18 July 2015
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Twenty years of CPT Palestine in photos
This summer marks the twentieth year of Christian Peacemaker Team's presence in Palestine. While that does not seem to be a reason to celebrate, we do feel we should mark the occasion.
1995: Armed Settlers
Pictured here: An unchanged reality since 1995 that clearly shows the imbalance of force between Israeli settlers and Palestinians is the fact that only the settlers are allowed to carry guns, besides having protection from trained soldiers.
Pictured here: One of the first most symbolic acts of resistance against the Occupation in Hebron were student from Cordoba Girls School proudly lifting the Palestinian flag, something that enraged the settlers.
1996: Girls of Cordoba School
1997: Direct Action Pictured here: A CPTer takes part in a rebuilding action at the Waheed Zalloum house, which is located between the settlements of Kiryat Arba and Harsina in Hebron.
1998: Nonviolence Training
Pictured here: A CPTer helps to demonstrate a technique used by the Israeli state to torture Palestinian prisoners, which was defined as "moderate physical pressure".
1999: Settler Objection
Pictured here: In past and present settlers constantly protest the attempts to reopen shops on Shuhada Street .
2000: Collective PunishmentPictured here: Palestinian were forbidden to use the gate at the Chicken Market, closing off Shuhada Street.
2001: Settler ViolencePictured here: Palestinian shop in the Vegetable Market was burned by settlers during a curfew imposed by the Israeli Army on Palestinians.
2002: Home Demolition
Pictured here: Palestinian house destroyed by Israeli forces in the Abu Sneineh neighborhood in Hebron during the Intifada.
2003: Open Shuhada Street.
Pictured here: International women demonstrating for the opening of Shuhada Street.
2004: It is about Security!
Pictured here: Israeli settler women making a walk in the Old City with a baby stroller and protected by soldiers even though Palestinians were prevented from opening their shops in that time.
2005: The Settler tour
Pictured here: A pattern that will repeat itself every Saturday for the following decade: settlers touring the Old City of Hebron surrounded by soldiers.
2006: Segregated paths
Pictured here: The segregation on Sahle street between Israeli settlers and Palestinians with either removable or concrete blocks would continue till 2013, when they were moved to a nearby area in the Worshipers Way.
2007: Roadblock Removal.
Pictured here: Palestinian activists removing a road block. Many roadblocks like this still exist, part of more than 600 closures that restrict the freedom of movement of Palestinians in the West Bank.
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