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22 Feb

The Forgotten In Occupied Palestine

Ignored by the American Media, Purposely and Otherwise

On the morning of Thursday 7 January 2010, Israeli soldiers attacked and injured Palestinian shepherds from the Musa Rabai family, as they grazed their sheep in Humra valley, near the village of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills. Five members of the family were hospitalized. Before leaving the area, the soldiers arrested one of the shepherds, Musab Musa Rabai. Raba’i was interrogated and tortured for four hours.

HEBRON, February 20, 2010 (WAFA)-  The past two weeks have seen a marked rise in settler activity outside the illegal settlements* of Ma’on and the Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) outpost, in the southern  Hills of the West Bank city of Hebron. 

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) said: This has varied from settlers crossing Palestinian grazing land, to grazing their sheep while shooting rocks from slingshots at nearby Palestinian shepherds, to abducting young Palestinian shepherds with the aid of the Israeli military and police.

On Friday afternoon, Jewish settlers, soldiers and police detained a 12-year-old boy from the Palestinian village of Saadet Tha’lah, located near the Israeli settlement of Carmel in the South Hebron Hills.  The boy had been grazing his family’s flock alone in their regular grazing area, just above Umm Zeitouna Valley, on the south side of the large Israeli dairy facility belonging to the Ma’on Settlement.

When CPTers** arrived, Israeli occupation authorities were also holding two of the boy’s goats, which especially worried him because one goat was pregnant and could miscarry.  Another shepherd from the nearby village of Tuba told the CPTers that he had been in the area and heard the boy’s shouts of panic as the Israelis grabbed him.

The boy reporting seeing two Israeli settlers outside the dairy barns, who summoned and directed the soldiers to go after him.  The soldiers walked downhill from the dairy barns, grabbed his two goats, and told him, “If you want your goats back, you better come here.”  The boy complied.  The other shepherd then reported seeing both a settler and a soldier together grab the boy and physically restrain him.  The boy also said he had been struck violently.

Israeli police held the boy and his two goats for about two hours, telling CPT that he had criminally trespassed on Ma’on Settlement land.  The boy reported having no idea the land was not open to everyone.  The police refused to produce a map defining which land was private, and eventually released him and his goats.

On the same afternoon, about 2 km west, according to area residents, a larger group of settlers crossed the Israeli highway 317 and attacked two shepherds, ages 13 and 21, from Jawayya Village, located about 1 km north of At-Tuwani.  The settlers killed one ewe and took it away.  Although their means were unclear, blood was found at the site.  Israeli police arrived and took the boys to their headquarters inside the Qiryat Arba Settlement, near Hebron, in order to file a complaint against the settlers.  The boys’ father arrived as the police were leaving, asked if he could speak with his sons, and was told “no.”

CPT and Operation Dove are further investigating the details of both incidents.

According to the Geneva Conventions, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and numerous United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts are also considered illegal under Israeli law.

Together based in At-Tuwani Village, CPT and Operation Dove maintain a continuous international witness in the South Hebron Hills.

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Israeli Settlers and Army Clash With Palestinians in the West Bank. Report. Recorded on January 26, 2010 at 2100GMT

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At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine
This video documents the struggle of the people of At-Tuwani to bring electricity to their village. The Israeli occupying forces have systematically denied At-Tuwani the proper permits to legally connect to the Palestinian electrical grid. At-Tuwani is located in Area C (under the Oslo Accords) and must apply for construction permits through the Israeli administration. After 8 years of submitting applications and documents and receiving no answer from the Israeli administration, the At-Tuwani Village Council decided to begin work on the pylons needed to connect to the electrical grid. The Israeli military immediately stopped the work and issued demolition orders. Later the Israeli military and police carried out the demolition orders, removing and confiscating two electrical pylons.

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At-Tuwani On Wednesday morning, 30 December 2009, an Israeli settler from the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) chased and attacked Palestinian schoolchildren from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed. The Israeli army exposed the children to this attack by arriving more than 90 minutes late to escort the schoolchildren to their school in the village of At-Tuwani.

The schoolchildren had been waiting for the army escort to arrive for nearly 30 minutes when an Israeli settler came out from a house within Havat Ma’on. The fourteen children, ages 6-15, immediately began to move away from the settler, towards their village. When the settler saw the children moving away he charged them, hurling stones at the children with a slingshot. Tareq Ibrahim Abu Jundiyye, a 15 year old boy from Tuba, spoke about the experience, the younger kids started crying as we were running away because they were afraid the settler would catch them. I mean, we had to run away, if I would have stayed I would have been struck on the head by a rock.

International peace activists made several calls to the local army office urging them to send soldiers in order to escort the schoolchildren. The army dispatcher claimed that the soldiers thought there was no school because of the rain. The army only arrived after the mayor of At-Tuwani called the Palestinian District Coordinating, a Palestinian body responsible for liasing with the Israeli military regarding civilian affairs in Area C, who in turn spoke with the Israeli army. The army’s late arrival caused the children to miss their first two classes of the day.

The children require a military escort to and from school, because of repeated attacks by Israeli settlers from Maon and Havat Maon. When the Israeli military does not arrive on time to accompany the children to Tuwani, they must wait in an area controlled by the Israeli settlers, a location where settlers have attacked the young Palestinian children on a number of occasions in the past.

For a complete report on the school escort in 2007-2008, including maps, photographs and interviews with the children, please see A Dangerous Journey at www.cpt.org/files/Dangerous-Journey-Summ ary-2008.pdf

At-Tuwani On Wednesday morning, 30 December 2009, an Israeli settler from the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) chased and attacked Palestinian schoolchildren from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed. The Israeli army exposed the children to this attack by arriving more than 90 minutes late to escort the schoolchildren to their school in the village of At-Tuwani.

The schoolchildren had been waiting for the army escort to arrive for nearly 30 minutes when an Israeli settler came out from a house within Havat Ma’on. The fourteen children, ages 6-15, immediately began to move away from the settler, towards their village. When the settler saw the children moving away he charged them, hurling stones at the children with a slingshot. Tareq Ibrahim Abu Jundiyye, a 15 year old boy from Tuba, spoke about the experience, the younger kids started crying as we were running away because they were afraid the settler would catch them. I mean, we had to run away, if I would have stayed I would have been struck on the head by a rock.

International peace activists made several calls to the local army office urging them to send soldiers in order to escort the schoolchildren. The army dispatcher claimed that the soldiers thought there was no school because of the rain. The army only arrived after the mayor of At-Tuwani called the Palestinian District Coordinating, a Palestinian body responsible for liasing with the Israeli military regarding civilian affairs in Area C, who in turn spoke with the Israeli army. The army’s late arrival caused the children to miss their first two classes of the day.

The children require a military escort to and from school, because of repeated attacks by Israeli settlers from Maon and Havat Maon. When the Israeli military does not arrive on time to accompany the children to Tuwani, they must wait in an area controlled by the Israeli settlers, a location where settlers have attacked the young Palestinian children on a number of occasions in the past.

For a complete report on the school escort in 2007-2008, including maps, photographs and interviews with the children, please see A Dangerous Journey at www.cpt.org/files/Dangerous-Journey-Summ ary-2008.pdf

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