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Israeli settlers attack Palestinians in Huwwara


Updates: Olive harvest, settler violence, and home demolitions

The olive harvest season has begun in Palestine, a time that has historically represented togetherness and appreciation. Today, Israeli settler attacks and military harassment characterize this period instead. Just last week, Israeli settlers carried out numerous attacks on the indigenous communities of Nablus, lighting fields on fire, attacking Palestinian and international harvesters with stones, and assaulting homes and vehicles.

Last week, the Good Shepherd Collective spent the day in Huwwara,, just outside of Nablus, helping the local community harvest their olive crops. While there, settlers from the notorious Yitzhar outpost came down, hurled rocks on volunteers, and lit the fields on fire - all while the Israeli military looked on. This was just the beginning. Since then, communities in Huwwara have been victims of multiple attacks, including Yitzhar settlers posting a public sign that the road leading to the outpost’s entrance is dangerous to “Arabs.” This is a clear indication that they fully intend to continue their campaign of violence.

The Israeli military and Israeli squatter movement in the West Bank have uprooted and burnt thousands of Palestinian olive trees this year.

The Good Shepherd Collective is fighting back against Israel’s program of colonization by being physically present on the ground with Palestinian farmers and doing our part to replace the thousands of destroyed olive trees. We understand that while the coronavirus has disrupted so much, it has not put a halt on Israel’s system of displacement and colonization. We have to continue to be out in communities and make use of the most comprehensive safety measures possible.

You can stand in solidarity with us. We ask supporters of human rights to make a financial investment of $25 to buy an olive tree,. Your material investment is essential to ensuring that there is support for these frontline communities.

Home Demolition Update:

The Israeli military demolished over 40 Palestinian structures for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits between Sept 22 and Oct. 5. Less than 3% of Palestinians in the Israeli-controlled Occupied Territories who apply receive a building permit. This two-week stretch displaced some 53 Palestinians, and impacted another 150 people. It is important to point out this is during a time when the Israeli government is imposing lockdowns all across the country to curb the spread of Covid-19.


Join the Good Shepherd Collective’s Awdah Hathaleen and Cody O’Rourke as they and Dr. Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions discuss home demolitions, grassroots resistance, and what activists abroad can do to work towards a just solution. The discussion will be Wednesday, 14th of October 5.00-6.15pm (UK) and 7.00 – 8.15pm (Jerusalem). Register here..

“A People Without a Land” documentary film on history of Palestine and current realities (78 minutes). Stream anytime from October 4‐13. Conversation with the filmmaker, Eliyahu Ungar‐Sargon, on Sunday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Part of Witness Palestine Rochester film festival. Register to watch film or join conversation:

“It’s What We Do” film with verbatim testimony of Israeli soldiers testifying about the violence that they were ordered to carry out against Palestinians living under occupation (53‐minute). Stream anytime from October 11‐20, Conversation with filmmaker, Pam Nice, on Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Part of Witness Palestine Rochester film festival. Register:

“Detention of Palestinian Children” Edgewood ZOOM discussion, with Stephen Gasteyer (MSU Sociology faculty member) and Lucas Al‐Zoughbi (MSU psychology PhD candidate). Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. Resource list available. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“My Name is the People of Palestine” live concert from Jerusalem with Aswat Ensemble and featured singers and poets. Saturday, October 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sponsors: Zawaya, Middle East Children's Alliance, and Palestinian Youth Movement. Register:

“Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle” Edgewood ZOOM discussion about perspectives from Black Americans, Christians, and Jewish Voice for Peace. Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. Resource list available. Resource person to be announced. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Strategies to Support the Palestinian Struggle” Edgewood ZOOM discussion w/ Stephen Gasteyer, Chris Root (with perspective from the anti‐apartheid movement), and a representative of MSU’s Students United for Palestinian Rights (SUPR). Wed, Nov 11, at 7:00 p.m. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In solidarity.
Cody O'Rourke
Cody O'Rourke
Communications & Fundraising

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