al-Khalil (Hebron)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in Photos 1-7 August 2016

Childhood   

Pictured here: Palestinian children playing in the Old City of Hebron during an Israeli soldier’s patrol.
(03/08/2016)

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 3, 2016 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, August 3, 2016  Palestine

Pray for the people of Susya who are once again facing the imminent expulsion from their village by the Israeli authorities.  Pray also that God will inspire volunteers to join Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine, which is extremely understaffed.

*Epixel for Peacemakers  August 7, 2016 
Photo: International Solidarity Movement
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17
*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): Palestine Team looking for short-term volunteers

AL-Khalil (Hebron): Palestine Team looking for short-term volunteers

Have you always wanted to do a short-term assignment with Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine ? Were you on a CPT-Palestine delegation and always wanted to go back? The Palestine team is looking for short-term volunteers August 25-November 25, 2016 and November 20, 2016-February 20, 2017. Contact CPT Palestine Project Support Coordinator Mona Zuhairi: MonaZuhairi [at] cpt [dot] org. Please share widely.


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos, 25 June-2 July 2016

 

Age limitations

Pictured here: On the last Friday of  Ramadan, Israeli Border Police prevented Palestinian worshipers between 15-25 years old from reaching the Ibrahimi Mosque.  This young boy, and later on the young woman in the picture were not allowed to pass. 

 (01/07/2016)
 

Prayers for Peacemakers June 30, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers June 30, 2016

This morning 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayra murdered 13-year-old Hallel Yafa Ariel in the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba.  Tarayra was then shot and killed.  His family’s home in the Hebron-area village of Bani Naim will be demolished. Ever since Israeli soldiers killed Tarayra’s cousin, he had expressed a wish for death on his Facebook page.  Please pray for all the families mourning the loss of loved ones.  Please pray for all the families facing “price tag” attacks by settlers, which could include Campaign for Secure Dwellings families in the Beqa’a Valley, near Bani Naim, as well as people in the Old City of Hebron. 

*Epixel for Peacemakers  July 3, 2016  

To you, O LORD, I cried, and to the LORD I made supplication: "What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? 
Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?" 
Psalm 39:8-9

 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

CPT INTERNATIONAL REFLECTION: Pretty

 “So pretty, what a waste,” he said with a smile on his face.  

An older gentleman approached me at a gathering recently and started a conversation with those words. I think he thought he was giving me a compliment.

Seriously?

I mean, SERIOUSLY?

While I have control over the way I care for myself, I do not have control over the face I was born with, or my hair, or the bones and cartilage that give shape to my skin. These parts of my being are nothing to take pride in because I did nothing to “earn” them.  

The man who made the comment knows me.

He knows I've been a teacher of Spanish and theology. 

He knows I’ve traveled the world and taught English in India and Palestine.

He knows I’ve been a human rights defender in Palestine.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine Newsletter April-May 2016

 
 Qitoun Checkpoint
 

A Turbulent School Year


The final week of May marks the last week of school for Palestinian children in occupied Hebron. CPT has made a short video, compiled from the many, many hours of military oppression we have witnessed at Qitoun checkpoint this academic year.

The video is all filmed in one location, and so, with the same group of children who are forced through this checkpoint daily. The video shows just a tiny fragment of the oppression Palestinians are subjected to here at this checkpoint, in Hebron, and all over occupied Palestine. 

Needless to say, such footage does not make it onto the news channels of those countries who economically, militarily and politically support this military occupation.

Please watch and share this video widely.

Prayers for Peacemakers May 25, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers May 25, 2016 

Pray for the children of Hebron’s Old City as they finish their school year.  Pray that the academic year 2016-2017 will be free of tear gas, humiliation at checkpoints and filled with adults inspired to intervene on their behalf so they can receive an education. 

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

Smiling Against the Odds

Pictured here: Palestinian schoolboys smile as they head to school for their end of year exams. As they were doing so, Israeli Border Police checked Palestinian cars, without search warrants, and had been aiming their guns at children, as pictured above in this photo essay. If their exam was in resilience, these boys would pass with flying colours. 
 (18/05/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Remembering the Nakba--an act of nonviolent revolution

Every 15 May, Palestinians remember the Nakba (Great Catastrophe).  The Nakba refers to the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians during the late 1940s as Jewish Zionists were establishing the Israeli state.  The facts of the Nakba are as shocking as they are unknown to the West.  And those of us in the West are responsible for this ignorance. 

Following WW II and the Holocaust, the United Nations, influenced heavily by Zionist lobbying and the need to secure a home for the thousands of Jews displaced by the Holocaust, split the British Mandate of Palestine.  The partition is a historic example of European colonial privilege trumping the interests and rights of local communities.  At the time of the partition, European Jews owned only 7% of the land and were only 33% of the population.  Yet the United Nations allocated 55% of the land for the establishment of a Jewish state and 42% for the re-establishment of an Arab Palestinian state.  Jerusalem, comprising the remaining 3%, was to be an international city.  Palestinians had no voice and no representation in the partition.

Palestinian refugees carry their belongs after Zionist forces push them off their lands.