UPDATE: Havat Ma’on settlers attack Palestinian children

febbraio 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Children and Operation Dove volunteers on the longer path

 Children and Operation Dove volunteers on the longer path

 

Settlers with sticks chasing children and Operation Dove volunteers.

Settlers with sticks chasing children and Operation Dove volunteers.

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After waiting for more than an hour for the soldiers assigned to escort them home after school in At Tuwani,  five Palestinian schoolchildren, aged 8-15, were chased by Israeli settlers armed with sticks as they attempted to reach their homes in the Palestinian village of Tuba.

The attack took place in the early afternoon of Thursday, February 15, as the children attempted to walk home  on a path near the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on. Before the attack Operation Dove  volunteers and Israeli lawyers made multiple phone calls to the Israeli army to inform them that the military escort tasked with ensuring the safety of the children had not arrived, but the army did not respond. Without the military escort  the children were unable to walk home on the road which directly connects their villages, but which runs near Ma’on settlement and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on. Operation Dove volunteers therefore  accompanied the five children as they tried to reach their homes using an alternative path around the outpost.  As the group passed near Havat Ma’on three settlers ran after the children with sticks and attempted  to prevent them from reaching Tuba.  The children and volunteers were forced to run in order to escape the attack.

Thursday’s failure by the military to adequately protect the children from settler violence and guarantee their right to education was not an isolated incident.  Since the start of the current school semester in mid-January the military escort has been late repeatedly.  The children have been forced to wait in the open, regardless of rain and freezing temperatures, for a total of three and one half over 20 days of school. This policy of negligence on the part of the Israeli army continuously exposes theses children to the threat of settler violence as they attempt to access  their right to education.

Settlers running out of Havat Ma'on

Settlers running out of Havat Ma’on

UPDATE: Coloni di Havat Ma’on attaccano bambini palestinesi

Dopo aver atteso più di un’ora la scorta militare che li avrebbe dovuti accompagnare a casa, i bambini palestinesi di Tuba, finita la scuola, sono stati costretti a raggiungere casa percorrendo la strada lunga, accanto all’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’On: a quel punto sono stati rincorsi e minacciati dai coloni. L’attacco e’ avvenuto nel primo pomeriggio di giovedi’ 15 febbraio; era dall’aprile 2014 che non si registravano episodi cosi’ violenti contro i bambini palestinesi.  Bambini che sarebbero dovuti rientrare a Tuba sotto la protezione dell’ esercito israeliano, passando vicino la colonia di Ma’On, se non fosse che la scorta militare non si e’ presentata al punto di incontro. A nulla sono valse le sollecitazioni telefoniche dei volontari di Operazione Colomba e degli avvocati israeliani,  impegnati a contattare la base militare per assicurare copertura nel servizio di school patrol. Gli stessi volontari hanno accompagnato i bambini a casa attraverso il pericoloso  sentiero, a pochi metri dagli insediamento illegale di Havat Ma’On. Ed e’ proprio dall’ avamposto di Havat Ma’On che tre coloni sono scesi correndo verso i 5 bambini palestinesi e i volontari di Operazione Colomba. Sono scesi armati di bastoni, cercando di intercettare gli scolari diretti verso Tuba, costringendo i bambini a scappare correndo. Con la minaccia di venire aggrediti. Rientro che, a causa della mancata scorta militare e dell’ attacco dei coloni, e’ avvenuto con due ore di ritardo. Una negligenza non isolata visto che, dall’inizio del nuovo semestre scolastico, i soldati hanno obbligato i bambini ad attendere dopo la scuola al freddo e sotto la pioggia per un totale di 3 ore, accumulando 200 minuti di ritardo in soli 20 giorni. Tutto ciò espone i bimbi di Tuba alla violenza, sempre crescente, dei coloni israeliani.

Settlers chasing Palestinian children

Settlers chasing Palestinian children

Report – January 2017: Human Rights Violations and Popular Struggle in South Hebron Hills

febbraio 17, 2017 at 7:44 am

Read full report (PDF):
http://www.operationdove.org/docs/report/Report_HR_SHH_2017-01_Jan.pdf

General Overview

The month of January 2017 saw the approval of a massive construction program of new settlement homes, in clear opposition of December’s UN security council resolution, which described settlement building as a “flagrant violation” of international law and an obstacle to peace. Israeli authorities announced the plan to build almost 600 new houses in occupied East Jerusalem and other 2,500 in the West Bank, the possibility of annexing Ma’ale Adumim settlement, and the willingness to give the Palestinians “not exactly a state with full authority, rather a state minus”.

In the South Hebron Hills area Operation Dove volunteers recorded a wide range of human rights violations against Palestinians carried out by both Israeli forces and Israeli settlers.

VIDEO-UPDATE: 2017-02-15 Havat Ma’on settlers attack Palestinian children

febbraio 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm

UPDATE: Israeli forces raid At Tuwani after women and children’s nonviolent action

febbraio 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm


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This Saturday morning residents of the Palestinian village of At Tuwani were grazing sheep and enjoying a day of outdoor picnics when Israeli soldiers entered the village en masse, turning the peaceful village into a military theatre. The raid appeared to be part of the price paid by residents for their nonviolent resistance to settler violence in the South Hebron Hills:  twice in recent weeks Palestinians have gathered to peacefully plant olive trees on Palestinian land on the outskirts of the village, near the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on.

On the morning of February 11 more than a dozen Israeli soldiers entered the village in military vehicles. The heavily armed soldiers forced their way into houses and courtyards and began questioning the inhabitants, demanding to see all of their children between the ages of 13 and 18. They ordered Palestinians who asked for an explanation for the raid to show their ID’s, and forced several young men to spread their arms against buildings and cars while soldiers searched their bodies and clothing at gunpoint. The soldiers showed no official orders for the raid, but moved from house to house throughout the morning, questioning men and women, terrifying the children, and violating the human rights of the Palestinian residents of At Tuwani. Soldiers also demanded to see the passports of Operation Dove volunteers who were filming the raid.

Saturday’s military invasion was the second time in ten days that Israeli soldiers have completely disrupted work and life in the village of At Tuwani, and it will likely not be the last.  Before leaving the village this Saturday the soldiers threatened to return in the night.

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UPDATE: Esercito israeliano irrompe ad At Tuwani dopo azione non violenta di donne e bambini palestinesi.

Un nuovo raid militare israeliano ha occupato le strade del villaggio palestinese di At Tuwani, trasformando un normale sabato in un teatro militare: una probabile ritorsione per le azioni non violente che da giorni animano le colline a Sud di Hebron. La mattina dell’ 11 febbraio decine di soldati sono entrati ad At Tuwani, invadendo numerose case e perquisendo gli abitanti palestinesi senza mostrare ordini ufficiali. I militari hanno bussato alla porta di molte abitazioni, dicendo di essere alla ricerca di ragazzini di eta’ compresa tra i 13 e i 18 anni. Nel frattempo sono stati identificati gli uomini e allontanati, armi alla mano, chi poneva troppe domande. Stesso trattamento riservato ai volontari di Operazione Colomba ai quali inoltre non è stata data alcuna spiegazione sui motivi del raid e più volte sono stati minacciati ed invitati ad andarsene. Ma a farne le spese sono stati gli abitanti di At Tuwani, villaggio invaso da jeep e mezzi blindati delle forze israeliane, per la seconda volta in dieci giorni.

Attaccati ancora una volta nella loro quotidianità. Molti ragazzi sono stati fermati, girati con le mani al muro e perquisiti da un soldato, mentre un collega riprendeva e un altro ancora puntava loro il mitra addosso. Tutta la mattinata è stata segnata da un via vai di mezzi militari e incursioni violente che hanno portato le forze israeliane a violare nuovamente  la dignità e i diritti degli abitanti di At-Tuwani. Prima di lasciare il villaggio i soldati hanno inoltre minacciato le famiglie di tornare, questa volta nel buio della notte.

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Protetto: SIMAP JANUARY 2017

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UPDATE: New roots for the non-violent resistance

febbraio 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm


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Apparently it is a crime to plant a tree in the South Hebron Hills: an unwritten law, hidden in the code of the Israeli occupation and applying only to Palestinians. About one hudred people gathered yesterday in the village of At Tuwani to plant dozens of olive trees on Palestinian land. As families arrived and joined the nonviolent action the air was filled with the shouts and calls of children and the aroma of bread being prepared nearby by the women of the village. As the stones warmed in small fires and the bread began to rise, settlers from the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on appeared at the edge of the outpost, talking on phones, alerting the Israeli army, police and civil administration. As the bread began to bake, Israeli soldiers, border police, civil police, civil administration personnel and armed settlers appeared amongst the cherry trees of the outpost, ready to remove the Palestinians and the trees from their land. Today the village resisted, settling the new trees into the land, boiling kettles of tea, and coating fresh bread with fragrant zatar and olive oil. Families ate together while above them on the hill the jeeps of the Israeli military circled, and settlers watched the new trees, perhaps dreaming of how they will uproot them in the night. Today is the hebrew holiday of Tu Bishvat; the New Year of the Trees. In the South Hebron hills freedom to plant trees only exists for the Israelis.

 

UPDATE: Nuove radici per la resistenza non-violenta.

Sembra che piantare ulivi sia reato nelle colline a Sud di Hebron. Una legge non scritta che vale solo per i palestinesi, inserita idealmente nel codice dell’Occupazione israeliana. Ieri a Tuwani si sono ritrovati circa cento palestinesi per mettere in dimora decine e decine di ulivi, su terreno palestinese. Tante famiglie per un’azione non violenta, molti bambini e donne intente a cuocere il pane su pietre. Situazione che ha portato i coloni israeliani di Ma’On e dell’avamposto di Havat Ma’On ad allertare esercito, polizia e Amministrazione israeliana. Così, poco dopo, dai filari dei ciliegi sono salite jeep di militari e della polizia, accompagnate da coloni armati, giunte sul posto per allontanare i palestinesi. Allontanarli dalla loro terra. Il villaggio ha deciso di resistere organizzando un pranzo a base di pane e zatar mentre il carosello di mezzi militari e di coloni sfiorava i nuovi ulivi, già presi di mira. Gli stessi coloni che si stanno preparando per il Tu BiShvat, ossia il Capodanno degli Alberi, che si festeggia proprio oggi. Nelle colline a Sud di Hebron la libertà di piantare alberi esiste solo per gli israeliani.

VIDEO-UPDATE: Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli Forces invade the village of At Tuwani after a Palestinian women’s nonviolent action

febbraio 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

A DANGEROUS ROAD TO EDUCATION: SUMMARY OF THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR – 1 st SEMESTER

gennaio 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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data collected on the period: 2016/08/28 – 2017/01/10

Children from the Palestinian villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al-Abeed began the first semester of the 2016-17 school year with Israeali soldiers escorting them to their school in the nearby Palestinian village of At-Tuwani. This is the thirteenth continuous year that these children have needed a military escort in order to walk to school safely.
To get to school the children must walk along a road which once provided easy travel between the villages, but which now runs between the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on. For the past thirteen years violent behavior by settlers from the outpost, the existence of which is illegal under both Israeli and International law, has made the road inaccessible to Palestinians. Even escorted by Israeli soldiers the schoolchildren continue to face the possibility of violence, harassment and intimidation as they walk to and from school.
During the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year an average of eight children between the ages of six and 16 walked with a military escort to and from school in the Palestinian village of At- Tuwani. Under Israeli Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights order, the military escort is responsible for protecting the children from settler violence and intimidation throughout their walk to school in the morning, and their return trip home in the afternoon.

Operation Dove volunteers documented multiple instances in which the military escort failed to provide protection to the children, leaving them vulnerable to settler violence on many occasions during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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UPDATE: The tent resists

gennaio 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

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Soldiers, settlers and Israeli Civil Administration (DCO) passed by. They looked  at the tent built by the Palestinians of At Tuwani for the schoolchildren who have to wait  for an Israeli military escort in order to walk home from school past the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on. For four days and three nights the tent has resisted the threat of demolition by the Israeli  Army and Civil Administration.  Dozens of Palestinians kept watch over the area until nightfall.

Outside the tent is the Israeli settlement of Ma’on,  illuminated by 59 lampposts. Inside  the tent there is a fire to warm the hearts of the people. The fire Illuminates the writing on the tent: ” Our children have the right to education”.

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UPDATE: La tenda resiste

Sono passati soldati, coloni e Dco. Hanno gettato i loro sguardi sulla tenda costruita dai palestinesi per i bambini che vanno a scuola; studenti che devono attendere all’aperto la scorta militare dell’esercito israeliano per rientrare a casa, attraversando la colonia di Ma’On. La tenda resiste da 4 giorni e 3 notti. Dopo le minacce di demolizione da parte di Dco ed esercito israeliano decine di palestinesi hanno presidiato l’area. Fino a notte fonda.

Da un lato della valle la colonia illuminata da 59 lampioni, dall’altra la tenda palestinese ospita fuoco per scaldare thè e animi. Un fuoco che illumina il messaggio scritto sui lati della struttura: “Our children have the right to education”.    

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UPDATE: Israeli Army threatens children tent with demolition before completion

gennaio 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

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This morning men and women from the Palestinian village of At Tuwani gathered at the edge of the village to build a new tent to provide shelter for the children from nearby villages who have to wait after school in At Tuwani for a military escort in order to walk home. On days when the Israeli soldiers are late the children sometimes have to wait for as much as an hour in rain or intense sun. The present tent is a reconstruction; this is the third time that the village has gathered to build a tent for the children. The first tent was built in 2014 and was immediately demolished and confiscated by the Israeli army without a demolition order. The second tent was built in 2015 and was also demolished by Israeli soldiers shortly after it was constructed. The village hopes that this third tent will last for the remainder of this school year.

Soldiers are not normally present on the private Palestinian land where the tent now stands, however today the small plot of land received three visits from the Israeli army. During the first visit soldiers arrived by jeep, photographed the tent, and left. In the second visit the soldiers warned the assembled villagers that they considered the tent to be illegal, and in their third visit the soldiers told the people that, “If you do not remove the tent others will come to demolish it” As the soldiers were leaving the area a settler drove along the nearby road leading out from the Illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on.

Women and men from the village remained gathered in the tent, drinking tea near a fire as the sun went down. The hope is to see the tent standing and whole in the morning.

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UPDATE: L’Esercito Israeliano minaccia di distruggere la tenda per i bambini prima che venga ultimata

Questa mattina donne e uomini di Tuwani si sono riuniti ai bordi del villaggio per costruire una nuova tenda. Tenda pensata per accogliere i bambini che, come ogni giorno, attendono all’aperto la scorta militare per l’accompagnamento da scuola a casa. Un’attesa che può durare anche ore, sotto la pioggia o il sole cocente. Più che di una costruzione si tratta di ricostruzione: è la terza volta che i palestinesi montano una tenda del genere. La prima nel 2014 a cui è seguita immediata demolizione da parte dell’amministrazione israeliana, con confisca della struttura senza alcun ordine di demolizione ufficiale, la seconda nel 2015 anche questa demolita poco dopo, la terza, quella di oggi, tutti sperano che possa durare per l’intero anno scolastico.

Non è un caso che per tutta la giornata si siano ripetute visite dell’Esercito israeliano. Su terreno privato palestinese. Prima per fare fotografie ai lavori, poi per avvisare che la tenda sarebbe illegale, infine la minaccia: “se non la buttate giù voi, verranno gli altri a demolirla”. Gli “altri” sono i coloni di Ma’On e dell’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’On o forse l’esercito stesso. Così le donne e gli uomini di Tuwani hanno deciso di accendere un fuoco dentro la tenda, preparando un thé, finché il sole è calato.

La speranza è di rivedere la tenda ancora integra domani mattina.