al-Khalil (Hebron)

PALESTINE: Newsletter: February 2016

 
Settlers Occupation of Palestinians' homes, the Aftermath and Netanyahu’s Announcement
 


Settlers Occupation of Palestinians' homes, the Aftermath and Netanyahu’s Announcement

 

At 2.30 on the 21st January our neighbour, Zleikha Muhtaseb, rushed into our CPT base to tell us that Israeli settlers were forcibly trying to break into two Palestinian homes near Abed’s shop just down from the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. We grabbed our things and followed her. The mosque checkpoint was shut down so we had to detour through tunnels to Zleikha’s brother’s home which was situated right between the two houses under attack. On this journey we travelled through intense tear gas and struggled to open our steaming red eyes to see where we were going, but this was nothing compared to the situation in which we found the Muhtaseb family when we arrived at their home.

The women and children in the home took us to the upper floor window to look out on to the street. There were about 80 Israeli settlers milling around, going in and out of the houses on either side of us. They were moving in with large pieces of luggage, domestic equipment, grocery supplies and even huge packs of toilet paper. Standing around with guns and protecting them were nearly as many Israeli soldiers and Border Police. Armoured personnel carriers and police jeeps served as further protection. Did they think that the family in the Muhtaseb home in the middle of these homes were going to resist and attack them with wooden spoons - all 3 women and 5 small children? There were no other Palestinians in the immediate area as checkpoints had been shut down all around the homes.

The only Palestinians in the vicinity were on the roofs of other homes about 200 metres behind the homes that were being forcibly occupied. Their defence of these two Palestinian homes was to throw stones, a crime that can result in 20 years of imprisonment, and to wave a Palestinian flag which is also illegal in the old city of Hebron. The Israeli response was to tear gas them and to aim loaded guns at them.



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PALESTINE: A Week in Photos: February 1-7

  


ID check


Pictured here: Regular ID check for a young Palestinian man; here at the military checkpoint set up in front of the house taken over by settlers two weeks ago. Palestinians are asked to stay at a distance and to throw their ID cards on the ground for inspection. 

(29/01/2016)

Getting school supplies through

Pictured here: School books need to pass through the checkpoint in order to get to the Ibrahimi school. Team effort between CPT and one teacher holding the barbwire.

(01/02/2016)
  
 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 19-25 January 2016

Snow and cold

A light snow blankets the Old City of Hebron, shutting down the town. Pictured here is the storied Ibrahimi Mosque, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, sprinkled with a dusting of snow.

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 27, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 27, 2016

Pray for the Hebron family who were caught in the middle when Israeli settlers invaded the houses on right and left of their home with the collusion of the Israeli authorities this week.  Although security forces eventually evacuated them, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will authorize the settlers’ return.  When settlers move next to Palestinian homes, they often use violent harassment to make life unbearable to their Palestinian neighbors to force them to leave. 

January 31, 2016  Fourth Sunday in Epiphany
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.
 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:4-5
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 12-18 January 2016

One at a time

The camera catches the eyes of a young Palestinian woman, one among many waiting to get through the mosque checkpoint for Friday prayers.
(January 15, 2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 January 2016

 

#189

Murad Palestina, a worker with Youth Against Settlements, whose main office has been closed since the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was declared a closed military zone, wears the number that the Israeli military has assigned to him as a resident within the zone. "To the occupiers we're numbers, not human beings," he said.
 
(January 7, 2016

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 29 December 2015-4 January 2016

In solidarity

Palestinians across Hebron breathed a sigh of relief when Israel returned the bodies of seventeen young people it had killed extrajudicially, and they joined in spirit if not in person as these beloved children of Hebron were honored with a proper funeral and burial. 
(January 2, 2016

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): “We need our children”: Protest tent calls for return of bodies of loved ones killed by Israeli forces

[UPDATE: On New Years Day, Israeli forces returned seventeen bodies to Hebron area families.  See short film here.]

In Hebron, outside a makeshift tent off Ein Sara Street, sits an empty coffin. Inside the tent a group of men gathers, each a father with a son or daughter the Israeli military has killed during the last three months. Their motto is: “We need our children.”  CPTers have paid several visits to the tent to show their solidarity with these bereaved fathers and their family members.

Obviously their true wish would be to have their children alive and well, but these fathers have been forced to ask for their children’s bodies, so they can bury them. The Israeli authorities have offered to release five of the nineteen bodies they are still holding, but on condition that the families hold the funerals of the deceased at night with a limited number of mourners. The parents of these five have refused these conditions and continue to press for the return of all remaining bodies.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) Week in photos 15-28 December, 2015

Friday prayers

Lengthy checks at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint considerably delayed worshippers on their way to Friday noon prayers (December 25). During much of the delay the worshippers sang together in prayer.

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 23, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 23, 2015

Pray for the people of Hebron, living under foreign military occupation, just as Mary and Joseph did two millennia ago. Give thanks for the Holy Child whose tenderness was mightier than the Roman Empire.  Pray for an end to empires and the coming of the Reign of God.  

*Epixel December 24, 2015
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them
 light has shined. Isaiah 9:2
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.