Video: Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

marzo 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

P/R: Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

marzo 2, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

The life of South Hebron Hills residents is one of a daily resistance to the Israeli occupation

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March 1, 2015

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On the morning of February 28, Israeli police arrested two Palestinian shepherds as they grazed their flock in the valley of Umm Zeitouna near the Israeli settlement of Ma’on.

In late morning the security chief of Ma’on settlement and Israeli soldiers arrived in Umm Zeitouna valley where the shepherds, accompanied by international volunteers, were grazing their flock on land which Israeli settlers from Ma’on are attempting to annex. After few minutes the Israeli police arrived and they immediately detained two shepherds and two international volunteers. At about 12.30 pm Israeli police arrested the two shepherds and took them to Kyriat Arba police station. The volunteers were released. The Palestinians were released at about 3 pm, after paying a fine of 500 NIS for each person.     

Residents of the South Hebron Hills experience continual harassment from settlers in nearby settlements and outposts, but remain steadfast in their commitment to nonviolent resistance. Each day that they graze their sheep in contested areas, the shepherds continue to resist settler attempts to drive them from their lands. International volunteers have witnessed shepherds chased from Umm Zeitouna six times since the start of the year (in five of these occasions the Israeli army came after a settler’s call).

The arrest followed a nonviolent action that morning during which residents successfully repaired the road which links At-Tuwani village to Yatta, and the attendance on February 27 of the South Hebron Hills Popular Resistance Committee at the 10th anniversary nonviolent action in Bil’in. These are two examples of the commitment of the South Hebron hills people to use nonviolence to resist the occupation, both in their own communities and throughout Palestine.           

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the actions:  http://goo.gl/LjwcDz

Video of the arrest:  http://goo.gl/dSeJgT

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

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Le forze israeliane arrestano due pastori nelle colline a sud di Hebron

La vita degli abitanti delle colline a sud di Hebron è già una quotidiana resistenza all’occupazione israeliana

1 marzo 2015

At Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

La mattina del 28 febbraio, la polizia israeliana ha arrestato due pastori palestinesi mentre pascolavano il loro gregge nella valle di Umm Zeitouna, vicino alla colonia israeliana di Ma’on.

In tarda mattinata il capo della sicurezza di Ma’on e alcuni soldati israeliani hanno raggiunto la valle di Umm Zeitouna, dove i pastori, accompagnati da volontari internazionali, pascolavano il loro gregge in una terra che i coloni israeliani di Ma’on stanno cercando di annettere. Dopo pochi minuti è arrivata la polizia israeliana che ha immediatamente detenuto i due pastori e i due volontari internazionali. Intorno alle 12:30, la polizia israeliana ha arrestato i due pastori e li ha portati alla stazione di polizia di Kyriat Arba. I volontari sono stati invece rilasciati. Intorno alle tre del pomeriggio anche i palestinesi sono stati rilasciati, dopo aver pagato una multa di 500 NIS a persona.

La vita dei residenti delle colline a sud di Hebron è fatta di continue minacce da parte dei coloni dei vicini insediamenti e avamposti, ma resta ferma nell’impegno per la resistenza non violenta. Ogni giorno, quando pascolano le loro pecore nelle aree contese, i pastori continuano a resistere ai tentativi dei coloni di cacciarli dalle loro terre. Volontari internazionali hanno registrato l’inseguimento di pastori in Umm Zeitouna sei volte dall’inizio dell’anno (in cinque di queste occasioni l’esercito israeliano è arrivato dopo la chiamata dei coloni).

L’arresto avviene dopo che, quella stessa mattina, gli abitanti dell’area hanno riparato con successo, tramite un’azione nonviolenta, la strada che collega il villaggio di At-Tuwani a Yatta, e dopo la partecipazione, il giorno precedente, del Comitato di Resistenza Popolare delle Colline a sud di Hebron al decimo anniversario dell’inizio delle azioni nonviolente a Bil’in. Questi sono due esempi dell’impegno degli abitanti delle colline a sud di Hebron a resistere all’occupazione, sia nelle proprie comunità, che in tutta la Palestina.

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Foto delle azioni:  http://goo.gl/LjwcDz

Video dell’arresto:  http://goo.gl/dSeJgT

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

P/R: Israeli settlers cut 36 olive trees in the South Hebron Hills

marzo 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Israeli settlers cut 36 olive trees in the South Hebron Hills

This is the third Israeli settler’s “price tag” in the last 2 months in the area

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February 21, 2015

At-Tuwani – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

p1060765On the morning of February 20, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills awoke to find that 36 olive trees had been cut or seriously damaged during the night, probably by Israeli settlers.  The 25 year-old trees, owned by Hushiy family from Yatta, were located near the village of Qawawis, in the South Hebron Hills, between the Israeli illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair and the Israeli settlement of Suseya, beside Bypass road 317.

This is the third incident of Israeli settler ‘price tag’ vandalism against the Palestinian inhabitants of the South Hebron Hills in the last two months. On January 9, in the same area  between the Bypass road 317 and Suseya settlement,Palestinians discovered nearly 200 olive trees cut on their property  (read more). On December 31, two settlers threw a molotov cocktail into a Palestinian house in Ad Deirat village (read more). 

Palestinian residents of the South Hebron Hills have suffered from the presence of Israeli settlers since the 70s. By occupying Palestinian agricultural lands and destroying Palestinian olive trees, crops and property the settlers seek to deprive the Palestinians of their main livelihood. Ongoing settler violence deprives Palestinian families of security in daily life, and restricts their freedom of movement.

Despite attempts by settlers to force them from the area through violence and intimidation, the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills remain strong in their commitment to nonviolent popular resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the damaged trees:  http://goo.gl/1CVzE3

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

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Coloni israeliani tagliano 36 alberi di ulivo nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Nell’area è il terzo “price tag” in due mesi da parte di coloni israeliani

21 Febbraio 2015

At-Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

La mattina del 20 febbraio palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron hanno scoperto che 36 alberi di ulivo erano stati tagliati o gravemente danneggiati durante la notte, probabilmente da coloni israeliani. Gli alberi di 25 anni di età, di proprietà della famiglia Hushiy di Yatta, si trovavano nei pressi del villaggio di Qawawis, nelle colline a sud di Hebron, tra l’avamposto illegale israeliano di Mitzpe Yair e la colonia israeliana di Suseya, al lato della Bypass road 317.

Questo è il terzo incidente di vandalismo “price tag” da parte di coloni israeliani contro gli abitanti palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron negli ultimi due mesi. Il 9 gennaio, nella stessa zona tra la Bypass road 317 e la colonia di Suseya, i palestinesi hanno scoperto circa 200 ulivi tagliati nei terreni di loro proprietà (per saperne di più). Il 31 dicembre due coloni hanno lanciato una molotov in una casa palestinese nel villaggio di Ad Deirat (per saperne di più).

I palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron soffrono la presenza di coloni israeliani dagli anni ’70. Tramite l’occupazione di terreni agricoli, la distruzione di ulivi, delle colture e delle proprietà, i coloni cercano di privare i palestinesi del loro sostentamento principale. La continua violenza dei coloni israeliani priva quotidianamente le famiglie palestinesi della sicurezza e limita la loro libertà di movimento.

Le comunità palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron rimangono forti nel loro impegno a resistere in modo nonviolento e popolare contro l’occupazione israeliana, nonostante i tentativi da parte dei coloni di cacciarle dall’intera area con la violenza e l’intimidazione.

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Foto degli ulivi tagliati:  http://goo.gl/1CVzE3

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

UPDATE: Israeli soldiers and police raid Jawwaya village and arrest a man

febbraio 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

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On February 11, in the morning, Israeli soldiers and police arrested one man on the bypass road (317) near the village of Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills, and then raided the nearby village of Jawwaya. The man who was arrested had obvious signs of violence, including blood and a scratch on his face, and was probably injured during the arrest. While this man was arrested on the road, Israeli army and police raided Jawayya, where they damaged a tent used by villagers for the storage of livestock food. The soldiers slashed the walls of the tent, probably with a knife.

Around 7:30 am, a family from Jawayya called international volunteers and told them that there were soldiers in Jawayya village. As the volunteers were walking to Jawwaya on the bypass road (317) they saw a police vehicle next to two other cars, which had damaged wheels and flat tires. When the volunteers arrived at the vehicles they saw one man on the ground near one of the vehicles at the side of the road. He was blindfolded and handcuffed with his hands behind his back, and he appeared to have been beaten on the face and mouth. The soldiers loaded the man into one of the vehicles with damaged tires and the soldiers then drove all of the vehicles away.

At around 8:20 am, two international volunteers arrived in the village of Jawwaya, where Israeli soldiers and police were searching houses and tents, probably looking for another man. One of the soldiers attacked one of the volunteers, and then attempted to steal a camera from another. According to Palestinian witnesses, soldiers and police slashed large holes in a tent used as a shelter for the food for the animals and they fired shots into the sky in order to intimidate the inhabitants of the village. At about 8:45 am the soldiers and police left Jawwaya.

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Virtual Field Visit: Firing Zone 918

febbraio 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

Video: Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in South Hebron Hills

febbraio 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm

P/R: Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in South Hebron Hills

febbraio 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in South Hebron Hills
Villagers prevent the arrest of another Palestinian by a popular nonviolent action

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February 8, 2015

At-Tuwani – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

On February 6, in the morning, Israeli soldiers arrested two Palestinian shepherds, one of them aged sixteen. The soldiers tried to arrest another Palestinian shepherd but villagers prevented the arrest by popular nonviolent action.

At about 10:40 a.m. four Palestinian shepherds were grazing their flocks on Khelly valley, in the South Hebron Hills area village of At-Tuwani, when the security chief of the Ma’on settlement arrived and called the Israeli army to prevent the shepherds from using land that is the object of settlement expansion. At 10:55 a.m. an Israeli Army jeep arrived in Khelly area and the soldiers started to run after the shepherds. The shepherds, who are all young boys, were scared and began to run away. The soldiers caught one Palestinian shepherd and immobilized him on the ground. Meanwhile Palestinians from At-Tuwani reached the soldiers and, by a nonviolent popular action, freed the shepherds. The soldiers then drove after three of the shepherds as they moved their sheep back to their village. One shepherd was able to run away while the others two were prevented from leaving by the soldiers. At around 11:30 a.m. the soldiers put them inside the army jeep and drove away. At about 8 p.m. the Palestinians were released.

Since the beginning of this year this is the fifth time that Palestinian shepherds have been harassed in the Khelly area. The Israeli administration declared Khelly valley a “closed military area” in September 2013, and it is the site of frequent threats and violence by Israeli settlers and Israeli armed forces. This valley is Palestinian property where the Palestinians continue to resist with their daily work, despite of all the restrictions.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures: http://goo.gl/SDGtTd

Video: http://goo.gl/VUa1mp

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

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COMUNICATO STAMPA

Le forze israeliane arrestano due pastori nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Gli abitanti del villaggio hanno impedito l’arresto di un altro pastore con un’azione popolare nonviolenta

7 febbraio 2015

At-Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

La mattina del 6 febbraio, soldati israeliani hanno arrestato due pastori palestinesi, di cui uno di sedici anni. I soldati hanno provato ad arrestare un altro pastore palestinese, ma gli abitanti del villaggio ne hanno impedito l’arresto con un’azione popolare nonviolenta.

Verso le 10:40, mentre quattro pastori palestinesi stavano pascolando le loro greggi presso la valle di Khelly, nel villaggio di At Tuwani, il capo della sicurezza dell’insediamento di Ma’on, arrivato sul posto, ha chiamato l’esercito israeliano allo scopo di impedire ai pastori di utilizzare una terra che è oggetto di espansione dell’insediamento. Alle 10:55 una jeep dell’esercito israeliano è arrivata in Khelly e i soldati hanno iniziato a rincorrere i pastori. I pastori, tutti ragazzi giovani, spaventati, hanno cominciato a fuggire. I soldati ne hanno catturato uno e lo hanno immobilizzato a terra. Nel frattempo alcuni palestinesi di At-Tuwani hanno raggiunto i soldati e con un’azione popolare nonviolenta hanno liberato il pastore. I soldati hanno poi rincorso con la jeep gli altri tre pastori, mentre questi già guidavano le pecore verso il loro villaggio. Un pastore è riuscito a scappare, mentre agli altri due è stato impedito di andarsene dai soldati. Verso le 11:30 i soldati li hanno caricati dentro la jeep dell’esercito e si sono allontanati. Verso le 20:00 sono stati rilasciati.

Dall’inizio di quest’anno, questa è la quinta volta che i pastori palestinesi sono stati attaccati in Khelly. L’amministrazione israeliana ha dichiarato la valle di Khelly una “zona militare chiusa” nel settembre del 2013 ed è il luogo di frequenti minacce e violenze da parte dei coloni israeliani e delle forze armate israeliane. Questa valle, di proprietà palestinese, è uno dei luoghi in cui i palestinesi continuano a resistere con il loro lavoro quotidiano, a dispetto di tutte le restrizioni.

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Foto: http://goo.gl/SDGtTd

Video: http://goo.gl/VUa1mp

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

Update: Palestinian shepherd detained by Israeli police

gennaio 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm


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On January 27, at around 12:20 p.m., Israeli police detained a Palestinian shepherd in the South Hebron Hills area village of At Tuwani. He was released at about 5:00 p.m., without paying any fine.

The shepherd was grazing on the Khelly hill, near the Israeli settlement of Ma’on, when at around 11:20 a.m. the security chief of the settlement arrived at the place in order to take evidences of the Palestinian shepherd’s presence on the hill and call the Israeli forces.
At 11:35 a.m., Israeli army jeep came at the place, while the shepherd was still grazing his flock. At around 12:15 p.m., also Israeli police reached Khelly hill. The police stopped him. After some minutes, several women and children from At Tuwani village reached the place in order to disturb the Israeli forces action. Because the presence of a lot of people, the policemen chose to put the Palestinian into the jeep. After that the policemen and the soldiers checked the maps in the presence of the security chief of Ma’on and of a settler from the Israeli illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on, Yoshafat Tor. Finally the Israeli DCO reached them. At about 1:20 p.m. the policemen took the Palestinian to the Israeli police station of Kiryat Arba. After a questioning, the Palestinian was released at about 5:00 p.m.

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Video: Four Palestinians arrested during an action in the South Hebron Hills

gennaio 25, 2015 at 9:09 am

P/R: 4 Palestinians arrested during an action in the South Hebron Hills

gennaio 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Israeli forces attacked the participants by stun grenades, tear gas, water cannon and physical violence

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January 24, 2015

Susiya – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

On January 23, during an action organized by the Al Mubadara party and the South Hebron Hills Popular Resistance Committee, claiming the right of Palestinians to access their own land near Susiya village, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians and Internationals activists by stun grenades, tear gas, water cannon and physical and verbal violence. During the action, the Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians.

At around 11 a.m. about 150 people, after they got together in the Susiya village, tried to reach a Palestinian-owned land between the Israeli army base and the Israeli settlement of Suseya in order to plant olive trees. Immediately the area was declared a closed military zone by the Israeli army, but nevertheless the demonstrators tried to arrive to the land. After 20 minutes, Israeli soldiers arrested the first Palestinian, only because he removed soldier’s hand from his breast. Few minutes later the soldiers arrested a second Palestinian. The large part of the demonstrators reached the land and started to plant the olive trees. Immediately, Israeli soldiers and policemen pushed the crowd back, in direction to Susiya village. During their charge, the Israeli forces used stun grenades and tear gas, pushing and attacking the people and arrested other two Palestinians.
At around 12.45 p.m. the participants got together on the hill of Susiya village and slowly went away from the Israeli soldiers and policemen while they were throwing tear gas and using the water cannon.

In the last five days in the South Hebron Hills area the violences by the Israeli army increased. Operation Dove registered six episodes of direct violence or harassment to Palestinians. On January 19, the soldiers killed a sheep in the Tuba village area, while they were chasing away a flock owned by Palestinians. On January 20, Israeli soldiers arrested a 14 year-old Palestinian, while he was grazing a flock near Maghayir Al Abeed village. In the same day, the Israeli army demolished 4 structures in the Ar-Rifa’iyya village.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures: http://goo.gl/jCidYm
Video: http://goo.gl/ctjy0N

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]