Recent CPTnet stories

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settler kills goats with car in South Hebron Hills

On 1 June 2008 at around 5:00 p.m., an Israeli settler driving in the South Hebron Hills killed three goats and injured two others while on the settler bypass road, Route 317. A local Palestinian shepherd from the village of Ma’in was on his way home, bringing his flock across the road from a nearby field where he had been grazing his animals. The settler aimed his car, and rammed into three of the goats. He then redirected his car and aimed for more, hitting an additional two. The assault killed three goats and broke the legs of two surviving animals.


AT-TUWANI: Israeli military blocks main access road in South Hebron Hills.

On 28 May 2008, the Israeli military blocked the road between the village of At-Tuwani and the city of Yatta, using three of the concrete blocks from the dismantled wall along Route 317 (See 20 August 2007 CPTnet release, "‘Security’ wall along Rt. 317 dismantled.")

HEBRON ACTION ALERT: Act this week to stop Israeli military from closing orphanages and schools in Hebron.

In his meeting on 21 May 2008 with members of the Steering Committee for Supporting the Orphans, Mr. Jawad Bulos, lawyer for the Islamic Charitable Society (ICS), gave a briefing on the ongoing court case regarding the closing and confiscating the ICS facilities.

"The very first moment the Charity received the closure orders I appealed to the Military Legal Advisor and asked him to arrange a meeting with me. The advisor refused to meet me and later he rejected our appeal. I was forced, then, to appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court," said Bulos. ''Five days after my appeal to the court, the court unexpectedly refused to issue a stop order (prohibition order). I was informed later that the court will not discuss our appeal before October,'' added Mr. Bulos.

HEBRON: International NGOs rally to rescue Hebron orphanages

Representatives from CPT, UNICEF, UNOCHA, Defense for Children International, the YMCA, Relief International and other human rights organizations met in Hebron on 8 May 2008 to help Hebron’s orphans and students now living with the fear that the Israeli military will close their homes and schools. The representatives selected a core group of Palestinian and International NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organizations) to halt the Israeli attack against Islamic Charitable Society (ICS) orphanages and schools. The core group will also develop programs to ease the anxiety that has been part of the children’s lives since the Israeli military stated its intent to shut down the facilities.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: 27 March-20 April 2008

5 April
During the morning, At-Tuwani shepherds, accompanied by CPTers and members of an Israeli peace organization, took their flocks to graze in a field across highway 317 from the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Ma’on. …

At 2:00 p.m., six settlers approached At-Tuwani from the trees that surround the settlement outpost of Havot Ma’on. Two jeep-loads of soldiers were already present at the scene, as well as Palestinians and CPTers, and many more At-Tuwani villagers soon arrived. In an effort to move the Palestinians and internationals back, the soldiers argued that the area was a closed military zone but refused to show any papers. Instead of moving out of the contested area, the village children began a game of football (soccer), and two At-Tuwani hajjis (matriarchs) sat down on the ground in front of the soldiers, while CPTers filmed. The playful resistance continued for at least half an hour, until At-Tuwani village leaders urged the women and children to move back from the soldiers. The Palestinians did so, and the army left at 3:00 p.m.