48 young olive trees destroyed in South Hebron Hills

ottobre 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

PRESS RELEASE

48 young olive trees destroyed in South Hebron Hills

(Italian follows)

October 3, 2013

At Tuwani – This morning Palestinians discovered 48 olive trees destroyed alongside bypass road 317 near the South Hebron Hills area village of Qawawis.

The olive tree grove belongs to Ali Shetat from Qawawis and had been planted six years ago. At 10 am this morning the owners, several internationals and B’tselem staff members gathered near the destroyed trees, waiting for the police. After 20 minutes the Israeli police and army arrived on the scene and documented the incident.

On May 10, 62 olive trees were cut during the night in a field next to bypass road 317, near the village of At Tuwani. On a small wall near the olive grove the slogan “price tag for those who steal” wasfound. The “price tag policy”  (Hebrew: מדיניות תג מחיר) is, according to  B’tselem, the name given to “acts of random violence aimed at the Palestinian population and  Israeli security forces” by radical Israeli settlers.

The number of Palestinian-owned trees uprooted and damaged in the South Hebron Hills area from the beginning of 2013 now stands at 139. This is a substantial increase over 2012, when 101 olive trees were damaged.

Just in the last two months and right before the olive harvest season, 22 olive trees were destroyed in this area.

Olive trees are an essential resource for the Palestinian community in the South Hebron Hills area, and their damage causes serious economic loss.

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

Pictures of the incident: http://snipurl.com/27xa6yg

[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.]

Negligence of the Israeli soldiers exposes Palestinian children at risk on the way to school, South Hebron Hills

ottobre 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

PRESS RELEASE

Negligence of the Israeli soldiers exposes Palestinian children at risk on the way to school, South Hebron Hills

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October 2, 2013

At Tuwani – In the afternoon of October 1, the Israeli military escort left ten Palestinian children from Tuba and Magayir Al-Abeed alone on their way back from school.

Every day the escort accompanies to school the children on the road that passes between the settlement of Ma’on and the outpost of Havat Ma’on.

After school the children had to wait near the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) for over 1 hour and 40 minutes, but the army did not arrive. Therefore, the children start to walk through a longer way (more than one hour instead of 20 minutes) accompanied by some internationals. This path is dangerous because it runs beside the outpost and along this way the children were repeatedly attacked and chased by the settlers. Operation Dove volunteers and Israeli associations called several times the Israeli army; since the first call the army officer kept declaring that the escort was on its way.

On September 29 the escort delay was more than 1 hour and 15 minutes. Since the beginning of the current school year (August 25) the escort has rarely fulfilled its duty. The children had to wait the escort for about 16 hours in total. On 61% of the mornings the children were late at school more than 5 minutes and on 69% of the school days they had to wait after the school for the military escort. Furthermore, in contravention of the protective mandate of the escort, the Israeli military failed to fully complete the escort on the 89% of the cases (the soldiers did not walk until the end of the settlement on 49 of 55 total cases). This situation of exposure to violence and lack of security compromises their fundamental right to education.

This military escort was established in November 2004 by “Children Rights Committee of the Knesset”, to protect the children from the several attacks that they have suffered since 2001 by settlers of Havat Ma’on on the route to the school. To avoid the attacks, the children were using a path two hours long.

For further information on the military escort and how it was carried out in the past years, the report “The Dangerous Road to Education. Palestinian Students Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence” is available at: http://goo.gl/CXfi9

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

Pictures of the incident: http://snipurl.com/27wx5tl

[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.]