al-Khalil (Hebron)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos, 23-29 September 2015


Love amidst Hate  

Pictured here: Two Palestinian girls smile and make a heart as Palestinians pass through Israeli checkpoints to reach Ibrahimi mosque for Friday prayers. There is so much hatred here in occupied Hebron, but love is also ever present. As Leonard Cohen says "there's a crack in every thing, that's how light gets in". 


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Palestinian teenager fatally shot at Shuhada Checkpoint

Hadil Hashlamoun (18), a first year student at Hebron University, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Shuhada checkpoint in Hebron on Tuesday morning (22.09.15). She and her family lived in the H1 region of Hebron.

Fawaz abu Aisheh (34), a resident of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood was attempting to usher children from the scene, while translating the orders shouted in Hebrew by the Israeli soldiers at Hadil.  

He explained, “They were screaming at her, “Move back! Move Back!” I knew she couldn´t understand so I intervened in Arabic …She was terrified…She listened to me immediately when first I spoke with her, but they moved me away and continued to scream at her in Hebrew which she obviously didn’t understand.”

Official Israeli military reports state that Hadil attempted to stab a soldier, which all eyewitnesses refute.

Abu Aisheh said, “She was covered completely, there was no knife showing at any time. Even if she did have a knife he could have arrested her so easily. I was there… I could have talked to her; she cooperated with me in that very first moment. I asked her to move, and she moved. But after that I begged [the soldier] to let me talk to her, but they took me away from her, and started pointing their weapons at me. After they shot her more, and more soldiers arrived, there were still three or four kids a few meters from the checkpoint, so I moved the kids away. ”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Privilege in Palestine and Pennsylvania

A month ago I visited Israel and Palestine for the first time to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead, I learned about the United States. That place, seven hours ahead of my home time, made me feel like I was living in an America past.

When I rode past the barrier separating Israel from the land outside, I wondered about the origins of Wall Street in New York City. When I saw Palestinians get off the bus at a checkpoint to have their documents reviewed while the border guard hopped on the bus to glance at my U.S. passport, I couldn’t help thinking of Rosa Parks. When I heard stories of how Palestinians lost their homes to demolitions, evictions, arson and unemployment, I thought about the Lenape who used to live where I live in central Pennsylvania—but over the course of decades were pushed to reservations in Oklahoma.

The guns are different, the land is different, but the ideologies are the same. People with power—people like me—use any means to take what we want. We talk a good line about laws and rights, but deep down we’re selfish, and fearful. We’re afraid of strangers, afraid of scarcity, afraid of death, and we do everything in our power to keep those fears at bay.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 11-17 September 2015


What Will We Tell the Principal?

Pictured here: Palestinian teachers are late for school, because soldiers are detaining them for ID checks in Hebron.  


Prayers for Peacemakers, September 16, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, September 16, 2016

Give thanks for another year of Christian Peacemaker Team-Palestine’s accompaniment of the Al-Saraya kindergarten children in Hebron’s Old City.  Give thanks for the lasting bonds and friendships that will develop.


 *Epixel for Sunday, September 20, 2015 

Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
 Mark 9:36-37
*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 27 August-3 September 2015

Renewed Israeli oppression at school time


Pictured here: Yousef, one of the Palestinian boys that attend the Ibrahimi school in Hebron is stopped, questioned and asked to empty his pockets despite the fact he did not set off the metal detector.  


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos 9-15 August 2015


Preparation for prayer 

Pictured here: Settlers children are accompanied by Israeli soldiers on their way to Shabat prayer passing by Palestinian houses

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos 3-9 August 2015




Pictured here: Nothing builds trust like three riding on a bicycle.

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 12, 2015 Palestine.

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 12, 2015     Palestine.

Pray for all the Palestinians who live in and around the Abu Rajeb house in Hebron and the children and teachers who must pass it to attend school in the neighborhood.  If settlers succeed in taking over the house, Palestinian children and adults will be at significantly increased risk of soldier and settler attack.

  *Epixel for Sunday, August 16, 2015 
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 39:14
*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 28 July-3 August 2015


Being a Parent

Pictured here: A Palestinian father waits outside the Israeli military base of Beit Romano (also the entrance of the Old City of Hebron) to find out any information about his detained son. This is one of the prices that Palestinian parents must pay while living in the H2 area.