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  • Scott Mathern-Jacobson
    U.S. volunteers escorting Palestinian children attackedBy Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service Unidentified assailants attacked two American
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 29, 2004
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      U.S. volunteers escorting Palestinian children attackedBy Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

      Unidentified assailants attacked two American Christian volunteers who were escorting Palestinian schoolchildren on Wednesday morning near the settlement of Maon in the southern Hebron Hills area of the West Bank.

      The assailants beat the volunteers and robbed them. The two were evacuated by Israeli ambulance to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

      The attackers, numbering four or five, were dressed in black and wore masks. They spoke English and were carrying chains and clubs.

      They did not attack the schoolchildren, who quickly fled the scene, but stole a bag belonging to female volunteer Kim Lamberty, 44, and broke her arm. The bag contained her passport, money and cellular phone.

      The assailants beat the second volunteer, Chris Brown, 39, with chains. He suffered a punctured lung and external bleeding.

      Both volunteers are affiliated with the Christian Peacemakers Teams, which escorts Palestinian schoolchildren living with their families in caves in the village of Tuba to their primary school in the village of Al-Tuwani, an approximately half-hour walk.

      The road along which the volunteers and schoolchildren pass is used by settlers and is forbidden to Palestinian vehicular traffic. Palestinian pedestrians, however, are permitted to use the road.

      However, the schoolchildren are afraid to pass unescorted through the area because of what they describe as harrassment by area Jewish settlers.

      Asked about Wednesday's attack on the U.S. activists, Josh Hasten, a spokesman for the settlers' Yesha Council, said: "We know nothing of this specific incident but are opposed to any violation of the law."




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    • David Keenan
      Please be sure that Emilie Hamilton emiliehamilton@yahoo.com is on the Catholic Worker email list! DAVID T. KEENAN 28 Shays Amherst MA 01002 413-253-4112
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 29, 2004
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      • John Pieper
        Lord be with them! What does this mean for their efforts now? ... From: Scott Mathern-Jacobson [mailto:scottm_j@yahoo.com] Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004
        Message 3 of 4 , Sep 29, 2004
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          Lord be with them!
          What does this mean for their efforts now?

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          From: Scott Mathern-Jacobson [mailto:scottm_j@...]
          Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 9:51 AM
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          Subject: [cathworker] U.S. volunteers escorting Palestinian children
          attacked

          U.S. volunteers escorting Palestinian children attackedBy Amira Hass,
          Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

          Unidentified assailants attacked two American Christian volunteers who were
          escorting Palestinian schoolchildren on Wednesday morning near the
          settlement of Maon in the southern Hebron Hills area of the West Bank.

          The assailants beat the volunteers and robbed them. The two were evacuated
          by Israeli ambulance to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

          The attackers, numbering four or five, were dressed in black and wore masks.
          They spoke English and were carrying chains and clubs.

          They did not attack the schoolchildren, who quickly fled the scene, but
          stole a bag belonging to female volunteer Kim Lamberty, 44, and broke her
          arm. The bag contained her passport, money and cellular phone.

          The assailants beat the second volunteer, Chris Brown, 39, with chains. He
          suffered a punctured lung and external bleeding.

          Both volunteers are affiliated with the Christian Peacemakers Teams, which
          escorts Palestinian schoolchildren living with their families in caves in
          the village of Tuba to their primary school in the village of Al-Tuwani, an
          approximately half-hour walk.

          The road along which the volunteers and schoolchildren pass is used by
          settlers and is forbidden to Palestinian vehicular traffic. Palestinian
          pedestrians, however, are permitted to use the road.

          However, the schoolchildren are afraid to pass unescorted through the area
          because of what they describe as harrassment by area Jewish settlers.

          Asked about Wednesday's attack on the U.S. activists, Josh Hasten, a
          spokesman for the settlers' Yesha Council, said: "We know nothing of this
          specific incident but are opposed to any violation of the law."




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        • Scott Mathern-Jacobson
          I guess time will tell. John Pieper wrote:Lord be with them! What does this mean for their efforts now? Love is the measure. - Dorothy
          Message 4 of 4 , Sep 30, 2004
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            I guess time will tell.

            John Pieper <j.h.pieper@...> wrote:Lord be with them!
            What does this mean for their efforts now?




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