Ayat

Palestine has suffered greatly due to the current wave of violence. It’s affecting students greatly. They are afraid and do not have safe access to education. Increased violence from Israeli settlers and the Israeli military threatens the students’ security. They are now experiencing violence and harassment from settlers on a regular basis on their way to and from school.

Ayat Jabari, age 30, is living with her family next to the illegal Israeli settlement. She is studying at the University of Hebron for her second degree. She is happy to have a chance to study again but everyday life is difficult and dangerous for her.

Ayat tells that she was once coming home from the university. Settlers were praying next to her home and when they saw Ayat they started to throw stones at her. She was hit on the head by a stone and knocked unconscious. Her family called an ambulance but it took two and a half hours to come because Israeli army had closed the checkpoint near to her home. It took over two hours for the ambulance personnel to negotiate the permission to enter the area. Ayat had problems after the incident; she couldn’t see well and was suffering from headaches, which caused insomnia. While recovering from the incident, she couldn’t study.

Even inside her house, Ayat is not safe. Settlers often throw stones and shout outside her house, sometimes all night long. “On Fridays, we only stay inside of the house. Nobody can sleep”, Ayat says.

Settlers have also tried to enter the house, and soldiers have been throwing tear gas to the house when there have been pregnant women and children inside.

The family doesn’t receive any visitors, because the house is deemed too dangerous. Ayat hopes that the situation will get better and there’ll be a change soon.

“I am so afraid. I hope one day I could bring my brothers out from here to see something different. They only know this kind of life. They don’t know of anything beautiful.”

Story written by Susanna Vilpponen

 


Key principles of Accompaniment
of EAPPI
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel

Protective Presence
Our presence makes the costs of human rights abuses more apparent to the perpetrators, persuades them to act differently, and deters attacks on civilians.
Monitoring of human rights violations
When presence cannot completely halt human rights violations, we are there to monitor and report these abuses to the United Nations and other human rights agencies.
Standing with local peace and human rights groups
We help focus global attention on the activities of Israeli and Palestinian peace groups, thereby increasing their credibility and capacity to work for reform.
Advocacy
Advocacy is the tool for increasing international action for change. We share  eyewitness testimonies with faith leaders, decision makers, media, civil society, and business officials, so that they change public policy for the common good. Increased international awareness increases pressure on the perpetrators of human rights abuses and helps protect civilians from these abuses.
Principled Impartiality
We are not pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian and we do not take sides in the conflict. We are pro-human rights and international humanitarian law. We do not discriminate against anyone and stand faithfully with the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized.
Nonviolence
Nonviolence is a way of living that rejects the use of violence and seeks to bring change through the engagement of individuals and groups peaceful strategies. We believe nonviolence is the only way  to a true and lasting solution to conflict. Our actions are nonviolent and we support all people working nonviolently for peace in Israel and Palestine.

Samia Al-Jabari

Ayat

Teachers from Hebron
photo: © Nanette-Marie Forsström

Ayat

Children being controlled by soldiers at checkpoint 56 in Hebron
photo: © Nanette-Marie Forsström

Ayat

Teacher Samia Al-Jabari
photo: © Trine Straume Fjeldmann

Read the story about the teacher Samia Al-Jabari in the article "Resistance through existence" (in Swedish) from Nanette Forström’si blog

 


Action

Share those stories as widely as possible.

Access the EAPPI website, make yourself familiar with the work of this initiative and let others know about it.

Find out where in your context accompaniment and protective presence for girls is needed: on their way to school, at bigger sports- or other events, etc.