Israeli forces surround an international Jewish activist who refused to evacuate the area, May 03, 2019. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
On the morning of Friday, May 3, Israeli forces suppressed a joint action organized by Palestinian, Israeli and International Jewish activists to rehabilitate historical roads that are used by Palestinian communities in South Hebron Hills in the West Bank.
The Israeli troops arrived 30 minutes after the beginning of the action declaring the area as a closed military zone and notified the participants to evacuate the area in five minutes. Around 17 were arrested, including two photojournalists, who were interrogated in Kiryat Arba police station before getting released after 8 hours of detention.
The detainees had to sign pledge not to travel to the area of ‘Mitzpe Yair’ for 15 days in a addition to a conditional fine of 2,000 New Israeli Shekel if they are caught there.
The action was organized by three Palestinian village councils in the south Hebron hills area, Sumud Protection Committee, Center for Jewish Nonviolence, All That’s Left, and other activist groups.