AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers yell death threats at Palestinian children walking home from school

CPTnet  
24 October 2008
AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers yell death threats at Palestinian children walking home from school



[Note: According to the Geneva Conventions, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and numerous United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal.  Most settlement outposts are considered illegal under Israeli law.]

Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on in the South Hebron Hills harassed and yelled death threats at Palestinian elementary schoolchildren on their way home from school, Thursday 23 October 2008.  The children were returning from the At-Tuwani village school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed escorted by an Israeli army humvee.  When two adult Israeli settlers chased the children, throwing stones and threatening to kill them, the Israeli soldiers remained in their vehicle and got out of the humvee only at the conclusion of the escort.

The Israeli military is responsible for escorting the children past the settlement of Ma’on and settlement outpost of Havot Ma’on—a responsibility it has refused to live up to, despite repeated attacks on the schoolchildren.

Ma'on settlers attacked the schoolchildren on their way home from school a week ago, on Tuesday 14 October 2008, when two adult settlers threw stones at the children and chased them towards Tuba.

Settler attacks on the schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed have been a recurrent problem for years, and the implementation of an Israeli military escort has failed to solve the problem.  In the 2007-2008 academic year, settlers attacked the children a total of fourteen times, as documented in the report “A Dangerous Journey: Settler violence against
Palestinian schoolchildren under Israeli military escort” (http://cpt.org/files/Palestine-School-Accompaniment-Report-2006-2008-Dangerous-Journey.pdf).
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