Saturday, June 17, 2006

[ePalestine] Masked perpetrators harass Palestinians / The war on children / Humanitarian Monitor

Dear friends,

The occupation spares nothing: land, trees, homes, children and donkeys.  See the first news item below, then ask:  What if it were Palestinians harassing Israeli children on their way to school?  Then it would be a leading CNN story and the Bush would rush to the White House Rose Garden to denounce the act.  The double standard is sickening and racist to the bone!!

Then the next article on the children that are losing their innocence, let alone lives, under this brutal occupation. I provide the link to the full article, which is brief, but read the excerpt I list below.  Read it and think about what this will do to an entire generation!!

Lastly, if you need the situation depicted in numbers, I list the link to the last UN Humanitarian report.

Focused on justice,


PHOTO CAPTION: IDF soldiers escorting Palestinian schoolchildren from Um Tuba past a settlement this month. (Dan Keinan) 

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Masked perpetrators harass Palestinians, steal donkey
By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent

Three masked individuals crept into a Palestinian village near the southern Hebron Hills on Saturday morning, threw stones at residents and stole a donkey, residents of the village of Um Tuba said. 

Police arrived at the scene and requested that the owner of the stolen donkey file a complaint at the Kiryat Arba police station. 

Over the past few months, settlers from Moan have repeatedly harassed Um Tuba children on their way to and from school. The children are forced to pass on Maon property to get to school in the village of Al-Tawani, south of the settlement. 

Israel Defense Forces soldiers or police have had to provide escorts to protect the children from the settlers. 

About a month ago, dozens of settlers ambushed a military vehicle escorting the children. They threw stones and bottles, and one settler set his dog on the children. 

Four of the children and two soldiers were wounded in the attack. 


The war on children
John Pilger
Monday 19th June 2006

Dr Khalid Dahlan, a psychiatrist who heads a children's community health project, told me, "The statistic I personally find unbearable is that 99.4 per cent of the children we studied suffer trauma . . . 99.2 per cent had their homes bombarded; 97.5 per cent were exposed to tear gas; 96.6 per cent witnessed shooting; a third saw family members or neighbours injured or killed." 

Full article: 


OCHA May 2006 Humanitarian Monitor


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