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Israeli occupation raid and evict Palestinians from Ein Hijleh (photo: Samer Nazzal)

This press release was sent to us from Diana Alzeer, spokesperson for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC). Additional videos here and here

Press Release: Israeli occupation raid and evict Palestinians from Ein Hijleh 

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Hundreds of Israeli forces have raided Ein Hijleh village in the Jordan Valley and evicted all its residents violently around 1:30 am and declared the village a closed military zone. And it is estimated that between 200-250 Palestinians were in the village at the time of eviction.

35 Palestinians were injured and taken to Jericho hospital after the eviction. At the time of the raid Israeli forces fired large amounts of sound bombs to scatter the crowd that gather at the center of the village while many women and children were automatically evicted from homes and tents where they were asleep.

Israeli forces have attacked the residents of Ein Hijleh by beating them up, kicking them and pushing them to the ground and into the fire.

The residents of the village were transferred after the eviction with Israeli occupation military buses while being humiliated and mocked by the soldiers on the bus.  The residents of Ein Hijleh where transferred to the entrance of Jericho and were received by Palestinian security forces and taken to the center of Jericho city.

Israeli forces have also attacked journalists and medical teams in the village at the time of eviction including a cameraman from Palestine TV who was pushed from one of the rooftops to the ground and one of the medics from the medical relief team was hit with a riffle on his chest.

Several Palestinians were arrested at the time of eviction and were later released at the entrance of Jericho.

The activist from the popular struggle committee in AlMasara Mahmoud Zawahreh said that the activists have managed to revive the village and although they were evicted from Ein Hijleh but the Israeli occupation failed to evict the village and the great work achieved from the hearts and minds of Ein Hijleh residents.

Activist from the popular struggle from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem Monther Amira said that the eviction will not end the work of the activists in the Jordan Valley, he added “we will continue with our campaign Melh AlArd (Salt of the Earth), and the revival of the village was only the start to our work in the Jordan Valley, we will continue our work and we will remain to be the salt to this earth working against Israeli policies in all of Palestinian lands especially against the Judaization and annexation of the Jordan Valley.

List of the injuries taken from Jericho hospital:

  1. Bade’ Dwaik 41 years
  2. Mohammad Musa Da’ajneh 25 years
  3. Mohammad AbdelKarim AlKhatib 25 years
  4. Abdel Majeed Omar 22 years
  5.  Mohammad Nae’m Hasan 29
  6. Maher Taher Samara 29 years
  7. Mohammad Saeed Abu Gharbieh 19 years
  8. Baha Jalal Tamimi 26 years
  9. Ziad Abu Ein 54 years
  10. Ramzi Mohammad Abu Sa’da 30 years
  11. Abdel Majeed Bassam Omar 22 years
  12. Maher Nayef Saleh 47 years
  13. Murad Mohammad Omar 25 years
  14. Sami Ahmad Di’es 25 years
  15. Mahmoud Ahmad Ismail 29 years
  16. Marwa Jihad Samhan 23 years
  17. Waed Basem Tamimi 17 years
  18. Ashira Ali Ramadan 29 years
  19. Mahmoud Naser 21 years
  20. Nibal Mohamad Abd Rabu 24 years
  21. Fadi Methqal AlJayousi 34 years (Palestine TV cameraman)
  22. Suhaib Rafe’ Sawafta 22 years
  23. Ma’en Jamal Daraghmeh 25 years
  24. Ahmad Daraghmeh 21 years
  25. Mohannad Abdel Fatah 23 years
  26. Anas Mahmoud Zghaiar 18 years
  27. Karam Akram Zghaiar 23 years
  28. Ala’ Zghaiar 25 years
  29. Hasan Othman Faraj 33 years
  30. Hamza Hasan Jawabreh 20 years
  31. Osama Hasan Na’amreh 20 years
  32. Islam Saleh Tamimi 18 years

Daughters and sons of Palestine, be the salt of this earth and stay steadfast on it.

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(Photo: Samer Nazzal)

(Photo: Samer Nazzal)

(Photo: Samer Nazzal)

After eviction expelled residents of Ein Hijleh sing their national songs they used to sing in their village:

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7 Responses

  1. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    February 7, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Sorry. :(

  2. amigo
    amigo
    February 7, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Here is an interesting article from JTA.


    Hanover Jews Evicted from Homes by Nazis; Possessions Confiscated
    September 9, 1941

    ZURICH (Sep. 8)

    Hundreds of Jews in Hanover have received notice to evacuate their homes within twenty-four hours, it is reported today from Berlin. They will be permitted to take with them only the most necessary objects the report states, while the remainder will be sold and the proceeds turned over to then at a “given time.”

    The Mayor of Hanover issued a statement saying that “in order to relieve the distressed situation caused by the war I see myself compelled to immediately narrow down the space available to Jews in this city. I, therefore, demand that you quit your abode immediately,” It is reported that one of the places assigned to the evicted Jews is the mortuary hall of a local Jewish cemetery.

    Other reasons given for the action were: the fact that “Jewry of other countries has forced this war upon Germany;

    http://www.jta.org/1941/09/09/archive/hanover-jews-evicted-from-homes-by-nazis-possessions-confiscated

    Scary that this is still going on and what,s truly sad is that Jews are doing it to others.Did they learn nothing .Talk about coming full circle.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    February 7, 2014, 4:25 pm

    “Other reasons given for the action were: the fact that “Jewry of other countries has forced this war upon Germany;” (From my post above.)

    Sounds like mehane when he consistently claims that Palestinians forced the Occupation on Israel.

  4. Kate
    Kate
    February 7, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Love the fact that they were singing. The Israeli soldiers look bemused.

  5. bilal a
    bilal a
    February 8, 2014, 6:43 am

    meanwhile the grafitti wars heat up:

    Rania Khalek ‏@RaniaKhalek 13h
    “Free Palestine” graffiti on LA Yiddish center mural w Israeli flag changed 2 “Fuck Palestine”
    https://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/431915858747985920/photo/1

    Yeshiva student admits to writing anti-Semitic graffiti [swastica] inside commuter train station..a senior at Priority-1: Torah Academy of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, in Cedarhurst, N.Y.,was charged with the crimes on Thursday

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/yeshiva_student_admits_to_writing_anti_semitic_graffiti

  6. just
    just
    February 8, 2014, 7:38 am

    Hard to believe that the Israelis still see themselves as the victims…….. their crimes are legendary & anyone connected to alternative, trustworthy news sites like this can see/read it for themselves, and spread it far and wide. The brave Palestinians who sang in response to the unconscionable cruelty and violence by the IOF are truly magnificent.

    (boy, they looked cold on the outside, but their warming flame came from their hearts and their love for their land and brethren!)

  7. Waterbuoy
    Waterbuoy
    February 8, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Keep doing this. Even if this is basically ignored by the Israeli media (except +972), every time you do it shines a light on what the Israeli regime is doing.

    During the early Nakbah the story would’ve been abit different:

    “They tried to return to steal what belonged to them. So we shot them.”
    – Marco Rosio, one of the first Jewish settlers in Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra, whose members moved into the homes of Palestinians from Ras al-Ahmar

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