AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT-Palestine September Newsletter 2015

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5 October 2015
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT-Palestine September Newsletter 2015

Newsletter: September 2015
Hadil’s Death, School Snapshot, Festivals Collide, Power & Privilege


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The day after Hadil was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, the Hebron community marches to her funeral in public lamentation.







 






Hadil: Palestinian teenager fatally shot in Hebron

 

Hadil (18) was shot dead by Israeli forces at Shuhada checkpoint in occupied Hebron on 22 September. Hadil was a member of a Palestinian family from the H1 region of Hebron, and was in her first year as a student at Hebron University. It was as she was passing through one of the many checkpoints of occupation in H2 Hebron – checkpoints that divide one Palestinian neighborhood from another – that Hadil was so brutally killed.

Numerous reports state that Hadil ‘attempted to stab a soldier’. The alleged attempted stabbing is refuted by all eye witnesses, and the presence of a knife appears to be disputed. Eyewitnesses from human rights organizations report that one soldier opened fire, shooting her in the leg, before other soldiers encircled her and joined in the fatal shooting. Hadil was left to bleed on the pavement for half an hour before Israeli soldiers would allow her to be taken away by the ambulance.

CPT condemns this horrific and fatal act of violence. How can this act of violence be understood? Regardless of ‘understanding’ this act, the awful truth remains; an 18-year-old girl has been tragically killed by an occupying army in her home city.

We continue to pray, hope, and act for change of this fatal reality.
For a just peace for all Palestinians so violently denied their humanity by this dehumanizing and brutal occupation.
For Hadil’s family.
For Hadil.

Read the full article here.







 













A CPTer accompanies Palestinian kindergartners past Israeli soldiers in Hebron’s Old City.







 






School Snapshot: September

 

The school year has started again. CPT Palestine regularly accompanies Palestinian school children and documents human rights violations at two checkpoints in H2 Hebron.

Click here for a snapshot of the reality that Palestinians in Hebron’s Old City face and the way that Israeli forces have affected these children’s access to education during the month of September.







 













Families prepare for Eid al-Adha while clashes are waged at Bab al-Zawiya.







 






Festivals Collide

 

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent, is celebrated by the Jewish settlers in Hebron by increased oppression of the Palestinian population of the Old City. There are more stringent movement restrictions and security precautions imposed on the Palestinians by the Israeli military.

During this same week, Israeli soldiers shot and mortally wounded 18-year-old Hadil Hashlamoun, in what Amnesty International has named an extrajudicial execution. After her funeral, there was a clash at the checkpoint where she was killed – Palestinian youth throwing rocks and Israeli soldiers responding with dozens and dozens of sound bombs and teargas grenades. This was also the preparation day for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, the three-day festival after the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca – also called the feast of Sacrifice honoring Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. The Hebron market area beyond the embattled checkpoint was jammed with shoppers and street merchants. Continue reading…







 













Armed Israeli settlers walk behind Palestinians in occupied Hebron.







 






Power & Privilege

 

By CPT delegate Lowell Brown — A month ago I was privileged to visit Israel and Palestine for the first time. I went to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead, I learned about the United States.

When I rode past the security 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. Continue reading…













 







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