PHOTOS | Three days of violence of the Israeli army and settlers in South Hebron Hills

PRESS RELEASE

Military raid in the village of Jinba, in Firing Zone 918, during the night on July 4; military training near the village of At Tuwani on July 5; settlers beat a mentally disable man in the village of Tuba on July 5; two Palestinians and four Israeli activists arrested in Umm Al Kheer on July 6.

At Tuwani – During the night between July 3 and 4, thirty soldiers with five military jeeps broke in the Palestinian village of Jinba in the area called by the IDF Firing Zone 918. The soldiers arrived from the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair and from the military base located nearby the Palestinian village, together with two settlers who were accusing Palestinians of having stolen one of their sheep. Soldiers broke into and ransacked several Palestinian houses breaking metal doors; they threw stun grenades, among which one was thrown into a house and one directly hit a man who was sleeping outdoor. During the raid four boys were beaten by soldiers with their guns. Three men were brought and detained into the Israeli outpost of Mitzpe Yair for several hours. The last one (Mahmoud Isa Ibrahim Rabai) was released at 9:00 am.

On July 5, between 10 am and 12.30 pm about fifty settlers escorted by eight soldiers walked through the Palestinian villages of Al Birkeh, At Tuwani and Ar Rakeez saying that were on a tour watching for old Israeli ruins. They stopped in different spots of the villages between Palestinian houses and people.

In the afternoon military trainings took place in the Palestinian valley of Humra, very closed to the Palestinian village of At Tuwani and the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on. The training consisted in pretending to shoot, running and providing first aid. The action took place between 4:00 and 5:30 pm with the presence of three army jeeps and 18 soldiers. The soldiers threatened Operation Dove volunteers and Palestinians who were on their private land, intimating them to stay away from the place because of the military action.

At around 6:00 pm an Israeli settler run with a quad-bike through the village of Tuba and back inside the outpost. Ten minutes later a car with four settlers run in the village and stopped nearby a Palestinian shepherd (Meher Isa Aliawad, 20 years old and mentally disable) who was grazing his flock on Palestinian land. The man started running in the direction of his home while the settlers threw stones at him, hitting and seriously injuring his left arm. The settlers with the car then came back to the Israeli outpost.

On July 6 at around 11.45 am a Palestinian shepherd (Heir Suliman from Eid Hadartin family) was arrested while coming back with his flock to the Bedouin village of Umm Al Kheer. The soldiers didn’t declare the charge against him. During the protests of the Palestinians, four Israeli activists were detained and brought to Kiryat Arba police station. Two Palestinian women collapsed and were taken away by ambulance. Another Palestinian (Bilal Salem from Eid Hadartin family) tried to reach the ambulance and was arrested.

Nevertheless the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron Hills area are still strongly involved using the nonviolence as a way to resist to the occupation.
Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.
Video of the incident: avaiable soon

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[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma’on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]

 

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