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A Student From South Mt. Hebron Tortured for Hours by IDF Soldiers

Dear friends and supporters,

Musab Musa Raba’i is one of 5 students from the village of al-Tuwani and 15 students from the south Mt. region, that are supported in their academic studies by the Villages Group and the American NGO US-Omen.

The Fact that the life of the students in south Mt. Hebron is somewhat different and harder than the life of students in Cambridge and Edinburgh (and even from the life of students from Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv) is demonstrated in a very cruel way by the happening that took place in al-Tuwani last week (documented in the report below by the devoted volunteers of the CPT).

In the photo in the center below you can see Musab (second to the left in a white shirt) in a better day, posing with the other 4 al-Tuwani’s students- Majdi, Ahmad, Sausan and Gamila (also present in this photo are Hafez from al-Tuwani, US-Omen’s Liz Mulford and me). The two other photos show the results of his recent torture by soldiers while under custody. CPT report follows.

Ehud Krinis, Villages Group


AT-TUWANI RELEASE: Shepherd tortured for five hours by Israeli soldiers and police
10 January 2010

On 7 January 2009, soldiers detained Musab Musa Raba’i after attacking him and members of his family as they were complying with the soldiers’ order to move their flocks off their family-owned land.

The same eight soldiers who arrested Raba’i and attacked his family took him to a military base at the nearby Suseya settlement. For four hours soldiers struck him in the back, in the face, and slammed him into walls.

The soldiers questioned him about his brothers. Raba’i refused to give any information and refused to speak Hebrew with the soldiers, which infuriated them. The soldiers told him that they would come to his house in the following days and beat or kill him and his brothers. They tried to force him to say that they were the best soldiers in the IDF and beat him when he would not. Raba’i told CPTers his hands and feet were tied, he was blindfolded, and was sitting in a chair. Raba’i put his head in his lap, in an attempt to protect his head and his genitals, and refused to lift it.

He said that at one point a soldier cocked his rifle and told him to lift his head or he would shoot him. Raba’i refused. When another soldier tried to bring him food and water, as the military is legally obligated to do in such situations, the soldiers who were torturing him swore at the soldier and told him to leave. The soldiers also refused to allow Raba’i to pray.

After four hours of this interrogation and torture, they took Raba’i to the Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba settlement. The Israeli police told him that they usually offer detainees food and water, but said they were giving him nothing because they wanted to punish him. The policemen told Raba’i that if they ever saw his face again they would kill him. After thirty minutes, the police tied his hands and feet, blindfolded him, drove him to a location unknown to him and threw him out of the jeep.

Raba’i was able to call his family, who, accompanied by CPTers, found him and brought him home. Fearing that soldiers or settlers may see him, he hid in a bush until he saw his family’s car.

For more  photos of Raba’i injuries see here.

New Demolition Threats in Umm al-Kheir

In the middle of last week – Wednesday Nov. 12 – the soldiers from the occupation civil administration appeared again in the two Umm al-Kheir clusters, next to the settlement of Carmel in south Mt. Hebron. In their old tradition of “civil service”, they distributed 11 orders of halting constructing work – the legalistic act which precedes house demolition.

As the people of those two clusters of Umm al-Kheir, don’t have much of construction work left – most of their constructed houses were demolished in the many rounds of house demolition that were inflicted on them by the civil administration (see also here the 2007 demolition, in which Ezra Nawi was charged while trying to stop it)– the current halt-construction orders were addressed mostly to tents (donation of the Red Cross form the last round of demolitions), tin shacks, an outhouse and a toilet hole, along with three built houses located in the farthest spot form the settlement.

This indiscriminate mode of operation reveals the real end of the civil administration acts – to make the life of the local residents (who had lived there for 30 years before the establishment of the Israeli settlement in the 1980’s) so unbearable, so they would leave there dwellings out of their “free will”.

Ehud Krinis

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South Hebron: Update about Road Blockades by the Military

Continuing Yesterday’s post, a team from the Israeli-Palestinian NGO Ta’ayush managed, after great difficulties, to reach the Jinba area. They report that the military has carried out in the last few days a massive earth-removal initiative, designed to effectively wipe out the network of dirt roads connecting the southern part of Massafer Yatta (the part closest to Israel) with the northern part and the rest of the West Bank.

This is the worst deterioration in the situation of the cave dweller community, since the mass expulsions of 1999. They fly in the face of the 2000 Israeli High Court verdict reaffirming the cave dwellers’ right to continue their way of life. The most plausible conclusion that this is a transparent attempt to ethnically cleanse this region of its Palestinians, in order to facilitate the annexation of the Jewish settlements to its north to Israel.

Action: Please petition

Israel’s Ministry of Defense, currently under Ehud Barak.

Phone: +972 3 6975349 Fax: +972 3 6976218 /691 6940 / 696 2757 / 691 7915/
Email: sar@mod.gov.il; pniot@mod.gov.il

IDF Chief of Staff, General Gavriel Ashkenazi

Phone: +972 3 6109898 / 6080200/19 Fax: + 972 3 691 6940 / 608 0343
Email: info@mail.idf.il

IDF Chief Military Attorney, Lt. General Avichai Mandelblit

Fax: +972-3-569-43-70 (may be out of date)

Point out that the right of cave dwellers to continue living in their historical range has been reaffirmed several times over by the Court; that this requires their continued contact with their main city of Yatta to the north; that recent military moves appear to be in contempt of these decisions.

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