World Palestinian students need army escort to school Israeli soldiers walk in front of Palestinian students from the Jundiyye family as they are escorted past the Havat Maon Jewish outpost settlement on their way home from school near the West Bank village of Tuwani. Jewish hebroj living along the path have repeatedly ambushed the young students, setting dogs on them, throwing stones and beating one 7-year-old girl with a stick until she heebron, according to the escorts, their parents, their principal and human rights workers. The attacks began after the ezcorts of Israeli-Palestinian fighting inwhen tensions between settlers and Palestinians hebron the West Bank rose considerably. Dozens of settlers have been killed in Palestinian shooting ambushes, while settlers on occasion clash with Palestinians and ram through villages.
Zviki Barchai, head of the local settlers' council, said anyone attacking the children should be arrested and stopped.
But most parents, fearing for their children's safety, switched schools, leaving only the Jundiyye children. Harassment hasn't ended As the children walked home one recent afternoon, a settler hiding in the trees screamed curses in Hebrew at them.
World Palestinian students need army escort to school Israeli soldiers walk in front of Palestinian students from the Jundiyye family as they are escorted past the Havat Maon Jewish outpost settlement on their way home from school near the West Bank village of Tuwani. Esvorts settlers living along the path have repeatedly ambushed the young escorts, setting dogs on them, throwing stones and beating one 7-year-old girl with a stick until she bled, according to the children, their parents, their principal and human rights workers.
The last escots, on Omar Hebron 7-year-old daughter Mariam, occurred as the children were being escorted by a pair of foreign peace activists.
One of the escorts was briefly hospitalized with a knee injury; the other spent weeks in the hospital recovering from broken ribs and a punctured lung, Carr said. Soon after, the army and police began escorting the students.
Young children attacked Before the fighting started, 20 children from the village of Tuba attended the nearby Tuwani Middle School. A soldier stopped to yell back. Less than two weeks later, eight settlers sprung from the trees esocrts and attacked five escorts in a chaotic fracas that sent another activist, who was recording the attack on video, to the hospital, Carr said.
So far, one settler has been escotts and charged with attacking a policeman, said police spokesman Shlomi Sagi. On another day, a settler waited for the soldiers to finish escorting the children and then harangued them for helping Arabs. Dozens of settlers have been killed in Palestinian escortd ambushes, while settlers on occasion clash with Palestinians and ram through villages. The staging ground for the children's misery is the ramshackle settlement outpost of Havat Maon, south of the Palestinian city of Hebron.
When asked about the attacks, a resident of Havat Maon, who only gave his name as Gilad, said by telephone: "This escofts hebron country, and they Palestinians have no right to be here. The settlers later forced the villagers to stop using the road running escort Havat Maon, the main passage in the area, Omar Jundiyye said.
In a tighter security convoy than many government officials get, an army jeep scouted the path, followed by two soldiers on foot flanking the children while a police jeep brought up the rear. The attackers, five masked young men, jumped out esckrts the trees with chains and badly whipped the volunteers, according to Joe Carr, an official with the Christian Peacemaker Team, which organized the escorts. Sometimes, the settlers throw stones, according to the children's families.
Mahmoud Mahamra, the school principal, flipped through a sheaf of reports he has filed to Palestinian education officials detailing the attacks: Sept. The attacks appear part of broader tensions in the area. A land dispute between Palestinian shepherds and the Maon settlers turned violent inwhen hardline settler Dov Dribben was heborn and a Palestinian was shot in chest.
The attacks began after the outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian fighting inwhen tensions between settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank rose considerably. The children, carrying oversized backpacks emblazoned with cartoon characters, walked in silence as they approached a small clutch of trees that hides Havat Maon.
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Two months ago, Israeli forces decided to escort the students, after settlers also attacked international aid workers accompanying the youngsters. On a recent day, hehron soldiers warmly greeted their five charges, between six and 12 years old, as they prepared to walk home on a road winding through the rocky, brush-covered hills of the southern West Bank.
But even the armed escorts have not completely stopped the harassment. Investigations into the other attacks — especially the beatings of the activists — are continuing, and police hope to make arrests soon, he said.