Friday, 21 October 2011

Video: schoolchildren and teachers protest against Hebron checkpoint, IDF attacks with tear gas

Thanks to the International Solidarity Movement

On the 4th day of demonstrations outside of a checkpoint in Hebron, on October 16 2011, IDF soldiers shot tear gas and projected ‘The Scream’ at a group of young schoolchildren and female teachers, who were attempting to hold a lesson outside of the checkpoint as an act of protest.

Since Tuesday, October 11, the group of children and teachers have been gathering outside of Checkpoint 56 in Hebron, which blocks off the Israeli settlement from the rest of the city, to protest increased security measures at the checkpoint. For the past seven years, teachers at the Qurtuba School have been allowed to bypass the usual metal detectors and cross the checkpoint through a separate gate in order to reach their school, which lies in the treacherous area beyond the checkpoint, in between the aggressive Israeli settlements of Tel Rumeida and Admot Yishai. For no apparent reason, the army announced that it had suspended this allowance on Tuesday, and that it would now force the teachers to pass through the metal detectors and present their bags for inspection every day. At the same time, the army announced that pregnant women and people with heart devices or other medical complications, though they likewise had previously been allowed to bypass the metal detectors, can no longer do so, and must now put their physical well-being at risk on a daily basis. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in occupied Palestine (13–19 Oct 2011)

(pic: A Palestinian woman checks an olive farm that was destroyed by Israeli settlers in Qasra village near Nablus -pchr)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
Dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.
6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, sustained bruises in Hebron.

IOF conducted 47 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 12 Palestinians, including two children.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
Israeli soldiers arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israel has continued measures aimed at creating a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli government plans to establish a new settlement neighborhood between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and 950 dunums[1] of Palestinian land will be confiscated for this purpose.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
IOF razed 30 dunums of agricultural land to the east of Salfit.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and property in Hebron.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while cropping olives in the West Bank. more