Left-wing activists protest long route to school for W. Bank kids - plow fields beyond the fence
- [Mewnews - According to Israel radio at 2: PM local time, about 150 Palestinian Arabs and Israelis are plowing fields beyond the fence, in areas not normally accessible to the Arabs. The IDF tried to stop them, but lacked a warrant declaring the fields a closed military area.]Last update - 14:25 01/12/2007Left-wing activists protest long route to school for W. Bank kidsBy Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz CorrespondentSome 150 left-wing activists on Saturday marched in protest against the long route Palestinian children are forced to take to get to school from their South Hebron Hills village.
Children from the West Bank village of Tuba go to school in Twane, a nearby village, via a lengthy and indirect path in order to avoid the settlement of Havot Ma'on.
The activists, who were from the Ta'ayush Arab-Jewish Partnership group,
initially arrived at an area blocked by police and Israel Defense Forces, who told them they could not travel from Twane to Tuba.
As the security forces did not present the marchers with an order declaring the area a closed military zone, the activists continued along the path, evading the police and IDF troops who attempted to stop them.
The march was also held to protest reduced Palestinian agriculture in the area, resulting from a land dispute with Havot Ma'on and settler harassment.
A Ta'ayush activist said: "We've come to express solidarity with the residents of Tuba, and to enable them to carry out agricultural activity in the area."