We are based in Hebron, one of the areas hardest hit by the Israeli occupation. Ostensibly to protect approximately 600 fundamentalists Israelis that have forcibly established a settlement right in the heart of Hebron, the Israeli state has imposed on the Palestinian residents of the city a regime of forced evictions, curfews, market closures, street closures, military checkpoints, subjection to military law including frequent random searches and detention without charge, and lack of protection from rampant settler violence, which has pressured approximately 13,000Palestinian civilians to flee their homes in the Hebron city center, turning it into a virtual ghost town. The
we would like to ask is why is the well-being of 600 Israeli civilians so much more important than that of thousands of Palestinian civilians? The fact that for over 40 years Israel has insisted on maintaining complete control over the Hebron city center, de-facto annexing it in every meaningful way including giving Israelis financial incentives to move there, yet treats the civilian inhabitants of the area extremely differently solely on the basis of their ethnicity, can be called nothing but apartheid.
In addition, Hebron is also surrounded by Israeli settlements, and the residents of the outskirts of Hebron are constantly subject to harassment, violence, and land theft. In many cases settlers have constructed settlement outposts, illegal even under Israeli law, on private Palestinian land, while Palestinian complaints to Israeli authorities are completely ignored. In protests against these outposts, we, along with Israeli peace activists and the owners of the land, build our own structures next to the illegal outposts, only to be met by violent settlers and the Israeli army and police. Our completely non-violent protesters face arrests and detention, while Israeli soldiers and police ignore acts of violence and assault committed by settlers right in front of them. We, the owners of the land and their guests, are forcibly removed from the land by a Closed Military Zone order (as well as tear gas and sound grenades), while the settlers, who the Israeli state admits are trespassing on Palestinian-owned land, are usually explicitly allowed to stay. In rare cases where they too are ordered to leave, they are allowed to return immediately without interference while we are tailed by Israeli armed forces and continue to be hassled. Our structures, built with the permission and participation of the land owners, are demolished immediately for lack of a permit, while the settler outposts, also built without a permit on land they don’t own, are allowed to remain. The actions of the Israeli army and police in these cases clearly show that the Israeli state is not simply an innocent bystander in the settlement outpost enterprise, as it claims, but isactively enabling land theft.
A 100% non-violent, mass Palestinian uprising of civil disobedience that pressures the Israeli government to dismantle the settlements and end the Occupation.
1. Study the colonial strategy of expansion and development of settlements.
2. Raise the awareness level of the local and global community about the methods of land confiscation and theft from Palestinian land owners for settlement-related purposes.
3. Resist all the stages of Israeli colonization, from the planning of settlements to their construction and expansion.
4. Expose Israel’s colonial plans and strategies.
5. Support the presence of the Palestinians on their lands that are vulnerable to confiscation by Israel for settlement expansion.
6. Close the gap between local Palestinians and associations and the governmental and non-governmental organizations that work within the scope of resistance and study of Israeli settlement-related activities.
1. Establishing direct contact and continuous follow up with Palestinians in threatened regions.
2. Raising awareness through news letters, advertisements, broadcasting footage, holding workshops and conferences, and any other effective means.
3. Collecting information about settlement activities and organizing, archiving and distributing it.
4. Pursuing legal means such as filing complaints and raising court cases before Israeli and international courts.
5. Building an active network of supportive local, Israeli and international organizations.
6. Non-violent direct actions and civil disobedience like demonstrations, protests and defying racist laws of the occupation.
7. Recruiting all sectors of the Palestinian community to resist and stand against colonial activities on their lands.
8. Spreading the importance of economic and non-economic boycott of settlements, such as labor in settlements, trade with settlers, and buying settlement products.
1. Believing in, and committing to, our goals and means of struggle.
2. Voluntary work to achieve our goals.
3. Taking action through non-violent civil disobedience.
4. The ability to commit to dates and contribute effectively to activities.
5. Never participating in any activity that serves the settlements or supports them.
6. Moral and patriotic commitment, and respect for the beliefs, traditions and general values of Palestinian society.
7. Commitment to assigned tasks and roles.
8. Rejecting partisan fundamentalism, and any possibility of claiming individual or partisan credit for group activities.
9. Expressing respect towards women and their equivalent role to men in resisting colonization and settlement activities, as well as the equivalent roles of all sectors of society.
(www.youthagainstsettlements.org / 16.08.2012)