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 girl badly injured by Israeli settler attack

aprile 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Israeli settlers attacked with stones four Palestinian children who were returning home from school with their mother

(segue versione in italiano)

April 24, 2014

At Tuwani – On Thursday April 24 at around 12 pm, two Israeli settlers coming with a quad-bike from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma’on attacked with stones four Palestinian children and the mother of three of them, as they were returning from school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. A seven year old girl child was hit by a stone and fell while attempting to run away, badly injuring her head.

Her father, who witnessed the attack as he was harvesting his land situated on top of the Old Havat Ma’on hill, immediately brought her to the nearby village of At Tuwani, where an ambulance came to rescue her and bring her to the hospital.

The girl required five stitches and is now resting at home with her family.

The five Palestinians were coming from the village of At Tuwani, where the children attend school, through the only path they can use without the military escort that everyday accompanies the children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed on their way to and from school since 2004. On this path Palestinians cross the hill where the outpost of Havat Ma’on was situated before it was dismantled in 2000 and moved to Hill 833. Through this hill passes a paved road used by Israeli settlers as a hiking trail. The five Palestinians were attacked by two Israeli settlers who were riding with their quad-bike on this trail.

 

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.]

The seven years old Palestinian girl injured by the attack

 

The Palestinian ambulance that brought the child and her father to the Hospital

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Bambina palestinese ferita gravemente da un attacco di coloni israeliani

Coloni israeliani hanno attaccato con pietre quattro bambini palestinesi che stavano facendo ritorno da scuola con la madre

14 aprile 2014

At Tuwani – Giovedì 24 aprile alle ore 12 circa, due coloni israeliani a bordo di un quad, proveniente dall’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on, hanno attaccato con delle pietre quattro bambini palestinesi e la madre di tre di loro mentre, dopo la scuola, stavano facendo ritorno ai villaggi di Maghayir Al Abeed e Tuba. Una bambina di sette anni è stata colpita da una pietra mentre cercava di fuggire e, cadendo, si è procurata una profonda ferita alla testa.

Il padre di questa, testimone dell’accaduto mentre stava lavorando la propria terra situata in cima alla collina di Old Havat Ma’on, ha portato la piccola al vicino villaggio di At Tuwani dove è arrivata un’ambulanza che le ha prestato i primi soccorsi e l’ha trasferita poi all’ospedale.

Alla bambina sono stati applicati cinque punti di sutura ed ora si trova a casa con la propria famiglia.

I cinque palestinesi arrivavano dal villaggio di At Tuwani, dove i bambini frequentano la scuola, attraverso l’unico sentiero che possono percorrere senza la presenza della scorta militare che, ogni giorno dal 2004, accompagna sulla via per e dalla scuola i bambini di Tuba e Maghayir Al Abeed. Questa via attraversa l’area in cui era ubicato l’avamposto di Havat Ma’on prima di essere smantellato nel 2000 e ricostruito sulla Hill 833. Su questa collina passa una strada sterrata usata dai coloni israeliani come percorso di trekking. I cinque palestinesi sono stati attaccati da due coloni israeliani che stavano percorrendo questo sentiero con un quad.

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.]

P/R: Settlers from Havat Ma’on attacked Palestinian shepherds in two different places at the same time, in the South Hebron Hills

marzo 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm
(Segue versione in italiano)

March 21, 2014

At Tuwani – On March 20, four settlers from Havat Ma’on illegal outpost attacked, in two different places at the same time, two internationals and seven Palestinian shepherds while grazing flocks on their own land. The settlers were armed with a gun and slingshots.

At 9.58 am a settler with a gun chased two Palestinian shepherds away, while grazing between the Palestinian village of Tuba and Havat Ma’on Israeli illegal outpost. He first shouted at the shepherds and then ran after them for more than two kilometers. The harassment  lasted for about one hour, when the shepherds finally arrived to Tuba.

In the meanwhile, at 10.03 am three settler teens fired a petard from the outpost in order to scare the Palestinians who were in Meshaha valley. About 15 minutes later the Israeli Police arrived to the place and spoke to the settlers and the Palestinian shepherds. The police allowed the latter to graze in Meshaha valley, south side of the outpost.

At 10.40 am a masked settler and two children went to the same valley and attacked five Palestinian shepherds, three men and two women. By using slingshots, the attackers threw stones against the shepherds and the internationals, for about five minutes. During the assault the settlers entered Palestinian private land. At a later stage the Israeli police arrived to the place and the attackers ran away. The policeman saw them going back to the outpost but did not try to stop them. One of the Palestinians attacked told the police the event adding that a settler with a gun was still chasing away a Palestinian shepherd from Tuba, on the other side of the outpost. The Israeli police moved to the village of Tuba together with the Palestinian and an international volunteer, while the rest of the Palestinian shepherds successfully grazed their flocks in Meshaha valley until around 12.20 am.

At 11.30 am the police car arrived to Tuba and after five minutes the policeman reached the settler who chased the Palestinian shepherds away. The settler was still close to the Palestinian village. The policeman inquired one of the Palestinians, Ahmed Jundiya, and the settler. After that both of them got in the police car and were driven to Kiryat Arba police station. The two filed a complaint against each other: the settler maintained that the shepherds were on Israeli land and Jundiya proved, thanks to his camera provided by B’tselem organization for human rights, that he was chased away while grazing his flock on Palestinian land.

The Israeli police decided to investigate more in order to define within three months whom that land belongs to. Jundiya could come back home at about 4.30 pm.

Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills face the Israeli occupation with the popular nonviolent resistance.

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

Pictures of the incident: http://www.operazionecolomba.it/galleries/palestina-israele/2014/2014-03-20-settlers-from-havat-ma-on-attacked-palestinian-shepherds-in-two-different-places-at-the-same-time-in-the-south-hebron-hills/

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].

Palestinian shepherds detained by the Israeli army while grazing their flocks

marzo 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm

On Friday March 7 at 12:30 pm two Palestinian shepherds from Tuba, a minor and an adult, were grazing their flocks on Meshaha Hill, when a settler noticed them and made a phone call. At 12:36 pm the Israeli army arrived and first made the shepherds move to the bottom af the valley and then detained them untill the police arrived. The soldiers affirmed that the land where the sheep were grazing is Israeli propriety. At 1:31 pm the Israeli police arrived. One of the Palestinian shepherds, the minor, was immediately released while the second one was asked for his personal datas before being released after few minutes. Operation Dove volunteers waited for the DCO to show them official maps about the ownership of the land, but they didn’t arrive.

The lack of rain forced the Palestinina shepherds to increase the hours of grazing on the hills and the valleis in the South Hebron Hills. Often the Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on illegal outpost call the army to claim their propriety of the land. The past week has seen an encreased presence of the Israeli police in the valleis surrounding the Palestinian village of At Tuwani.

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Venerdì 7 Marzo alle ore 12:30 due pastori palestinesi di Tuba, un minore ed un adulto, stavano facendo pascolare i loro greggi sulla collina di Meshaha, quando sono stati notati da un colono che ha effettuato una telefonata. Alle 12:36 è arrivato l’esercito israeliano che ha prima fatto spostare i pastori in valle poi li ha detenuti fino all’arrivo della polizia. I soldati sostenevano che le terre su cui si trovavano i pastori fossero di proprietà israeliana. Alle 13.31 è arrivata la polizia israeliana. Uno dei due pastori, il minore, è stato rilasciato mentre al secondo sono stati chiesti i dati personali ed è poco dopo stato rilasciato. I volontari di Operazione Colomba hanno aspettato la DCO per vedere documenti ufficiali sull’appartenenza della terra, ma non sono mai arrivati.

La totale mancanza di pioggia ha portato i pastori palestinesi ad aumentare le uscite quotidiane con le pecore sulle colline e sulle valli a Sud di Hebron. Spesso accade che i coloni dell’avamposto illegale di Havat Ma’on rivendichino le terre chiamando le forze armate. La settimana appena passata ha visto un notevole incremento della presenza della polizia sulle colline e nelle valli vicino al villaggio palestinese di At-Tuwani.

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.

Palestinian shepherds from Tuba chased away by the Israeli Army

agosto 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

In the morning of August 9, two Palestinian shepherds from the South Hebron Hills village of Tuba were chased away by the Israeli army when grazing their sheep on the Shaeb El Shaadi hill, situated between Tuba and the Israeli settlement of Ma’on.

Around 9:30 a.m. two soldiers came walking from the Ma’on settlement toward the Palestinian shepherds, who immediately started running away from fear of possible harassment or arrests. While the shepherds were escaping their flocks got left behind, and when reaching the sheep the two soldiers attempted to block and prevent them from going toward the Palestinian village. After the Palestinian shepherds reached Tuba they decided to come back for their flocks, this time equipped  with a camera (provided by the Israeli human rights organisation B’tselem). Seeing the camera, the soldiers then began heading back to Ma’on.

 

La mattina del 9 agosto due pastori palestinesi del villaggio di Tuba (colline a sud di Hebron) sono stati scacciati dall’esercito israeliano mentre pascolavano le loro greggi sulla collina di Shaeb El Shaadi, tra Tuba e la colonia israeliana di Ma’on.

Intorno alle 9:30 due soldati sono arrivati a piedi da Ma’on in direzione dei pastori palestinesi, i quali hanno immediatamente iniziato a scappare per la paura di possibili violenze o arresti. Mentre i pastori scappavano, le greggi sono rimaste indietro, e quando i soldati le hanno raggiunte hanno cercato di bloccarle e di impedirgli di tornare al villaggio. Quando i pastori hanno raggiunto Tuba, hanno deciso di tornare per tentare di recuperare le pecore, questa volta muniti di telecamera (fornitagli dall’Organizzazione per i diritti umani B’tselem). Quando i soldati hanno visto che i palestinesi avevano in mano una telecamera hanno lasciato le greggi per dirigersi in direzione di Ma’on.

 

Two soldiers tried to block and prevent the sheep from going toward the Palestinian village (photo by B’tselem)

Israeli settler attacked Palestinians near village of Tuba

agosto 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

On August 6 at about 6 p.m an armed settler chased two Palestinian shepherds in the South Hebron Hills’ Umm Zeitouna valley. The shepherds report that the settler shot his gun, targeting one of them. The bullet didn’t reach the shepherd, but hit a stone near his feet. The settler followed the fleeing shepherds until reaching the nearby village of Tuba. In the entrance to Tuba a Palestinian came out to speak with the settler, taping everything with a camera.

The settler attacked the Palestinian, pushing him and kicking his leg, aiming the gun at him and spitting at the camera. The settler threatened him in Hebrew and Arabic. At about 6.45 p.m the settler went away in the direction of Ma’on settlement.

In the Umm Zeitouna valley settler harassments and attacks against Palestinian shepherds are becoming more frequent. Despite this, the shepherds continue to graze their sheep in the valley, following a nonviolent strategy to claim their right.

 

Il 6 agosto 2013, intorno alle 18.00, un colono armato ha rincorso due pastori palestinesi nella valle di Umm Zeitouna. Secondo la testimonianza dei pastori, il colono avrebbe sparato mirando ad essi. Il proiettile avrebbe colpito una pietra vicino alle gambe di uno dei due palestinesi. Come mostrano le immagini, il colono ha inseguito il gregge fino al villaggio di Tuba. Lì ha incontrato un altro Palestinese, venutogli incontro per parlare.

Il colono ha attaccato il Palestinese tirandogli calci e spingendolo. Gli ha anche puntato il fucile al petto e sputato sulla telecamera, minacciandolo in arabo ed ebraico. Intorno alle 18.45 il colono si è mosso in direzione della colonia di Ma’on.

Nella valle di Umm Zeitouna le aggressioni e gli attacchi dei coloni stanno diventando sempre più frequenti. Nonostante ciò, i pastori Palestinesi continuano a pascolare le loro greggi in questa valle, perseguendo una strategia nonviolenta.