AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine October 2016 Newsletter– Education under occupation, struggles of the olive harvest and more!


14 November 2016
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine October 2016 Newsletter– Education under occupation, struggles of the olive harvest and more!


CPT Palestine Newsletter – October 2016

Education Under Occupation
Part 2: Responsibilities of the Occupying Power

In Part 1 of this newsletter, we have discussed the applicability of the Geneva Conventions referring to the protection of the Palestinian civilian population living under Israeli military occupation. In this second Part we explore the responsibilities and obligations of Israel as the occupying power with respect to the civilian population. In particular, we focus on the realization of the right to education that every child, in times of peace or conflict, must be able to exercise and enjoy. Read more


Gold Street

The photo shows a street that was called Gold Street. In 2001 it was a prosperous and bustling business area where the shopkeepers became rich servicing those people who needed to buy gold for their weddings. Soon it was declared part of a closed military zone and the merchants were forced to move their businesses uptown. This removal was another loss for the old city, which depended on the business that came into the area for survival. A pharmacist told the team that… read more

Struggles of the Olive Harvest

From October to the beginning of November, Palestinian farmers will attempt to harvest their olive trees, anticipating with bated breath what restrictions the Israeli Army will place on them, how many settler attacks there might be and what level of destruction their olive trees will endure. Once bearing witness to a happier time when picking olives was a joyful family affair, the olive harvest now attests to this generation’s struggle against the Israeli occupation.
An olive tree can bear fruit for hundreds, even thousands of years: resilient to drought and poor soil conditions, these trees are a symbol of resistance and sumud, or steadfastness in Palestine, being an extension of the Palestinian family that tends to them. Many of the trees, whose olives were once picked by the family’s forefathers, are now… 
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Extra Stress

At 7 AM while walking to monitor a checkpoint while on school patrol my partner and I looked up and saw this sight. It is something you will never see near a school in the West. We are all familiar with electric wires over which pairs of running shoes have been tossed and sometimes remain hanging there for days on end. But this, probably unique to this place, is a pair of tear gas canisters which are often used against students on their way to school. In our apartment we have a basket full of these objects, along with spent bullets, unexploded bullets, and… read more


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