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  • 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…


  • Madison-Masafer Yatta Olive Grove 📌

    Plant An Olive Tree in the Madison-Masafer Yatta Grove! 271 of 500 Trees as of 12/16/23 Trees sponsored now will be planted where attacks on villages are happening. This is ongoing and a great way to either end or start the year. More on Madison-Masafer Yatta


  • 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…


  • ‘A new Nakba’: settler violence forces Palestinians out of West Bank villages

    Communities who have clung on for decades are leaving their homes in the face of rising attrition by Israelis Zanuta residents load their belongings on to a pickup truck after deciding they have lost the fight to remain on their land. Photograph: Bethan McKernan/The Guardian   Bethan McKernan, The Guardian, 31 Oct 2023 Masafer Yatta,…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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

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  • 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…