Update: Tuwani /22-26 May 2005

Update from At-Tuwani May 22nd-May 26th 2005

Sunday, 22nd
7.42 am 13 children walking with Hammer driving behind them. No soldiers
walking. The patrol was late more than one hour because for the last days of school the children have asked to start walking from Tuba around 6.30.
10.20 am As Cpters Kristin Anderson and Diane Janzen were going to observe the 10.30 school patrol, a Palestinian from Muffagara stopped them by the spring on the road and told them about a home demolition. The Cpters went to find the demolished house. The demolished house belongs to Ali Mohamed Jaber Debebzee (only house in a area called ‘Khall el Thaba, along the hills just beyond Mufaggara on the way to Jinba).
The soldiers arrived at 9.30 a.m with 3 jeeps, a bulldozer and a bagger. The family was able to remove most of their belongings from the house before it was demolished.
The demolition only between 15-30 minutes. The house was 7 years old, built from stone with a tarp roof. 11 people lived in the house. The family was not given a demolition paper the morning of the demolition.
In May 2004 the family had a toilet that was demolished. The family has also a well and a cave that they sleep in the winter.
As the house was demolished the soldiers also broke a fig tree that was right next to the house.
The soldiers have come and bothered them many times. Now the family is sleeping outside on the ground.
10.50 am 13 children walking with Hammer (n.702865) driving behind them. No soldiers walking. The patrol was 20 minutes late because for the last days of school close at 10.30.
02.40 pm The Commander of Police in Kiryat Arba with four inspectors of the police, the Head of District Liaison Office in Hebron with the Foundation Officer the District come to the village and take a meeting with the Rapresentant of the Local Council and others man of At-Tuwani. The meeting was taken inside the clinic.
During all the day and night, military elicopters flying on the area.

Monday, 23rd
7.13 am 14 children walking with an Hammer behind them. No soldiers walking.
11.00 am 14 children walking with Hammer (n. 702865) behind them. 3 soldiers walking. The patrol is 30 minutes late.
02.30 pm Cpt Kristin Anderson and a OD member went to As-Sarara, a small village near Jinba.
The day before (5/22) at 10.15 a.m in As-Sarara the soldiers demolished 6 homes, most were tarps covered. The military came from Mufaggara direction with jeeps, bulldozer, bugger and finished demolihing the homes in about an hour. The demolished house belong to Halim Salim Abu Aram. Now the 30 people living in the houses are sleeping outside on mats.
Also the soldiers demolished two houses in the village of Al-Fakheit, near As-Sarara. The two houses (tarps covered) belongs to a man with two wifes and 13 children.
04.30 pm Cpt Kristin Anderson and a OD member saw and took video at around 500 meters far of some settlers forcing small goats going near a car. The car was a blue Kadett with yellow numberplate, standing on the dirty road in the high hill were in the past was Havat Maon. OD member saw two of the goats disappeared behind the car, after that some settlers opened and closed the backdoor of the car. The car drove in Havat Maon direction. Some palestinian said that goats belong to Shadi a sheperd from the village near the place of the fact. Around 04.40 p.m the police was called. After 15 minutes the car drove back from Havat Maon to the high hill and stop on the top of it. At around 05.45 p.m the police arrived near Havat Maon and in the same time the blue Kadett drove in Havat Maon direction. The two cars met each other and the OD member went there to show the video to the policemen.
One policeman watch the video and asked to OD memebr to keep with him the video because without he could not arrest the driver. OD member accept to give the video because the policeman promise to make a copy for him the day after. After that the policeman arrest the driver.
The OD member went behind the high hill were in the past was Havat Maon and there saw 5-6 settlers of Havat Maon harvesting wheat with a machine and with a tractor from a field that belong to a Palestinian family of Magher al Ghamid. After 10 minutes came the soldiers so that the settlers stop the work and left the place going to Havat Maon and keeeping with them the wheat. They hearvested around 10 dunam of wheat.

Tuesday, 24th
7.40 am 16 children walking with behind a police jeep (n. 22262). One policeman walking.
9.00 am OD member enter in yhe police station in Kyriat Arba to take copy of his video.
10.00 am during his waiting time he saw the settler driver of the car enter in a office with an ispector. He went out after 40 minutes.
11.10 a.m 16 children walking with behind a police jeep driving. No policeman walking.
10.45 am the High Commander of Police in West Bank was in visit to the Kyriat Arba station. During his waiting time, the OD memebr saw a palestinian under arrest with tied cloth string hands and a cloth string on eyes.
12.13 am the OD member , after more then 3 hours, enter in the inspector’s office. He made a testimony on what happened the day before and asked for a copy of his videocassette. No copy was given to him.

Wensday, 25th
7.10 am 7 children walking with police jeep behind them. No policemen walking.
10.25 am 7 children walking with police jeep (n. 22786) behind them. No policemen walking.

Thursday, 26th
7.20 am 7 children walking with military Hammer (n. 703817) behind them. One soldiers walking.
10.10 am 3 children walking with military Hammer behind them, Two soldiers walking. The other 4 children didn t come back to Tuba with the patrol because went to Yatta with them parents. The school finished before 10.30.

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