Archive - Jun 10, 2010

PALESTINE REFLECTION: “There is no law.”

Six Israeli soldiers carrying automatic weapons move slowly down the narrow streets of the old city of Hebron.  We follow.  We are members of a Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) delegation visiting Israel and the Occupied Territories.  Our purpose is to be a visible and non-violent presence in a situation of conflict.  On this particular afternoon, we encounter the soldiers on one of our regular walks through the city.  One of the soldiers turns toward us.  “You must keep back at least ten meters."

"Last week we were told three meters," one of the CPT members replies.  "Which is it?  We will comply, but what is the law?"

"There is no law," says the soldier.