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TOMORROW: Join the Villagers of Izbat Tabib in Their Steadfastness


At 11am tomorrow the villagers of Isbat Tabib, in the Qalqilya region will hold a demonstration against Israel’s annexation barrier in the region. The village is calling on Israelis and internationals to join them for a Conference tomorrow, Saturday July 15th in support of their sumud (steadfastness) against the wall and the continued construction of the village’s kindergarten and health center in defiance of Israeli building restrictions in the area. The village’s kindergarten and health center is earmarked by the Israeli military for destruction.

Izbat Tabib is a small village of 300 inhabitants near Qalqiliya. It was established in 1920 and in 1948 it received an influx of refugees from Tubsur, which stood where Raánana is now. The residents of the village are all recognized as refugees (by UNRWA) but the village is not recognized as a refugee camp. It is not recognized at all by the Israeli government which has issued demolition orders for most of the buildings in the village.

This small village has been assaulted by the Israeli occupation in ways which would have destroyed much larger communities. Much of its lands were taken by the wall, basic infrastructure such as a connection to the electric grid and permanent roofs for buildings is denied and most recently, the main exit from the village was blocked by an earth mound. The mere existence of Izbat Tabib is a continuing act of resistance in the form of sumud.

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