AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Settlers break into Palestinian shops

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CPTnet
4 August 2014
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Settlers break into Palestinian shops

[Note:
According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the
International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all
Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are
illegal.]

On
30 July 2014, Israelis entered into Palestinian shops in Hebron’s Old City near
Beit Hadassah with industrial tools, using cutting blades and torches to open
the doors, despite the presence of Israeli military security who were
overlooking the shops.

Christian
Peacemaker Teams and the International Solidarity Movement volunteers made
several attempts to advise the Israeli military and police to intervene on the
breaking and entering into the Palestinian shops. Despite showing the Israeli
military video evidence of the account, the police failed to show up and
intervene.

The
following day, Israeli settler children during the afternoon threw rocks down
from the Beit Hadassah settlement onto Palestinians walking on the street below
the settlement. Later on that night, settlers again re-entered the property
despite the Israeli military having designated the area a closed military zone
for Israeli settlers and Palestinians alike.

Settler jumps on awning after throwing stones at Palestinians
and internationals

This
incident is not an isolated event, but rather represents a larger strategy to
occupy and claim ownership of Palestinians’ shops as and expand the Jewish
settlements in Hebron, as happened when the settlements of Tel Rumeida, Beit
Hadassah, Kiryat Arba, the Al Rajabi building, Avraham Avinu and Givat Ha’avot
expanded.

An
Israeli soldier watches as on as an Israeli settler enters
a Palestinian
shop.

Currently,
Palestinians are at risk of losing their property at over twenty-three
geographic areas across the H2 section of Hebron. The locations start from
Palestinian land on top of Tel Rumeida where the Israeli Antiquities Authority
has allocated seven million shekels to build a tourist attraction—followed by
another “Israeli” only by-pass road that is slated to connect the Tel Rumeida
settlement to Shuhada Street.  They represent
the Israeli settlers’ master plan to segment off a crescent shape from the
Jewish cemetery to the west of the Old City of Hebron to the settlement of
Kiryat Arba, which will enclose Palestinians in an apartheid labyrinth.
 Palestinian Bantustans that already exist will expand, adding to the
system of over one hundred military check points, pathway closures, additional
annexations of Palestinian shops, and Israeli-only roads in Hebron.

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