al-Khalil (Hebron)

Prayers for peacemakers. 3 June 2017

Prayers for peacemakers. 3 June 2017 

"Ramadan Kareem" to our Muslim CPT members, partners and friends who together with the multitude of Muslim communities around the world join in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. 

Those who observe Ramadan abstain from food, drink and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. However, the essence of Ramadan is much deeper than just fasting. It is a time to purify one's soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-discipline and sacrifice. 

Last weekend, two bombs exploded in Baghdad, Iraq, just at the time when families were breaking fast and beginning to eat. One of the bombs exploded at the bazaar, the central market of the city, nearby a retirement office, and the other one in an ice cream shop where mostly children and teenagers were celebrating life. Another explosion happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a diplomatic zone. These horrible attacks against our fellow and dear human beings target also the meaning of Ramadan.

Ramadan In Palestine

Today let us pray for all who observe Ramadan so that they can do so in peace, free of fear and risk of bombs, airstrikes, all kinds of violence and restrictive checkpoints. Let us pray for the family members and friends of the innocent victims. Let us pray for their souls so that they may find comfort and peace.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 23 - 29

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 23 - 29

 

Counter-Settler Tour

 
Pictured here: CPT monitored its first counter-settler tour created in partnership with a local tour guide.  The tour takes place at the same time as the weekly settler incursion in the Old City, offering a narrative of Palestinian history and culture in al-Khalil and explaining the impact of occupation on daily life, economy, and freedom.  Members of our CPT delegation were the main participants last week.  A future goal of the project is to draw more Palestinians into the space of the Old City to raise awareness about resistance to the occupation.  

(May 20, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine May 2017 Newsletter--Old City Shop: Jewelry, Why do you keep going back? and more...

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine May 2017 Newsletter--Old City Shop: Jewelry, Why do you keep going back? and more..


Old City Shop: Jewelry

Mospah follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He has been making and selling jewelry in the same shop in the Old City souq for fifty years. 

Why does he do what he does, where he does? Because it’s a family tradition, part of his heritage. He has a strong sense of rootedness, from both his father, whom he reveres, and his grandfather. Mospah has ten children, seven daughters and three sons, and thirty-seven grandchildren. The entire family continues to live in Hebron.

A supplier brings him materials from Saudi Arabia: stones from Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan plus materials sourced locally. Mospah then crafts these into a wide variety of jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, earrings, prayer beads. He also has a small line of low-cost costume jewelry responding to the demands of a range of customers.

Thirty years ago, business was thriving in the Old City souq. Not so today. Mospah often passes days at a time with no one buying. Business is difficult but a little better than after the second intifada. Read more...


Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 May 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 26 May 2017

Oftentimes, we are not thankful for all the blessings in our life and we do not recognize the privileges we have. When we are able to have a job, to have a legal status, to feel safe and free, to be healthy or able-bodied, for example. When often strongly realize and feel their lack but not so much their presence.

Today we want to remember all these privileges and blessings. We would like to encourage you to embrace the positive situations in our lives and share our love and solidarity with people who do not experience the same. Let us pray for those of us who are not physically or emotionally well. Let us pray for all who are seeking meaningful jobs to be able to thrive and support our families and communities. Let us pray for the undocumented people and those fleeing wars and oppression to be given asylum and receive respect for their humanity and rights. Let us pray for all who live in the midst of war to be able to find strength to continue resist violence and death. Let us pray for and support each other in our needs and difficulties so that we may find a path forward and overcome what stands in our way.

Yezidi family

Luke 17:20-21

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 16 - 22

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 16 - 22

 

Constant Threat


Pictured here:  These three photos capture three arrests of Palestinians this past week, two of whom are under 16. 

In the past three weeks CPT has witnessed an increase in systematic detainments and arrests of Palestinians in the H2 area of Al Khalil by the Golani infantry brigade. The Golani brigade has been in the Old City almost constantly, where soldiers require Palestinians to show their IDs and arbitrarily detain members of the local community for anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. Local shopkeepers, as well as men, women, and children who live in H2 have been detained several times per day as they try to move around their neighbourhood. 

Protests in solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoner's hunger strike have resulted in clashes occurring more than once a week. Israeli military have used excessive force against the Palestinian protesters, who have suffered from tear gas inhalation, skunk water spray, rubber bullet wounds, and injuries from live ammunition. Israeli forces purposefully escalate the clashes by quickly advancing into Palestinian controlled H1, apprehending those who are at the front of the clash and then retreating with boys they have detained. Their provocation of Palestinians also allows for them to take photos to use as evidence against "stone throwers" and as justification for later arrests. A total of 8 people were arrested in a clash on Friday, 19th May and at least 6 people were arrested in the clash today, 22nd May. 

Golani forces have become aggressive in their search for young men who have participated in the clashes. Young Palestinian men specifically are being targeted, to a point where the local community members are living under constant threat of house raids, arbitrary detainment, and arrest. On the 21st of May, a 12 year old boy was detained and held overnight, the video footage of his detainment can be found here


(May 16-22, 2017)

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers. 19 May, 2017

This week we would like to share a good news and express our gratitude for the nomination of CPT for the Nobel Peace Prize. The American Friends Service Committee has announced their official nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and it is Christian Peacemaker Teams!  

This is a great honor for the organization. At the same time, we acknowledge that we are but partners to those who truly transform the world. We wait for the time when our presence in Colombia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Canada, U.S.A. and Greece will not be needed anymore. We would prefer that both Peace and Justice have already prevailed in each corner of this world.

Kak Bapir from the village of Basta tells the story of the struggle against indiscriminate Turkish bombardments

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 9 - 15


AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 9 - 15

 
 

Behind Closed Doors

 
Pictured here: Israeli occupation forces continue to target young Palestinian men this week with accusations of stone throwing.  On Wednesday, the soldiers took an 18-year-old Palestinian man inside the Israeli military gate at Bab al Baladeyeh for questioning. He was released twenty minutes later with a cut on his wrist. When CPT asked the soldiers what had happened, they laughed and refused to comment.  

(May 10, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos May 2 - 8

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos  May 2 - 8

 

 
 

Child detentions

 
Pictured here: Many young Palestinian men and boys were targeted by Israeli forces this week who accuse them of throwing stones in the clashes last week.  In the above photo, a 14-year-old boy from a village outside of al-Khalil/Hebron was on his way with two of his friends to pray at Ibrahimi mosque when soldiers detained him for over an hour, questioned him, and blindfolded him before taking him into the military base.  Below, a 16-year-old boy from the Old City was taken by Israeli soldiers behind the military gate and detained for 20 minutes.  

(May 1 & 6, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 25 - May 1

 
 

Sheep Shearing

 
Pictured here: Sheikh Suleiman shears one of his flock early Tuesday morning.  The Bedouin community of Umm al-Khair is a nomadic people from the South Hebron Hills that have been systematically displaced for decades.  Over the past few years, the community has suffered dozens of house demolitions by the Israeli forces.  The community has expressed on their facebook pagethat "the sad thing about this is that the residents are woken every day with the possibility that the civil administration will demolish their homes.  What is even more tragic is that the children of Khirbet Umm al-Khair will be homeless again". 

(April 25, 2017)

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos April 18 - 24

 
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Segregated Traffic

 
Pictured here: Israeli Border Police hold up several vehicles at Bab Al-Baladiyeh to ID check and search the cars and passengers.  Any vehicle is considered suspicious and subject to searches, especially those with Israeli license plates as they are assumed to be stolen. The colour-coded license plates (green for Palestinian's, white for Israeli's) which determine where you can and cannot drive, are just another indicator of apartheid. 

(April 17, 2017)