Please ask Commander BenMoha to instruct the soldiers who perform the escort of the Tuba and Magaher-al-Abeed school children to accompany the children all the way past the Ma’on chicken barns and past any settlers present. Please stress that this is particularly necessary because of the repeated presence of settlers in this area at the time of the children’s walk home, and remind the commander that settlers used violence against the school children on fourteen occasions in the 07-08 school year and on two occasions during the current school year.
For a complete report on the school escort, including maps, photographs and interviews with the children, please see “A Dangerous Journey”
In addition to phone calls, Operation Dove and CPT ask that people send the IDF Public Appeals office a simple message. This is very easy to do.
Please include Commander BenMoha’s name in the subject line.
Sample message: (no more than 75 words)
Subject: Request to Commander BenMoha
Palestinian school children from Tuba and Magaher-al-abeed must walk past militant settlers from Ma’on and Havat Ma’on to attend school in At-Tuwani.
The Knesset recommended in 2004 that the IDF escort these children. Currently soldiers refuse to escort the children far enough to ensure their safety. In order to do so they must accompany the children all the way past the Ma’on chicken barns and past any settlers present.
IDF Public Appeals Fax: 011-972-3-569-9400.
IDF Public Appeals Phone: 011-972-3-569-1000.
 . The Villages Group includes Ehud Krinis, among others – Jews and Palestinians – whose commitment is to work non-violently to build infrastructure and otherwise contribute to the well-being of these shephard communities. I think it was about a year or so ago that I first learned of their existence from a friend in the Israeli group, Anarchists Against the Wall, when they were seeking contributions to help equip a girls’ basketball team. Ehud was involved. The Villages Group website has information about a small solar energy project that provides light in several tents where the shephards live. See http://villagesgroup.wordpress.com/.
 Picture captions. I wrote to several of the folks of the Villages Group asking for captions, so that the pictures will be even more informative, but have not as yet had a reply to that request. Obviously they’re working under a lot of pressure because of the ongoing threats to the school children. Because of the urgency of the appeal, I decided to post this article slightly incomplete, i.e. lacking photo captions.
 CPT, the acronym for Christian Peacemaker Teams. The CPT website at http://www.cpt.org/ reports, “in: Palestine, (Juwayya, South Hebron Hills, West Bank) At 4:00 pm on 5 April 2009, “Israeli soldiers and the Ma’on settlement security guard took three Palestinian boys—ages ten, eleven, and fourteen—and transported them to the Ma'on settlement. Soldiers delivered the children to six masked settlers who kicked and punched the children. At 4:45, the children arrived back in their village, after the settlers allowed them to leave to walk home through the hills alone.”