HEBRON UPDATE: January 14 - 20, 2004

January 29, 2004
HEBRON UPDATE: January 14 - 20, 2004

Wednesday January 14, 2004
No curfew.

Diane Janzen, Maureen Jack and Art Arbour Attended the preliminary hearing
in Jerusalem for Rabbi Arik Asherman from Rabbis for Human Rights. Asherman
is charged with interfering with the work of Israeli police and security
forces during two Palestinian home demolitions. His trial will continue on
March 24, 2004.

Janzen, Arbour and Jack together with TIPH tried to persuade an Israeli
soldier to allow a Palestinian merchant to remove his goods from his shop
using a van on a street normally barred to Palestinian vehicular use. (See
previous release, "A Soggy Day in Hebron Town.")

Thursday, January 15, 2004
No curfew

Jack and Arbour encountered a Palestinian man being detained at Beit Romano
checkpoint, and another being refused entry into the Old City.

Friday, January 16, 2004
No curfew

Saturday, January 17, 2004
No curfew

Sunday, January 18, 2004
No curfew

While on school patrol Gish met a teacher who told him that he is well
aware of what CPT is doing in Hebron. " I watch everything you do through
the CPT
web site. Keep up the good work" the teacher said.

During a visit north of Harsina settlement Gish viewed a tract of land
close to 700 acres that was confiscated by Israel a few months ago.
Settlers had recently also destroyed the trellising in a new one acre
vineyard. Gish was told that 250 acres of grapes around Hebron could not be
harvested this past year " because of security for the settlers".

Monday, January 19, 2004
No curfew

Janzen and Gish attended a meeting of mayors from the Hebron District
organized by Hebron File, to discuss the implication of the wall, and
possible resistance to it. ( See previous release, "The fence beside our
door." )

Levin and a CPT guest noticed continued construction of the road on land
confiscated by settlers in the Beqa'a Valley.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
No curfew

Jack, Barbara Martens, Gish, Levin and a CPT guest traveled to Wadi
el-Ghroos to observe continuing land confiscation around the Harsina
settlement. They observed construction of a new road in progress that cuts
close to homes of some Palestinian farmers. On one farm they noted the
destruction of four wells and many olive trees. They met representatives of
Rabbis for Human Rights, The Hebron Land Defence Committee, Ta'ayush, and
ICAHD who had also come to document the destruction.