AT-TUWANI: Soldiers prevent At-Tuwani residents from vigiling for recent stabbing victim

5 April 2011
AT-TUWANI: Soldiers prevent At-Tuwani residents from vigiling for recent stabbing victim

At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, West Bank--Residents of At-Tuwani held a peaceful vigil on the morning of 26 March 2011 to protest the recent stabbing of Mahmoud Ibrahim Ali Awad, a resident of nearby Tuba village.  

 Villagers from At-Tuwani attempted to erect a small tent in honor of Awad on village land near the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on, but Israeli soldiers \prevented them from doing so by declaring the area a closed military zone.  Soldiers ordered Palestinians and internationals out of the area, and forced shepherds who were grazing sheep and goats to leave.  Women and children of the village then occupied the area for several hours in defiance of the order to leave.

On 19 March 2011, a settler from Havat Ma'on attacked and stabbed Awad on the outskirts of At-Tuwani.  Awad was traveling by donkey to the city of Yatta for a medical appointment.  A resident of the village saw the attack and ran towards the settler, who ran back into the outpost.  Awad was transported to Alia Hospital in Hebron, where he is recovering from stab wounds to his head, arm, and chest.

Also on 26 March, Israeli soldiers arrested sixteen Israeli peace activists from the organization Ta’ayush when the activists attempted to walk on the road that connects the village of Tuba with At-Tuwani.  Due to settler violence, the road has been inaccessible to Palestinians and internationals since 2003.

[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.]

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