AT-TUWANI: Israeli police detain Palestinian children grazing sheep

27 June 2009
AT-TUWANI: Israeli police detain Palestinian children grazing sheep

[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.  Settlement outposts are considered illegal under Israeli law.]

On the morning of 25 June 2009, Israeli police detained two Palestinian children, Ahmed Omar Jundyye, age 15, and Redwan Ibrahim Jundyye, age 16, near the village of Tuba.  The boys, accompanied by members of the At-Tuwani team, were grazing their flocks near their village of Tuba, located in the South Hebron Hills.

Israeli settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost observed the boys for some time before the Israeli military arrived.  The Israeli military jeep first drove to a home within Havat Ma’on.  Then, after speaking with the settlers, the soldiers approached the boys and the internationals, demanding that they provide personal identification and saying that the boys were in a forbidden area.

The Israeli police arrived at the scene, and after conferencing with the settlers and soldiers, took the boys at 10:00 a.m. to the Kiryat Arba police station.  The police refused to provide a reason for the detention of the Jundyyes.

The police held the youth at the Kiryat Arba Police Station for nearly five hours before releasing them.  Responding to the detention, one of the boys’ fathers said, “They weren’t doing anything; they graze their sheep there everyday.”