Archive - jun 7, 2008

AT-TUWANI: Israeli military again blocks main access road in South Hebron Hills

At 11:00 a.m. on 5 June 2008, the Israeli military again blocked the road between At-Tuwani and Yatta. A bulldozer massed a six-foot-high mound spanning the width of the road, using concrete slabs, boulders, and earth. Several villages in the South Hebron Hills are again cut off from secondary schools, hospitals, and basic supplies such as water, firewood, and animal feed, because this road provides the primary vehicle access to Yatta, the region’s economic hub.


On 3 June 2008, AbitibiBowater announced plans to stop logging operations in the Whiskey Jack forest, the region claimed by Grassy Narrows (Asubpeeschoseewagong) First Nation, because the province of Ontario has entered into a new four-year consultation process with Grassy Narrows First Nation on the future management of the forest.

The process is a consequence of a blockade that began 2 December 2002 on a logging road adjacent to Grassy Narrows.