9th Januari 2017 | International Solidarity Movement, al-Khalil team | Hebron, occupied Palestine
At Sunday December 8 at noon, when fourteen female teachers of the Qurtuba high-school were leaving the school compound on their way home, the Israeli forces at checkpoint 55 on the Shuhada street blocked their way and kept them waiting on the stairs for more then 45 minutes.
Reason for this harassment was the personal decision of the commander to implement a new rule:
- All the women should wait together high up the stairs,
- behind the newly installed iron gate-door,
- waiting for a soldier command to be allowed to proceed,
- have their ID checked and
- pass the checkpoint one by one.
The female teachers did not accept this arbitrary new rule, and stayed where they were, waiting to get through. Finally after 45 minutes they were allowed to pass the military checkpoint as a group.
[0’10”] “I take to three .. when I take to three …, all the women behind it” “Because I decided … Because I decided to…I decided … I … yes .. because you obey … everyone obey”
[0’30”] “because I decided to … because I deny you to do what you want now … and this is what I decided … I’m not talking anymore … I say just briefly … If you want to go this way from here you must go after the gate”
[1’33”] You don’t tell me what to do .. no you shut up and I do what I want to .. now you, if you want to leave .. now you wait .. after I tell you … all the woman … I check you, then I let you… “
[2’29”] (pointing at the settler boy) He’s your commander .. He’s the commander of this day
[3’15”] I will touch you … I will touch you … now, go away … now you go back … do you hear me? … go back now”
The brave women of the school have a good reason to protest this arbitrary procedure. There are many Apartheid regulations for the Shuhada street and the entrance to their school, and more of those inhuman rules are expected to come in the future.If they wouldn’t protest it, the 6-10 y.o. schoolboys and 6-20 y.o. schoolgirls might be the next harassed with new implemented Apartheid rules.
For some children in occupied Hebron it can be a traumatic experience to pass these military checkpoints and heavily armed occupation forces all alone.
They go in groups, from their home to the school compound and back, passing at least two manned checkpoints.
Their teachers offered 45 minutes of their free time, after a busy school day, trying to prevent threatening new Apartheid rules, in which Palestinian children are not allowed to pass group-wise.
More restrictions in Hebron since september 2015, allegedly because of ‘terror attacks’
After the military violence, responsible for the death of nearly 60 young residents of Hebron between September 2015 and March 2016, the occupation forces installed new concrete walls, metal gates and doors, extreme inhuman checkpoints, barbed wire blockades and Arabic text boards with new security instructions.
The occupier gave this violent period the name “Knife Intifada”.
Mainstream media copied this or labeled it the “Third Intifada”
The UN, Amnesty International, some countries Foreign Ministeries, and many other individuals and organizations asked for proper investigation, without success.
The alleged knife attacks for which the occupation forces produced no evidence, no video footage of their security cameras, no statements by the executed suspects and no legal investigation, are clearly used as a reason for these additional Apartheid measures, i.e. less freedom of movement for Palestinians only, in their own statehood.
Most Palestinian families succeed in adapting to these inhuman situation and peacefully undergo all harassment. As long as their children have a chance to grow up undamaged, without fear or traumas, they can stay, peacefully resisting the ethnic cleansing of their statehood.
Israel is abusing International Law, and should be sanctioned by all other states
The international powers united in the NATO are liable supporters of this Israeli occupation. They are obviously abusing the international law which they agreed on and together signed, because it commits them to sanction those states who violate the regulations in it.
The Palestinian people, targeted by Zionist war crimes for more then 100 years, don’t give up their hope on justice in Palestine, knowing they have the UN and International Law on their side.