Peoples Geography — Reclaiming space

Creating people's geographies

Teaching children respect and coexistence?

See for yourself. This videoclip was taken of Israeli settler children abusing Palestinian kids on their way to school

The following info is from Sabah’s blog:

In May 2005, a group of teenage settler girls attacked the students and teachers at Qurtaba School, blocking their way out of the school as a police officer filmed and soldiers watched.

The settlers sing and chant in Hebrew, “There is no Palestine, this is Israel” and “there are no Palestinians.” Settler boys in the street then blocked the stairs by stoning the students as they tried to come down the stairs. The students scream and run, but are blocked from every direction. Though the Israeli police and soldiers were on the scene, they did nothing to prevent injuries despite constant pleading for help from the internationals. Documentarian Terje Carlsson filmed this incident.

Human rights workers attempt to get a soldier to stop settler kids who are throwing stones at a Palestinian home while a settler adult watches. Every day on their way home from school, several Palestinian children walk on a path that runs directly below where the settler kids were stoning. On this day the Palestinian children are waiting for a soldier to move the barbed wire that permanently blocks their path home.

Human rights workers must argue with him to move the barbed wire even though the family won an Israeli High Court decision ruling that the family must be allowed to use this path to go home. The barbed wire permanently blocks their path home. The IDF places the barbed wire there in direct violation of the Israeli High Court decision.

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This entry was posted on 12 September, 2006 by in Diplomacy, Human Rights, Israel, Israel Watch, Palestine, Political Economy, Racism.

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