Meer kolonistengeweld

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Ik ken de mensen van de CPT, de Christian Peace Teams, nog van vele jaren terug toen ik in Hebron was en een kolonistenmevrouw mijn camera uit mijn handen wilde slaan, en de soldaten vervolgens mijn paspoort in beslag namen. De CPTers stonden erbij en hadden alles gezien. Misschien hielp dat, dat ik na een uurtje mijn paspoort weer terug kreeg. De teams bestaan uit vriendelijke oudere christelijke mensen, met petjes op, die in Hebron observeren wat er gebeurt, en daarmee, net als de vrouwen van Machsom Watch, hopen dat de kolonisten en de soldaten zich een beetje fatsoenlijker gedragen. Ook begeleiden ze vaak Palestijnse kinderen van en naar school, om ze enigszins te beschermen tegen de aanvallen van de kolonisten en hun kinderen. Soms tevergeefs, ze zijn ook zelf aangevallen. Uiteraard zou het leger op moeten treden tegen de kolonisten, en de kinderen beschermen tegen geweld. Maar ja, daar komt het dus vaak niet van. Uiteraard willen de kolonisten die lastige pottenkijkers graag weg hebben. Hier.

Hieronder: een verslag van het CPT.

RELEASE: Israeli Settlers Pursue Palestinian Children on Their Way to
Summer Camp; Israeli Military Fails to Escort Children

24 July 2008

AT-TUWANI – On Wednesday 23 July, three Israeli settlers, one masked and
wielding a stick, pursued 14 Palestinian children who were on their way to
a summer camp in At-Tuwani. The children from the villages of Tuba and
Maghaer Al-Abeed waited 30 minutes for the Israeli military escort that
should have accompanied them on the most direct road between the villages
of Tuba and At-Tuwani. When the military failed to arrive, the children
began walking along a long path through the hills to At-Tuwani. When the
children neared the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Havot Ma’on,
three settlers came out from the outpost and began walking in the
direction of the children. The settlers had two dogs with them.

International observers yelled to the children to alert them to the
approaching settlers, who were pursuing them from behind. The children
ran down and across a valley to a location further from the settlers. They
continued to At-Tuwani. The settlers remained on a hill top near Havot
Ma’on, watching the children as they walked toward the schoool.

The previous day, Tuesday 22 July, the military escort never arrived to
escort the children to summer camp. Seven children took a long path to
the school. They told international observers that at least eight other
children did not attend summer camp because they were too afraid to come
to school without an escort. The mayor of At-Tuwani spoke with Israeli
military to coordinate the escort for the children. However, several
military spokespersons and soldiers on the ground denied being ordered to
escort the children.

In 2004 the Israeli Knesset recommended that the Israeli military carry
out a daily escort of the children of Tuba and Maghaer Al-Abeed to their
school in At-Tuwani in response to settler violence against them. In 2006
Israeli Minister of Defense stated that the illegal outpost of Havot Ma’on
should be dismantled because of the settlers’ violence towards school
children. During the 2007-2008 school year, settlers used violence
against these children on at least 14 occasions.

CPT website hier

4 gedachten over “Meer kolonistengeweld

  1. Anja,

    Het is niet om via deze weblog reclame te maken voor andere media-info betr. Palestina/Israel maar wilde dit toch kenbaar maken voor degene die dit gisteravond niet hebben gezien :

    http://multiblog.vrt.be/dewegnaarmekka/category/afleveringen/aflevering-6/

    Voor velen misschien niets nieuws , voor anderen een nieuwe openbaring maar wederom wordt de schandelijke manier van etnisch onderscheid weer duidelijk gemaakt

    vooral de belachelijke kolonisten-situatie in Hebron wordt duidelijk belicht.

    Hulde aan de verslaggever

  2. De wekelijkse advertentie van vredesbeweging Gush Shalom in Haaretz. Let vooral op de laatste zin.

    The shooting at
    A handcuffed Palestinian
    Is not exceptional.
    What is exceptional
    Is that it was photographed.

    Clearly, for every act
    Of photographed harassment
    There are dozens
    Which are not photographed.

    It is also clear
    That the army
    Will neither investigate
    Nor punish.
    And that the father
    Of the girl photographer
    Was arrested.

  3. Dag Anja,

    Je schrijft: Uiteraard willen de kolonisten die lastige pottenkijkers graag weg hebben. Hier….

    De link bij “Hier” vind ik heel interessant. Goede links in het artikel die de visie van de Palestijnen ondersteunen! Dat was niet de bedoeling van de schrijvers denk ik. 🙂

  4. Ja, Ruben, hier het verslag over de demonstratie bij Ni’lin, rondgestuurd door Dorothy Naor:
    House Report No. 123

    Women’s demonstration attacked with tear gas and sound bombs in Ni’lin

    On Wednesday 23rd, July IWPS volunteers attended a women’s demonstration
    in the village of Ni’lin in the Ramallah district of the West Bank. Over
    150 women took part including Palestinians from Ni’lin, Ramallah and
    Tulkarm, and Israeli and international activists. The women were
    protesting against the construction of the Israeli segregation wall around
    the village and continued land confiscation, which has already resulted in
    a loss of over 80% of the village’s land since 1948.

    The demonstrators set off from the centre of the village at around 11.30am
    and made their way to the construction site of the Wall, carrying banners
    that had been made by children in the village. Before the women reached
    the site, they were confronted by over a dozen Israeli soldiers. When the
    women tried to pass them, the soldiers threw sounds bombs and tear gas at
    them.

    When the demonstrators reassembled, women from the village tried to speak
    to the soldiers to explain the impact that the wall and the land
    confiscation had on their lives. For over an hour the soldiers used tear
    gas and sound bombs to try and disperse the crowd, but every time, the
    women regrouped and attempted to reach the construction site. After
    approximately one hour, the soldiers began pushing the women and again
    used excessive amounts of tear gas and sound bombs in attempt to make the
    women leave the area. When a few men from the village who had been
    standing away from the demonstration came in to help the women, the
    soldiers became extremely violent and began beating a number of them. One
    Palestinian man sustained a head wound: medics made several attempts to
    treat him at the scene but each time they were prevented by soldiers
    firing tear gas at them.

    As the men tried to help the women, the soldiers arrested two of them. One
    was the father of the 14 year old girl who had filmed the shooting of a
    bound and blindfolded Palestinian by an Israeli soldier 2 weeks ago,
    the
    other was a Canadian man who had been photographing the demonstration.
    [Some suspect that the arrest of the father was as a warning to Palestinians not to use the cameras to film proof of incidents. Dorothy]

    The demonstration then ended: as the demonstrators attempted to leave the
    fields, the soldiers continually fired tear gas at them. A number of women
    were treated for the effects of the gas, with one of them being taken to
    the hospital in Ramallah as she suffered from heart problems which had
    been aggravated by her exposure to the chemicals.

    The women of Ni’lin plan to hold more demonstrations against the Israeli
    segregation Wall in the coming weeks.

    Report written by: Isabel
    Edited by: Maxime
    Date report written on: July 24th 2008

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