HFOY has bought essential equipment for the Yatma clinic. We have been able to supply sterilising equipment; blood pressure, diabetes and blood testing apparatus, and a washing machine . The doctor only makes fortnightly visits and much of the running of the clinic is done by the nurse Mureena – in the photo she is unpacking the delivery with deputy Mayor Mohammed Snober.
Category Archives: HFOY projects in Yatma
When she was in Yatma recently HFOY activist Gill Knight learned that the community had expressed a need for 25 ‘school bags’ for the poorest Yatma children. Hastings Friends of Yatma agreed to fund the bags.
The school bags are backpacks filled with school supplies which are often out of reach for the poorest families in Yatma. Below are some photos from the day the school bags were distributed:
The Yatma Boys School has a new building thanks to a Jordanian donor. But the building is nearly empty, lacking basic facilities, even furniture. Computers are generally lacking, there is no phone line and there is only one water tap for all the students in the school. (This reflects the generally desperate water situation in Yatma, which was deprived of its spring by the settlers of the Rechalim colony).
Settlers uprooted 120 olive trees at Yatma on about July 6, 2012. The olive trees belonged to Yatma resident Bade’ Nasser.
The settlers are believed to come from Kefar Tappuach settlement, or possibly the ‘Taffouh’ settlement. An earlier attack on 30 trees in January was blamed on settler dissatisfaction with the forced evacuation of Jewish militants from three outposts. The ‘Price Tag’ campaign targets Palestinians in the West Bank in retaliation for actions by the Israeli government that the settlers don’t approve of. While the Israeli government claims to be against the Price Tag attacks, it generally sanctions the perpetrators only if they attack Israeli facilities. In a rare exception, Israeli occupation forces arrested the young woman in this video, for damaging Palestinian property in Luban Ash-Sharqiyia village.
A photograph in this blog, shows some of the damage done to the olive trees in Yatma.
This month’s attack is just the latest in a long string of attacks by settlers in the area south of Nablus. Perpetrators are rarely charged and compensation is not paid. This report compiled by the Palestine Centre for Human Rights documents some of the Israeli human rights violations in the occupied territories for the week ending 12 July 2012.
We believe this glassware was purchased between 1948 and 1957 in Hebron, West Bank.
History of Hebron glass: Hebron has been the site of a glass industry for as long as two thousand years. Hebron glass can be in a variety of shapes and colours, but is often associated with a striking blue colour. Prior to 1930 glassmaking was carried out by Arab and Jewish Palestinians working side by side. After the expulsion of Hebron’s Jewish population in 1930 several Arab Palestinian families continued the tradition. Lately, the glass production has suffered, due to declining tourism in the West Bank, export difficulties, and ongoing mobility problems relating to the occupation.
Friends of Yatma currently don’t know the value of these beautiful pieces. Probably not a great deal in pure cash terms. But we think that symbolically they are priceless.
By making a very generous offer for one of these pieces you are indicating your support for the ongoing struggle for peace and justice in Hebron and the rest of the West Bank, the will for a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. You are supporting higher valuations for the work of Hebron craftspeople.
Several homes in Yatma are threatened by demolition by Israeli occupation forces.
Yatma is completely surrounded by the highly restrictive ‘Area C’, which gives occupation forces complete control over all activities, including home development. (On this map Yatma is in yellow, Area C is in white). 60 % of West Bank land is designated Area C, generally off limits for Palestinians to build on.
Palestinians are rarely given permission to build in Area C, even though it may be the only place left to build in growing Palestinian communities. (Settlers frequently build houses on Palestinian land designated Area C, and are rarely challenged).
Several houses built in Yatma have been threatened with demolition, and there has been pressure by Israeli militants to have demolition orders enforced. However there has been no action by Israeli authorities for several years.
This week, Haretz reported that the Israeli State Attorney’s office has promised to expedite consideration of appeals to demolition orders, which will certainly result in demolition of more Palestinian houses and schools. House demolition was already up substantially in 2011 over 2010, probably the result mostly of demolitions in East Jerusalem, and the result of demolitions of Bedouin homes.
Amnesty is running a major campaign to stop home demolitions and are asking for help.
One of the goals of the project to improve internet connections was to develop links between young people in Hastings and Yatma. (Or between Palestine and the UK).
If you know of a young person in Hastings or nearby who would like interact with a young person in Yatma, please contact us.