HEBRON UPDATE: 16-24 June 2005

28 June 2005

HEBRON UPDATE: 16-24 June 2005

[Since early June, CPT Hebron has begun daily visits to Tel Rumeida. For
years, Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinians living in that area.
Please refer to CPTnet Urgent Action on this situation, dated 11 May 2005":
Oppose Proposed Settler Road in Tel Rumeida, Hebron."]

 Thursday, 16 June Bill Baldwin met Ron Wilson, head of mission of the
Canadian consulate, at his office in Ramallah. Hearing of the sheep
poisoning at At-Tuwani, Mr. Wilson expressed interest in visiting the place.

Donna Hicks and Jerry Levin led a delegation of Episcopal bishops and
friends from the U.S. on a tour of Hebron.

Saturday, 18 June
Rusty Dinkins-Curling and Hicks met with Nayef Hashlamoun, a
journalist/photographer with Reuters. He wants to create a photographic
exhibit of Palestinian Hebron through the story of CPT's time in the city.
Nonviolence International in Washington D.C. has expressed interest in such
an exhibit and also in a book.

Dinkins-Curling and Hicks visited Hani Abu Haikel's tea shop and learned
that Hani's son had a bruise from a stone thrown by a settler. Hani's own
father needed to go to the hospital by ambulance at night. After four hours
of negotiations and checking equipment by Israeli military, the ambulance
passed through the Beit Romano checkpoint, near the CPT apartment, picked up
Hani's father and proceeded to the hospital. The pickup was the first time
in five years that an ambulance came to a house in that neighborhood.

Kathie Uhler, Mary Yoder and Watson accompanied a Belgian journalist to
At-Tuwani. They visited a cave dwelling family in the village of Mufakara.

Monday, 20 June
Dinkins-Curling went to the printers to finalize the new CPT business cards.
The cards feature a description of CPT in Arabic on the back.

Watson and a Canadian law student doing research on women under the
occupation joined a translator and visited families in Wadi al-Ghroos. Two
Israeli settlements and an army camp surround the Wadi al Ghroos Palestinian
community, leaving one access road for their contact with stores, school and
hospital. Three generations of women reported that cultural and religious
customs have become more restrictive of women during the intifadas,
especially the current one. They fear physical and sexual violence by
Israeli soldiers.

Tuesday, 21 June
Dinkins-Curling lost personal money when someone picked his pocket as he
walked in the market. Palestinian police said they would bring the man to
the CPT office later in the day but they did not come.

 Wednesday, 22 June Dinkins-Curling and Lynes visited one of the families in
Tel Rumeida. The home owner expressed his dreams for peace and for forming
a committee to work for peace in Tel Rumeida and the Old City.

Dinkins-Curling accompanied two Palestinian friends to visit the Al Jabari
home near Kiryat Arba that settlers stone every Saturday. Israelis may
demolish their home when they build the Annexation Wall/Separation Barrier
currently confiscating huge amounts of land in the West Bank.
Dinkins-Curling met with a teen-aged boy from California visiting Hebron
relatives and encouraged him to tell the story when he goes home.

Thursday, 23 June
Lynes led a tour group from Italy along Worshippers' Way and up to Tel
Rumeida and, unusually, experienced no problems at the check point.