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Aboud /13-18 September 2004

Update from At-Tuwani – September 13-18, 2004

14th September
11.30 a.m. : one military jeep on the Main Road n. 317 forbids a tractor coming from Yatta to cross the road to reach At-Tuwani. The tractor is transporting concrete bricks for sheep’s shelters. The volunteers are in village in that moment, they go down to the road, but the jeep, as soon as the tractor returns back, goes away.
16.00 p.m. : one military jeep comes in At-Tuwani with 3 soldiers on board. It crosses the village coming until last olive trees toward the settlement, then they do a U-turn. The volunteers go towards them at the street’s cross in the middle of the village and take photos to the coming jeep. The soldiers stop to ask the volunteers who they are, then they go away. The volunteers take other photos.
21.00 p.m.: one jeep stops on the Main Road n. 317 for about 15 minutes, patrolling the hill towards At-Tuwani with a headlight. Then it goes on in the direction of the settlement.
During the night( (about 01.30 a.m.) one military vehicle crosses the village without stop.

16th September
Start the works at the clinic.
08.30 a.m.: one hummer comes in the village, stops in the clinic’s work area, 3 soldiers get out. The volunteers are present on the site, while the frightened Palestinians, inhabitants of the village, have gone away from the site. The soldiers say they are informed about an illegal building in the village. They ask about our nationalities. They call to the command, then they go away.
During all the time, one of the volunteers films with the camcorder.
10.00 a.m.: one jeep with 6 soldiers on board crosses the village. It stops, the soldiers make some questions about the presence of Internationals, then they go away. One of the volunteers takes photos to the jeep. From that moment, one of the volunteers takes a stand on the top of the hill, from where is possible to see both the access roads to the village, and the Main Road n. 317, and also the road that goes around the hill towards the settlement. It’s probable that from the settlement she could be seen, but this position also guarantees to warn the inhabitants of At-Tuwani working at the clinics, as well as a worker coming from Yatta. In fact, they were threatened few days before to be arrested if founded at the clinic works.
11.30 a.m.: one jeep crosses the village up and down 3-4 times. After that, it goes down to the Main Road where the soldiers stop for two times a tractor coming from Yatta getting sand and cement for the clinic building. The volunteers immediately go down to the road within two Palestinians, and film the military intervention. Third time the soldiers order by a megaphone the driver to come back. As soon as the tractors goes back, they go away. Volunteers continue to film until the complete removal. After half an hour, the tractor is able to cross the Road.
15.30 p.m.: two jeeps go many times up and down to the Main Road, slowing down on the level of the country road coming to At-Tuwani.
16.15 p.m.: one hummer, coming from Suseya, crosses the village with 5 soldiers on board. They stop and speak to the volunteers, after that they remind the villagers, present with the volunteers in that moment, of the prohibition of the clinic’s building without permission.
Then they ask to the villagers if they know Ta’ayush Association, and some of the members. The villagers confirm to know Ta’ayush and the named persons. Before going, the soldiers say they will come to the village also by night and in the following days to control the situation. Volunteers film with the camera.
During the night (around 02.00 a.m.) , one hummer crosses the village patrolling it with a headlight.

17th September
09.50 a.m.: one police jeep comes o the building area. About 30 Israeli and International activist are present for a working day. The policemen say they came for security checks.
10.30 a.m.: one military jeep comes to the building area stopping for about an hour watching the works. Subsequently another military jeep arrives, and a soldier takes many pictures to the area and to the bulldozer digging the fundaments. Ta’ayush activists take pictures and film with the camcorder, like the volunteers present in the village.
Two police jeeps turn up. Police takes the written order to stop the works, and communicate it to the village and work’s responsible. They order to the bulldozer driver to get down from the vehicle, and to all the present volunteers to stop working. All the crafts, from army and police both, remain until all the volunteers go away from the building area. In the afternoon around 15.30 a group from Ta’ayush escort the driver with the bulldozer up to Kh.Al Karmil village.
18.30 p.m.: one military jeep crosses the village without stop, after few minutes another jeep arrives, stops talking with the village people and 4 soldiers get down. Volunteers film with the camcorder. One of the soldiers forbids the volunteers to take photos and film, frightening the children with threatening actions of the weapon, turned with the barrel towards people. among the people there were some children. The soldiers go away after few minutes.
03.30 a.m.: one military jeep crosses the village without stop, with the headlight lit up, and sounding the intermittent siren frightening the children in the houses all around.

18th September
07.10 a.m.: one military jeep crosses the village without stop.
09.30 a.m.: one hummer stops in the building area and a soldier threats one villager working at the nearby beehive, saying that if they find him working at the clinic building, they will take him to Hebron Settlement. Volunteers film with the camcorder, after they speak with the soldier to let down tension. The vehicle goes away.
11.00 a.m.: one hummer comes to the building area. Some Internationals of International Solidarity Movement, present by chance in At-Tuwani, make notice to a soldier, who identified himself as the security responsible for the area, that repeated passing of military vehicles, especially by night, frights the villagers, especially children. The official maintains that he didn’t give orders to his subjected to make nocturnal patrols, and assures he will investigate. He refuse at the request of declare his name and rank made by the Internationals.
12.00 p.m., 13.00 p.m., 14.00 p.m.: military jeeps or hummers cross the area, stop talking with international volunteers, check the building area noticing that works seem to make progresses every time. Then they go away without get down from the vehicles.
There are photos and films about military and police actions, and also about the building works and Ta’ayush working day.

Operation Dove – Nonviolent Peace Corp

Aboud /9, 15 September 2004

Update from Abud village, 15 September – 9 September, 2004


On september 15th,

At 7,40 one jeep and one vagon from IDF stayed in the entrance of the village.
The soldiers started to check people which were waiting for the taxi to Ramallah.
The official in service gave to 8 young men a simple paper from notebook (without signs of IDF or of DCO).
On the paper was written the ID of the young and the date and hour for an appointement to go to Ofer to speak with the official in charge for the area. The official, who wrote these papers, said to be himself the official in charge for the area and wrote his name on the papers that gave to the youthes. The name is SCIMI.
Then the two military crafs continued to stay in the place, but after they moved inside the village.

At 9,10 two volonteers met the two cars of the soldiers while they were walking in the Main Street of Abud.
There were around 8 soldiers and 4 men, inhabitants of the village stationing in the street.
The volonteers ,stopped at about 4 metres from the people looking towards them.
One of the soldiers, standing by one of the crafs, walked towards the two voloonteers asking who they were, where they lived, what they were doing. They explained they were italians, living in the town.
He asked them to show their passports, he checked the documents.
The volonteers asked what was happened and he replied nothing, they were only checking. Then he said good bye to them and told them to go away. The volonteers said that they wanted to stay looking. At that point another soldier walked towards them from the jeep, asked the same questions and then asked for passpots, the volonteers said they were just been checked, the soldier said he wanted check another time, the volonteers gave him the passports, he took the documents, the volonteers asked if they could take photes, the soldiers said no, so the volonteer said it isn’t forbidden, the soldier said another time no walking towards the jeep.
After few seconds he came back and gave back the documents and said to go away. The volonteers reply they wanted to stay as they can stay.
The soldier asked to go ten metres faraway.
They walk back and after few minutes the two craft leaved.
The number of the jeep (with the offcial inside) was 669956. The number of the vagon was 63?834. The volonteers didn’t got one number from the vagon number.


On september 9th

During the night between september 9th and 10th, at 1,30 am, two crafts of IDF, stazioned in the centre of the village, at the beginning of the street called Church Street.
One volonteer was awoken by loud noises: hard knocks against the gates of the houses.
He went near the window looking in the street:there were three soldier under the street-lamp, standing like militar training. At five metres from they there was a militar van parked.
The volonteer went in the street slowly, with the hands up, and keeping the passport in one hand. He stopped in front of the light of the car, and asked in english to speak with the officer. The volonteer, turning on the left side, saw an hammer stopped there. The soldier said to go nearby the hammer.
Here an officer, about 20 years old, checked the passport and asked what the volonteer was doing here, the volonteer explained he lives here and asked if some militar order there had been about that action , if they had to arrest someone and the reason for the hard noise during the night. The officer replied that a volonteer have no right to say to a soldier what he can or can’t do, the volonteer replied that he didn’t want to say him what he had or hadn’t to do, but just ask if he had received militar orders to awake people in the middle of the night. Then another soldier spoke in a low voice to the officer who said goodnight to the volonteer. The volonteer replied and all the soldiers went away.

Aboud /31 August-5 September 2004

Update on Operation Dove from Aboud, 31 August – 5 September, 2004

31 august
At 11.15 p.m. 3 hammers and one military ambulance, entered in the village. Two hammers stationed in the muslim side, on the Main Street, and arrested two youth that were sitting out of a shop. After 30 minutes the two youth were released. The other hammer toghether military anbulance stationed in the christian side of the village, on the Main Street. Two our volunteers met the soldier and asked to them if they known something about one possible arrest happened in the up side of the village. They said that they hadn’t arrest people. After that the soldiers went away.

1 september
At 19.20 one Hammer drove on the street of the Ortodox Church and shoot one sounds bombs.

4 september
At 19.10 two hammers entered in the village. Some youth start to throw stones. From one hammer a soldier shoot some rubber bullets. One bullet got a child of 9 years old on the head, but furtunatly wasn’t hurt.
Two our volunteer seen the situation and stand on the street. Two hammer come near them but didn’t ask to speak. The offcial spoke for 1 minutes withone child and after that the soldiers went away.

Operation Dove – Nonviolent Peace Corps

Suseya /25-27 August 2004

Update from Suseya – August 25-27, 2004

25 August
Around at 11.00 a.m. one hammer stopped near tends in opposite side of us, beside military site. Three soldiers got out and did exercise along the road for about 10 minutes advancing for 100 m. hidden through the rocks pointing M-16 guns and throwing something like hand bombs (perhaps just stones) but without any explosion. After they got on the hammer and went away in the settlement direction. In that time when the people were working with tractor, they stopped working because they were very scared.
After 11.00 a.m we visited some families living in the land around Suseya, we have been informed that about one week ago the soldiers came in the night to all the families around for a research, and more two days ago at midnight the army came in the their tents and communicates they had to search for MIG. They push out all the person, even women and children of the their tents and they start broking down all stores and water tin.
They searched also into the sheep’s enclosure. After one hour finding nothing they left. Of course all the families were very impressed by soldier operation and the children were very scared.
At 12.25 we saw one white settler’s jeep (pick up) in the way to Suseya settlement picked out from the road near a flock of sheeps. After few minutes they pushed the sheeps into the olive’s field and the sheeps started to damnage the trees.
A group of us about 4 persons (our 3 included) run in their direction, all stop about 300 metres before the “forbidden? line except one of us that runned untill 100 metres far from it. The settlers were about 200 m. up the hill and as soon as they saw us, they push the sheep out the olive’s tree field and stopping in the nearness. After we saw they stop damaging the olive’s tree we returned back. No one of us contactes the settlers or DCO.
We phoned to Ta’ayush telling to contact DCO in order to prevent army think to an attack (guard soldier on the hill top in front of us surely saw our group running to settlers) and avoid any army reaction.
At 5.30 p.m. it happened the same military exercises observed in the morning.

26 august 2004
At 3.30 p.m. some groups of children and youth belonging to a “summer camp?, crossed the tents-area with adults armed escort. We tried to approce one adult but he refused to talk with us. The groups stayed in the area 20 minutes. After that, at 150 meters far from the tents, they left crossing all the Suseya (Arab) lands, going in Suseya’ settlement direction. No one had owner permission to crop the area. One group stayed in olive trees field, about 15 minutes, and left in Suseya’ settlement direction; we seen 2 guy moving some stone of one stone-wall field border.
At 8.30 p.m. one hammer stopped in the military road and soldiers start a training from the road down to the olives trees field. We saw clearly soldiers pointing guns, moving as training and removing stones (as bombs…). After few minutes they returned up from the olives trees and went away.

27 august 2004
At 9.30 a.m. an helicopter coming from east flied on Suseya’s settlement, landed about 2 km far from us. We learned from a sheeperd that was in th place of the landed that teh helicopter picked up some soldiers around some tents. The people of tents were not evacuated.
At 10.30 a.m. we saw an hummer stopping in the same place of the military training the day before. As soon as the soldiers seen our camera, they moved 500 meters far on the road to Suseya settlement. We went in them direction filming with camera, and they left.
At 12.50 a group of youth belonging to a “summer camp? crossed the area of tents, without asking any permission.

Suseya /19-24 August 2004

Update from Suseya – August 19-24, 2004

At 2 o’clock in the afternoom two volounters from Operation Dove start a present in Suseya (in the south of Yatta near the green line).

Around 8,45 o’clock the IDF soldier came in the place where there are the tends of the Palestinian people in Suseya.
The soldier stationed near the vegetables field and evaquated the families live in the tends and pushed then 100 meters far near another tend.
The volunters start immediatly to take some pictures and already the soldier came (3 of them) to say that they are making an military training operation said that they couldn’t stay in there, but go with the families.
(They weren’t rude with the international)…(the 2 volunteries called immediatly Evzra and some people from Taayoush).
The volunteries stay just 50 meters from the soldier without go to the tend.
The soldier came again to say that in short time they were going to leave and said again to the guy to go in the tend.
About 20 minutes later 1 jeep came and the soldiers in it moved to the opposit valley(near the settlement line).
Suddenly an apache came from Yatta direction make an little round up the tend and landed in the “forbidden? field….(this is the place where the Palestinians can’t go).
The volunters run in it direction and take some pictures.
The apache charged all the soldiers were in the land, turned again up the tends and go away.
The jeep stayed in there short time on the top of the hill.

The people evacuated were in 10 (2 men 3 women and 5 childreen).
The training operation dured 20 minutes.

At 1’10 o’clock the apache came again in the same place and decharge?? 8 soldiers.
They went in the suseya settlement direction without spoke with the volunters.
They picked up an army truck on the main street and go away.

That’s all!

Operation Dove