Category Archives: Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley (archive image)
01 Dec
1:08

Illegal Israeli Settlers Harass Palestinians and International Supporters

Israeli settlers today chased down Palestinian sheep herders and international supporters away from their pastures in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, according Aref Daraghmeh, a local activist. He said the settlers forced the sheep herders to leave the area and assaulted some of the international supporters who […]

Image by Arwa Ibrahim from Al Jazeera
20 Nov
1:22

Israeli Prime Minister Approves Settlement Expansion in Jordan Valley Following US Announcement

After Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, made a statement Monday reversing decades of US policy, and contradicting international law, by saying that the US did not consider Israelā€™s colonial takeovers of Palestinian land to be illegal, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved a massive expansion of colonial settlements. […]

01 Nov
4:54

Peace Now : 2342 Settlement Housing Units Advanced

The Higher Planning Council of the Civil Administration convened on the eve of Sukkot (10 October 2019) and approved plans for 2,342 housing units in the settlements, according to the minutes of the meeting published. 59% of the approved units are in settlements that Israel likely may evacuate under a […]

31 Oct
3:33

Army Abducts A Human Rights Activist Near Tubas

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, Palestinian human right activist, Aref Daraghma, after stopping him at a military roadblock, while heading to the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Moā€™taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official responsible for the Plains bureau in Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, said the soldiers, stationed at a […]

27 Oct
9:07

VIDEO: Watch as Illegal Settlers and Israeli Forces Attack a Peaceful Protest

Palestinian, International and Israeli activists take part in a direct action inside an Israeli outpost in the Jordan Valley, West Bank, October 26, 2019. Israeli forces detained 34 people, among them 23 activists and 11 Palestinian journalists. Phones and cameras were confiscated from the Palestinian journalists. All detainees were released […]

26 Oct
6:02

Peaceful Protesters Suffocate as Israeli Soldiers Attack Demonstration in Jordan Valley

At least five Palestinians suffocated, today, as Israeli forces quelled a peaceful protest in al-Humma area, in the northern Jordan Valley, said WAFA correspondence. The non-violent gathering was called for by the anti-wall and settlement committee and the Fateh movement, in Tubas, to protest against the continued settlement expansion of […]

11 Oct
1:13

The Jordan Valley Springs: Between the Rock of the Occupation and the Hard Place of Settlers

By Al Harith Al Hasni: THE JORDAN VALLEY, Thursday, October 10, 2019 (WAFA) – Muheeb Fathi Abu Mohsen, a resident of Ein el-Helweh in the northern Jordan Valley, brings his cows twice a day to the water spring of Ein el-Helweh to drink from it ā€“ once before he goes […]

11 Oct
1:02

Israel To Approve Construction Of 182 Units In Illegal Jordan Valley Outpost

The Israeli Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is set to approve, this coming Sunday, the construction of 182 units for illegal colonialist settlers in the Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank. Israeli sources have reported that the decision is part of the Cabinetā€™s approval, which was made […]

03 Oct
9:24

Demining Baptismal site completed, says PMAC

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, October 02, 2019 (WAFA) ā€“ The Palestinian Mine Action Center (PMAC) announced the completion of phase one of clearing the Baptismal site, known as al-Maghtas, on the West Bank side of the River Jordan of landmines. It said in a statement that demining al-Maghtas was done in cooperation […]

20 Sep
1:00

Army Cuts Off Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village

Israeli occupation forces, on Thursday,Ā  closed the water pipes which supply Palestinian residents in the village of Bardale, in the northern Jordan Valley, east of the occupied West Bank. Member of Bardala village council, Dirar Sawafta, said that Israeli forces stormed the village in the early morning and closed a […]

18 Sep
5:24

Malta Condemns Netanyahu’s Annexation Statements

Malta condemned Tuesday statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his intention to annex occupied West Bank land. Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela called the annexation of land from the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, a violation of international law. He also […]

18 Sep
4:55

2 Palestinian Youth Shot By Israeli Forces, One Critical

A number of Palestinians were injured today from Israeli army gunfire or teargas inhalation in various areas of the occupied West Bank, according to medical sources, including one reported in critical condition. A child was admitted to Istishari Hospital in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, with very critical […]

15 Sep
12:15

Updated: Oman Rejects Israeli Plan as Netanyahu Moves to Annex 75% of Area C

Oman announced, yesterday, its rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s recent statements, which threatened to annex the Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank. “Oman reiterates its rejection of Netanyahu’s statements and confirms its support to the Palestinian people in all efforts to establish an independent Palestinian state […]

15 Sep
5:39

Qatar FM: “Palestinian Issue is at the Core of All Arab Issues”

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani said that ā€œthe Palestinian issue is at the core and basis of Arab issues.ā€ ā€œThere can be no peace in the region without a just and lasting solution, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy,ā€ Al-Thani said in a tweet yesterday. […]

13 Sep
10:58

UN Chief: Israeli Annexation Plan Would Violate International Law

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has censured Israeli minister Benjamin Netanyahuā€™s election pledge to annex the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, terming it as a gross violation of international law. ā€œSuch steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,ā€ Guterresā€™s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, in a […]

12 Sep
9:20

Israeli Soldiers Bulldoze Large Areas Of Palestinian Lands, Destroy Wells, Near Tubas

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, on Thursday morning, and started uprooting them, in addition to destroying water wells. Abdullah Bisharat, the head of Atouf Village Council, said the soldiers invaded lands in Um Kbeish area, in the western part of the […]

18 Aug
5:24

Army Destroys Irrigation Tank in Jordan Valley

Israeli occupation forces, today, destroyed a large water tank used for irrigating farmlands near the village of Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank. Mutaz Besharat, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA that Israeli army destroyed a 1000-cube water tank […]

17 Aug
12:38

ISM Water Series: Hail of Tear Gas on Peaceful Villagers Protesting Settler Theft of Water Supply in Kufur Malik

This is the third of a series of reports documenting the control and devastation of water sources by Israel as a tool of oppression. The residents of Kufur Malik, a town northeast of Ramallah, marched towards the Ain Samia area today to protest Israelā€™s theft of the villageā€™s water supply, […]

08 Aug
5:35

Israeli Army To Demolish Four Homes, One Structure, Near Hebron

On Thursday, several Israeli army vehicles, accompanied by personnel of the ā€œCivil Administration Office,ā€ the executive branch of Israelā€™s illegal military occupation, invaded Beit Awwa town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and delivered orders for the demolition of four Palestinian homes and an […]

06 Aug
7:15

Ongoing Demolitions in West Bank: Report

Israeli forces, today, demolished four structures and a house under construction in Bir Oneh village, Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem. Head of the Bethlehem Office of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committee Hassan Breija said that Israeli forces stormed and cordoned off the village, before a bulldozer demolished four barns […]

12 Jul
5:49

Illegal Israeli Colonists Occupy Palestinian Irrigation Wells

Several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, Friday, Khirbat Samra Palestinian village, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, and occupied irrigation wells. Palestinian human rights activist, Aref Daraghma, said the colonists, occupied all the Palestinian wells, and prevented the farmers from using them, before using the water for their cows. Daraghma […]

07 Jul
4:41

Israeli Soldiers Bulldoze Palestinian Lands To Pave Segregated Colonialist Road

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands in the al-Marmala area, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, Sunday, and started bulldozing them to pave a new segregated road for illegal colonialist settlers. Palestinian activist, Aref Daraghma, said the soldiers brought several bulldozers and heavy machinery since morning […]

03 Jul
12:59

Army Confiscates Irrigation Network In Central Plains

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the al-Jiftlik village, in the West Bankā€™s Central Plains, and confiscated an irrigation network from lands owned by a Palestinian from the village. Media sources said the soldiers invaded the lands, owned by a local farmer, identified as Naā€™el Bani Odah, and confiscated the irrigation network […]

13 Jun
9:43

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Confiscate Car, Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, the al-Jiftlik village, north of Jericho in the occupied West Bank, abducted one Palestinian and confiscated his brotherā€™s car. The soldiers stormed and searched several homes during the invasion, and interrogated a few Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards. During the invasion, the […]

12 Jun
9:21

Soldiers Demolish Residential Shells, Tents And Barns In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, the ar-Ras al-Ahmar area, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, and demolished residential shed, a tent, and barns, and destroyed twenty barrels of water, in addition to smashing solar power equipment. The soldiers demolished a residential tent, and a barn, owned by Bakr […]

30 May
12:16

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Structures In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers demolished, on Thursday morning, several Palestinian structures, including tents and barns, in the ar-Ras al-Ahmar Bedouin community, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian Human Rights activist, Aref Daraghma, stated that the soldiers demolished two residential tents, a storage room for barley and a barn, […]

29 May
11:23

Israeli Soldiers Displace 15 Families To Conduct Military Training

Israeli soldiers displaced, Wednesday, fifteen Palestinian Bedouin families from their homes and dwellings, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, so that the army can conduct extensive live-fire military drills. Palestinian Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma said the military training, which includes the use of live fire and explosives, started at […]

25 May
11:00

Illegal Colonists Injure A Palestinian Shepherd, Soldiers Abduct One

Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Saturday, Palestinian grazing lands in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, wounding one shepherd, before Israeli soldiers arrived in the area, attacked the shepherds and abducted one. Aref Daraghma, a Palestinian human rights activist, said the illegal colonists chased several Palestinian shepherds in Khallet Hamad […]

15 May
10:19

The Northern Jordan Valley: A Testimony to the Ongoing Nakba

by Isra Ghourani 05/15/19 (WAFA) – In the early morning hours, the residents of Humsa al-Fawqa village, in the northern Jordan Valley, carry few supplies as they leave their homes by foot after being ordered to evacuate their tent encampments, to make room for Israeli military exercises. This scene brings […]

15 May
12:22

Israeli Military Training Causes Fire In Dozens Of Dunams Of Palestinian Lands

Large areas of Palestinian grazing lands were burnt, Tuesday, after the Israeli army conducted military drills in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains. The WAFA Palestinian News Agency said the soldiers carried out military training, including the use of explosives, in the al-Boqeiā€™a ash-Sharqiya and Hamsa areas in the Northern Plains […]

12 May
8:46

Army Detains Seven Journalists, One Human Rights Worker, In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers detained, Sunday, seven Palestinian journalists and one human rights worker, in the northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, as they were documenting the army while displacing families to conduct military training. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers detained seven journalists, identified as Hazem Nasser, Shadi Jararā€™a, Ranin Sawafta, Shatha […]

08 May
10:46

Army To Displace 15 Bedouin Families For Military Training

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Hamsa al-Foqa area, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, and ordered fifteen Bedouin Palestinian families to leave their community as the military conducts live fire training. Moā€™taz Bisharat, an official in charge of Israeli colonies’ file at the Palestinian Authority in central West Bank, said the […]

17 Apr
1:31

Palestinian Villages Isolated, Land Confiscated in Jordan Valley

5 Palestinian villages in the Jordan Valley were isolated and 51, 000 dunams (12,600 acres) of Palestinian land seized by Israeli occupation authorities Tuesday, Maan News reported. Palestinian Authority (PA) official Mutaz Bisharat, told the ‘Voice of Palestine’ radio show that Israeli occupation authorities seized control over water springs, farming […]

13 Apr
7:09

Jordan Valley Lands Seized by Israeli Forces

Israeli occupation authorities, on Tuesday, issued a decision to expropriate hundreds of agriculture lands in the Jordan valley, to the east of occupied Jerusalem. The activist Aref Daraghma stated, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that Israeli occupation authorities issued military orders to put hands on about 384 dunams, […]

10 Apr
1:39

385 Dunams of Palestinian Land to Be Seized By Israeli Authorities

Northern Jordan Valley residents Tuesday received notice from the so-called Israeli Civil Administration, that their agricultural land will be seized by Israeli authorities, according to Maan News Agency. Local settlement monitor Mutaz Bisharat told Maan the Palestinians of the city of Tubas, northeast of Nablus city, in the Jordan Valley/Tubas […]

04 Apr
3:46

Israeli Forces Attack and Detain Palestinian Hikers in the Jordan Valley

Israeli soldiers stationed in the Jordan Valley ā€“ a Palestinian area that is under Israeli control under the Oslo agreement ā€“ attacked a group of Palestinian hikers who were on a hiking trail near Ein al-Hilweh on Wednesday afternoon. The soldiers first fired tear gas and stun grenades at the […]

31 Mar
4:26

On Land Day, Jordan Valley Palestinians See Their Land Gradually Pulled from Under Their Feet

by IsraĀ Ghourani, WAFAĀ  On Friday morning, Palestinian residents of al-Farisieh village, in the northern Jordan Valley, were surprised to find out that Israeli settlers had fenced dozens of dunams of their land and planted them with olive trees. This transgression on the land is part of a series of daily […]

30 Mar
6:56

Jordan Valley: Settlers Plant Olive Trees on Palestinian-owned Land

Israeli settlers planted olive trees in pasture land belonging to Palestinians in al-Farisya village, east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, raising fear among the Palestinian residents of an impending seizure of their land for the benefit of settlers. Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, said a number of […]

30 Mar
1:51

Israeli Colonists Invade Palestinian Orchards In Northern Plains

Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, Friday, Palestinian olive orchards and grazing lands in the al-Farisiyya area in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains. Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma said the colonists invaded the lands, located near the illegal Rotem colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands. He added that the […]

10 Mar
9:38

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Near Jericho

Israeli soldiers killed, on Sunday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, driving through a military block on Road #90 in the Jordan Valley area, near Jericho in the occupied West Bank. Media sources said army informed the Palestinian District Coordination Office that the young man, Salama Salah Kaā€™abna, 22, was […]

09 Mar
11:07

Israeli Soldiers Detain Palestinians Shepherds In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers detained, Saturday, four Palestinians shepherds, in the al-Farisiyya area, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, after illegal colonialist settlers assaulted them, and tried to force them out of the area. Omar Fuqaha, the field coordinator of Tubas Governorate, told WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the soldiers detained four […]

08 Mar
10:25

Illegal Colonists Attack Palestinian Shepherds In Northern Plains

A group of Israeli colonialist settlers living illegally on Palestinian lands in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, attacked many Palestinian shepherds, Friday, in several areas, and chased them away. Palestinian nonviolent activist against Israelā€™s illegal colonialist activities, Aref Daraghma, said the colonists attacked the shepherds, and chased them along with […]

07 Mar
5:55

Water Supply Cut for 2,600 Palestinians in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil Administration cut off water to dozens of Palestinians living in communities of Bardala village, in the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank, on Wednesday. Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors settlement activity in Tubas/Jordan Valley, told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli forces cut off […]

Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley (archive image)
04 Mar
6:00

Colonial Settlers Chase Palestinian Shepherds from Grazing Land

Israeli settlers, Sunday, chased away Palestinian shepherds while they were grazing their livestock in open fields near al-Sweida area, in the northern Jordan Valley,Ā  said a local source. Aref Daraghmeh, a rights activist,Ā said that settlers forced the shepherds out of the pastures and prevented them from herding their livestock. Israeli […]

27 Feb
3:34

Settlers Seize Land in Jordan Valley

A number of Israeli settlers, escorted by troops, have confiscated a large area of Palestinian land, in the northern Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, despite an international outcry against the Tel Aviv regimeā€™s land expropriation policies in the occupied territories. Local Palestinian media reports said, on Monday, that […]

Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley (archive image)
25 Feb
7:01

Settlers Seize Land in Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers, today, seized a large area of Palestinian land in the northern Jordan Valley, accordingĀ Ā to Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist. He said the settlers placed barbed wire around the seized land, estimated in the hundreds of dunams, in Khillet al-Oqda and al-Sweideh area of the Jordan Valley. The […]

22 Feb
6:51

Shepherds Chased from Pastures in Jordan Valley, Beaten in Hebron

Shepherds herding their sheep, in the Ouja area of the Israeli-occupied Jordan Valley, were chased out of the open pastures by Israeli forces for no apparent reason, according to a local source. Aref Daraghmeh, a rights activist,Ā Ā told WAFA that soldiers forced the shepherds, who were accompanied in their herding by […]

20 Feb
8:39

Facilities Demolished in Jordan Valley, Family Expelled

Israeli army bulldozers razed tents belonging to a Palestinian civilian in the area of ā€‹ā€‹Al-Ras al-Ahmar, southeast of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, on the pretext of non-authorization. The official of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas governorate, Muā€™taz Bisharat, said that occupation forces surrounded tents belonging to Jihad […]

13 Feb
9:15

Israeli Army To Displace Fifty Families To Conduct Military Drills

The Israeli army has ordered fifty Palestinian Bedouin families, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, to leave their dwellings, all day Wednesday, so that the soldiers can conduct live-fire military drills, including the use of explosives. Moā€™taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Israeli colonies’ file at the Palestinian […]

13 Feb
3:36

Israeli Settlers Assault Palestinian Shepherd

A group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian man, causing him injuries, while he was herding his sheep in open areas of the northern Jordan Valley, on Tuesday. According to human rights activist Aref Daraghmeh, settlers from Rotem settlement, which is located on the Palestiniansā€™ land in Al-Farisiyya town, chased […]

12 Feb
3:53

Army Uproots Over 500 Olive Trees in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces cut down and uprooted hundreds of Palestinian-owned olive trees in the Jordan Valley area of the northern occupied West Bank, on Monday. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the Jordan Valley/Tubas district, told Ma’an News Agency that the Israeli Civil Administration staff raided the […]

09 Feb
12:01

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Niā€™lin

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, a Palestinian with a gas bomb in his leg, and causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, during the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies in Niā€™lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Media sources said dozens […]

07 Feb
3:40

Army Displaces Dozens Of Bedouin Families To Conduct Military Training

Israeli soldiers displaced, on Wednesday morning, dozens of Bedouin Palestinian families from their tents and dwellings in several parts of the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, in order to conduct military training. Media sources said the soldiers removed the families from the areas of ar-Ras al-Ahmar, Al-Mayta, al-Borj and Hammamat al-Maleh. […]

05 Feb
2:45

Soldiers Uproot 450 Olive Trees In Northern Plains of West Bank

On Tuesday, dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Palestinian orchards in Bardala village, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains, and uprooted at least 450 olive trees. Media sources said the soldiers surrounded the entire area, before invading it, and proceeded to uproot the olive trees, owned by several […]

31 Jan
10:50

Israeli Colonialist Settlers Attack Shepherds In Northern Plains

A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Thursday, many Palestinian shepherds in grazing lands in the al-Farisiyya area, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma, said the colonists chased the shepherds, and hurled stones at them and the flocks. He added […]

18 Jan
7:14

Israeli Demolishes More Palestinian Homes In Jordan Valley

Despite extreme weather conditions, the Israeli occupation demolishedĀ  ten Palestinian homes in the occupied Jordan Valley, on Thursday morning. As it rained, the Israeli demolition left several Palestinians homeless, including women and children. Israeli occupation forces demolish Palestinian homes and turn tens of Palestinians homeless, including children and women, on […]

16 Jan
6:29

Army Destroys Jordan Valley Farmland

The Israeli army destroyed the crops of Palestinian farmers when itsĀ bulldozers opened a one-kilometer-long road in the area of al-Burj, Northern Jordan Valley, PNN reports. Hundreds of Israeli soldiers later, Tuesday morning, carried out military drills on the agricultural land that belongs to Palestinians. The army also forced 13 families […]

15 Jan
3:09

Israeli Soldiers Abduct 28 Palestinians In The West Bank

Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Tuesday, at least 28 Palestinians, including children, and a shepherd, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisonersā€™ Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS office in Jenin, in northern West Bank, has reported that the soldiers abducted eight Palestinians in […]

30 Dec
8:12

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Shepherd In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a Palestinian Shepherd in Ein al-Hilwa area, in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank. Human Rights activist Aref Daraghma said the soldiers attacked and abducted Ali Mohammad Awad while herding his sheep, and took him to an unknown destination. Daraghma added that illegal Israeli […]

28 Dec
7:41

Israelis Pitch Tents in Jordan Valley

Israeli settlers erected tents to the east of Khallet, in the northern Jordan Valley, on Wednesday. Arif Daraghmeh, a human rights activist, said that settlers pitched tents east of Khallet Makhoul, setting up camp for themselves and a number of sheep they had taken with them. The camp has incited […]

19 Dec
10:59

200 Cactus Seedlings Destroyed By Israeli Forces

Israeli forces on Tuesday uprooted 200 new cactus seedlings in the Jordan Valley, in the eastern part of the occupied West Bank. The cactus seedlings were the property of a Palestinian farmer named Faris Sawafta, from the Bardala village, according to local sources. He was planting the seedlings on his […]

19 Dec
4:26

Soldiers Destroy Hundreds of Cactus Seedlings in Northern Jordan Valley

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, destroyed a number cactus seedlings belonging to a Palestinian resident of the northern Jordan Valley, said a local activist, according to WAFA. Mutaz Bsharat, who monitors settlement activity in the Tubas district, said that the soldiers cut down hundreds of five-month-old cactus seedlings belonging to local […]

15 Dec
3:41

Jordan Valley Families Ordered to Vacate Homes for Military Training

Israeli occupation authorities, on Friday, ordered several Palestinian families from the village of Ebzeiq, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, to leave their homes and make way for Israeli military training, in the area. Muataz Besharat, who monitors Israeli violations in the area, told WAFA […]

11 Dec
1:11

Soldiers Demolish A Home, Abduct Its Owner

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday morning, the al-Jiftlik Palestinian village, in the Central Plains of the occupied West Bank, demolished one home and abducted its owner. Media sources said dozens of soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded the village, and demolished the home of Omar Abdul-Karim Rahaila. They added that the […]

05 Dec
4:23

ISM Report: Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Continues in Fasayil

12/05/18 International Solidarity Movement, in coordination with Jordan Valley Solidarity, Nablus team, Fasayil al Wusta, Occupied Palestine The ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues. Dunam by dunam, village by village, house by house, the people of Palestine face a slow, systematic genocide in their homeland. Two houses were demolished in the […]

04 Dec
6:35

Israeli Forces Demolish Facilities, Loot Money in Jordan Valley Village

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished residential buildings and sheds while looting sums of money from Bedouin Palestinian citizens, in the northern Jordan Valley. According to an expert on settlements and Israeli violations, Aref Daraghmeh, soldiers demolished military structures and sheds in Al-Fasayel village of Al-Aghwar, owned by a number of […]

29 Nov
6:53

Latin Patriarchate Objects to Israeli Seizure of Church Land

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem objected, on Wednesday, the Israeli appropriation of church land in the northern Jordan Valley. It said, in a statement, that it had received a copy of the appropriation of several dunams of land belonging to the Patriarchate in the northern Jordan Valley. ā€œThe Patriarchate is […]

27 Nov
8:10

Catholic Lands to be Seized in Jordan Valley

Israeli authorities decided, on Tuesday, to take over hundreds of dunams of Palestinian land belonging to the Catholic Church, in an area of the northern Jordan Valley. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), told Maā€™an News Agency that […]

23 Nov
2:08

Army Detains Palestinian Shepherds In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers detained, Friday, three Palestinian shepherds in the al-Farisiyya area, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains. Media sources said the two shepherds took their livestock to a Palestinian grazing area, east of the al-Farisiyya area. They said the soldiers attacked the three fishermen, identified as Hilal, Daraghma, Kamal Daraghma, […]

08 Nov
2:28

Palestinian Dies From Serious Wounds He Suffered In Southern Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that a young man died, Wednesday, from serious wounds he suffered, two weeks earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him with live fire. It stated that the young man, identified as Ahmad Khaled Najjar, 21, was shot with an expanding bullet […]

05 Nov
8:04

Hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian Land under Threat of Seizure in West Bank

Israeli authorities, Monday, notifiedĀ Palestinians in Khilet Makhoul, a locale in the northern Jordan Valley, of their intentions to seizeĀ around 356 dunams of land, according to local activist Aref Daraghmeh, WAFA news agency reported. Occupation forces, on Monday, seized 155 dunams of land from areas in Al-Lubban village, near Ramallah, northern […]

25 Oct
6:14

Bedouins Ordered to Stop Erecting Tents and Barns in Jordan Valley

Bedouin families in the northern Jordan Valley were ordered, by the Israeli military, to stop setting up tents and barns in Khirbet Thraā€™a Awad, under the pretext they do not have permits for them, Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, said on Thursday. DaraghmehĀ told WAFA that the army informed the […]

21 Oct
12:27

Israel Postpones Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition, Protests To Continue Until Demolition Order Cancelled

Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that the Israeli government has decided to postpone the demolition of the al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, east of occupied Jerusalem, until further notice. Palestinian Minister Walid Assaf says protests will continue until Israel completely cancels and voids its demolition orders of the village. Haaretz […]

18 Oct
9:37

Seven Structures Demolished in Jordan Valley

Israeli bulldozers demolished seven structures and animal barns in the village of Bardala, in the northern Jordan Valley, on Thursday. WAFA reported that the seven demolished structures belong to a Palestinian identified as Khalid Sawafta. The demolished structures include three animal barns, a residential structure and three tents. According to […]

17 Oct
10:40

Israeli Colonialists Attack Shepherds, Steel A Sheep

A number of illegal extremist Israeli colonialists attacked, Wednesday, Palestinian shepherds in the Northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, and stole a sheep. Aref Daraghma, a human rights activist, said the colonists chased several Palestinian shepherds, forcing them out of grazing lands, near the illegal Shidmot colony. Daraghma added […]

15 Oct
1:37

Israeli Soldiers Invade Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, Abduct Four And Injure Seven

Dozens of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by a bulldozer, invaded the al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin community, east of occupied Jerusalem, and started bulldozing adjacent lands, before attacking nonviolent solidarity activists, abducted four and injured seven other. Eyewitnesses said seven nonviolent activist suffered various lacerations after being assaulted by the Israeli soldiers and […]

12 Oct
8:42

Jordan Valley Village Sealed Off by Israeli Forces

Israeli occupation forces, on Friday, sealed all roads leading to the village of Hadidia, in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank, according to local sources. Aref Daraghmeh, a local human rights activist, told WAFA that Israeli forces closed all roads leading to the village and prevented […]

11 Oct
8:21

Housing Structures Demolished in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces demolished Palestinian-owned housing structures, along with steel structures used for housing sheep, on Thursday, in the northern Jordan Valley. According to Ma’an, the demolition was carried out under the pretext that the structures were built without the nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permit. The demolished structures belonged to Amer […]

28 Sep
10:38

Army Closes Palestinian Community To Allow Settlers To Tour Nearby

The Israeli army announced, Friday, the closure and siege on a Palestinian Bedouin community, in northern Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, so that groups of illegal colonialist settlers can tour in the area. The military ordered a siege on Khallet Hamad from eight in the morning, until six […]

23 Sep
6:24

7 Homes to be Demolished near Jericho

Israeli occupation forces on Sunday notified seven Palestinian households in Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, near Jericho city in the West Bank, about their intention to demolish their homes for lacking an Israeli construction permit. According to WAFA, they were given a period of three weeks to leave their homes prior […]

14 Sep
6:55

Israel to Seize 267 Acres in Jordan Valley

Israeli authorities delivered confiscation notices for hundreds of dunams of Palestinian-owned lands in the Jordan Valley, in the northern occupied West Bank, Thursday evening. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli authorities delivered […]

14 Sep
4:40

Israeli Soldiers Surround Al-Khan Al-Ahmar, Abduct Three Nonviolent Protesters

Dozens of Israeli soldier surrounded, Friday, the al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, east of occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted two Palestinians, and one French peace activist, during a nonviolent protest against the villageā€™s pending illegal demolition and displacement. The soldiers closed all main and minor roads leading to the community […]

14 Sep
2:13

Army Confiscates 1079 Dunams Of Lands Near Tubas

The Israeli army has decided to illegally confiscate 1079 Dunams and 666 Square/meters of Palestinian land in the al-Ras al-Ahmar area, in the Northern Jordan Valley of the occupied West Bank, for what the military called ā€œsecurity considerations.ā€ Moā€™taz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Israeli colonies’ file at […]

05 Sep
7:40

Two Cows Killed during Israeli Army Exercise

Two cows belonging to Palestinian herders in Kirbat Umm Jimal, in the northern Jordan Valley, were killed during Israeli army exercises in the area, a local official said on Wednesday. Mutaz Bisharat, from the Tubas governorā€™s office, told WAFA that the two cows were apparently killed while army units were […]

04 Sep
8:46

Israel Evacuates 3 Families in Jordan Valley

Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, delivered evacuation notices to three Palestinian families from the al-Burj area, in the northern Jordan Valley of the West Bank. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s settlement file with the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the Israeli authorities delivered the evacuation orders […]

16 Aug
2:01

Israel Plans To Turn A Jordan Valley Military Base Into A Colony

Palestinian researcher and human rights activists, Aref Daraghma, has reported that Israel is planning to turn a military base, in the Northern Plains of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, into an illegal colony. Daraghma quoted Israeli human rights groups stating that Tel Aviv is planning to settle […]

16 Aug
12:56

Illegal Colonists Settlers Start Preparing Road For Outpost

On Thursday, a group of Israeli colonists, illegally living on Palestinian lands in the West Bankā€™s Plains, started the preparation work for paving a road leading to their illegal colony. Palestinian human rights activist ā€˜Aref Daraghma, said the colonists started laying down the foundation of a new road which they […]

15 Aug
12:38

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home, Force Out Families for Military Drills

Israeli forces, on Tuesday, demolished a house belonging to a Palestinian resident in the town of Deir Dibwan, east of the West Bank district of Ramallah, said local WAFA sources. Israeli forces reportedly stormed the area, accompanied by bulldozers and heavy machinery, before proceeding to demolish the house. The house […]

14 Aug
2:53

Diary Entry from an ISM Volunteer. Northern Jordan Valley.

08/13/18 Kristin Foss , International Solidarity Movement I lost my flight.. On purpose.. I was pretty sure I would though, when I left for Palestine. To be honest, I donā€™t think its gonne make it easier to leave later. The more I know, the more people I know ā€“ the […]

28 Jul
7:42

Israel Seizes 68 Dunams of Jordan Valley Lands

Israeli authorities officially declared, on Saturday, the confiscation of 68 dunams of land from the Ras al-Ahmar area of the Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank. Local official Mutaz Bisharat told Maā€™an News Agency that Israeli forces delivered notices, to the Palestinian owners of the land, declaring the confiscation of […]

26 Jul
2:12

Israeli Forces Demolish Water Pipeline in Jordan Valley Village

Israeli bulldozers destroyed a water pipeline supplying the northern Jordan Valley village of Ras al-Ahmar with fresh drinking water, before dawn on Wednesday. According to a local official, Mutaz Bisharat, four Israeli bulldozers raided the Ras al-Ahmar village, along with seven Israeli military jeeps, and began to destroy the pipeline. […]

15 Jul
7:54

Settlers Prevent Shepherds from Feeding Livestock in Jordan Valley

Illegal Israeli settlers, on Sunday, chased Palestinian shepherds out pasture areas near the village of Khallet Makahoul, in the northernĀ  Jordan Valley, preventing them from grazing their livestock, said a local activist. Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, said that settlers chased the shepherds and prevented […]

13 Jul
3:06

Another Court Ruling Achieved Delaying Al-Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition

Lawyers of the ā€œColonization and Wall Resistance Commissionā€ managed, Thursday, to obtain a ruling from the Israeli High Court freezing the demolition of al-Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Palestinian community until August 15th. Commission head, Waleed Assaf, said the ruling is related to the one which was achieved last Monday, postponing the […]

12 Jul
7:28

Jordan Valley: Israeli Forces Destroy 400-meter Pipelines

Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Bardala, in the northern area of the Jordan Valley, and destroyed 400 meters of water pipelines, which Israel claims are illegal, on Thursday. According to Dirar Sawafta, a member of the Bardala village council, Israeli forces stormed the village, razed and dug several […]

12 Jul
12:25

Army Bulldozes Agricultural Lands In Northern Plains

Israeli soldiers started, Thursday, bulldozing Palestinian agricultural lands in Bardala village, in the West Bankā€™s Northern Plains. The Israeli army claimed the soldiers are searching for what it called ā€œillegal irrigation systems.ā€ Dirar Sawafta, a member of Bardala Village Council, said many soldiers invaded the lands, and dug three holes […]

10 Jul
2:26

PPS: ā€œIsraeli Soldiers Abduct Seventeen Palestinians In West Bankā€

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, seventeen Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. The soldiers stormed and violently searched dozens of homes, across the West Bank, interrogated many Palestinians and abducted at least sixteen. The […]

08 Jul
3:38

Israeli Army Installs Mobile Homes In Abu Dis Ahead Of Demolishing Al-Khan Al-Ahmar

The Israeli army installed, Sunday, several mobile homes in Wadi al-Jir area in Abu Dis town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, in preparation for demolishing al-Khan al-Ahmar Palestinian Bedouin community, and relocating them in another area. Eyewitness confirmed that the army installed several homes, after carrying them on huge trucks, […]

06 Jul
11:16

Israeli High Court Issues Temporary Stay of Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Following an international media campaign and pressure from foreign diplomats, as well as non-violent passive resistance by Palestinian residents of Khan al-Ahmar, the Israeli High Court ruled Thursday to temporarily halt the demolition of a Palestinian Bedouin village located between Jerusalem and Jericho. The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar is […]

06 Jul
2:15

UN Officials Call for an End to West Bank Demolitions and Respect for International Law

The Following is a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) : Today (Thursday), the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, the Head of West Bank Operations for UNRWA, Mr. Scott Anderson, and the Head of the UN Office for […]

05 Jul
7:24

Army Seizes Water Pipes in Jordan Valley Village

Israeli soldiers dismantled and seized, on Thursday, 200 meters of water pipes from residents of the village of Bardalla, in the northern Jordan Valley, who built them in order to provide their village with fresh water, according to Aref Daraghmeh, a local human rights activist. He said the pipes were […]