29 October 2010 AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Shepherd made homeless, livelihood threatened, son in prison.
On Monday 11 October, at 8.00 a.m. the Israeli military arrived at the home of Noah al-Rajabi in Bani Naim without warning and destroyed the family’s water cistern, tent, and a small wooden structure family members used for cooking and storage.
Al-Rajabi told CPTers, who visited after the incident, that soldiers kicked and beat some of the animals and that one pregnant ewe aborted. When his fourteen-year-old son objected to their actions, soldiers arrested him, accusing him of “obstructing the military” and scratching a soldier’s face.
Ten weeks earlier, the Israeli military demolished al-Rajabi’s house. His wife and the younger of his seven children now live in two rented rooms in Hebron. Al-Rajabi and his oldest son remained in a tent supplied by the Red Cross, so that they could continue working with his flock.
CPTers met al-Rajabi in Hebron on 12 October. He did not know where his son was being held, or where he could get water for his animals. They accompanied him to three Israeli police stations. The only information Israeli police gave them was that his son was being held in Ofer military prison. They refused to accept a complaint against the Israeli soldiers for their behaviour.
CPTers also visited Al-Rajabi’s rented accommodation in Hebron where they met his wife and some of his other children. “Please bring my son home,” his wife pleaded with them.
Al-Rajabi’s brother has been watching his sheep and goats, and has moved them to another hillside where there is water. Agencies in Hebron are trying to reconnect Noah's water supply, but the cistern will have to be rebuilt, and will run the risk of demolition in the future.
For further information on the imprisonment of Palestinian minors by the Israeli military, please refer to the annual reports of Defence for Children International (Palestine)