CPT Palestine: Going to school in a pandemic and under occupation

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres made a statement on the global education situation earlier this month. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly further disrupted learning, but Guterres notes that “a learning crisis existed even before the pandemic, as more than 250 million children were out of school.” The UN estimates that the pandemic has affected more than one billion students worldwide. Palestinian students face not only the pandemic but also the Israeli occupation on their way to schools. Even though the number of violations against Palestinian children recorded might be lower this year, students in H2 still have to pass several Israeli Military checkpoints to go to school which violates the Human Rights Act part 10 article 19 that protects children from all forms of abuse and maltreatment.

Covid-19, a new challenge for schools in al Khalil/Hebron H2

Abed Al-Kareem, 11 years old, was in 5th grade when he started at al Khalil school in Hebron H2. His teacher told us that he is an intelligent student and was doing great when he started. But his performance started to decline, and eventually, he did not even show up for the final exams. Why would this happen for a child who was really studious? The answer is not simple.

CPT Palestine: Violence against human rights observers

Monitoring human rights is not an easy duty especially for Palestinians as they are subjected to harassment and difficulties from the Israeli soldiers serving at the checkpoints or the Israeli settlers who consider human rights monitors as a threat. Here are some testimonies from CPTers facing constant harassment from soldiers and settlers while crossing the checkpoints or on the way to the field.

CPT Palestine: My little bag

Books, pencils, notebooks, and sometimes toys are what you’ll find in a child's bag. But Israeli occupation soldiers have vilified these bags to harass, oppress, and accuse children—or even arrest them—without any reason. Children in the H2 area of Hebron are at the mercy of the checkpoints. They must be careful about their behaviour, what they carry in their bag, and how soldiers might interpret the contents during a bag search. 15-year-old Mira* said: “When I leave home, I don’t want anyone to check my bag because this is the only thing I have that is private, and I don’t like to let anyone look at it.”

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 July 2021 Palestine

Pray for the Palestinian prisoner Iyad Hriebat, who is paralyzed and suffers from amnesia after the Israeli occupation gave him a strange injection while in prison. He was arrested in 2002, transferred between several prisons of the occupation and subjected to solitary confinement. Israeli authorities did not give his family any information about his whereabouts until two years after his arrest. They then prevented them from visiting Iyad until after his sentencing to life and 20 years in prison.

Dear Diary: Today was hard

It's Monday, June 14 Every day before I sleep, I lay down and think about what has happened during the day. Today was very hard for me.  As usual as a CPTer, I woke up at six a.m. I went to the office to meet my colleagues, where we prepare ourselves for our day's work. We check we have our IDs or see if we have a picture of it on our mobile phones. We then go to the checkpoints to monitor children going to school.

Days To Run Away

In Palestine, from the beginning of May, the situation has become really intense. It started at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, closely followed by the planned Israeli eviction of the Palestinian neighborhood Al Sheikh Jarrah and then the war in Gaza strip.

PALESTINE: When they smile

Have you ever been in a difficult, sad, or traumatizing moment and your first reaction is to smile or burst into laughter? You are neither alone nor crazy; a smile can be a stress reaction, and there are psychological and contextual explanations for this human experience. Palestinians are often photographed or filmed smiling while the Israeli occupation forces arrest, beat, and imprison them. This reaction is often unexpected and misinterpreted by the occupation soldiers, the media, and viewers worldwide.
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