AT-TUWANI UPDATE: 30 July - 13 August 2005

CPTnet
20 August 2005

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: 30 July - 13 August 2005

At-Tuwani team members during this time included members of the Italian
peace group, Operation Dove ( called "Doves") and CPTers Diane Janzen, Mary
Yoder, Matt Chandler, Joe Carr and CPT volunteer Nic Albert.

30 July

Doves accompanied Palestinian shepherds to Khoruba in the morning.

A summer camp in At-Tuwani for children from the area began. The Israeli
military had agreed to send soldiers to accompany the children from Tuba and
Migael Abeed to At-Tuwani as they did during the school year. The soldiers
were confused about where they were to meet the children and showed up two
hours late. One soldier told the Doves that a settler man came from Havot
Ma'on and followed the children, shouting bad words at them.

A Dove and a visiting Italian group joined Ta'ayush, an Israeli peace group,
in accompanying Palestinians from Suseya to pump and transport water to the
village from a well to which the village doesn't have easy access. The well
is near an Israeli military base and the Israeli settlement of Suseya.

At 6:20PM, a shepherd from Jawiyya informed the internationals that settlers
from Ma'on were harassing Palestinian shepherds on his family's land (the
land across the bypass road from the entrance to Ma'on). The internationals
saw nine young settler men walking back toward Ma'on. The shepherds told
the internationals that the settlers threw rocks at them and the sheep and
chased them from the top of the hill.

At 9:00 p.m., the internationals monitored a temporary Israeli military
checkpoint at the entrance to the village for one hour.

31 July

The internationals accompanied Palestinian shepherds near Khoruba in the
morning. The Israeli military escort was on time to accompany the Tuba and
Migael Abeed children to At-Tuwani for summer camp. A Red Crescent doctor
came to the clinic.

1 August

The internationals accompanied shepherds in the morning to Khoruba. The
Israeli military came and chased the shepherds away from the area, declaring
it a closed military zone for eight days. The soldiers beat a Palestinian
man from At-Tuwani when he tried to direct his sheep to stay on the fields
in the area. (See release 2 August 2005 release, "Israeli soldiers assault
Palestinian, chase shepherds from fields; police refuse to view video of
incident before arresting assault victim.")

At 5:00 p.m., the Palestinian shepherds whose sheep were chased by settlers
in Jawiyya on 30 July came and asked internationals to take pictures of
sheep that later died in the field as a result of the attack. The
internationals took photographs and called the Kiryat Arba police as the
Palestinian shepherds wanted to file a complaint. While waiting for the
police to arrive, the Ma'on settler security guard and two settler men came
to the field as well. Israeli soldiers and police arrived and took
photographs and allowed one of the Palestinian men to go with the police to
Kiryat Arba to file a complaint.

2 August

The internationals accompanied Palestinian shepherds in the valley down from
the Havot Ma'on outpost in the morning. At 7:55 a.m., the internationals
discovered that settlers from Havot Ma'on were standing on the road in front
of the Israeli soldiers who were accompanying children from Tuba to summer
camp in At-Tuwani. The internationals went to the area to be with the
children while the group waited for the Israeli police to arrive. Two
Israeli women from Machsom Watch visiting in At-Tuwani also came to the
area. The police spoke to the settlers, photographed them and told them to
go back into Havot Ma'on. The internationals and Machsom Watch women walked
with the children as they continued with the soldiers to At-Tuwani.

3 August

The internationals accompanied Palestinian shepherds in the valley down from
the Havot Ma'on outpost in the morning. The Israeli soldiers accompanying
the children from Tuba and Migael Abeed to At-Tuwani stopped and told a
shepherd that they could not be in that valley, but could graze their sheep
in the Khoruba valley. The shepherd repeated what the soldier said to
confirm it, and then the shepherds immediately moved into the Khoruba valley
(which soldiers on 1 August said was a closed military zone). At 8:40AM,
the Israeli military captain for the area came and talked with the
internationals watching on top of Khoruba hill. The soldiers said that the
area was still a closed military zone, showed the military order and map,
and then left.

4 August

At 7:30 p.m., the internationals monitored a temporary Israeli military
checkpoint at the entrance to the village. Soldiers detained fifteen
Palestinian men for forty minutes before allowing them to continue traveling
in a van on the Israeli bypass road. The soldiers left at 8:45 p.m.

5 August

In the morning, while accompanying Palestinian shepherds near Khoruba,
internationals observed a settler from Havot Ma'on grazing ten sheep and
four goats near the outpost.

6 August

At 5 p.m., the internationals heard of problems with settlers in the nearby
Palestinian village of Suseya. Chandler and Albert went to Suseya with a
member of Ta'ayush and observed settlers (one armed with an assault rifle)
running back to Suseya settlement. The Israeli military and police came to
the area, and the police took statements from witnesses. A man from Suseya
explained that in the afternoon a group of settlers came to the house next
to his and he began to videotape them. The settlers chased after the
Palestinian and one shot at him. The internationals and member of Ta'ayush
arrived shortly afterward.

At 7 p.m., Israeli soldiers at a temporary checkpoint at the entrance to the
village stopped and confiscated the license plates of a service taxi van
belonging to Palestinian driver that lives in At Tuwani. The soldiers
dismantled the checkpoint before the internationals arrived.

7 August

The internationals accompanied Palestinian shepherds near Khoruba in the
morning.

A Red Crescent doctor was at the clinic, but equipment the Palestinian
Authority pledged to send did not.

8 August

The internationals accompanied Palestinian shepherds near Havot Ma'on in the
morning.

At 6:30 p.m., the internationals monitored a temporary Israeli military
checkpoint at the entrance to the village. The soldiers stopped and
searched three vans of Palestinian men traveling on the Isra