At-Tuwani – visiting Hafez Huraini’s family
Michal (reporting and photographing) and Muhammad (hotographing); Translator: Natanya
We went to visit Hafez Huraini’s family, who was attacked and beaten with an iron rod by a settler from a Havat Ma'on, while he was working his land. Both his hands were broken and the settler was injured. Only Hafez was arrested by the army. There was a false version spread by the IDF and the media, according to which it was a lynch. The result: the victim is arrested and the attacker is presented as the victim.
We came to express our anger and shame on behalf of the women of Machsom Watch for what was done there. We spoke with his wife and daughter who told in English how her father was attacked in his orchard, and how much they suffer regularly from the settlers who live on Havat Ma'on, which is an illegal outpost.
The daughter said that now the plot has been declared a closed military area, and only her mother, Aisha, Hafez's wife, is allowed to enter there twice a day, to water the trees and vegetables. No one else from the family or the volunteers is allowed to enter there.
At the court session held on September 19, the police requested an extension of detention by 9 days (it is not clear for what purpose), but the judge only approved an extension of three more days.
We'll see if the system admits the serious mistake, and the attacker will be arrested
We were surprised to see a gathering of dozens of tractors with their drivers. It turns out that this is a meeting with the representatives of the Palestinian Authority, who are interested in the concentrated series of driving aand vehicle licensing tests. This way they will avoid receiving frequent reports from the Israel Police, every time they go out to cultivate their fields.
As we left there, a police car arrives and asks for our IDs as well. We were photographed.
In the last two weeks, everyone from the security forces who meets us asks to find out who we are, why we came, and also asks to check our documents.