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In the early morning of Saturday November 7, 2015, soldiers knocked at the door of the Youth Against Settlement (YAS) center in Hebron in the occupied West Bank and declared that the center would become a military outpost for 24 hours with possible extensions.

They confiscated all keys to the center and held YAS coordinator, Issa Amro, three other Palestinian activists, and two international journalists hostage for 24 hours restricting their access to water, food, and use of the bathroom. They broke and/or stole numerous cameras, video equipment, computers, memory cards, and more worth over $15,000.

Youth Against Settlements in Hebron (Area H2) is a nonviolent direct action group was formed in 2008.With its Sumud and Challenges Center, it maintains a youth and education center in a building which was initially occupied by the Israeli military and later by settlers, and was reclaimed for Palestinian use through nonviolent action. The aim of the center is to empower and educate Palestinians, especially young people, to stand firm and mount nonviolent resistance through means of nonviolent action, MEDIA, and advocacy work. YAS aims to encourage the population of Hebron, especially in H2 area, to remain in the area, stand firm, and mount nonviolent resistance and resilience campaigns, such as the Samidoun (Steadfastness) Campaign. As part of the campaign, YAS has built up and maintains the first kindergarten for Palestinian children in H2 area. One of the main flagship campaigns of YAS is its yearly Open Shuhada Street Campaign, which is implemented both in Palestine and internationally. Direct actions and human rights campaigns are implemented on a continuous basis. YAS engages international advocacy through the UN Human Rights Council and other international institutions. Its coordinator Issa Amro is a UN/EU-recognized Human Rights Defender.

YAS relies on their cameras, computers, and other media equipment for their work, and needs such equipment to effectively document human rights abuses committed by Israeli settlers and soldiers. Many of YAS's videos are used by Reuters and Associated Press.

Please help YAS continue their work by donating to replace their equipment (YAS also welcomes donations of cameras and other media equipment - send a message to find out how to do this).

Go to the following links to see video of the raid on the YAS center and situation that took place outside while Palestinian and international activists were being held hostage.

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