UPDATE: Demonstration in solidarity with arrested activists and Al Mufaqarah village

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On January 23, Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals gathered in At-Tuwani village and walked to Al Mufaqarah Palestinian village to remark their commitment in the joint struggle against Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

They joined together to express their solidarity to three activists, Israelis and Palestinian, that are still in Israeli jail without any clear charge and exposed to degrading treatment. Demonstrators also express their support to the inhabitants of Al Mufaqarah village, targeted in the last week by demolitions, confiscations of building materials and night raid by Israeli Army.

Despite repressive and unwarranted measures implemented by Israeli Army, the participants of the demonstration expressed their will to continue popular nonviolent resistance in South Hebron Hills.

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UPDATE:  Manifestazione in solidarietà ai tre attivisti detenuti e al villaggio di Mufaqarah

Il 23 gennaio, palestinesi, israeliani e internazionali si sono riuniti nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e hanno marciato fino al villaggio di Al Mufaqarah per rimarcare il loro impegno nella comune lotta contro l’occupazione militare israeliana dei Territori Palestinesi.

I partecipanti hanno espresso la loro solidarietà ai tre attivisti, due israeliani e un palestinese, ancora nelle prigioni israeliane, senza un’accusa precisa e sottoposti a trattamenti degradanti. Il supporto dei partecipanti è andato anche agli abitanti del villaggio palestinese di Mufaqarah, che nell’ultima settimana è stato l’obiettivo di demolizioni, della confisca di materiale da costruzione e di raid notturni da parte dell’esercito israeliano.

Nonostante le misure repressive e ingiustificate messe in atto dalle forze di occupazione israeliane, i partecipanti alla manifestazione hanno espresso con forza la volontà di portare avanti la resistenza popolare non violenta nelle colline a sud di Hebron.

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UPDATE: Israeli forces demolish four tents in South Hebron Hills

gennaio 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

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On January 20, Israeli Army, DCO (District Coordination office) and Border Police demolished two tents in Suseya Palestinian village. Soldiers didn’t give Palestinian family enough time to save all their properties before the tents were demolished.

Shortly after Israeli forces reached Al Mufaqarah Palestinian village where they destroyed another two tents, despite the attempt of the Palestinian community to prevent the demolition.

According to OCHA (UN agency) over 13,000 Palestinian-owned structures are affected by demolition orders. Due to the lack of adequate planning and discriminatory allocation of public land, it is nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits in most of Area C, that encompasses more than 60 per cent of the West Bank, under direct control of Israeli occupying forces.

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UPDATE: Forze israeliane demoliscono quattro tende nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Il 20 gennaio, l’esercito israeliano, DCO (Amministrazione civile nei Territori occupati) e Border Police hanno demolito due tende nel villaggio palestinese di Suseya. I soldati non hanno dato alla famiglia palestinese il tempo necessario per mettere in salvo tutte le loro proprietà prima di distruggere completamente la loro abitazione.

Poco dopo le forze israeliane hanno raggiunto il villaggio palestinese di Al Mufaqarah dove, nonostante il tentativo della comunità palestinese di impedire la demolizione, hanno distrutto altre due tende.

Secondo l’agenzia delle Nazioni Unite OCHA oltre 13.000 strutture di proprietà palestinese sono sotto ordine di demolizione. A causa della mancanza di un’adeguata pianificazione e dell’assegnazione discriminatoria del suolo pubblico, è quasi impossibile per i palestinesi ottenere permessi di costruzione nella maggior parte dell’Area C, che comprende oltre il 60 per cento della Cisgiordania, sotto il diretto controllo delle forze di occupazione israeliane.

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UPDATE: Israeli army denies the right to water in Al Mufaqarah Palestinian village

gennaio 17, 2016 at 6:40 pm

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On January 17, in the morning, Israeli Civil Administration officers and soldiers seized a compressor, a power generator, a pneumatic drill, a pulley and two iron carts in Al Mufaqarah Palestinian village, in the South Hebron Hills.

The inhabitants were building a new well that received a stop working order. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas to scatter Palestinian women and children who were trying to prevent the seize.

With the only exception of At-Tuwani village, all the Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills don’t have running water and they have to rely on wells and tanks for the water supply.
The connection to the water system or the construction of new wells, however, is almost always prohibited by the Israeli Civil Administration, denying sufficient, safe, accessible and affordable water: a fundamental and universal human right.

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UPDATE: Esercito israeliano nega il diritto all’acqua nel villaggio palestinese di Al-Mufaqarah.

La mattina del 17 gennaio ufficiali della DCO (Amministrazione Civile) e soldati israeliani hanno sequestrato un compressore, un generatore di corrente, un martello pneumatico, una carrucola e due carrelli di ferro nel villaggio palestinese  di Al Mufaqarah, nelle colline a sud di Hebron.

Gli abitanti stavano costruendo un nuovo pozzo che ha ricevuto un ordine di stop dei lavori. I soldati israeliani hanno sparato gas lacrimogeni per disperdere le donne e ragazze palestinesi che cercavano di impedire la confisca.

Fatta eccezione per il villaggio di At-Tuwani, tutte le comunità palestinesi nelle colline a sud di Hebron non hanno l’acqua corrente e devono fare affidamento su pozzi e cisterne per il rifornimento idrico. Il collegamento alla rete idrica o la costruzione di nuovi pozzi è però quasi sempre vietato dalla Amministrazione Civile Israeliana nei Territori Occupati, non permettendo di avere una quantità d’acqua sufficiente, sicura, accessibile e a buon mercato e negando così un diritto umano fondamentale e universale.

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UPDATE: Palestinians families demand the return of the bodies held by Israel

dicembre 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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On December 17 Operation Dove volunteers participated to the march called by 21 families of the Palestinians recently killed by the Israeli forces .

Families of those killed, and a number of Palestinian officials, gathered to protest against Israel’s policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians who carried out attacks on Israelis, or who were suspected of doing so.

Participants condemned the use of collective punishment as severe restrictions on movement, mass arrest campaigns and martyrs’ home demolitions.

Are called “martyrs” all the Palestinians died or killed by the Israeli forces in the Palestine liberation struggle.

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UPDATE: Manifestazione per chiedere la restituzione dei corpi trattenuti da Israele

Il 17 dicembre i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno partecipato alla marcia organizzata da 21 famiglie di palestinesi uccisi negli ultimi mesi dalle forze israeliane.

I familiari dei caduti, e diverse autorità palestinesi, si sono riuniti per protestare contro la politica israeliana del trattenere i corpi dei palestinesi che hanno compiuto attacchi contro israeliani, o sono sospettati di averlo fatto.

I partecipanti hanno condannato l’uso di punizioni collettive come le rigide limitazioni di movimento, campagne di arresti di massa e demolizioni delle case dei martiri. Vengono chiamati “martiri” tutti i palestinesi morti o uccisi dalle forze israeliane nella lotta di liberazione della Palestina.

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UPDATE: Israeli army confiscate building material and a car in the Palestinian village of Tabban

dicembre 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

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On December 9, Israeli forces entered the Palestinian village of Tabban in Massafer Yatta (so called Firing Zone 918) and confiscated some building materials. Other building materials and tools were confiscated in the same village three days before, on December 6. While they were leaving the area, Israeli army and DCO confiscated also a car with four Palestinians that were directed to Nablus, leaving them on foot.

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When Operation Dove volunteers tried to approach the Palestinians and ask for explanations, soldiers prevented them to get close and aggressively intimated them to leave the area. They also threatened to push them back forcefully.

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People from Massafer Yatta are suffering from the lack of basic services (such as water-supply, electricity connections, building permissions) and because of continuous training of the Israeli forces among the villages.

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UPDATE: L’esercito israeliano confisca materiale da costruzione e un’auto nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban

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Il 9 dicembre, l’esercito israeliano è entrato nel villaggio palestinese di Tabban nella Massafer Yatta (cosiddetta Firing Zone 918) e ha confiscato alcuni materiali da costruzione. Altro materiale e alcuni strumenti di lavoro erano stati confiscati nello stesso villaggio tre giorni prima, il 6 dicembre. Mentre stavano lasciando l’area, la DCO e i soldati israeliani hanno confiscato anche un’auto su cui viaggiavano quattro palestinesi diretti a Nablus, lasciandoli a piedi. Quando i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno provato ad avvicinarsi ai palestinesi e a chiedere spiegazioni, i soldati glielo hanno impedito e con fare aggressivo gli hanno intimato di lasciare l’area, minacciandoli anche di usare la forza.

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Gli abitanti della Massafer Yatta risentono della mancanza dei servizi di base (fornitura idrica, corrente elettrica, permessi di costruzione) e di continue esercitazioni dell’esercito israeliano tra i villaggi.

UPDATE: Demolition orders delivered in Al Mufaqarah village

dicembre 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

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On November 29, two demolition orders have been delivered to a Palestinian family living in Al Mufaqarah village. The demolition orders for one house and one storage follow two stop working orders delivered on July 16, 2012. The thirteen members of the targeted family have three days to appeal to the Court against the decision before the orders become effective, on December 2.

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UPDATE: Ordini di demolizione consegnati nel villaggio di Al Mufaqarah

Il 29 novembre, due ordini di demolizione sono stati consegnati a una famiglia palestinese del villaggio di Al Mufaqarah. Gli ordini di demolizione sono relativi ad una abitazione ed un deposito  e seguono due ordini di stop ai lavori che erano stati consegnati il 16 luglio 2012. La famiglia, composta da tredici membri, ha tre giorni per fare ricorso contro la decisone prima che gli ordini diventino effettivi il 2 dicembre.

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UPDATE : Israeli army demolished a well and two cow shelters near Hebron.

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Today, November 12th, Operation Dove volunteers reported demolitions in Al Kalil il Sharaboti. Israeli Army, DCO (District Coordination office) and Border Police demolished 3 structures: a well and two cow shelters.

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These kind of demolitions badly affects the Palestinian economy, leaving farmers without any income and pushing their communities out of Area C.

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UPDATE : Esercito israeliano demolisce un pozzo e due allevamenti per bovini vicino a Hebron.

Oggi, 12 novembre i volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno documentato demolizioni in Al Kalil il Sharaboti. L’amministrazione israeliana dei Territori insieme all’esercito hanno demolito un pozzo e due allevamenti per bovini.

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Queste demolizioni danneggiano gravemente l’economia palestinese, lasciando gli allevatori senza redditi e forzando le loro comunità a spostarsi fuori dall’area C.

Israel’s Defamation of Judaism: The Rape of the Palestinian People

ottobre 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

By Norman Pollack

October 19, 2015 

SJPIsrael has come a long way since 1967 in the construction of an apartheid state and society with respect to the Palestinians, in truth, the proto-Nazification of policy and conduct in which the gas chamber has been replaced by the more protracted denial of life to the victims of an ethnocentric/racial ideology achieved through the degradation of a whole people: a faucet of inhumanity left running, where genocide is administered in drips rather than in a torrent. But even the latter holds, as now, as the misery and hopelessness sinks into the consciousness of the oppressed, almost as a conscious strategy of still more acute humiliation in the hope that signs of resistance will give pretext and excuse for a show of force and further clamping down.

The bombardment of Gaza last summer, a replay of Guernica as a lengthier exercise in domination, artillery replacing the dive bomber, was merely an example of the stored-up hatred and contempt Israelis displayed toward the Palestinians, a twisted mindset crossing the line from punitiveness to outright psychosis as though squashing an ant hill. Israelis do not concede the humanity of their victims, and perhaps do not even see them as victims but mere objects to be pushed around and, as a useful object lesson to them, swept aside, their houses bulldozed, their land taken away, the science of humiliation raised to a fine art. I turn now to the New York Times article by Jodi Rudoren, “East Jerusalem, Bubbling Over With Despair,” Oct. 18, a more sympathetic account of the Palestinians’ plight than is the wont of The Times,

and therefore to be taken seriously given the usual partiality of the paper.

This, remember, is only now, and not a summary of the decades of oppression which provide context for the events of today. She writes: “East Jerusalem, long the emotional heart of Palestinian life, is now the fiery soul of its discontent.” The recent stabbing attacks—which in my heart I cannot condemn so much as recognize as the desperation of youth otherwise powerless, without dignity or opportunity, they and their parents denied an honorable identity, and hence striking out in any way they can—originated “from within the city’s borders,” an area which also finds, for example, “Fuad Hamed, a successful businessman who condemns the wave of violence but shares the frustration and alienation underlying this new uprising.” Well stated, and I guess what I meant above is that Israelis share in the crimes with equal blood on their hands. Youths do not take knife in hand unless under severest provocation, knowing they will be killed instantly and retaliation taken on their parents. To Israelis, however, they are animals, nothing more, as a way of shielding from the Israeli mind, as a gigantic defense mechanism, the barbarism practiced.

(The scene, not in Rudoren’s account: a knife-wielding teenager, shot multiple times, lying dead on the pavement; a crowd gathers, chanting, “Son of a whore,” “Son of a whore.”)

We see the situation through the eyes of Abu Hamed, hardly an extremist. At 44, he lectures at Hebrew University, “runs two clinics in Israel’s health system, and lives on a comfortable home among Sur Baher’s [a neighborhood of 18,000] tangle of crowded hills.” From his balcony he sees “sprawling Jewish enclaves that he said were ‘built on our lands,’ and the ugly barrier Israel erected that splits Sur Baher from the occupied West Bank.” (Rudoren has the grace to use the word “occupied.”) Hamed takes in more: “These days, he can also see the Israeli soldiers who have blocked two of the neighborhood’s exits and set up a checkpoint to search cars [and people, a photo showing a man raising his shirt before a soldier, rifle in hand] at the third, making the city’s psychic division all the more concrete.” This, a well-to-do section of Jerusalem, not like the poverty found in the Old City and elsewhere. Hamed: “’You have a lot of evidence that you are not a human being.’”

He continues: “’The problem is the policy, because all the time as a Palestinian here you feel that they want to take you out of the city, you have a lot of problems that do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city. IT’S KILLING FROM INSIDE ALL THE TIME.’” (emphasis added) This is a form of genocide practiced internally, and reminds me—“they do not allow you to feel that you are part of the city”—of the system of segregation I witnessed and was repulsed by, growing up in the American South. Rudoren, in highlighting the feelings on both sides, raises the point that Jerusalem’s Palestinians feel “like the neglected stepchildren of both City Hall and the Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in the West Bank and is barred from operating in Jerusalem. They do not feel wanted here, or part of what is happening there.” An enforced separation, yet frustration, one also surmises, because of Ramallah’s lackluster militancy and lack of leadership.

Rudoren explains further: “Civic and cultural institutions decamped years ago for the West Bank city of Ramallah. In Arab East Jerusalem, there are too few classrooms, and too many dropouts. It is difficult to get a permit to expand a home; 98 illegal structures were demolished last year. Three-quarters of the population lives below Israel’s poverty line.” This last is the clincher, and can be multiplied throughout the territories, from the squalor of living conditions to the blockade preventing medicines from reaching Gaza. City residency permits local travel for Palestinians, yet that only reveals to them the heightened contrast in lifestyle between themselves and Israelis. In the words of Sari Nusseibeh, a past president of Al Quds University: “’On the one hand, yes, you have open access to Israeli society—on the other hand you also have more knowledge about the discrimination that’s being practiced against you. Major issues that you identify with as a Palestinian and a Muslim, your dignity and self-respect, your position, your role, these are in total and constant conflict.’”

The upshot? Rudoren readily admits that the recent stabbings “that have killed seven Israeli Jews, five of them in Jerusalem, since Oct. 1,” as well as “at least 16 suspected assailants … shot dead by Israelis … along with more than 20 other Palestinians in clashes with security forces,” have a longer-term causation. At the very least, “East Jerusalem has been a hotbed since July 2014, when Jewish extremists kidnapped and murdered [i.e., burned him alive] Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old from the Shufat neighborhood.” Following that, there were approximately 1,600 stone-throwing incidents over the next three months and 700 arrested. This year, Sept. 13-Oct 15, 380 were detained, “171 of them minors.” The account does not relate the armed response, including the use of live ammunition.

Some background: “Arab East Jerusalem is not a single place but a series of some two dozen disparate satellites.” Hamed’s neighborhood is better off; many are overcrowded, poverty-ridden, somewhat isolated. How did it get this way? Rudoren’s discussion is forthright: “Israel captured it all from Jordan in the 1967 war, and expanded Jerusalem’s boundaries to 27 square miles from 2.3. Israel’s annexation was rejected by the United Nations, and most of the world considers the territory occupied.” She adds, “Today, 200,000 Jews live beyond Israel’s original border, most in new developments—widely considered illegal settlements—like those Mr. Abu Hamed can see from his balcony, 2,000 scattered among the Palestinian enclaves.”

To all intents and purposes, Jerusalem personifies apartheid, Hamed’s own neighborhood each day having a “line of cars at the lone remaining exit … stretched for hundreds of yards,” and, as an example, “Moussa Dabash, 44, who runs a tour-bus company, said he was searched under his shirt and between his legs.” This is a microcosm of the imposed dependence and humiliation: “’If I say a word, they’ll accuse me of trying to stab them,’ he said. The soldier who searched me, I told him, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Because you are terrorists.’” Hamed, also delayed, related that “a couple and their two children died in a fire last year …. because engines are dispatched to Sur Baher from another Palestinian neighborhood rather than from the closer Jewish ones.”

That is not the Judaism I grew up with and was raised in, inceptively small “d” democratic in every respect, particularly on issues of race and poverty. As Jews, we knew discrimination and could more readily empathize with those also discriminated against, blacks, those in poverty, other minorities, labor in general, all the while rising above the grubbiness and intolerance of an America, already in the 1940s from the standpoint of my personal experience, saturated in conspicuous consumption, xenophobia, antiradical, rising above—even if an escape—to beauty and excellence in everything from human intelligence to sports to aesthetics, participation in the universality of creativity in whatever form it took. This did not have to be an exclusively Jewish trait, and indeed it was the very spirit of cosmopolitanism that gave it energy and a certain sublimity, and freed it from chauvinistic dogmatism. Jews, whether observant or secular, identified with the common man, using the term unself-consciously, just as in the 1940s, and before my adolescence, in the 1930s, antifascist. That is the Judaism Israel has defamed, I might even say, desecrated, so that rape of the Palestinians, as in the title, refers not just to their bodies, but their identity of personhood, their being, that has been violated.

My New York Times Comment on the Rudoren article, same date, follows:

As a Jew, I am deeply ashamed of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. Israel is a horrible corruption of Judaism, a world religion identified before the 1960s with a deeply penetrating HUMANISM that was reflected in knowledge, observance, music, the arts in general, scientific learning and mathematics, and liberal politics. Now, so much of that rich heritage is gone, insulted by the actions, condescension, ethos of contemporary Israel, and infecting all of world Jewry.

Israelis have shown themselves beyond cruelty, an internalization of the very darkness that resulted in the Holocaust, only now it is the Palestinians of today who are the Jews of yesterday and the Israelis of today who show the arrogance of those who formerly persecuted the Jews. Israelis gleefully show their muscle at every turn, delighting in the humiliation of the Palestinians and not realizing how this not only violates the teachings of Torah but reveals the inner evil and psychological rot of those who dominate.

How sticks and stones, even knives, can be taken as other than marks of desperation, as meanwhile Israeli security forces have the latest, most lethal weapons, and are prepared to use them as a reflex action, shows the gross imbalance of force. How did it come to this? As a youth growing up in the 1940s-50s I saw Israel as the paragon of democratic socialism (even then I was unaware of the the start of ethnic cleansing and contempt for the Palestinians). Far worse today.

Norman Pollack has written on Populism. His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism.

UPDATE : Clashes in Southern Hebron Hills, after the killing of Palestinian teenager.

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On October 7, after Israeli forces killed one Palestinian boy (from Yatta city, aged 17) who tried to stab a soldier in Kiryat Gat (according with Israeli Police sources) , clashes took place in many place of the Southern West Bank.

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At Around 03:15 p.m. clashes erupted at the entrance of At Tuwani village. After demonstrators burned some tires, Israeli forces arrived in order to repress the gathering. Clashes continued up to the Palestinian village of Al Birkeh, where Israeli settlers had a trip last week. During the clashes an armed settler run towards Palestinian, in order to attack them. No persons wounded to report.

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At around 5:00 p.m. Israeli forces tried to enter the city of Yatta (area A) in order to demolish the house of the boy killed as collective punishment, but they were prevented to reach the house by the Palestinian population. Inhabitants of Yatta blocked all the accesses to the city with roadblocks.

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UPDATE : Scontri nel sud della Cisgiordania, dopo l’uccisione di un giovane palestinese di Yatta

Mercoledì 7 ottobre , dopo l’uccisione da parte delle forze israeliane di un palestinese ventunenne di Yatta a Kiryat Gat (che secondo fonti della polizia israeliana avrebbe tentato di accoltellare un soldato), diversi scontri tra palestinesi e esercito israeliano sono avvenuti nel sud della Cisgiordania.

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Attorno alle 15:15 sono iniziati degli scontri all’entrata del villaggio di At Tuwani. In seguito all’incendio di alcune ruote da parte di manifestanti palestinesi, le forze israeliane sono arrivate per reprimere la protesta. Gli scontri sono poi continuati sino al villaggio palestinese di Al Birkeh, in cui, la scorsa settimana c’era stato un attacco da parte di coloni israeliani. Durante gli scontri anche un colono armato ha rincorso i dimostranti, con l’intento di attaccarli. Non sono stati riportati feriti.

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Attorno alle 17:00 le forze israeliane hanno tentato di entrare a Yatta (area A) per demolire l’abitazione del ragazzo palestinese ucciso la mattina, come misura di “punizione collettiva”. I militari sono stati fermati dalla popolazione palestinese. Gli abitanti di Yatta infatti, hanno bloccato gli accessi alla città con dei roadblocks.

UPDATE: Stop work order delivered for school in South Hebron Hills

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On September 2, in the morning, Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO) and soldiers broke into the school of Shaab al-Butum, a Palestinian village situated in the South Hebron Hills.
DCO and soldiers irrupted into the backyard of the school and delivered stop work order for all the structure, including the fences. Therefore, they intimidated the children and interrupted the lessons.
The school is a brand-new structure that was inaugurated just last week. It encompasses the first six classes and receives thirty-two children coming from Shaab al-Butum and the surrounding villages. Without this school, the children would have to go to the further village of At-Tuwani or to the cities of Al-Birkeh and Yatta to attend classes.

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UPDATE: Ordine di fermo dei lavori consegnato ad una scuola nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Nella mattina del 2 settembre, ufficiali della Amministrazione civile israeliana (DCO) e soldati dell’esercito israeliano hanno fatto irruzione nella scuola di Shaab al-Butum, un villaggio palestinese situato nell’area delle colline a Sud di Hebron.
DCO e soldati sono entrati nel cortile della scuola e hanno consegnato ordini di fermo dei lavori per l’intera struttura, comprese le recinzioni esterne. Così facendo, hanno spaventato i bambini ed interrotto le lezioni.
La scuola è una struttura di recentissima costruzione, inaugurata soltanto la settimana scorsa. Comprende le classi dalla prima alla sesta ed accoglie trentadue bambini provenienti da Shaab al-Butum e dai villaggi limitrofi. Senza questa scuola, i bambini sarebbero costretti ad arrivare fino al villaggio di At-Tuwani o nelle città di Al-Birkeh e Yatta, molto più distanti, per frequentare le lezioni.

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