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SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Six homes, community oven destroyed in Um Al Kheir

On the morning of 27 October 2014, the Israeli military came with bulldozers to the Palestinian village of Um Al-Kheir and demolished six houses and a traditional bread oven (tabun).  The demolitions left thirty-one people homeless, including twelve children.  According to the villagers, the tabun had no demolition order, but the settlers from nearby Karmel settlement were trying to sue the community over its use, saying that the smoke from the fire that baked the bread generated health problems for the settlers.

During the demolition, Israeli police took two Israeli peace activists to the Kiryat Arba police station and arrested an international volunteer.  They released him later that night on the condition that he could not be in the West Bank for a period of two weeks.

Um Al-Kheir is a small Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills, whose inhabitants are Bedouin refugees from Tel Arad in Negev, inside the internationally recognized boundaries of Israel.  The residents bought the land for the village in the 1950s.  In the 1980s, settlers established Karmel right next to the village and continue to confiscate land from Palestinians for its expansion.  The Israeli occupation authorities deny access to even the most basic infrastructure for the residents of Um Al-Kheir, who may not connect to running water or electricity, and must rely on solar panels and generators.

A video about the demolition is available here.

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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.

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The collective village of Hardan is made up of 450 families from thirteen villages internally displaced by bombing. Hardan collective formed in December 1995 after Turkish bombings forced villagers to move. During the first two years people lived in tents. In 1997 each family received six hundred concrete blocks and ten bags of cement with which to build their houses. Turkish attacks subsided between 2003 and 2007, during which bridges and roads were rebuilt in 2004, allowing people to return to their homes to plant and rebuild. In February 2008, however, Turkey resumed bombing in the village areas and destroyed five bridges. People depended on these bridges to visit other villages as well as to bring their crops and animals to market. Hardan collective awaits the day they can safely return to their original homes.

CPT’s Work: CPT accompanies communities like Hardan, documenting their experience, and advocating with decision-makers for a cease to state-sponsored violence and bombing.