Instead of American football, this is how Israeli Occupation Forces ‘observed’ Thanksgiving. Also gives a new meaning to ‘Black Friday’ … video at end of post..
Israel Demolishes Mosque in South Hebron Hills, Homes in Beit Hanina, Arrest Two Teenage Girls
Israeli forces carried out a demolition campaign across West Bank on Thursday, destroying a mosque and several other buildings in the village of Susya in the South Hebron Hills, as well as several Bedouin homes in the town of Beit Hanina, near Ramallah. Soldiers also arrested two girls and demolished a cave dwelling with a woman still inside it, breaking her leg.

A Palestinian man rebuilds his home in the northern West Bank village of Khirbet Tana after it was demolished by Israeli troops (Brendan Work, PNN).
Two Palestinians were also arrested in Jerusalem during dawn raids on Friday—Haytham Shukri Taha from Beit Hanina and 46-year-old Bassem Idris from Silwan. Both were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and Idris’ cell phone was confiscated. Taha was interrogated at the al-Moskobiyya Police Compound in Jerusalem. Neither have been charged.

On Thursday, east Hebron Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements coordinator Ratib al-Jabour told Palestinian government news wire Wafa that an “enormous” Israeli force raided Khirbet al-Maqfareh, near Susya in the South Hebron Hills, and demolished a 50-square-foot mosque and two houses inhabited by 24 people. According to the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), no demolition order was ever presented.

The owner of first house, Maher al-Tahaan, said the majority of its 10 inhabitants were orphaned babies, while the second building, owned by Mahmoud Hussein al-Tahaan, housed 14 people, four of them with special needs. 

Also in Susya, Palestinian eyewitness Sulaiman Salem al-Adreh from Yatta said that Israeli forces arrested two teenage girls: Amal Jamal Mussa al-Burqandi Hamamdeh, 17, and Sawsan Mahmoud Hussein al-Tahaan, 19. 

When Israeli forces demolished a cave dwelling in Susya, a stone fell on 45-year-old old Halima Shahadeh Hamamdeh’s leg and broke it. She was taken to a nearby hospital. 

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) reported that Israeli troops also tore down a barn containing a hutch of rabbits, injuring and killing many of the animals. The property owners were not allowed in to remove them before the demolition.

Also in Susya, a house and cattle barn belonging to Mohammed Musa Mughneym were demolished, and the Susya school was also raided. According to local sources, Israeli soldiers attacked and severely beat the school principal, Mohammed Jaber Musa al-Nuwaja’a, then threatened him that they would be coming back to the school to demolish it.

Demolition notices were given to families from Khirbet al-Derat, east of Yatta, and at least four men were summoned for interviews with Israeli intelligence.

On Thursday in the Jerusalem-area town of Beit Hanina al-Tahta, Israeli bulldozers accompanied by heavily armed troops demolished several Bedouin homes, leaving about 30 Palestinians homeless. The demolition was caught on video by photojournalist Fadi Arouri :


  1. gurnygob said,

    November 26, 2011 at 19:04

    Another poor family kicked off their land and made homeless.

  2. shattgallop said,

    November 26, 2011 at 20:01

    Hope they don’t occupy the “occupy movement.”

  3. Robert H. said,

    November 26, 2011 at 20:34

    Thanks for putting this up…turned my stomach but thanks for taking the time. will definitely repost.

  4. November 26, 2011 at 20:36

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  8. November 27, 2011 at 05:09

    Yeah baby! Our esteemed President, his Administration and those lovely members of Congress kneel down to Bibi and his Zionist brethren… I am proud to be an American today!!! (sarcasm intended!)
    Wake up America! The Israeli government is on the wrong side of history! There is NO other way to look at their actions! Pull your heads out of the sand and see the realities!! (if you can find some time after your “black friday” madness eases…)

  9. November 27, 2011 at 17:57

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