al-Khalil (Hebron)

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.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Week in photos 6-12 May 2016

A School of Their Own

Pictured here:  These girls are celebrating the opening of the only all girls school in their area of the South Hebron Hills.  Education for girls remains a huge need in Palestine.
(10/05/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos 22-26 April 2016

Kindergarten Detained

 
Pictured here: During Passover, there are heightened restrictions and closures for Palestinians, and the apartheid path was apparently closed at this time. Not content with merely inhibiting these children reaching their homes, Israeli Border Police initially detained them against a wall, before ordering them to move into one alcove, and again, into another tunnel, before letting them leave after approximately ten minutes. During that time, the Border Policeman stood guard at the entrance to the tunnel.
(28/04/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 15-21 April 2016

No Passage 

Pictured here: A young Palestinian youth pushes his bike under the barbwire at the checkpoint.  After passing his bike through, he crawled under himself.  The checkpoint turnstiles are too tight for a bike and the Israeli Border Police rarely open the gate for youth.
(18/04/2016)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 7-14 April 2016

Peace

Pictured here: We were stopped by these girls on their way home from school. We hope for a better and brighter future for all Palestinians, particularly the up and coming generations.
 (07/04/2016) 

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine March 2016 Newsletter

 

Kindergarten students CPTers walk to school

 

The Walk to School in Hebron

 

Imagine your children or grandchildren going off to kindergarten. Young, innocent, curious, proud to be "adults" going to school now. Not quite the same for kindergarten kids off to school in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, Palestine. 

In one neighborhood the kindergarten kids round the corner from the courtyard where their families live. Then, to go to school, they have to climb a rather steep hill. This hill has some features that you would consider "out of the ordinary". 

There is a nice, hard-surface path that leads up the hill. On the right of this path is a low wall constructed of concrete barriers -- somewhat like you might find separating the traffic lanes on an Interstate highway or autoroute -- topped with a wire fence. The path becomes a kind of corridor, but it's not the path for these kindergarten kids. They are Palestinian in occupied Palestine. Their path lies to the left of the barrier. It's an eroded dirt path covered with rocks and debris -- not so easy for little feet and short legs to navigate.

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Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016     Palestine

Pray for U.S policymakers who are questioning their country’s unwavering support for Israel.  These include Representative Hank Johnson, Senator Patrick Leahy and eight other members of congress who held up the Israeli military’s murder of Hadil Hashlamoun in Hebron last fall as an example of why the U.S. needs to re-evaluate military aid to Israel.  They also include Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called for Israel to stop building settlements and referred to the indiscriminate killings of civilians in Gaza in 2014.  Even though he misstated numbers of Palestinians killed in an interview and his comments brought a barrage of criticism from other candidates running for president, he has not backed down from his statements.  Pray that these congressional members will continue to show the courage of their convictions, and that the voters in their districts will have the wisdom to resist the pro-Israeli Occupation lobby during the elections.

 

*Epixel for Peacemakers April 16, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
 
Senator Patrick Leahy                                                                Representative Hank Johnson
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your
 staff-- they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint
 my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:4-5
*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 1-6 April 2016

Demolition

 Pictured here: Israeli forces demolished six homes in the Palestinian village of Um Al-Khair. Thirty-five people, many of them children, are now without shelter.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 1, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 2, 2016

Give thanks for the nonviolent activists in Hebron who faithfully carry out the Open Shuhada Street demonstrations every year. Twenty-two years after Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein slaughtered twenty-nine men and boys while they were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque, these activists from Hebron and their supporters continue to demand their rights to live a free and dignified life in the area where Palestinian rights became severely restricted after the massacre. 

March 6, 2016  Fourth Sunday in Lent

Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart. Psalm 32:10-11

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