Palestine

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AT-TUWANI UPDATE: 1-18 February 2009


Monday 2 February 2009

In the morning, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on the Israeli side of the border near the Palestinian village of Jinba and the Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir.  Taysir Manasra, 27, from the Hebron area, was attempting to travel into Israel for work.  Following this incident, CPTers documented two Israeli checkpoints in separate locations, at which Israeli soldiers detained, beat and harassed Palestinians (see 12 February 2009 CPTnet release, “AT-TUWANI: Soldiers kill Palestinian migrant worker, increase harassment of villagers in South Hebron Hills.”)  At one checkpoint, an Israeli soldier told Sarah MacDonald that two of the Palestinian detainees had no registration or ID, were likely terrorists, and  "may cut your throat next!"

AT-TUWANI: At-Tuwani hosts Tony Blair to address Israeli occupation and violence in the southern West Bank

On 19 March 2009, Tony Blair, representative of the Quartet on the Middle East visited the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani, located in the southern West Bank.  His said his reason for visiting was "really to draw attention to the fact that without a new and different system applying in Area C [the area in the West Bank under Israeli military and civilian control], then it is very hard for Palestinians to enjoy the standard of living that they should enjoy and be able to develop their land as they should be able to develop in freedom."

Mr. Blair met with the mayor of At-Tuwani as well as members of Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove, who described the attacks and harassment Palestinians experience from Israeli settlers and soldiers when Palestinians attempt to access their land.  The conversation also highlighted Israeli government inaction toward settler aggression, exemplified by the government's failure to follow through with the demolition orders on the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on.  When asked what he will do about this situation, Mr. Blair answered, "It's got to be stopped, hasn't it?  This is what should happen.  But it needs to be done in a systematic way so that the whole way this area is looked at and administered is changed to make it fair."

AT-TUWANI: Israeli soldiers join settlers in chasing shepherds off lands instead of arriving on time for school escort


Israeli soldiers in charge of escorting the children from At-Tuwani to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed arrived at the meeting point thirty minutes late on 15 March 2009, leaving the children waiting in cold, rainy weather.  When At-Tuwani team members with the children called for the escort, the army dispatcher said the escort would come thirty minutes late and offered no further explanation.

At-Tuwani team members accompanying local shepherds in the area witnessed two settlers in a white pickup coming onto Palestinian land and chasing away shepherds at about 12.50 p.m.  Ten minutes later, an army jeep drove into the same area, and two soldiers joined the settlers in preventing shepherds from accessing their land.  The soldiers left the area at about 1:25 p.m. and drove to the escort meeting point.

AT-TUWANI RELEASE: Israeli court releases CPTers arrested for accompanying Palestinian landowners

At 2:30 pm, on Monday, 9 March, a Jerusalem court released two Christian Peacemaker Teams members (CPTers) whom Israeli police arrested while the CPTers accompanied nineteen Palestinians trying to access their land near the Bedouin village of Um al-Kheir.  The CPTers were charged with trespass and obstruction of construction work, despite the fact that they were at least ten meters away from the work zone and the Palestinian landowners had invited them to their lands.

AT-TUWANI: Israeli police detain Palestinian landowners asserting their rights, arrest two members of Christian Peacemaker Team

At 11:30 a.m., 8 March, Israeli police detained nineteen Palestinians who were trying to access their land near the village of Um al-Kheir.  The police also arrested two Christian Peacemaker Teams members (CPTers) and charged them with obstruction and trespass, even though the owners had invited them to their land.

AT-TUWANI: Video posted of soldiers arresting Palestinian peace activist and saying Israelis should kill children in Gaza

CPT-Tuwani has released a video on YouTube showing an incident of Israeli army harassment in the South Hebron Hills village of Mufaqara.  (See 12 February 2009 CPTnet release, “AT-TUWANI: Soldiers kill Palestinian migrant worker, increase harassment of villagers in South Hebron Hills,”.

 

PALESTINE: No winners in Gaza war


Now that the bombing of Gaza has stopped, the world is beginning to survey and record the damage.  The devastation is overwhelming.  Now I have a clearer picture of the effect of those Israeli jets flying for three weeks over At-Tuwani in the southern West Bank-about fifty miles from Gaza-while I was there.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: January 2009

In and around at-Tuwani, the Israeli military remarkably intensified its daily interceptions of Palestinian migrant laborers trying to leave the West Bank, sometimes applying lethal force. The army also continued failing to reliably accompany the schoolchildren on the complete route to and from school, leaving them vulnerable to settler attacks.  Palestinian shepherds continued challenging Israeli military prohibitions against their grazing of flocks on their own land.

AT-TUWANI: Soldiers kill Palestinian migrant worker, increase harassment of villagers in South Hebron Hills

Three incidents in recent days indicate that Israeli occupation authorities are stepping up their aggression in the South Hebron Hills, particularly in response to Palestinian migrant laborers.

On the morning of Monday, 2 February, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on the Israeli side of the border near the Palestinian village of Jinba and the Israeli settlement of Beit Yatir.  Taysir Manasra, 27, from the Hebron-area village of Bani Na'im, was attempting to travel into Israel for work.

JORDAN VALLEY: Electricity for flowers, not people

The Jordan Valley is a place where Israeli flowers have electricity and Palestinian people do not.