Over 100 March in Solidarity with School Children in South Hebron

11 December 2009

tuwani march 12_10_09On Thursday, December 10th activists from PSP took part in a solidarity march in the village of At-Tuwani. The children of the At-Tuwani school (along with other Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals) marched south from the village of At-Tuwani to the school in Al-Fakhit. Al-Fakhit school opened this school year to accommodate students living in Maghayir Al-Abeed, Markaz, Halawe, Fakhit, Majaaz, and Jinba. The teachers at Al-Fakhit school travel from Yatta each day and pick up schoolchildren along the route. The purpose of this 10 kilometre march was to draw attention to the ongoing obstacles children and teachers face when traveling to school. The Israeli Military heavily patrols the road and surrounding area, preventing Palestinians from gaining access to education and work. Teachers and school children traveling to Al-Fakhit are often stopped and searched by the Israeli military. The Israeli Military has attempted to dismantle the road utilizing heavy machinery, compounding the already difficult condition of the road. The result of these tactics is that it takes Palestinians extended amounts of time to reach their destination often resulting in being late for school or work. Lastly, the Israeli Military is threatening on an ongoing basis to permanently close the road, which would result in the complete denial of access to education and work. The solidarity march was a huge success, with over 100 people marching from At-Tuwani to Al-Fakhit. While there was visible police and military presence, the march passed without incident.