|Institut für Palästinakunde|
- IPK -
June has been an eventful month for the activists and residents of Beit Ommar.
Over the past several weeks, soldiers arrested three members of the Beit Ommar
Popular Committee and several other local and international activists during
the weekly protests at Beit Ommar. Israeli forces also arbitrarily arrested
four boys from Beit Ommar, two during a night raid. The Israeli Civil Administration
also issued a new round of demolition orders to Beit Ommar residents, while
soldiers destroyed fruit stalls along Route 60 again in what has become
an annual effort to cripple the local economy.
Despite the recent attempts to damage the Beit Ommar community and suppress its popular resistance movement, this month has seen many positive developments: Last week, the Center for Freedom began its third annual summer camp, this year with a theme inspired by the strength of Palestinian political prisoners.
The Center’s greenhouse project, designed the project to support local farmers and help them maintain control of their land, has also had a successful start: So far local farmers have built two greenhouses, with six more to follow.
In addition to these exciting events, the nonviolent struggle against the Occupation continues to provide hope. Local and international activists continue to participate in protests here in Beit Ommar and elsewhere in the West Bank in spite of regular violence and arrests, and Palestinians persist in their daily fight for their rights and their lives.