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Testimony: Settlers assault pregnant woman with sticks and stones, April ’09

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 25, 2009

Roqaya al-Hazalin, 23

Being pregnant, I couldn’t run fast. After about one hundred meters, the settlers caught me. One of them hit me in my right arm and left leg with his stick. The other settler threw a stone at me, which hit me in the left leg. Then one of them pushed me, and I fell onto some thorns. My arm and leg hurt a lot. When I fell, the two settlers left me and ran toward the farmers and other shepherds. I remained there, crying. I was in terrible pain.

After a few minutes, Amneh and Khadrah ran over to me and helped me get up. They lifted me up with the help of the children and laid me on the donkey that we had brought with us, and  returned me to the village. I was in such great pain that I thought my arm has been broken. I was still crying when we reached the village. An Israeli ambulance came and the medical team gave me first-aid. Then the Israeli police and two army jeeps of the Civil Administration arrived. I told them what happened. Around 11:00 A.M., a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance came and took me to ‘Aliyah Government Hospital, in Hebron.

For full testimony, visit http://www.btselem.org/English/Testimonies/20090410_Settlers_assault_pregnang_woman_near_Um_al_Kheir_witness_al_Hazalin.asp

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IDF education officer slams troops’ ‘belittling’ T-shirts

Posted in Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

However, Shermeister’s letter, titled “The boundaries of humor,” appears to indicate that the chief education officer disagrees. “Some would say the printing of the shirts is a local matter, done at the personal initiative and often at the private expense of the soldiers with the aim of bonding through humor,” he writes. “[However,] printing shirts for IDF soldiers, even if not initiated by the commander, is not a private action. It is an action carried out in the context of military service and should match the values of the IDF.”


For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1075348.html