Friends of Wadi Fuqeen
Working for a just and sustainable future for the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen
JEWISH SETTLER SEWAGE STILL POURING ON WADI FUQEEN
Last week, there was another sewage outflow from the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit. This is not good at all because farmers are now preparing the fields for the summer crops... >>
AVIS CAR RENTAL PROFITS FROM THE OCCUPATION
Avis cars are available to rent at the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit. >>
ISRAELI AUTHORITIES ORDER JEWISH SETTLEMENT TO STOP POURING SEWAGE ON WADI FUQEEN
The Israeli Environmental Protection Ministry has ordered the illegal Jewish settlement to stop polluting the nearby Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen with sewage. >>
ISRAELíS SEWAGE WAR CONTINUES
Sewage outflows from the nearby illegal settlement of Beitar Illit were flowing again last week for two days. The outflows ran into the same fields that were completely flooded with it more than two months ago. >>
WHY THE OLIVE TREE?
An olive tree is located behind the house of my cousin. When my cousin wanted to remove some rocks so he has more space behind his house there was that olive tree almost coming out of the rock. The bulldozer came and started hammering the rock. The olive tree was cut off and almost disappeared from there. >>
AFTER THE STORM
Living in a dry land and waiting for the rain to come is a great worry - it brings deep feelings. We are always very conscious of the rainfall and we count our years from one rainy season to another. Life taught us to count each drop of rain so we can predict the coming days and if they are going to be fruitful or not. >>
SEWAGE FLOWS FROM JEWISH SETTLEMENT ON TO WADI FUQEEN
A series of three videos, filmed by Church of England Reverend Stephen Sizer, highlighting the challenges facing Wadi Fuqeen, from the land grabs by the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit to the disgusting practice of releasing Jewish settlement sewage on to Palestinian village lands. >>
WADI FUQEEN FUNDRAISING DINNER
Fundraising event by Friends of Wadi Fuqeen, held in Reading, UK, on Sunday 11 November 2012. >>
MORE WADI FUQEEN LAND TO BE CONFISCATED
Late last week, Ma'an News Agency reported that Israel plans to confiscate a further 60 dunams of Wadi Fuqeen's land. >>
ISRAELIS SCUPPER VILLAGE ROAD PLANS
Members of the village council told us a while back that they were conducting several projects in the village in order to improve community facilities. One of the best projects - which was supposed to save many hectares of land south of the village - was constructing an agricultural road. >>
ISRAELI SETTLERS ATTACK THE VILLAGE OF WADI FUQEEN'S LANDS
The quite lovely village of Wadi Fuqeen woke up last night [Monday 14 May] to the sound of farmers urgently seeking help.
All were scared and did not know what was going on. It was 1:30 am, well after midnight. They realized that there were settlers attacking the south part of the village. They were destroying the fresh grapes and olive trees. >>
WADI FUQEEN VILLAGERS GIVEN LAND-GRAB NOTICE
Five farmers from Wadi Fuqeen have received warnings from the occupying Israeli authorities that they must soon evacuate their lands. The lands at issue are located to the south of the village and comprise about 20 dunums. >>
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH GATHER EVIDENCE ON WATER SITUATION IN WADI FUQEEN
Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) have been gathering evidence about the water situation in Wadi Fuqeen and surrounding villagers.
ISRAEL TO CONFISCATE YET MORE LAND FROM WADI FUQEEN TO FINISH ITS APARTHEID WALL
On 2 January 2012, the villagers of Wadi Fuqeen received a totally unexpected notification saying that the Israeli authorities intend to confiscate yet more land from
SITUATION IN WADI FUQEEN BECOMING DIRE
This is a brief update on what is happening in our adopted village of Wadi Fuqeen. It is all bad news. Villagers' morale has never been so low. >>
SUDDEN ERECTION OF TENT AND FLYING CHECKPOINT WORRIES VILLAGES
At the start of the week commencing 12 September 2011, the Israeli army set up a tent overlooking the Eastern side of village of Wadi Fuqeen. The soldiers appear to be watching the village but no one knows what they are watching or why. >>
LACK OF WATER BEGINS TO REALLY HIT FARMERS IN WADI FUQEEN
A serious lack of water is beginning to make life very difficult for farmers. Two of the main springs in the village, called Ein Altina and Ein Sadieq, have totally dried up. This means that many farmers cannot get any water for irrigation purposes. It is predicted that farmers are going to lose income from another 150 dunams of land due to this. They have simply had to give up crop production. >>
The 'VALLEY OF HOPE AND DESPAIR' COMMUNITY TOUR
A film featuring the village of Wadi Fuqeen will go on a tour of Palestine in September, thanks to a
mobile cinema truck and support from the Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association. >>
Stranglehold on Wadi Fuqeen tightens
Video by Jakob Schiller and Lubna Sharief outlining the growing problems faced by the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen, sandwiched between the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit and the illegal Apartheid Wall. >>
DISASTER IN WADI FUQEEN
The Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen, near Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, is facing a new mortal danger. >>
INCREASING ISRAELI ARMY INCURSIONS INTO WADI FUQEEN
Incursions by the Israeli army into Wadi Fuqeen are becoming more frequent. In early August 2010 Israeli army jeeps drove through the village on the pretext of looking for Palestinian workers trying to get into Israel illegally. >>
Quarry pollution affecting the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen started in the winter of 2009 as a result of construction in the adjacent illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit . The pollution takes the form of slurry, which settles on village farmlands, forming a layer of concrete and preventing air and water from penetrating the soil. >>
SOLID WHITE BLANKET COVERS WADI FUQEEN FARMERS' FIELDS MAKING CULTIVATION IMPOSSIBLE
The good news is that the villagers' Jewish friends in Tsur Hadasa have been working hard over recent months to prevent the last few kilometres of the separation barrier being built along the western side of the village. They have been presenting environmental arguments to Israeli authorities and arguing that the village will have no future at all if this final section of barrier is built. For example, they have tried to show that the valley's water resources will be seriously diminished because rain water will no longer be able to sink into the ground, thereby starving local springs and wells of water.
The bad news is that the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit is now dumping waste from its quarrying activities onto Wadi Fuqeen, sending rubble and stone crashing down the hillsides on to the village's good cutivated land. The farmers are in despair as a result. >>
ISRAEL APPROVES WEST BANK SETTLEMENT EXPANSION DESPITE CONSTRUCTION
Defence minister approves 112 new housing units in West Bank
Move contradicts construction freeze, angers the Palestinians a day after they agree to resume talks
By the Associated Press and Haaretz
Israel authorized the construction of 112 new apartments in the West Bank despite a pledge to slow settlement building, the government disclosed Monday - a decision that enraged the Palestinians a day after they reluctantly agreed to resume peace talks. >>
CURFEW IN HUSAN LEAVES WADI FUQEEN WITHOUT ACCESS TO BETHLEHEM PLUS FRESHWATER SPRINGS AND 2,000 YEAR OLD IRRIGATION SYSTEM UNDER THREAT
Two evenings ago, villagers in Wadi Fuqeen were alarmed to hear the sounds of trouble with the Israelis in the nearby village of Husan, which lies slightly to the east. A curfew was immediately imposed upon it. This means that the Wadi Fuqeen will be isolated for few days as well because villagers can only gain access to Bethlehem if they go through Husan. This is the reality caused by the winding path of the separation barrier and many so called 'security measures' imposed by the Israelis. >>
WADI FUQEEN VILLAGERS BATTLE ISRAELI WALL - AL-JAZEERA VIDEO REPORT
Palestinians and Israeli dissenters are getting together to fight Israel's plan to build another section of the separation wall in the occupied West Bank.
According to environmentalists, the wall will stop the flow of water to the natural springs and thus threatens to dry out much of the Palestinian land.
They also see the wall - illegal under international law - as a part of long-term Israeli policy to grab more and more Palestinian land in the West Bank.
But the Israeli government says the separation wall is for security reasons, in order to stop Palestinians carrying out attacks in Israel.
Watch the report from al-Jazeera TV >>
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