Palestinians are not allowed to build on their lands before receiving permission from the Israeli Government. Although they are living in tents and huts, Israeli authorities have issued demolition orders for Umm Al-Khair, saying these tents were built without permits.

During the night of March 26 settlers came into the village of Bir al ‘Idd and broke the solar panels which provide the village with light and electricity.  A resident of the village heard his dog barking and loud crashing.  He arrived outside in time to see settlers leaving the broken panels, some in a car…

On March 23 in the South Hebron Hills settlers from Mitzpe Yair Ouptpost  forced shepherds off grazing land near the village of Qawawis. The settlers came out above where the shepherds were grazing their flock, below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair, then called soldiers who came down and forced the shepherds to leave a livestock well, saying…

 On Sunday March 16, during the Jewish holiday of Purim,  Operation Dove reported that  Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians and Internationals on Palestinian fields near the illegal outpost of  Mitzpe Yair adjacent to Firing Zone 918 in Masafer Yatta.  A settler armed with an iron pipe began threatening four shepherds and their flock at about 9…

This was the view this morning from the schoolyard of the Al Fakheit school in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron. Al Fakheit is a Palestinian village which lies inside an area claimed by Israel as Firing Zone 918. Military training exercises frequently disrupt life for villagers in Masafer Yatta, and the morning of February 20…

The following news release is from Operation Dove’s team in Tuwani, South Heborn Hills.  Operation Dove provides protective presence and accompaniment to the Masafer Yatta area.  Five days previous to this action Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed 80 Palestinian olive trees.  On the morning of February 15 more than 60 Palestinian men, women and children…

February 13, 2014 A Palestinian shepherd who was grazing his flock near the village of Jinba in Masafer Yatta, West Bank, was detained today for over one hour by Israeli soldiers. Jinba lies inside Israeli Firing Zone 918, where 1000 residents in 8 villages face possible forced removal  by the Israeli military, pending a legal…

Below is a press release that Christian Peacemaker Team’s colleagues Operation Dove wrote about a settler attack on February 8 2014.  Operation Dove coordinates the international presence in Firing Zone 918 in which CPT participates. Settlers attack Palestinian shepherds, Israeli activists and internationals during nonviolent action in South Hebron Hills Israeli soldiers allow settlers to…

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Umm al-Kher facing settler attacks, settlement expansion and a lawsuit from Karmel Umm al-Kher is a village of about 135 people from the al-Hathaleen Bedouin who fled from their original lands near the Israeli city of Arad in during the war of 1948 to the South Hebron Hills.  They subsequently suffered the…

by C.D. Fox In 1999, the Israeli military administration forcibly expelled 900 people and destroyed their homes within an area it calls Firing Zone 918.  Only after residents petitioned the Israeli High Court did it grant a temporary injunction in 2000, allowing them to return. Life for Palestinian communities in the area has worsened because…

© 2015 With love from Hebron.
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