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January 7, 2016 Palestinian residents of Hebron are staging a sit-in protest in front of checkpoint 56 at the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron in protest of the closed military zones orders for Shuhada Street and the Tel Rumeida neighborhood.
Around 100 Palestinian activists gathered Thursday morning in front of checkpoint 56 at the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron to stage a sit-in protest. The sit-in began around 10:00 AM with activists holding signs and sitting under a tent in front of the checkpoint. It protest will be ongoing, continuing 24 hours a day. The activists, which include families with young children, are staging the sit-in in protest of:
- Closed military zone orders
- Registering of Palestinian residents with numbers
- Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land
The action is being organized by the Hebron based organization, Youth Against Settlements (YAS), a Palestinian led nonviolent organization that works to end the closures, restrictions, human rights violations, and military occupation of Palestinian land. The YAS organization and it’s activists are also being targeted by the closed military zone orders.
On November 1, 2015, the Israeli military declared Shuhada Street and much of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron to be a closed military zone, meaning that only registered residents of the neighborhoods, who have been assigned numbers may enter. The residents must be registered with numbers assigned to them and may not have visitors to their houses.
On January 2, 2016 the Israeli military renewed the closed military zone order through January 31 and released a new map showing the original closed military zone of Shuhada Street and much of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, with an extension reaching out just far enough to include the house of Youth Against Settlements coordinator, Issa Amro, which also serves as the Youth Against Settlements center.
“The families are protesting because they want to live in peace and equality without checkpoints, closures, restrictions, and attacks by settlers and the military. We refuse to be registered as numbers and have our human rights violated just because we are Palestinian”