Closed Military Zone Order Renewed in Hebron: Nonviolent Youth Against Settlements Organization Continues to be Targeted

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Closed Military Zone Order Renewed in Hebron: Nonviolent Youth Against Settlements Organization Continues to be Targeted

March 7, 2016 Youth Against Settlements coordinator, Issa Amro was informed today that the closed military zone order surrounding his home and the Youth Against Settlements Media Center has been renewed for another month by the Israeli military. When the military came to inform Amro of the order, they arrested blacksmith izzat karaka, who was at Amro’s home to fix a gate which had been broken by Israeli settlers.

Closed military zone orders have been in place for Shuhada Street and parts of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood since November 1. Under the closed military zone order, no medical professionals, media, international human rights organizations, or home repair professionals may enter the area.

On December 12, the closed military zone was extended to cover Amro’s house, which also functions as the Youth Against Settlements media center. The closed military zone orders have since been extended monthly as part of a targeted attempt by the Israel military to shut down nonviolent human rights work in Hebron. Since late September 2015, the YAS center has been raided twice by the Israeli military. Numerous YAS activists have been arrested and illegal settlers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, have set up encampments outside the center.

After the Open Shuhada Street demonstration on February 26, Amro was taken into custody after his arrest was ordered by the Israeli military/police. Amro was held and interrogated before finally being released the following day.