Wednesday, Nov. 25
Latest News
  1. 7 Palestinians shot, injured with live fire in Tulkarem clashes
  2. Palestinian killed after stabbing Israelis near Ramallah
  3. Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt near Nablus
  4. Palestinian woman killed after alleged stab attack in Mahane Yehuda
  5. Palestinian shot after stab attack in Mahane Yehuda market
  6. Palestinian shot dead after stabbing attack on Israeli woman
  7. Palestinian shot dead following 2nd alleged attack attempt
  8. Initial reports: Alleged stabbing attack at Huwarra checkpoint
  9. Israeli forces detain young woman in Hebron for 'carrying knife'
  10. US think tank says Israel has around 115 nuclear weapons
  11. Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians from Jenin area
  12. Convicted American spy for Israel released after 30 years in prison
  13. Israeli troops detain 18 in West Bank, raid homes
  14. Nearly 400 Palestinian children held in Israeli jails
  15. Israeli forces close 2nd Hebron radio station this month
  16. Settlers throw stones, spray racist graffiti in Ramallah village
  17. Israeli prosecutors issue indictment for teenage Palestinian attacker
  18. Dozens of Palestinians from Gaza pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque
  19. Israel delivers body of Palestinian killed in Gush Etzion shooting
  20. Israeli forces raid home of Tel Aviv attacker, issue demolition order

Shepherd held for hours over grazing lands

June 8, 2011 7:26 P.M. (Updated: June 9, 2011 8:48 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli police detained a Hebron shepherd for hours on Tuesday, saying he had allowed his heard of sheep and goats to illegally enter a "closed military zone."

Bilal Hathaleen, 25 from the village of Um Al-Kheir in the south Hebron hills was grazing his flock not far from home when he was apprehended by police and told that he was in a zone too close to the nearby Karmel settlement.

After his release, the shepherd told Ma'an he had been detained for four hours, and had not been aware that the area was a closed zone.

"Already we have limited access to grazing lands," he said, lamenting prospects for adequately feeding his flock.

"Herders are regularly denied access to lands near Israeli settlements," Human rights activist Hisham Sharabati told Ma'an, saying he had received reports of settler violence and harassment from Karmel residents over the previous two days, that kept locals away from the area.

He said the issue was getting acute, since water wells for animals to drink from are located in the region south of the settlement.

Another Umm Al-Kheir resident, 40-year-old shepherd Yasser Hathaleen, told Ma'an that the day earlier, an Israeli soldier had kicked a she-goat, killing it.

Settlers throw stones repeatedly, he said, trying to usher shepherds out of their pasture land. "We make our living this way," he added, fearing "they want us to go so they can expand the settlement."
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015