Abdulhadi Hantash, land surveyor and cartographer for the Palestinian Authority, is a colleague and friend of the editor. He circulates this report of the effects of the Israeli Occupation in the Hebron District (West Bank) of Palestine during 2017. While we took in reports of these things with dates and names and places last year, here are the hard numbers.
The area covers 375,000 acres (1.5 million dunams).
The Palestinian population includes 706,000+.
121 types of military occupation attacks are described .
Who claims to be jewel of democracy in the world and leader of human rights? And who says that Israel is the oppressed? Do you have the courage to condemn these crimes or at least to criticize them? If only one word? Shall God judge such a nation?
“Our Lives Begin to End the Day We Become Silent”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March 8, 1965
A. Martyrs: The number of martyrs during this year: 5
B. Confiscation of lands, dredging and the following:
1. The confiscation and razing of 800 dunums of land, including the declared military orders, and the areas that were razed by the settlers. This operation was concentrated in the areas of Hebron, Yatta, al-Dhahiriya, Beit Aula, al-Urub, Ramadin, Aynna, Kharsa.
2. Uprooting of trees: 900 trees concentrated in Yatta – Dhahiriya – Halhul – House first – Arroub Kharas, these trees were uprooted by the occupation forces and the settlers.
3. Prevention of tillage and labor: 10 cases.
4. Destruction of walls and walls: about 800 meters from the retaining walls.
5. Destruction of agricultural crops: 200 dunams (49 acres) were razed and damaged crops in different parts of the province.
6. Building and residential units and the addition of caravans: 600 new housing units were added, a caravan and a factory and a huge building in the settlements and outposts erected on the land of the citizens in the province.
7. Land surveys: 6 cases.
8. Expansion and expansion of roads: 2 cases occurred in the areas of Bani Naim and Samou.
9. Construction of a section of the apartheid wall 43 KM west of the Hebron District
C. Demolition, house bombing and other attacks:
1. Demolition of houses, barks, agricultural rooms, tents and quarries: 27 cases were concentrated in the areas of Hebron – Yatta – Athena – Beit Ummar.
2. Demolition and detonation of water wells: 10 cases concentrated in the areas of Yatta – Seir – Athena.
3. Demolition and construction notices: 122 notices, most of which are located in Yatta, Beit Ula, Beit Ummar, Hebron, and Sa’ir.
4. Eviction orders: 3 cases concentrated in the town of Surif that requires the evacuation of 11 dunums of the land of the citizens in the town.
5. Destruction and bombing of houses and shops: about 60 cases.
6. The seizure of houses and converted into military barracks: more than 90 houses and converted into barracks and military observation points either for days or for hours.
7. Closing shops at gunpoint: 47 cases and not a shop.
8. Storming shops and tampering with their contents: about 20 cases and not a shop.
9. Confiscation of agricultural machinery and equipment: 12 cases and not mechanism.
D. Military operations:
1. Home raids: More than 1,586 raids were carried out against houses of citizens throughout the governorate
2. Storming houses, establishments, stations, power stations, government offices, radio stations, media production centers, companies, hospitals, libraries, stone saws, presses, colleges and cemeteries: 89 cases
3. Blocking houses: 20 cases. Each case includes several houses in that one
4. House searches: 1500 cases
5. Car searches: more than 530 cases
6. Mixing of food supplies (soldiers raid homes and mix oil, rice, sugar, and wheat together so the family has nothing to eat: 10 cases
7. Destruction of the contents of houses: about 250 cases
8. Robberies of houses: 4 cases involving gold and silver
9. Confiscation of computers and mobile devices: 10 cases
10. Confiscation of cameras and DVDs: about 5 cases during the military operations carried out by the occupation in the province
11. Storming the villages and towns and camps in the province: 1252 incursions
12. Shooting at citizens: 180 cases
13. Shooting at houses: 2 cases
14. Shooting at funerals: 2 cases
15 – Shooting at civilian vehicles and civil defense: 12 cases
16 – Launch of gas bombs: 220 cases.
17. Launch of sound bombs: 159 cases.
18. Light bombs: 3 cases.
19. Detaining and detaining citizens: 570 cases
20. Detention of citizens in one room: 30 cases. The case includes several operations in that one region
21. Remove citizens from their homes: 70 cases
22. Attacks on citizens: 54 cases
23. Assault on citizens beaten: 200 cases. Each case has several citizens
24. Steel citizens on the walls: 33 cases
25. The pursuit of citizens by the occupation forces: 40 cases
26. Attacks on government crews: 5 cases
27. Chasing workers: 150 cases
28. Forcing citizens to take off their clothes: 8 cases in both house raids and checkpoints
29. Driving over citizens with military vehicles: 4 cases
30. Attempts to drive over citizens with military vehicles: 4 cases
31. Preventing citizens from traveling: 20 cases.
32. Assault on worshipers: almost daily.
33. Attacks on students of schools, universities and teachers: 80 cases.
34. Assault on children: 39 cases.
35. Attack on farmers: 70 cases.
36 – Attack on journalists: 20 cases.
37. Attacks on foreigners: 6 cases.
38. Attacks on marches: 39 cases.
39. Detainees: Approximately 1100 detainees, including those who were released after hours of arrest, including those who remained in detention.
40. The use of citizens as human shields: 4 cases.
41. Kidnapping of citizens: 3 cases.
42. Provocations: 20 cases (Soldiers slapping a person so the person will slap them back).
43. Aberrations: 15 cases: soldiers partying with loud noises, music and lewd dancing .
44. Joint attacks with settlers: 8 cases.
45. Intercept of ambulances, firefighters and assaults on their crews: 20 cases.
46. Smashing of glass and windows of houses: 8 cases.
47 – Smuggling and blacksmithing workshops: 16 cases.
48. Closure of roads and entrances to the villages and towns of the province: 130 cases, either by iron gates or berms and concrete blocks.
49. The removal of houses and institutions: 20 cases.
50. The establishment of barriers: 300 checkpoints, and there are permanent barriers erected several years ago.