Freedom Now For Tel Rumeida and Shuhada Street
Dismantle the Ghetto--Take the Settlers Out of Hebron
News Features on the Killing of Abdulfattah al-Shareef
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From Mondoweiss by Sheren Khalel on February 21, 2017
An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison, one-year probation and a demotion of his military rank, a month after the Israeli soldier was found guilty of manslaughter. Azaria shot and killed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in March after al-Sharif had already been shot and injured following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in Hebron. The main evidence in the case was footage caught on camera by Imad Abu Shamsiya, a Palestinian resident of Hebron who tells Mondoweiss, “There is no justice for the family. They lost a member of their family in a very brutal way, this 18-month sentence is not justice for the family, for the Palestinian people or our nation — no one got justice from this.”
Israel eats up more Palestinian land rights in Hebron
by Mohammed Othman September 14, 2017 in Al Monitor
HEBRON, Israel — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman granted Aug. 29 hundreds of Jewish settlers in settlements in the Old City of Hebron independence from the city’s municipality affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). His decision raised Palestinian public and official ire due to its serious repercussions on the city’s already deteriorating geographic and humanitarian situation. (click here for article)
Israeli military order will violate 20-year-old peace treaty in Hebron, Mondeweiss, Sheren Khalel on September 3, 2017
The Palestinian governor of Hebron on Saturday condemned an Israeli military order that would move to “expand municipal powers of illegal settlers in the city,” Palestinian official media Wafa news agency reported.
According to Palestinian officials, the move breaks the Hebron Protocol, a 1997 treaty signed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. (click here for article)
January 23, 20175:06 PM ET, Heard on All Things Considered, USA National Public Radio
by Joanna Kakissis
The Dismantle the Ghetto, Freedom for Palestine, event continued outside. Participants shouted slogans and a Palestinian flag was raised for all to see. As this occurred on the school grounds, Jewish settlers from the settlement directly across the street appeared and began to shout. Israeli soldiers appeared in force and two of the most recalcitrant settlers came up the hill, broke through the fence and attacked an international observer who was standing, watching events unfold. Another settler got into a scuffle with a Palestinian. Israeli Police arrived.
Several of the internationals present stayed until all the children and teachers were safely down the stairs. This took some time. Those who remained were called over by the soldiers and police. They took their passports. The soldiers and police eventually returned their passports and informed them that this area by the school as well as Shuhada Street was now a "Closed Military Zone.” The remaining internationals could no longer leave by the stairs and walk Shuhada Street. They had to exited through the Muslim cemetery and take a cab their homes.
Israel authorizes separate municipal services for settlers in Hebron in violation of Hebron Protocal
According to Middle East Monitor:
Israel’s occupation government has created a new authority to provide municipal services to illegal Jewish settlers in Hebron, prompting accusations that the state is trying to annex part of the occupied West Bank.
According to AFP, a military order signed last week establishes a “municipal services administration” for the illegal settlers, a move which violates the 20 year-old Hebron Protocol, a 1997 treaty signed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term in office and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The treaty grants the Palestinian Authority (PA) full control over most of Hebron and the whole city’s administrative services.
International observers were present at the first Dismantle the Ghetto, Freedom for Palestine, event, which previously was called Open Shuhada Street. This event was the first of several weeks of activities and actions. It was held at Qurtoba Grade School, a Palestinian school that is in close proximity to a Jewish settlement.
There is an Israeli checkpoint at the bottom of the steps to the school. Internationals and school personal and teachers are granted permission to climb the stairs. On this day the internationals were concerned if they would be given permission. The Palestinians knew they would not be, so they entered the school property from a non-guarded entrance. In fact, International observers were granted permission to climb the stairs to the school. At Qurtoba School, the students put on skits, students and teachers were honored and Palestinian leaders spoke.
From U.S. News By EYAD MOGHRABI, Associated Press
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military has created a new authority to provide municipal services for settlers in Hebron, drawing accusations that Israel is moving closer to annexing parts of the volatile West Bank city.