Palestine

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AT-TUWANI: Israeli police detain Palestinian children grazing sheep

On the morning of 25 June 2009, Israeli police detained two Palestinian children, Ahmed Omar Jundyye, age 15, and Redwan Ibrahim Jundyye, age 16, near the village of Tuba.  The boys, accompanied by members of the At-Tuwani team, were grazing their flocks near their village of Tuba, located in the South Hebron Hills.

PALESTINE: Open letter to Obama--call on Israel to stop suppressing Palestinian dissent

Dear President Obama,

On Tuesday June 15, you said of the protests in Iran, “When I see peaceful dissent being suppressed, whenever that takes place, it is of concern to me and it is of concern to the American people.”  For the last thirteen years, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) have witnessed the brutal suppression of peaceful dissent here in Palestine.

HEBRON REFLECTION: One little boy

He was a little boy, with dark hair and hazel eyes like my eldest grandson.  He was even the same height, so I imagined him to be eight years old, just like my grandson.  He had the most frightened look on his face.  Six Israeli soldiers had him trapped.  They were rapidly marching downhill along the side street that leads to the main road going into the Old City of Hebron; the part of the city riddled by a roadway of tunnels close to the military post into which Palestinians disappear for questioning and beatings.  My partner on street patrol and I did not take long to size up the situation.  The Israeli soldiers literally had the boy by the scruff of his neck as they dragged him along.  There was no hovering adult walking alongside, who, if not able to help, could at least try to be with him. 

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: May 2009

Monday 4 May
During afternoon school patrol, the soldiers drove behind the Palestinian children, revving the army jeep’s engine to make the children run quickly.  A Dove called the army escort and informed the dispatcher what was happening.  Shortly thereafter, the soldiers stopped revving the engine.

HEBRON: Israeli Civil Administration, military, and police destroy cisterns in Beqa'a Valley

HEBRON, Palestine  In the early morning hours of 8 June 2009, the Israeli Civil Administration, police and military, along with bulldozers and heavy equipment arrived in the Beqa'a Valley, situated east of Hebron, and between the Israeli settlements of Givat Ha Harsina and Kiryat Arba.

HEBRON UPDATE: May 2009

Friday 29 May
CPT reservists Gretchen and Dick Williams and a group from a Sabeel pilgrimage visited with CPT. After the group had left, a Palestinian alerted Hicks and Martens on their way back to the Old City that a squad of Israeli soldiers had a Palestinian boy in custody.  The CPTers observed that a soldier had the child by his collar, roughly walking him down towards the main street.  Martens walked up to the soldiers and asked the soldiers to release him after trying to determine why they had taken him.  "He has thrown stones at our military post," the soldier said.  Martens replied, ""How can that hurt you?  You have the guns, he only a stone.  Don't you have little brothers who would do the same?"  As Martens persisted walking alongside them, the soldier said, "His parents have not taught him not to throw stones so we must teach him a lesson.  He is a terrorist."  After more speaking on the boy's behalf by Martens, the soldiers released the child who by then was openly crying from fear of a beating.

AT-TUWANI BLOG: Running for their lives


A panting child arrives at our door, trying to explain what has happened.  Because of the language barrier, I struggle to gather the gist of the story.  I understand the settlers have done something to the sheep, so we grab our cameras and head out the door.  While walking, I continue to get the details of what has happened.

AT-TUWANI URGENT ACTION: Demand that Israeli occupying forces allow At-Tuwani to bring electricity into their village

At-Tuwani, Palestine On Monday, 25 May 2009, members of the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO)—the branch of the Israeli army that administers civilian affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)—entered the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani and ordered villagers to halt construction work on new electricity pylons.

HEBRON: Border Police invade home near il-Ibrahimi Mosque

Hebron, Palestine At 8:45 p.m. 17 May 2009, the IDF invaded the Mutahseb family home near the il-Ibrahimi Mosque in the H-2 area of Hebron. The family had created a doorway in one of their rooms to access the next apartment they rented, and the Border Police Captain said they had not asked his permission to do so. After confiscating all of the family members’ IDs, the Border Police ordered everyone together in one open space of their home. They pushed furniture around, then pulled out clothes and bedding from drawers, making general disorder throughout the house.

PALESTINE: A message to Pope Benedict XVI from Jerusalem Christians.

[Note:  CPT Steering Committee member Nora Carmi was chosen to present the following statement to the Pope on behalf of the Christians in Jerusalem.  It has been edited for length.  People wishing to see the entire statement will find it at http://globalministries.org/news/mee/jerusalems-christians.html]