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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli soldiers arrest disabled man, twelve-year-old boy

In separate incidents around the same time (around 11:00 a.m.) on the morning of Tuesday 6 May 2014 the Israeli military made two arrests in Hebron. 

The first was of Eyad Jaabari, a twenty-year-old man with a learning disability from the Jaabari neighbourhood of the city.  Israeli soldiers took this young man first to the police base near the Gutnick centre and then walked with him to the military base by the Ibrahimi Mosque, holding him for thirty minutes from the time CPT heard of his arrest.  When Israeli soldiers brought the young man out of the base and released him, he was clearly bewildered and distraught, and collapsed on the ground and then into the arms of the older male relative who was waiting outside. The reason for the arrest is unknown. 

AT-TUWANI: Still in need of water

It’s four and a half years since I last worked in the South Hebron Hills village of at-Tuwani, so I was glad to go for an overnight stay.  There have been many changes since my last stint there with Christian Peacemaker Teams.  Of course, babies have been born, children have grown up, young people have married, and adults have aged.




At-Tuwani's school now has an
additional floor.

There have been some positive changes for the village.  It received a master plan some years ago from the Israeli authorities and so villagers are able to build and extend homes within the boundaries it specifies.  The school now has an additional floor and is safe from demolition (with which the Israeli authorities threatened it as soon as it was first built), so now the village school is able to take pupils from the beginning of primary school right through to the end of secondary school.  The village’s clinic is also safe from demolition.  There is mains electricity [an electrical grid] that the villagers attribute partly to Tony Blair’s visit to Tuwani in 2009, during which he described electricity as a human right, and the villagers have received permission to connect to the water main as well.

As one young man said to me, ‘Tuwani is a city now, Miriam: electricity, water . . .’

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 1, 2014

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 1, 2014

 

Pray for the people of At-Tuwani, who remain steadfast in their resistance to occupation, although settlements continue to confiscate lands they have depended on for their livelihood.

See blog post: Tuwani: still in need of water

 

Children walking to school in Tuwani from Tuba and Mighayer Al Abeed.  Ma'on is on the hill on the right.  Note the extensive polytunnels and the new orchard behind the children.  There is an extensive area of fruit trees out of shot to the right.

Children walking to school in Tuwani from Tuba and Mughayer Al Abeed. The Israeli settlement of Ma’on is on the hill to the right. Note the extensive settlement polytunnels and the settlement's new orchard behind the children.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Clashes erupt on Palestinian Prisoner’s Day

On Thursday, 17 April 2014, approximately 300 people gathered at the Al Manara area in H1 (under nominal Palestinian control) to stand in solidarity with the 5224 Palestinian prisoners now held in Israeli prisons.  All political parties participated in the gathering, and each in turn raised their concerns.  

Speeches included the issue of the promise by Israel, as a part of the peace agreement, to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, and the real concern that Israel is now stalling on that promise, using the prisoners as blackmail.  This nonviolent action ended with a musical quartet, consisting of oud, violin, drum, and a singer offering tribute to the Palestinians still held in prison. 

Clashes erupted around 2:00 p.m. between the Israeli security forces and the Palestinians on the border of H1 and H2 and lasted until about 7:00 p.m.

The Israeli military dispersed the crowds with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and in some places, live ammunition (which CPTers observed lying on the ground.)  Ambulances entered and exited frequently the H2 area of Hebron, which is out of the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.  

 According to Ha’aretz newspaper, ten Palestinians sustained injuries from the clashes.





AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli settlers moving into Al-Rajabi house

 

 
 An Israeli human rights activist and observer protesting
the illegal confiscation of the Al Rajabi House. Pale-
stinians  face prolonged prison time, abuse, and torture
during an arrest. International workers face detention
and possible deportation.

On 11 April 2014, Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals convened at the Al-Rajabi building to protest the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements in Hebron near the settlement of Kiryat Arba. Human rights advocates have opposed the takeover of the Palestinian building, because it poses a grave impediment to the sovereignty of the Palestinian community of Hebron and presents obstacles to peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The Palestinian community has been fighting the takeover through Israel’s legal system since 2007.

Early in March of 2007, Jewish settlers broke into the Al-Rajabi building and laid siege to the Palestinian property under the protection of the Israeli military. The Hebron Rehabilitation Committee and the Palestinian petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court and had the Israeli settlers evicted in 2008 until the ownership could be determined, during which time, the investigation revealed the documents of purchase were forged. The forgery was substantiated by the Criminal Investigation Laboratory of the Israeli Police, by the Israeli prosecution and by the Supreme Court.

Despite this proof,  on 11 March 2014, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Israeli settlers should pay the Palestinian owner of the building the amount specified in the forged sale documents.

AT-TUWANI: Military escort misconduct exposes Palestinian children to risk on their way to and from school

 




Photo of March 2010 school escort. Soldiers in
jeep.

On 9 April 2014, settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost attacked children from the Palestinian villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed.  The children were walking to school, accompanied by the Israeli military escort that has the duty to protect them every day on their way to and from school, as established in 2004 by the Israeli Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child.  During the 2013-2014 school year, the misconduct of this military escort has exposed the children to danger on numerous occasions.

In order to reach the school in the village of at-Tuwani, the Palestinian children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, who are between the ages of six and seventeen usually walk through the shortest route that passes between the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833).  This route is the main road linking their villages and At Tuwani and takes about twenty minutes to complete.

On the morning of 9 April at 7:40 a.m., two Israeli children coming from Havat Ma’on attacked the Palestinian children by launching stones at them with slingshots, injuring a twelve-year-old girl and fourteen-year-old girl on their legs.  At the moment of the attack, the Israeli soldiers were not walking with the children as they are supposed to, but were inside the military vehicle, following behind the group of children.

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Settlers force shepherds off grazing land near Qawawis; break solar panels in Bir al ‘Idd




Settlers direct soldiers to chase Palestinian
shepherds away from livestock well near
Qawaw

On 23 March in the South Hebron Hills, settlers from Mitzpe Yair outpost forced shepherds off grazing land near the village of Qawawis.  The settlers came out above where the shepherds were grazing their flock, below the settlement of Mitzpe Yair, then called soldiers who came down and forced the shepherds to leave a livestock well, saying that the area was closed to both Palestinians and settlers.

After the soldiers left, the same settlers chased the shepherds and their flock down the valley, shouting at the sheep and goats.  They continued to chase the shepherds from valley to valley for the rest of the day, following them almost all the way back to the village of Qawawis. 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Settlers attempt construction of new access path at Tel Rumeida

Attempt by settlers to begin construction of walking path on Tel Rumeida.  The blue fence is on the
settlement, and the new stake on right is in a washed out area that would link the settler path to
an existing path along the outside of the fence surrounding the settler archaeological dig.

On 24 March 2014, settlers attempted to begin construction of a walking path outside the fenced “archaeological” dig near the Abu Haikal home on Tel Rumeida.  The settlers pounded in metal stakes in an area just below the fence erected by Israelis around what was once the orchard of the Abu Haikal family, and is now an archaeological site to which Palestinians, including Palestinian archaeological experts, are denied access.  The stakes are a first step in an apparent attempt to link the settlement of Tel Rumeida to the fenced area of the archaeological dig.

Palestinians living in the building adjacent to the land on which the settlers were trespassing called the police, who ordered the settlers to stop.  However, the following day, 25 March, soldiers arrived at the home of the Abu Haikal family and threatened them with arrest.

 Feryal Abu Haikal had just finished hosting a group of neighbors, along with the Palestinian Liaison Officer and an officer from the Hebron Governor’s office, when soldiers arrived at her home and began to dispute the ownership of some of the land on Tel Rumeida, showing her a map that contained false information.  The soldiers told Feryal Abu Haikal that no visitors are allowed on the land surrounding her home, and threatened to arrest and deport any internationals there, including members of the Abu Haikal family.

For background on the settler archaeological dig on Tel Rumeida click here 

To see a map of multiple land-grab efforts by settlers in Hebron click here.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 26, 2013

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 26, 2013
Pray for the families living near buildings in Al-Khalil (Hebron) that Israeli settlers have targeted for takeover.  Settler occupation of these structures will lead to sharp increases in hardships and violence for the neighborhoods in which they are located.

Click here for interactive map showing properties at risk for settler takeover.

See also AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Settlers and soldiers invade Al-Atrash family home twice in one day.

*Epixel for March 30, 2014

Armed settler leaving the Al Atrash family home with soldiers, March 20, 2014.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.  Ephesians 5:11
Photo by Raed Abu Rumaila
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common 
 Lectionary readings.

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Settlers from Mitzpe Yair settlement attack Palestinian shepherds in Masafer Yatta during Purim

On Sunday 16 March 2014, during the Jewish holiday of Purim, Operation Dove reported that Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians and internationals on Palestinian fields near the outpost of Mitzpe Yair, which is adjacent to Firing Zone 918 in Masafer Yatta. 

A settler armed with an iron pipe began threatening four shepherds and their flock at about 9:00 a.m., then ran off when two more shepherds and two internationals arrived and began filming.  At 9:30, eight settlers arrived and began violently chasing the flocks toward the valley below the outpost.  Palestinians called the Israeli police, and another two internationals, members of the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee, and the representatives of the human rights organization B'tselem also arrived.