At 12:30pm, four Palestinians were walking on the road in direction of the "Ramot Yishai" settlement when
a settler boy started throwing stones from near the settlement, a distance of about 30 meters from the
Palestinian women. The HRW walked towards the settler boy and then he stopped throwing stones and
moved into the settlement. He had thrown approximately three stones, none of which hit anyone.
At 11:00am, during morning school patrol four HRWs and two members of CPT were present to ensure
the safety of the schoolgirls and teachers as they peacefully descended the stone stair case to go
home. Unfortunately a number of settlers were present and the scene quickly turned to violence. Eight
settler boys and three settler girls threw rocks, eggs, and insults at the Palestinian women and girls after
descending the stone staircase.
HRWs quickly intervened, putting themselves in front of Palestinian women as the settlers threw rocks
and eggs, while CPT constantly appealed to the soldiers to stop the settler violence. (The police were
called then but did not arrive until after the situation naturally resolved itself 20 minutes later) The
soldiers, however, did little but smile at the HRWs as they yelled at the soldier to do something to stop
the settler violence. The soldiers then yelled at the HRWs to leave the street.
The HRWs did not leave and stayed on the street while the girls continued to descend the staircase to
At one point two settler men appeared amongst the settler youth and, instead of telling the children to
stop throwing stones, urged the settler children to continue with their actions and throw more stones at
The situation finally resolved itself when all the Palestinian schoolgirls and teachers safely made it down
the staircase. The settlers then focused their violence on the HRWs and members of CPT, throwing
rocks at them. All internationals then made their way back down Shuhada Street, away from the stone
staircase and soldiers’ post.
At 2:00pm, a van full of 8 policemen came to the top of Tel Rumeida Street. They asked for passports
several times and asked a HRW to leave.
At 2:30pm, a group of 5 settlers came up the road to the top of Tel Rumeida Street. They stopped by
the military post near the shop. They screamed “fuck arabs!” “oh, it smells bad here!” and were very
They also carried a bottle of vodka and acted drunk.
Two HRWs walked closer to them to be ready to react to any violence against Palestinians. After about
two minutes they left the military post and walked up towards the ancient Jewish cemetery. After ten
minutes they returned and walked towards the Tel Rumeida Settlement yelling verbal abuse to HRWs
At 15:00, a young Palestinian about 16 years old was detained at the checkpoint by two IDF soldiers. A
young Palestinian boy approached two HRWs and told them about the boy being held at the
checkpoint. He also said that the detained boy had been beaten.
The HRWs approached the checkpoint and asked the soldier why they detained the boy. HRWs were
told that he was detained for security reasons and that they should leave the area near the checkpoint.
HRWs positioned at the opposite side of the road with a view of the situation. Calls were made to IDF
center questioning the detention of the Palestinian boy.
HRWs approached the detained boy and asked him if he had been beaten. IDF soldiers got irritated
and shouted: “Are you filming now if we beat the boy?” HRWs were aware that the soldiers might punish
the boy because they were angry at the HRWs so the HRWs moved down Shuhada street and
positioned themselves approximately 200 meters from the checkpoint. After 40 minutes of detention the
IDF soldiers released the boy.
Throughout the day, the soldier at the checkpoint was detaining young to early middle-aged men for an
average of 10 minutes each. He called in to have their IDs checked, which he took from them as they
stood on the side of the street. I personally witnessed at least 5 to 10 of these incidents, mostly
between the hours of
12:00PM and 5:45 PM. Two men were patted down as well.
He was searching the bags of children that were obviously food, and asking women if they were carrying
any knives (according to a local resident).
At 5:45 when I was leaving the street, I saw the soldier make a child of 5 to 7 years old open a plastic
bag so that the soldier could search it using a flashlight. When the soldier did this, as the boy was
kneeling on the ground, his rifle was hanging over the child's head, pointing right at it. Whether or not
this was intended, it certainly was not necessary, so I said to the soldier (who had previously searched
my bags of food) "it isn’t necessary for you to point your gun at that child." He responded by saying,
"have a nice day."
Throughout the day, he and the soldier with him were singing loudly in Hebrew.
At 12.45pm, an international walked up to the Tel Rumeida settlement with Palestinian children, who
were returning from school to their homes alongside the settlement. There has been a court order
allowing the families to use a path along side the settlement because their street has been taken by the
settlers to house caravans. The children need to get past razor wire to access the path. The soldier
outside Tel Rumeida settlement would not help with the wire or allow the children to pass.
Three internationals from EAPPI joined the children and international but also had no success. The
internationals said that the children used the track everyday and would the soldier “please check.” He
called another soldier, who refused to allow the children to pass. Settler woman began to arrive and
talked to the soldiers, apparently saying that the children were not allowed pass.
One of the woman, whose name is known and who has attacked an international on a previous
occasion, approached one of the children. The first international got between the settler and the child
and told the settler to get back, which the settler did. The internationals and children were told by the
second soldier to leave but they refused. EAPPI stayed with the children and the Tel Rumeida
international moved halfway down the hill. After about 20 minutes the children were allowed to climb over
the razor wire. They were given no assistance in doing this.
At 1.10pm, Palestinian children, who live in the Tel Rumeida settlement, were accompanied by the
original international up to the settlement. The children were not allowed pass to their homes. After
many requests and explanations, they were allowed to pass. However, by this time the settler children
were out and the soldier made no attempt to see that the children were not attacked. They ran all the
way and were safe.
At about 2pm, Israeli settler children were outside the settlement throwing stones down the road and at
Palestinian houses. They were standing next to the same soldier, who did nothing to stop them. The
original international walked up towards the settlement taking a photo of the soldier and the Israeli
settler children. The soldier came down the hill towards the international, yelling. The international took
another photo and walked back to the crossing. The soldier went back to his post.
A little later, an IOF jeep came by. A soldier got out. He said that he was an officer and that the soldiers
were frightened that if photos were taken of them they might be terrorist targets. The international said
that she didn't usually take photos of soldiers but that this soldier was behaving very badly and making a
lot of trouble. The officer said that he would look into it.
At 3pm, four Palestinians were refused, by the same soldier, passage to their home within the Tel
Rumeida settlement. About twenty Israeli settler children collected near them outside the settlement and
one was spitting at the Palestinians and international. The international started to photograph the settler
children and they turned their backs. The soldier allowed the two Palestinian boys to pass but gave
them no protection, although there were many settlers about.
Finally a police jeep arrived. One of the police spoke to the troublesome soldier. He waved the ID cards
in front of the soldier and pointed to the address and the house where they live. The international kept
the camera on the settler children who were very close to the Palestinians and refused to leave, pointing
at the settlers.
The policeman got into the jeep and yelled that the international must leave.
The children made it safely into the homes.
At 4pm, two jeeps of border police were checking Palestinian IDs at the Tel Rumeida crossroad. They
were writing down ID numbers and telephoning. A number of Palestinians were standing by the wall.
Palestinians boys were playing football at the crossing and the border police joined in or chatted in a
friendly fashion to Palestinians and internationals. They kept each Palestinian for 15-20 minutes before
letting them go. They were there for about an hour.
At 5.30pm, Two internationals were walking into H1. As they reached the checkpoint, they saw two jeeps
of border police and Palestinians waiting. The Palestinians had been waiting for half an hour. After the
internationals arrived, the Palestinians were processed quickly. The internationals waited until all the
Palestinians were released and then went through the checkpoint. They waited at the other side of the
checkpoint to see what would happen. Another Palestinian was detained so the internationals returned
through the checkpoint. After another 20 minutes, the jeeps left and so did the internationals.
At 7.00pm, the internationals returned through the checkpoint to find that one of the border police jeeps
had returned and 5 Palestinian men had been held for one hour while their ID was checked. We sat
down at the checkpoint and waited for half an hour for those men and a few more to be processed. The
border police left. The internationals waited a further ten minutes then left.
At 8pm, the two internationals reached the crossing at the top of Tel Rumeida hill. There they found that
soldiers had detained three young Palestinian men and were checking their IDs. These Palestinians
were among those checked earlier. The internationals protested and the Palestinians were allowed to go
one at a time, even though they were together, over a ten minute period.
10.45pm, An international went onto the roof to check what the soldiers were doing. A Palestinian man
was being stood over by two soldiers, who had taken one of his boots. The soldier told the international
that the boots were the army’s and were his. They were clearly not his. They were the wrong size and
the wrong colour. Another soldier spoke on the telephone and the man was allowed to leave wearing the
boots. It turned out next day, that the boots really were stolen. The man was not accused of stealing
them but he had to give them to a soldier.
At 7:25am, a settler minibus stopped at the top of the hill and a settler adult male got out, pointed at a
young Palestinian boy (aged 7 years old) and shouted and shook his finger at him. He then got back in
the van and drove off, and the kids continued on to school.
At 7:30am, we were on the middle of Shuhada Street and were approached by a Palestinian woman who
told us that the soldiers were not allowing the teachers through the checkpoint. We approached the
checkpoint to see that by the gate there were at least ten women gathered there.
We asked the soldiers what was going on, and they asked, "are you the problem-solvers? We hear that
you solve problems." We asked them what was going on, and they responded that they had “lost” the
They asked us if we spoke Arabic, told us that the teachers could go through the metal detector, and we
said, “why can't they just go through the gate? It's not healthy for women to go through metal detectors
all the time.”
The soldiers tried to get the women to go through the metal detector, but they refused, and continued to
stand at the gate, which they are supposed to be able to use. We waited for another few minutes, then
one of us began to call the IDF commander, but they hung up on us.
By the time they had hung up on us, the soldiers had “found” the key, and let the teachers through.
At 8:00am, we noticed men being detained when trying to go through the checkpoint to Baab Izawwiye.
By the time we approached the checkpoint, an older man was arguing with the soldier and being held
back by a younger Palestinian man.
We stood by the checkpoint and filmed the incident, and the men had their IDs taken by the soldiers
while they waited. When one man handed his ID to the soldier, the soldier pulled his sleeve up so as not
to touch the ID with his hand.
After 15 minutes, the men were handed back their IDs and allowed to pass. The soldier then took out a
camera and tried to take our pictures, so we slowly started to walk away. The soldier was saying loudly “I
want to take your picture, for my mother,” “don't you want me to take your picture?” When we had gotten
halfway down Shuhada Street he began saying such things through the loudspeaker.
At 2:30pm, two HRWs saw two Palestinian boys being held up at the soldiers post outside Tel Rumeida
settlement. The boys were trying to return to their house in the settlement area but the soldier on duty
would not let them proceed. The HRWs went up to the checkpoint to find out what was happening.
The soldier spoke little English. At first he politely told the HRWs to "go away" but became aggressive
and physically pushed both of the HRWs, one of who was female, when they did not leave. The soldier
was also verbally abusive and yelled at the HRWs and at one point used profane language.
The HRWs said they would not move until the boys were allowed to go home. One of the HRWs called
the DCO and asked for their help. The soldier threatened to call the police. After 15 minutes a soldier
who spoke English came through the settlement and said he would see that the children were safe if the
HRWs went further down the hill. The HRW proceeded down the hill. The children were allowed to pass
and the English-speaking soldier followed them up.
At 11:00am one HRW walked up the hill towards Tel Rumeida, following a group of Israeli settler
children. At the top of the hill the children gathered and began to harass a Palestinian mother and her
children. The children kicked a tin can at them and began to yell at them in Hebrew.
The HRW approached them and yelled “Hey, stop it!” The children then backed away and began to
walk towards the Tel Rumeida settlement. Once they were about 50 meters away from the HRW, one
child turned around and threw a rock at the HRW. It landed at his feet and caused no damage. After
that, the children continued and entered the settlement.
A young, 11-year-old Palestinian boy who lives in the olives groves behind the Tel Rumeida settlement
was playing soccer with his 13-old-brother outside his house when suddenly 6 or 7 adult settlers
approached them. One of the settlers was about 55 years old and the rest in their 20’s. The older
brother saw the settlers first and yelled to his younger brother to run back to the house just as the
settlers began throwing rocks at the children. The younger brother was hit in the eye and on the head
with two rocks, causing him to trip and fall as he was running away and broke his arm.
His father heard his sons shouting and came outside. He saw that his son was injured, picked him up,
and started to run through the olive groves to the area where Palestinian vehicle traffic is allowed. The
settlers were still outside and stoned the father as he ran with his son, but was not hit.
The father then took his son to the hospital. His mother wanted to come with them but their daughter
saw settlers approaching the house throwing rocks, so the mother took the daughter to a neighbor’s
house, then went to the hospital.
The family called the police when they got back from the hospital.
*Ahmad had nightmares after the attack, and did not go to school for 5 days because he was frightened.
By Katie, ISM
At night I was walking home with a few friends and we went through the checkpoint that separates the
Palestinian controlled part of Hebron from the Israeli controlled section and saw that two of our
neighbors were being detained. We asked them how long they had been held for, and they said two
hours. We asked the soldiers why the Palestinians were detained. They said it was because they had to
make sure that a CD player and a desk that the Palestinians were bringing through the checkpoint were
neither stolen nor explosives. I tried reasoning with the soldiers for some time and then called Machsom
Watch, an Israeli human rights group that monitors checkpoint harassment, who called the IOF
headquarters and succeeded in getting the men released.
By Katie, ISM
At approximately 11:05 a.m., three eggs were thrown out of the window of the Beit Hadassah settlement
at two HRWs and a group of Palestinian schoolgirls on the street below. The soldier on duty at the time
called for reinforcements and approximately six or seven additional soldiers arrived and remained at the
IDF post until the school run was over.
At approximately 4:30pm a female settler passed two HRWs on the street and sang at them: “the
Muslims are going to get you, la la la la la; the Muslims are going to get you, la la la la la.”
Later, a HRW was walking down from the olive groves by the Qurtaba school when a Palestinian youth
called him over to talk. The HRW went into a house with the youth and found many Palestinian men who
were concerned over the presence of some soldiers in their attic. The house in question had a history of
soldiers entering uninvited, making themselves at home, leaving trash and destroying furniture.
The HRW called another HRW to come over to the house and help assess the situation. Both HRWs
then went upstairs and found six soldiers sitting in a small attic. The owner of the house pointed out a
bag of trash that the soldiers had thrown into the water tank on the roof just outside.
When the soldiers saw the HRWs, they immediately began packing up their things to leave. One of the
HRWs asked the soldiers what they were doing there, and if they would please remove their trash from
the water tank. The soldiers responded that they were leaving and after some more encouragement
from the HRWs, removed the bag of trash from the water tank and left.
At approximately 6 p.m. a HRW was walking toward the apartment on Tel Rumeida street when he
noticed a police car parked in front of the grocery store at the top of the hill and many Palestinian men
gathered outside the store. The soldiers had two Palestinian males approximately 20-24 years old
against the wall of the store and were searching them repeatedly and roughly.
The HRW approached the soldiers and asked what was going on. The soldier stopped searching the
men and said then said that they appeared suspicious and that they would be detained until the soldiers
were satisfied they were not terrorists.
The soldiers took the Palestinians across the street and told the HRW to stay away from them. Two
police cars arrived. About 10 minutes later, another HRW arrived and asked the soldiers why the men
were being detained, if they were suspected terrorists, when they would be released and if the soldiers
had the men’s IDs. The soldiers responded that they would be released soon. About five minutes later
the men were released.
by Mary, ISM
In the morning, I was at the crossroad at the top of Tel Rumeida hill, waiting to escort Palestinian
children to their homes near the Tel Rumeida settlement. When two girls, who live opposite the
settlement arrived, I walked with them up to the soldier outside the settlement. The soldier said to go no
further and that he would see the children to their house. I turned to come back to the crossroad.
There were three teenage settler boys coming, followed by about ten settler adults. While the soldier’s
back was turned, a boy of about 16 came over to me and spat in my face; he was laughing. I called to
the soldier and showed him the spit on my glasses. I also indicated which boy was the offender. The
soldier was shocked, and the settler adults spoke to the soldier as they passed behind the boys into the
At approximately 1:00pm, a soldier followed by three settler boys approached an HRW. The HRW was
not currently filming anything. The soldier asked the HRW not to film him and the HRW replied she would
not. The three settler boys began throwing rocks at the HRW who began filming them. The soldier
turned around and yelled at the HRW not to film. The HRW continued filming and told the soldier she
would stop filming when he got the boys to stop throwing rocks.
At approximately 1:15pm, two Palestinian boys approached the stone staircase. A group of settler boys
were standing around the stone staircase and the Palestinian boys became afraid to pass. Two HRWs
moved to escort the boys to the staircase. A group of Palestinian girls followed behind and the two
HRWs walked with the group of children toward the stone staircase.
The settler boys began yelling and threw a rock at the girls on the stairs. A settler teenager
approximately 16 or 17 years old began yelling at the HRW who was filming and tried multiple times to
knock the camera out of her hand. The soldier on duty told the HRW to stop filming. The HRW replied
she would stop filming if he stopped the boys from attacking her. After approximately 2 minutes of this
settler yelling and hitting the camera, he stopped and left.