At-Tuwani: "A Dangerous Journey"

 

A new report by CPT and partner organization Operation Dove about the Israeli military escort of Palestinian children to school in At-Tuwani during the 2007-2008 school year documents a series of violent settler attacks on the children and the Israeli military's lackadaisical response to them.

The Israeli Knesset mandated the military escort of the schoolchildren in 2004 following settler attacks on the children and internationals accompanying them on the public road that passes between Ma'on settlement and its outpost on Hill 833. 

The report "A Dangerous Journey: Settler violence against Palestinian schoolchildren under Israeli military escort" describes the daily journey of the children from neighboring villages to and from their school in At-Tuwani.  It concludes, "Nearly four years after the Israeli military's agreement to provide an escort, and the affirmation of this agreement by the Knesset Committee for Children's Rights, the situation of the children ...has worsened.  The children continue to be harassed and attacked by Israeli settlers ... The Israeli military, which was given a mandate to ensure the safety of the children, has consistently failed to do so."

The report, including photos, is available at www.tinyurl.com/6rrwah.