Showing posts with label settler violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label settler violence. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Palestine Center: When Settlers Attack

US Campaign member group The Palestine Center published an important study today, entitled "When Settlers Attack." Check out the press release and link to the report:

The Palestine Center Releases Report on Israeli Settler Violence

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 
The Palestine Center Releases Report on Israeli Settler Violence
Contact: Yousef Munayyer
            (202) 338-1958       

WASHINGTON, D.C. (14 February 2012) - Today the Palestine Center released a comprehensive report on Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank. The report, "When Settlers Attack," is comprised of data gathered over a span of seven years, from 2004 to 2011, that includes over 3,700 separate incidents of settler violence. It provides analysis as to why, how and when Israeli settler violence occurs. 

The Palestine Center found that there has been a steady increase of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinian civilians over the past five years and that they are increasingly occurring in the northern West Bank targeting rural villages. Every year, the Palestinian olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians. The report determines that the majority of Israeli settler violence is not ‘price tag’ or responsorial in nature, but is structural and a symptom of the occupation. Over 90 percent of Palestinian areas that experience multiple incidents of settler violence are under Israeli security jurisdiction. 

“The dramatic rise in settler violence in the last several years demands investigation and analysis into why this happens. We believe our report is the most comprehensive undertaking regarding settler violence and we hope it can move the general discussion about this important issue forward while also advancing policy formulation aimed at ending settler violence and protecting Palestinian civilians and their property” said Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the Palestine Center. 

He continued, “With a 300 percent+ increase in settler violence of the past five years and nearly 2.7 incidents per day in 2011, settler violence presents a daily challenge to Palestinians. In this study, we test explanations for settler violence and ultimately put forward recommendations on how to address it.”
Find the report here:

For more information on this report or Israeli settler violence, contact Yousef Munayyer at, call             202-338-1290       or


The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that maintains three programs. The Palestine Center hosts educational briefings and publishes analysis of the Palestinian experience and U.S. policy in the region. The Humanitarian Link provides short-term grants on a quarterly basis to humanitarian organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and surrounding refugee camps. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery hosts art exhibits, workshops, film screenings, concerts and more that showcase the rich artistic heritage of the region.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Open the Al-Bweira Roads

Upper Hudson Peace Action is asking members of the US Campaign to pick up their pens and phones to help open the road to the West Bank town of Al-Bweira. This is one more step in our effort to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Forcing emergency vehicles to take a time consuming, five kilometer detour over rough, rutted
roads in order to reach your home could be more than an inconvenience
when you’re waiting for them to arrive. But thanks to the Israeli Army’s
triple blockade of the Al-Bweira Road, that’s how it’s been for more than ten years in the Palestinian farming neighborhood of Al-Bweira.

Help the effort to gain quick access for emergency vehicles. Help the families in Al-Bweira so they can again drive directly to or from the near-by city of Hebron. A ten-year blockade of this community is ten too many years!
Please write to:
Major General Avi Mizrahi
Office of Central Command ’64
Military Postal #02367
5741 Israel
(Fax: 011-972-2-530-5741)
Or contact:
Ambassador Michael Oren
Embassy of Israel
3514 International Drive, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(Phone: 202-364-5500)
Click here to learn more and find out how a few minutes of your time can help unlock the gate, roll away the boulder, remove the mound of earth and stones and reopen the road for all the people living in Al-Bweira.
Please send copies of correspondence to: Upper Hudson Peace Action, Palestinian Rights Committee, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12210.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Think of them and be scared"

Check out this video, shared with us by US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams, which features Palestinian schoolchildren from the West Bank village of At-Tuwani speaking about their encounters with Israeli settlers: Companies such as Caterpillar, Motorola, and Ahava support Israeli settlements: Caterpillar bulldozers are used in the construction of settlements and the Apartheid Wall; Motorola provides surveillance technology and cell phone service to settlements; and Ahava is produced in an Israeli settlement on confiscated Palestinian land. Find out how you can hold these companies accountable for their violations of international law through boycotts and divestment (BDS). And check out this cool new online boycott platform:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

US Campaign member group rep: "Settlements, attacks drive out Palestinians"

Check out this great op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette Online from Sarah McDonald, who works with US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. McDonald was one of the CPT members who was attacked by Israeli settlers recently. Here, she comments on the contrast between settler violence and rhetoric about settlements in the United States:
"These attacks are a systemic effort to push Palestinians off the land...When Palin insists that the Obama administration has no right to “tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand,” she also ignores a direct relationship between U.S. and Israeli policies. Israel is the largest annual recipient of U.S. economic and military assistance, receiving at least $7 million per day in military aid. This gives the U.S. administration — and every U.S. taxpayer—the right and the responsibility to investigate and to speak out about what Israel does with that money."
Read the full article here. Click here to speak out about what Israel does with U.S. military aid. To find a US Campaign member group near you, click here. And click here to learn about upcoming member group events in a community near you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sky News Covers Settler Attack on US Campaign Member Group

Check out this piece from Britain's Sky News about settlers intimidating and attacking schoolchildren and internationals, including members of US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), in the South Hebron Hills (thanks to Sam Nichols of CPT for posting this) :
"On Wednesday this week, two female volunteers - one Italian the other American - were attacked and robbed by settlers as they escorted a Palestinian couple with three small children near Havat Ma'on."
The report also includes video footage of the Israeli army escorting Palestinian schoolchildren passed the settlement outpost of Havat Ma'on, a 'service' the army is mandated to provide by the Israeli Knesset due to consistent attacks and intimidation of the children by settlers. The army often fails to arrive for the patrol: Help stop settler violence and settlement expansion by boycotting Motorola, which provides surveillance and communications equipment for Israeli settlements, and by working to end U.S. military aid to Israel, which aids and abets settlement construction.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"A Dangerous Situation": US Campaign member groups take on settlements, settlers (and you can too)

The Obama Administration yesterday said that it was "dismayed" by Israel's announcement that it would approve 900 more housing units in the settlement of Gilo, and warned that settlement expansion could create a "dangerous situation." Last night, US Campaign National Media Coordinator David Hosey was interviewed by Rhod Sharpe of BBC Radio's "5 Live" on the topic of Israeli settlement expansion. You can listen to the interview here--it starts around 1:10:00. Of course, in addition to the violation of international law and the expropriation of Palestinian land that settlements represent, Israeli settlers have a certain expertise at creating "dangerous situations" in the West Bank. Yesterday, members of US Campaign member group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) were attacked by Israeli settlers in the South Hebron Hills while accompanying a Palestinian family home past the settlement of Havat Ma'on to the Palestinian village of Tuba. CPT issued the following press release about the incident, which was also covered by the Israeli daily YNet:
"On Tuesday, 17 November, in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, five Israeli settlers harassed a Palestinian family walking home, then beat and robbed two internationals who accompanied them. The two young parents and their three small children were returning from the nearby city of Yatta to their home village of Tuba. At 11 a.m. they encountered two members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) just south of the village of At-Tuwani. After the CPTers warned the Palestinians about the settlers seen earlier in the morning, the family chose a longer path toward Tuba, accompanied by the CPTers. As the group crossed Mashakha Hill, they saw four settler men on a ridge 50 meters above them. The settlers ran toward the Palestinians and began to circle them. A fifth settler, masked and hooded, appeared from the valley below. When the Palestinian man told them he was only trying to walk home, a settler shoved him. As the CPTers attempted to step between the Palestinians and settlers, the settlers pushed them to the ground, hit and kicked them, and stole their two video cameras. The settlers then walked to the illegal settlement outpost* of Havot Ma’on (Hill 833), where they disappeared among the trees 20 minutes later. The Palestinian family reached their home safely. For decades, residents of Tuba Village had a direct road to the village of At-Tuwani, and onward to the regional economic hub of Yatta. The Israeli settlement of Ma’on and its neighboring illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on were built directly on that road, blocking all Palestinian traffic and forcing villagers onto long dirt paths through the hills, taking as much as two hours. CPT has maintained a continuous full-time presence in At-Tuwani since 2005, supporting Palestinian freedom of movement under the threat of settler violence. CPT places trained volunteers in locations of violent conflict around the world at the invitation of local peacemakers. [*Note: According to the Geneva Conventions, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and numerous United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts are considered illegal under Israeli law.]"
Meanwhile, US Campaign member groups Adalah-NY, CODEPINK, Jews Against the Occupation, and Jewish Voice for Peace are organizing a protest today calling for the cancelation of a fundraiser for Hebron's settlers slated to be hosted at the New York Mets' stadium. You can find out more about the protest here, read Mondoweiss' report on the protest here, and watch this clip from New York Channel 1: Want to learn more about how you can oppose Israeli settlement expansion and acts of violent extremism committed by Israeli settlers? Click here to take action!