Nel posto giusto al momento giusto

novembre 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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Nel posto giusto al momento giusto

la risultante dei pensieri che riempiono la mia mente

condividere un pezzo della mia vita con chi la sua ha invasa dalla violenza
con chi da quando è nato sa che un giorno alla violenza riuscirà a dire addio per sempre

stare in ascolto, non proporre soluzioni, non azzardare medicine

stare vicino a chi soffre, a chi l’esercito occupante vuole superarlo alla distanza

una distanza che non si conosce, da percorrere a piedi o a dorso d’asino, fatta di umiliazioni quotidiane e di resistenza nonviolenta

camminare di nuovo sulla propria terra, dove stanno gli ulivi, dove sta la storia

quel pezzo di terra che fino a pochi anni fa gli era stato sottratto, zona militare chiusa era stata dichiarata

tornare ad arare per non smettere di lottare, solcare i campi con l’aratro per lasciare il segno, raccogliere le olive per assaporare la vittoria

chi meglio di loro sa di cosa c’è bisogno, chi meglio di loro conosce la ricetta della libertà

li guardo lavorare e i miei occhi si perdono tra le colline, confini invisibili tratteggiano il panorama

confini che impongono limiti dove prima limiti non esistevano, che mangiano terra a chi di terra si deve sfamare

Inshallah è arrivata la pioggia che i confini vuole cancellare

la natura si cambia d’abito, quello verde, sono mesi che aspettava di indossarlo

un nuovo equilibrio si diffonde tutto intorno, la collina rubata non è più la sola a mostrare l’abito della speranza

i coloni non sono più i soli a calpestare l’erba davanti a casa, è arrivata la pioggia a restituire l’acqua rubata

il banchetto è servito, il gregge si sparpaglia ed il pastore sta in allerta

un fischio da lontano, ci guardiamo

colono o soldato, stare o scappare, a lui sta la scelta

apro la videocamera e gli sorrido, non c’è problema è il nostro mantra

comunque vada oggi si è camminato, la terra non si è sentita sola, la terra non è stata dimenticata

comunque vada io la mia scelta l’ho fatta, nel posto giusto al momento giusto.

 

Abu Tawil

VIDEO-UPDATE : Palestinians remove roadblock In Southern Hebron HIlls.

novembre 16, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Harvesting in Nablus area

novembre 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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On October 30, several Palestinians accompanied by some international volunteers harvested olives trees near the israeli illegal outpost of Bracha. Abu Suleyman, the head of the family, had to ask the Israeli District Coordination Committee (DCO) for permission to harvest his piece of land. As a result, Abu Suleyman got a 2 days permit to harvest his 100 owned olive (a family of 8 members can harvest an average of 5 trees per day). Despite the agreement, Israeli soldiers on site dictated a time limit to 2 pm but, at around 1 pm, they showed up again to order to Palestinians to finish their work quickly and to leave in 10 min.

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Olive harvest is vital for the economic survival of countless Palestinian families and has become a political statement of resistance for Palestinians who don’t intend to leave their land.

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Raccogliendo nella zona di Nablus

Il 30 ottobre diversi palestinesi e volontari internazionali hanno raccolto le olive nelle vicinanze dell’avamposto illegale di Bracha. Il proprietario, Abu Suleyman ha dovuto ottenere un permesso dall’amministrazione civile israeliana per raccogliere sul proprio campo. Come risultato ha ottenuto un permesso di due giorni per raccogliere dai suoi 100 alberi (in media un famiglia di 8 membri riesce a raccogliere da circa 5 piante al giorno). nonostante l’accordo concesso, i soldati sul posto hanno dato un limite orario massimo fino alle ore 14:00 , per poi ripresentarsi alle 13:00 ordinando ai palestinesi di finire in fretta e lasciare l’area in 10 minuti.

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Il raccolto delle olive è vitale per il sostentamento economico di numerose famiglie palestinesi. E’ inoltre una rivendicazione politica di resistenza all’occupazione, perché dimostra la volontà dei palestinesi di rimanere sulle proprie terre.

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Right-wing activist attempted to stab Rabbis for Human Rigths head Arik Ascherman

ottobre 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

by Jerusalem Post

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A right wing activist attempted to stab Rabbis for Human Rights head Arik Ascherman (photo) who was helping Palestinians harvest olives near the settlement of Itamar in the Samaria Region of the West Bank, according to a spokesman for the group..

“The activist ran toward him [Ascherman] in a threatening way with a drawn knife,” a spokesman for Rabbis for Human Rights said. He added that Ascherman was unharmed.

A spokesman for Judea and Samaria police said that Ascherman had gone to the olive grove along with other left wing activists to help the Palestinians.

He added that after the Palestinian farmers had finished their work a group of left wing activists remained. An altercation broke out between them and right wing activists, the police said.

The spokesman added that officers were searching for the man suspected to attempting to stab Ascherman.

 

Olives harvesting has started this morning in South Hebron Hills

ottobre 22, 2015 at 10:15 am

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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.

Operation Dove concern about the ongoing escalation of violence in the West Bank

ottobre 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm

 

Tension increased up to the South Hebron Hills: several attacks against Palestinians

(italian follows)

Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have soared in recent days after two Israeli settlers were shot dead near Nablus on Thursday October 1 by suspected Palestinian attackers. Since the shootings, there has been an upsurge of settler attacks against Palestinian people and their property.

Clashes have erupted across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as a result of ongoing confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Palestinians religious authority claim that the continuos and repeated settler’s tours on the al-Aqsa mosque are provocating and violating the sacratility of one of the most important places for the muslims worshippers.

Israeli police says they are restricting access to the Old City of Jerusalem aftera Palestinian man killed two Israelis in the historic neighborhood.Only Israeli citizens, Old City residents, tourists, businesspeople working in the area and students studying there will be allowed to enter, police said in a statement Sunday.

A large number of Israeli settler attacks were reported across South Hebron Hills area during the weekend.

On October 3 at around 10 pm a group of settlers were reported to have stormed al-Birkeh (nearby Yatta), and assaulted an unarmed elderly Palestinian park guard (65 years old), locals said.

On October 3 at night, as Maan News reported, a group of settlers smashed the windows of a car belonging to a Palestinian doctor, Imad Abu Iram, near the village of Zif, south of Hebron.

On October 4, at about 2 am, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of As-Seefer. After having teared down the fence dividing the village from the settlement of Metzadot Yehuda which surround the palestinian village, the settlers started throwing stones to houses. The attack in the middle of the night scared all families living there and damaged a car, an aluminum canopy and solar panels. Children of As-Seefer, the day after the attack, were too afraid to cross the checkpoint to go to school, and decided to stay at home.

In the early morning of October 4, settlers from Mitzpe Yair illegal outpost closed the road from Birr al Idd to Jinba with a roadblock preventing Palestinian teachers to arrive on time to Jinba school.

On Monday October 5 in order to re-open the road,Palestinians and Ta’ayush Israeli activists removed the roadblock.

On October 5 in At-Tuwani village an army jeep entered the village at 11.25 p.m. and threw 4 stun granades between the houses scaring Palestinians in the middle of the night.

On Thursday October 6, at around 2:00 a.m. settlers raided the village of As-Sefeer for the second time in three days. Settlers threw stones against houses and families, injuring one children of 12 years old from the Abu Qpeita’s family. Settlers also damaged again the solar panels of the village. The injured children was took to Yatta hospital.

 

OD is registering a very fast escalation of settlers and Israeli military violence in all the West Bank.

This violence against Palestinian civil population cannot be considered as a “war against terrorism” neither cannot be justified with Israeli security needs, but is the direct consequence of the Israeli Occupation plan. 

OD looks at the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza siege, with its continuing settlement expansion and military repression, as the frame which this escalation is developing in.

OD rejects any kind of violence and recourse to weapon and, at the same time, recognizes the right for Palestinian people to resist.

OD is accompanying and supporting the palestinian nonviolent popular struggle.

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

 

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Operazione Colomba esprime preoccupazione per la continua escalation di violenza in Cisgiordania

Sale la tensione nelle Colline a Sud di Hebron : diversi gli attacchi ai danni dei Palestinesi

Le tensioni tra palestinesi e coloni israeliani si sono acuite negli ultimi giorni dopo che 2 coloni sono stati uccisi vicino Nablus giovedì 1 Ottobre in un attacco di cui sono sospettati i palestinesi. Da quel momento si è verificato un massiccio incremento di attacchi dei coloni contro la popolazione civile palestinese e le proprietà.

Gli scontri sono scoppiati in tutta la Cisgiordania, Gerusalemme Est compresa, come risultato del continuo confronto tra palestinesi e militari israeliani per il complesso della Moschea di Al-Aqsa. Le autorità religiose palestinesi recriminano per i continui e ripetuti tour dei coloni nella moschea di Al-Aqsa che sono stati percepiti come una provocazione e hanno violato la sacralità di uno dei luoghi più importanti per i fedeli mussulmani.

La polizia sraeliana comunica che le restrizioni all’accesso nella Città Vecchia di Gerusalemme sono dovute all’omicidio di due israeliani per mano di un palestinese avvenuto nel centro storico.

Solo i cittadini israeliani, i residenti della Città Vecchia, i turisti, gli uomini d’affari che lavorano nell’area e gli studenti che vi studiano hanno il permesso di entrarvi, come riferito domenica da un comunicato della polizia.

Operazione Colomba ha registrato diversi attacchi nell’area delle colline a Sud di Hebron.

Nella notte di sabato 3 ottobre, attorno alle 22:00 un gruppo di coloni dopo essere entrato nel villaggio di Al Birkeh (vicino alla città di Yatta), ha attaccato la guardia anziana disarmata (65 anni) del parco del villagio, come riportano i locali.

Sempre nella notte di sabato 3 ottobre un gruppo di coloni ha distrutto i vetri della macchina del dottor Imad Abu Iram, nella cittadina di Ziff, situata a sud di Hebron.

Domenica mattina 4 ottobre attorno alle 2 del mattino, coloni israeliani hanno attaccato il villaggio di As Seefer. dopo aver abbattuto la rete che divide il villaggio dalla colonia di Metzadot Yehuda(che circonda il villaggio palestinese), i coloni hanno iniziato a lanciare pietre contro le case e le tende. L’attacco, avvenuto a notte fonda, ha terrorizzato gli abitanti di As Seefer e ha portato al danneggiamento di una macchina, due pannelli solari e una tettoia. I bambini di As Seefer , il giorno seguente l’attacco , erano troppo spaventati di attraversare il checkpoint per raggiungere la scuola e hanno deciso di rimanere a casa.

La mattina presto sempre del 4 ottobre, i coloni dell’avamposto illegale di Mitzpe Yair hanno bloccato la strada che connette Birr al Idd con Jinba con un roadblock, impedendo agli insegnanti palestinesi provenienti dalla città di Yatta di raggiungere la scuola di Jinba in tempo.

La mattina del 5 ottobre per riaprire la suddetta strada, palestinesi e attivisti del gruppo Ta’ayush hanno rimosso il roadblock.

Attorno alle ore 23:25 del 5 ottobre , una jeep militare israeliana è entrata nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e ha lanciato 4 granate assordanti, terrorizzando i palestinesi nel cuore della notte.

Attorno alle ore 02:00 del 6 ottobre un gruppo di coloni ha compiuto un raid nel villaggio di As Seefer per la seconda volta in due giorni. I coloni hanno tirato pietre contro case e famiglie che dormivano all’aperto, ferendo un bambino di 12 anni della famiglia Abu Qpeita. il bambino è stato trasportato dalla famiglia all’ospedale di Yatta.

 

Operazione Colomba sta registrando una rapida escalation della violenza militare e dei coloni in Cisgiordania. 

Questa violenza contro la popolazione civile palestinese non può essere considerata come guerra al terrorismo, né giustificata da ragioni di sicurezza per Israele, ma è la diretta conseguenza del piano di occupazione israeliano.

Operazione Colomba identifica nell’occupazione della Cisgiordania e dall’assedio della striscia di Gaza come la cornice in cui questa escalation si sta sviluppando. 

Operazione Colomba oltre a rigettare la violenza e l’uso delle armi riconosce il diritto del popolo palestinese alla resistenza, rimanendo accanto e supportando chi come nei villaggi delle colline a sud di Hebron ha intrapreso un cammino di lotta popolare nonviolenta.

Link alle foto :  http://goo.gl/KkduWy

UPDATE: Together at school to stop violence

settembre 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

In the mornings of September 13th and 15th 2015, in the school of At-Tuwani the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee organized some activities that involved students of every class and most of their moms. The initiative was called: “At-Tuwani school volunteers for the end of violence”.
Boys and girls took part in three kinds of workshops. The first, called “My school is my home”, consisted in transforming the ordinary chemistry and physics laboratory into a kitchen. Moms and children prepared some traditional sweets as balouza or the typical Palestinian bread, the sajj, with olive oil and zaatar. One of the most committed women of the village jokes with a bread in her hands and says in front of the camera: “Here’s the Palestinian heritage and civilization! ”
In the second activity, “My mother read me a story. My mother is my friend “, a mother read a story to the younger children, before letting them draw freely.
Finally, the last day, boys and girls of At-Tuwani learned how to use a video camera.

Preparing sajj with olive oil and zaatar

Preparing sajj with olive oil and zaatar

A scuola per fermare la violenza

Nelle mattinate del 13 e del 15 settembre 2015, nella scuola di At-Tuwani si sono svolte delle
attività organizzate dal Comitato Popolare delle Colline a sud di Hebron che hanno coinvolto le alunne e gli alunni di tutte le classi e molte dello loro mamme. Il titolo dell’iniziativa era: “La scuola di At-Tuwani s’impegna per la fine della violenza”.
I ragazzi e le ragazze hanno partecipato a tre tipi di attività. La prima, intitolata “La mia scuola è la mia casa”, consisteva nel trasformare l’abituale laboratorio di chimica e fisica in una cucina, dove mamme e bambine si sono affaccendate per preparare dolci tradizionali come la balouza o il tipico pane palestinese, il sajj, arricchito con olio e zaatar. Una delle donne più impegnate del villaggio scherza con un pane fra le mani, davanti alla telecamera : “Ecco a voi il patrimonio e la civiltà palestinese !”
Nella seconda attività, “Mia madre mi legge una storia. Mia madre è mia amica”, una mamma ha letto una storia ai più piccoli, prima di lasciarli disegnare in libertà.
Infine, l’ultimo giorno, i ragazzi e le ragazze di At-Tuwani hanno imparato come usare
una video camera.

Moms and children prepare balouza

Moms and children prepare balouza

 

Learning together how to use a video camera

Learning together how to use a video camera

UPDATE: Israeli settlers and army harass Palestinian shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

agosto 23, 2015 at 7:45 am

In the afternoon of August 21, in the Palestinian village of At Tuwani, Israeli settlers from Ma’on threw stones to two Palestinian kids who were shepherding their flocks. Palestinian inhabitants of the village immediately reached the kids, while two Army jeeps arrived and stood near the grazing land.

In the early morning of August 22, four Palestinian shepherds were grazing their flocks on Palestinian owned lands substanding the Israeli illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair, when two settlers came from the outpost and chased away the flocks. A few minutes later an army jeep arrived on the place and pushed the shepherds in the direction of Palestinian villages, away from the Israeli outpost. At the same time  Israeli army, Border Police and DCO arrived on the place and declared the area as military closed and prevented the Palestinian owner of the land Umm Al Arayes, who arrived with his family to claim their right to access the land, from entering it as it happens every saturday since 2012. Israeli settlers stood watching the scene for most of the time, without any consequence.

Palestinian kid shepherding in Khelly valley, At Tuwani village, after the settlers' attack.

Palestinian kid shepherding in Khelly valley, At Tuwani village, after the settlers’ attack.

Palestinians and Internationals arrive in Khelly valley, At Tuwani village, after the settlers' attack.

Palestinians and Internationals arrive in Khelly valley, At Tuwani village, after the settlers’ attack.

Coloni ed esercito israeliani aggrediscono pastori palestinesi, nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Il pomeriggio del 21 agosto, nel villaggio palestinese di At Tuwani due coloni israeliani di Ma’on hanno lanciato pietre contro due ragazzini palestinesi che stavano pascolando le loro greggi. Gli abitanti palestinesi del villaggio hanno immediatamente raggiunto i ragazzini, mentre due jeep dell’esercito sono arrivate e sono rimaste vicino al pascolo.

La mattina del 22 agosto, quattro pastori palestinesi stavano pascolando le loro greggi su terre di proprietà palestinese sottostanti l’avamposto israeliano illegale di Mitzpe Yair, quando sono arrivati due coloni e hanno cacciato le greggi. Pochi minuti dopo è arrivata sul posto una camionetta dell’esercito israeliano che ha spinto i pastori in direzione dei villaggi palestinesi, allontanandoli dall’avamposto. Allo stesso tempo sono arrivati sul posto esercito israeliano, polizia di frontiera e DCO (District Coordination Office) che hanno dichiarato l’area militare chiusa impedendone l’accesso al proprietario, arrivato con la famiglia a reclamare il suo diritto ad accedere alla terra di Umm Al Arayes, come fanno ogni sabato dal 2012. I coloni israeliani sono rimasti a guardare la scena per tutto il tempo, senza alcuna conseguenza.

Israeli settlers chase away a Palestinian flock from the Palestinan owned land of Umm Al Arayes.

Israeli settlers chase away a Palestinian flock from the Palestinan owned land of Umm Al Arayes.

Israeli army, Border Police and DCO prevent Palestinian owners of the land in Umm Al Arayes from entering it.

Israeli army, Border Police and DCO prevent Palestinian owners of the land in Umm Al Arayes from entering it.

UPDATE: Hundreds in Susiya against the demolition of the village

luglio 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm

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UPDATE: Hundreds in Susiya against the demolition of the village

(Italian follows)

On July 24 hundreds of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered in Susiya village to support the struggle of the Palestinian inhabitants against the Israel’s decision to demolish their village.

More than 600 people walked through Susiya village, recounting the stories of the families that daily are facing the threat of eviction. Activists and Palestinians claimed that the nonviolent popular resistance, sustained by the international solidarity and the pressure made by BDS campaigns, is the most effective way to face the Israeli occupation.

Despite the international diplomatic attention, above all U.S. State Department and the European foreign ministers, the Israeli Civil Administration informed the residents of Susiya that it intends to demolish nearly half of the buildings in the village before the pronouncement of the High Court on August 3.

The struggle of the 450 inhabitants of Susiya is the struggle of many Palestinian villages in South Hebron Hills and in the whole Area C of the West Bank, that suffer housing demolitions and forced transfer of the residents.

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UPDATE: In centinaia a Susiya contro la demolizione del villaggio

Il 24 luglio centinaia tra palestinesi, israeliani e attivisti internazionali si sono riuniti nel villaggio di Susiya in sostegno alla lotta dei suoi abitanti contro la decisione dello Stato israeliano di demolire il villaggio.

Più di 600 persone hanno camminato attraverso il villaggio di Susiya, narrando le storie delle famiglie che ogni giorno vivono nella minaccia di essere trasferiti altrove. Attivisti e Palestinesi hanno ribadito come la resistenza popolare non violenta, supportata dalla solidarietà internazionale e dalle pressioni fatte dalle campagne BDS, sia la strada più efficace per affrontare l’occupazione israeliana.

Nonostante l’attenzione della diplomazia internazionale, su tutti il Dipartimento di Stato USA e i ministri degli esteri dell’Unione Europea, l’ Amministrazione Civile Israeliana ha comunicato agli abitanti di Susiya, che intende comunque demolire circa la metà degli edifici del villaggio prima della pronuncia della Corte Suprema israeliana il prossimo 3 agosto.

La lotta dei 450 abitanti di Susya è la lotta di tanti villaggi palestinesi nelle colline a sud di Hebron e in tutta l’Area C della Cisgiordania che soffrono le demolizioni delle proprie case e trasferimento forzato delle comunità residenti.

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