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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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Call for Action by the Palestinian New Federation of Trade Unions

Israeli settlers torture and beat to death a Palestinian worker in his place of work in the illegal Israeli settlement of Gilo. The body of Abdulfatah Obayat was found in a building in Gilo last Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 2020. The Palestinian New Federation of Trade Unions consider this brutal murder one of the starkest forms of brutality Palestinian workers in Israeli business are subject to. We call on the International Labor Organization, International Trade Union Confederation and trade unions to hold Israel and its corporations accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian workers.

Abdulfatah Obayat, a 37-year-old father from Bethlehem was found dead in a building in the illegal settlement of Gilo on Wednesday. Before murdering him, Obayat was severely tortured by fanatic Israeli settlers.

Upon receiving the news of Obayat’s murder, his family released a statement asserting:

Abdulfatah was martyred after he was brutally attacked by a group of settlers while he was working in the settlement of Gilo. Abdulfatah’s body was found in a building there with signs of beating on his body and a rope wrapped around his neck. Abdulfatah was earning a living when settlers killed him.

Mohammed al-Blaidi, the Secretary General of the Palestine New Federation of Trade Unions commented on the inhumane murder of Obayat stating:

The murder of Obayat comes as part of the systematic and structural discrimination against the Palestinian workers in Israeli corporations. Our workers are regularly subject to violent acts of beating and murder either by the Israeli occupation forces or the Israeli settlers. The ill-treatment of Palestinian workers by Israeli employers is another form of brutality against them, especially when no protection is given to them in dire and dangerous working conditions. Since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israeli employers arbitrarily fired thousands of Palestinian workers while totally denying their rights. Sadly, there is no real and concrete support to our workers’ rights amid these grave violations of their human rights; we call on trade unions across the world to hold Israel accountable for that by boycotting and sanctioning it.

Israeli settlers and occupation forces usually torture and murder Palestinians with total impunity. The apartheid regime of Israel subjugating Palestinians with its discriminatory legal system does not criminalize the crimes committed by settlers and soldiers against Palestinian workers. Amid this apartheid and colonial situation, holding Israel accountable for its constant infringement of our workers’ rights in Israeli corporations is the obligation of organizations advocating workers’ rights across the World.

We urge the International Labor Organization, International Trade Union Confederation and trade unions around the world to hold Israel accountable by joining the Palestinian-lead boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and mounting effective and urgent pressure on their governments to:

(1) recognize Israel as an apartheid state according to the UN definition of the Apartheid Convention (1973) and call for the reactivation of the UN Special Committee against Apartheid.

(2) ban Israeli settlements goods and services and stop any business with Israeli and international companies operating in and profiting from Israeli settlements.

(3) ensure the United Nations Database of Businesses engaged in activities related to Israeli settlements released on 12 Feb. 2020 will be annually and transparently updated and published.

Israel’s three-tiered system of oppression: apartheid, settler colonialism and occupation is an economic enterprise that has been growing through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers. Obayat’s and many others’ decision to work in Israeli settlements is hardly the result of a free choice. The strangling Palestinian economy and the Israel policies that undermine any development of a Palestinian economy create the high unemployment and poverty rates that force workers like Obayat to seek work in the settlements.

Dispossessing Palestinians of key economic resources; primarily their land and water resources is a major reason for pushing them to seek work in Israeli settlements. Without land and water no Palestinian economic development is possible, neither today nor in the future.

To earn a living for himself and his family, Obayat had to work in the settlement of Gilo built on lands stolen from his people. Gilo, built on the lands of Beit Jala, Beit Safafa and al Sharafat is located in south-western East Jerusalem. Established in 1971 and currently inhabited by around 30 000 illegal settlers, Gilo plays a role in the isolation and ghettoization of Jerusalem by cutting it off from Bethlehem, Hebron and the rest of Occupied West Bank. The settlement was built mainly over a quarry, from which stones came that Palestinians used to build many Bethlehem and Jerusalem structures. It represented a main source of income for the Palestinian inhabitants of the area. The settlement of Gilo has severely restricted the agricultural activities of the villagers of Al Walajeh, too. As with all of the settlements in this area, Gilo has also restricted Palestinians’ access to natural resources, mainly water.

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel is taking advantage of the moment to keep its economy going through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers, reducing them to inhumane and troublesome working conditions. The systematic exploitation and ill-treatment of Palestinian workers before and after the spread of the pandemic is a key element of Israel’s apartheid and colonial practices allowing them to survive and thrive.

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The “You Are Not Alone” campaign – the collective efforts and the voluntary work to support the Palestinian farmers through the olive harvesting season – has once again provided essential support to the Palestinian farmers and continues to be the first backbone of the Palestinian farmers in front of the attacks of Israeli settlers and soldiers during the olive harvesting season.

Since 2004, Stop the Wall’s main aim is to strengthen the resilience of the farmers on their lands in the villages and marginalized communities, protecting the land from confiscation, and foster the spirit of resistance among Palestinians. This year the support was more urgent than ever: Palestinians in general went through a hard time this year and Palestinian farmers, in particular, due to the consequences of the “Deal of The century”, the spread of Covid-19 and the annexation plan of the Jordan Valley.

The struggles and challenges for the “You Are Not Alone” campaign were more than ever. The Israeli occupation government approved and started the construction of 15100 new settlement housing units since the start of this year. In addition, attacks on the Palestinian people and their properties and lands by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank increased remarkably to over 410 attacks this year already. The Israeli government issued military orders to close off almost 6658 dunum of the olive orchards. These military orders aimed at preventing people from accessing their lands, made the efforts of the campaign this year harder than ever.

Burin – a constant target of attacks

The Israeli aggression every year intensifies during the olive harvesting season. Burin is one of the places where the ”You Are Not Alone” campaign has supported the farmers because it is particularly affected. Zaid Najjar, a farmer who owns 10 dunum said: “The Israeli settlers did not only use military orders to steal the Palestinian people’s lands and their properties, they staged frequent attacks, especially during the spread of COVID-19, as Palestinians are preoccupied like the other nations around the world to stop the spreading of this dangerous pandemic.”

Palestinians started to perceive the attacks by the Israeli settlers as a worse threat than the cases that the Coronavirus registered during 2020. They were caught between a rock and a hard place. Either they respect social distancing and lockdowns or they organize collectively and go out in the fields to defend their land.

Israeli settlers from Giv’at Ramen settlement have carried out some of these attacks. Giv’at Ramen is the settlement where the so-called “Price Tag” group lives. They attacked the Dawabsheh family home, orphaning Ahmad and killing his parents and baby brother, Ali, in 2015. Zaid added that the settlers burned his land several times already in the last years. During this olive harvest season only 30 olive trees out of 170 were left for him because the Israeli settlers had burnt the others.

The Israeli soldiers were protecting the settlers when they came to attack and burn Zaid’s olive trees, alleging that this was in order to ensure the ‘security’ of the illegal settlers. Zaid added that he was not able to plant more olive trees the days after this last attack, because the soldiers prevented him and told him that he needs coordination for it. Only in the warped logic of Israeli apartheid olive trees can become a national security threat.

Zaid was not the only one who suffered from the attacks of the Israeli settlers. His neighbors as well were attacked several times during the olive harvesting season. The Israeli settlers were coming at the end of every day to the village and stole the olives from the people after they finished the harvesting of the day. The Israeli settlers were attacking the people with stones to scare them and make them run away and steal the olives.

When the Israeli settlers and soldiers wage such fierce attacks on the Palestinians they attack not only farmers but the whole family, as the olive harvesting season is a family activity that depends on the collective efforts of the families – women, men, children and grandparents. It makes the parents think more than once to bring their children and old people to the olive harvesting, which leads to indirectly estrange and expel the family from their land.

A planned strategy across the West Bank

The same happens in the villages and areas surrounding Burin. One of the villagers Bashir Hamza Zabin from Kafr Qallil was attacked by the Israeli settlers this year while he was harvesting the olive trees on his land with his brother and their children. He had to be brought to the hospital and has since recovered as much as possible. The settlers attack has permanently impaired his ability to hear.

Wael Faqih, a popular activist from Nablus said that the attacks of the Israeli settlers were not only carried out in the villages surrounding Nablus. The settlers who live around the villages of Bethlehem were also attacking the Palestinians there. They were preventing farmers from accessing their lands, stealing the olives, and removing the fences that protect the lands. He added: “The Israeli settlers attacked one of the Palestinian farmers by throwing stones towards him while he was harvesting his olive trees”.

Suhail Salman, a grassroots activist of the Stop the Wall campaign, said “the Israeli settlers with the help of the Israeli soldiers uprooted, torched, and burned almost 9000 trees in the West Bank, including 7000 olive trees since the beginning of this year. This attack had a massive effect on the agricultural sector, especially because most of the trees that the settlers uprooted were olive trees, which are the main source of income for many Palestinian families.”

This year, the “You Are Not Alone” campaign organized 9 activities across the West Bank to support the farmers who are unable to reach their lands and are attacked by the Israeli settlers and the soldiers. “You Are Not Alone” is part of a number of other campaigns that aim at supporting the steadfastness of Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest. However, we are the first campaign that focuses on supporting the farmers whose lands are threatened by the Israeli confiscation and constantly attacked by the Israeli settlers.

We are supporting the Palestinian farmers and communities not only during the olive harvest season; “You Are Not Alone” is also working before the olive season and after. It works on cleaning and preparing the lands and after the olive harvest; we work on planting the trees in the land that is threatened by confiscation. Salman added: “The Palestinian people are still steadfast and attached to their lands even if they know that they are under danger.”

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Weekends all over the world are a time of rest for students, family gatherings and entertainment after a long week of classes. For Palestinian students, on weekends they join protests against the Israeli usurpation of their lands. After Friday prayers yesterday, Ali joined hundreds of outraged people to protest the creation of a settler outpost on their land. The protesters were met with tremendous violence by armed Israeli soldiers. A live bullet penetrated the tender body of Ali and ended his life.

After two hours of the doctors’ attempts to save Ali’s life, he was announced dead. The funeral of Ali with his small body wrapped in the flag of Palestine, the land he lost his life for, started in front of the Christmas tree in Ramallah towards al-Mughayir, his final resting place.

Ali will never go back to school; his seat in class will remain forever empty; neither will he be able to enjoy the beautiful view of the olive groves surrounding his village: He was robbed of life because his colonizers dehumanize, demonize and devalue him and his people to take over their land.

Yesterday was also a day of refusal of the structural violence and land theft of Israeli apartheid in other places across the West Bank, including in Beit Dajan, Nablus district, and Kufr Qaddoum, Qalqilya district. In the weekly protest in Kufr Qaddoum against the Israeli closure of the village’s main road and confiscation of land for settlement expansion, tens of Palestinians have been injured due to Israeli brutality. During Beit Dajan’s weekly protest that has been taking place since months in response to the establishment of a settler outpost, armed Israeli soldiers also used violence to suppress the protest.

Since the beginning of 2020, seven of the 28 murdered Palestinians by Israeli apartheid were children. In addition to murdering and injuring children, Israeli apartheid arrest, torture and ill-treat them during interrogation in custody. According to Addameer, there are about 170 child prisoners in Israeli colonial jails.

The international community has maintained an unjustifiable silence and dominant colonial powers like the United States continue to give unconditional support to Israel. Trump’s ‘No Peace Plan’ has given Israel more of a green light to usurp Palestinians’ lands. Since the beginning of the year, Israel has built thousands of settlement units to expand illegal Jewish-only settlements ans constructed over thirteen settler outposts in the West Bank. Palestinians counter land usurpation with more resistance and have succeeded in removing eight outposts in 2020 but the repression of Israeli apartheid increases. The crescendo of violence is meant to ensure the success of land theft by suppressing Palestinians’ resistance.

However, Palestinians’ thirst for life, freedom and self-determination will fuel them to continue resisting Israel’s escalated violence and three-tiered system of oppression: settler colonialism, apartheid and occupation. For Ali and the many others who were killed before him to rest in peace, Palestinians will never bow to Israeli apartheid.

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The Israeli Occupation Forces raided Zief village in Hebron on Tuesday, and they demolished and confiscated mobile homes and barracks belonging to the Palestinian residents and farmers, as well as devastating their agricultural lands, barbed wires, and the gate of the land.

This systematically savage attempt to displace the Palestinian people from their homes and communities is part of the de jure annexation plans. This plan resulted in Tump’s “Deal of the Century” plan, which gave the Israeli occupation authorities the green light from the US administration to annex one third of the already illegally occupied West Bank.

While the US administration and many other governments are the political acomplices to the crimes, big corporations profit from the destructions meted ou by Israel. Yesterday’s demolitions have been carried out, among other by JCB bulldozers, as can be seen in the picture below. Campaigners are already targeting JCB, a British heavy machinery firm, for its involvement in Israel’s violations of PAlestinian rights and international law and have denounced it before the OECD watchdog.

The Israeli occupation authorities have many claims to justify these colonial acts of dispossession and expulsion. They arbitrarily define areas were Palestinian live in as “military training zone” or “firing zone” or, in full violation of international law, demand construction permits in the areas designated as “Area C” (which make up 61% of the occupied West Bank), or cite spurious ‘security concerns’ such as “close to the bypass roads” of the Israeli settlers as pretexts.

Many Palestinians in the villages around Yatta in Hebron are living in small caves, shelters made of concrete and old stones, as the Israeli occupation authorities do not allow them to build normal houses.

Parts of these families were displaced by the Israeli occupation authorities from al-Naqab, the southern region of Mandate Palestine in the late 40s and early 50s. Usually, they live in the tents and small caves. However, with the attacks of the IOF, they have started to use these portable homes, after their homes have been demolished. Jamal Juma’, the coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign added:

“What happened yesterday in Yatta are attempts to put yet another layer on top of an entire history of expulsion. This is why the Palestinian residents in the villages of Yatta would not move from their homes. They know the Israeli occupation won’t let them come back and won’t provide them with a new place to live”.

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Today, November 29 is the anniversary of Resolution 181 adopted by the United Nations that recommended the partition of Palestine. 73 years later continue Palestinians popular actions and everyday practices of sumud against the ongoing Nakba that started with the adoption of this resolution. The UN Partition Plan resulted in the large scale expulsion of the Palestinian people, rendering them a minority in their ancestral land. Marking the 73rd anniversary of the Partition Plan, we Palestinians call on the UN to recognize Israel as an apartheid state and hold it accountable for its crimes to righten the wrongs done to us by partitioning our country.

Last Friday, protests in different parts of the West Bank broke out against the de fact and de jure annexation plans, which would partition the remainder of Palestine leaving Palestinians with 12% of Historic Palestine. During the demonstrations, the outrageous protesters also marked the 73rd anniversary of the UN Partition Plan. They asserted that no plans or resolutions in favor of the colonizers would deter them from continuing to live steadfast on their land and demand the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes, which are now part of present-day Israel.

In the village of Kufr Qaddoum, Qalqilya district, hundreds of Palestinians rallied at the entrance of their village, which the Israeli occupation has been closing since 2002. As usual, armed Israel soldiers denied the humanity of Palestinians and started shooting live and rubber coated bullets at them. Four protesters were injured due to Israeli violence. Among the four injuries, an eighteen-year old protester is in a critical condition after he was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in the head. The inhabitants of Kufr Qaddoum have been weekly demonstrating the closure of the village’s main road and confiscation of their land to build the illegal settlement of Kedumim since over nine years.

In Beit Dajan, there was another demonstration and a heroic action by Palestinians trying to remove an illegal settler outpost built on their land despite the tremendous violence of Israeli soldiers protecting it. During the rally, Palestinians could reach the settler outpost and destroy a tent set by a settler in the area. Armed Israeli soldiers used excessive violence against the protesters who removed the tent, where ten of them were injured. Palestinians in Beit Dajan, have been weekly protesting the creation of a settler outpost on their lands since it was established few months ago.

Last month, Palestinians succeeded through their popular struggle actions to oust the settler outpost. Yet, as settlers are adamant about looting Palestinians’ lands, they reestablished another outpost in the area the next day after Palestinians removed it. Nonetheless, Palestinians are determined to continue their protests until they remove the outpost.

73 years of partition plans, ethnic cleansing actions embodied in the Nakba in 1948, the 1967 Naksa, the de facto, and planned de jure annexation plans of the remainder of Palestine and silence of the international community have passed while Palestinians refuse to give up on their ancestral land. Through rallying, carrying on hunger strikes in Israeli colonial dungeons, and everyday acts of sumud practices, we Palestinians assert that we are the only ones to determine our own destiny on our land.

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Pompeo’s claim that it is entirely up to Israel whether or not to build and maintain illegal settlements or to annex Palestinian and Syrian lands as they please belies all evidence and stands in blatant violation of international law. It reminds us of his claim that Trump won the 2020 elections. It maybe his wishful thinking but there is nothing further from the truth!

Equally, Pompeo’s false accusations of ‘anti-semitism’ against the Palestinian-lead non-violent movement for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a human rights effort modelled after the South African anti-apartheid struggle and anti-colonial and anti-racist boycotts from India to the US civil rights movement, are as baseless as his claims of electoral fraud in the US.

In contrast to the lies of the US administration, we uphold basic truths: Masks prevent the spread of coronavirus and the defense of Palestinian rights through non-violent BDS campaigns is a moral duty of all anti-racist, anti-colonial and human rights respecting people.

Together with our brothers and sisters of colour, the indigenous people, the women and LGBTQI community, the migrants and many more in the US, as well as other peoples from Cuba to Afghanistan, we all will have to brace and stand firm to ensure these last weeks of the Trump administration will pass without major delusional damage.

More than ever, we need to join hands to ensure the new US administration does turn the page more radically than it would like to and effectively develops policies that defend the rights of all people within the US and stops supporting human rights violations and apartheid outside its borders.

Together we can achieve Freedom, Justice and Equality for all.

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“World without Walls” has shown to be as urgent and inspiring as it was 4 years ago, when we launched the call in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral campaign promising a ‘big, fat, beautiful wall’, insprired by Israel’s walls. In ocasión of this year’s Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls, hundreds of people and organizations have taken to the street and to the net across the globe.

Since November 9, we have reached 615 thousand people with the collective effort to bring the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls on the agenda, on the timelines and inboxes worldwide.

World without Walls 2020 is made possible by contributions from some 30 countries across all continents. It has been truly an ongoing process.

Already on July 9, we have released a photo exhibit on “Walls in Times of Pandemic” with contributions from Palestine, the Philippines, HongKong, Greece, the Spanish State, Western Sahara, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the US.

Beyond the webinar series directly coordinated by Stop the Wall with partners, November 9 has given impulse to webinars in MalaysiaIndia and Sri Lanka. ‘From the Ground Up – the Global Gathering for Climate Justice’ hosted a webinar with Abdelrahman Tamimi of the Palestine Cop26 Coalition and Noelie Audi-Dor from Gastivists to discuss the Western Powers in the Middle East: Fueling Apartheid, Oppression and Climate Change. In the US, World without Walls Bay area has released a discussion guide to host a Watch Party of the Webinar “Abolition and Liberation: A conversation with Angela Davis and Jamal Juma’”. In Mexico the project Heteronomies of Justice has held a webinar to mark the Global Day of InterAction for a World without Walls.

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. The report examines the expansion of walls built by a growing number of states, the underlying causes of the emergence of a global apartheid, and the corporations that are seeking to profit. As well as providing a global overview of border walls, the report looks at seven case studies: Australia, India, Israel, Mexico–Guatemala, Spain, Syria and Western Sahara. “Changes in public opinion, particularly as a result of successful mobilisation of popular movements, can undermine even the strongest systems of oppression. Walls that divide us may seem permanent but education and political action can bring them down. It is time for a new wave of mobilisation – against the walled world that merely serves a small elite and betrays the hopes of the vast majority of humanity who want to live in dignity and with justice.” Read the report here and watch the video of the press conference here.

Radio programs have been organized in the Basque Country, Argentina and Italy, among others.

In Vienna, Austria, Women in Black have taken to the streets in their vigil while in Paris, the municipality has prohibited the gathering being organized by a large number of anti-racist organizations, solidarity organiations with the Palestinian people, the Saharawi people, the Walmapu people and more.

Association France-Palestine Solidarité in France has coordinated photographic mosaics for a World without Walls.

Statements have been coming in and new trade unions, including the International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles and CUPE Ontario and CUPE local 3902 from Canada, have signed on the #WorldwithoutWalls call.

In Mexico and Latin America, activists and groups have been organizing to raise the call to #StopCemex from building Israel’s apartheid Wall and settlements. The Latin American #StopCemex working groups has released infographics and is organizing a webinar on November 20, the Students Comittee of Solidarity with Palestine at the UNAM, Latin merica’s biggest university, has given out a call for action.

We are still collecting the feedback as the activities for a #World without Walls continue.

Did you miss out on anything? Don’t worry – we are preparing a full round up and collection of all webinars for November 29. You can then check out, reflect, discuss, connect with and use as inspiration for action all the efforts that have been done.

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“World without Walls” has shown to be as urgent and inspiring as it was 4 years ago, when we launched the call in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral campaign promising a ‘big, fat, beautiful wall’, insprired by Israel’s walls. In ocasión of this year’s Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls, hundreds of people and organizations have taken to the street and to the net across the globe.

Since November 9, we have reached 615 thousand people with the collective effort to bring the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls on the agenda, on the timelines and inboxes worldwide.

World without Walls 2020 is made possible by contributions from some 30 countries across all continents. It has been truly an ongoing process. Already on July 9, we have released a photo exhibit on “Walls in Times of Pandemic” with contributions from Palestine, the Philippines, HongKong, Greece, the Spanish State, Western Sahara, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the US.

Beyond the webinar series directly coordinated by Stop the Wall with partners, November 9 has given impulse to webinars in Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka. ‘From the Ground Up – the Global Gathering for Climate Justice’ hosted a webinar with Abdelrahman Tamimi of the Palestine Cop26 Coalition and Noelie Audi-Dor from Gastivists to discuss the Western Powers in the Middle East: Fueling Apartheid, Oppression and Climate Change. In the US, World without Walls Bay area has released a discussion guide to host a Watch Party of the Webinar “Abolition and Liberation: A conversation with Angela Davis and Jamal Juma’”. In Mexico the project Heteronomies of Justice has held a webinar to mark the Global Day of InterAction for a World without Walls.

A new report ‘Walled World, Towards A Global Apartheid’, produced in cooperation between Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, Transnational Institute (TNI) and Stop Wapenhandel, has been released. The report examines the expansion of walls built by a growing number of states, the underlying causes of the emergence of a global apartheid, and the corporations that are seeking to profit. As well as providing a global overview of border walls, the report looks at seven case studies: Australia, India, Israel, Mexico–Guatemala, Spain, Syria and Western Sahara. “Changes in public opinion, particularly as a result of successful mobilisation of popular movements, can undermine even the strongest systems of oppression. Walls that divide us may seem permanent but education and political action can bring them down. It is time for a new wave of mobilisation – against the walled world that merely serves a small elite and betrays the hopes of the vast majority of humanity who want to live in dignity and with justice.” Read the report here and watch the video of the press conference here.

Radio programs have been organized in the Basque Country, Argentina and Italy, among others.

In Vienna, Austria, Women in Black have taken to the streets in their vigil while in Paris, the municipality has prohibited the gathering being organized by a large number of anti-racist organizations, solidarity organiations with the Palestinian people, the Saharawi people, the Walmapu people and more.

Association France-Palestine Solidarité in France has coordinated photographic mosaics for a World without Walls.

Statements have been coming in and new trade unions, including the International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles and CUPE Ontario and CUPE local 3902 from Canada, have signed on the #WorldwithoutWalls call.

In Mexico and Latin America, activists and groups have been organizing to raise the call to #StopCemex from building Israel’s apartheid Wall and settlements. The Latin American #StopCemex working groups has released infographics and is organizing a webinar on November 20, the Students Comittee of Solidarity with Palestine at the UNAM, Latin merica’s biggest university, has given out a call for action

We are still collecting the feedback as the activities for a #World without Walls continue… Please let us know what you did!

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In the location of the nine removed settler outposts, multitudes of unarmed Palestinians rallied for months, where they were subject to both Israeli soldiers’ and fanatic settlers’ aggression. In Mount al-Arma, two Palestinian minors, Mohammed Hamayel and Islam Dweikat were shot dead by Israeli soldiers last March during the peaceful protests took place in the area. In the rest of the areas tens of protestors were injured. The most recent protests where Palestinians removed a settler outpost was in Beit Dajan, Nablus district.

15 year old Mohammed Hamayel. Photo credit: Alaa Badarneh. 

However, as settlers are adamant about stealing Palestinians’ lands they returned back to Beit Dajan and set up another outpost just one day after removing the previous one. Yet, Palestinians are more determined than settlers to reclaim their land and will continue their protests until the outpost is removed once again.

The illegal settler outpost in Beit Dajan. 

Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli government has given the green light to more settlers to establish more settler outposts under the protection of the Israeli army. The areas on which the settler outposts have been built are strategic locations that would connect the existing illegal settlements with each other; thus, facilitating the implementation of the looming de jure annexation plans of about 33% of the West Bank. Israeli settlers have built twelve settler outposts in the following areas since the start of 2020:

1) Abu al-Qandoul settler outpost on the lands of Tubas Governorate, Northern Jordan Valley. 

2) Geb’et settler outpost on the lands of the al-Mughayyer village, Ramallah Governorate. 

3) Sahl Turmusaya outpost on the lands of Turmusaya village, Ramallah Governorate. 

4) Giv’at Itam settler outpost on the lands of Khallet Nahalah area, Bethlehem Governorate. 

5) A settler outpost on the hilltop of Ebal Mountain, Asira Ashamaliya village, Nablus district. 

6) A settler outpost on Mount al-Arma village, Nablus district. 

7) A settler outpost on the lands of the village of al-sawya, Nablus district. 

8) A settler outpots on the land of Deir Sharaf village, Nablus district. 

9) A settler outpost in Aseera al-Qabliya, Nablus district. 

10) A settler outpost on the lands of Beit Dajan, Nablus district (Central Jordan Valley). 

11) A settler outpost on the lands of Kufr Malek village, Ramallah Governorate. 

12) A settler outpost in Khallet Hassan, Bidya, Salfit district. 

13) A settler outpost in Halhoul, Hebron district. 

The above mentioned settler outpost and many other outposts and settlements founded in previous years and deemed illegal under international law keep expanding, surrounding Palestinian towns, cities and roads. The spatial compartmentalization of Palestinians’ landscape that exclude Palestinians from certain places like the built Jewish-only settlements is a tool of colonial domination, apartheid and fragmentation of Palestinians and their own lands. The construction of settler outposts also implies that Palestinians do not only lose the lands on which the settler outposts are built, but also the large swathes of lands surroudning them. 

Yet, relentless Palestinian popular struggle and steadfastness on the lands coveted the most by the Israeli government undermines the settler expansionist practices of Israeli apartheid.

The geography of Palestine is being reconfigured and remade through increased settlement expansion and construction of bypass roads. Legislative bodies in the Israeli government have submitted proposals that would expand and entrench their settlement expansion in the West Bank. One of the submitted proposals focuses on settlement expansion in Jerusalem known as the Law of Great Jerusalem (number H 23/82). Through this law submitted on April 20th, 2020, Israeli decision makers seek to extend the areas under the rule of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem to include the illegal settlements of Beitar Ilit, Ma’ale Adomim, Giv’at Ze’ev, Gush Etzion and Frat.

The other proposal submitted on May, 11th, 2020 is known as the Law of Imposing Israeli Sovereignty over the Jordan Valley (number H 23/613). The law aims to de jure annex the Jordan Valley, including its illegal settlements, industrial zones, archaeological sites and main roads and enforce the Israeli law applied to areas beyond the Green Line.

Israeli apartheid regime’s increase of the number of settlements and settler outposts is simultaneous with the demolition of Palestinians’ houses. Israeli apartheid demolished 313 buildings belonging to Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank in the first half of this year. 54% of the demolished buildings are located in Hebron and Jerusalem districts, two areas targeted by a fierce attack of settlement expansion.

The unconditional support of the US administration to Israeli apartheid, embodied in the ‘Deal of the Century’, coupled with an unprecedented wave of shamefully brokered normalization deals between a number of authoritarian Arab regimes and Israel only encourage Israeli apartheid to intensify its settlement expansion measures. The silence of the international community also makes Palestinians’ space shrink while being beset by more bigoted and violent settlers, who are usually armed.

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This Global Day of InterAction for a #WorldwithoutWalls is the start for a series of exciting webinars on the walls of our times and the rising resistance to tear them down. The webinars look into ways to build internationalist solidarity and joint struggles against walls and zoom in on some less talked about walls – the digital walls, the Arab walls, Europe's anti-migration walls… Check out the schedule here, download and share the calendar.

 

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November 9: “Resistance Rising: Onwards towards a World without Walls”

5pm Palestine time

Starting with a review on the Walls of Injustice 4 years after the call for a #WorldwithoutWalls was launched by Palestinian and Mexican movements, this webinar counts on contributions from leading activists from across the globe to analyse the current situation, tell us about their struggles and together reflect on how to build internationalist solidarity.

 

November 10: “The EU-Israel nexus: militarization, migration and apartheid”

4 pm Palestine time (3pm CET)

The European space of organizations that have come together for a #WorldwithoutWalls organizes a webinar that zooms in on the complicity between the European Union and Israel. It analyses how this connection supports the EU’s policies of militarization and racist anti-migration policies and at the same time finances and legitimizes Israeli apartheid.

 

November 12: "Digital Walls: Israel's role in digital colonialism and control"

5pm Palestine time

Digital Walls are digital systems as well as economic and power structures related to the digital sphere. They share with physical walls the same logic of repression, deny us access and let others gain control over our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic, its lockdowns, border closures, tracing apps and our shift to the digital sphere have made these walls ever more acute. We will share insights into how corporate complicity in these digital walls serves certain ideologies and violates our rights. We want to further look into the role Israeli corporations, methods and technologies, which are routinely tested on the Palestinian people, have in the development of these digital walls.

 

November 21: “Arab Walls: Repression and Division”

4 pm Palestine time

The wars in the Arab world held by authoritarian regimes and fueled by imperialist, neocolonial and neoliberal western powers, are accompanied with the construction of an increasing number of walls. Through this webinar we seek to highlight these walls, their impact and connection between the unprecedented wave of normalization with Israeli apartheid. We want to investigate as well ways of building joint struggle against these walls and regimes.

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For seventeen years, we have been relentlessly supporting farmers in the frontline defending their lands from the aggression of settlers and Israeli soldiers through the ‘You Are not Alone’ Campaign. It is a campaign of collective voluntary work actions aimed at supporting Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season.  

Starting from October 9th until October 24th, the Palestinian Grassroots  Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, in addition to the Palestinian Farmers Union, the Palestine Youth Forum, the Palestinian Culture and  Enlightenment Center, Jadayel Association for Culture and Arts, the Cultural Forum Center-Beit Anan, and the Al’awda Center have all organized voluntary days to harvest olive trees in the villages of Deir Istya, Yanoun, Izbet Shufa, Aqraba, Jayyous, Beddo, Izna, and Senjel. The targeted villages encounter a fierce attack by the Israeli occupation to confiscate the lands of the Palestinian inhabitants for illegal settlement expansion.

'You Are not Alone' in Deir Istya, Friday 9th. 

The collective efforts of olive trees picking will be followed by another action of strengthening the rootedness of Palestinians in their lands amid the uprooting attempts of Israeli apartheid: the plantation of olive trees in various parts of Occupied West Bank.

Israeli Aggression: An invisible wall between Palestinians and their land

On last Saturday, the volunteers of the ‘You Are not Alone Campaign’ went to Yanoun, Nablus district to help the Palestinian farmer, Saleem and his family in picking their olive trees. Commenting on the importance of the support of the collective efforts of the volunteers, Saleem stated:

The Israeli settlers living in the neighboring settlement of Itamar, constantly attack us while harvesting our olive trees. Of course, their aggression is not limited to the olive trees harvest season. Armed settlers attack my house and farm regularly. I usually plant vegetables in the land surrounding our house to feed my children; yet, the settlers made sure not to leave even this for us as they have recently come to my farm to graze their livestock. By the support of the volunteers, we will be able to finish picking our olive trees faster before the settlers destroy them. 

Collective efforts of olive harvest in Yanoun, Saturday 10th. 

Few days before the beginning of the olive harvest the attacks of fanatic Israeli settlers on olive groves belonging to Palestinians have notoriously increased. On September 19, Israeli settlers escorted by armed Israeli soldiers uprooted around 200 olive, fig, and lemon trees in Khallet Hassan area in Bidya town, Salfit district. Israel plans to confiscate the hilly area of Khallet Hassan but residents and activists have organized several demonstrations and resisted the  attacks of armed settlers and Israeli soldiers while trying to protect the area.

A Palestinian farmer holding his uprooted tree in Khallet Hassan. 

During the harvest season, Israeli settlers never took a break and kept damaging Palestinians’ olive groves. On October 6th, settlers uprooted 12 olive trees in Kafr Adeek, Salfit district. The next day, settlers residing in the illegal settlement of Leshim built on land stolen from Palestinians living in Deir Ballut and Kafr Adeek villages, Salfit district, torched over 50 abundant olive trees.

Torched olive trees in Salfit disrtict. 

Through the intimidating violent practices of Israeli settlers and army, Israel’s regime of apartheid aims to create an invisible wall between Palestinians and their lands: a psychological wall of fear inside Palestinians.

About eighteen years ago when Israel started the construction of its 770Km apartheid wall, thousands of Palestinian farmers lost their lands and olive  groves as they became located behind the wall. To reach them during the harvest season, they need an Israeli permit, which is usually valid for a very limited amount of time that does not allow Palestinians to pick all of their trees and cultivate their lands.

Both the psychological wall of fear and the apartheid wall are a reflection of Israel’s settler colonial and racist regime that is built on and solidified more through a mentality of walls. Their various forms of walls that repress, humiliate, dehumanize and subjugate Palestinians are the means with which they aim to ensure the success of the bantustanization project, a colonial tool emulating other settler colonial regimes, such as the reservations caging the Indigenous people of Turtle Island to control the native ‘other’. 

‘You Are not Alone’: Preserving Palestinians’ custom of O’nah.

Through the ‘You Are not Alone’ campaign, we seek to overcome the systematic Israeli fragmentation of our people via walls, checkpoints, bypass roads and roadblocks. The olive  harvest season is historically known for its communal aspect where extended family members, friends and neighbors come together to pick olive trees. The most salient phenomenon that emphasizes the communal values of Palestinians during this season is O’nah, translates to assistance or aid. Historically, O’nah implied that people who finish picking their olive trees early during the harvest season start helping their neighbors to harvest their trees. The ‘You Are not Alone’ campaign asserts and preserves these values of collaboration and communality from obliteration in the face of Israel’s settler colonial project distorting and repressing the cultural values and traditions of Palestinians.

These collective efforts of voluntary work conducted every year are also meant to support the steadfastness of Palestinian farmers in marginalized and threatened areas. By helping farmers and whole families to pick their olive trees despite the attacks of settlers and soldiers, the farmers can benefit from it economically. Olive oil is central to Palestinians’ sense of economic security. In the past and in the present olive oil has constituted an integral part of the Palestinian diet. A Palestinian home is stocked well when there is enough oil for the entire year until the next harvest season begins.

 

 

 

 

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As across the world schools are slowly opening again after COVID19 lockdowns, we call on you to ensure in Palestine schools are not demolished. Palestinians are sounding the alarm over the potential demolition of a newly built school in Ras Al’uja Bedouin community, the Jordan Valley, by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Mustafa, a resident of Ras Aluja and a father of one of the children attending the newly built school explains:

The school means to us more than the fact that our children can easily access education in the area they live in, especially amid the spread of the COVID19 pandemic, when going to overcrowded schools in neighboring towns threatens the lives of our children.

This school is a tool of resistance to the Israeli occupation’s relentless practices of discrimination and expulsion to take over our ancestral land. It means to us that over 300 people inhabiting Ras Al’uja can remain steadfast and resilient on their land despite of the coercive conditions we live in.

More than any time before, we now need people of conscience around the world to act in favor of our right to education and a dignified life by protecting the Ras Al’uja school from demolition.  

Denying Palestinians their human right of education in the Jordan Valley and other parts of Area ‘C’ aims to displace Palestinians in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the forcible transfer of the occupied persons,  and is part of Israel’s attempt to transform decades of de facto annexation into a de jure status. The denial of the Right to Education is further a salient component of the crime of apartheid,

Your support to the Right to Education Campaign launched by popular committees and Palestinian civil society organizations to strengthen the steadfastness of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley to resist the Israeli annexation is crucial now! Please support us by:

  • Calling on your foreign ministry and your consulate in Palestine to take action to stop the demolition of schools and infrastructure and to guarantee Palestinians the Right to Education.

Please see below a model letter to be sent to your government, parliamentary representatives or consulates.

Thank you for your support,

Stop the Wall Campaign

Sample letter:

To:

Subject: Warning on Potential Demolition of A school in the Jordan Valley

Dear Sir/Madam,

We write to you regarding our concerns over the potential demolition by Israeli forces of a newly built school in Ras Al’uja Bedouin community, the Jordan Valley.

Popular activists and residents of Ras Al’uja collaborated to build the school a week ago. Only days after, the Israeli military has attacked the school and seemingly started first procedures for its destruction. After years of resisting policies of de facto annexation, the area slated to be de jure annexed.

The school, with its staff of eleven teachers now serves roughly 150 female and male students. Prior to the construction of the school, the students living in Ras Al’uja used to travel to Al’uja town to seek education, an arduous eight-kilometer daily journey.

We urge you to protect the Ras Al’uja school and other schools and kindergartens in the Jordan Valley from demolition by exerting pressure on the Israeli authorities to respect their legal obligations as an occupying power. The COVID19 pandemic further aggravates the impact of Israel’s human rights violations, such as the demolition of schools.

We urge you to take the following steps:

  • Use all diplomatic channels to demand Israeli authorities refrain from demolishing the school of Ras Al’uja school as well as other schools;
  • Visit the Ras Al’uja school to emphasize your support of Palestinians’ human right of education in the Jordan Valley.
  • Issue a public statement for an immediate end to school demolitions and in defense of Palestinian right to education, in particular in the Jordan Valley and other areas in the process of de facto annexation and under continued threat of de jure annexation.

Please see further information and background below.

Looking forward to your urgent response,

Regards,

Background

Ras Aluja School: Resisting Israeli apartheid and de jure annexation

As part of the Right to Education Campaign launched on June 29th, Popular activists and residents of Ras Al’uja collaborated to build the school a week ago, which is the first and only school existing in Ras Al’uja. Only days after, the Israeli military has attacked the school and seemingly started first procedures for its destruction.

The school, with its staff of eleven teachers now serves roughly 150 female and male students. Prior to the construction of the school, the students living in Ras Al’uja used to travel to Al’uja town to seek education, an arduous eight-kilometer daily journey. 

Education and displacement in the Jordan Valley

Suffering from a lack of access to education for their children made even more urgent during the COVID19 pandemic, the community resolved to move ahead with the simple construction built overnight.

Following the construction of the school, the Israeli Civil Administration and the IDF raided the school and took pictures of it, which locals fear might be as part of the measures preceding demolition.

Since the occupation of the Jordan Valley in 1967, the Government of Israel has been implementing a number of measures restricting Palestinians’ use of their land and resources in Ras Al’uja and the other areas inhabited by around 82 Bedouin communities. The dual permit regime allowing illegal settlers to construct and develop their infrastructure while denying Palestinians the same right has badly affected education in the Jordan Valley.

Ras Al’uja is entirely located in Area C and Israel systematically prohibits any construction in the area as part of its policies of displacement and expulsion of Palestinian communities from the Jordan Valley.  The Palestinian population in the Jordan Valley dropped from nearly 300, 000 in 1967 to 56, 000 due to Israeli discriminatory measures.

A research recently conducted by the Land Defense Coalition, reveals that nearly 43 schools in Area ‘C’, including the Jordan Valley have received orders from the Israeli occupation authorities to be totally or partially demolished. Due to the Israeli discriminatory measures in the Jordan Valley, there are only 34 schools in Jericho and the Jordan Valley, which is the lowest number compared to other parts of the West Bank designated as Areas ‘A’ and ‘B’, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

The limited number of schools in the Jordan Valley and the restrictions the Israeli occupation impose on the movement of the Palestinian residents of around 82 Bedouin communities to access the existing schools in the neighboring towns has increased the number of students dropping school. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics shows that the illiteracy rate in the Northern Jordan Valley is 4.7% while in Jericho is 5.1%, which are the two highest illiteracy rates in the West Bank.

The aforementioned research shows that school dropouts have increased child labor in Israeli illegal settlements, as well as early marriage and gender-based violence due to the vulnerability of uneducated women. 

Demolitions – a policy of annexation and apartheid

Israel has used the Oslo Agreement, which has classified most of the Jordan Valley as Area C, under full Israeli military and civil control, as an excuse to intensify its policies of de facto annexation in the area. Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, has demonstrated, demolitions are part of the features of de facto annexation.

The imminent de jure annexation of the Jordan Valley would only consolidate these practices.

Furthermore, Israel’s policies of demolitions of schools and other infrastructure amounts to the “deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognized trade unions, the right to education, …”  – one of the salient features of the crime of apartheid as defined by the relevant UN Convention.

Education has been formally recognized a human right since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This has been since then affirmed in numerous global human rights treaties including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention against Discrimination in Education (1960), Conventions on the Rights of the Child. the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1981).  

 

 

 

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