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Israeli settlers attack and intimidate Palestinians
Press Release
30 March 2008

RELEASE: Israeli settlers attack and intimidate Palestinians: Israeli
authorities allow twenty Israeli settlers to remain on At-Tuwani land

On the morning of 29 March, twenty Israeli settlers from the illegal
Israeli settlement outpost Havat Maon entered the village of At-Tuwani.
Throughout the day, groups of four to five settlers entered the village
three additional times. While in the village, settlers harassed
Palestinians, twice displaying their buttocks to Palestinians and
internationals in the area. Israeli authorities did nothing to move
settlers away from the village. Israeli military spoke and joked with
settlers when they entered the village, allowing them to stay on land
owned by Palestinian residents of At-Tuwani. Palestinians report a
military commander threatened to tell the settlers to attack the village after the military left the area.

These incidents were preceded by settler attacks and intimidation on 28 March. In the morning, settlers attacked two Palestinians in the face and eyes with aerosol spray. Later that day, masked settlers drove through the village, shouting insults, and throwing stones at Palestinian children and a woman carrying a baby. The masked settlers retreated into the trees of the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Maon, but remained visible until Israeli military arrived.

30 March 2008
RELEASE: Israeli settlers attack, harass, and intimidate Palestinian
schoolchildren on their way to and from school
On 29 March, Israeli settlers harassed, intimidated, and attacked
Palestinian children on their way to and from school in the village of
At-Tuwani. In the morning, settlers yelled and threw stones at the
children coming to school from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed.
The military escort in the area, which is to take the children to and
from school to ensure their safety, did nothing during the attack.
Fearing for their safety, the children were forced to take a different
path to school, doubling the walk from 20 to 45 minutes.
On their way home from school, one adult Israeli settler and four children
followed the Palestinian children and military escort. They were soon
joined by two adult settlers, and a large group of adults and teenagers.
The settlers yelled insults and threats at the school children, but the
Israeli army kept them at bay.
An adult settler displayed his buttocks to international observers
monitoring the escort.
About twenty children from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed walk
to school in At-Tuwani each day. The Israeli military, under orders from
the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Committee for the Rights of the Child,
have accompanied the children past the illegal settlement outpost of Havat
Maon since 2004 because of settler attacks on the children.


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