HEBRON UPDATE: December 13-19

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December 26, 2002

HEBRON UPDATE: December 13-19

Friday, December 13

Curfew

Thursday, December 12, at approximately 8 pm, two

Israeli soldiers were shot and killed as they were

approaching the Tomb of the Patriarchs/Matriarchs.

Gunmen fired from the Jabal Johar neighborhood then

fled.

CPTers learned that the IDF (Israeli military)

bulldozed five homes during the night. The homes were

close to the site of the ambush and were inhabited,

although the Israeli military made claims that they

were vacant.

CPTers Kristin Anderson and Mary Yoder visited people

in the Jabal Johar area whose homes were near the site

of the November 15 ambush. One family’s house was

very cold because Israeli settlers had broken all the

windows. The family had put cardboard and rags over

the windows. They said they could not afford kerosene

for their heaters and three of the children were

barefoot. The children have rarely gone outside in the

past month, explaining that soldiers threaten and

point their guns at them. The family continues to live

day to day without a bathroom or kitchen because the

Israeli military demolished them. Across the street,

settler children have painted all the house fronts

with graffiti.

Anderson and Yoder visited the site of the prior

night’s ambush in the Jabel Johar area and

photographed the five houses that were destroyed in

the area. They saw one family sitting on a rooftop

overlooking the remains of their house. Families told

the CPTers that the bulldozers started knocking down

the outer walls around 5:30 am without warning. The

Israeli military then gave the families enough time to

get out before the rest of their homes were

demolished. Neighboring houses had water lines cut.

When one man attempted to get water, soldiers severely

beat him and did not allow an ambulance to escort him

for medical care.

The soldiers in the area told CPTers they could not

take pictures because the area was a closed military

zone. Israeli settlers, however, were allowed to take

pictures and came in a steady stream of cars. One

settler yelled out his window to the CPTers: “I’ll get

you someday.”

At 8:00 pm CPTers received a call requesting

accompaniment for a very ill baby close to the Beit

Hadassah settlement. JoAnne Lingle and Anderson

responded to the call, walking through a street full

of settlers since it was Shabbat. Anderson and Lingle

negotiated the ambulance’s arrival in the area. After

one to two hours, a soldier indicated that the CPTers,

along with the baby, the mother, and the mother’s

sister, would be allowed to walk to the Beit Romano

checkpoint to catch an ambulance. The group was

escorted down Shuhada Street where they were

surrounded by approximately 10 soldiers. An Israeli

doctor examined the baby. Four soldiers escorted the

mother, baby, and CPTers past more settlers on Shuhada

Street where they met the Red Crescent ambulance and

journeyed to the hospital. The baby was treated and

released. Anderson and Lingle were pleased to witness

the women’s excitement about the soldiers’ friendly

and polite treatment of them.

Saturday, December 14

Curfew

Lingle and Anderson accompanied the family with the

sick baby back to Al Alia hospital in Hebron, where

they were informed the baby will need surgery and will

be sent to a hospital in Jericho.

Kathie Uhler and Lingle responded to a call by a

distraught man who lives west of Hebron. He is

building a home on his land that the IDF claims is

agricultural and plans to destroy. The Palestinian man

said the land is part of a village and he has two

lawyers representing him.

Sunday, December 15

Curfew

LeAnne Clausen led a training for the International

Accompaniment volunteers in Beit Sahour.

Uhler and Lingle were walking from H1 to the Old City

when they noticed

new barbed wire strung across the entire four-lane

street connecting the Bab iZaweyya neighborhood to the

Old City.

At 11 am, Yoder and Anderson saw six soldiers entering

a neighbor’s house via the roof. Anderson and Yoder

asked the soldiers why they were invading the house.

One soldier attempted to confiscate Anderson’s film

but was stopped by another soldier. The soldiers found

old army tarps at the neighbor’s house, which the

neighbor buys when they are discarded/outdated. The

soldiers took many of the tarps for themselves and

spoke very harshly to the neighbor even though he had

the sale documents in his hands. The soldiers took the

man with them at gunpoint.

Anderson and Yoder spoke with soldiers at the Beit

Romano checkpoint. The soldiers accused Anderson and

Yoder of giving money to the “terrorists.” Yoder

stated that CPT is concerned about the inability of

Palestinians to get food during curfew. One soldier

responded by saying that if CPTers help people get

food, they are helping the “terrorists.” He said:

“These people should all starve and you should go back

to America.”

Monday, December 16,

Curfew

Anderson and Yoder met with Dr. Kamel at the

Palestinian Medical Relief Association. Dr. Kamel

stated that he has received calls from people in the

Jabel Johar neighborhood who have been without food

for weeks. The organization has food parcels and cars

in which to transport them but is unable to get

through the Israeli checkpoints.

Rick Polhamus and four CPT visitors arrived at Bab

iZaweyya to find a young man who had been beaten by

soldiers. The man was very traumatized and hysterical.

Polhamus sat with him and comforted him until the man

could talk. The man said he had been with his mother

when curfew was imposed and did not move quickly

enough to please the soldiers, because his mother has

bad knees. Two border police put him in a van and beat

him before dropping him off at the checkpoint. The

commander arrived and told Polhamus that they were

investigating the border police officers’ actions.

Tuesday, December 17

Curfew

Polhamus and three CPT visitors did early morning

patrol. Students were allowed to go to school but

soldiers stopped some teachers and adults, ordering

them to go home.

Lynes and Yoder spent the morning with the Palestinian

Medical Relief Organization transporting medicine from

a clinic near the Beautiful Mosque to the Community

Center. Medical personnel stated that people are too

frightened to go to the Beautiful Mosque clinic

because it is near a checkpoint. CPTers were able to

transport large quantities of medicines and did not

encounter the Israeli army.

Anderson and Lingle escorted a local Palestinian

pharmacist friend out of the Bab iZaweyya area after

he became confined to his store.

In the evening Polhamus, Greg Rollins, and Amanda

Gambill responded to a request to escort a woman to

the hospital during curfew. After the CPTers escorted

her, medical personnel at the hospital treated the

woman for chest pain and a high pulse rate. Due to the

lack of available rooms, she was discharged and CPTers

escorted her home.

Wednesday, December 18

At 4 pm Clausen heard soldiers shouting at neighbor

boys who were attempting to feed their chickens. The

soldier on the roof aimed a rifle at the 12-year-old

boy and his 8-year-old brother and continued

screaming. Clausen stood next to the boys and waited

for a foot patrol of soldiers to come. The roof-top

soldiers demanded that Clausen speak to them in Hebrew

but she replied that she didn’t speak Hebrew. When the

patrol arrived, the boys were allowed to feed the

animals.

Thursday, December 19

Curfew

John Lynes and Polhamus went to area of the new

settlement to investigate reports that police were

dismantling it. Hundreds of police were observed

dismantling the tents and buildings and removing the

caravan.

CPTers gave a tour to an Israeli woman’s group. On the

tour, one settler stopped his car and yelled at the

Israelis and CPTers, “You want to kill all the Jews!

Nazi! Nazi!”

At 5 pm Rollins and Lynes again accompanied the

neighbor boys feeding their chickens. Soldiers

separated the boys from the CPTers and confiscated the

CPTers’ IDs. Soldiers also confiscated Anderson and

Sue Rhodes’ IDs when they later arrived on the scene.

After much negotiation with the police commander, the

soldiers were reprimanded and ordered to give back the

IDs.

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