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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine week in photos 9-15 January 2018

 

Budding Workers 

 
Pictured here: Young kids joyfully help to collect stones for the house construction in Umm al-Khair.

PALESTINE: Tent of Nations--hope in the hills of Bethlehem

 

One hundred acres of bountiful vineyards, orchards, and olive groves sprawl over the beautiful rolling hills outside of Bethlehem. The Nassar family have been living and working this land just outside of Bethlehem since 1916, when Daher Nassar bought 100-acres from the Ottomans who were the ruling power at the time. They lived in several of the natural caves in the area and Daher’s grandson Daoud recounted stories of growing up in the traditional Bedouin lifestyle that cherishes the deep connection humanity has with the earth. He said that whenever the younger generation would argue for building modern houses instead of living in the caves his grandfather would simply say, “We live in the earth for we come from the earth.”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 26 December-1 January 2017

 
 

A Child's Testimony

Pictured here: Fawzi al-Jundeidi, 16-years-old, was taken from a street near Bab iZaweyeh during an attack by the Israeli soldiers. Fawzi ran away as soldiers fired tear gas, was then ambushed by soldiers who were hiding. The soldiers him him in the chest with the butt of a gun at least five times, breaking his ribs in the upper part of his chest. Fawzi recounted later that he saw at least fifteen soldiers before they blindfolded, handcuffed him and beat him again, though photos show that at least twenty-three soldiers surrounded him and dragged him to Checkpoint 56 along with other detainees. Inside the checkpoint, soldiers beat the detainees' hands and legs and poured cold water on Fawzi, then forced him to sit in a puddle in the corner. He was taken to two different police stations, where he was further interrogated and forced to sit on the ground. Israeli authorities examined him, noticed his battered condition but refused to admit him to a hospital. He was taken to Ofer prison in Ramallah. A judge ordered medical treatment, though the soldiers guarding him did not take him for treatment for at least four days. Fawzi was released on bail late at night on 27 December 2017, taken to the hospital, and then brought back to his family in al-Khalil. Four soldiers falsely testified that Fawzi threw stones, though three of them have withdrawn their testimony. He will have another court hearing in the beginning of January. The details of this report were recounted by Fawzi to CPT on the day of his release.

(12/28/2017)

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 19-25 December 2017

 

Resistance

Pictured here: Two women carry Palestinian flags in a demonstration that started from the al-Hussein Mosque and marched through al-Khalil to Checkpoint 56, which blocks access for Palestinians to Shuhada Street and the neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Pray for the Palestinian people who have faced Israeli military suppression and violence during nonviolent protests of the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli occupation forces have drastically increased their campaign of collective punishment through mass arrests. They have detained more than 350 Palestinians since U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.  Many of those taken have been violently beaten during their arrests; many are now imprisoned for practicing their rights and speaking out about their suffering. Israeli forces have murdered eleven Palestinians in the last two weeks and injured at least 3,000. These numbers impact not only those who have been arrested, injured, or killed, but also their families and communities. 

We ask you to send your prayers, love, and strength to those who continue to resist Israel’s occupation. Pray that Palestine will one day be free from military occupation and violence underwritten by U.S. tax dollars.  We ask also that you act for a lasting peace by speaking out about the injustice in Palestine to your community, calling your elected officials, and boycotting companies that benefit from the occupation.