UPDATE: Misconduct of Israeli Army escort endangers two girls attending school in At Tuwani village

dicembre 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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On December 17, the Israeli soldiers who every day escort the children of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed Palestinian villages from home to the school in At Tuwani village, refused to escort two girls and exposed them to the risk of attacks from the settlers of the Ma’on settlement and the Havat Ma’on illegal outpost.

For no reason the escort refused to accompany more than eleven kids. They told the eldest girls (18 and 19 years old) that they would not be responsible for them and that they should walk by their own, behind the Army jeep, far from the others. Since there was a very thick fog, the two girls could not see the jeep and the other children, and where very scared. At about half way the Army jeep stopped to tell the girls that they were too close and they had to walk farther, while a soldier started walking with them. On their way an Israeli settler approached them and whistled in order to call other settlers. The two girls, although very scared, could eventually reach the end of the route.

The two girls, as well as the other schoolchildren, every day have to wait for the escort in order to walk through the dangerous route that passes between the Israeli settlement and the outpost, and every misconduct of the soldiers (such as delays and negligence) put them at serious risk. Since the beginning of this school year, the soldiers for five times did not complete the path with the schoolchildren leaving them in the middle of the path. Once, they remained far from the children who were harassed by a settler in a car and in one occasion they threatened to arrest a kid for playing with a tire near the jeep. For four times the escort arrived late for a hour or more, and in two of these circumstances the children eventually decided to walk through the long way escorted by the International volunteers.

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UPDATE: La scorta militare con il suo comportamento mette in pericolo due alunne della scuola di At Tuwani

Il 17 dicembre i soldati che ogni giorno scortano i bambini dei villaggi di Tuba e Maghayir Al Abeed da casa alla scuola situata nel villaggio di At Tuwani, si sono rifiutati di accompagnare due ragazze, esponendole così al rischio di attacchi da parte dei coloni israeliani della colonia di Ma’on e dell’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on.

Senza nessun motivo i militari si sono rifiutati di accompagnare più di undici bambini e hanno detto alle ragazze più grandi (di 18 e 19 anni) che non sarebbero stati responsabili per loro e che avrebbero dovuto camminare da sole, dietro la jeep dei militari, lontano da tutti gli altri. A causa di una fitta nebbia, le due ragazze non potevano vedere la jeep e gli altri bambini ed erano molto spaventate. A circa metà del tragitto la jeep dei soldati si è fermata e questi hanno detto alle ragazze che erano troppo vicine e che avrebbero dovuto stare più lontane, mentre un soldato ha iniziato a camminare con loro. Lungo il percorso un colono israeliano si è avvicinato e ha iniziato a fischiare per richiamare altri coloni. Le due ragazze, seppur molto spaventate, sono riuscite a raggiungere la fine del tragitto.

Le due ragazze, insieme a tutti gli altri bambini, ogni giorno devono aspettare la scorta per poter percorrere in sicurezza la strada che passa tra la colonia e l’avamposto israeliani, e ogni ritardo e negligenza dei soldati li mettono in serio pericolo. Dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico la scorta non ha completato il percorso con i bambini per cinque volte, lasciandoli soli a metà strada. In un’occasione i soldati sono rimasti lontani dai bambini mentre un colono gli bloccava la strada con la macchina, e in un’altra hanno minacciato di arrestare un bambino che stava giocando con un copertone vicino alla jeep militare. La scorta è arrivata con un’ora o più di ritardo in quattro occasioni, e in due di queste circostanze i bambini alla fine hanno deciso di percorrere un tragitto più lungo, accompagnati dai volontari internazionali.

UPDATE: Israeli military escort late again for the school patrol

settembre 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm

In the morning of September 21, due to an anticipated school closing time, the schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed arrived at the designated escort meeting place with an advance of 3 hours, at 10.30. The Israeli soldiers who should escort the palestinian children through the shorter route that connect the villages of At-Tuwani and Tuba didn’t appear, although informed.
The children had to wait for the escort one hour and exposed themselves in a dangerous place between Ma’on Israeli settlement and Havat Ma’on illegal outpost, risking to be attacked by violent national-religious Israeli settlers that lives here.
Since the beginning of the school year the escort was late several times, forcing the children to wait on the street and putting themselves at risk.

Palestinian children waiting for the Israeli military escort

Palestinian children waiting for the Israeli military escort

Scorta militare israeliana nuovamente in ritardo per lo school patrol

Nella mattinata del 21 Settembre, in seguito alla riduzione dell’orario scolastico, gli alunni provenienti dai villaggi di Tuba e Maghaiyr al Abeed sono arrivati sul posto prestabilito per essere accompagnati a casa dalla scorta militare israeliana con tre ore di anticipo. I soldati che devono scortare i bambini palestinesi per la strada più breve che collega il villaggio di At Tuwani a quello di Tuba, non si sono presentati, nonostante fossero stati informati.
I bambini hanno dovuto aspettare la scorta per un’ora e restare in un posto molto pericoloso tra la colonia israeliana di Ma’on e l’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on, correndo il rischio di essere attaccati dai coloni nazionalisti-religiosi che vivono lì.
Fin dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico la scorta ha accumulato ritardo in diverse occasioni, obbligando i bambini ad aspettare lungo la strada mettendo a rischio la loro incolumità.

After one hour the children can go home

After one hour the children can go home

UPDATE: First days of school in the South Hebron Hills

agosto 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

August 24 was the first day of school in At Tuwani Palestinian village, in the South Hebron Hills. The school in At Tuwani gathers children from age 6 to 18, coming from the villages of At Tuwani, Al Mufaqarah, Ar Rakeez, Al Birkeh, Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed. For the 11th year in a row the schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed are coming to school and going back home escorted by the Israeli army. The road that connects Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed to At Tuwani, main gateway to the South Hebron Hills area, became impassable since 15 years ago Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost was built next to the already existing settlement of Ma’on, leaving the road inbetween under continuos threat of violence for the Palestinians. The only Palestinians allowed on the road are the schoolchildren, twice a day, accompanied by an Israeli military escort established in 2004 to protect them from the violence of Israeli settlers.

Schoolchildren gathering in the Palestinian village of Tuba.

Schoolchildren gathering in the Palestinian village of Tuba.

Schoolchildren at the meeting point with the Israeli military escort, between Havat Ma'on illegal outpost and Ma'on settlement.

Schoolchildren at the meeting point with the Israeli military escort, between Havat Ma’on illegal outpost and Ma’on settlement.

Schoolchildren reaching the Palestinian village of At Tuwani, where the school is situated.

Schoolchildren reaching the Palestinian village of At Tuwani, where the school is situated.

Primi giorni di scuola nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Il 24 agosto è iniziata la scuola nel villaggio palestinese di At Tuwani, nelle colline a sud di Hebron. La scuola di At Tuwani è frequentata da bambini e ragazzi dai 6 ai 18 anni, provenienti dai villaggi di At Tuwani, Al Mufaqarah, Ar Rakeez, Al Birkeh, Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed. Per l’undicesimo anno scolastico di fila i bambini di Tuba e Maghayir al Abeed raggiungono la scuola e tornano a casa accompagnati da una scorta militare israeliana. La strada che collega Tuba e Maghayir al Abeed ad At Tuwani, principale ingresso all’area delle colline a sud di Hebron, è divenuta impraticabile 15 anni fa, quando è stato costruito l’avamposto israeliano illegale di Havat Ma’on di fianco alla già esistente colonia di Ma’on, lasciando la strada tra i due sotto continua minaccia di violenze per i palestinesi. Gli unici palestinesi ammessi sulla strada sono gli alunni della scuola, due volte al giorno, accompagnati da una scorta militare israeliana stabilita nel 2004 per proteggerli dalle violenze dei coloni israeliani.

UPDATE: Israeli military escort fails to guarantee safe passage to children attending school in At Tuwani village

marzo 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

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Israeli military escort fails to guarantee safe passage to children attending school in At Tuwani village

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March 10, 2015

At Tuwani – On the afternoon of March 9 the Israeli military escort failed to arrive in At Tuwani village to escort the schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed Palestinian villages home on the road between Ma’on settlement and the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on. International volunteers made multiple calls to the army but were told that the soldiers could not be reached.  After waiting for 45 minutes the children decided to take the long path home with the internationals.

On this occasion the children arrived home safely, at about 3:00 pm.  However, about 30 minutes later as the International volunteers were returning to At Tuwani on the same path they witnessed three settler children attacking Palestinian children who were collecting herbs on Palestinian land near Havat Ma’on. The settler children had their faces covered, and one was using a slingshot to fire stones at the Palestinians.  The Palestinians moved away, and there were no consequences for the settlers.

This is the fifth time since the start of 2015 that the Israeli military has failed to escort the schoolchildren from the Palestinian villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed.  On each occasion the children have traveled the long path, which passes near the outpost of Havat Ma’on.  As the presence of masked settler youth on March 9 shows, this path is also dangerous, and the children are forced to expose themselves to the possibility of settler violence in order to move between their homes and their school in At Tuwani village.

 

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La scorta militare israeliana non garantisce la sicurezza dei bambini che si recano a scuola nel villaggio di At Tuwani

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At Tuwani – Nel pomeriggio del 9 Marzo la scorta militare israeliana non si è presentata al villaggio di At Tuwani per accompagnare a casa i bambini dei villaggi palestinesi di Tuba e Maghayir al Abeed sulla strada che passa tra colonia di Ma’on e l’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on. I volontari internazionali hanno chiamato ripetutamente l’esercito ma è stato detto loro che la scorta non era raggiungibile telefonicamente. Dopo aver aspettato 45 minuti i bambini hanno deciso di percorrere la strada lunga accompagnati dai volontari internazionali.

In questa occasione i bambini sono tornati a casa senza conseguenze, all’incirca alle ore 15. Ciò nonostante, circa 30 minuti dopo, i volontari internazionali, che stavano tornando a casa per la stesso sentiero, sono stati testimoni di un attacco da parte di tre bambini coloni ai danni di bambini palestinesi che stavano raccogliendo delle erbe nelle terre palestinesi vicino all’avamposto di Havat Ma’on. I bambini coloni avevano il volto mascherato e uno di loro usava una slingshot per lanciare pietre ai palestinesi. I bambini palestinesi poi si sono spostati e non ci sono state conseguenze per i coloni.

Questa è la quinta volta dall’inizio del 2015 che la scorta militare israeliana non accompagna i bambini dei villaggi palestinesi di Tuba e Maghayir al Abeed. Ogni volta i bambini hanno dovuto camminare per la strada lunga, che passa vicino l’avamposto di Havat Ma’on. Come la presenza dei coloni mascherati il 9 Marzo ha dimostrato, la strada è pericolosa, e i bambini sono costretti ad esporsi alla violenza dei coloni per potersi muovere tra la loro casa e la scuola nel villaggio di At Tuwani.

 

P/R: The Israeli military escort doesn’t fulfill his duty: Palestinian schoolchildren of South Hebron Hills still forced to wait, to lose hours of school and exposed to danger

gennaio 6, 2015 at 11:53 pm

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January 6, 2015

At-Tuwani – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

During the last school-week, the Israeli military escort failed three times in accompanying the schoolchildren from the South Hebron hills villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed.

In order to reach the school of At-Tuwani, the Palestinian children, aged between 6 and 17 years, usually walk, accompanied by an Israeli military escort, through the shortest route (about 20 minutes) that passes between the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833). This route is the main road linking their villages and At-Tuwani and it is dangerous for the children since they frequently suffer from the attacks and harassment of the settlers.

On January 4, the schoolchildren waited for the escort until 7:53 a.m. but the soldiers didn’t show up. The children had to attend an exam at 8:00 so, in order to not lose additional time, chose to go through an other longer path, in which they were attacked several times in the past. International volunteers accompanied them in place of the Israeli soldiers.

On December 31, the children arrived at the designated escort meeting place at 10.30 am in order to be accompanied from At Tuwani to Tuba, but the Israeli military escort wasn’t there. The children waited in the winter morning for the army until 11.45 a.m. The children chose to go through the very dangerous shortest route between Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost without any escort.

On December 28, the schoolchildren arrived at the designated escort meeting place at 11.08 am, but the army wasn’t there. The children waited for the army until 11.45 am. After that the children chose to go home through an other longer path, but not less dangerous, accompanied by International volunteers in place of the Israeli escort.

In this half school year (from 24 August 2014 to 4 January 2015) Operation Dove volunteers, who monitor the Israeli military escort, collected the following data: on a total of 170 cases, six times the children were not escorted on their trip from and to school. In contravention of the protective mandate of the escort, in this half school year on 98,53% of the cases (on 136 of 170 recorded cases in which the volunteers monitored the military escort) the Israeli soldiers failed to fully complete the escort, not walking until the end of the settlement. Furthermore in this period on 23% of the cases the escort refused to walk with the children, as establish the agreement between the DCO and At-Tuwani major. On 49,4% of the mornings, the children were late to school by more than 5 minutes due to escort delay. The children lost 9 hours because of late or missing military escorts. On 54,1% of their school days, the children had to wait more than 5 minutes after school for the military escort. In the afternoons, the children waited it a total of 22 hours.

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

Pictures: http://goo.gl/F9Y2VA

[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.]

 

Update: School patrol military escort delays twice this week.

dicembre 10, 2014 at 9:25 am

School patrol military escort delays twice this week.

At Tuwani, December 10 – On December 8 the military escort arrived at the meeting point at 8:16 am and on December 10 at 8:28 am. The Israeli soldiers are supposed to be at the meeting point at 7:30 am and wait for the Palestinian children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed villages (South Hebron Hills) to arrive, in order to safely accompany them to school in At Tuwani village for the all path. The arranged meeting point is a very dangerous spot, attached to Ma’on Israeli settlement’s chicken barns and just a few meters away from Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost. In Havat Ma’on violent national-religious Israeli settlers live, the ones from whom Palestinian children need protection in order to reach the school as safely as possible.

From the beginning of the school year the military escort arrived late in 5 of the total mornings, therefore children missed a total of more than 2 hours of school.

On December 10, while waiting the escort to arrive, Palestinian children were verbally harassed by Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost who shouted to them.

2014 is the tenth year since when in 2004, after several settler violent attacks toward Palestinian children and International volunteers, the DCO issued a verbal order for a daily escort of the schoolchildren; the Israeli Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights later confirmed this order. According to the initial agreement between DCO and the major of At Tuwani, Palestinian children must use the shortest route to reach the school (about 2.5 km from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed). The shortest route is the road that passes between the land where the Israeli settlement of Ma’on sits from 1982 and the Hill 833, where in 2001 the outpost of Havat Ma’on was built. This is the only viable road between Tuba and At Tuwani, after 2001 settler violence became so intense that it deterred Palestinians from using it.

Since 2004 International volunteers have monitored every day the Israeli military escort and have registered several misconducts: lack of punctuality, refusal to walk with the children, refusal to complete the escort, negligence in protecting the children in case of harassments from the settlers. Also, when the military escort doesn’t come Palestinian children have to walk through a longer (about one and half hour) and still dangerous way, very close to Havat Ma’on.

10 Palestinian schoolchildren from Tuba waiting for the military escort to arrive at the arranged meeting point. Behind them there is Ma'on Israeli settlement and in front of them Havat Ma'on Israeli illegal outpost.

10 Palestinian schoolchildren from Tuba waiting for the military escort to arrive at the arranged meeting point. Behind them there is Ma’on Israeli settlement and in front of them Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost.

Havat Ma'on Israeli illegal outpost was built in 2001 on "Tel Abu Jundyia" Palestinian owned land, also called Hill 833.

Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost was built in 2001 on “Tel Abu Jundyia” Palestinian owned land, also called Hill 833.

La scorta militare israeliana per gli studenti palestinesi arriva in ritardo due volte questa settimana.

At Tuwani, 10 dicembre – Il giorno 8 dicembre la scorta militare è arrivata al punto d’incontro alle 8:16 e il giorno 10 dicembre alle 8:28. I soldati israeliani dovrebbero trovarsi al punto d’incontro concordato alle 7:30 e aspettare che i bambini palestinesi dei villaggi di Tuba e Maghyir Al Abeed (colline a sud di Hebron) arrivino, così da poterli scortare a scuola nel villaggio di At Tuwani per tutto il percorso. Il punto d’incontro concordato è un posto pericoloso, adiacente le stalle dei polli della colonia israeliana di Ma’on e a pochi metri di distanza dall’avamposto israeliano illegale di Havat Ma’on. Nell’avamposto di Havat Ma’on vivono violenti coloni nazional–religiosi, a causa di questi ultimi i bambini palestinesi hanno bisogno di protezione per arrivare a scuola nel modo più sicuro possibile.

Dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico la scorta militare è arrivata in ritardo in 5 mattine, questo ha fatto si che i bambini perdessero un totale di più di 2 ore di scuola.

Il 10 dicembre, mentre aspettavano la scorta, i bambini sono stati verbalmente attaccati con urla e fischi dai coloni dell’avamposto israeliano illegale di Havat Ma’on.

Il 2014 è il decimo anno da quando nel 2004, dopo ripetuti atti di violenza dei coloni verso bambini palestinesi e volontari internazionali, la DCO (District Coordination Office, una branca dell’esercito israeliano che si occupa dell’amministrazione civile dei territori occupati palestinesi) ha emesso un ordine verbale per la presenza di una scorta che accompagnasse gli studenti; poco dopo la Commissione per i Diritti dei Bambini del Parlamento Israeliano ha confermato l’ordine. Stando ad un accordo iniziale tra la DCO ed il sindaco di At Tuwani, i bambini palestinesi devono usare la via più breve per raggiungere la scuola (circa 2,5 km da Tuba e Maghayir Al Abeed). La via più breve è la strada che passa in mezzo alla terra su cui dal 1982 si trova la colonia israeliana di Ma’on e la Hill 833, collina sulla quale nel 2001 è stato costruito l’avamposto israeliano illegale di Havat Ma’on. Questa è l’unica strada percorribile tra Tuba ed At Tuwani, dal 2001 la violenza dei coloni l’ha resa impraticabile ai palestinesi.

Volontari internazionali monitorano la scorta militare ogni giorno dal 2004, e da allora registrano diverse mancanze: mancanza di puntualità, rifiuto di camminare con i bambini, rifiuto di completare il percorso, negligenza nel proteggere i bambini in caso di violenza da parte dei coloni. In più, quando la scorta militare non si presenta, i bambini palestinesi devono percorrere una strada più lunga (che gli richiede circa 1 ora e mezza) e comunque pericolosa, molto vicina ad Havat Ma’on.

Update: Military escort endangered schoolchildren two times this week.

novembre 14, 2014 at 9:22 am

On october 12 and 13 the military escort left schoolchildren waiting for one hour in a dangerous place between Ma’on Israeli settlement and Havat Ma’on illegal outpost. Furthermore, in both occasions the escort left the children alone nearby the outpost, without completing the path.

Every day after school children wait at a dangerous meeting point for the Israeli military escort that since 10 years accompanies schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed to and from school.

Since the beginning of the school year the escort was not present in two occasions, forcing the children to walk via a longer and still dangerous way. Between the 15 schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed there are two 6 years old children who just began 1st grade and for whom is very hard to walk through the one hour  and half long way.


Update: La scorta militare non adempie al suo dovere, mettendo a rischio la sicurezza dei bambini due volte questa settimana.

Il 12 e 13 ottobre i bambini hanno aspettato la scorta militare per un’ ora in un posto pericoloso situato tra la colonia israeliana di Ma’on e l’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on. Inoltre, in entrambe le occasioni la scorta ha lasciato i bambini da soli vicino l’avamposto, facendo retromarcia e tornando indietro, senza completare il percorso.

Ogni giorno dopo la scuola i bambini e ragazzi di Tuba e Maghayir Al Abeed aspettano in un punto pericoloso la scorta militare israeliana che da 10 anni li accompagna lungo il tragitto di andata e ritorno da scuola.

Dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico la scorta non si è presentata in due occasioni, costringendo i bambini  a percorrere una via più lunga e comunque pericolosa. Due dei 15 studenti hanno iniziato quest’anno la prima elementare e per loro è particolarmente difficile percorrere la via più lunga, della durata di un’ ora e mezza.

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

(segue versione in italiano)

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.]

Negligence of the Israeli soldiers exposes again Palestinian children at risk on the way to school

febbraio 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Schoolchildren on the long way to Tuba
I bambini sulla strada lunga per Tuba

On February 6, the Israeli military escort failed to accompany Palestinian school children in the South Hebron Hills on the gravel road from At Tuwani to the village of Tuba. The children arrived at the designated escort meeting place at 11.59 am, but the army wasn’t there. The children waited in the winter morning for the army until 1.07 pm, and when the soldiers failed to appear volunteers from Operation Dove accompanied the children via a longer path.  However, when the group arrived near the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on two settlers went out from the outpost and one of them arrived about 50 meters close it. The children ran because were frightened of the settlers and felt very unsafe, and OD volunteers accompanied them until Tuba.

The children arrived in Tuba at 1.45 pm instead of 12.50 am, if the military escort had arrived on time.

Since the beginning of the school year, the children were forced to walk via the long way without a military escort 12 times.

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

Lunedì 6 febbraio la scorta militare dell’esercito israeliano non ha accompagnato gli studenti di Tuba che frequentano la scuola di At Tuwani, sulla via del ritorno verso casa. I bambini sono arrivati nel luogo concordato alle 11.59 ma i soldati non si sono presentati. I bambini hanno aspettato i militari fino alle 13.07 ma la scorta non si è presentata. Data la situazione, gli studenti hanno deciso di intraprendere una strada più lunga, accompagnati dai volontari di Operazione Colomba. Tuttavia, quando il gruppo è arrivato nei pressi dell’estremità meridionale di Havat Ma’on due coloni sono usciti dall’avamposto e uno di essi è arrivato a circa cinquanta metri dai bambini. Questi ultimi si sono messi a correre spaventati. I volontari di Operazione Colomba li hanno accompagnati fino a Tuba.

Gli studenti sono arrivati a Tuba alle 13.45, ma se la scorta militare si fosse presentata in orario i bambini avrebbero potuto essere a casa alle 12.50.

Dall’inizio dell’anno scolastico i bambini hanno percorso una via molto più lunga e senza scorta militare per ben 12 volte.

Per ulteriori informazioni sulla suddetta scorta e sul suo andamento negli anni passati è disponibile il rapporto “The Dangerous Road to Education. Palestinian Students Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence” all’indirizzo: http://goo.gl/CXfi9

The settler who chased the schoolchildren
Il colono incappucciato che ha inseguito i bambini

UPDATE: South Hebron Hills. Another action to protect the right to education

novembre 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

At-Tuwani – On November 10, the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee (SHHPC) and the At  Tuwani school built a tent near the village of At Tuwani.  This tent was funded by the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem; in it the schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed will be able to wait the Israeli army escort during the winter and the rainy days. Indeed, children from these South Hebron Hills villages, aged 6 to 16 years, need a military escort to protect them from the several attacks that they have suffered since 2001 by settlers of Havat Ma’on on the route to the school. The army escort was established in November 2004 by “Children Rights Committee” of the Israeli Knesset. 

This is the third time that the SHHPC built the tent: first time was on March 16, the second on March 17. In these two times, Israeli police and army stopped the works and dismantled the tent. On March 17 they dismantled it and confiscated the construction materials, also (see more: http://www.operationdove.org/?p=944).

The tent is a real need for the children from Maghayir al Abeed and Tuba. Indeed, from the beginning of the school year (August 25), the children waited for the escort to come back home on the 67% of the school days, for a total of about 20 hours.

On October 23, Palestinians children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, with the solidarity of their schoolmates, teachers, the SHHPC, the Freedom Bus artists, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, protest against the settler violence and the negligence of the Israeli army escort.  In contravention of the protective mandate of the escort, since the beginning of this school year, soldiers didn’t walk with the children during the escort, failed to complete the path on 94 % of the cases, leaving the children exposed.

This situation of exposure to violence and lack of security compromises children’s fundamental right to education. The Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills proved yet again to be strongly involved in claiming their rights (included the right to education for their children) and resisting the Israeli occupation, choosing the nonviolent way.