P/R: IDF demolishes in the Bedouin villages of Um ad Daraj and Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills.

ottobre 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

The Israeli forces violently assaulted the inhabitants of Um Al Kher village.

(Italian follows)

October 29, 2014

At-Tuwani – On October 29 Israeli forces demolished a total of four structures in the Beduin village of Um ad Daraj and a traditional oven in Um Al Kher beduin village. Men and women from Um Al Kher were assaulted by Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers, while they were peacefully trying to prevent the demolition.

At 7:40 am Israeli military forces broke into Um ad Daraj with two bulldozers. The IDF demolished a toilet, a shelter for the sheep, a cave used as home and a tinplated house, in which were living eight people.
At 9:00 am the Israeli forces arrived at Um Al Kher village and declared a “close military area” for internationals and Israeli civilians, subsequently pushed the international volunteers present to monitor the human rights violations far from the village, threatening them to be arrested. After that a bulldozer, escorted by Israeli army and Border Police went inside the village damaging a fence and an olive tree.
Palestinians inhabitants of Um Al Kher gathered in front of the traditional oven and tried to peacefully prevent the demolition. Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers attacked them, pushing violently away the women and shoving down a boy. After the aggressions the bulldozer destroyed the oven.

The traditional oven was already demolished, without any demolition order issued for it, on October 27 together with other six structures. On October 28, the oven was rebuilt by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee together with the inhabitants of Um al Kher. (For more informations about the demolitions on October 27 you can see: www.tuwaniresiste.operazionecolomba.it ).
The traditional oven was rebuilt for the second time by Palestinians before the end of the morning.

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and defend human rights.

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

Pictures of the demolitions:http://goo.gl/VD2etW

[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

L’esercito israeliano demolisce nei villaggi beduini di Um ad Daraj e Um Al Kher, nelle colline a sud di Hebron.
L’esercito israeliano ha aggredito gli abitanti del villaggio di Um Al Kher.

29 ottobre 2014

At-Tuwani – Il 29 ottobre l’esercito israeliano ha demolito un totale di quattro strutture nel villaggio beduino di Um ad Daraj e un forno tradizionale nel villaggio beduino di Um Al Kher. Uomini e donne di Um Al Kher sono stati aggrediti mentre tentavano di interporsi pacificamente alla demolizione.

Alle 7:40 le forze militari israeliane sono entrate ad Um ad Daraj con due bulldozer. L’esercito israeliano ha demolito un bagno, un recinto per le pecore, una grotta usata come casa e una casa di lamiera dove vivevano 8 persone.
Alle 9 le forze israeliane sono arrivate ad Um Al Kher e hanno dichiarato “area militare chiusa” agli internazionali e civili israeliani, di conseguenza hanno cacciato i volontari internazionali presenti sul posto per monitorare le violazioni di diritti umani, minacciandoli di arresto. A quel punto i bulldozer, scortati dall’esercito israeliano e polizia di frontiera sono entrati nel villaggio danneggiando una recinzione ed un albero d’ulivo.
Gli abitanti palestinesi di Um Al Kher si sono riuniti di fronte al forno tradizionale per tentare di interporsi pacificamente alla demolizione. Soldati e poliziotti israeliani li hanno attaccati, spingendo violentemente le donne e buttando a terra un ragazzo. Dopo l’aggressione il bulldozer ha demolito il forno.

Il forno era già stato demolito, senza che venisse consegnato nessun ordine di demolizione ufficiale, il 27 ottobre insieme ad altre sei strutture. Il 28 ottobre il forno era stato ricostruito dal Comitato Popolare delle Colline a Sud di Hebron insieme agli abitanti di Um Al Kher (per più informazioni sulle demolizioni del 27 ottobre vedere: www.tuwaniresiste.operazionecolomba.it)

I palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron continuano a lottare in modo nonviolento per reclamare giustizia e per la difesa dei diritti umani.

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

Foto delle demolizioni:http://goo.gl/VD2etW

[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.]

PR: IDF demolishes in the Bedouin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills

ottobre 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

PRESS RELEASE

IDF demolishes in the Bedouin village of Um Al Kher, South Hebron Hills.

An Israeli activist and an international volunteer arrested.

(Italian follows)

October 28, 2014

At-Tuwani – On October 27 Israeli forces demolished a total of seven structures in the Bedouin village of Um al Kher. The structures demolished are: three houses made of concrete, a caravan donated by the United Nations (United Nations Human Rights Response Fund with the support of Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) to be used as a home, a tinplated house, a tinplated kitchen, a traditional oven. The structures belonged to five families, for a total of thirty people affected. An Israeli activist and an international volunteer were brought and detained in Kiryat Arba Israeli police station.

At 9:20 am a convoy of eleven Israeli army vehicles and two bulldozers reached the Bedouin village of Umm Al Kheer. At 9:34 the bulldozers started the demolitions while Israeli soldiers, Border policemen and DCO officers kept Internationals and Israeli activists away from the village, declaring “closed military area”. Around 10 am the Israeli police arrested an international volunteer and an Israeli activist with the accuse of remaining inside the area. Both were released during the same day.

Um Al Kher is a Bedouin village in area C, under Israeli civil and military administration. It’s located very close to the Israeli settlement of Karmel, established during the beginning of the ’80s and expanded in the recent years, especially in 2013. The village routinely experiences harassment from Israeli settlers and army.

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and defend human rights. The South Hebron Hills Popular Committee together with international volunteers and Israeli activists will soon gather to re-build the demolished structures in Um Al Kher.

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

Pictures of the demolitions: http://goo.gl/EmtJqE

[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

L’esercito israeliano demolisce nel villaggio beduino di Um Al Kher, nelle colline a sud di Hebron.

Attivista israeliano e volontario internazionale sono stati arrestati.

28 ottobre 2014

At-Tuwani – Il 27 ottobre le forze armate israeliane hanno demolito un totale di sette strutture nel villaggio beduino di Um Al Kher. Le strutture in questione sono: tre case di cemento, un caravan donato dalle Nazioni Unite (United Nations Human Rights Response Fund con il supporto dell’Irlanda, la Norvegia, la Spagna, la Svezia, la Svizzera e il Regno Unito) per essere utilizzato come abitazione, una casa in lamiera, una cucina in lamiera e un forno tradizionale. Le strutture appartenevano a cinque famiglie, per un totale di trenta persone colpite. Un attivista israeliano e un volontario internazionale sono stati portati e detenuti alla stazione di polizia israeliana nell’insediamento di Kiryat Arba

Alle 9:20 del mattino un convoglio di undici veicoli militari e due bulldozer sono arrivati nel villaggio beduino di Um Al Kher. Alle 9:34 i bulldozer hanno iniziato le demolizioni mentre i soldati israeliani, gli agenti della Border Police e i funzionari della DCO hanno trattenuto a distanza gli internazionali e gli attivisti israeliani, dichiarando l’area “militare chiusa”. Intorno alle 10:00 la polizia israeliana ha arrestato un volontario internazionale e un attivista israeliano con l’accusa di essere all’interno dell’area. Entrambi sono stati rilasciati nel corso della giornata.

Um Al Kher è un villaggio beduino nato nel 1948, situato nelle colline a sud di Hebron in area C, sotto controllo civile e militare israeliano. Trovandosi a pochi metri dall’insediamento israeliano di Karmel, sorto negli anni ’80, il villaggio è soggetto a vessazioni ed a maltrattamenti da parte dei coloni dell’insediamento e dall’esercito israeliano.

I palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron continuano a lottare in modo nonviolento per reclamare giustizia e per la difesa dei diritti umani. Il Comitato Popolare delle Colline a Sud di Hebron con volontari internazionali e attivisti israeliani si riuniranno a breve per ricostruire le strutture demolite ad Um Al Kher.

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

Foto delle demolizioni: http://goo.gl/EmtJqE

[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.]

PR: Arrests and violence against Palestinians resisting settlers’ expansion in the South Hebron Hills

ottobre 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

PRESS RELEASE

Arrests and violence against Palestinians resisting settlers’ expansion in the South Hebron Hills

Israeli forces arrest two Palestinians and four Israeli activists near Mitzpe Yair illegal outpost

(Italian follows)

October 19, 2014

At Tuwani – Saturday October 18, two nonviolent actions organized by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee took place in the South Hebron Hills area, claiming the right of Palestinians to access their own lands. The first in the area of Umm Al Arayes, located near the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair; the second in the area of the Palestinian village of Susiya, located close to the Israeli settlement of Suseya. Both Palestinian-owned lands are under threat of dispossession because of the illegal settlements’ expansion.

In Umm Al Arayes, at 9 a.m. Palestinian owners of the land accompanied by Israeli activists and international volunteers gathered to claim the right to access their land. The Israeli forces already present on the place immediately stopped the participants and declared the area as “military closed”, preventing anyone to access it. Israeli police arrested two Palestinians and four Israeli activists with the charge to have been in the forbidden area. Last Saturday, during a similar nonviolent action, Israeli activists were brutally attacked by settlers from Mitzpe Yair (video of the incident: http://goo.gl/qFE3fX).

Since 2001 the Palestinians have faced restricted access to these lands. In the past weeks, in response to a legal petition filed by Palestinians’ lawyer, the Israeli Court forced the settlers to dismantle several greenhouses they illegally built on that same land.

In Susiya, at 10 a.m. Palestinian owners, accompanied by Israeli activists and international volunteers, marched on their land to make pressure against the settlement’s illegal expansion. For the third saturday in a row Palestinians dismantled the tent built illegally by the settlers where they used to gather every afternoon preventing the owners to graze on the land and use the well. At 11:10 a.m. Israeli army declared the area as “military closed” and started to violently push away Palestinians and activists, as they were peacefully resisting the evacuation of the area while Israeli settlers were standing there.

In both nonviolent actions Israeli forces prevented the Palestinian owners to access their lands allowing Israeli settlers to grab those lands and illegally build structures on them.

Nevertheless, Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills keep struggling in a nonviolent way to claim justice and to stop the ongoing appropriation of Palestinian land.

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

Pictures of the actions: http://goo.gl/dPcT2u

[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

Arresti e violenza in risposta alla resistenza palestinese contro l’espansione delle colonie, colline a sud di Hebron

L’esercito israeliano arresta due palestinesi e quattro attivisti israeliani vicino all’avamposto di Mitzpe Yair

19 ottobre 2014

At Tuwani – Sabato 18 ottobre, il Comitato Popolare delle Colline a Sud di Hebron ha organizzato due azioni nonviolente per rivendicare il diritto dei palestinesi ad accedere alle proprie terre. La prima nell’area di Umm Al Arayes, vicino l’avamposto israeliano di Mitzpe Yair; la seconda nell’area del villaggio di Susiya adiacente alla colonia israeliana di Suseya. Entrambe le terre di proprietà palestinese sono sotto minaccia di esproprio a causa dall’espansione illegale delle colonie.

Ad Umm Al Arayes, alle 9 del mattino, i proprietari palestinesi, insieme ad attivisti israeliani e volontari internazionali, si sono riuniti per reclamare il diritto di accesso alla loro terra. L’esercito israeliano, già presente sul posto, ha immediatamente fermato i partecipanti dichiarando “area militare chiusa”, impedendo a chiunque di accedere al terreno. La polizia israeliana ha arrestato due palestinesi e quattro attivisti israeliani con l’accusa di essere all’interno dell’area interdetta. Sabato scorso, durante un’azione nonviolenta analoga, gli attivisti israeliani sono stati brutalmente attaccati dai coloni di Mitzpe Yair (video dell’incidente: http://goo.gl/qFE3fX).

Dal 2001 i palestinesi hanno affrontato le limitazioni nell’accesso a questi terreni. Nelle scorse settimane, in risposta ad una petizione presentata dall’avvocato dei palestinesi, la corte israeliana ha obbligato i coloni a smantellare diverse serre che avevano costruito illegalmente sugli stessi terreni.

A Susiya, alle 10 del mattino i proprietari palestinesi, accompagnati degli attivisti israeliani e da volontari internazionali, hanno marciato sulla loro terra per fare pressione contro l’espansione illegale della colonia. Per il terzo sabato di fila, i palestinesi hanno smantellato la tenda costruita illegalmente dai coloni ed utilizzata ogni pomeriggio impedendo ai proprietari del terreno di pascolare nell’area ed usare il pozzo. Alle 11:10 l’esercito israeliano ha dichiarato “area militare chiusa” ed ha iniziato a scacciare con violenza i palestinesi ed gli attivisti che stavano resistendo pacificamente allo sgombero, mentre alcuni coloni israeliani sono rimasti nell’area in questione.

Durante le due azioni, le forze israeliane hanno impedito ai proprietari palestinesi di accedere alla loro terra, permettendo invece ai coloni israeliani di appropriarsene e costruirci illegalmente strutture.

Ciononostante i palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron continuano a lottare in modo nonviolento per reclamare giustizia e fermare la continua confisca illegale di terra palestinese.

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/dPcT2u

[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.]

PR: Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherd

settembre 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm
PRESS RELEASE

Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherd

As a result of the attack one international and the shepherd were detained by Israeli Police

(Italian follows)

September 15, 2014

At Tuwani – On September 14, two Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd and two international near the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair, South Hebron hills area. During the aggression the settlers stole from the internationals their videocameras and broke one of their phone. Israeli police detained the Palestinian shepherd and one of the internationals for 6 hours. There were no consequences for the settlers.

At about 9:00 a.m. four Palestinian shepherd from the South Hebron hills village of Qawawis were grazing their flocks accompanied by two internationals, on Palestinian owned land nearby the Israeli outpost. Two settlers from Mitzpe Yair crossed a closed area (where the access is forbidden to everyone) in order to attack one palestinian shepherd, starting to chase away his flock. The two internationals present taped the scene.

Afterwards the settlers assaulted the internationals: at first they grabbed by the neck one international and knocked him down, they snatched his camera and broke his phone; subsequently the settlers attacked the other one twisting her arm and seized also her camera. When the settlers run back to the outpost holding the stolen cameras, the Palestinian and the internationals went to Qawawis village.

The Israeli police came to the Palestinian village and asked to the shepherd and to the international that was attacked to follow them to the Israeli Police station in Kiryat Arba settlement, due to one settler claiming that they threw stones against him. The Police officers detained both of them for 6 hours and questioned them about the incident. Israeli police released them at 5:00 p.m. without consequences.

The South Hebron hills area suffered the Israeli settlers’ presence since the 70’s. Eight Israeli settlements and outposts (among which Mitzpe Yair) almost isolate 16 Palestinian villages from the rest of West Bank. The settlers’ violence includes also overt violent attacks on Palestinians and their animals, damages of private properties, limitations to freedom of movement with consequences on their daily life. Since the beginning of 2014 Operation Dove registered the arrests of 15 Palestinians, included minors, because they were on lands near the settlements. During the same period there were no consequences for Israeli settlers involved in the incidents occurred in the area.

In spite of the violence suffered by the Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills area, they are keeping on grazing and farming on their lands resisting in a nonviolent way the Israeli occupation.

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

Pictures of the incident: http://goo.gl/oLGr8A

[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.]

P/R: Operation Dove strongly condemns ‘Protective Edge’ military operation against Gaza

luglio 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

The Israeli occupation continues to “normalize” the violation of the Palestinian human rights

(Italian follows)
July 15, 2014

At Tuwani – Operation Dove, Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Pope John XXIII Community-Association, maintains a constant presence in the South Hebron hills, Palestinian Occupied Territory, continuing from 10 years to accompany and support the Palestinians of the area in their struggle choice by nonviolent methods in order to protect their lives and their rights.

“On the seventh day since the beginning of the Israeli state ‘Protective Edge’ military operation against the Gaza Strip (which has already killed at least 180 people and injured more than 1200), the situation here is alarming,” says a volunteer. “Although no serious things happened during the past 7 days, the local population is very apprehensive and scared. It is expected that in parallel with the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army and settlers could begin a new massive violence phase in the area. A lot of shepherds, that we usually accompany by non-armed escort during their everyday activities, now they stay in their houses and don’t approach work areas close to Israeli settlements or outposts, because scared of attacks that could attempt on their safety. ”

Operation Dove strongly condemns this further outbreak of violence: in addition to the massacre and the humanitarian disaster in Gaza, the Israeli military operation that followed the kidnapping and murder of three young Israelis, in the West Bank has led to at least 10 people killed including children, and 150 injured during the raids. More than 500 people have been kidnapped and imprisoned, many of them subjected to “administrative detention”, so without charge. More than two thousand properties were raided, damaged or looted. Towns, villages and refugee camps have been put under siege by checkpoints and roadblocks.

Operation Dove strongly condemns the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories  that dehumanizes the occupier and the occupied. This dehumanization, institutionalized, sought and wanted by the occupying state, makes possible the murder of three young Israelis by two Palestinians, as it seems, or the barbaric murder of a 16 year old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, burned alive by Israeli extremists. This occupation “normalizes” the continued human rights violations of the Palestinian people.

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

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[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.]


COMUNICATO STAMPA
Operazione Colomba condanna fortemente l’operazione militare “Protective Edge” contro Gaza
L’occupazione israeliana continua a “normalizzare” la violazione dei diritti umani dei palestinesi

 

15 luglio 2014

At Tuwani – Operazione Colomba, Corpo Nonviolento di Pace della Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, mantiene una presenza costante nelle colline a sud di Hebron, Territori Palestinesi Occupati, continuando ad accompagnare e supportare da ormai dieci anni i palestinesi della zona nella loro scelta di lottare con metodi nonviolenti per la tutela della propria vita e dei propri diritti.

“Al settimo giorno dall’inizio dell’operazione “Protective Edge” dello Stato israeliano contro la Striscia di Gaza (che ha già ucciso almeno 180 persone e ferite più di 1200), la situazione qui è preoccupante” racconta un volontario. “Nonostante non siano successi fatti gravi negli ultimi 7 giorni, la popolazione locale è molto in apprensione e spaventata. Si aspetta che parallelamente ai bombardamenti israeliani sulla striscia di Gaza, militari e coloni israeliani possano dare inizio a una nuova fase di violenza massiccia nell’area. Molti pastori che ogni giorno scortiamo in maniera non armata nelle attività quotidiane stanno in casa e non si avvicinano alle zone di lavoro adiacenti alle colonie e agli avamposti israeliani per paura di attacchi che possano attentare alla loro incolumità”.

Operazione Colomba guarda con sgomento e condanna  questa ulteriore esplosione di violenza: oltre al massacro e al disastro umanitario a Gaza, l’operazione militare israeliana seguita al sequestro e all’uccisione di tre giovani israeliani, in Cisgiordania ha portato ad almeno 10 persone uccise, tra cui bambini, e 150 ferite durante le incursioni. Più di 500 persone sono state sequestrate ed incarcerate, di cui una buona parte sottoposte a “detenzione amministrativa”, cioè senza un’accusa. Più di duemila proprietà sono state perquisite, danneggiate o saccheggiate. Città, villaggi e campi profughi sono stati messi sotto assedio da checkpoint e roadblock.

Operazione Colomba condanna l’ occupazione israeliana dei Territori Palestinesi  che disumanizza l’occupante e l’occupato. E’ questa disumanizzazione, istituzionalizzata, cercata e voluta dallo stato occupante, che  rende possibili l’assassinio di tre giovani israeliani ad opera di due palestinesi, come pare, o il barbaro assassinio di un 16enne palestinese di Gerusalemme est, bruciato vivo da estremisti israeliani. E’ questa occupazione che “normalizza” la continua violazione dei diritti umani del popolo palestinese.

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

Per informazioni:
Operazione Colomba, +972 54 99 25 773

[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.]

VIDEO: Palestinian girls detained becuase of cherries

maggio 29, 2014 at 6:09 am

PRESS RELEASE: Four Palestinian 12-14 years old girls detained by the Israeli Police

maggio 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Settlers accused them of theft of cherries
(Italian follows)

May 28, 2014

At Tuwani – On May 27, four Palestinian 12-14 years old girls from the South Hebron hills area villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed have been arrested by the Israeli police on the charge of theft of cherries in a field in which Israeli settlers from Ma’on settlement are growing several cherry trees.
This grove is situated close to the place in which the children usually wait an Israeli military escort in order to come back to home. The escort was established in 2004 by the Children’s Rights Committee of the Knesset because of the ongoing attacks to the Palestinian children (coming from the nearby villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed to the school of At Tuwani) from Havat Ma’on and Ma’on settlers.
At 11.00 am, while the children were walking accompanied by the Israeli army in order to come back to home, a car with few settlers inside stopped in the middle of the street, avoiding the possibility for the children to continue the path. Israeli settlers stated that some children had stolen cherries from the grove.
So, the Israeli soldiers forced the children to sit down on the road under a hot sun without any access to water, preventing them to come back home.
The Palestinian children asked to the Israeli soldiers some explanations about the accuse that the settlers were moving against them and they also wanted to see videos and photos supporting the accuse, but the Israeli army didn’t give any information. Some minutes later, also the Ma’on security coordinator arrived where the children were stopped, accusing them of theft, even if he wasn’t present at the moment of the fact.

At 11:50 am the Israeli Police arrived. The police officer asked to one settler to recognize the children that he saw in the cherry trees fields. The settlers identified four young girls. The girls have been forced to go up in the police car.
The other students were accompanied along the path by the Israeli army.
The 4 young girls were detained in the police car for one hour. Then the girls were taken to the Israeli Police station of Kiryat Arba and brought for interrogation, without their parents being present.

According to the +972 magazinethe layer who is representing the minors spoke with police on the phone and she was told that two girls were released once their parents were contacted (one is 12 years old, the other seems to have speech disabilities). The two others were being held for questioning and released after it. According to  Haggai Matar, “it would be illegal for the police to question them without the presence of their parents”.

At 4:00 pm the Israeli police sent them to Palestinian police in Hebron, that didn’t want to release them until when one from their family identified them. So, at around 7:00 pm,  the girls were released.
Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the incident: http://www.operazionecolomba.it/galleries/palestina-israele/2014/2014-05-28-four-palestinian-12-14-years-old-girls-detained-by-the-israeli-police/
Video of the incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAhKqjPo00s

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[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
Quattro ragazze palestinesi tra i  12 e i 14 anni detenute dalla polizia israeliana.
I coloni le hanno accusate di furto di ciliege.

28 Maggio 2014

At Tuwani – il 27 Maggio, 4 ragazze palestinesi tra i 12 e i 14 anni provenienti dai villaggi di Tuba e Maghayr Al Abeed nelle colline a sud di Hebron sono state arrestate dalla polizia israeliana con l’accusa di aver rubato ciliege in un campo in cui i coloni israeliani della colonia di Ma’on stanno coltivando  ciliegi.

Questo frutteto si trova vicino al luogo in cui i bambini sono soliti aspettare la scorta militare israeliana per tornare a casa dopo la scuola. La scorta è stata introdotta nel 2004 dalla Commissione per i Diritti dei Bambini della Knesset, a causa dei continui attacchi ai bambini palestinesi (provenienti dai vicini villaggi di Tuba e Maghayr Al Abeed diretti alla scuola di At Tuwani) da parte dei coloni di Ma’on e Havat Ma’on.

Alle ore 11, mentre i bambini stavano camminando, accompagnati da soldati israeliani, verso casa, una macchina con alcuni coloni al suo interno si è fermata nel mezzo della strada impedendo ai bambini di proseguire il percorso. I coloni israeliani hanno affermato che alcuni bimbi hanno rubato ciliege dalla coltivazione.
A questo punto, i soldati israeliani hanno preteso che i bambini si sedessero ai bordi della strada sotto un sole rovente e senza alcun accesso ad acqua, impedendo loro di proseguire verso casa.
I bambini palestinesi hanno chiesto ai soldati israeliani spiegazioni in merito all’accusa che i coloni stavano muovendo contro di loro, chiedendo di vedere video e foto in supporto alle accuse, ma i soldati non hanno dato loro nessuna informazione.
Pochi minuti dopo, anche il capo della sicurezza di Ma’on è arrivato sul luogo dove i bambini sono stati fermati, accusandoli di furto, pur non essendo presente al momento dell’accaduto.

Alle 11:50, arrivava la polizia israeliana, che chiedeva a un colono di identificare i bambini che aveva visto tra i ciliegi. I coloni hanno identificato quattro bambine che sono state obbligate a salire sulla camionetta della polizia.Gli altri studenti sono stati ricondotti a casa dell’esercito. Le 4 bambine sono state detenute nella camionetta per un ora prima di essere condotte alla stazione di polizia di Kyriat Arba dove sono state interrogate senza la presenza dei genitori.

Secondo quanto riportato da +972 Magazine, l’avvocato che rappresenta le minori dopo aver parlato al telefono con la polizia ha dichiarato che due ragazze sono state rilasciate non appena i loro genitori sono stati contattati  (una ha dodici anni, l’altra pare abbia disabilità di linguaggio). Le altre due sono state trattenute per essere interrogate e solo in seguito rilasciate. Secondo Haggai Matar, “dovrebbe essere illegale per la polizia interrogarle senza la presenza dei loro genitori”.
Alle 16:00 la polizia israeliana le ha consegnate alla polizia palestinese in Hebron, che non ha voluto rilasciarle fino a quando una persona della loro famiglia non le avesse identificate. Infatti, solo intorno alle 19:00 le ragazze sono state rilasciate.

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

Foto dell’incidente: http://www.operazionecolomba.it/galleries/palestina-israele/2014/2014-05-28-four-palestinian-12-14-years-old-girls-detained-by-the-israeli-police/
Video dell’incidente: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAhKqjPo00s

Per informazioni:
Operazione Colomba, +972 54 99 25 773

[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: Palestinian girl badly injured by Israeli settler attack

aprile 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Israeli settlers attacked with stones four Palestinian children who were returning home from school with their mother

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April 24, 2014

At Tuwani – On Thursday April 24 at around 12 pm, two Israeli settlers coming with a quad-bike from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on attacked with stones four Palestinian children and the mother of three of them, as they were returning from school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. A seven year old girl child was hit by a stone and fell while attempting to run away, badly injuring her head.

Her father, who witnessed the attack as he was harvesting his land situated on top of the Old Havat Ma’on hill, immediately brought her to the nearby village of At Tuwani, where an ambulance came to rescue her and bring her to the hospital.

The girl required five stitches and is now resting at home with her family.

The five Palestinians were coming from the village of At Tuwani, where the children attend school, through the only path they can use without the military escort that everyday accompanies the children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed on their way to and from school since 2004. On this path Palestinians cross the hill where the outpost of Havat Ma’on was situated before it was dismantled in 2000 and moved to Hill 833. Through this hill passes a paved road used by Israeli settlers as a hiking trail. The five Palestinians were attacked by two Israeli settlers who were riding with their quad-bike on this trail.

 

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

 

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[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.]

The seven years old Palestinian girl injured by the attack

 

The Palestinian ambulance that brought the child and her father to the Hospital

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Bambina palestinese ferita gravemente da un attacco di coloni israeliani

Coloni israeliani hanno attaccato con pietre quattro bambini palestinesi che stavano facendo ritorno da scuola con la madre

14 aprile 2014

At Tuwani – Giovedì 24 aprile alle ore 12 circa, due coloni israeliani a bordo di un quad, proveniente dall’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on, hanno attaccato con delle pietre quattro bambini palestinesi e la madre di tre di loro mentre, dopo la scuola, stavano facendo ritorno ai villaggi di Maghayir Al Abeed e Tuba. Una bambina di sette anni è stata colpita da una pietra mentre cercava di fuggire e, cadendo, si è procurata una profonda ferita alla testa.

Il padre di questa, testimone dell’accaduto mentre stava lavorando la propria terra situata in cima alla collina di Old Havat Ma’on, ha portato la piccola al vicino villaggio di At Tuwani dove è arrivata un’ambulanza che le ha prestato i primi soccorsi e l’ha trasferita poi all’ospedale.

Alla bambina sono stati applicati cinque punti di sutura ed ora si trova a casa con la propria famiglia.

I cinque palestinesi arrivavano dal villaggio di At Tuwani, dove i bambini frequentano la scuola, attraverso l’unico sentiero che possono percorrere senza la presenza della scorta militare che, ogni giorno dal 2004, accompagna sulla via per e dalla scuola i bambini di Tuba e Maghayir Al Abeed. Questa via attraversa l’area in cui era ubicato l’avamposto di Havat Ma’on prima di essere smantellato nel 2000 e ricostruito sulla Hill 833. Su questa collina passa una strada sterrata usata dai coloni israeliani come percorso di trekking. I cinque palestinesi sono stati attaccati da due coloni israeliani che stavano percorrendo questo sentiero con un quad.

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

 

Per informazioni:
Operazione Colomba, +972 54 99 25 773

[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: International volunteer attacked and injured by Israeli army

aprile 14, 2014 at 6:08 am

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April 14, 2014

At Tuwani – On April 11 an international volunteer was attacked and injured by Israeli army, while coming back from accompanying Palestinian shepherds near Susiya.

The Palestinian village of Susiya is surrounded by the Israeli settlement of Suseya, the outpost of Suseya’s Ancient Synagogue and the military base of Suseya North, where the Palestinian shepherds were nearby grazing. The Palestinian inhabitants of Susiya are struggling through the nonviolent popular resistance in order to gain the right to access their own lands and to live a dignified life.

At 14:10 pm, two international volunteers were leaving the place after having accompanied four Palestinian shepherds to graze on their own lands. They had just got in the stopped car on the street that connects Susiya and Yatta (where two other internationals were waiting for them), when two Israeli soldiers arrived from the military base and intimated them to get out from the car.

While the group was standing near the street, two army vehicles approached. As soon as the second vehicle arrived, the soldiers got immediately out from the jeep. The commander and four more soldiers physically blocked one international and tried to grab his camera, to handcuff him and to put him into the jeep, tugging at him and beating him. In the meanwhile other soldiers blocked the other volunteers, preventing them from taping as best the aggression that lasted for 13 minutes.

Because of the attack, the international volunteer was injured. He had a bleeding wound on his elbow and he received a hard blow on the lower abdomen, whereby the intervention of the ambulance was needed. The soldiers also tried to block the doctors to prevent the injured to get into the ambulance, until the Israeli Police came and gave the permission to leave.

The volunteer attacked was hospitalized in Yatta and the other three were detained in Kiryat Arba Police station and released after five hours. The Police held all the videos of the incident to investigate on it and the three internationals were given expulsion orders from South Hebron Hills area for 14 to 16 days.

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

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[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.]

P/R: Palestinian schoolchildren attacked by Israeli settlers, in South Hebron Hills

aprile 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Military escort misconduct exposes Palestinian children to risk on their way to and from school

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April 9, 2014

At Tuwani – On April 9, children from the Palestinian villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed were attacked by settlers coming from the Israeli illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on. The children were walking to school, accompanied by the Israeli military escort that has the duty to protect them everyday on their way to and from school, as established in 2004 by the Children Rights Committee of the Knesset. During the 2013-2014 school year the misconduct this military escort has exposed the children to dangerous risks in numerous occasions.

In order to reach the school in the village of At Tuwani, the Palestinian children coming from the nearby byvillages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, aged between 6 and 17 years, usually walk through the shortest route, about 20 minutes walking, that passes between the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833). This route is the main road linking their villages and At Tuwani.

On the morning of April 9 at 7:40 am, two Israeli children coming from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on attacked the Palestinian children by trowing them stones with slingshots. Two Palestinian girls, aged 12 and 14, were hit on their legs by the stones and were injured. At the moment of the attack the Israeli soldiers were not walking with the children as they are supposed to, but were all inside the military vehicle, following behind the group of children.

Everyday international volunteers monitor the regular implementation of the IDF escort for an average number of 16 children, aged between 6 and 17 years old, coming from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed. August 25 marked the beginning of the school year 2013-2014 and 132 days of school have been recorded so far. The escort was not present in 5 mornings and 6 afternoons, forcing the children to walk a longer and still dangerous path that takes them about one hour to reach the school. During the current school year international volunteers registered that in 30% of the cases the military escort was late (27% during the previous school year 2012-2013), causing children the loss of about 8 hours of lessons (17 in 2012-2013). In addition, in 50% of the cases (52% in 2012-2013) the military escort arrived late after school, forcing the children to wait in a dangerous place (the gathering one), close to both the settlement and the outpost, for a total time of about 12 hours (19 in 2012-2013). In contravention to the escort’s protective mandate, in 96% of the cases (i.e. 127 out of 132 recorded cases in which the escort was present) the Israeli military failed to fully complete the escort and the soldiers did not accompany the children to the end of the established path (78% in 2012-2013). Furthermore thus far in 2013-2014 school year, in 82% (37% in 2012-2013) of the cases the escort didn’t walk with the children, as established in the agreement between the Israel Civil Administration’s District Coordination Office (DCO) and the mayor of At Tuwani.

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

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

For further information:
Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773

[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.]