UPDATE : “As we promise, we’ll never forget you”

giugno 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

to Rachel, Vittorio, Tom, Angelo

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On June 13, in At Tuwani village, women and men from South Hebron Hills Popular Committee commemorated Rachel Corrie, Vittorio Arrigoni, Tom Hurndall and Angleo Frammartino, who lost their life in Palestine.

Placing a commemorative plaque near At Tuwani clinic, Palestinians also wanted to underline the importance of international presence and their support for the nonviolent popular resistance: a joint struggle carried on by Palestinians, internationals and Israeli peace activists.

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During the opening of the commemoration, the mayor of At Tuwani village, the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee, the representative of woman of the area, Abu Qpeita, Luisa Morgantini and international groups spoke and declared their solidarity with the families of the victims.

Cindy and Craig Corrie (parents of Rachel Corrie in skype connection with the event), remarked their solidarity with the daily life resistance of the Palestinians.

6As Kifah Adara, representative for the South Hebron Hills woman, said “Because we know the feelings of the victims’ mothers, our message for them is that we share with them this suffering and this feelings, because we are mother too. We are also here to remember the people that have been injured, or who are denied to enter in the country because of their involvement and activism. This action is the lowest that we can give back to them and to their families. We also don’t want to forget the role of internationals in increasing steadfastness and local daily resistance in this area. (…) our message to the occupation is that we do not want to stay in the valleys, we want to climb the top of the mountains”.

After the speeches, the people moved on Khelly hill, in order to open the Freedom Garden, planting olives trees.

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“COME PROMESSO NON VI DIMENTICHEREMO”

per Rachel, Vittorio, Tom e Angelo 

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Il 13 Giugno, al villaggio di At Tuwani, donne e uomini del Comitato Popolare delle colline a Sud di Hebron hanno commemorato Rachel Corrie, Vittorio Arrigoni, Tom Hurndall e Angleo Frammartino, che hanno perso la loro vita in Palestina.

Costruendo una lastra commemorativa vicino alla clinica di At Tuwani, i e le palestinesi hanno voluto anche sottolineare l’importanza del supporto e della presenza internazionale per la resistenza popolare nonviolenta: una lotta condivisa portata avanti dai palestinesi, dagli internazionali e dagli attivisti israeliani.

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Durante l’apertura, il sindaco di At Tuwani, il Comitato Popolare delle colline a Sud di Hebron, la portavoce delle donne dell’area, Abu Qpeita, Luisa Morgantini e gruppi internazionali hanno manifestato la loro solidarietà alle famiglie delle vittime.

Cindy e Craig Corry (genitori di Rachel Corrie che hanno fatto un intervento via skype) hanno rimarcato la loro solidarietà con la resistenza quotidiana dei e delle Palestinesi.

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Come ha detto Kifah Adara, portavoce delle donne delle colline a Sud di Hebron, “dal momento che conosciamo i sentimenti delle madri delle vittime, il nostro messaggio per loro è quello di condividere il loro dolore perché siamo madri anche noi. Vogliamo anche ricordare le persone che sono state ferite o le persone a cui è stato negato l’acceso al Paese per il loro coinvolgimento e attivismo. Questo evento è il minimo che possiamo fare per le vittime e le loro famiglie. Non vogliamo neppure dimenticare il ruolo degli internazionali nel nutrire la determinazione e la resistenza quotidiana in quest’area. () il nostro messaggio all’occupazione è quello che non vogliamo rimanere nelle valli, noi vogliamo scalare la vetta delle montagne”.

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Dopo gli interventi, tutte le persone si sono recate nella valle di Khelly per inugurare il Freedom Garden e piantare alberi di olivo.

VIDEO : Demonstration in Susiya on May 16, 2015

maggio 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

 

On May 16, Palestinians from South Hebron Hills and from different popular Struggle Committee of all West Bank, Israeli an international activists, gathered in Susiya village (that is suffering for the imminent eviction’s threat) in order to demonstrate their solidarity with the villagers.

The demonstration was also to remember the Nakba of 1948, when an estimated 700,000 Palestinians were expelled  from their own land and hundreds of Palestinians town and villages were destroyed.

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Il 16 maggio i palestinesi delle Colline a Sud di Hebron e di vari Comitati di Resistenza Popolare da tutta la Cisgiordania, assieme ad attivisti israeliani e internazionali, si sono radunati a Susiya (che è sotto minaccia di demolizione) per manifestare la loro solidarietà verso gli abitanti di questo villaggio.

La manifestazione è stata fatta anche in ricorrenza del memoriale della Nakba del 1948, quando circa 700,000 Palestinesi furono espulsi dalla propria terra e molte delle loro città e villaggi distrutti.

 

UPDATE: Two episodes of harassment against Palestinians

maggio 3, 2015 at 11:25 am


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On may 2,  a group of 4 adult settlers (one of them armed) harassed one Palestinian with his son, while they were going back home through Humra valley. The settlers waited for them in a close military area for Israeli. The Palestinians decided to call OD volunteers who accompanied them until Meshaha Valley.When the Internationals arrived, the settlers moved to Palestinian village of Kharrouba (that was evicted in 1999) and entered caves and houses.

In the past two days another episode of harassment took place.

On may 1,  2 Palestinians (a 6 years old child, with his sister) were harassed and chased by settlers, while they were going back home to the Palestinian village of Tuba.When Palestinians accompanied by OD volunteers arrived near Shab el Shamsti a group of 6 settlers started to scream and run towards them.The Palestinians got scared and escaped in order to reach a safer place.

This is an alarming trend because the ongoing settlers’ harassment of Palestinians and damage of Palestinian property increases the difficulties and the dangers that inhabitants of South Hebron Hills have to face daily, living under Israeli occupation in area “C”.

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Il due maggio, un gruppo di quattro coloni, di cui uno armato, hanno intimidito un uomo palestinese con suo figlio, mentre stavano tornando a casa percorrendo Humra Valley. I coloni hanno aspettato i palestinesi in una zona militare chiusa per gli israeliani. I palestinesi hanno deciso di chiamare i volontari di Operazione Colomba che li hanno accompagnati fino a Meshaha Valley.Dopo l’arrivo degli internazionali, i coloni si sono spostati verso il villaggio palestinese di Kharrouba (evacuato nel 1999), entrando nelle grotte e nelle case.

Un altro episodio intimidatorio si è verificato negli ultimi due giorni.

Il primo maggio, due palestinesi (un bambino di sei anni con sua sorella) sono stati inseguiti dai coloni, mentre stavano tornando verso casa, al villaggio palestinese di Tuba.Quando i palestinesi, accompagnati da due volontari internazionali di Operazione Colomba, sono arrivati vicino a Shab el Shamsti, un gruppo di sei coloni ha iniziato a urlare e a correre verso di loro.I palestinesi, spaventati, sono scappati per raggiungere un luogo più sicuro.

Questo è un trend preoccupante dal momento che le continue intimidazioni da parte dei coloni, i danneggiamenti alle proprietà palestinesi aumentano notevolmente le difficoltà e i rischi che gli abitanti delle Colline a Sud di Hebron affrontano giornalmente, vivendo sotto l’occupazione israeliana in area “C”.

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Waiting in a dangerous place

aprile 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

My name is Jaber. Yesterday I waited 1 hour in a dangerous place near an Israeli illegal  outpost. The Israeli military escort, supposed to protect me from the settlers of Havat Ma’on, was late. In the last two week the escort delay exposed me to the settler’s violence for a total of 4 hours and 40 minutes.

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Jaber, 10 years old (photo by Cristiano Freschi)

Il mio nome è Jaber. Ieri ho aspettato per un ora, in un posto pericoloso accanto all’avamposto, la scorta militare israeliana che in teoria dovrebbe proteggermi dai coloni di Havat Ma’on. Nelle ultime due settimane sono stato esposto per 4 ore e 40 minuti alla violenza dei coloni, a causa dei ritardi della scorta.

PR: Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherd

settembre 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm
PRESS RELEASE

Israeli settlers attacked internationals and a Palestinian shepherd

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

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September 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]