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    Why is this news? Breakthrough for Palestinian Human Rights in Tel Rumeida by Sam December 29th www.palsolidarity.org This morning at 10 a.m, three Palestinian
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      Breakthrough for Palestinian Human Rights in Tel Rumeida
      by Sam
      December 29th
      www.palsolidarity.org


      This morning at 10 a.m, three Palestinian residents of the Tel Rumeida
      District in Hebron accompanied by a handful of Israeli activists and
      media personnel as well as international volunteers successfully
      crossed an area off limits to Palestinians for the last six years.

      Tel Rumeida falls in the Occupation controlled H2 military zone of
      Hebron City and is illegally barricaded by the IOF even though there
      are many Palestinian residents within the area. Access is only
      available via a checkpoint and Palestinians are not allowed to drive
      their cars in the zone. The illegal Jewish settlers however, enjoy
      total freedom of movement and are infamous for their constant
      harassment and attacks on Palestinians.

      A recent Israeli High Court ruling stipulates that the restriction of
      Palestinian movement in Shuhada street has been mistakenly enforced
      for the last six years and that Palestinians in fact have the right to
      use this road. Armed with the court ruling the three men peacefully
      approached the area and were immediately stopped by an Israeli soldier
      outside the Beit Hadassah settlement who refused to look at the paper
      and physically attempted to restrain the Palestinians from bypassing.
      Five more soldiers then came running up from the checkpoint, soon
      followed by an army jeep with a few more soldiers. They read the court
      ruling and then telephoned the Border Police who arrived shortly
      thereafter.

      The soldiers then made the 3 men face and put their hands up against a
      wall and searched them while the police were on the phone. After
      approximately 30 minutes the soldiers and police allowed and escorted
      the Palestinian men as well as the activists through the area to the
      end of Shuhada Street and agreed that Palestinians shall henceforth be
      allowed to use this route unhindered by the IOF or settlers.

      The three men walked through a street in their own neighbourhood for
      the first time in six years and the happiness was evident on their
      faces. This represents a significant breakthrough in the human rights
      of the local Palestinians and a buzz was soon evident amongst
      residents in the area as the news spread. All that remains to be seen
      is if the IOF adhere to the High Court Ruling, and allow the
      Palestinians the freedom of movement which is now legally theirs.

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