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October 21st, 2014
On 18 October, the Hebron Defense Committee organized a community
workday that celebrated the olive harvest and resisted the Israeli confiscation
of Palestinian land belonging to the town of Surif in the Hebron District,
which lies adjacent to the Separation Barrier/Apartheid Wall.
A month ago, Israeli authorities announced the confiscation of
4000 dunums [988 acres] around Surif.
The 18 October event gathered local and international activists in a
show of solidarity with the Palestinian farmers and also provided labor to help
the families with the olive picking.
Harvest time is now in full swing, and for Palestinian community
members, the olive trees âsymbolize life and existenceâ.
October 13th, 2014
On 12 October 2014, Israeli soldiers threatened two
Palestinian boysâages six and thirteenâwith arrest, charging them with throwing
The Headmaster of Mutanabi School was able to convince the
soldiers not to arrest the six and thirteen year old, telling the soldiers he
would contact the DCO (The liaison between the Palestinian police and the
However, Israeli soldiers arrested a third boy, age ten,
outside of his home as he was playing on his bike, put him in their military
jeep and took him away. The
military later released him to the Palestinian Authority police and returned
him to his parents.
An army commander
recently threatened to close Mutanabi School if boys threw one more stone.
|6 year old boy||13 year old boy||10 year old boy|
October 8th, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, October 9, 2014
Pray for the children of Hebronâs Old City who are subject to arbitrary arrest and detention without due process and since the start of the school year, have had more than 100 tear gas grenades fired at them.
|Epixel* for Sunday, October 12, 2014|
For You have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the
rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstormâŠ
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.|
September 23rd, 2014
| ||photo @alaaqawasmi|
Early this morning, Tuesday, 23 September 2014, the Israeli military discovered the hiding place of and killed Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh, the two suspects in the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli settler youth in June.
The killing took place on the first floor of a wood factory in the Hai El Sharma neighborhood near Hebron University after a firefight. The building has three floors: the first is a wood factory; the second contains shops and the third is residential. Due to the live ammunition, small bombs, and tear gas thrown into the building by the soldiers, a fire started, which burned one of the two suspects almost beyond recognition. The blasts from the bombs, and the military tractor used to cave in the building also damaged adjoining homes and buildings.
September 5th, 2014
| || CPTer aspiring to be peacemaker while monitoring|
soldiers in Hebron's Old City.
I am an aspiring peacemaker.
I use the word âaspiringâ because I have not yet fully embraced in thought and action the ideals of peacemaking that I find so compelling. Practicing it is a constant daily effort, a series of taking steps (sometimes forward, sometimes backward), falling, getting up, and trying again. Overall, I think Iâve taken more steps forward than backward, but my peacemaking journey is far from complete. It is a lifelong quest.
Stepping into Conflict
I have been in many places where oppression is evident. It is in Palestine, however, where I have seen most clearly the systematic dehumanization of people by other people, in both subtle and obvious ways, every day, day after day.Watching interactions between Palestinians and Israelis has challenged me and my peacemaking ideals to the core. How do I express my anger in a way that doesnât dehumanize those I accuse of dehumanizing others? How do I acknowledge the destructive forces of a system while acknowledging that the people who by choice or by birth are part of that system are children of God? How do I live in community with others during difficult circumstances?
September 3rd, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, September 3, 2014
Pray for the people of Gaza, tens of thousands of whom remain homeless. Aid organizations estimate that if Israel and Egypt continue to restrict the importation of construction materials into Gaza, the rebuilding of homes and infrastructure destroyed in the war this summer could take twenty years.
|photo: Maan News|
August 22nd, 2014
If Israelâs assault on Gaza this summer has been blind, primal violence on a macro scale, the demolition of three Palestinian apartment blocks in Hebron during the early hours of 18 August 2014âpunitive retaliation against the suspected culprits in the kidnapping of three Israeli youth in Juneârepresented pointless violence and suffering on a micro scale. Yet that micro event, multiplied thousands of times over the days, weeks and years of occupation, adds up to what has been called âincremental genocideâ in the sense of destroying a culture and its ability to survive.
Between 2001-2005, according to Bâtselem figures, Israel demolished 664 Palestinian homes as forms of punishment.* These demolitions displaced 4,182 innocent people, many of them neighbors of the suspectâs family, and occurred often on the basis of suspicion alone.
|Hussam al-Qawasmi house (Photo: Yousef Natsheh)|
August 16th, 2014
In the first week of August, the Israeli military added to the normal hardships people who live in and around the area of Hebronâs Old City must endure.
On 1 August 2014, the Israeli military occupied the rooftop of the al-Rajabi house in Jebal Johar near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba at approximately 6 p.m. According witnesses, the Israeli soldiers left the rooftop at around 7:00 p.m. and fired five tear gas grenades into the home, setting the interior into flames. The result was a total loss of the familyâs personal items.
| Seven Palestinians live in the home. Five children, four boys and girl are now homeless. |
August 4th, 2014
30 July 2014, Israelis entered into Palestinian shops in Hebronâs Old City near
Beit Hadassah with industrial tools, using cutting blades and torches to open
the doors, despite the presence of Israeli military security who were
overlooking the shops.
Peacemaker Teams and the International Solidarity Movement volunteers made
several attempts to advise the Israeli military and police to intervene on the
breaking and entering into the Palestinian shops. Despite showing the Israeli
military video evidence of the account, the police failed to show up and
following day, Israeli settler children during the afternoon threw rocks down
from the Beit Hadassah settlement onto Palestinians walking on the street below
the settlement. Later on that night, settlers again re-entered the property
despite the Israeli military having designated the area a closed military zone
for Israeli settlers and Palestinians alike.
|Settler jumps on awning after throwing stones at Palestinians|
August 1st, 2014
On Friday, 18 July, the day after Israel announced its ground invasion of Gaza, about thirty members and supporters of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) converged at the Israeli Consulate in downtown Chicago to lament the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and denounce Israelâs indefensible violence.
Vigil participants, representing at least seven countries, carried large photographs of Palestinian children killed in Gaza. As they walked slowly in mournful procession around the skyscraper that houses the Israeli Consulate, a single voice rang out over a loud speaker, piercing the silence with the name of each Palestinian who had died as a result of Israelâs military operations since 12 June 2014.