P/R: Israeli police arrest Palestinian shepherd in South Hebron Hills

marzo 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

PRESS RELEASE

Israeli police arrest Palestinian shepherd in South Hebron Hills

Settlers and Israeli authorities continue to chase away Palestinians from their own lands.

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At Tuwani – South Hebron Hills, West Bank

On the morning of March 12, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian shepherd from At Tuwani village as he grazed his flock in the valley of Meshaha, near to the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on.

At about 11 am, two Israeli soldiers came out from the outpost of Havat Ma’on and they stopped a Palestinian shepherd that was grazing his flock on Meshaha valley, accompanied by International volunteers. The soldiers held the shepherd’s documents until the arrival of the police, at about 12:15 pm. The Israeli police collected the charges from one settler, that witnessed the shepherd grazing his flock in a forbidden area. Although the mediation of the lawyers and the request of DCO intervention, in order to clarify the status of the challenged lands, the police decided to arrest the shepherd. At about 1:30 pm, the shepherd was taken to Kyriat Arba police station and he was released at about 4 pm.

The Palestinian lands in front of Havat Ma’on outpost, which is considered illegal also under Israeli law, are object of the outpost expansion. The Israeli authorities prevent the Palestinians from accessing their own lands, even when they try to respect the unlawful restrictions imposed by the occupying forces. It shows the specious nature of these measures focused on the expropriation de facto of the Palestinians lands.

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

Pictures of the incident: http://goo.gl/9A5fsU

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.]

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COMUNICATO STAMPA

La polizia israeliana arresta un pastore palestinese nelle colline a sud di Hebron

Coloni ed autorità israeliane continuano a scacciare i palestinesi dalle proprie terre

 

13 marzo 2015

At Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

Il 12 marzo la Polizia israeliana ha arrestato un pastore palestinese del villaggio di At Tuwani che stava pascolando il suo gregge nella valle di Meshaha, vicino l’avamposto illegale israeliano di Havat Ma’on.

Intorno alle ore 11:00 due soldati israeliani sono usciti dall’avamposto di Havat Ma’on e hanno fermato un pastore palestinese che stava pascolando il gregge presso la valle di Meshaha, accompagnato da volontari internazionali. I soldati hanno trattenuto i suoi documenti per oltre un’ora, fino all’arrivo della polizia, alle ore 12:15. Dopo aver raccolto le accuse di un colono che sosteneva di aver visto il pastore pascolare in un’area vietata ai palestinesi, la polizia ha deciso di arrestare il pastore. A nulla è valsa la mediazione degli avvocati e la richiesta che intervenisse la DCO (District Coordination Office) per far luce sullo status delle terre contese. Alle ore 13:30 il pastore è stato condotto alla stazione di polizia di Kyriat Arba, dalla quale è stato rilasciato alle ore 16.

Le terre palestinesi antistanti l’avamposto di Havat Ma’on sono obiettivo di espansione dell’insediamento che, va ricordato, è illegale secondo lo stesso diritto israeliano. Le autorità israeliane impediscono ai palestinesi il libero accesso alle proprie terre, anche quando questi cercano di rispettare le illegittime limitazioni imposte dalle forze occupanti. Questa è la dimostrazione della natura pretestuosa di questi provvedimenti mirati di fatto all’espropriazione delle terre palestinesi.

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Foto dell’incidente: http://goo.gl/9A5fsU

Per informazioni: Operazione Colomba, +972 54 99 25 773

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

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

10 Marzo 2015

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: Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

marzo 2, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Israeli forces arrest two shepherds in the South Hebron Hills

The life of South Hebron Hills residents is one of a daily resistance to the Israeli occupation

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March 1, 2015

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On the morning of February 28, Israeli police arrested two Palestinian shepherds as they grazed their flock in the valley of Umm Zeitouna near the Israeli settlement of Ma’on.

In late morning the security chief of Ma’on settlement and Israeli soldiers arrived in Umm Zeitouna valley where the shepherds, accompanied by international volunteers, were grazing their flock on land which Israeli settlers from Ma’on are attempting to annex. After few minutes the Israeli police arrived and they immediately detained two shepherds and two international volunteers. At about 12.30 pm Israeli police arrested the two shepherds and took them to Kyriat Arba police station. The volunteers were released. The Palestinians were released at about 3 pm, after paying a fine of 500 NIS for each person.     

Residents of the South Hebron Hills experience continual harassment from settlers in nearby settlements and outposts, but remain steadfast in their commitment to nonviolent resistance. Each day that they graze their sheep in contested areas, the shepherds continue to resist settler attempts to drive them from their lands. International volunteers have witnessed shepherds chased from Umm Zeitouna six times since the start of the year (in five of these occasions the Israeli army came after a settler’s call).

The arrest followed a nonviolent action that morning during which residents successfully repaired the road which links At-Tuwani village to Yatta, and the attendance on February 27 of the South Hebron Hills Popular Resistance Committee at the 10th anniversary nonviolent action in Bil’in. These are two examples of the commitment of the South Hebron hills people to use nonviolence to resist the occupation, both in their own communities and throughout Palestine.           

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

Pictures of the actions:  http://goo.gl/LjwcDz

Video of the arrest:  http://goo.gl/dSeJgT

[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.]

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Le forze israeliane arrestano due pastori nelle colline a sud di Hebron

La vita degli abitanti delle colline a sud di Hebron è già una quotidiana resistenza all’occupazione israeliana

1 marzo 2015

At Tuwani – Colline a sud di Hebron, Cisgiordania

La mattina del 28 febbraio, la polizia israeliana ha arrestato due pastori palestinesi mentre pascolavano il loro gregge nella valle di Umm Zeitouna, vicino alla colonia israeliana di Ma’on.

In tarda mattinata il capo della sicurezza di Ma’on e alcuni soldati israeliani hanno raggiunto la valle di Umm Zeitouna, dove i pastori, accompagnati da volontari internazionali, pascolavano il loro gregge in una terra che i coloni israeliani di Ma’on stanno cercando di annettere. Dopo pochi minuti è arrivata la polizia israeliana che ha immediatamente detenuto i due pastori e i due volontari internazionali. Intorno alle 12:30, la polizia israeliana ha arrestato i due pastori e li ha portati alla stazione di polizia di Kyriat Arba. I volontari sono stati invece rilasciati. Intorno alle tre del pomeriggio anche i palestinesi sono stati rilasciati, dopo aver pagato una multa di 500 NIS a persona.

La vita dei residenti delle colline a sud di Hebron è fatta di continue minacce da parte dei coloni dei vicini insediamenti e avamposti, ma resta ferma nell’impegno per la resistenza non violenta. Ogni giorno, quando pascolano le loro pecore nelle aree contese, i pastori continuano a resistere ai tentativi dei coloni di cacciarli dalle loro terre. Volontari internazionali hanno registrato l’inseguimento di pastori in Umm Zeitouna sei volte dall’inizio dell’anno (in cinque di queste occasioni l’esercito israeliano è arrivato dopo la chiamata dei coloni).

L’arresto avviene dopo che, quella stessa mattina, gli abitanti dell’area hanno riparato con successo, tramite un’azione nonviolenta, la strada che collega il villaggio di At-Tuwani a Yatta, e dopo la partecipazione, il giorno precedente, del Comitato di Resistenza Popolare delle Colline a sud di Hebron al decimo anniversario dell’inizio delle azioni nonviolente a Bil’in. Questi sono due esempi dell’impegno degli abitanti delle colline a sud di Hebron a resistere all’occupazione, sia nelle proprie comunità, che in tutta la Palestina.

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Foto delle azioni:  http://goo.gl/LjwcDz

Video dell’arresto:  http://goo.gl/dSeJgT

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

UPDATE: Israeli soldiers and police raid Jawwaya village and arrest a man

febbraio 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

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On February 11, in the morning, Israeli soldiers and police arrested one man on the bypass road (317) near the village of Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills, and then raided the nearby village of Jawwaya. The man who was arrested had obvious signs of violence, including blood and a scratch on his face, and was probably injured during the arrest. While this man was arrested on the road, Israeli army and police raided Jawayya, where they damaged a tent used by villagers for the storage of livestock food. The soldiers slashed the walls of the tent, probably with a knife.

Around 7:30 am, a family from Jawayya called international volunteers and told them that there were soldiers in Jawayya village. As the volunteers were walking to Jawwaya on the bypass road (317) they saw a police vehicle next to two other cars, which had damaged wheels and flat tires. When the volunteers arrived at the vehicles they saw one man on the ground near one of the vehicles at the side of the road. He was blindfolded and handcuffed with his hands behind his back, and he appeared to have been beaten on the face and mouth. The soldiers loaded the man into one of the vehicles with damaged tires and the soldiers then drove all of the vehicles away.

At around 8:20 am, two international volunteers arrived in the village of Jawwaya, where Israeli soldiers and police were searching houses and tents, probably looking for another man. One of the soldiers attacked one of the volunteers, and then attempted to steal a camera from another. According to Palestinian witnesses, soldiers and police slashed large holes in a tent used as a shelter for the food for the animals and they fired shots into the sky in order to intimidate the inhabitants of the village. At about 8:45 am the soldiers and police left Jawwaya.

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Video: IDF demolish a tent in Al Mufaqarah village (South Hebron Hills)

gennaio 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

P/R: Settlers “price tag” attack and IDF demolitions in the South Hebron Hills

dicembre 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Israeli settlers burn a house in Ad-Deirat. Israeli forces demolish a tent in Al-Mufaqarah.

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December 31, 2014

At-Tuwani – On December 31, at about 3:00 am, Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian house in the South Hebron hills village of Ad-Deirat. In the same day, at about 12:50 pm, Israeli forces demolished a tent in the village of Al-Mufaqarah.

As witnessed by Palestinians, at about 3:00 am two settlers wrote with black spray near the front door of a Palestinian’s house in the village of Ad-Deirat a sentence, in which is recognizable only the word: “revenge“. Then, settlers broke a window and threw a molotov cocktail inside the house. The molotov cocktail damaged furniture and the television, but didn’t injure any Palestinian living in the house as they were all sleeping in another room.

In the same day, at about 12:50 pm, Israeli forces demolished a tent and a cement base for a tent, both belonging to a Palestinian family, in the village of Al-Mufaqarah. The tent was a storage of food for the sheep and for the wood used by the family to protect itself from the winter cold.

Palestinians in South Hebron hills have suffered the Israeli settlers’ presence since the 70s. The settlers, occupying Palestinian-owned lands, deprive the Palestinians of their main livelihood. Moreover the settlers, with their ongoing violence, prevent Palestinians from having a regular daily life and restrict their freedom of movement, thus forcing them to leave the South Hebron hills area.

Ad-Deirat and Al-Mufaqarah villages are located in Area C, under Israeli military and administrative control. That means that all the constructions must be approved by the Israeli administration. Israel denies Palestinians the right to build on the 70 percent of Area C, which is about the 44 percent of all the West Bank, while within the remaining 30 percent a series of restrictions are applied in order to prevent Palestinians from obtaining building permits (source: OCHA oPt).

Nevertheless the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills area are still strongly committed to nonviolent popular resistance against the Israeli occupation.

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

Pictures of the settlers ’price tag’ attack in Ad-Deirat: http://goo.gl/hrU4RJ

Video of the demolition in Al-Mufaqarah: http://youtu.be/Veht8zZuCfY

[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.]

 

Plowing season 2014

dicembre 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

Despite the ongoing expansions of Israeli illegal outposts and the restrictions on accessing Palestinian owned lands inflicted by the Israeli civil administration, Palestinians successfully plowed their lands in the South Hebron Hills.

During the last few weeks Palestinian families gathered on their own lands to plow with tractors or donkeys. Palestinians from At Tuwani and Tuba villages plowed the lands surrounding Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost, that during the month of November expanded with 25 iron pylons hammered in the ground rounding the border of the outpost.

Palestinians from Al Mufaqarah plowed the lands nearby Avigayil Israeli illegal outpost. On December 3, Israeli soldiers came twice toward the Palestinians and prevented them from working saying they were not allowed to plow that land. Palestinians asked Israeli soldiers to call the DCO and check their right to plow there. When DCO arrived on the place, Palestinians could prove they were allowed to work. On December 4, Israeli soldiers again came on the place and argued with International volunteers on the right of Palestinians to work the same land, but Palestinians kept on working without stopping for the presence of the army.

Palestinians from Jawwaya village had to wait the permission of the DCO in order to plow the land in front of Ma’on Israeli settlement’s entrance. That Palestinian owned land was declared a closed military area by the Israeli army on the spring of 2013 after different episodes of violence perpetuated by Israeli settlers toward Palestinians . On December 3, Palestinians could plow while Israeli soldiers and DCO officers monitored the all work.

“Plowing our own lands despite the violent policies of the Israeli civil administration, aimed to prevent us from accessing our basic resources, is an act of resistance in this area” says a member of the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee.

Palestinians plowing nearby Havat Ma'on illegal Israeli outpost on November 21.

Palestinians plowing nearby Havat Ma’on illegal Israeli outpost on November 21.

Palestinians plowing in front of Ma'on Israeli settlement's entrance, on December 3.

Palestinians plowing in front of Ma’on Israeli settlement’s entrance, on December 3.

Stagione della semina 2014

I palestinesi delle colline a sud di Hebron sono riusciti a coltivare le proprie terre nonostante continui lavori di espansione degli avamposti illegali israeliani e le restrizioni sull’accesso alla terra inflitte dall’amministrazione civile israeliana dei territori occupati.

Nelle ultime settimane famiglie palestinesi si sono riunite per coltivare le proprie terre usando aratri trainati da trattori o asini. Palestinesi dei villaggi di At Tuwani e Tuba hanno seminato sulle terre circostanti l’avamposto israeliano illegale di Havat Ma’on, che durante il mese di novembre si è aspanso con 25 pali di ferro piantati attorno i confini dell’avamposto.

Palestinesi di Al Mufaqarah hanno coltivato le terre adiacenti l’avamposto israeliano illlegale di Avigayil. Il 3 dicembre soldati israeliani per due volte si sono avvicinati ai palestinesi impedendogli di lavorare, dicendogli che non avevano il permesso di coltivare quella terra. I palestinesi hanno chiesto che venisse chiamata la DCO (District Coordination Office) per dimostrare il proprio diritto di coltivare la suddetta terra. Arrivata sul posto la DCO, i palestinesi hanno potuto provare il loro diritto a lavorare la propria terra. Il 4 dicembre, soldati israeliani sono tornati sul posto e hanno discusso con i volontari internazionali presenti riguardo al diritto dei palestinesi di coltivare quella terra, i palestinesi hanno continuato ad arare senza fermarsi nonostante la presenza dell’esercito.

Palestinesi del villaggio di Jawwaya hanno dovuto aspettare il permesso della DCO per coltivare la terra di fronte all’entrata della colonia israeliana di Ma’on. Quella terra di proprietà palestinese è stata dichiarata un’area militare chiusa dall’esercito israeliano nella primavera del 2013, dopo diversi episodi di violenza perpetuati sui palestinesi da coloni israeliani di Ma’on. Il 3 dicembre, i palestinesi hanno potuto seminare mentre soldati e ufficiali della DCO hanno monitorato i lavori.

“Coltivare la nostra terra nonostante le violente politiche dell’Amministrazione civile israeliana, che puntano a negarci l’accesso alle risorse essenziali, è un atto di resistenza in quest’area” dice un membro del Comitato Popolare delle Colline a Sud di Hebron.

P/R: Israeli forces seize tractor and new water tanks in the Palestinian village of Susiya, South Hebron Hills.

novembre 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

New water tanks were needed to provide Palestinian inhabitants drinkable water.

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November 21, 2014
At Tuwani – On November 20, the Israeli forces seized a tractor, its truck, four water tanks and three tanks’ bases from the Palestinian village of Susiya.
In the early morning DCO officers approached the Palestinian village to take pictures of the ongoing works to install four new water tanks. In the early afternoon DCO officers returned with Israeli army, police, two trucks, one of which with a mechanical arm.

The tractor and its truck, that carried water cisterns and their bases, were seized with the accuse of being used for illegal works, since Palestinians didn’t have permissions to install new water tanks. Tanks and bases were seized without any previous issued demolition order under the pretext that they were not yet installed on the ground.
Water tanks were geared of filters to provide drinkable water and were donated to the Palestinian village because of the lack of drinkable water that effects all the South Hebron Hills area.

The Palestinian village of Susiya is located in area C, under Israeli military and civil administration, and it is surrounded by the Israeli settlement of Suseya, the outpost of Suseya’s Ancient Synagogue and the military base of Suseya North. Around the settlement and the military base there are 26 wells and water cisterns that Palestinians are forbidden to use even if they are on Palestinian private proprieties. Even more, DCO doesn’t allow Palestinian residents of Susiya to connect to Israeli Makorot Company’s water pipes that run right through the Palestinian village and bring water from the settlement of Suseya to the outpost of Ancient Synagogue.

Palestinian residents of Susiya pay 35 NIS per cubic meter of tanked water, six times more than the nearby settlement, which is served by the network. Water consumption of Palestinians in Susiya is 28 liters/capita/day, significantly less than the 70 l/c/d consumed by an average Palestinian and well below the World Health Organization standard of 100 l/c/d. (source OCHA OPT)

The Palestinian inhabitants of Susiya are struggling through the nonviolent popular resistance in order to gain the right to access their own lands and to live a dignified life.
Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Pictures of the incident: http://goo.gl/AUCv8x

[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 2014-09-01: IDF DEMOLISHED 9 STRUCTURE IN THE VILLAGE OF KHIRBET AR-RAHWA

settembre 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

38 persons lost their home, 21 of them children

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Khirbet ar Rahwa – On 1st of September 2014, during the afternoon, the Israeli army and the D.C.O. (District Coordination Office) entered into the palestinian village of Khirbet ar-Rahwa, in the South Hebron Hills, and demolished 3 houses (tents), 3 animal shelters and 3 toilettes. No demolition order was delivered for  these  structures.

All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha that is located in area C, has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services.
The houses belonged to the Altal family and to the Jabaarin family. Because of the demolitions, 38 persons, 21 of them children, lost their houses. All the families are waiting for humanitarian aid.

The village of ar-Rahwa is surrounded by the settlement of Tene and the outpost of Havat Moor. This outpost received demolition order in 2000, but the D.C.O decided to not demolish any house until now. Also the outpost is connected with the electricity net and water pipelines, services that are denied for the Palestinians of ar-Rawha, who are the legal owners of the land where the settlement of Tene is located.

Photo of the incident: http://goo.gl/qpFBA7

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.]

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UPDATE 1-09-2014 : L’IDF DEMOLISCE 9 STRUTTURE NEL VILLAGGIO DI KHIRBET AR-RAHWA

38 persone hanno perso la casa, di cui 21 bambini

Khirbet ar-Rahwa – Nel pomeriggio del 1 settembre 2014, l’esercito israeliano e la D.C.O. (Dicstrict Coordination Offeice) è entrato nel villaggio palestinese di Khirbet ar-Rahwa , situato nelle colline a sud di Hebron, e ha demolito 3 strutture abitative, 3 ricoveri per le pecore, e 3 servizi igienici. Nessun ordine di demolizione è stato consegnato agli abitanti del villaggio proprietari delle strutture.
Tutte le strutture demolite erano costruite con materiali semplici ferro, lamiera, tende.

Il villaggio di ar-Rahwa che è situato in area C,  non ha accesso alla rete elettrica, nè idrica, nè può accedere a nessuno dei servizi di base.
Le strutture appartenevano alle famiglie Altal e Jabreen. A causa della demolizione hanno perso la casa un totale 38 persone, di cui 21 bambini. Le famiglie colpite stanno ora aspettando aiuti umanitari.

Il villaggio di ar-Rahwa è circondato dalla colonia di Tene e dall’avamposto di Havat Moor. Questo avamposto ha ricevuto l’ordine di demolizione nel 2000, tuttavia la D.C.O. non ha mai deciso di rendere effettivo l’ordine o di demolire qualche struttura. Inoltre l’avamposto è connesso alla rete elettrica e idrica , servizi negati ai palestinesi del villaggio di Ar Rahwa, che tra l’altro sono i legali proprietari della terra su cui sorge la vicina colonia di Tene.

Foto dell’evento: http://goo.gl/qpFBA7

Operazione Colomba mantiene una presenza costante nel villaggio di At-Tuwani e nell’area delle colline a sud di Hebron dal 2004.

Per informazioni:
Operazione Colomba, +972 54 99 25 773

[Note: secondo la IV Convenzione di Ginevra, la II Convenzione dell’Aja, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia e numerose risoluzioni ONU, tutti gli insediamenti israeliani nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati sono illegali. Gli avamposti sono considerati illegali anche secondo la legge israeliana.]

The IDF’s real face – HAARETZ

settembre 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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Article by Gideon Levy, Haaretz, August 30, 2014
In civilian life, anyone suspected of manslaughter or murder is immediately arrested, with an investigation coming later. In the IDF the opposite is true.

Khalil Anati was from the Al-Fawar refugee camp in the southern part of the West Bank; a soldier in an armored jeep shot him in the back with a live round and killed him as he was running home. He was 10 years old. Mohammed Al-Qatari was a promising soccer player from the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. A soldier shot him from a distance of several dozen meters while he was taking part in a demonstration against the Gaza war. He was 19 years old when he died. Hashem Abu Maria was a social worker from Beit Ummar who worked for the Geneva-based NGO Defense for Children International. He participated in a demonstration against the Gaza war, trying to protect children by preventing them from throwing stones. An IDF sharpshooter situated on a distant balcony shot and killed him. He was 45 years old, a father of three children. Soldiers killed two more demonstrators at that demonstration.

These people were among many others killed by IDF fire far from the battlefields of Gaza. According to data provided by the United Nations Office for Coordinating Humanitarian Affairs, the IDF killed 20 adults and three children in the West Bank during the fighting in Gaza. Soldiers also wounded 2,218 people, 38% of them by live fire, a particularly high number in comparison to 14% in the first half of 2014 and 4% in 2013.

None of those killed were endangering soldiers’ lives, none of them were armed or deserved to die.

The fighting in Gaza loosened all restraint. Under its umbrella soldiers permitted themselves to use live fire in order to disperse demonstrations, settle scores with people throwing stones or Molotov cocktails – including children – and punish anyone demonstrating against the war. Perhaps these soldiers were envious of their comrades fighting in Gaza, perhaps they were frustrated at being far from the real action – in any event they were confident that no harm would befall them, not while in Gaza there was almost a massacre taking place, with the nation’s heart going out to its fighting men.

No one stopped them, no one was arrested or prosecuted. “The Military Police is investigating” has become code for the IDF spokesman in his automatic responses, a code which blurs and conceals, until the files gather dust and are forgotten. In civilian life, anyone suspected of manslaughter or murder is immediately arrested, with an investigation coming later. In the IDF the opposite is true. First comes an investigation, usually leading nowhere, even when the circumstances are straightforward. There is no question of arresting anyone, even when the incident cries out to the heavens, as in the case of the shooting at Al-Fawar. The soldier who killed the boy is apparently continuing with his life as usual.

These are routine practices associated with the occupation. There is no comparison to the numbers in Gaza, but this routine exposes the true face of the IDF, the way it regularly conducts itself with regard to Palestinians, and especially its persistent disregard for their lives and deaths. There was no war being waged on the West Bank – soldiers were not facing battalions of Izz-ad-Din al-Qassam fighters, nor were they up against attack tunnels, rockets, sharpshooters or explosive devices. Yet see how they killed and maimed, using live fire against demonstrating youths and even children; how they cut short the life of a soccer player who a few weeks earlier had been promised a brilliant career by Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA; or the lives of a 10-year-old refugee boy and a social worker innocent of any crime.

The crimes committed in the West Bank will not be investigated by any international tribunal – there is no need to prepare excuses, write reports or enlist lawyers. But it is precisely these smaller incidents – after all, what are 20 deaths in contrast to the hundredfold larger numbers in Gaza? – that should worry us. There was no war here, hardly any acts of terror, only angry demonstrations by those who were understandably driven to distraction by the fate of their brethren in Gaza. Note how they were treated by IDF soldiers.

This is the behavior of the nation’s army, its soldiers now lauded by all. One can respect and cherish the people’s love for its soldiers, but one should remember what these soldiers do as part of their routine military service, day in, day out, year after year.

 

Il vero volto dell’IDF.

Articolo di Gideon Levy, apparso su Haaretz, 30 agosto 2014.

Khalil Anati era del campo profughi di Al-Fawar nella parte meridionale della Cisgiordania; un soldato da una jeep blindata gli ha sparato alla schiena con il fuoco vivo  e lo ha ucciso mentre stava correndo a casa. Aveva 10 anni.
Mohammed Al-Qatar era un calciatore promettente dal campo profughi di Al-Amari vicino a Ramallah. Un soldato gli ha sparato da una distanza di alcune decine di metri, mentre stava prendendo parte ad una manifestazione contro la guerra a Gaza. Aveva 19 anni quando è morto.
Hashem Abu Maria era un assistente sociale di Beit Ummar che lavorava per la ONG con sede a Ginevra Defense for Children International. Partecipava a una manifestazione contro la guerra a Gaza, cercando di proteggere i bambini, impedendo loro di lanciare pietre. Un tiratore scelto IDF, situato su un balcone lontano, ha sparato e lo ha ucciso. Aveva 45 anni, era padre di tre figli.
I soldati hanno ucciso altri due manifestanti in quella manifestazione. Queste persone, come molte altre , erano  lontano dai campi di battaglia di Gaza.
Secondo i dati forniti dall’ Ufficio per il coordinamento degli affari umanitari delle Nazioni Unite, l’IDF ha ucciso 20 adulti e tre bambini in Cisgiordania durante i combattimenti a Gaza. I soldati hanno anche ferito 2.218 persone, il 38% dei quali con il fuoco vivo, un numero particolarmente elevato in confronto al 14% del primo semestre del 2014 e del 4% nel 2013.
Nessuno di coloro che è stato ucciso metteva in pericolo le vite dei soldati, nessuno di loro era armato o meritava di morire.
I combattimenti a Gaza hanno allentato ogni freno.
Sotto il loro ombrello i soldati permettono a se stessi di usare il fuoco vivo per disperdere le manifestazioni, regolare i conti con la gente che lancia pietre e bottiglie molotov – bambini compresi – e punire chiunque dimostri contro la guerra.
Forse questi soldati erano invidiosi dei loro compagni che combattevano a Gaza, forse erano frustrati per essere lontani dall’azione reale ,in ogni caso erano sicuri che nessun male li avrebbe colpiti, non mentre a Gaza c’era pressochè un massacro in atto, con il cuore della nazione che moriva per i suoi combattenti.
Nessuno li ha fermati, nessuno è stato arrestato o processato. “La polizia militare sta indagando” è diventato un codice per il portavoce dell’IDF nelle sue risposte automatiche, un codice che confonde e nasconde fino a quando i file raccolgono la polvere e sono dimenticati.
Nella vita civile chiunque sia sospettato di omicidio colposo o omicidio viene immediatamente arrestato con un’indagine successiva .
Nell’ IDF è vero il contrario: un’indagine di solito non porta da nessuna parte, anche quando le circostanze sono semplici. Non si tratta di arrestare chiunque, anche quando l’incidente grida al cielo, come nel caso della sparatoria ad Al-Fawar. Il soldato che ha ucciso il ragazzo apparentemente continua con la sua vita, come al solito.
Si tratta di pratiche di routine connesse con l’occupazione. Non c’è confronto con i numeri a Gaza, ma questa routine espone il vero volto della IDF, il modo usuale di agire conduce  per quanto riguarda i palestinesi, e soprattutto il suo disprezzo persistente per la loro vita e la loro morte.
Non c’era una guerra condotta in Cisgiordania ,i soldati non stavano affrontando battaglioni di combattenti di Izz-ad-Din al-Qassam, né erano contro i tunnel di attacco,contro i  razzi,i  tiratori scelti o dispositivi esplosivi,ma  si guardi come hanno ucciso e mutilato usando il fuoco vivo contro i dimostranti giovani e persino i bambini; come hanno spezzato la vita di un calciatore al quale ,qualche settimana prima, era stata promessa una brillante carriera da Sepp Blatter, presidente della FIFA; o la vita di un ragazzo di 10 anni e di un assistente sociale innocente..
I crimini commessi in Cisgiordania non saranno oggetto di indagine da un qualsiasi tribunale internazionale, non c’è bisogno di preparare scuse, scrivere relazioni o arruolare avvocati.,ma sono proprio questi incidenti minori – dopo tutto, che cosa sono 20 morti in contrasto con il centuplo dei numeri più grandi a Gaza? – che dovrebbero preoccuparci.
Non c’era nessuna guerra qui, quasi nesuun atto di terrorismo, solo dimostrazioni di rabbia da parte di coloro che sono stati comprensibilmente spinti a protestare per la  sorte dei loro fratelli a Gaza.
Si noti come sono stati trattati dai soldati dell’IDF.Questo è il comportamento dell’esercito della nazione, dei suoi soldati ormai lodati da tutti. Si può rispettare e amare l’amore del popolo per i suoi soldati, ma bisogna ricordare ciò che questi soldati fanno come parte del loro servizio militare di routine, giorno dopo giorno, anno dopo anno.