Every Friday peace loving Israel brings it’s soldiers,
and assorted military toys
to the village of An Nabi Salih, as it does to many villages in Palestine.
This brutal military circus has one aim,
to suppress at any cost the creative un-armed political protest of the local people at the violent and un-just theft of their land and water and at the illegal Occupation in general.
The Palestinian village of An Nabi Salih gathers every Friday in protest at the theft of their land,
and the daily brutality of the illegal Israeli occupation.
As in all the Palestinian villages confronted by the overwhelming military superiority of the IDF
the question turns increasingly to how to confront an Occupation that ignores international law,
principles of humanitarian justice
and is tasked with protecting the ever expanding settlements.
An interview with Najwa Sultan of al Bwere a small village on the outskirts of Hebron.
This small village has the fortune to be located around a fertile valley full of grapes,olives and fruit trees however it also borders the illegal settler out-post of the illegal settlement Givat Harsina.
The outpost is situated on a hillside overlooking al Bwere and on the so called ‘buffer-zone’ which is supposed to protect the large settlement suburb of Hasina from Palestinian ‘terror’.
In reality it not only denies the local farmers the opportunity to farm their land but provides the extreme elements of the settler movement a base from which to develop the Palestinian land for themselves and to launch regular and violent attacks on the village and villagers of al Bwere.
Unfortunately these predations on the people of al Bwere are actively supported not only by the collusion of the local Police and Army,
many of whom live alongside the settlers in Givat Harsina,
but also the entire military justice system which judges all Palestinians guilty by birth.
An impromptu musical moment at the Shuhada St Barrier al Khalil (Hebron).
This Barrier hides an entire Muslim shopping precinct that has had all it’s shops welded closed
and a multitude of checkpoints installed
to ensure that the Palestinians are either excluded or completely controlled.
This leaves Shuhada St a ghost road that gives the settlers at the three illegal inner city settlements a Palestinian free experience on their major route out of Hebron.
Unfortunately Shuhada St is a necessary walking route for a large number of school children and teachers
who are forced to endure frequent abuse and assault from the settlers.
The violent and unprovoked arrests of 5 international and Israeli activists on Friday 14 of August
represented a step up in the brutal Israeli suppression of creative non-violent political protest in Hebron.
In defiance of Military Order 101 which outlaws any political protest involving more than 10 people, international and Palestinian activists have been gathering every Saturday to protest the Israeli closure of Shuhada Street to Palestinians,
and the presence of illegal settlements and outposts throughout the area and also in the very heart of the the Old City itself.