PCHR: For the 9th Consecutive Day, Israeli Forces Continue to Attack the West Bank and Launch Airstrikes on the Gaza Strip; Palestinian Child Killed, Old Man Dies Due to Heart Attack, 6 Civilians, including a Child, Wounded and 320 Palestinian Civilians Arrested, Including PLC Speaker and 6 Members
For the 9th consecutive day, Israeli forces continued to practice a policy of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), especially in the West Bank. This campaign included large-scale incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and brutal night house raids using tracker dogs and maltreating residents of houses by expelling them outside their houses, detaining them in one room or arresting them. Moreover, Israeli forces turned many of those houses into military sites and deliberately damaged their belongings. This campaign was accompanied by the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians, who demonstrated against the Israeli forces. In addition, the raid campaign targeted charities, health centers, media offices, schools, universities and currency exchange shops. Israeli forces confiscated their contents as well as dozens of surveillance cameras. Israeli forces also launched many airstrikes on training sites for armed groups and civilian objects in the Gaza Strip.
In an excessive use of force, on Friday, 20 June 2014, Israeli forces killed a 14-year-old Palestinian child in Dura, southwest of Hebron. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 01:00 on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by armored personnel carriers moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in a number of its neighborhoods. They deployed between the houses when dozens of Palestinian boys and children gathered in several parts of the town outskirts and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. At approximately 04:50, an Israeli infantry force comprised of around 300 soldiers deployed between the houses in Haninah neighborhood in the south of the town. When they tried to pass through the main street to head to the area overseeing al-Ma’ajour neighborhood near the “Adoraym” military camp known as “the crazy camp”, a number of boys and children gathered to throw stones at them. In response, the Israeli soldiers fired ceaselessly for 10 minutes sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the stone-throwers until an Israeli soldier appeared and fired live bullets indiscriminately at the demonstrators. As a result, Mohammed Jihad Mohammed Doudin (14) was hit by a live bullet, which penetrated the right side of the chest and exited from the back. He was then taken by a civilian vehicle to the Palestine Red Crescent Society clinic in the town, but he died upon arrival.
UPDATE: from the 8th June Israeli military trainings close to the Palestinian villages of Jinba and Al Mirkez (Masafer Yatta)
Hundreds of soldiers have occupied the land in front of the nearby Israeli military base with tents and military equipment and were scattered in groups around the villages to carry out the exercises.
During the training the Palestinian population suffered heavy restrictions on freedom of movement, the fields were damaged by military activities and shepherds were chased away with their flocks. Some of these reported that they were beaten by the soldiers.
During the night, the exercises were continued with the use of explosives and soldiers have gone even within the village, frightening the people further.
The villages of Jinba and Al Mirkez are within the Firing Zone 918 and, pending the decision of the Israeli High Court of Justice, are still under the threat of expulsion by the Israeli army.
Israeli military training is still in progress.
Dall’8 giugno fino ad oggi, un’esercitazione militare dell’esercito israeliano è in corso sulle terre palestinesi dei villaggi di Jinba e Al Mirkez, nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron.
Centinaia di soldati hanno occupato con tende ed equipaggiamenti militari le terre di fronte alla vicina base militare israeliana e si sono sparpagliati a gruppi attorno ai villaggi palestinesi per svolgere le esercitazioni.
Durante il training la popolazione palestinese ha subito pesanti limitazioni alla libertà di movimento, i campi sono stati danneggiati dalle attività militari e molti pastori sono stati scacciati con le proprie greggi. Alcuni hanno riferito di essere stati aggrediti fisicamente dai soldati.
Durante la notte le esercitazioni sono continuate con l’utilizzo di esplosivi e i soldati si sono spinti anche all’interno del villaggio, spaventandone ulteriormente gli abitanti.
I villaggi di Jinba e Al Mirkez si trovano all’interno della Firing Zone 918 e, in attesa del pronunciamento dell’Alta Corte di Giustizia israeliana, sono tutt’ora sotto la minaccia di espulsione da parte dell’esercito israeliano.
L’esercitazione militare è tuttora in corso.
The At Tuwani village Women’s Cooperative together with Israeli women gave life to Two Neighbors: an against-the-odds business partnership that defies politics in favor of beauty, common sense, and shared economic benefit. The new project is leaded by a team made by Israeli women, Palestinian women and American men and women who founded the Center for Emerging Futures that holds gatherings for Israelis and Palestinians on the border between Israel and the West Bank.
After spending time at a Global Village Square meeting organized by the Center for Emerging Futures, women from both sides of the conflict decided they would like to work together producing beautiful items which showcased their talents and heritage. They wanted to do this together, showing that Israelis and Palestinian women, who were tired of waiting for the politicians to declare peace, could work together now to improve their economic condition and demonstrate peaceful relations on a grass roots level.
UPDATE: An other settler’s harrasment towards the Palestinian children from Tuba and Maghayr Al Abeed
On June 2, at about 10 am, the Palestinian children from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, that after school were waiting at the meeting point the military escort, were reached by a group of Israelis from the nearby settlement of Ma ‘on.
The group was composed of the Ma’on security coordinator, armed with rifle and handgun, two settlers, a journalist and a camera operator who began filming, in an invasive manner, the Palestinian children and International volunteers, without give them any explanation.
When questioned by internationals, the reporter said to belong to Channel 10, an Israeli television channel, and to be there to do a reportage about the use of video cameras. He later declared to be unaware of recent events and that they do not understand the discomfort of the children, who were trying to hide their faces from the intrusiveness of the video camera.A few minutes later came the military escort and the children came back to home, followed by the group for the first part of the path.
The incident took place in a week by the arrest of four girls for a supposed theft of cherries. The settlers who testified against them were among those present today.
Il 2 giugno, alle ore 10, i bambini di Tuba e Maghayr Al Abeed che, finita la scuola, aspettavano al villaggio di At-Tuwani l’arrivo della scorta militare sono stati raggiunti da un gruppo di israeliani provenienti dall’antistante colonia di Ma’on.
Il gruppo era composto dal capo della sicurezza della colonia, armato con fucile e pistola, due coloni, un giornalista e un cameraman che ha cominciato a filmare in maniera indiscreta i bambini palestinesi e gli internazionali, senza presentarsi o adducendo motivazione alcuna.
Interrogato dai presenti, il giornalista ha detto di appartenere all’emittente televisiva israeliana Canale10 e di essere lì per produrre un servizio sull’uso delle videocamere.
Ha poi dichiarato di essere all’oscuro dei recenti eventi accaduti e di non comprendere il disagio dei bambini, che cercavano di nascondere i lori volti all’invadenza della telecamera.
Pochi minuti dopo è arrivata la camionetta dei militari e i bambini sono partiti verso casa, con il gruppo al seguito per la prima parte del percorso.
L’accaduto si è svolto ad una settimana dall’arresto di quattro bambine per un presunto furto di ciliegie. I coloni che hanno testimoniato contro di loro erano tra i presenti quest’oggi.