Field Reports, Occupied Territories
Blockages and barricades in a number of Palestinian villages in the Northern West Bank have disrupted the lives of 90,000 people since Monday evening. The action is an unreasonable form of collective punishment in response to claims by the army of stone throwing on Route 60. Rabbis for Human Rights has written an urgent request to the army to remove the barricades immediately since they are disproportionate and in contradiction to a High Court of Justice decision. In addition to disrupting day to day life, the barricades may delay the movement of those in need of medical assistance.
UPDATE [September 11 2016]:
Blockages of Palestinian villages in northern West Bank mostly removed.
Yesterday [Saturday Sept 10 2016], the Israel army removed the major roadblocks disrupting the lives of Palestinians in the Huwara area of the northern West Bank. A small number of the blockages remain on backroads. As part of our ongoing work, Rabbis for Human Rights will pressure the army to also remove them. We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground, observing if the roadblocks will be returned after the celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid el-Adha.
Below: Children forced to take a detour when returning to their homes
Below: Blockages at the entrance to Palestinian village of Burin
Photos: Zakaria Sadah, Rabbis for Human Rights field worker