[R-G] Forwarded from Ta'ayush
mstainsby at tao.ca
Mon Jan 20 12:30:04 MST 2003
Ta'ayush activists attacked by settlers on their way to plow fields with
Last Saturday, January 18, approx. 20 Ta'ayush activists, together with a
few members of the CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), went to South Hebron Hills
region, in order to help Palestinian farmers to plow their land.
Ta'ayush activists, who have established long-term relationship with the
people of South Hebron Hills, and are working to prevent their expulsion by
the Israeli government, arrived in order to assist the Palestinians with the
plow mission, in a non-violent way and with great concern to the safety of
the Palestinian farmers.
The group arrived in the region at morning hours and were attacked, on their
way to the fields, by settlers who were armed with guns and stones. The
settlers threw stones and fired their guns in the air, while chasing and
beating the peace activists. The settlers also damaged some of the
Palestinian farmer's gear; they pushed one tractor down the valley and stole
the equipment that was on it. Only after army and police forces arrived on
the scene, the group was able to pull back the tractor (which was damaged in
thousands of Shekels, according to the estimations). The plowing was not
During the last few years, the Palestinians in the area are suffering from
systematic land grab, prevention of regular agricultural work, damages to
their water wells and caves, and many violent events of settlers harassing
and attacking people and young kids (attacks on Tuanne elementary school
kids on their way home, and even a bomb that was hidden in Ziff school
Video shots of the settlers throwing stones, beating up and shooting towards
the peace activists, were forwarded to Channel 2 News, which broadcasted
them during Saturday.
We need help with the preparation of our complains to the police, and we're
still building the database of people who would like to participate in
future plowing activities (hopefully, with no violence at all).
el_tin at hotmail.com
In the contradiction lies the hope.
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