Hebron

  • Mohammad Hureini of Youth of Sumud

    Final Straw, Jan 28, 2024 This week, we’re featuring a conversation with Mohammad Hureini (twitter / instagram), a young activist from Masafer Yatta, an area in the hills south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank in Palestine. Mohammad is a member of a non-violent group called Youth of Sumud that struggles to hold on…


  • Meanwhile in the West Bank

    The past days have been horrific for the residents of Majaz, one of the villages in Masafer Yatta, and inside the area claimed by Israel as firing zone 918. Israeli soldiers, and settlers dressed as soldiers, invaded the village on the night of February 14. The soldiers landed a helicopter and entered the village. Later…


  • Don’t Let Us Feel Alone

    Awdah Hathaleen, Humans of Masafer Yatta, Feb 11, 2024 I stopped posting and updating for a while. I didn’t do this because the situation changed or ended, I stopped because I was desperately tired of giving constant bad news. I wish I could tell you good things. Thanks for reading Humans of Masafer Yatta! Subscribe…


  • Solidarity Speaks: Videos Of All Emergency Webinars!

    Solidarity Speaks: Recording Of Our 11th & Final Emergency Webinar! Thank you to everyone who joined our Solidarity Speaks emergency webinars since October 7th. We are proud that over 3800 people responded to this series in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders calling for a permanent ceasefire, a release of all the hostages, and an…


  • Palestinian residents of West Bank being driven out by Jewish settlers

    NBC News, Dec. 26, 2023 In the village of At-Tuwani in the West Bank, residents say Jewish settlers have become far more aggressive since Hamas’ October 7 terror attacks in their long campaign to drive Palestinians from this land. NBC News’ Richard Engel visited the area and reports on the high tensions among the two…


  • How Israeli settler violence is forcing Palestinians to flee their homes

    Bethan McKernan, Kyri Evangelou, Mariam Dwedar and Temujin Doran, The Guardian, 14 Dec 2023 Masafer Yatta, the most rural and desolate area in the West Bank, is home to about 1,000 Palestinians. The community are mostly herders who raise goats and sheep, and have steadfastly refused to leave their homes despite the mounting difficulties posed…


  • Women in Hebron at Change Boutique

    Nikki at Change Boutique, corner of Williamson and Baldwin on the eastside, has some Women in Hebron’s embroidery and earrings for the holidays. If you know anyone who shops on the eastside tell them to stop by!


  • ‘They Came in the Dark’: Settler Violence Intensifies in the West Bank

    Matthew Cassel, Mark Boyer and Santiago García Muñoz, New York Times, November 30, 2023 Since the Oct. 7 attacks in Israel, extremist settlers in the West Bank have been emboldened, displacing more than 1,000 Palestinians, according to the United Nations. “Since 7th of October, the soldier came and sit down under this tree. And they…


  • Many West Bank Palestinians Are Being Forced Out of Their Villages. Is My Family Next?

    Zuhour Muhammad Awad, the author’s grandmother, walking in the village of Tuba in May 2021. Ms. Awad says she was born in Tuba in 1948. She has spent her life caring for herds of sheep and making cheese and yogurt. (Emily Glick) Ali Awad, New York Times, Nov. 20, 2023 Mr. Awad is a Palestinian…


  • “We Need Eyes on Us for Protection”

    Unhinged, Murderous Settlers Terrorize Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills As Gaza faces genocide, extremist settlers in the West Bank are running rampant. One Youth of Sumud activist says: “The Israeli settler militias benefit from this state of war, they are the ones who are ruling this area.”   RYAH AQEL, In These Times, NOVEMBER…


  • Emergency call to stop forcible transfer in the West Bank

    Left: Bilal Muhammed Saleh from the village of As-Sawiya south of Nablus, shortly before he was shot to death by settlers in his olive grove. The South Hebron Hills B’Tselem, 29 October 2023 Share: Facebook | Twitter | WhatsApp We, the undersigned human rights and civil society NGOs in Israel, call on the international community…


  • Madison women concerned for friends living in the West Bank

    Cody Taylor, Spectrum News, Oct. 20, 2023 MADISON, Wis. — Cassandra Dixon is a Madison resident who has been traveling to the Palestine territories for over a decade. What You Need To Know If you are interested in buying embroidery to support the Women of Hebron, visit: Palestinepartners.org You can also get involved by adopting an…


  • October 15, 2023
    Madison Celebrates Palestine and the Olive Harvest

    We will be covering the situation in Gaza, and also how areas of the West Bank are being targeted now for increased ethnic cleansing while the world is looking elsewhere. At this point, the olive harvest has been completely shut down and at least 1000 trees in the Masafer Yatta area have been destroyed by…


  • Events in South Mt. Hebron Since the Outbreak of the War

    October 14, 2023 At the request of supporters from abroad, we applied to friends of us, residents of south Mt. Hebron, and asked them to send reports about the current events in their places in the midst of the war in Gaza. Below is the detailed report sent to us. This report covers much of…


  • Harassment and attacks on human rights activists in Palestine are rarely punished

    Ruins of Khirbet Mufaqarah mosque, demolished on the grounds that it was not issued a building permit, March 2016. (B’Tselem, CC BY-SA 4.0) A recent trial of an attack by an Israeli settler on a U.S. citizen shows how difficult it is to obtain justice. SAM STEIN, THE PROGRESSIVE, OCTOBER 2, 2023 Last March, Cassandra…


  • Administrative Detainee Kayed Fasfous Hunger Strike

    View this post on Instagram A post shared by In Palestine Today (@inpaltoday) inpaltoday, Instagram, October 5, 2023 More Detainee Kayed al-Fasfous remains on hunger strike for 60 days Palestinian detainees launch hunger strike in solidarity with Kayed Al-Fasfous


  • Umm Alkhair is in a big danger.. 

    Awdah Hathaleen, HUMANS OF MASAFER YATTA OCT 1, 2023 On the outskirts of the foothills of Masafer Yatta, south of the city of Hebron, sits Khirbet Umm Al-Khair, where its people cling to the land with a combination of pain and determination. They endure the challenges of continuous Israeli persecution, including the demolition of homes…


  • Thank You from Palestine!

    Hello friends, Thank you all so much for helping me to come back to Palestine, and for sponsoring young olive trees to be planted in Masafer Yatta in the coming growing season. I attended the September 6 hearing in the legal case  against the Israeli settler who assaulted me in March of this year in…


  • Upcoming Events: September 13 — 21, 2023

    Wednesday, Sept. 13: Storytelling as Resistance Thursday, Sept. 14: The Legacy of Oslo: Thirty Years Later Thursday, Sept. 14: Palestine Partners at the Madison Night Market! Friday, Sept. 15: The Developers: Land/Life Grabbers in Palestine Sunday, Sept. 17: March for Peace at Willy Street Parade Sunday, Sept. 17: Virtual Tour of the Gaza Strip with…


  • Dixon Hopes Israeli Settler’s Trial Draws Attention to Attacks on Palestinians

    Jerry Windley-Daoust, The Catholic Worker Movement, September 2, 2023 “These settlers act with impunity because Israel has impunity in the world, and they have that because of the U.S.,” Cassandra Dixon (Mary House CW) says. She hopes the September 7 trial of the Israeli settler who attacked her might help to change that. After being…


  • Cassandra Dixon Interview on WORT

    Sunday, August 27 on WORT’s World View The interview begins at 33:00. Cassandra talks with Gil Halstead about her upcoming trip to Palestine, where she will attend the September 6 trial of the Israeli settler who assaulted and seriously injured her last spring. She discusses that case and the broader situation in the Masafer Yatta…


  • Free Sami Huraini

    Started January 10, 2021 Petition to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ Why this petition matters Started by Palestine Partners Palestinian human rights activist Sami Huraini was convicted by an Israeli military court on August 22, despite video evidence and multiple witnesses proving he was not guilty…


  • New Masafer Yatta Project: Planting Olive Trees

    Dear Friends, I wanted to let you know that I will be returning to Palestine soon for the September 6th  trial of the settler who assaulted me and fractured my skull this spring.   I also wanted to let you know about an exciting new olive planting project in the village of Tuba. I am so…


  • Settler attacks and their impact on the Palestinians by Hamdan Huraini

    HUMANS OF MASAFER YATTA AUG 11, 2023 “Saleh Awad, this is my name. I live in the village of Wadadah, in the South Hebron Hills, with eleven members of my family. My life is a simple and beautiful life. I rely on our sheep to earn a decent life for my children and my family,…


  • Masafer Yatta Update

    MASAFER YATTA UPDATE


  • Stand with Masafer Yatta!

    $2,000 of $2,000 on 7/27/23


  • Masafer Yatta on the cover of The Nation

    In recent years, our team at Local Call and our partners at +972 Magazinehave been reporting from ground zero in Masafer Yatta — a community of over 1,000 Palestinians living under the imminent risk of mass expulsion ever since the Israeli army declared their lands a “firing zone.” The Nation is now featuring the community’s…


  • Hebron Emergency Caves Project

    We are getting closer to our goal of providing emergency housing to one family in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. The need is urgent; since we first took this on, demolitions have proceeded including the Sfai school, which was demolished for the third time in spite of international appeals. Please read…


  • Palestine Partners Returns to Madison Night Market

    Thursday, May 11 500 Block State Street, Madison 5-9 pm Just in time for Mother’s Day! Come and shop for hand made jewelry, hand embroidered purses, leather bags and and wallets, embroidered shawls, Hirbawi kuffiyas, and textiles from Women in Hebron Fair Trade Cooperative. Details and location


  • Friends of Hebron: New social media links

    Just days ago, Israelis demolished several Palestinian shops in the old Hebron vegetable market. These are shops that were forced closed by military order for security reasons — reasons that have now proven themselves as a mere pretext for settlement expansion. We fear more destruction to come – we need action now! Donate Now as…


  • Rising Violence In The West Bank

    A Conversation With Cassandra Dixon And Ali Awad A PUBLIC AFFAIR, WORT 89.9 FM, APRIL 20, 2023 WORT 89.9FM Madison · Rising Violence in the West Bank: a Conversation with Cassandra Dixon and Ali Awad On March 7th, Cassandra Dixon, a peace activist from Wisconsin, was attacked by Israeli settlers while visiting and volunteering in…


  • In Hebron, a salad needs security coordination

    The direct violence of the occupation is obvious, but what are the subtle ways in which apartheid seeps into Palestinian life? Ameera Al-Rajabi, Community Peacemaker Teams, April 11, 2023 The Israeli occupation of Palestine is marked by the war crimes directly carried out by the occupiers, such as murder, demolition, displacement, and other violations that…


  • U.S. Senior Citizen Says Her Skull Was Fractured by Israeli Settlers

    Mel Frykberg, March 27, 2023 Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Courtesy Cassandra Auren An American senior citizen allegedly suffered a potentially fatal attack in the West Bank as part of a surge in violence that has gripped the Israeli-occupied region since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power at the head of an extreme right-wing coalition.…


  • Wisconsin volunteer attacked in West Bank

    Cassandra Dixon is helped by women from the Palestinian hamlet of Tuba, in the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank, after she was attacked by a Jewish settler on March 7. Ed Treleven, Wisconsin State Journal, March 27, 2023 Cassandra Dixon’s work as a volunteer in the Israeli-occupied West Bank puts her in an area…


  • URGENT! Stand with Masafer Yatta today!

    MRSCP has decided to join in an emergency campaign sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and Stop the Wall Coalition to provide emergency shelter and schools for the families of Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron hills area. You will hear more from us in the coming week about our portion of the campaign,…


  • ‘Who hits a 64-year-old woman with a bat?’

    Cassandra Auren, an American peace activist, was visiting the Palestinian village of Tuba when settlers attacked her with a bat and fractured her skull. Yuval Abraham, +972 Magazine, March 13, 2023 Cassandra Auren seen following a settler attack in the village of Tuba in the South Hebron Hills, West Bank, March 7, 2023. In partnership…


  • The Heartbreak and Defiance of Occupation

    WORT 89.9FM Madison 2023-03-12 WORT 89.9FM Madison · The Heartbreak and Defiance of Occupation At a 1979 meeting of Israel’s “Ministerial Committee for Settlement Matters in the Judea and Samaria area,” created in 1972 for the purpose of establishing new settlements in the West Bank, chairman of the committee Ariel Sharon said of the “firing…


  • Upcoming Events: March 12-16, 2023

    Sunday, March 12: WORT interview with Masafer Yatta Activist Thursday, March 16: Cindy and Craig Corrie on WORT Thursday, March 16: Tantura Film and Discussion   On Sunday March 12 at 5 pm, tune into WORT’s World View program for a taped interview with Masafer Yatta activist Ali, who will discuss the current situation of…


  • The theft of Harun Abu Aram’s body, home, and life

    Harun was born into, paralyzed, and killed by Israel’s colonial system. The struggle to dismantle it begins in the cave where he spent his final years. Harun Abu Aram in his village of Al-Rakeez in Masafer Yatta, West Bank. (Emily Glick) Yuval Abraham, +972 Magazine, February 16, 2023 Harun Abu Aram is dead. For two…


  • ‘Badge of Shame for Israel’

    Palestinian Shot and Paralyzed by Israeli Forces Two Years Ago Dies of Wounds Harun Abu Aram with his father, Rasmi, at home this week. Harun was born in the very same cave where he lies now, unable to move. Credit: Alex Levac Harun Abu Aram was shot in the neck by Israeli soldiers during a…


  • ‘It’s our home! Why would we leave?’

    How Palestinians in Masafer Yatta are resisting Israel’s expulsion attempts Qassam Muaddi, The New Arab, 10 February 2023 In May 2022, the Israeli supreme court ended a 20-year-long legal battle by rejecting a petition, presented by the inhabitants of the 12 villages, against the military declaration of their lands and homes as a ‘firing zone’.…


  • Masafer Yatta Instagram Live!

    Monday, January 9th 11:00 am Central Join us for an urgent Instagram live! Tune in to learn how you can stand in solidarity with Palestinian people as they defend Masafer Yatta from Israel’s violence. We’ll be joined by Sami Huraini, a Palestinian activist and co-founder of Youth Of Sumud / شباب صمود, based in Masafer…


  • Rep. Pocan on Israeli demolition in Masafer Yatta

    The Israeli government is demolishing homes, schools, farms, water infrastructure, and other basic necessities in Masafer Yatta. This blatant violation of international law is unconscionable, escalating tensions and making peace more difficult.https://t.co/MzMsgGakaS — Rep. Mark Pocan (@RepMarkPocan) January 5, 2023


  • ACT NOW: Prevent water cistern demolition in Sfai, South Hebron Hills

    December 24, 2022 In this time of Hanukkah, while Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days, the Palestinian village of Sfai in the desert of Masafer Yatta is about to have its water cisterns demolished. There could not be a more cruel irony. No water means no life. We are supporting…


  • 2022 was a record year for settler violence. Next year will be even worse.

    Palestinians say the worrying trend will only worsen as right-wing extremists make their home in Israel’s new government. YUMNA PATEL, MONDOWEISS, DECEMBER 15, 2022 Israeli security forces deploy amid altercations between Jewish settlers on their way to visit the tomb of Othniel ben Kenaz in the area H1 (controlled by Palestinian authorities) and Palestinian residents,…


  • Rise of Israel’s far right puts focus back on the West Bank occupation

    The Israeli-controlled checkpoint in Hebron (Bab al Zawiyah) divides Palestinians in their city. (Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for The Washington Post) A new weapon on the right side of the checkpoint can remotely shoot live ammunition and special “crowd control” munitions. (Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR for The Washington Post) Shira Rubin, The Washington Post, December 10, 2022 HEBRON, West…


  • ACTION ALERT: The Israeli army closes Youth Against Settlements Community Center

    Dear Friends, The Israeli army showed up and closed our community center! The house belongs to Human Rights Defender Issa Amro, who is now left alone and isolated while under threat from the nearby Israeli settlement and army base. Tell the U.S. State Department to act now! While Americans were celebrating Halloween, Israeli soldiers enforced…


  • Palestinians resisting forced removal by moving into caves

    The people of Masafer Yatta are using ancestors’ caves to resist Israel’s home demolitions Members of Palestinian Masafer Yatta communities determined to remain on their land despite Israeli forced evictions, south of Hebron in the West Bank, May 7, 2022. (Mamoun Wazwaz-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert, Business Insider, October 23, 2022 Palestinians are…


  • Urgent Call to Defend Khallet ad-Dabe’ from Destruction

    Stop the Wall, 26 September 2022 A whole village with over 90 residents is at the brink of being ethnically cleansed. The Israeli Supreme Court set September 29 as the date the demolition of Khallet Ad- Dabe’ can begin. The demolition orders include all homes and most livelihood structures in the village.  If no action…


  • Update: On-The-Ground Jewish Solidarity with Masafer Yatta

    Thanks to those who attended our webinar “On the Ground Jewish Solidarity with Palestinian Resistance in Masafer Yatta” with Peter Beinart, Awdah Hathaleen, Nur Zahor, and Zack Witus. If you didn’t have a chance to see it, you can watch the recording. The testimony by our panelists was emotional and powerful. It was apparent that…


  • #DefendMasaferYatta

    USCPR, 9/19/22 Israel is carrying out the largest mass expulsion of Palestinian people from their rightful homes in 55 years. The Israeli govt is violently forcing out 1,300 Palestinian people in Masafer Yatta amid a media blackout. The world must hear this news! #DefendMasaferYatta


  • Israeli soldiers arrest Hafez Huraini of Masafer Yatta

    BREAKING: Hafez Huraini, 52, was arrested by Israeli soldiers after he was brutally attacked by settlers who broke his arm and disabled his ambulance in the village of Tuwani. He is still detained. Hafez is the father of Sami Huraini, a Palestinian law student and coordinator of Youth of Sumud, activists from the At-Tuwani area…


  • Israel’s top court rejects 2nd petition to release Awawdeh

    A video showing Khalil Awawdeh and the toll his detention has taken on his body was shared on Monday, where he urged the world to stop Israel from detaining Palestinians without charge. Awawdeh was detained on 27 December last year near Hebron in the southern West Bank [Getty] New Arab Staff, 30 August, 2022 The…


  • Khalil Awawdeh’s time is running out

    Palestinian detainee Khalil Awawdeh Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, 30 Aug 2022 Geneva – Palestinian administrative detainee Khalil Awawdeh is suffering from an acute case of dyspnea and severe problems in all his vitals due to his continued hunger strike. His time is rapidly running out, Euro-Med Monitor said in a statement. Awawdeh's health condition has…


  • Israeli occupation soldiers close the main gate of Qortoba school in Hebron

    The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project has helped build playgrounds for both Qortuba Elementary School and the Al Samud Shuhada Street Kindergarten Human Rights Defenders, 30th of August 2022 Hebron, Palestine 🇵🇸 The Israeli occupation soldiers close the main gate to the students of CorToba School and Shuhada Street Kindergarten in the center of Hebron, and…


  • Winning Lawsuit Against Major Israeli Newspaper

    We just won a defamation case against a major Israeli newspaper! We made Israel Hayom retract its lies! This is a rare success of holding Israeli tabloids accountable for their publications of lies about Palestinians. The newspaper had published obvious lies against Palestinian Human Rights Defender Issa Amro after his play “How To Make A…


  • Jewelry for Clean Water Campaign, 7/22/22

    Jewelry Sales for Clean Water is an emergency campaign by Palestine Partners to support members of the Women in Hebron cooperative in constructing a desperately needed cistern to assure access to clean water. (At last report, $3500 of the $6000 goal has already been reached!) About the campaign Laila lives with 14 members of her…


  • Demolitions in Masafer Yatta

    Occupation forces carried out the demolition of homes and agricultural facilities Alliance for Human Rights, Facebook, July 20, 2022 From the early morning hours occupation forces carried out a demolition campaign against homes and agricultural facilities. They demolished the house of the Nawajah family in Jawaiah and two tents of Sawi and Abu Tabikh. In…


  • The Plight of Palestinians in Masafer Yatta

    Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC, Jul 15, 2022 On his first Middle East trip as president, Joe Biden began by visiting Israel, a country he’s been to 10 times since he was a senator in 1973. On this latest trip, Biden discussed how to address Iran’s nuclear program, and re-stated his support for a two-state solution. But…


  • Updates: WORT Interview on Masafer Yatta with New Links

    World View, July 10, 2022 Gil Halsted interviews Sami Huraini of the Youth of Sumud on the devastating Israeli occupation of Masafer Yatta in the south Hebron Hills. Israel has had full military and civil control over the area since 1967 and designated it “Firing Zone 918” in 1981 with the purpose of expelling all…


  • JUNE 28, 2022
    URGENT CALL TO ACTION

    FREE SAMI HURAINI, YOUTH OF SUMUD LEADER ARRESTED BY ISRAEL As Israel threatens the homes of 1,000+ Palestinians in Masafer Yatta, Israel’s occupying army is trying to silence a leading youth organizer. Speak up! RAISE YOUR VOICE: • Uplift Youth of Sumud’s post and their work on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook. • Share these posts…


  • BREAKING: 200+ Palestinians, Israelis, and American Jews protest to #SaveMasaferYatta

    Growing up, I was told over and over: “You need to take responsibility for Israel. It’s your responsibility as a Jew.” Now, I would say: “It’s unconscionable what’s happening in my name in Israel/Palestine, and as an American Jew, I am uniquely positioned to do something about it.” That’s why I’ve spent the past week…


  • If Not Now on Masafer Yatta

    On Sunday, we saw Jewish supremacists march through the streets of Jerusalem, shouting racist chants like “Death to the Arabs” and “May your village burn.” We saw protesters spit on and pepper spray an elderly Palestinian woman. We saw violence against journalists – by marchers and police alike. From Jerusalem to the West Bank to…


  • Save Masafer Yatta

    change.org, 5 May 2020 Update: Israel’s High Court of Justice dismissed all the petitions against the forcible transfer of up to 1,200 Palestinians in a large part of Masafer Yatta that Israel has declared a closed military zone. Masafer Yatta is an area in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, which is home…


  • Al Samud Playground

    Al Samud Playground $9,750 of $9,750 on 4/21/22


  • Al Samud Playground at Al Shuhada Kindergarten, Hebron

    Ramadan Mubarak from our family at Playgrounds for Palestine to you and yours!  On behalf of all of us at Playgrounds for Palestine, we would like to wish you a blessed Ramadan!   We would like to extend a sincere thank you for your support of PfP and share some photos of our work. This week,…


  • 70 year old Palestinian beaten in the village of A Tuwani

    On Thursday Mar 31, 2022 a large Israeli force entered the tiny village of A Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills. They were confiscating a legally registered tractor parked in the privately owned yard of the Raba’i family. A simple machine used by the villagers to traverse the rocky terrain. Mufaddi Raba’i, a 72 year…


  • Demonstration on the anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre

    Human Rights Defenders تجمع المدافعين عن حقوق الانسان, February 25, 2022 Hebron, Palestine — The Israeli occupation army brutally suppresses the peaceful demonstration of the ghetto in commemoration of the 28-year anniversary of the Hebron massacre. The demonstration began in front of the Sheikh Ali Baka Mosque in the Sheikh neighborhood, towards the military checkpoint…


  • #DefundRacism: The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre

    #DefundRacism | defundracism.org On February 25 Palestinians in Hebron will be mobilizing in protest as we commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, in which an Israeli settler murdered 29 Palestinians and injured over one hundred. In response to the murder of 29 Palestinians on Feb 25, 1994, Israeli forces increased restrictions on…


  • Umm al-Khair and Hajj Suleiman’s Funeral

    Text by David Shulman Photographs by Margaret Olin Touching Photographs, January 20, 2022 He was like one of those rocky hills in South Hebron, a living, breathing, feeling mass of sunlight, rain, wind, earth, and stone.  Though he wasn’t all that tall, he always dwarfed everyone around him. The soldiers and the border police were…


  • Iconic Palestinian activist dies after being run over by Israeli forces

    Palestinian activist Suleiman al-Hathalin dies at Hebron hospital two weeks after police truck ran him over Suleiman al-Hathalin pictured in a protests against settlements and land confiscation, near Yatta village south of Hebron city in the occupied West Bank, on 15 January 2021 (AFP) Shatha Hammad, Middle East Eye,17 January 2022 Ramallah, occupied Palestine —…


  • “We don’t have another place to go”

    Dispossession, Settler Violence, & Resistance in Masafer Yatta Occupied Thoughts, Foundation for Middle East Peace, 1/12/2022 In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with activist and author Ali Awad about the threats of dispossession and state-backed settler violence facing Palestinians in the Masafer Yatta area of the South Hebron Hills. Ali's most…


  • Our Tax Dollars at Work: Destroying a Palestinian Family’s Home and Livelihood

    Al Fakheit is one of 12 villages located in the Masafer Yatta area that Israel claims as Firing Zone 918. The Palestinians living in these villages have fought a long legal battle to remain in their homes. On January 3 the Abu Sabha family lost their last legal appeal in an Israeli court. The Abu…


  • Why US lawmakers should witness the Israeli occupation firsthand

    A visit by Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Mark Pocan to my Palestinian village affirmed the value of politicians learning about Israel’s policies on the ground. Palestinians protest the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin to the heritage site of ancient Susya, in Yatta, near the West Bank city of Hebron, March 14, 2021. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)…


  • New Film on Hebron at the New York Times

    Mission: Hebron by Israeli filmmaker Rona Segal was published recently in the opinion section of the New York Times website, and can be watched there (with a subscription) or on YouTube. Mission: Hebron is a short documentary based on interviews conducted by the director with Breaking the Silence testifiers about their service in Hebron. Describing…


  • November 28, 2021
    WORT World View on the Al Samud Playground Campaign

    Beginning 32:37 Gil Halstead interviews Samir El-Omari about our new campaign for the Al Samud playground at a Hebron kindergarten.


  • The Residents of Firing Zone 918

    This morning, residents of Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv awoke to find posters depicting the faces of Palestinians from Massafer Yatta splashed across their cities. Since the late 1990s, the Israeli army has been trying to operate a military training zone (Firing Zone 918) in Massafer Yatta. After a twenty-year legal battle to remain on…


  • Amnesty Condemns Settler Attack on Palestinian Playground

    Jewish settlers try to destroy a Palestinian playground near Hebron. (Photo: via Social Media) The Palestine Chronicle, November 8, 2021 Amnesty International has condemned an attack by Israeli settlers and soldiers against Palestinian children in a playground in the occupied West Bank village of Susya, near Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to the Middle East Monitor. The…


  • November 8 – 11
    The Other Israel Film Festival

    The Other Israel Film Festival Streaming two films from Breaking the Silence The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation The latest from Director and Breaking the Silence Executive Board member Avi Mograbi has been making the rounds at film festivals around the world. Based on testimonies of former IDF soldiers and officers…


  • September 12, 2021
    South Hebron Hills online tour and event

    A lot of media focus has rightfully been given to Sheik Jarrah and Gaza recently, but in the South Hebron Hills similar human rights violations are going on which don’t garner as much attention. We invite you to join us and our friends at the Good Shepherd Collective and the Youth of Sumud to explore…


  • What Happens to a Palestinian Who Protects His Land

    Home Invasions and False Arrests: Aref Jaber defies settlers’ attempts to take over his plot of land near Hebron, and finds himself facing harassment from the army too Amira Hass, Haaretz, Aug. 28, 2021 On December 11, a structure made of wood and cinder blocks appeared on a piece of land belonging to Aref Jaber…


  • Israeli soldiers killed an 11-year-old Palestinian boy

    Then, during his funeral, they killed someone else


  • Channel 12 News report: Settler violence in the South Hebron Hills

    Breaking the Silence, Jul 26, 2021 Last Friday night, 15 minutes of the main evening news broadcast on Channel 12 – one of the programs with the highest viewer ratings in Israel – were dedicated to journalist Yigal Mosko’s report on the unbelievable reality of the South Hebron hills. The report covered several of the…


  • July 29, 2021
    Webinar: What’s happening in the South Hebron Hills?

    In the South Hebron Hills, the southernmost region of the West Bank, there are about 122 communities of shepherds and farmers totaling about 80,000 inhabitants. The communities settled there in the early 19th century in order to be close to the pastures and agriculture they owned. In recent decades Palestinian residents have suffered abuse from…


  • Welcome to the 12th Annual Open Shuhada Street Campaign

    On this page, you will find information about the Open Shuhada Street campaign in 2021. Please go to our calendar page for events. Join the international campaign led by local Palestinian volunteers to call for an end to the restrictions in the city of Hebron — call for the reopening of Hebron’s main street, an…


  • February 10, 2021
    Jim Zogby Talks with Human Rights Advocate Issa Amro

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m CT In the months we have been gathering weekly for Coffee & a Column, I have welcomed our substantive conversations each week. I’ve also been thinking about how to expand our community and it is with that in mind that I am excited to share…