Sophia's Peace Work

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Snipet & Update

As of yesturday the kidnapping of the field team is still not resolved. I hope you will forgive me for not giving too many details. I don't want to say very much about this issue until it is resolved. Instead I will give another snipet from my former team (Christian Peacemaker Team - CPT) working in At-Tuwani, a small Palestinian village in the south Hebron Hills of the West Bank. Last fall, two of my team members were attacked by settlers from the Ma'on Settlement just above At-Tuwani. Now there has been direct violence against an Italian partner organization called Operation Dove. The following was written on February 16th, 2005 by CPT member Barbara Martens.

Settlers Attack and badly Injure two OD Team Members in At-Tuwani

At 11:00 a.m. today while CPTer Dianna Zimmerman and an Operation Dove (OD) team member were accompanying shepherds on their own land above At-Tuwani, near the Ma'on Settler Outpost, two settlers accosted them. One stood with his gun aimed at Zimmerman while she engaged the other in dialogue. When the army came the settlers left.

Shortly thereafter CPTer Sally Hunsburger and two OD members appeared over the crest of the hill from herding in the direction of Tuba. Settlers reappeared, noticed the video camera and attacked the two OD team members. One is admitted to hospital with a head injury. He has short term memory loss, and blurred vision. The injuries of the second person are unknown at this time. Hunsberger, witness to the whole attack was not injured.


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