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At 11.20am, a photographer accompanied Baruch Marzel returning from the Jewish cemetery. This
At 12.50pm, a 14 year old girl and 6 year old boy from the Al Azzeh family came from school to walk
The soldier kept trying to push the children away down the hill. At one point, I got between the soldier and the girl. The soldier is tall and was standing over her and almost touching her, which was very inappropriate.
The army was called but did not help. After one hour, the police came and the children were allowed to
At 3.30pm, I was called to the checkpoint. The checkpoint was closed and CPT workers were there with
When they left, the soldiers decided to be troublesome. An Australian, who had his passport checked
May 6, 2006 SATURDAY
At 2:30 PM, six settlers in their 30s, with white kippas (One settler had the Kach symbol, a fist inside of a
The oldest settler, approximately 40 years old, got close to their faces and whispered “I like to kill Arabs.
At about the same time, the oldest settler grabbed Mary’s purse off of her that was strapped to her body, threw it on the ground and kicked it 10 meters away. Then the other HRW got up and picked up the purse.
The settlers spat on both HRWs repeatedly. Then the settlers insulted the HRWs to the soldier in Hebrew. The soldier hugged the settler and said “I understand.” The soldiers did not say anything to the HRWs or ask if they were ok or call the police. 10 minutes later the HRW called the police and told them of the attack. The police said “come to the police station and file a complaint.” The HRW replied told them that he had no way to get to the police station.
Then the police said that a patrol car was on its way and he could speak to them when it arrives. HRWs
From six o’clock in the afternoon two new soldiers got on their shift on top of Tel Rumeida hill. Immediately HRWs noticed them because they were screaming loudly to all passing people, elders as well as children.
As HRWs decided to watch the soldiers from a distance they saw one of the soldiers pick up small stones from the ground and shoot them at Palestinian children with a slingshot. A 75 year old female HRW went to talk with the soldiers, to try to stop them. As she left, the HRW continued to witness the soldier slingshot rocks at Palestinian children. The soldier’s behavior appeared to indicate that he was either drunk or under the influence of drugs.
The soldier continued to yell incoherently at no one in particular. A patrol of soldiers passed nearby and the HRW stopped them and told the commander what she had witnessed. The commander took the slingshot from the soldier and questioned him. The soldier took back the slingshot from the commander and denied the charges. The patrol left and the soldier kept his slingshot.
For the rest of the evening, until 10:00 PM the soldier continued to yell at passersbyers. He yelled at no
Palestinians reported to Tel Rumeida Human Rights Workers (HRWs) that on Saturday, May 6, the night
This is an area that settlers often frequent and where some of the worst attacks happen against Palestinians. This is also where HRWs have received many complaints of settler adults attacking
One family who lives closest to the area where the cars were parked witnessed the attack and said that
May 7, 2006 SUNDAY
Today, we were not sure what would happen. The Israeli police, border police and army were likely to be
At 7am, there was a call from EAPPI to say that the checkpoint was closed to them and there would be no school. I saw some children in school uniform on the street so went out. There were border police at the crossing, who said that the children could go where they wished. Then the two Abu Aeshah girls came out of their house opposite the Tel Rumeida Israeli settlement. They go to the Cordoba school, which EAPPI usually cover.
I called for two internationals to join me and followed the girls to the Cordoba school. A lad was being held at the checkpoint. He was facing the wall so I took a photograph of him and was going on to the Cordoba school when a soldier called out from the checkpoint. So I went over to talk to him. He had detained me for a short while two days before, for photographing the checkpoint with 3 settler children illegally within it.
He said he was just checking the lad’s ID and I said that I took the photo because the lad was facing the
I then went on to the school with the other internationals. The teachers were not allowed through the
At 7.45am, I needed to see the Abu Aeshah girls safely home, so hurried up the hill after them. They
HRWs received a report that a 20-year-old Palestinian man was attacked today at 3:20pm in the olive
There were three adult settlers, at least one with a gun, who threw stones at him and left. One stone hit his leg.
May 13th, 2006 SATURDAY
At 11am, I was at the Tel Rumeida crossing waiting for children to come from the Qurduba school. The
At 11.15am the Al Azzeh children arrived. They walk along a track next to the settlement. There were
The soldiers tried to push the children back to the crossing for safety instead of controlling about 8 settler children, who were throwing stones. I came between the soldier and 14 year old Palestinian girl. It is not right that an eighteen year old soldier should be standing with his body so close to a young girl, who is already under attack.
More soldiers came but the stone throwing continued further along the track and the Palestinian children
Report by J
We accompanied him so that, hopefully, the rocks would hit us and not the child. I had a video camera
They asked me to stop filming, I said no. They demanded that I give them the camera, I refused. Then, as the settler children were throwing rocks and me, my fellow ISMer and the Palestinian child, the three soldiers tried to take the camera from me. They were unsuccessful.
While the other volunteer was trying to get the soldiers to control the kids, a teenaged settler girl said
At this point more soldiers arrived. I asked them to control the settler children so the Palestinian child
They kept covering the lens of my camera with their hand and I kept avoiding them. At one point three
Eventually, I decided it would be better off if I went up to the apartment to film. That way I would not get
Report by Mary
At 12.35pm, one of the Abu Aeshah boys arrived. I walked with him up towards the settlement. There were now two soldiers on duty outside the Tel Rumeida settlement. They would not let me pass and were watching me instead of the Palestinian boy. I finally convinced one of them to look the other way. The boy got home safely but Israeli settler children were beginning to come to the entrance of the settlement and waiting.
At 1.00pm, Samir Abu Aeshah arrived. I walked with him towards the settlement followed by another
I called the DCO, saying that I had been hit with 12 stones and rocks and had been hit on the head. The
Some of the soldiers started grabbing the boys who resisted and kept throwing stones. The girls kept
Some of the Israeli settler children and adults walked to the Jewish cemetery followed by an army jeep. I
Report by K
Later in the day I was down on Shuhada street with another ISMer and settler children began throwing
After I made a second call to the police, they finally showed up and got the children under control. I asked the police officer to remain there to control the children. He told me I should leave if I didn’t want to be attacked. Fortunately though, he stayed and got the children under control. After about 20 minutes, he left and the children began throwing rocks again.
May 20, 2006 SATURDAY
After last week’s attacks, we decided to have four HRWs present to make sure that three Palestinian
A little bit of background on this particular situation: there are three Palestinian children who have to walk along a narrow path directly below the Tel Rumeida settlement in order to go home from school.
Today, Shabbat, is always especially difficult because the settlers are not at work or school and they hang around waiting to cause trouble.
I began filming as I saw one HRW walking with the children up to the entrance to the path and this is what I saw and what the HRW later told me. The HRW walked with the three children up the hill. A member of EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniers for Palestine and Israel) was close behind. The HRW started explaining to the soldier on duty that the children must be allowed access to the path to go home. The kids began trying to climb over the wire when several settlers appeared and a settler woman began yelling at the Palestinian children and at the soldier, telling them they were not allowed to pass and that they had to go around.
Immediately on hearing the settler woman, the soldier told the kids that they were not allowed here because this was Israel and that they should go back. The HRW replied that it was an Israeli supreme
Many settlers were crowding around the HRW and the Palestinian children at this point as they were
Eventually the soldiers ordered the two HRWs and the Palestinian children back down the hill where they
At this point there were about fifteen soldiers present and they noticed me filming on the roof. Some
At this point the HRW on the street with the children called the District Command Office to try and get
Another Jeep full of soldiers arrived. Some soldiers were holding the settlers at the top of the hill at bay
Now there were four members of TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron), four members of
One of the Israeli activists called the police, explained the situation in Hebrew and requested their
Eventually someone figured out what was supposed to happen and one police officer, the two UN workers and three or four soldiers walked the children up the hill and over the razor wire.
As soon as the police and soldiers were out of view, an adult settler woman threw several rocks at the
The children got to their home about an hour after they should have.
Report by K.
I hid the video tape in my room and went back out on the street with a new tape in the camera. I then
They then said they were off to go "catch" me and wanted the videotape. They headed off in the direction the saw me last going which was up towards the olive grove.
At this point I called a Palestinian advisor and he advised me to get out of Tel Rumeida immediately. I
When I got to Jerusalem, I got a call from another a friend saying that some men in a white Jeep (Shabak) were asking for me by name. Another volunteer told me that earlier some soldiers were going around with a photo of me asking where I was.
I stayed in Jerusalem until Tuesday when I decided to call the police and the DCO and see how serious
I was detained twice by soldiers for a passport check right after I got back. Both times they were behaving very fearfully and cautiously around me.
After that I have had no problems.
May 23, 2006 TUESDAY
At about 4pm, while mary and i were sitting on Shuhada Street, two settler boys, approximately 10 or 11
One did not hit either of us, the other hit me in the face, bounced off and hit mary.
We called the police, they came about 15 minutes later and more or less told us that there was nothing
May 27, 2006 SATURDAY
Two HRWs on Shuhada Street were trying to film and stop settlers as they threw stones at the
About 10 boys, aged between 8 and 18, threw stones as well as kicking and hitting the HRWs. The soldier posted nearby, who was just a few meters away, did nothing to stop the stone throwing despite calls for help. Instead, the soldier left the scene completely. An adult settler with an assault rifle approached and encouraged the children to keep stoning the internationals.
At about the same time, another HRW was harassed and spat on at the top of the hill. The soldiers
Later that day three HRWs were attacked by a group of about ten male youth between the ages of 8-15
A group of soldiers stood between the internationals and the youth, but the youth just threw the stones over their heads. When the police arrived, they threatened to arrest two of the HRWs if they didn’t leave the area.
May 28, 2006 SUNDAY
At around 19:00 in the evening an Israeli activist and a the boy from the house downstairs were playing
The soldier had taken the ball.
“I started talking with the soldier trying to understand what was he doing, still laughing, since i thought he
After a few minutes of negotiations he still didn’t want to give me back the ball and told me to come back
About half an hour later the soldier started stopping Palestinians on the street, refusing to let them pass
May 29, 2006 MONDAY
At 5:30pm, four settler children were throwing stones at a Palestinian home on Shuhada Street. The two
The entire incident lasted about five minutes, and ended when the soldier on duty called for backup.
At 7:30pm, a HRW was in the street playing football with some Palestinian children. Ten or twelve settler
The settlers moved to a nearby Palestinian house, taking a table from the front yard and tossing it into the street. The HRW tried to return the table, at which point the settlers threw stones at him again.