RSS Feed

Friday by Friday

Al-Ma’sara, 2nd November 2012 – Some palestinian people of Al-Ma’sara village with some international and israeli activists organise, as each Friday, a demostration to protest against the building of the Wall and the expansion of the settlements in the South Betlehm area.

The demonstrators managed to pass throght the first block of soldiers at the entrance of the village and to block a part of the junction road 3157. The purpose: to reach some lands of the village expropriated to build a new part of the Separation Wall.

Despite the peaceful and non-violent root of the demonstration, police and israeli soldiers don’t allow the demostrators to reach the lands and strongly pushed them back with the shields. Despite the army and its violent methods, we’ll continue, Friday by Friday, to scream for our freedom.




Monday 29th of October, Israeli Army and Police broke in Ar Rakeez, a village between Al Mufaqarah and Al Twuani. The purpose: to stop the building of a new water cistern. The owner, Said Mohammad Ibrahim Raba’, was beaten up and arrested. According to Palestinian witnesses the soldiers ordered the workers to stop, but Said Raba’ refused.

Nevertheless, any stop working order was never delivered by the DCO (District Coordination Office), the section of the Israeli military that works for the civil administration in the Occupied Palestinian Territories). When the internationals arrived, at 6 pm, three soldiers and a policeman were beating the Palestinian man.

While the soldiers and the policemen were holding the man, kneeled and handcuffed, around sixty Palestinians from nearby villages rushed on the scene. At 6.45 pm the Palestinian was brought to Kiryat Arba Police Station. The charge: aggression to soldiers. His daughter, 21 years old, was hospitalized because of a hit received during the military aggression. She didn’t suffer any internal damage, but she continues to have abdominal pain.

Once the Israeli army left,  about fifty Palestinians started working on the water cistern, that now is completed.
Said Mohammad Ibrahim Raba’ is still in prison and he is waiting for the trial.






On friday 19th of October took place the weekly-demo in Al-Ma’sara to celebrate 6 years of Al-Ma’sara Popular Committee struggle against occupation and the construction of the Apartheid wall.

The demo started at noon from Al-Ma’sara and after passing through the villages of Marah Ma’alla and Jurat ash Sham’a, the colorful crowd of demonstrators headed for the Junction Road 3157, peacefully invading and blocking traffic for about an hour.

The road was built by the Israeli Civil Administration to connect Gush Etzion bloc of settlements with settlements of Tekoa and Nokedim; according to the project of construction of the wall, the road will become for the exclusive use of settlers with the purpose of connecting the settlements in the West Bank with Jerusalem.

Palestinians, internationals and Israelis managed to arrive at the entrance of the road without particular difficulty forcing the blockade imposed by the army. After an initial confrontation, the demo continued its march waving Palestinian flags and posters against the occupation and singing chants to the rhythm of drums. The traffic stop involved several cars belonging to settlers and a bus with Israeli soldiers.

The event was held in the wake of the roadblock Road 443 that took place last Tuesday and organized by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee to focus on settler violence towards Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest and the system of segregation in some West Bank roads.

The demonstration ended peacefully and with the meeting of the participants of the event at the cultural center al-Shmoh.

Happy Birthday Al-Ma’sara!


DON’T CHOKE! JOIN US the 19th October for the 6th year of Al-Ma’sara popular resistance




The 19th of October a big demonstration will celebrate the 6th year of Popular Struggle Resistance in Al-Ma’sara

Al-Ma’sara, October 2012 – Friday 19th of October, Al-Ma’sara Popular  Committee will celebrate its 6th year of resistance with a big demostration. Since October 2006, Al-Ma’sara Popular Committee – together with the other Popular Committees in the West Bank – has been organizing weekly demonstrations against the Apartheid Wall and the illegal settlements. Al-Ma’asara Popular Struggle Committee includes also other 7 villages of the area – Wadi Rahhal, Khalled al Haddad, Wadi an Nis, Jurat ash Sham’a, Marah Ma’alla, Umm Salamuna – concerning about 9000 inhabitants.

Al-Ma’sara and the 8 surrounding villages are threatened by the expansion of Gush Etzion settlement block and the preparation of the infrastructure for the illegal apartheid wall started in 2006. The segregation wall will be a 14km electrical fence with armed support and military guard and will annex an additional 35.000 mq. Further, the new wall will effectively isolate Al-Ma’sara and the other villages from the rest of the Palestinian communities and cuts off their main water supply, negatively impacting health and income of the villages.

The demonstration will take place in Al-Ma’asara at 12h00. The focal point will be the AlShmoh Cultural Center.

All citizens and journalists are invited to partecipate.


For more information do not hesitate to contact us:

 Mob. 05995860040569191133



3/6/2011 Weekly demonstration in Ma’sara

Posted on

قوات الاحتلال تقمع مسيرة المعصرة في ذكرى النكسه

نظمت اللجنه الشعبية لمقاومة الجدار والاستيطان مسيرة جماهيريه في قرية المعصرة في الذكرى الرابعه والاربعين للنكسه هذا وانطلقت المسيرة من وسط القرية عقب صلاة الجمعة شارك فيها العديد من الاهالي والمتضامنين الاجانب والاسرائيليين حملوا الاعلام الفلسطينية ونددوا بالاحتلال الغاشم وممراساته الاستيطانيه في مسلسل التهويد والاستيطان.

هذا وقامت قوات الاحتلال بالتصدي للمسيرة والاعتداء على المتظاهرين بالايدي ومنعهم من الوصول لارضهم وفرض طوق امني على القريه واعلانها منطقه عسكرية مغلقه .

فيما اكد المتظاهرون على استمرار المقاومه الشعبية حتى نيل المطالب المشروعة في التحرر وازالة الجدار وانهاء الاحتلال

Weekly demonstration in Ma’sara, 3rd of June 2011

The rally was organized by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements in the village two days before the anniversary of the forty-fourth anniversary of Israeli occupation. The march began from the center of the village after Friday prayers in which many of the people,international activists and Israelis carried Palestinian flags and denounced the occupation and illegal settlements.

The occupying forces attacked the demonstrators physically, pushing them back and preventing them from reaching their lands, imposing a security cordon by declaring it a closed military zone.

The protesters said the popular resistance will continue until the legitimate demands of removal of the wall and settlements and the end of the occupation are met.

Land taken near Efrata junction

Posted on

On Sunday, May 29th bulldozers started destroying lands in Al-Ma’sara, near the Efrata settlement junction. Some Palestinian crops were destroyed. The land is owned by 5 families from Al-Ma’sara and two families from Al-Khader village.

Villagers and internationals came together to tell the army that they will not allow them to work on this land, that is Palestinian land. The families could file a case to the police, but are afraid of its consequences. At this point 1 km2 (2m by 500m) was taken and an electrical wire was put on the land.

press release 13/5/2011

Posted on
english below

اعتقالات واصابات في مسيرة  المعصرة

اعتقلت قوات الاحتلال حسن احمد بريجيه 42 عام من قريه المعصره  منسق اللجان الوطنية لمقاومة الجدار واثنين من المتضامنين الاسرائيليين واقتادتهم الى جهه مجهولة خلال الفعاليه التي نظمتها اللجان الشعبيه في الذكرى  63 للنكبه .

كما واصيب العشرات جراء اعتداء قوات الاحتلال عليهم بالايدي وعشرات حالات الاختناق جراء اطلاق قنابل الغاز المسيله للدموع اثناء قمع المسيره التي انطلقت من القريه باتجاه الارض المصادره , هذا وقامت قوات الاحتلال باغلاق مداخل القريه وتفريق المتظاهرين بالقوه .

هذا ودعت اللجان الشعبيه لمقاومة الجدار كافة الفصائل الوطنيه لاحياء ذكرى النكبة الثالثه والستين حيث شارك فيها العديد من اهالي القريه وكافه الفصائل والقوى الوطنية في محافظة بيت لحم وكذلك العديد من المتضامنين الاجانب والاسرائيليين  , واكد المتظاهرون على حقهم في العودة الى ارضهم وقراهم ومدنهم التي رحلوا منها خلال العام 1948 وتميزت المسيرة بالطابع الحداد من خلال حمل الرايات السوداء في هذه الذكرى السوداء ولم تخلوا من الاشاره الرمزيه في حق العوده من خلال حمل المفاتيح واللافتات كتب عليها عائدون .

واكد محمد بريجيه الناطق الاعلامي بسم اللجنه الشعبيه لمقاومه الجدار على استمرايه النضال الشعبي حتى نيل المطالب الشرعيه في التحرير والعوده وازاله الجدار واقامه الدوله الفلسطينيه .

كما والقى مازن العزه كلمه اكد فيها على حق العوده للاجئين وشرعيه القضيه الفلسطينيه واستمراريه للنضال الشعبي

كما وحضر وفد شبابي من بيت جالا على رأسه عماد ابو نصار  في خلق حاله من الانسجام والتواصل بين جميع القرى في المحافظه .


Arrests and injuries during the demonstration

In the village of Al Ma’sara, Israeli occupation forces arrested Hassan Ahmed Briggih, coordinator of the national committee against the wall. Also two Israeli peace activists were taken to an unknown destination. The theme of the demonstration was the 63 anniversary of the Nakba.
Some people were injured as a result of the occupation forces attacks, using physical violence, tear gas tear gas, and sound bombs during the suppression of the march. The march started from the village towards the confiscated land, where the Israeli occupation forces closed entrances to the village and dispersed the demonstrators.
many of the villagers and all the factions and national forces in the province of Bethlehem, as well as many international activists and Israelis, support the Palestinian right of returnto their villages and towns, which they left during 1948.