al-Khalil (Hebron)

PALESTINE: Craftspeople of al-Khalil—An interview with Bader and Zachariah

Bader al-Tamimi’s shop stands at the entrance to the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron). Bader is always there it seems— a warm, dignified, welcoming presence to tourists, residents of al-Khalil members of human rights groups, and fellow craftspeople alike. He offers each a seat and thrusts small cups of coffee or tea into their hands.

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 August 2019 Palestine

Please pray for the Palestinian people who have for generations lived in the Old City of Al-Khalil. Pray for their safety and wellbeing, especially when Israeli settlers come to assert their presence and take away their homes. Pray for the settlers that they may understand at least in part the wrongness of what they are doing.  Pray for God’s mercy and justice to be realized among all who live and work in Al-Khalil.

“We will start all over again”: Palestinians face a surge of home demolitions

Early in the morning of 22 July, more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers and government workers arrived to Sur Bahir in the southern area of East Jerusalem and aggressively began the process of demolishing 70 Palestinian homes. Alongside the sheer magnitude of the destruction, these home demolitions were particularly concerning in that the Palestinian homeowners had permission to build from the Palestinian Authority, as Sur Bahir is located in Area A, and these demolitions could set a dangerous precedent.

PALESTINE: Passage through the checkpoint--experiences of Palestinian women in Hebron

In the Israeli-controlled H2 area of al-Khalil (Hebron), Palestinian women and girls moving around their neighbourhoods encounter a number of obstacles to their freedom and security vis-a-vis Israeli military, border police, and settlers. The checkpoint, however, is an unpredictable and isolated site of male control, where no one can see what happens, or guess how long the passage might be. At one of the 21 permanently-staffed checkpoints in H2, a woman might have her ID checked, bags inspected, or encounter demands that she submit to a body search, often when no female soldiers are present.

AL KHALIL (HEBRON)| “Welcome to the Crossing”-The Beginning of Checkpoint Privatization

In April 2019, three major checkpoints (Bab al-Zawiyeh / 56, Salaymeh / 160, and Qitoun / 209) in the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron) were surrounded with wooden planks and large signs saying, “Welcome to the Crossing” in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. The Hebron Municipality has shared a concern that these developments are likely a starting point for the privatization of these checkpoints. The danger of the Israeli military authorities turning over these checkpoints to the private security sector is that the Israeli authorities will regard them as official border crossings between two countries, and not as part of the daily route of Palestinians living in one city.

PALESTINE | The Old City Transforms For A Day

As I* was preparing to suddenly come to Hebron, I started to do some research about the city. One of the things that I took notice of is that Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank in terms of population and size. However, had I not read that fact before arriving, I would have thought someone was joking with me. When I first walked through the Old City, the Ibrahimi Mosque, and into the rest of the H2, I felt like I was walking into a ghost town.

PALESTINE | A brave school principal; a brave woman

We were monitoring the Salaymeh checkpoint on a cold morning. Two soldiers, fully armed and wearing masks, walked passed the checkpoint and went up on the roof of an adjoining building. As children started making their way to school, the two soldiers came down and started moving towards the school area. Ofer, a settler who shows up daily at the checkpoint to harass children and human rights monitors, made his daily appearance.
Subscribe to al-Khalil (Hebron)