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The Face of the Israeli Occupation in Beit Ommar, West Bank, Palestine, 12/25/10: video
On December 25th, 2010, after the weekly peaceful demonstration against the Karmei Tsur settlement, Beit Ommar villagers speak about the demonstrations and the contradiction between the concilliatory words of one Israeli Defense Forces soldier, who offered to shake hands with villagers at that day's protest, versus the hostility Beit Ommar residents regularly endure from soldiers, as was the case on this very day just hundreds of yards from the demonstration in Beit Ommar. They speak of the release of massive amounts of tear gas near a wedding party two days earlier and the constant harassment and provocations of villagers by the IDF, often for no apparent reason other than the "training" of new soldiers who come into the area. Military commanders are allowed free reign by the Israeli government to do as they please, from making nighttime arrests to even killing people. Seventy percent of the income of the village is dependent upon agriculture, but due to the presence of settlements in the area, villagers are denied access to all of their lands. In fact, settlements across Palestine have been expanding since the 10-month settlement freeze ended in September, with 13,000 new units built in the West Bank. Karmei Tsur alone has added fourty-two new housing units in just two months. The Palestine Solidarity Project opposes the Israeli occupation through non-violent direct action such as this day's protest and welcomes Israelis and internationals of conscience to come participate and bear witness to the occupation of Palestinian lands.
In this first video, on the walk back from the demonstration, Mousa Abu Maria of the Palestine Solidarity Project explains what happened in the discussions with the soldiers this day and how it contradicts the real face of the occupation:
Beit Ommar Villagers Denied Access to Their Farmland, West Bank, Palestine, 12/25/10: video & photos
Beit Ommar Protest Against Karmei Tsur Settlement, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
Israeli Military Attacks Women, Children, Wedding During Beit Ommar Invasion
Palestine: Beit Ommar returns to its roots
[December 7th, 2010 article by Mousa Abu Maria for the Electronic Intifada]
The Palestinian family who lives in this house is pushed to one room when the IDF repeatedly occupies their home. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/22/18667361.php#18667366 & http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/22/18667361.php#18667372
Woman from wedding party that was gassed on Dec. 23rd, and Younes Mousa Arar explains life in occupied Beit Ommar
Younes Mousa Arar has three hundred plum trees inside the Karmei Tsur fence that he cannot access without first securing special permission from Israeli authorities. Rather than collaborate with the occupiers, when settlers can freely walk all around his orchard at any time, he refuses to seek such permission and has not visited his land since 2003.