On Saturday 29 March, a day before Palestinians commemorated Land Day, activists from SFP Nablus, Qaryut and Hebron, joined other members of the popular resistance to attempt to reestablish a Palestinian presence in an old Ottoman ear building on the outskirts of Jiflik, Jordan Valley.
The building, which had formally been used by the Turks, British, Jordanian and then most recently by the Israelis as a prison camp, had been evacuated shortly after the Gulf War. However, the Army still used the larger building and it’s grounds to conduct Army training. Activists retook the building on Saturday, hoisting the Palestinian flag and asserting the Palestinian nature of the area. The activists named the building ‘Karameh’ after the victorious battle, where Palestinian and Jordanian forces prevented an attack by the Israeli Army in 1968.
The Army then blocked all roads to the area and prevented supplies and food from reaching the activists. They also prevented access to press and medical personnel. The Army then broke into the building the following day and arrested those present and declared the area a closed military zone. The following were arrested:
- Salah Tayeh – Tulkarem
- Akram Ka’adan – Tulkarem
- Ayman Bani Odeh – Tammoun
- Dia Bani Odeh – Tammoun
- Amin Bani Odeh – Tammoun
- Muhammad Rashid Bisharat – Tammoun
- Mahmoud Bisharat – Tammoun
The majority if the Jordan Valley, which makes up 29% of the West Bank area of Palestine, is designated area C under the failed Oslo Accords. This means Apartheid Israel has full civil and military control. Apartheid Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, overseen by the USA, demanded the annexation of the Jordan Valley area, maintaining a military presence and effective control. The Jordan Valley is rich in arable land and natural resources, particularly water resources, which Apartheid Israel has been stealing from Palestinians and rerouting to their illegal settlements. Many of these illegal settlements then use this stolen water to produce vegetables and fruit, sold to mainly European markets. While denying the right to Palestinians to exist, let alone make a living themselves.
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