HEBRON UPDATE: July 30-August 11, 2001

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CPTnet
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August 26, 2001
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Hebron Update: July 30-August 11, 2001
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<P>Sunday July 29
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Curfew was re-imposed following clashes in Hebron, which were connected to
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the announcement by right-wing Israelis that they intended to lay the
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cornerstone of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
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<P>Tuesday, July 31 Day 3 of curfew
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The Israeli military assassinated several Hamas activists in Nablus. The
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helicopter attack on a civilian apartment building also killed two children
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and two journalists. Demonstrations erupted all over the West Bank in
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response.
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<P>Rick Polhamus, LeAnne Clausen and Kathleen Kern stayed, along with the 16
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member CPT delegation, in Palestinian homes in Beit Jala under fire from
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tanks and machine guns in the Israeli settlement of Gilo. Since shooting
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had already begun by the time the group gathered at the Lutheran Boy's Home
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(after
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observing the demonstration in Bethlehem against the Nablus killings), the
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delegates had to scurry to their host families during brief lulls in the
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firing. In the end, one of the families invited the three CPTers and five
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delegates to stay at his house to save further transportation to separate
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sites.
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<P>As delegates Sis and Jerry Levine told the story of Jerry's kidnapping and
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escape when he was CNN Bureau Chief in Beirut,a bullet came through a
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door and hit a wall. The resulting debris hit a Palestinian visitor in the
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face, causing minor injuries. Later that night, a bullet also hit a
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propane tank attached to an outside wall.
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<P>See August 19 release, BETHLEHEM DISTRICT: CPT Delegation under fire in
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Beit Jala
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<P>Wednesday, August 1, 2001 Day 4 of Curfew
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<P>The CPT action delegation helped harvest grapes and olives on the land of a
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Palestinian Lutheran family slated for confiscation in the Bethlehem
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district. A daughter of the family said that when the family had shown the
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judge deeds to the land dating back to the Ottoman Empire, the judge had
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lifted up a Bible and told the family that it was a deed proving the land
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belonged to Jews.
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<P>Thursday, August 2 Day 5 of curfew
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Workers began widening Road 60 in front of Abdel Jawad Jaber's house in the
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Baqa'a Valley, destroying a portion of his tomato field.
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<P>Curfew was lifted between 10am and 12pm.
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<P>Friday, August 3 Day 6 of curfew
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The CPT delegation split up and spent the night in various locations where
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Palestinians suffer from frequent settler attacks. The group staying in
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the Baqa'a witnessed a man in a settler security vehicle puncturing the
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tires of Palestinian cars parked on an agricultural road that runs parallel
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to Road 60. See forthcoming release, &quot;CPT delegation witnesses settler
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attack outside of Hebron.&quot; At another location near the entrance of the
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<P>A friend of the team who is a nurse told them of the critical situation his
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hospital is facing because the closure has prevented both workers and
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patients from getting there. He also told them that the closure, shooting
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in the commercial district of Hebron and the two-day strike declared by the
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PA because of the assassinations in Nablus had caused a severe cash flow
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problem in the city.
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<P>Heavy machine gun and tank fire began in Hebron around 11:45 pm.
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<P>Saturday, August 4 Day 7 of curfew
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Clausen and delegates Kathryn Kingsbury, Gale Toensing and Tracy Hughes
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received a call from the Settler Watch hotline saying that settlers had
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tried to invade the Bakri house on Tel Rumeida. They investigated and
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found all doors forced open on the lower level, all the furniture piled in
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one room and all the windows smashed. The woman living alone upstairs
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reported that she was unharmed, but that the electricity had been damaged.
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<P>In the afternoon, Kern received a call from 'Adel Samu', a friend of the
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team, who said he had been beaten up by soldiers while trying to bring
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bread to his family under curfew. During the
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call, about ten settler boys 12 and under began throwing rocks through the
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open windows of the CPT apartment. Polhamus went up to the roof and yelled
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at the soldier stationed on the opposite roof to do something about the
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rock throwing and the boys scattered.
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<P>Dianne Roe took delegates Bert Newton and Sis and Jerry Levin over to the
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Samu' house to see his wounds. He told them that his family, along with
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others living across from the Israeli settlement of Beit Hadassah, had been
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under curfew for seven days and had run out of food. The Palestinian Red
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Cross workers had been unable to bring the families supplies. Neighbors
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saved the food he dropped when he escaped from the soldiers who had
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attacked him.
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<P>Sunday, August 5 Day 8 Curfew lifted 4-7 pm.
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<P>Shooting from Saturday night continued into the early hours of Sunday
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morning.
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<P>On their way to visit a Campaign for Secure Dwellings family, Roe and
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delegates Sis and Jerry Levin, Kathryn Kingsbury, Dorothy Jean Weaver and
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Bert Newton were beckoned over by families in Baab iZaawiye to see damage
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from the shooting.
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<P>One family had had their windows shattered three times since the Intifada
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broke out last fall. Seven days ago they had replaced their bullet-ridden
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refrigerator with a new one, which had been hit again. The &quot;safe room&quot;
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where they sleep when there is shooting had been hit from another
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direction. The mother of the household narrowly missed getting hit as she
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stood by the door.
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<P>After the group finally made it to the CSD families living near Qilqis,
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they witnessed five army jeeps and two tanks installing a military base at
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the top of Al Sendas mountain on land belonging to a CSD family.
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<P>Kingsbury and Weaver went with a translator to visit Nabeel Abu Turki, the
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CSD family matched with Kingsbury's church in Madison, WI. They spoke to
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Ibrahim Abu Turki who had been shot by the Israel military last fall while
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bringing bread home to his family. He is now in a wheel chair, unable to
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move his left side. His son had to drop out of school to support the family.
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<P>Monday, August 6 Day 9 of curfew
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The team and delegation traveled to Yatta, along with two busloads of
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Israeli activists, to visit families whose cave homes had been destroyed by
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the Israeli military in July. Tents supplied by the Red Cross had also
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been bulldozed several weeks later, and Israeli supporters of the families
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had been told they would be arrested if they provided aid. See forthcoming
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release, &quot;CPT and Israeli activists visit shepherds in Yatta area.&quot;
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<P>Delegates Sis and Jerry Levin and CPTer Kathleen Kern, who were
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accompanying translator Zleekha Muhtasi

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