Archive for the 'Tubas Region in the News' Category

Arab MK slams ‘ethnic cleansing’ after demolitions in W. Bank - From Haaretz

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Arab MK slams ‘ethnic cleansing’ after demolitions in W. Bank

By Yoav Stern and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent

After Israel demolished structures in at least five Palestinian villages in the Jordan Valley in the last week, Hadash Chairman Mohammed Barakeh called on Thursday for an end to what he termed the “ethnic cleansing” in the area. Pools, tents and tin structures built without permits and belonging to Palestinian residents, were destroyed in the villages of Bakia, Jeftlik, Beit Dajan and Bardella, which are scattered along the Jordan Valley. (more…)

Haaretz: Palestinian shepherds have water tank, tractor confiscated

Monday, August 6th, 2007

By Amira HassThe Civil Administration confiscated a tractor and a water tank belonging to Palestinian shepherds living in the northern Jordan Valley.


Feature article about delegation in The Argus

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Click the link to see Jean Calder’s article in last Saturday’s Argus about the delegation. Another article will be printed in the next couple of weeks.

Israel confiscates 238 Dunums of land from Bardala, Jordan Valley

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Press Release from Jameel in Tubas 30th April 2007
Receiving the notices of confiscating 238.6 dunums by the Israeli authority yesterday was painful for the residents of Bardala in the north of the Jordan Valley, especially for those who own agricultural land. (more…)

Amnesty International Launch Urgent Action for Al Hadidiya

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Dear friends,

Please find copied and attached below an urgent action on Hadidiya, Jordan Valley.

For those of you who are able to take action, do keep us updated.

Best wishes,

East Med Team (more…)

Play “Living in metal” engages audience inside prison walls

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
by Jameel al-Husni
AL-FAR'A – On the walls of cells built by the British mandate authority
there appears the worn bodies of Palestinians bleeding. Nearby sits an
Israeli intelligence officer behind a table in the middle of a yard
surrounded by narrow cells facing a shaking Palestinian youth. On the
rooftops of the nearby rooms, there stand soldiers pointing their arms
towards a crowd of Palestinians watching this scene in great astonishment
for its deep eloquence and expressive theme.


Al Haq - The Jordan Valley, Land and Self-Determination

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
*30 March 2007*

Al-Haq takes the occasion of Land Day to highlight the intrinsic link between land and the exercise of the right to self-determination. Over nearly 40 years of occupation, Israel’s pervasive policies of land expropriation and confiscation, settlement construction and movement restrictions have severely damaged the access of the Palestinian people to their land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), thereby rendering the meaningful exercise of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination all but impossible. (more…)

Tree Planting in Aqaba

Monday, March 12th, 2007
It is surely a celebration. Everyone is bustling about, preparing for the
day's activities. But it is different than a typical celebration. Instead of
carrying brightly colored drinks and holding plates of food, people are
carrying shovels and pick-axes to plant seedlings as part of a plan to grow
trees throughout the Jordan Valley. Palestinians consider trees as one of
the most effective weapons against the Israeli occupation.
In the eastern heights area overlooking the isolated Jordan Valley,
residents of several villages began this past Tuesday to plant different
kinds of trees as part of the campaign "For a Green Palestine," sponsored by
a local foundation.
The "celebration" was in full swing in the village of al-Aqaba, located at
the head of the eastern heights of the Jordan Valley, and designated for
demolition as part of settlement expansion. The residents are saying that
they are planting trees as part of an ongoing popular resistance campaign.
It is expected that more than 3,000 olive and evergreen trees, delivered by
the Palestinian Organization for Development, Dialogue and Democracy
"Wa'ad," will be planted in different areas around Tubas and the Valley.
The coordinator of the organization, Mahmoud Issa, said, "Planting one tree
in an area threatened by settlements is the most effective weapon to face
the Israelis." He added that several areas targeted by the Israelis will be
planted with olive trees.
Rashid al-Debik, a local villager, was busy putting twenty seedlings in a
cart, which he will be planting in front of one of the Israeli army's camps
adjacent to his village. He said that there is another forty dunums that he
will try to plant if the Israeli army allows him to do so.
Standing at the edge of al-Debik's land, near a large hole dug by the
Israeli army, one can see the vast area of the eastern heights. One man
helping with the project said that one of the biggest problems he and others
face is the shortage of water in the area.
Mohammad Hussein Jaber and other men from his family are busy moving olive
seedlings and evergreen trees. In an area nearby, a bucket-shovel begins
working, easily breaking through the moist soil.
In less than ten years, the village of al-Aqaba, which had been occupied by
Israeli soldiers and military camps, became a village bustling with people
and replete with trees.
The head of the village council, Sami Sadeq, said that the residents took
the responsibility to plant trees as a popular means of resistance. Sadeq is
responsible for organizing the process of distributing the trees and
planting them throughout the village.
Al-Debik is determined to plant his land that overlooks a military camp "I
will plant and they [the Israelis] will uproot it, but I will win in the
However, soldiers denied access to seedlings in a number of other villages
nearby without offering a reason. Residents of al-Maleh village in the
Jordan Valley reported that soldiers on duty at al-Tayaseer checkpoint at
the entrance of the Valley barred them from transferring 200 olive tree
seedlings to their village.
In that area, residents suffer from a shortage of water resources to
cultivated land. The area is under Israeli control in accordance with the
Oslo accords.
Since 2000, Israeli forces have uprooted thousands of olive trees as part of
its military policy. The construction of the wall has greatly damaged
agricultural life in the West Bank, since wide areas have been confiscated
or compromised by its construction. Reports indicate that the Israeli army
has bulldozed more than one million trees in the past few years.

Jordan Valley Isolated by Jamil Husni

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
After having finished a hard-working day in the area, three Water Authority
employees reached al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley, heading to
Ramallah. The Israeli army refused to let them in, claiming that their
permits are for West Bank checkpoints only.


Checkpoint comradeship - From Haaretz

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Checkpoint comradeship

Anyone who wants to become acquainted with Israeli society should go to the
checkpoints. Not for a quarter of an hour, under the guidance of commanders
who will glory in the pavilion they built for the people waiting in line and
will explain that the upgrading and the expansion of the checkpoint are
intended to benefit the locals. Those who really want to know the
checkpoints should rather dwell here for hours, during several days. When
you observe the soldiers, you will discover many Israeli characteristics
among them, characteristics in which we have always taken pride.