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SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Nonviolent action by Palestinians and At-Tuwani team stops settler road construction in Um al Kheir

On 26 April 2009 Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills village of Um al Kheir changed the route of a road that Israeli settlers from Karmel settlement were constructing.  The villagers, acting with At-Tuwani team members, nonviolently blocked the road-building equipment as it prepared the roadbed on land that belongs to Palestinians living in the village of Um al Kheir.

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli soldiers arrest journalist, close village of Um al Kheir

Um al Kheir, South Hebron Hills, Palestine  On 23 April 2009 Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian journalist in the village of Um al Kheir and declared the village a closed military zone after settlers from the nearby settlement of Karmel resumed construction of a road on Palestinian land.  The proposed road passes within a few meters of Palestinian homes, animal enclosures, and gardens.  Due to a pending legal action in Israeli court filed by Um al Kheir villagers, settlers had previously suspended construction but resumed the work Thursday afternoon.

AT-TUWANI BLOG: “What else is there to do?”

Today was another one of those days that can't be adequately described.  When I arrived in Mashaha valley, I found a friend of ours absolutely beside himself.  His field of wheat had been completely destroyed.  Settlers grazed their sheep in the middle of his field and now his wheat crop is decimated.

PALESTINE REFLECTION: Holy Week with Palestinian Christians

I watched intently as the family in the shop below my apartment worked tirelessly for three days and nights on 400 traditional palm basket-branches.  When completed, the small baskets lining the palm stalk were filled with beautiful flowers for the children to carry into church on Palm Sunday to acknowledge Jesus as King of us all.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers destroy crops near At-Tuwani village; soldiers declare area a Closed Military Zone

On 18 April 2009, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills reported that Israeli settlers had destroyed a large, privately owned Palestinian wheat field by allowing a flock of goats and sheep to graze on it.  Palestinian owners discovered the destruction when they arrived to harvest the crops on the morning of 18 April.  The field, located in Meshaha Valley, is the property of a family living in the nearby village of At Tuwani.


On Saturday, 28 March, shepherds from Tuwani and nearby villages responded to recent harassment by gathering peacefully with their families to graze sheep in Khoruba valley.  Four settlers, two with their faces covered, walked from Havat Ma'on into the flocks and among the shepherds and their children.  Palestinian shepherds sat down and refused to remove their sheep from the area.  Israeli soldiers, police, and border police arrived but did nothing to protect the rights of the Palestinian landowners.  There were no arrests and both settlers and Palestinians left after about three hours.

AT-TUWANI RELEASE: Masked settlers attack three Palestinian women in the South Hebron Hills

(Umm-Zeitouna Valley, South Hebron Hills, West Bank)  On Friday 10 April at about 10:00 a.m. five Israeli settlers attacked three Palestinian women from the Bedouin village of Umm Al Kher, south of Yatta, while the women were grazing their sheep and gathering herbs in the nearby Umm Zeituna valley.  The women reported that the men were masked and armed with wooden sticks.  They beat one of the women, aged 21, injuring her arm, and chased the women and flocks off the land while throwing rocks.  The injured woman needed to be hospitalized.

AT-TUWANI URGENT ACTION: Ask Israeli military to fulfill its obligation to protect children

In the past two weeks, the situation in the South Hebron Hills has become increasingly dangerous for Palestinian children.

Members of Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have twice witnessed settlers grazing sheep directly in the path of the Palestinian children from Maghayir al-Abeed and Tuba when they were walking home from school in At-Tuwani.  Because settlers have physically attacked children along this route in the past, and made death threats against them earlier this school year, the children are terrified by the presence of these settlers.  Since an incident on 24 March 2009 in which settlers were present at the end of the children's walk home, internationals and the children have repeatedly asked the soldiers to walk with the children until they are out of danger.  (See  On 1 April 2009, settlers again came onto the land between the outpost of Havat Ma'on and the village of Tuba while the children were walking.  Members of CPT and Operation Dove were present and the children ran towards them crying and very frightened.

AT-TUWANI: Masked settlers beat three Palestinian children, shoot at Palestinian shepherds for the second time in ten days.

(Juwayya, South Hebron Hills, West Bank) At 4:00 pm on 5 April 2009, Israeli soldiers and the Ma'on settlement security guard took three Palestinian boys—ages ten, eleven, and fourteen—and transported them to the Ma'on settlement. Soldiers delivered the children to six masked settlers who kicked and punched the children. At 4:45, the children arrived back in their village, after the settlers allowed them to leave to walk home through the hills alone.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli army refuses to escort Palestinian school children past settlers

Israeli soldiers in charge of escorting schoolchildren from At-Tuwani to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed refused to escort the children past two adult settlers on 23 March 2009.  As the soldiers and children approached the chicken barns that mark the end of the area where settlers frequently attack, they saw settlers approaching the barns.  The children asked the soldiers to complete the escort.  Internationals watching from a nearby ridge also called the army twice too, specifically demanding that the escort complete the obligatory accompaniment past the chicken barns as required by the protocol.