents claiming that the 28 Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah live there illegally. They have underpinned their lies by claiming that the Jewish settlers’ ownership right to Sheikh Jarrah dates back to 1885. This contradicts the Ottoman archives, in which proofs of Palestinian ownership of the land in Sheikh Jarrah are preserved. In fact, the land of Sheikh Jarrah belongs to Palestinians long before 1885.

Since then, Palestinians there have been battling with the racist Israeli legal system to thwart the settlers’ attempts to take over their homes. Israeli Magistrates’ Court in Jerusalem has ignored Palestinians’ documented ownership of their homes. Instead, the court has relied on the fake documents provided to the court by settler organizations to reject the appeals by the Palestinian owners.

A Palestinian resident from Sheikh Jarrah next to a wall on which it is written in Arabic “We are not leaving.”

The racist Israeli legal system facilitates the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the courts have rejected the well-documented cases brought by Palestinians.  For decades, the court has been issuing orders to expel Palestinians from their homes. So far, the two settler organizations have stolen the homes of twelve Palestinian families by force.

The remaining families now face imminent expulsion after Israeli courts rejected their appeals. On top of this, the Israeli court has issued orders forcing these Palestinian families to pay about 70, 000 ILS (20, 000 $). The money will go to the lawyers of the settlers who filed cases against Palestinians to ethnically cleanse them.

Al-Bustan: Under the mercy of the merciless colonizers

Al-Bustan neighborhood is located 300 meters away from the southern part of the wall surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque. It is inhabited by about 1550 Palestinians, 63% of them are children under the age of 18.

Similar to Sheikh Jarrah, the Israeli occupation authorities seek to ethnically cleanse the 1550 Palestinian inhabitants of Al-Bustan. The 90 houses that have withstood so far, the Israeli demolition policy there face a looming mass demolition.

 The Municipality of Jerusalem has recently rejected all the urban master plans that it had asked the residents of Al-Bustan to provide as part of the process to give them construction permits. The Israeli court rejected the appeals made by the Palestinian owners, which are now facing direct threat of demolition of their homes.

On top of the ruins of the Palestinian homes, the occupation authorities plan to build a biblical garden called ‘the Garden of King David.’

Since 2004, Palestinians in Al-Bustan neighborhood have been facing brutal Israeli ethnic cleansing practices. The Israeli occupation authorities have been trying to demolish the 100 homes in the neighborhood since then. Initially, the Israeli occupation authorities reduced to rubble ten houses in 2005. The demolition of the 90 other houses in the neighborhood was thwarted thanks to popular resistance and pressure on the Israeli government to stop this massive ethnic cleansing campaign.

Yet, the Israeli occupation has never given up on its plans to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homes. One tool Israel uses to force Palestinians out of the area is to reject any request for construction permits that Palestinian make. This allows them to demolish then their buildings under the pretext of “lacking building permit”.

The Municipality of Jerusalem also tried to relocate the residents of Al-Bustan to Beit Hanina, another area in Jerusalem inhabited mainly by Palestinians. However, the residents rejected the proposal and continued to live steadfast in their homes.

Don’t remain passive in the face of Israeli war crimes!

 Every day, the inhabitants of Al-Bustan and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods face a battle with a fierce and inhumane Israeli apartheid and settler colonial system to continue existing in their homes.

They share this battle with the Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley, like Humsa, and Bedouin communities in the vicinity of Jerusalem.

We call on the international community, its governments and civil society, to ensure justice and accountability.

We reiterate our call to the international community to:

  • recognize and denounce Israel’s policies against the entire Palestinian people, including the imminent ethnic cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Bustan and Bedouin communities and the actual demolitions of Humsa al Fawqa, as war crimes of an Occupying Power, violation of the Palestinian right to self-determination and constituting the crime of apartheid.
  • establish an independent Human Rights Council fact-finding mission into Israel’s apartheid regime and associated obligations of states, international organizations and business enterprises.
  • further develop in a transparent manner the UN database on business enterprises involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.
  • Endorse the online campaign to save Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Bustan and Humsa by sharing daily news and updates about these areas using the hashtags: #SaveSheikhJarrah #SaveAlBustan and #SaveHumsa. 

We urge the international community to impose targeted economic and military sanctions on Israel, to publicly support and fully cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and to hold individuals including corporate actors complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank criminally accountable.

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The World without Walls – Europe Assembly is a space where we build campaigns against EU-Israel ties that harm Palestinian rights, migrant rights or are deepening militarization policies.

Date: March 18 2021

Time: 1PM GMT / 2 PM CET  / 3 PM EET

ZOOM ID: 889 5462 4364

We are organizations struggling for migrant rights, Palestinian rights and against militarization that have come together in a joint space of action for a World without Walls and for freedom, justice and equality of all. Our struggles are interconnected: European anti-migration policies, that in many cases resemble Israeli paradigms and are often implemented with Israeli technology, are targeting migrants, finance Israeli apartheid and military occupation against Palestinians and militarize European societies.

Program:

Part I

In this Assembly we will meet together and hear from:

  • Maren Mantovani (Stop the Wall Campaign, Palestine) 
  • Mark Akkerman (StopWapenhandel, Netherlands) 
  • Lorraine Leete (Legal Center Lesvos, Greece)

on why the interconnection between our struggles is so urgent.

Part II

We will share our ideas for joint actions throughout 2021, expanding our campaigns against Israel’s military grade drones used by EU border agencies and want to hear from you:

  • What are you doing to fight for migrant rights, Palestinian rights or against militarization? What are your plans for 2021?
  • How can these actions be interconnected?

To see the Statement of Unity of World without Walls – Europe: https://cutt.ly/9kTN9Rv

To sign the petition against the EU’s use of Israel’s killer drones: https://stopthewall.org/petition/nodrones/

To see the full program of the European Social Forum on Migration: https://fsemlisboa.org/language/en/european-social-migration-forum/

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Since 3 November 2020, Humsa al-Fawqa, a Palestinian community in the Jordan Valley, has been targeted, raided, and demolished six times by the Israeli occupying authorities. Tell the UN Human Rights Council session on March 18 to #SaveHumsa by signing our petition jointly initiated by Stop the Wall and Al-Haq.

Humsa al-Fawqa is but one example of Israel’s systematic violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and the failure of states worldwide to end Israel’s impunity.

We as people call on our governments to ensure justice and accountability.

We demand the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to:

Accordingly, we reiterate our calls to the international community to:

  • recognise and denounce Israel’s policies against the entire Palestinian people, including the demolitions of Humsa al Fawqa, as war crimes of an Occupying Power, violation of the Palestinian right to self-determination and constituting the crime of apartheid.
  • establish an independent Human Rights Council fact-finding mission into Israel’s apartheid regime and associated obligations of states, international organizations and business enterprises.
  • further develop in a transparent manner the UN database on business enterprises involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.
Read more and sign the petition here

We urge the international community to impose targeted economic and military sanctions on Israel, to publicly support and fully cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and to hold individuals including corporate actors who may have committed war crimes in Humsa al-Fawqa criminally accountable.

Read more and sign the petition now

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“Women have been a footnote in a male-defined system. And if women are the footnote, then Aboriginal women are the footnote to the footnote.”

This statement made by Mohawk author Patricia Monture holds very true to the situation of Palestinian women. The fact that Palestinian women are the footnote to the footnote is due to our male-oriented society and ongoing Nakba. The oppression of both the settler colonial project of Israel and heteropatriarchy perpetuates and exacerbates Palestinian women’s subordination, subjugation and inferiority.

However, Palestinian women, be it within the domestic sphere, at the workplace, within political arenas and inside Israeli colonial prisons are not passive or silent. Through their everyday practices of resistance, they push against their oppression and marginalization caused by the intersectionality of Israeli subjugation and heteropatriarchal oppression.

On March 8th, we voice the systematically invisibilised and often unrecognized roles of Palestinian women’s experiences of resistance to Israel’s apartheid regime. We also emphasize that there will not be a free Palestine unless Palestinian women are free from their double oppression and marginalization.

We share the voices of the women in the Bedouin community of Humsa, Northern Jordan Valley, and their strength and struggle as an inspiration to all of us.

Women of Humsa: Warriors against Israeli ethnic cleansing

Since November, 2020, the Israel occupation forces have been repetitively storming the village of Humsa and demolishing its Palestinian residents’ property. Since the start of last February, the Israeli violence against the community intensified. This has resulted in reducing it to the ground five times in a month. Tens of the residents of Humsa, including women and children have ended up homeless.

Commenting on Israeli brutality, 50-year-old Om Soliman (Mother of Soliman) said:

The Israeli occupation claims that our ancestral land is a closed military area. This is a complete lie. This land is a place for us and our livestock to live in and forge the future of our children.

We want to live a safe and a peaceful life without violence and demolition. Our children get terrified when the Israeli soldiers raid our community. They keep asking: “Are the Israeli soldiers are coming to demolish our houses?”

Our furniture and property are in the rain since they have demolished our residential tents. I and the other thirteen members of my family have to sleep in a small tent.

The Israeli occupation forces Om Soliman, her children and grandchildren to live in dire conditions. Nevertheless, she is determined to stay on their land. She stated: “The Israeli occupation wants us to leave the area and take over our land. Yet, we are not leaving. I will continue to instill in my grandchildren the courage, sense of sumud [Arabic: steadfastness] and determination to protect Humsa and maintain our existence even after I pass away.”

Like Om Soliman, Om Bilal, a mother of ten children has an iron will to continue the struggle against Israeli ethnic cleansing by remaining steadfast in Humsa.

Although the Israeli occupation destroyed her family’s property five times, Om Bilal has done everything she could to keep up a normal life despite the abnormal situation.

Om Bilal needs to bring food on the table for her ten children every day. Hence, even on top of the rubble of their house, Om Bilal continues to make and sell dairy products. She narrated: “The fact that the Israeli occupation keeps demolishing our property does not mean to give up on life. I will never stop helping my husband in securing an income that allows us to live here.

27-year-old Intisar, a mother of three children narrated what she, her husband and children encountered on November 3rd when the Israeli bulldozers razed their property to the ground. She said:

“The Israeli occupation forces prevented us from taking our stuff before they started the demolition. My kids were crying as they lost their toys under the rubble of the tent that is our house.”

Although Intisar saw her home turned to rubble in a blink of an eye, she was still strong with her head high. To ease the plight of her children, she kept searching for their toys beneath the rubble until she found them. Taking care of her children even in the darkest of moments is important for Intisar because as, she thinks, her children are the future of Humsa.

The everyday practices of Om Soliman, Om Bilal, Intisar and other women of Humsa accumulate to heroic stories of sumud [steadfastness] and resistance. It is through these practices that these women, the custodians of Palestinian existence there, obstructs Israeli settlement schemes.

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Read the following article published on the Morning Star, People’s Daily on March 2nd by Manal Shqair of Stop the Wall and popular activist Mahmoud Soliman. The authors shine a light on Humsa, the semi-nomadic community in the northern Jordan Valley that is facing a fierce Israeli ethnic cleansing campaign.

Shqair and Soliman discuss how the residents of Humsa are determined to resist Israeli ethnic cleansing and stay on the land against all odds. Read full article here.

During the month of February, the Israeli occupation demolished Humsa five times. The Israeli demolition campaign is a measure to ethnically cleanse the people of Humsa from their land.

The authors draw on the centrality of the land-based seminomadic lifestyle of Humsa residents in strengthening their sumud. Based on testimonies from some residents, Shqair and Soliman argue:

The Israeli onslaught on the semi-nomadic lifestyle of Humsa seeks to replace it by landless and urbanised lifestyle. Accordingly, Palestinians’ ability to live a traditional land-based semi-nomadic lifestyle is both a pre-colonial and anti-colonial phenomenon.

Read full article about Israeli manipulation of law, resistance of Humsa residents and why it should be a model to echo and preserve here: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/remaining-steadfast-against-israeli-expulsion?fbclid=IwAR2hmIBh4Iw6bPmwlVIQCKJMhPtvPTXctQSq6bpqIPcygqwzrV5QfrXDKm0

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From the Bedouin community of Humsa, representatives of popular committees across the West Bank have sent a call to rights and solidarity groups around the world. They urge more pressure on the Israeli occupation to stop the imminent ethnic cleansing of Humsa.

Yesterday, representatives of the Stop the Wall Campaign and popular committees from across the West Bank met with the people of Humsa. They discussed different ways to support the steadfastness of the people in Humsa amid Israeli brutality against them to coerce them into leaving their land.

They discussed the recent ruling by the Israeli High Court. The Court has once again rubber-stamped Israel’s colonial policies of conquest and ethnic cleansing. It endorsed the military actions and ruled that all but 2 tents, located at the very edge of the community, are to be demolished.

Humsa, February 25 2021.

This visit is not the first of its kind. Since the Israeli occupation has started an intensified demolition campaign against Humsa, popular committees and activists have been present there most of the time. This is part of the efforts to support the steadfastness of the community and confront the Israeli brutal raids of demolition.

Israeli forces have reduced their property to rubbles five times in less than a month. Yet, the residents of Humsa are still steadfast and refuse to leave their homes. Although they will not give up on their right to exist in their ancestral land, Humsa residents insist it is urgent for all to work together to mount the necessary pressure on the Israeli regime.

During one of the recent demolition raids on Humsa, an official of the Israeli Civil Administration threatened the residents of Humsa. He said: “It is better for you to leave now as we will continue demolishing your homes until you all leave this area. I also want you to know that Humsa is the start as we will do the same with the other communities in the area.”

A call for solidarity and accountability

In a joint statement by the Stop the Wall, the popular committees and the residents of Humsa, they stated:

We will intensify our popular activities in support of Humsa. We will mount more pressure on Palestinian politicians to put more regional and international pressure on governments around the world to end the ethnic cleansing of Humsa and other targeted communities.

We urge global civil society to put pressure on your governments to stop Israel’s policy of apartheid, annexation and ethnic cleansing. Theircomplicity with Israeli apartheid regime needs to end. Supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel is more urgent than ever in order to save the Palestinian existence in the Jordan Valley and to put an end to Israeli policy of demolition in Area ‘C’.

Humsa has been under a violent and escalated campaign of demolition since the beginning of February. The most recent of which was on February 22nd. This was the fifth demolition raid of the community since the beginning of February. The Volvo and JCB bulldozers which escorted the soldiers demolished more than 30 tents and animal shelters belonging to the residents of Humsa. The Israeli occupation forces also confiscated some movable water tanks, the only source of daily use of water for the residents and their livestock.

All of the confiscated and demolished tents were provided previously to Humsa by the EU and the Palestinian Red Crescent following earlier demolition attacks. Without these tents, tens of Palestinians have no homes to stay in amid the cold winter weather.

EU diplomats have visited Humsa more than once since the start of February to emphasize solidarity with the community. Nevertheless, the Israeli occupation authorities continued relentlessly to bulldoze the community. This makes it an urgency for the EU and non-EU countries alike to take serious measures to hold the Israeli occupation accountable.

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On February 16th, representatives of the EU diplomatic missions in the Occupied Palestinian territories visited Humsa to provide them with tents for the residents. Yet, Israeli military stopped the officials and confiscated the shelters.

Since November 2020, the Bedouin community of Humsa (Khirbet Hamsa al-Foqa), Northern Jordan Valley has been under a brutal demolition campaign carried out by the Israeli occupation. Tens of the residents of Humsa have been homeless since the series of demolition has started. Israeli military demolished and confiscated properties and shelters of the community 4 times since the beginning of February 2021.

Emboldened by impunity and the lack of international reaction, heavily armed Israeli military stormed Humsa while the EU officials were still in the community. Some tents were already being assembled to provide shelter to the community and their livestock.

Israeli soldiers forced the EU vehicle to stop and confiscated five tents that were to serve as shelter for the community.

The EU representatives had no other choice but to comply with the inhumane demands and to witness yet another brutal act of the Israeli authorities.

Commenting on the EU failed attempt to protect the people of Humsa, Jamal Juma’, the General Coordinator of Stop the Wall says:

We deeply appreciate the action by the EU officials and the consulates to visit and to attempt providing humanitarian aid. Yet, the incapacity of the European Union and the international community to recognize the demolitions as an international crime committed by Israel against the Palestinian people, leaves Palestinians unprotected and EU officials humiliated.

What is happening in Humsa is not as a humanitarian disaster but an international crime. What is really required is support for basic rights not basic needs. Israel has to be held accountable now. This is the only way protection is possible.

In the end, the EU has left the residents of Humsa disappointed yet another time.

The residents of Humsa are now without the needed shelters to protect them from an extreme weather condition that has hit Palestine on February 17th. 

This Israeli escalation of aggression, which targets not only Palestinians but the European
Union and the international community at large, is described in detail below:

Humsa: Hit by Winter storm and apartheid Required Urgent Action (1) Accountability (2) Immediate humanitarian concerns List of Israeli series of Violence against Humsa Humsa: Hit by Winter storm and apartheid  

The stormy and rainy weather conditions have exacerbated the plight of the residents in Humsa and the neighboring Bedouin community. They have no electricity after the Israeli occupation confiscated their solar panels and are unable to warm themselves. In addition, they are currently completely cut off from the rest of the world. As the Israeli occupation denies Humsa and the other Bedouin communities’ infrastructure, there are no asphalt roads and all access to the communities has been transformed to deep mud. This means they cannot access distanced health centers and other services if they need so. 

After repeated demolitions and confiscations, the residents there lack the needed tents they need. Abu Anas, a shepherd from Humsa commented:

We only have a few tents provided to us by the International Red Cross. They are part of the humanitarian aid given to us after the Israeli occupation destroyed and confiscated our property. We also have some water tanks we depend on for drinking. I think in the next attack they will destroy these tents and confiscate the water tanks, leaving us between the sky and ground thirsting for water.

The demolition of Humsa comes as part of the policy of displacement and annexation, the Israeli apartheid regime has been implementing against the Jordan Valley. The coercive environment Israel has created through its brutality against Palestinians is meant to ethnically cleanse them. This comes part of the Israeli measures to de jure annex the Jordan Valley, which has been de facto annexed since over five decades.

After the Israeli raid on Humsa on February 14th to threaten the residents of another attack of demolition, Abu Anas stated:

They want us to leave to Ein Shebleh, an area inhabited and owned by other Palestinians and targeted for settlement expansion. Palestinians who live in Ein Shebleh are regularly attacked by an illegal settler.  I know that if we obey their orders and go to Ein Shebleh, they will expel us from there, too. Their only aim is to take over the lands of Humsa and Ein Shebleh and make us end up in nowhere. Yet, we will stay steadfast on our land.

Required Urgent Action (1) Accountability

The community of Humsa needs political support from the international community and the UN to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Humsa and other parts of the so-called Area ‘C’ are subject to aggressive and intensified demolitions committed by the Israeli army to displace them. So far, the Israeli occupation have demolished 187 structures in Area ‘C’ leaving 259 people homeless.

States and the United Nations need to recognize explicitly the various layers of violations of international law committed by Israel through the demolitions:

  1. the demolitions of Humza are a part of a policy of unlawful transfer of an occupied population amount to a breach of the IV Geneva Convention.
  2. the demolitions are part of Israel’s illegal annexation ongoing in the occupied West Bank. A grave breach of the inadmissibility of conquest of territory by force and the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.
  3. the demolitions are part of Israel’s policies amounting to the crime of apartheid as they target the community, deny them their dignity and impose unbearable living conditions on them because they are part of the Palestinian people and their presence in this area creates an obstacle to Israel’s aim of creating separate reserves for Palestinian while annexing the rest of the land.   

Considering the above and, among others, the findings of the International Court of Justice in its verdict on July 9 2004, States and the United Nations need to take immediate action and:

  1. ensure Israel ends its attack on Humsa and its policies violating international law immediately.
    1. ensure no aid and assistance is given to Israel to continue these policies in practical and diplomatic terms.
      1. The European Union has to immediately suspend the upcoming EU-Israel Association Council and take steps to finally end the EU-Israel Association Agreement due to Israel’s ongoing violation of Article 2 of the agreement, which states that: “Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement”.
      1. The United Nations Human Rights Council is to update the UN database on business enterprises involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.
      1. The international community is to take immediate action to suspend all military and security relations with Israel imposing a comprehensive military embargo and to ban all business ties (including investments, trade and service delivery) with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.
      1. The International Criminal Court is to investigate those responsible for and complicit with the repeated destruction of Humsa.
(2) Immediate humanitarian concerns
  • Shelter & Non-Food Items: While donors and popular groups have managed to deliver emergency shelters, a more durable shelter response is needed in the form of residential tents. All of the community’s animal shelters and storage units for fodder and related materials have also been demolished or confiscated, so livelihood replacements are also needed.
  • Water: Although 20 water tanks were provided after the demolition on 3 November 2020, water vendors are reluctant to enter the area to refill these tanks, due to their fear of arrest or confiscation of vehicles.
  • Health: Currently, no specific health needs have been identified; PRCS, and the health cluster, in general, stands ready to assist. The ongoing demolitions are taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of adequate shelter is impeding the necessity for social distancing and other recommended safety measures. Moreover, Israel excluded the five million Palestinians under its military occupation from its nation-wide vaccination campaign in a stark violation of International Law. This puts the lives of the homeless residents of Humsa at risk if they catch the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Education: There is no primary or secondary school located within the community; the ongoing demolitions have disrupted the children’s attendance at the nearest school. Education needs are being assessed as part of the child protection assessment.
  • Power: During the demolition raids, the Israeli occupation confiscated the solar panels on which the residents of Humsa used to depend for electricity. They no other source of power to meet their basic daily needs, including heating amid the cold winter weather.
List of Israeli series of Violence against Humsa

Below we showcase the Israeli demolition and brutal raids depending on data collected by Stop the Wall and the UN OCHA:

  • On February 16, armed Israeli soldiers and the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) stormed Humsa and confiscated five donor-funded tents during the presence of the EU staff that brought the tents. Over the first weeks of February the community has had 62 structures demolished in three incidents, leaving 60 people, including 35 children were displaced.
  • On February 14th, armed Israeli soldiers, ICA and the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection raided Humsa again, including the residents who built a few kilometers away from the demolition site. The Israeli soldiers and officers took pictures of the area, mainly through helicopters. They also attacked the residents of the community and threatened them with another raid of demolition if they do not leave to Ein Shebleh. They specifically stressed that they will storm the community when the current winter storm hitting Palestine starts.
  • On 12 February, Palestinians gathered at Humsa to show solidarity with the community. Yet, the Israeli occupation forces, which have a constant presence forced the popular activists to leave by throwing tear gas at them. This resulted in 30 teargas inhalation injuries which were treated on site.
  • On 8 February, two of the consortium funded structures were confiscated, along with other emergency shelters provided by the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). PRCS managed to provide five emergency shelters on the night of 8 February, but outside of the demolition site itself, to avoid further confiscation. On the night of 14 February, PRCS provided an additional five tents to those members of the community lacking emergency shelter.
  • On February 4th, a joint visit of NGO, UN and EU Members were made to Humsa. They met with some of the community residents and leaders and promised to take the needed measures to stop Israeli violations of human rights and International Law.
  • On February 3rd, popular groups tried to rebuilt the tents that are the residents’ homes; yet, Israeli army violently attacked them, confiscated the building materials, their cars, and restricted their movement.
  • On February 1st, tens of armed Israeli soldiers, officers of the ICA and four JCB bulldozers stormed Humsa and demolished and confiscated 62 structures leaving 60 people sleep between the sky and the ground. During the demolition, the Israeli occupation besieged the community and blocked any entrance to the media and, popular activists and human rights organizations to reach the area. According to the testimonies recorded from the people of Humsa, Israeli soldiers threatened to shoot any one who tries to resist the destruction/confiscation of their homes. The Israeli soldiers took the confiscated tents to an area called Ein Shebleh, where they plan to transfer the community. Yet, the residents of Humsa refused this proposal as Humsa is their ancestral land which they refuse to give up on. The people of Humsa are also aware that Ein Shebleh is already inhabited by other Palestinians. Palestinians there are subject to systematic violence committed by fanatic Israeli settlers as it is another target for settlement expansion.
  • On November 4th, 2020, the Israeli army, officers of the ICA and bulldozers raided the community of Humsa and razed the community to the ground. This resulted in leaving about 76 people homeless, including 40 children. The homeless people had to sleep outside in the rainy weather.

Amid the lack of homes, the community’s vulnerability is compounded by expected severe winter conditions and by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The community’s main needs are for protection, adequate shelter and shelter for their livestock. Due to the heavy military presence and fear of further confiscation/ interception of aid, other partners have also chosen to deliver assistance in nearby communities, which Humsa – Al Bqai’a community members can access.

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Yesterday, tens of armed Israeli soldiers raided the Bedouin community of Humsa, Northern Jordan Valley. This raid has been part of a series of violent raids committed since the beginning of 2021 and even before. In previous raids the entire community was razed to the ground four times in three months. The Israeli occupation seeks to ethnically cleanse the people of Humsa from their homes to de jure annex the Jordan Valley.

Heavily armed Israeli soldiers accompanied by the Israeli Civil administration officers raided the community of Humsa yesterday. They took pictures of the area; a measure Palestinians usually witness before their homes are demolished; but what has been left from the village of Humsa after it was bulldozed three times in one week?

Commenting on the demolition of his property and yesterday’s raid, Abu Anas, a shepherd from Humsa said:

We only have a few tents provided to us by the International Red Cross; as part of the humanitarian aids to us after the Israeli occupation destroyed and confiscated our property. We also have some water tanks we depend on for drinking. I think in the next attack they will destroy these tents and confiscate the water tanks; leaving us between the sky and ground thirsting for water.

The Israeli General who was among the occupation troops that stormed the area yesterday asked my daughters, “what are you still doing here; leave immediately to Ein Shebleh.”

They want us to leave to Ein Shebleh, an area inhabited and owned by other Palestinians and targeted for settlement expansion. Palestinians who live in Ein Shebleh are regularly attacked by an illegal settler.  I know that if we obey their orders and go to Ein Shebleh, they will expel us from it, too. Their only aim is to take over the lands of Humsa and Ein Shebleh and make us end up in nowhere. Yet, we will stay steadfast on our land.

Our land, our life… They want to deny us both

On February 1st, 2021, tens of armed Israeli soldiers escorting four JCB bulldozers stormed Humsa and reduced the entire village to rubble in one day. While Palestinians were trying to rebuild their demolished community, Israeli army raided the area, violently abused them and confiscated the building materials. Then, they demolished the tents provided to the residents of Humsa from the International Red Cross.

Like other Bedouin communities, land is central to the life of the people of Humsa. Large swathes of the Jordan Valley are pastoral lands. This makes it the main source of income for the residents of Humsa, a community characterized by its traditional Bedouin lifestyle as the only source of income. Moreover, the land allows the residents of Humsa to own the means of production and make them independent from the Israeli economy imposed on most of the Palestinian people.

Um Bilal, a mother of ten children asserted that “expelling us from our ancestral land strips us of the source of life. They want to take over our land by force and leave us homeless with nothing.”

We want rights not tents!

On February 4th, EU diplomats and representatives from the UN visited the community of Humsa. They condemned the Israeli violations of International Law embodied in the demolition of Humsa and left.

Abu Saqr, a human rights defender and a community leader from the Bedouin community of al-Hadidya, Northern Jordan Valley addressed the EU representatives stating:

The Palestinian people does not really need a tent or a water tank. We need political support and more pressure on Israel. Is it believable that the entire European community is unable to stop Israeli crimes? You provide us with tents; and, simultaneously, you offer Israel all the material support they need to continue on committing more crimes against us!

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The network World without Walls – Europe has launched a new petition to EMSA, the European Maritime Safety Agency, to ask the institution not to lease any killer drones from Elbit Systems or other military companies and not to use such drones to enforce the EU’s deadly anti-migration policies.

World without Walls – Europe highlights that “Following our last petition, the EU ended its contract with Israel’s killer drones provided by Elbit Systems. As the EU’s Maritime Safety Agency wants to lease new drones: Let’s tell the European agencies that we won’t be fooled! No is No!”. The Petition targets both EMSA and the EU’s notorious border security agency FRONTEX and demands:

EMSA to exclude Israeli arms producers from tendering for these contract.

EMSA to only use drones for civil purposes and to not make them available to Frontex or others for border security flights. 

Frontex to end its drone surveillance contracts with Airbus, IAI and Elbit.

Read more and sign the petition here.

World without Walls – Europe is coalition of organizations that understand the interconnectedness of the struggles. Their statement underlines: “European anti-migration policies, that in many cases resemble Israeli paradigms and are often implemented with Israeli technology, are targeting migrants, finance Israeli apartheid and military occupation against Palestinians and militarize European societies.

“We therefore commit to work together in the intersection of these anti-racist, anti-colonial social justice struggles to build campaigns that challenge EU-Israel ties that harm Palestinian rights, migrant rights or are deepening militarization policies.”

Read more and sign the petition here.

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Today, we kick off with the first of our series of #WorldwithoutWalls podcasts. In this series of podcasts we will focus on the various forms of injustices playing out in the way states and corporations address the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the first episode, Pedro Villardi, ABIA, Brazil joined hosts Manal Shqair (Stop the Wall) and Chandni Desai (Liberation Pedagogy Podcast). He discussed the policies of denial of access to vaccines and cures. Villardi underlined the injustices that are exposed in times of this global health crisis, Particularly speaking about Brazil.

Please Listen. Rate. Subscribe to the full episode HERE.

Touching on these injustices, Pedro asserted the connections between the colonial dynamics in both Brazil and Palestine. In both countries, these colonial dynamics deny the colonized and the systematically marginalized ‘other’ access to vaccination.

Commenting on the way pharmaceutical industry devalues the lives of non-white people in the Global South, Villardi states, “they have disregard for the life of those who are not in Europe or the United states. That disregard for the lives of people in Palestine, Brazil and the African countries reflects the colonial relations.”

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Content Stop the Wall on the ground Protesting ongoing annexation… Decolonizing our land Right to Exist Campaign ‘You Are not Alone’ Campaign Palestine Cop26 Coalition Israeli neoliberalism vs. Palestinian steadfastness Popular COVID-19 emergency Response We will never forget: Nakba Commemoration Palestine Youth Forum A message of solidarity from Palestine to Brazil Palestinian Truth vs. Israeli lies Stop the Wall internationally Right to Exist Campaign Stop Israeli annexation and apartheid World without Walls Crowdfunding #SpreadSolidarity! Stop the Wall on the ground

For people across continents, 2020 was a challenging year due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oppressed and colonized peoples were the most to suffer from the pandemic due to structural and systematic oppression and health negligence. In Palestine, during 2020, Israel has intensified its apartheid and settler colonial practices and has officially announced its plans to transform de facto annexation of 33% of the West Bank into de jure status. Yet, in 2020, we witnessed an intensification of different forms of popular struggle actions to combat Israeli apartheid regime.

We present to you our impact nationally and internationally during 2020 below.

Looking into 2021, we know that we are in a period that is decisive for our struggle and our rights. Will Israel be able to “normalize” its apartheid regime over our people or will we and the world be able to hold Israel accountable? Will we be able to defend our people to resist further ethnic cleansing and rise the cost for apartheid on the ground? Will we be able to ensure Israel’s human rights violations and apartheid are being investigated and effective measures taken to end them?

Will we, the people across the world, be able to come together to ensure that justice, freedom and equality prevails over profits, power and supremacy?   

Protesting ongoing annexation… Decolonizing our land

During 2020, we Palestinians have faced another plan to liquidate our just cause in the so-called ‘Deal of the Century.’ The Trump administration announced the no-peace plan on January 28th, 2020.Intensified construction of Israeli settlements has accompanied it.

Israel’s pillage of land has targeted almost every area in the West Bank. On the looted lands, more settlement housing units and new settler outposts have sprung up across the West Bank.

Yet, Palestinians have met the escalated settlement expansion with more counter popular actions. They have erected sit-in tents and organized protests on a regular basis. Stop the Wall took part in liberating large swathes of Palestinian lands by ousting nine settler outposts. Please read more about our actions of land decolonization here.

We showcase here some battles of liberation:

On Mount al-Arma, the Palestinian flag was raised!

Since the 1980s, the Israeli settlers have assigned Mount Al-Arma, Nablus district, a place in their strategic plans. They have definied it a historical Jewish site as a justification to seize it. Once they arrived to set up a first presence, Palestinians immediately mobilized. For a month, Palestinians protested and set up a sit-in tent until they succeeded in warding off Israeli settlers in March, 2020.

To know more Palestinian popular actions and sacrifices to take back mount Al-Arma from the grip of Israeli settlers, please read our report here.

Once upon a time, there was a settler outpost in Sinjel…

Sinjel is a small Palestinian village located 21 kilometers northwest of Ramallah. As Sinjel is perched on a hill, its strategic location has made it a target for settlement expansion. In 2020, a group of fanatic Israeli settlers set up a settler outpost consisting of movable houses.

To ensure that the popular actions of the people of Sinjel are well-coordinated, Stop the Wall has created a popular committee there. This committee succeeded in removing the settler outpost and ousting the illegal settlers. Although the settlers tried to come back, the popular committee was vigilant enough to thwart all of their attempts to establish a new settler outpost.

The walk to liberation is still ongoing….

Our protests are still ongoing to oust other settler outposts built on our lands.

Please read about the continuous protests in Beit Dajan and Kufr Qaddoum to free the colonized lands here.

Please, also read about Palestinian popular actions in the village of al-Mughayir here

Right to Exist Campaign

Stop the Wall has initiated in 2020 the campaign for the Right to Exist. The Campaign focuses on three rights: the Right to land, to water and to education. We seek to support those Palestinians that are threatened with expulsion and to strengthen their resolve to stay on the land despite Israel’s attempts to forcibly displace them. The Right to Exist Campaign will act whenever Israel denies Palestinians the right to water, education, building and access to and cultivation of their land.

Right to Education:

  • We have formed the Right to Education Coalition, a network of national and international NGOs. The coalition has mounted its efforts throughout 2020 to resist Israel’s attempts to expel Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley. One of the main tools used by the Israeli occupation to force the people to abandon their communities was to deny them access to proper education. We succeeded in building two new kindergartens in Ein el-Baida and Al-Maleh.  We also renovated the school and kindergarten of the community of Arab al Ka’abnah.
  • Stop the Wall has conducted a research on the challenges Palestinians face in accessing education in the Jordan Valley. The research was based on testimonies of students, parents, teachers and popular activists in the Jordan Valley. The research recommendations have guided activities of the Right to Education Coalition. They will guide future actions organized by the coalition to facilitate access to proper education for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley.

Right to Land

Israel’s settler colonial project affects the daily life not only of the Palestinian society as a whole, but individuals, too. Abu Jamal, a Palestinian farmer and human rights defender from the village of al Luban al- Sharqiyya, Nablus district, has been bearing the scars of Israel’s systematic violence against him for 17 years. The most recent attack against him and his family was in last November. Israeli soldiers demolished their property and looted the intact property.

As part of the efforts to support the steadfastness of Abu Jamal, we bought him six sheep. The sheep represent a sustainable source of income for Abu Jamal and his family to continue to exist on their land against all odds. Please read more about Abu Jamal’s story here.

‘You Are not Alone’ Campaign

For seventeen years in a row, we have been asserting to our people in affected areas that we are with them through the ‘You Are not Alone’ Campaign:

Olive harvest season

Every year, we help Palestinian farmers subject to settlers’ violence in nearby settlements during the olive harvest season. Volunteers affiliated with the Palestine Youth Forum join in this collective initiative. Through that, we support farmers in dismantling Israeli apartheid’s invisible wall of fear by reaching their lands, harvesting their olive trees and celebrating this ‘national wedding’ as we usually call it. Please read more about the olive harvest initiative here.

Olive trees cultivation

During 2020, we planted over 750 olive trees in areas threatened with confiscation across the West Bank. The cultivation of olive trees is a tool to strengthen Palestinian attachment to their ancestral lands. This is a counter measure in response to Israel’s attempts to detach Palestinians from their lands through violent and intimidating practices.

Israel’s apartheid and settler colonial practices have caused an environmental destruction. Israel first ethnically cleansed the Palestinian people in a largescale campaign starting in 1947. Afterwards, it planted pine trees on top of the ruins to erase the traces of the crime. The afforestation projects of a shrubland ecosystem like Palestine threatens both animal and plant species with extinction.

At the same time, Israel constantly uproots trees belonging to Palestinians. This is another cause of the environmental destruction we face. Please read more about the war Israel wages on our nature to ethnically cleanse Palestinians here.

As Israeli apartheid practices to take over our land are never green, we believe that our effort to cultivate more trees is not only an anti-apartheid and ant-colonialist struggle. Rather, it has an environmentalist dimension, too. This asserts that our anti-colonial struggle is green as we are struggling to protect our environment on the long path of decolonizing our land.

Palestine Cop26 Coalition

Stop the Wall has co-founded and organized for the creation of the Palestine Cop26 coalition, a consortium of Palestinian grassroots organizations and Palestine’s Green party. We co-created the Palestine Cop26 Coalition to represent Palestine in the Global people’s Cop26 Coalition in Glasgow.

The Palestine Cop26 Coalition participated in the first global gathering of the people’s cop26 coalition titled, ‘From the Ground Up’ last November. We jointly held a webinar with Gastivists Network about the Eu-Israeli gas projects and how such projects entrench Israeli apartheid and fuel conflict in the Middle East.

The Palestine Cop26 coalition will also represent Palestine in other global gathering events throughout 2021. We seek to ensure that Israeli organizations taking the lead in greenwashing Israeli apartheid crimes are kept out of the people’s summit and eventually banned from the governmental proceedings, too.

Israeli neoliberalism vs. Palestinian steadfastness

Stop the Wall has helped the people of al Janiya, Ramallah district, to renovate an old and forsaken water spring. Recently, illegal Israeli settlers have repeatedly raided the site in an attempt to take it over. However, through our support, the people of al Janiya could make the water spring a destination for the residents of the village. The constant presence of Palestinians makes it more difficult for settlers to plunder the water spring and the surrounding area.

The renovated water spring has also become a source of irrigation for any cultivated crops. This has encouraged farmers to jointly cultivate large swathes of lands threatened with confiscation by the Israeli occupation.

Currently, more than one agricultural cooperative has been created in the area surrounding the water spring.

Reinforcing the culture of worker-owned and managed cooperatives is a way to fight back against Israel’s neoliberal system. Since decades of colonization and pillage of Palestinian land and natural resources, Israel has created a stunt and de-developed Palestinian economy. Palestinians, therefore, are forced to depend on Israel’s neo-liberal system of economy.

Throughout 2020 Stop the Wall has also ensured the continuity and development of another cooperative in Burin village, Nablus district. The cooperative is run by women and Stop the Wall has helped to establish it in previous years.  

Popular COVID-19 emergency Response

Bedouin communities living in Area ‘C’ (under full Israeli control) were the most to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in Palestine. Israel’s apartheid regime bans the construction of health centers in these areas as a measure to coerce them to leave their land.

To counter Israel’s apartheid measures and support the steadfastness of these communities, Stop the Wall along with other popular groups launched two phases of the COVID-19 emergency response.

In the first phase, we provided health kits for Bedouin communities and overcrowded refugee camps. Please read full report here. In the first phase of the initiative, we also marketed the dairy products of Bedouin communities living in the Jordan Valley. Dairy products are the main source of income for these communities. Due to the lockdown these communities were unable to sell these products without our support.

In the second phase of the COVID-19 emergency response, which took place in July 2020, we distributed food kits to Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills. This initiative is a show of solidarity with and support to the Bedouin communities that Israel systematically marginalizes in order to expel them from their lands.

We will never forget: Nakba Commemoration

The spread of the pandemic has prevented us from holding popular actions on the ground to mark the 72-anniversary of the Nakba. However, we commemorated it online through sharing a report about our ongoing Nakba, continuous resistance and the struggle Palestinian refugees share with immigrants and refugees around the world. Please find full report here

Palestine Youth Forum

Pedagogy of the colonized

As we are strong believers in the power that lies in our youth to create an anti-colonial, anti-apartheid and social change, in 2020, we continued to support our youth.

As part of our decolonial pedagogical efforts, we held two induction tours for the Palestine Youth Forum despite of the COVID-19 lockdown. Over 100 youth participated in these tours and acquired an indigenous knowledge of Palestine’s geography. Israel systematically reconfigures Palestine’s landscape. This effort is embodied in the construction of the Apartheid Wall, Jewish-only settlements, and bypass roads. This transformation risks to obliterate the memory of the precolonial landscape as young people may forget or not even ever know.  To geographically and historically orient our youth, is a way to preserve indigenous knowledge of Palestine and to fight back.

The tours also included an overview about Israel’s settlement expansion practices and plans in the visited areas. We have also discussed how we  can fight back against such practices.

Youth camp

In a two-day camp, our decolonial teaching of youth continued through participatory discussions with the youth. The meaning of mutual solidarity and joint struggle with other oppressed /colonized peoples around the world was one of the main topics that the participants touched on during the discussions.

During the camp, the youth also discussed the process of democratic representation of the members of the youth forum through elections; two weeks after the camp, the members of the steering committee of the youth forum were democratically elected.

A message of solidarity from Palestine to Brazil

Due to the spread of the pandemic, we could not be physically present in international events such as the Black July. Black July is a month of awareness raising and struggle held every year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It usually highlights racial injustices committed by the Brazilian government against the residents the residents of the favelas.

We organized a webinar where Palestinian and Brazilian human rights defenders decried exclusionary practices of oppressive regimes. The webinar endeavored to approximate the different, yet universal experiences of the people residing in the favelas and in Palestine. Please read more about the event here.

Palestinian Truth vs. Israeli lies

Solidarity from the Basque Country

Before the spread of the pandemic, a delegation from the Basque country visited Palestine. We organized the visits of the delegation in different areas in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the 48 area (present-day Israel).

Throughout the tour, the delegation met with Palestinians to hear their stories under occupation, which confute all Israeli lies on Western mainstream media.

International Students in Palestine

As part of our relentless efforts to inform people of life under occupation and apartheid, we conducted a lecture with international students learning Arabic at Birzeit University. The students who came from different parts of the world to Palestine have learned more about the trajectory of Israel’s Apartheid Wall and its long-term implications on Palestinian lives.

Stop the Wall internationally

Throughout 2020 has continued to keep our supporters, friends and comrades and all those that want an update here and there informed. On our website, facebook and twitter we have continued to produce regular updates in English and Spanish on Israeli policies of apartheid, Palestinian grassroots struggle and sturdy steadfastness.

We have as well launched a new mobile friendly website with lots of great new features.

Right to Exist Campaign

We have supported the Right to Exist Campaign and other actions on the ground. We have prepared information ad material to spread the news and build solidarity and effective action at international level.

Right to Education:

  • We have released a detailed report on the Right to Education to present the campaign. It was launched in Palestine at the eve of the “Annexation Day” on June 29th with the building of a school in the Jordan Valley. The campaign also calls on the international community to hold Israel accountable for denying Palestinians in the Jordan Valley their right to education as it amounts to an apartheid policy. The in-depth report details how Israel systematically destroys Palestinian right to education as a tool to expel Palestinians from their land. You can read the full report here.
  • Action to Protect Ras Al Auja School: In September, as across the world schools are slowly opening again after COVID19 lockdowns, Stop the Wall has launched the alarm to protect the school in Ras al Auja. A Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley. We called on activists to help us pressure their governments and contacted the consulates based in Palestine to protect the school under threat of demolition and to guarantee Palestinians the Right to Education. As well We thank all activists and organizations that have responded to the call! AS well thanks to your support Ras al Auja school is still standing
  • Right to Water:
  • We released an 8-page factsheet on the right to water. The factsheet brings case studies and an overall analysis on Israel’s policies to dispossess Palestinians from this vital natural resource. Please read the factsheet here.
Stop Israeli annexation and apartheid

Annexation map

Stop the Wall has released the most detailed map on the US-Israeli plan regarding de jure annexation, including a commentary. With the possible annexation of 33% of the West Bank, over 75 Palestinian villages, Bedouin and semi-Bedouin communities are to be annexed, with a total population of 118 000.

  1. While de jure annexation is delayed, this is the masterplan for the ongoing de facto annexation Palestinians are facing every day. See the map and commentary here.

The Global South Response

Stop the Wall has helped to build the Global South Response, which brings together notable figures, intellectuals, policy makers, civil society leaders and experts from Africa, Latin America and Asia in a joint effort to oppose Israel’s land theft and apartheid. We have contributed with our experience of building relations in the global south that spans over a decade.

World without Walls The “World without Walls” initiative has shown to be as urgent and inspiring as it was 4 years ago. We launched the initiative together with Mexican movements as a call for a global day of action on November 9 in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral campaign promising a ‘big, fat, beautiful wall’, inspired by Israel’s walls. It has since then become an ongoing space of interaction of movements to find common grounds against different walls of injustice.

November 9

People, movements and organizations from Malaysia to California have once again participated in actions to build connections between movements and denounce the walls that oppress us. Webinars, radio shows, street action, release of photographic mosaics and infographics have marked the day. See more here.

A new report ‘Walled World, Towards A Global Apartheid’, produced in cooperation between Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la PauTransnational Institute(TNI) and Stop Wapenhandel,has been released. Download the report here.

Online exhibit “Walls in times of Pandemic”

“Walls in Times of Pandemic” is an online exhibit that has been prepared thanks to the contributions of many movements across the globe, from the Philippines to Mexico. It gives fragments of reality, traces connections and gives inspirations of struggle.

Walls are symbols of exclusion, oppression, exploitation, discrimination and dispossession. In times of the COVID19 pandemic, lockdowns and quarantines, the walls that oppress and exclude have risen higher, gotten more brutal and more visible. Beyond the walls emerges a network of people and their aspirations that build a World without Walls.

Visit the exhibition here.

World without Walls webinars

The World without Walls 2020 webinars “Resistance Rising: The Walls will Fall” have allowed us to bring together movements, particularly from the global south, in inspiring conversations and experience sharing about the walls of injustice they are struggling about. In a unique series of events we have been able to discuss the role of Palestine solidarity as part of the global struggle against the rising far-right regimes as well as Israel’s role in the construction and maintenance of digital walls, the Arab walls, the walls of the European Union’s anti-migration policies and denial of access to water as yet another wall of injustice.

Walls against Migration

In June 2020, over 10 000 citizens from all over Europe and beyond have signed a petition to demand an end to a drones deal between the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Israel’s largest military company Elbit Systems. The effort was initiated by the World without Walls – Europe initiative that formed following an initial statement in May 2019. See the petition here.

In November we learned that the contract with EMSA for the Elbit drones has effectively been ended. Yet, Frontex – the European Union’s border guard agency has almost simultaneously signed a contract for the services of Elbit drones and another contract for drones with a consortium of Airbus and Israeli Aerospace Industries. As the European Union continues to profit from Israel’s experience in apartheid and repression to beef up its own militarization and anti-migration policies, the struggle continues.

Crowdfunding #SpreadSolidarity! As the COVID pandemic spread through the West Bank, Palestinian popular activists and youth volunteers started work with 255 marginalized communities most at risk, providing them with health kits and help them to organize local response groups.

The Palestinian communities are living the pandemic on top of a relentless ethnic cleansing policy aimed at making life impossible, even without the virus. Decades of lock downs and Israeli onslaughts have instilled in us an experience spanning generations on how solidarity and collective action allows us to keep strong even in the most difficult times.

You have joined in! Donations from across the globe have helped the Stop the Wall volunteers to bring the needed support to the communities.

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Since yesterday, January 26th, Israeli bulldozers have been demolishing Palestinians’ property in different parts of Area ‘C’. So far, Israel has reduced to rubble Palestinians’ property in the Jordan Valley, South Hebron Hills and Khan al Ahmar, east Jerusalem.

Today, Bedouin communities in the South Hebron Hills woke up to the sound of Israeli bulldozers demolishing their property. To cut off any source of of water, of life, the Israeli occupation demolished a water well belonging to Palestinians there.

In addition, the Israeli bulldozers destroyed the structure of a mosque in the area.

Will Khan al Ahmar survive another expulsion campaign?

Another group of armed Israeli soldiers and bulldozers was busy destroying Palestinians’ property in Khan al al Ahmar today. Demolition is anything but new to the people of Khan al Ahmar. In 2018, they encountered a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign. Amnesty International described that campaign as “a war crime that lays bare the Israeli government’s callous disregard for the Palestinians.”

Since years, Israel has been trying to ethnically cleanse the people of Khan al Ahmar from their homes. The presence of Palestinians in Khan al Ahmar hampers Israel from expanding its illegal settlements. By expelling the communities living there, expulsion, Israeli apartheid would be able to de jure annex the area, which is in the vicinity of Jerusalem.

Watch this video about today’s demolition in Khan al Ahmar here:

Israeli demolition turns children’s dreams into ruins!

Yesterday, January, 26th, the Israeli occupation stormed the village of al Maleh, the Jordan Valley. They demolished and confiscated a tent. The tent was set up by popular groups few months ago to serve as a kindergarten for the children.

Destroying a kindergarten, a place where children play, dream and start forging their future is hardly surprising. Israel’s apartheid regime has been targeting education institutions in the Jordan Valley since its occupation in 1967.

Entire Bedouin communities there are denied their right to access proper education within their communities. parents are forced to send their children to distanced schools in a perilous and onerous journey everyday.

Palestinians & their sheep are denied existence…

In addition to the demolition of a kindergarten, the Israeli occupation destroyed and confiscated sheep pens in al Maleh. Other sheep pens were also demolished in Khribet al Burj, the Jordan Valley.

Confiscating sheep pens is an onslaught on Palestinians’ main source of income there. When livestock are left outside in the cold, many of them perish. This usually costs Palestinian shepherds hundreds of dollars.

Armed Israeli soldiers confiscated other tents inhabited by Palestinian families in al Maleh and Khirbet al Burj yesterday, too.

Israeli apartheid regime justifies its unjustifiable crimes of demolition by claiming that Palestinians build without a permit. Yet, the Israeli occupation authorities refuse to issue construction permits for Palestinians in Area ‘C’ (under full Israeli control).

Demolition is a tool Israel uses to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homes. On the rubble of their houses, Israel plans to construct Jewish-only settlements. Israeli settlements in Occupied West Bank are deemed illegal under International Law.

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For the second time within less than 3 months, tens of armed Israeli soldiers raided the home of human rights defender and farmer Abu Jamal. The soldiers confiscated Abu Jamal’s house doors, windows, and a moveable toilet and destroyed his water well. Abu Jamal, his five children and his wife now live in a windowless and doorless house amid the cold weather.

Tens of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, according to Abu Salah, Abu Jamal’s brother, raided the house of Abu Jamal. Abu Salah narrated that “I could not access my brother’s house to be with him in these difficult moments. Israeli soldiers besieged the Khan (Abu Jamal’s house) and set military checkpoints at all the roads leading to his house.”

On November 4th, 2020 Israeli soldiers invaded the house of Abu Jamal, which is an old Ottoman Khan, and destroyed parts of Abu Jamal’s property. The doors and windows of the Khan were among the destroyed property. Without windows and doors for a month, Abu Jamal commented:

wild pigs kept entering the house; it was really cold to stay in a windowless and doorless home for a month. I had to cover all the doors and windows with plastic sheets during the night. Yet, it was impossible to cope with this dreadful situation.

I did not have the money to buy the needed equipment to install new doors and windows. When they demolished my property, the Israeli soldiers confiscated the equipment I use to make subsistence. Therefore, I borrowed necessary equipment from my neighbor as

In addition to wild animals and the cold weather, the settlers’ violence is another source of disturbance in a windowless and doorless house. It was easy for fanatic Israeli settlers to invade the house and destroy it as they wish; particularly during the night.

Thieves vs. landowners

This brutal raid to Abu Jamal’s house today was preceded by other violent attacks. In an overnight raid, Israeli settlers stormed the Khan and tried to break through the place. As usual, the settlers intimated Abu Jamal and his family and violently attacked him.

Last Friday during midday, the settlers attempted to destroy an old Ottoman coffee shop next to Abu Jamal’s Khan, too. The old coffee shop belongs to Abu Salah and children. They had to directly put their lives at risk and confront the settlers to stop them from raiding the place.

For more about the settlers’ attack last Friday, watch the video here:

https://vimeo.com/user131069759/review/504380094/6e3871719b

Israeli apartheid vs. Abu Jamal’s iron will

On January 8th, 2021, Israeli occupation forces stormed Abu Jamal’s house and arrested him. For three days in interrogation before he was released, Abu Jamal endured huge torture and humiliation by the Israeli interrogators.

The Israeli occupation authorities aim to seize the Khan and the surrounding large swathes of lands to expand illegal settlements more. This would also ghettoize al Luban al Sharqiyya, where the Khan is located and the nearby villages.

For 17 years, Abu Jamal and his family have been subject to tremendous systematic violence and intimidation by the occupation authorities; be it demolition and confiscation of his property, arrest, torture in jail, and settlers’ aggression on a regular basis.

The apartheid practices against Abu Jamal and his family, has made Israeli apartheid regime succeed in creating troublesome and dire situation for them. Yet, they have failed to break Abu Jamal’s will. Abu Jamal, a man in sumud (steadfastness), has been defying an entire state. Through his resistance to all the coercive measures of Israel’s apartheid, Abu Jamal has asserted his and his community’s human rights, including the right to exist.

No more Silence…

Abu Jamal has been successful in mobilizing his relatives and community to defend their land and confront the settlers’ attacks; yet, supporting Abu Jamal’s and his community’s right to exist is more urgent than ever before. This is because both the settlers’ and armed soldiers’ attacks are unstoppable. Rather, their violence has notoriously intensified in the last couple of months.

Abu Jamal, his relatives and his community urgently need the support of the international community embodied in its human rights organizations, INGOs and governments. The support of the international community would help him continue the struggle of existence against all odds and put an end to Israel’s systematic violence against him.

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At dawn on Friday, January 8th, armed Israeli soldiers raided the house of Palestinian farmer and human rights defender Khaled Daraghmeh (Abu Jamal), from the village of al-Luban al-Sharqiyya, southern Nablus district. After desperate attempts by his wife to stop the soldiers, who brutally assaulted her, they arrested Abu Jamal and took him to an unknown destination.

On Sunday, January 11th, the Israeli judge at the Israeli military court of Ofar, where Palestinians are usually tried, Abu Jamal was unconditionally released, according to his lawyer.

Although Abu Jamal had to spend only a few days in Israeli colonial jails, he endured ruthless torture.

Commenting on the humiliation and torture he encountered during interrogation, Abu Jamal stated:

When they raided my home and interrupted my and my family’s sleep, heavily armed Israeli soldiers handcuffed, blindfolded and forced me to get into a military jeep full of soldiers that I could not see. Yet, I could feel their presence next to me controlling any movement made by me on the way to the interrogation center.

Once I arrived in the interrogation room; the Israeli jailers stripped me of my clothes except for my underwear. In a cold and dirty interrogation dungeon full of Israeli interrogators I was suspended on a chair with my hands handcuffed.

I do not know how long I stayed in that painful position as in jail we are denied any information about the time; and we do not see the sun to tell if it is dark or not; but I can tell that I was suspended on the chair almost naked for several hours. One of the interrogators who happily enjoyed my humiliation and dehumanization said to me “we want to make you die from the cold, Abu Jamal.”

The Israelis arrested me for a ‘crime’ I did not commit. Rather, they are the ones who endlessly keep committing crimes against me, my family and the people of my village.

For them, my guilt is that I am staying steadfast on my land; and try all the time to protect it from settlers; the other guilt is that when the Israeli settlers, with full impunity from their state, violently assault me, I defend myself and my children.

If justice is to be fulfilled one day, the settlers and the Israeli army who aggressively attack me and my people on a regular basis are the ones to be prosecuted. They are the criminals not us.

Just one more act of repression…

The arrest of Abu Jamal comes as part of the systematic violence and intimidation of Israel’s apartheid regime to ethnically cleanse Abu Jamal from his land.

Since about seventeen years, Abu Jamal has been subject to various forms of violence with repetitive detention as one of these forms.

The Israeli authorities seek to expel Abu Jamal from the old Ottoman Khan he lives in. If they succeed to do so, the Israeli occupation authorities can also seize large swathes of lands belonging not only to Abu Jamal, but also to his people, which the Khan blocks access to.

As he lives in that strategic location that would expand the surrounding illegal settlements and ghettoize al-Luban al-Sharqiyya, Abu Jamal usually bears the brunt of the assaults of the Israeli settlers and army.

Nonetheless, throughout the years, Abu Jamal has succeeded in mobilizing his people to counter the endless brutal attacks of settlers at them while trying to loot their lands. Thanks to the efforts of Abu Jamal whenever settlers raid al-Luban al-Sharqiyya, tens of people from the village peacefully confront them.

Abu Jamal also seeks to make his and his people’s struggle more visible and more heard. In Palestine, he wants other villages and towns to follow on their footsteps of steadfastness to disrupt Israel’s settlement expansion project swallowing Palestinians’ lands.

Across the world, Abu Jamal seeks to convey his voice to uncover Israel’s apartheid crimes against him and his people; and to hold them accountable for these crimes.

Abu Jamal is an example of a steadfast farmer, human rights defender, a father and a community influencer struggling against an entire system of Apartheid to exist peacefully in his land. Rights groups and organizations around the world must mount efforts to protect Abu Jamal from the endless violence of Israeli apartheid.

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At dawn, 2 AM of Friday January 8, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have arrested Palestinian farmer Khaled Daraghmeh (Abu Jamal). Tens of armed Israeli soldiers raided the house of Abu Jamal located in the village of al-Luban al-Sharqiya, south of Nablus.

The Israeli soldiers aggressively attacked Abu Jamal’s wife while she was trying to stop them from detaining her sick husband; and refused to explain to him and his family the reason of the arbitrary detention. Until this moment, the Israeli occupation authorities refuse to give Abu Jamal’s lawyer any details about the arrest. They haven’t released any information about his whereabouts and the prison in which he is being interrogated.

Risks for Abu Jamal in prison

Abu Jamal’s wife is concerned about the critical health conditions of Abu Jamal. He suffers from stomach ulcer and asthma and was in hospital last week due to a deterioration in his health condition.

She is also worried that Abu Jamal might catch the COVID-19 pandemic. Palestinian political prisoners are the most vulnerable group among Palestinians to be infected with the virus because Israel does not privde them with the necessary healthcare and keeps them in overcrowded prisons. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, about 140 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been infected with the virus; receiving no adequate medical treatment.1

Israel has kicked off with a nation-wide vaccination campaign. Yet, Israel’s Public Security Minister ordered the Prison Service to exclude Palestinian prisoners from inoculation.2

We are further concerned that Israeli authorities may transfer Abu Jamal outside the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This is a common policy of the Israeli occupation authorities and in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949). 3

Israel has detained Abu Jamal, a man who peacefully lives on his land, simply to put further pressure on him and to expel him from his lands. This is a further violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN Apartheid Convention (1973), Article II.4

17 years of direct aggression

On November 4th, 2020, tens of Israeli soldiers and 11 white cars belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration raided the house of Darghmeh and demolished a building he built next to his house for his son. They also destroyed the furniture, windows and doors of his house. His house is an old Ottoman Khan, which he has inherited from his forefathers. Armed Israeli soldiers brutally beat Abu Jamal, broke his hand and handcuffed him for hours before the demolition started.

The Israeli occupation authorities seek to confiscate Abu Jamal’s Khan and the surrounding large swathes of lands in order to expand the illegal settlement of Ma’lee Lubona built on al-Luban al-Sharqiyya’s lands.

Fanatic Israeli settlers from the neighboring illegal settlements violently attack Abu Jamal and his family on a regular basis while the Israeli army protects them. The demolition of Abu Jamal’s property, the constant aggression of illegal settlers since more than 17 years, and the current detention of Abu Jamal are part of the attempts by the Israeli occupation authorities to forcibly displace Abu Jamal and his family from their land.

1 https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/122522

2 https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-orders-jails-not-vaccinate-palestinian-security-prisoners

3 https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/ihl/385ec082b509e76c41256739003e636d/6756482d86146898c125641e004aa3c5#:~:text=The%20Occupying%20Power%20shall%20not,into%20the%20territory%20it%20occupies.

4 https://stopthewall.org/resources/occupation-apartheid-and-colonialism-palestine-basic-guide/

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