August 5th, 2010 // At-Tuwani – South Hebron Hills
On the morning of Wednesday, 4thAugust 2010, Palestinians from At-Tuwani found that the fence built between the village and the wood bounding Havat Ma’on outpost had been partially destroyed during the night. The wire netting, funded by ECHO (European Commission for Humanitarian Aid), UAWC (Union of Agricoltural Work Committee) and Save the Children UK, was erected on last March with the aim of protecting the crop by defining the borders of the agricoltural land belonging to Palestinians and in response to the ongoing and rapid expansion of the nearby Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost and, consequently, with the effect to protect the village from Israeli settlers raids (such as the events of the 26thJanuary, see press release at: snipurl.com/w5a99, 12th June, see press release at: snipurl.com/xluyo).
This morning, Palestinian villagers found 17 poles supporting the fence pulled up on the path running along the Palestinian properties illegally occupied by Havat Ma’on outpost and about 100 mt of net cut in pieces. They suspect that the perpetrators of this action are the Israeli settlers from the outpost. During this year the same fence had already been damaged on May 11th (see press release: snipurl.com/xmb2w). On that occasion, the owner of the land filed a complaint to the Israeli police but he never received any update concerning the progress of investigation.
This property damage is just the last of several ongoing provocations carried out by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers which South Hebron Hills Palestinian communities have undertaken to respond to with nonviolent struggle.
Pictures of the incident: snipurl.com/106pjr
[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.]