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.