Report from Palestine: Soldiers attack, traumatize family

Cassandra Dixon, pictured, of WNPJ member group Mary House reports from Palestine:

On 15 March 2010, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article by Amira Hass which details an attack in At-Tuwani two months ago. During the attack, two squads of Israeli soldiers injured and traumatized several members of a Palestinian family. Footage of that

attack, filmed by Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) volunteers, is available for viewing online here.


On the morning of Thursday, 7 January 2010, Israeli soldiers chased and
beat Palestinian shepherds from the Musa Raba’i family, as the family
grazed their sheep in Humra valley, near the village of At-Tuwani in the
South Hebron Hills. When more Tuwani residents arrived on the scene, the
soldiers threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters. The soldiers also
shoved the internationals accompanying the shepherds and intentionally
broke a video camera.

Two women, one elder and one pregnant, had to be taken to hospital,
suffering from the effects of tear gas inhalation. Three of the
shepherds were hospitalized for their injuries, and a young boy had his
tooth broken.

The soldiers arrested one of the shepherds, Musab Musa Raba’i, and took
him to a military base at the nearby Suseya settlement For four hours
soldiers questioned Raba'i, striking him on the back and face and
slamming him into walls. They threatened to come to his house in the
following days to beat or kill him and his brothers. Eventually the
soldiers took Raba’i to the Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba
settlement. Policemen later drove Raba’i to an unknown location and
threw him, blindfolded, out of the jeep. Family members were able to
locate him and bring him home.

*Footage from the incident, shot and edited by CPTers is here: 
[from youtube.com]

*Amira Hass' piece from Haaretz is here: http://sn.im/uvuay [from
haaretz.com]

*CPT's original release is here: http://sn.im/uvue2 [from cpt.org]

*CPT's second release detailing the further abuses on Musab Raba'i is
here: http://sn.im/uvug0 [from cpt.org]
Earlier report from Cassandra Dixon: The long, rough road to school.