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AT-TUWANI: Villagers successfully plow “lost” land

On 21 and 22 November, the villagers of At-Tuwani successfully plowed fields to which Israeli settlers and soldiers had denied them access for as long as nine years.  The villagers, as they do each planting season, organized themselves and their relatives from the nearby town of Yatta to plow and plant the valley of Khoruba with wheat and barley.  Palestinians undertake these plantings in an organized fashion, with large numbers of people, in order to prevent attacks from Israeli settlers.  Settlers from the nearby illegal outpost of Havat Ma'on hope to expand into these areas, and have already taken a small plot of land at the top of Khoruba valley.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Grass, tea, and shepherds—signs of life


K. had kept his flock out an unusually long time this morning.  The sheep and goats were probably happy because an inch of grass had grown in some places due to the recent rain.  Because it was the first rain of the season, however, the grass remained just short enough that the sheep appeared to have a tough time eating it.  Their grazing attempts reminded me of eating a pomegranate.  You exert so much effort to get those little kernels out, and when you eventually get them out and eat them, they don’t even put a dent in your hunger.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Breaking bread with friends


“I am sorry Janet, I will not be able to offer you tea and bread,” Khalil told me.  “The settlers killed my donkey and took everything in the bag.”

We were sitting on Khoruba Hill, where we often sit with Khalil, a young Palestinian shepherd.  Most days we accompany him as he makes his way over the hills with his flock and his donkey.  The route from his home to Khoruba passes within sight of the Israeli settler outpost of Havat Ma’on.  Each day he leads his sheep on paths where his father and grandfather walked, on land coveted by the settlers.  As he leads his sheep, he watches for Israeli settlers or soldiers who regularly chase him off the land.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian shepherds, kill donkey, injure internationals.

Video of the settler attack and the donkey killed by Israeli settlers

On 15 November 2008, around 9:00 a.m., approximately fifteen masked Israeli settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma'on attacked three Palestinian shepherds who were grazing their flocks in a valley south of the outpost.  The settlers came running down from a ridge above the shepherds, hurling rocks. The shepherds were able to get their flocks away before the rocks injured them.

During the incident, the settlers were able to steal two of the shepherds' donkeys.  The settlers killed one donkey with a knife wound in the chest area.  They slashed another across the throat, but the donkey survived.

AT-TUWANI: Art Gish’s At-Tuwani Journal released

Herald Press has published At-Tuwani Journal: Hope and Nonviolent Action in a Palestinian Village by CPTer Art Gish.

A sequel to his 2001 Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking, the book offers an insider’s view of the work that members of Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove do in the West Bank village of At-Tuwani.  Gish documents through vivid stories the everyday struggles of rural Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.  With a sense of hope, he also considers the possibilities for reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: The school run

Imagine the scene: a group of children walking to school.  Some of the older children are jostling and pushing each other, joking together; the younger ones are walking quietly, hand in hand.  It could be a scene from almost anywhere in the world.  

But this is Palestine, under Israeli military occupation.  The children are Palestinian.  Two Israeli soldiers walk in front of the small group and an army jeep follows behind.  
 

GAZA: "Nam, Nehnu Nastatyeh!" is Arabic for "Yes, We Can!"

This morning, I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India.  This morning, I marched in Selma; I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall.  This morning I became a Freedom Rider.

Today’s Freedom Riders are sailing small boats into the Gaza Strip in open defiance of the Israeli Occupation and blockade.  This morning, I arrived in Gaza aboard the SS Dignity, part of a Free Gaza Movement delegation of twenty seven doctors, lawyers, teachers, and human rights activists from across the world, including Mairead Maguire—the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

AT-TUWANI URGENT ACTION: Ask Israeli authorities why the Israeli military demolished homes in Um al Kher, South Hebron Hills

At 9:10 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday 29 October 2008, the Israeli military demolished ten Palestinian dwellings in the South Hebron Hills village of Um al Kher, leaving around sixty people, including young children, homeless.
The military arrived without warning shortly after 9:00 a.m. Soldiers gave the villagers little time to remove their possessions before demolishing four stone homes and six metal dwellings with a bulldozer. Um al Kher is situated close to the Israeli settlement of Karmel and the demolished homes were those closest to the settlement.

AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Sentinel of resistance

In  the South Hebron Hills sits a new cistern—another sentinel of resistance to the Israeli occupation.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers yell death threats at Palestinian children walking home from school

Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills harassed and yelled death threats at Palestinian elementary schoolchildren on their way home from school, Thursday 23 October 2008.  The children were returning from the At-Tuwani village school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed escorted by an Israeli army humvee.  When two adult Israeli settlers chased the children, throwing stones and threatening to kill them, the Israeli soldiers remained in their vehicle and got out of the humvee only at the conclusion of the escort.