December 21, 2001
Hebron Update: November 26-December 2, 2001
Monday, November 26. No curfew.
11th day of Ramadan.
Two Swedish women, part of the World Council of
team evaluating possibilities for an ecumenical
presence in the West Bank, visited the team.
Members of the CPT delegation from the U.S. and Canada
visited Palestinian families in Beit Ummar, Al
Sendas, and the
Beqa’a Valley overnight. The families are matched
American churches and groups through CPT’s Campaign
Secure Dwellings (CSD).
Tuesday, November 27. No curfew.
12th day of Ramadan.
Wednesday, November 28. No curfew.
13th day of Ramadan.
CPTers Benno Barg, Rick Polhamus and Greg Rollins
explosions and left the apartment to investigate.
Palestinian children were throwing stones at Israeli
behind the Ibrahimi Mosque, and the soldiers had
with percussion grenades.
Returning from Bethlehem, CPTer JoAnne Lingle
soldiers who asked for her passport at the Bethlehem
checkpoint, showing her CPT identification instead.
pointed out that passports should only be necessary
crossing recognized international borders. The
insisted on seeing her visa, and Lingle showed her
visa but not
Thursday, November 29. No curfew.
14th day of Ramadan.
CPTers Le Anne Clausen, Claire Evans and Polhamus
to Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, for a meeting. The
takes about 30 minutes under normal circumstances,
hours. Because of roadblocks, their taxi tried one
another over back roads to get out of Hebron. Going
orchard, the vehicle passed an Israeli army tank,
which shot a
canister of tear gas at it.
Returning to Hebron in the evening, the taxi was
stopped at the
Arroub refugee camp, and passengers were ordered to
and walk. However, in a few minutes the vehicle was
continue, and picked up the passengers. At the
checkpoint, passengers were required to disembark once
walk over a machsoum (roadblock of dirt and rocks),
another taxi to Hebron. As the passengers walked
machsoum, an Israeli soldier shot a percussion grenade
them, but no one was hurt.
Reuben Penner, a member of the recent CPT delegation,
rejoined the team from Jerusalem. He reported that he
walk from the checkpoint near Gush Etzion settlement
Halhoul (a distance of about 3 miles) because
were not permitted on the main road.
On evening patrol, Penner, Polhamus and Rollins saw
soldiers enter a Palestinian home in Hebron’s Old
the CPTers asked about the situation, soldiers
guarding the door
told them to leave the area. However, the three
chose to stay
until the soldiers came out of the house. When CPTers
residents what had happened, they were told that
do such random checks in peoples’ homes.
Friday, November 30. No curfew.
15th day of Ramadan.
CPTers Mary Lawrence and Lingle joined 40-50 Israelis
Jerusalem for a “Women in Black” peace vigil. The
met every Friday since the first Intifada except for a
in 1993. A counter-demonstration of about 15-20
held on the opposite side of the same square.
While shopping in the market near Bab iZawiye (in H1,
Palestinian Authority-controlled part of town) about
Evans and Polhamus saw Palestinian Authority riot
dragging away a man. The man and police were followed
about 50 other men. The CPTers questioned Palestinian
shopkeepers, who said the scuffle had to do with
orders to clear
produce vendors from the streets and in front of shops
iZawiye. Many vendors had relocated into this area
settlers destroyed parts of the market in the H2
military-controlled) section of town after a settler
killed by a Palestinian in April 2001.
In the afternoon, Rollins observed clashes between
youth and Israeli military in the area of the market
and H2. He was joined later by Evans and Penner, who
saw an army jeep pull up, and a soldier get out and fire a
grenade away from them into the street that was
for stones littering the pavement .
Sunday, December 2. No curfew.
17th day of Ramadan.
The team was shocked and dismayed when they woke to
that 10 Israelis had been killed the previous night
and some 180
injured by two suicide bombers and a car bomb in West
Jerusalem. Because of the subsequent closure imposed
West Bank, most of the team was not able to attend
About 1:30 p.m., the team learned of a bus bomb in
had killed thirteen Israelis. A Palestinian friend
and Rollins near the team apartment and said: ” I’m an
this is disgusting. You want peace? You don’t do
make peace with your neighbors on the street because
in the offices don’t care. This was a dirty thing to
Shortly after this exchange, eight to ten Israeli
and girls tried to enter the Palestinian market from
street near the CPT apartment. An equal number of
soldiers prevented them from entering. Shortly
soldiers suggested to shopkeepers that they close
About 3 p.m., on their way to stay overnight with a
in Beit Ummar, CPTers Anita Fast and Rollins were
the Halhoul machsoum by Israeli soldiers. The
soldiers said no
one was allowed to leave Halhoul, and fired tear gas
Palestinians who had gone around the machsoum another
get to their village. When Rollins challenged their
soldier replied, “We aren’t doing anything wrong. We
soldiers.” After seeing Fast’s and Rollins’s CPT
they allowed them to pass on foot.
While on the road, the CPTers came across a
Hebron-Beit Ummar bus that had been stopped by an
Army jeepload of soldiers. The soldiers had ordered
all the men
out of the bus and were checking their identification.
Rollins stood among them watching and taking photos.
few minutes the soldiers allowed the bus to continue.
and Fast got into the crowded bus and road the rest of
the way to