Archive - Jan 2010

January 28th

HEBRON UPDATE: 17-31 December 2009

21 December 2009

Schroeder and Funk monitored school patrol from outside and inside the Ibrahimi Mosque Checkpoint.  At 7:25 a.m., an Israeli policeman approached Funk and asked, “What are you doing here?”

“Keeping an eye on school children on their way to school.” “You have no right to stand there, only TIPH [See http://www.tiph.org/] can legally stand there.” 

“We have been here for years and it has never been a problem.”

“You have no right to be watching soldiers.”

“We do not interfere with the soldiers.  We were invited to be here by the municipality.”

“You have no right to be here.”

“I believe we do, but I will respect your wishes today.”

“Bring a paper next time to show you have the right to be here.”

In the afternoon, Kern, Herbert, and Schroeder went to al-Bweireh to accompany the children and to interview the mother of a child who had been attacked by the settlers the previous week on Wednesday.  A member of the team’s Advisory Committee drove the team there and translated for them.  From the interview they learned the following:

The seven-year-old was with a brother and cousin when the settlers attacked.  As they ran toward a nearby house, he tripped and fell, which caused the wound on his face and hand.  His brother ran back to pick him up and carry him to safety.  The injured boy is especially afraid of settlers, so much so that he sits beside his brother in 7th grade for an hour-and-a-half after his own school dismisses, rather than walk home without him.  A settler on horseback tried to snatch up his younger sister a few weeks ago, and the house is attacked two to three times a week. The settlers who chased the boys on 17 December could have been anywhere from sixteen to twenty years old.  They had a dog with them.  The police refused to allow Mr. Za'atari to make the complaint the next day without the seven-year-old present and then asked the boy, when he arrived, if he had taken pictures of the settlers.

January 27th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Wed., Jan. 27, 2010

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, Wed., Jan. 27, 2010

Pray for the 4.6 million Colombians displaced by armed conflict since 1985. Most now live in severe poverty. Christian Peacemaker Teams reports that another 300 were displaced from the city of Barrancabermeja this week.

Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Toronto, Canada

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers and soldiers invade At-Tuwani, attack and injure villagers

On Tuesday, 26 January 2010, approximately ten-fifteen Israeli settlers from the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on attacked Palestinians in the village of At-Tuwani.  Israeli soldiers in three army jeeps and the settlement security agent of Ma’on accompanied the settlers.  Villagers from At-Tuwani gathered to protest the settlers coming into their village and entering their homes.  An Israeli soldier punched a Palestinian villager, breaking his nose.  Immediately thereafter, Israeli settlers began throwing stones at the Palestinian villagers while soldiers fired three canisters of tear gas at the Palestinians.  Afterwards, the settlers drove to the entrance of At-Tuwani, and began throwing stones at passersby on the road.

January 24th

IRAQ UPDATE: 14-31 December 2009

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CPTers visited representatives of the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) Council of Ministers and local mayors on behalf of Kani Spi villagers and Zharawa IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) to track down missing compensation money. In discussions with officials, they discovered that the government has no consistent compensation process in place for victims of attacks and Parliamentarians do not represent people, but only their party's interests. 

January 22nd

HEBRON: Israeli military targets Palestinian children for searches and detention

 

In the last month, the Israeli military has been detaining children for extended lengths of time in the Old City, and at times appearing to be “practicing” soldiery by randomly selecting boys off the street and searching them. 

In one incident, a fifteen-year-old neighbor of the Hebron team was cutting a rope on a package of materials in his father’s shop when soldiers saw him.  They grabbed him, blindfolded him, and led him off to their military gate at another checkpoint close to a settlement.  The father followed the soldiers, pleading for his son, trying to explain why the son needed to use a knife.

January 21st

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: October-December 2009

Wednesday 30 December

An Israeli settler from the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on chased and attacked Palestinian schoolchildren from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed while the children were waiting to walk to school.  Tareq Ibrahim Abu Jundiyye reported, “The younger kids started crying as we were running away because they were afraid the settler would catch them.  I mean, we had to run away, if I would have stayed I would have been struck on the head by a rock.”   The Israeli army exposed the children to this attack by arriving more than ninety minutes late to escort them to school. (See the CPTnet release, "AT-TUWANI: Israeli army negligence permits Israeli settler attack on children" and video testimony of the incident.)


January 20th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Wed., Jan. 20, 2010

PRAYERS FOR PEACEMAKERS, Wed., Jan. 20, 2010

Pray for residents of the al-Bweireh neighbourhood on the outskirts of Hebron. Israeli settlers often harass Palestinian children walking to school past the Harsina settlement and its illegal outpost.

Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

PALESTINE: Church of the Brethren delegation leaders denied entry into Israel

On the weekend of 2-3 January, Israeli security officials denied entry to Bob Gross, executive director of On Earth Peace, and Alice Bartlett* after holding and questioning them for more than twelve hours. The two had come into Israel four days before a CPT delegation they were scheduled to lead arrived, in order to set up appointments and make further plans for the delegation’s twelve days in Palestine and Israel.  After locking up Gross and Bartlett in Ben Gurion’s airport jail for the night, the Israeli authorities deported the two back the United States and barred them from entering Palestine or Israel again for ten years.

January 19th

AT-TUWANI: Palestinian olive grove destroyed in Khoruba Valley

AT-TUWANI, South Hebron Hills-In the afternoon of 14 January 2010, Palestinians discovered that a family-owned olive grove in Khoruba valley had been recently destroyed.  Twenty mature olive trees were broken at their trunks.  The family believes that Israeli settlers from the Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost are responsible for the vandalism.

January 18th

PALESTINE REFLECTION: Gaza Freedom March

One year after Israel's three-week war on Gaza, around-the-world protests took place to re-center Israel's continuing siege on Gaza in the minds of the global public. Six members of CPT's Palestine team attended a Palestinian-led rally at the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Dec 31st, 2009. With over one thousand people in attendance, the message—solidarity with the entrapped people of Gaza—was evident.  A familiar chant at rallies, "the people united will never be defeated" resonated particularly clearly with me as I listened to the songs and chants in Arabic and envisioned the rally that was simultaneously taking place on the other side of the twenty-four-foot cement wall.  United in purpose and spirit, these rallies were more than isolated acts of resistance; they are symbolic gains for the movement towards peace.