AT-TUWANI: Masked Israeli settlers chase schoolchildren, give directions to Border Police

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Share on print

8 February 2011
AT-TUWANI: Masked Israeli settlers chase schoolchildren, give directions to Border Police

[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague
Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations
resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories are illegal.  Most
settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal
also under Israeli law.]  

At-Tuwani, South
Hebron Hills, West Bank
—On the afternoon of 7 February 2011, three Israeli
settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost chased a group of twelve Palestinian
schoolchildren who were walking home from school.  The Israeli military had failed to arrive to escort the
schoolchildren, forcing the children to take a longer path without the army’s

Shortly after the schoolchildren and Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
volunteers set out on the path towards Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed villages,
Israeli settlers, two of whom were masked, emerged from the grouping of trees that encompass
Havat Ma’on and began moving towards the children.  Upon seeing the
settlers, the children turned and sprinted to distance themselves from the
settlers.  Several children cried and screamed as they ran away from the
settlers; one young girl began shaking uncontrollably as soon as she stopped
running from the settlers.

The Israeli Border Police, who were located on an adjacent hill for the
duration of the incident, arrived at the scene after the Palestinian children
had safely distanced themselves from the settlers.  The Border Police
stopped and spoke with the settlers, two of whom remained masked during the
entire conversation.

The Border Police then approached the edge of At-Tuwani village where the
children, CPT volunteers, and Palestinian adults had gathered.  Border Police officers spoke with a CPT
volunteer and an At-Tuwani resident, seeking to understand what had happened.  After hearing their accounts but
refusing to hear the role the settlers had played, the officers suggested that
the Palestinian children, internationals, and At-Tuwani villagers were the ones
causing problems, rather than the settlers.

Before the children had set out on the longer path without the military escort,
CPT volunteers had called the Israeli military four times inquiring as to the
whereabouts of the escort.  During
CPT’s final call to the military—more than thirty minutes after their initial
call—the military dispatch office said that they had not yet called the
soldiers who were to provide the escort, because they had more important duties
to perform.

The Border Police officers eventually escorted the children
home, but all of them remained in their jeep, laughing, as the children walked
behind the jeep, visibly shaken.

 Video of masked settlers giving direction to Israeli Border Police is available here.
Pictures of masked settlers giving directions to Israeli Border Police are available here.


Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international
presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

Read More Stories

Coast Guard boats docked at the port of Samos

Scandalous case of criminalization of refugees: Trial against #Samos2 set for 18 May

In an unprecedented move, Greek authorities have charged a refugee with the drowning of his 6-year-old son during a shipwreck. On 18 May 2022, he will be on trial in Samos together with his co-passenger, who is facing life imprisonment for steering the boat. Seventy organizations across Europe call for the charges against the #Samos2 to be dropped.

The human rights groups Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe e.V. and the European Democratic Lawyers will monitor the trial. Twitter: @BorderlineEurop; #Samos2

three people sit in a court room bent over their chairs, with their backs to the camera.

#Paros3 were sentenced to a total of 439 years for steering the boat

On 05 May, the trial against the Paros3, Kheiraldin, Abdallah and Mohamad, took place on the Greek island of Syros. Both the prosecution and the judges acknowledged that the three defendants were not the smugglers and had not acted for profit, nor were they to blame for the 18 lost lives. Despite this, the three fathers were nevertheless convicted of “facilitating unauthorized entry,” resulting in a sentence of 187 years for the “captain” and 126 years for each of the two “assistants.”

Have you ever been on a CPT delegation?

Skip to content