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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 16 - 22

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 16 - 22

 

Constant Threat


Pictured here:  These three photos capture three arrests of Palestinians this past week, two of whom are under 16. 

In the past three weeks CPT has witnessed an increase in systematic detainments and arrests of Palestinians in the H2 area of Al Khalil by the Golani infantry brigade. The Golani brigade has been in the Old City almost constantly, where soldiers require Palestinians to show their IDs and arbitrarily detain members of the local community for anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. Local shopkeepers, as well as men, women, and children who live in H2 have been detained several times per day as they try to move around their neighbourhood. 

Protests in solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoner's hunger strike have resulted in clashes occurring more than once a week. Israeli military have used excessive force against the Palestinian protesters, who have suffered from tear gas inhalation, skunk water spray, rubber bullet wounds, and injuries from live ammunition. Israeli forces purposefully escalate the clashes by quickly advancing into Palestinian controlled H1, apprehending those who are at the front of the clash and then retreating with boys they have detained. Their provocation of Palestinians also allows for them to take photos to use as evidence against "stone throwers" and as justification for later arrests. A total of 8 people were arrested in a clash on Friday, 19th May and at least 6 people were arrested in the clash today, 22nd May. 

Golani forces have become aggressive in their search for young men who have participated in the clashes. Young Palestinian men specifically are being targeted, to a point where the local community members are living under constant threat of house raids, arbitrary detainment, and arrest. On the 21st of May, a 12 year old boy was detained and held overnight, the video footage of his detainment can be found here


(May 16-22, 2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

This week we would like to share a good news and express our gratitude for the nomination of CPT for the Nobel Peace Prize. The American Friends Service Committee has announced their official nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and it is Christian Peacemaker Teams!  

This is a great honor for the organization. At the same time, we acknowledge that we are but partners to those who truly transform the world. We wait for the time when our presence in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Canada, U.S.A. and Greece will not be needed anymore. We would prefer that both Peace and Justice have already prevailed in each corner of this world.

Kak Bapir from the village of Basta tells the story of the struggle against indiscriminate Turkish bombardments

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 9 - 15


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 9 - 15

 
 

Behind Closed Doors

 
Pictured here: Israeli occupation forces continue to target young Palestinian men this week with accusations of stone throwing.  On Wednesday, the soldiers took an 18-year-old Palestinian man inside the Israeli military gate at Bab al Baladeyeh for questioning. He was released twenty minutes later with a cut on his wrist. When CPT asked the soldiers what had happened, they laughed and refused to comment.  

(May 10, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 2 - 8

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos  May 2 - 8

 

 
 

Child detentions

 
Pictured here: Many young Palestinian men and boys were targeted by Israeli forces this week who accuse them of throwing stones in the clashes last week.  In the above photo, a 14-year-old boy from a village outside of al-Khalil/Hebron was on his way with two of his friends to pray at Ibrahimi mosque when soldiers detained him for over an hour, questioned him, and blindfolded him before taking him into the military base.  Below, a 16-year-old boy from the Old City was taken by Israeli soldiers behind the military gate and detained for 20 minutes.  

(May 1 & 6, 2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers. 10 May 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 10 May 2017

On the first day of May most countries commemorate the International Worker's Day or the Labor Day. Millions of people take to the streets and march for their rights. They demand better and just conditions to carry out their jobs. 

When we sit at the table, when we get dressed, when we go to bed, when we go to our places of study, work or worship, when we buy food, when we feel sick and need a doctor, even when we make banners for a protest... Many people have worked hard to make these activities possible. And how many of them have been exploited, abused or forced by people or circumstances to do it?

Let us pray for each and every worker on this planet. Let us pray for respectful and just conditions for all to carry out their work activities. Let us pray, and work for change, for a fair wage and for the end of all forms of slavery. Let us pray for all mothers to be able to receive adequate maternity leave. Let us pray for all children so that they can enjoy their childhood instead of exploitative work. Let us pray for both women and men so they can receive equal salary for same work and thus overcome the economic gap.

Psalm 128:2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Misael Payares, a leader of the farming community of Las Pavas' nonviolent resistance

Misael Payares, a leader of the farming community of Las Pavas' nonviolent resistance. Photo credit: CPT Colombia.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

 
 

Sheep Shearing

 
Pictured here: Sheikh Suleiman shears one of his flock early Tuesday morning.  The Bedouin community of Umm al-Khair is a nomadic people from the South Hebron Hills that have been systematically displaced for decades.  Over the past few years, the community has suffered dozens of house demolitions by the Israeli forces.  The community has expressed on their facebook pagethat "the sad thing about this is that the residents are woken every day with the possibility that the civil administration will demolish their homes.  What is even more tragic is that the children of Khirbet Umm al-Khair will be homeless again". 

(April 25, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

 
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Segregated Traffic

 
Pictured here: Israeli Border Police hold up several vehicles at Bab Al-Baladiyeh to ID check and search the cars and passengers.  Any vehicle is considered suspicious and subject to searches, especially those with Israeli license plates as they are assumed to be stolen. The colour-coded license plates (green for Palestinian's, white for Israeli's) which determine where you can and cannot drive, are just another indicator of apartheid. 

(April 17, 2017)

PALESTINE: Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

CPTnet

25 April 2017

Reflection of a CPT Steering Committee member: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

by Timothy Wotring

I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT organized their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. It just so happened to coincide with my Spring break and I decided to travel halfway around the world, instead of resting from my other part-time jobs.

When we landed in Tel Aviv, I prepared to be questioned. My first encounter was with an Israeli soldier. He asked me the standard questions of who, what, when, where, why of my time in Israel. I passed the test and finally made it to passport control. There, an officer asked me the same basic questions but this time more directly about my time in Iraqi Kurdistan, which was actually my first delegation with CPT last May. Unimpressed with my answer, he sent me to a separate room with a few others who apparently had red flags about their passports as well. 

About 10 minutes in, an Israeli Security Force agent called me our for questioning. She first handed me a sheet that looked like this:

 security sheet

I filled it out and she asked about where I worked, organizations I financially support, if I have ever protested, if I give to organizations who support BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), and other pointed questions about where I was staying on my visit. Finally, she requested to see my phone, searched through my emails, contacts, Facebook, and text messages, and asked if I knew Arabic.

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 April 2017

In the last three months the government of the United States of America bombed Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. Tensions in the Middle East, Russia, North Korea and around the world escalate rapidly. The numbers of killed civilians grow everyday. We need to do something! 

Last weekend, the Christian community celebrated Easter: Jesus has risen defeating death. Following the example of Jesus, let us arise and take action for peace and to stop death. Let us support or take part in peacemaking initiatives and organizations. Let us advocate for all who seek refuge from bombs. Let us pray for all who suffer in the wars in Syria and other countries. Let us pray for each one of us and that our creativity and strength would persist.

bombing hurts please stop

Galatians 6: 7-9

A person harvests whatever he plants: The person who sows through human means will harvest decay from human means, but the person who sows in the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 11 - 17

A week of occupation in photos: April 11 - 17
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Militarized Passover

 
Pictured here: Thousands of Jewish settlers and tourists came to Al Khalil/Hebron last week to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover and with them a heavily increased military presence. A Palestinian girl walks to the Al Fayhaa Girls School, located on the right just inside that orange door, while hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police patrol the area in jeeps and tanks.   

(April 12, 2017)