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In the heart of Hebron: new Israeli settlement would have severe repercussions for the Palestinian community

“I’ve always had the hope that Shuhada Street will be reopened to Palestinians and that we will be able to restore the shops and community life in that area,” says Abu Adam, who grew up in al-Khalil (Hebron). “My dad used to tell me stories of when he would shop from the vegetable market in the Old City. It’s hard for me to see that the life my dad experienced in his hometown, I am not going to experience. And there’s a possibility that the next generation won’t see that life either, because of the Israeli strategy of stealing land.”

Take Action: CPT Rejects the Revised US Position on Israeli Settlements

On November 18, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a news conference, “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law.” Pompeo’s comment reverses a forty year US foreign policy position. This counter-productive decision has been condemned by Palestinians, the United Nations, and the European Union among others. Christian Peacemaker Teams, whose history of working for peace and justice in Occupied Palestine dates back to 1995, rejects the revised position of the U.S. government.

PALESTINE: Hebron will remain an icon

“Al-Khalil will remain an icon of the resistance to occupation and settlements.” These were the words on one of the placards carried by hundreds of demonstrators in al-Khalil (Hebron) on 26 November. Palestinians marched peacefully from the Russian Orthodox monastery, known locally as al-Maskobiyeh, through the heart of the city. Some of the demonstrators carried their message right up to the line of Israeli soldiers blocking the route through the Bab az-Zawiyah intersection near the Old City.

Report regarding violence at York University

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On November 20th, 2019, members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) were on campus to witness and observe the demonstration opposing Herut Canada’s event which gave the Israeli Defense Forces a platform to speak on campus. CPT is a peace and human rights organization with teams working in Iraqi Kurdistan, Colombia, Palestine, Lesvos, and North America. We are trained in conflict de-escalation and documentation of human rights abuses.

PALESTINE: Sukkot holidays lead to restrictions for Palestinians

The season of Jewish holidays that began this year with Rosh Hashanah and ended with Simchat Torah (30 September to 22 October 2019) is a troublesome period for Palestinians in al-Khalil (Hebron). The activities of Israeli settlers in al-Khalil, and of the Israeli military that enables them, are disruptive, discriminatory and violent towards the Palestinians who live in the city.
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