- Published on Monday, 02 April 2012 10:08
Three people from Hebron have been arrested after a group of 20 activists attempted to occupy an empty house that had been previously belonged to Palestinians in the heart of the Old City in Hebron.
The house had been owned by Palestinians but they had moved out after being harassed by settlers. The house was then used as a military post by the Israeli Occupying Force and more recently has been frequented by six settler families, who claimed legal ownership of the house. The first floor of the house was occupied by the family members of the Palestinian owner, Abu Taleb Radjeb.
Upon occupying the house, the group of activists attempted to clean the house and furnish it, whilst blocking off the front entrance. A large military presence showed up and broke into the house. They threw the furniture out, smashing it into the street and violently arrested three people including Issa Amro, one of the core founders of Youth Against Settlements.
A member of YAS stated 'Zionist occupation forces evicted Youth Against Settlements activists from a Palestinian home near the Beit Romano settlement. Excessive force, tear gas, sound grenades, and wastewater was used on the activists, some of the people injured'
Hebron is the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank, but has been condered by some to be the lens of the occupation, as it homes around 600 Israeli Settlers who live in H2 area, where they are protected by the Israeli Occupying Force, as The Palestinian Authority has no derestriction in this area.